Superintendent's Message to Staff - March 24

     Published on 3/27/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Last weekend, I was pleased to attend the SCSD Educational Foundation’s annual Recognition Breakfast, where we recognized a handful of the many SCSD staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best for our students and families. At the breakfast, several of the Educational Foundation-funded grant projects were highlighted in videos, created by ITC Media Communications instructor Jeff Newell and his students. Each week in this message, I will be sharing these videos with you – they give a glimpse at the many exciting things happening in our classrooms as a result of the SCSD Educational Foundation’s support. This week, learn about an anti-violence songwriting project at McKinley-Brighton.
 
I also want to highlight the outstanding efforts of PSLA and Fowler High School students in their recent St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Students and staff raised $2,800 in just three weeks in their annual head shaving fundraiser, and three additional hair donations were made to Children With Hair Loss. Thank you to all who took part or contributed, and congratulations to Mr. Randall's classroom (raising $720.20) and Mr. Lesh's classroom (raising $411.92)!
 
P-Tech students at ITC faced their own challenge this past week, as they took on the ‘Innovation Week’ challenge. In small groups, students came up with proposals for products or services that would improve the community or the world. From a snowplow that would melt snow to create filtered snow that could be reused to a self-charging battery, thermostat-driven clothing and more, students presented their ideas to business partners. The top three  groups will soon have the opportunity to compete at the CNY Innovation Challenge at LeMoyne College in April.
 
Our middle school students at Westside Academy at Blodgett have also experienced a unique hands-on learning activity. In honor of Women’s History Month, 8th grade students recently visited Seneca Falls! They reenacted speeches at the site of the Women’s Rights Convention of 1848, read and wrote about the lives of women who had been inducted into the Hall of Fame and enjoyed activities at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Thank you to Vice Principal Mary Lowe and Social Studies teacher Stan McKay for arranging this #SCSDCivicReady field trip!
 
This weekend, I hope you will take the opportunity to support our thespians as two more schools perform spring musicals. Henninger students are presenting “Hairspray” today and Saturday at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $8. Clary and ELMS students are also performing this weekend – don’t miss your chance to see their rendition of “The Little Mermaid” tonight at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm at Clary.
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features the SCSD Educational Foundation breakfast, personalized learning at Bellevue, Innovation Week at ITC, Corcoran’s spring musical, a Building Men program Lock-In, science fairs at Lincoln and Roberts, Delaware scholars practicing close reading, Seymour students practicing subtraction by bowling, Dr. King students celebrating World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Syracuse Latin students learning about fire safety, School Spirit Week at Porter and more! Share your good news with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools) to be included next week!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime