Superintendent's Message to Staff - March 31

     Published on 4/3/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

It has been an exciting week for our district! On Wednesday and Thursday, we saw great involvement from the community at our ESSA Regional Meeting and Community Engagement Forum, respectively. Just as I appreciate the opportunity to hear your thoughts and feedback about your schools, I appreciate the community’s participation in events like this that help us all come together for the good of the district.
 
In addition to those meetings, yesterday, we were honored to host NYS Education Commissioner Elia for a visit at PSLA at Fowler High School. The Commissioner toured several of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at PSLA and enjoyed learning more about the school and speaking with students. I was proud to see our students and staff so well prepared for the visit and proud of their school!
 
I want to take the opportunity this week to highlight a great #SCSDCivicReady activity that our fourth graders at Ed Smith have been involved with. Students had been learning about the historical roots of democracy in the U.S., including how the structure of our government allows them to make a difference. Students voted to select an issue in their community that they felt most passionate about – and then worked together to create videos to express their thoughts on how to best solve that issue. All three classes voted to focus on the issue of snow removal – I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the creative videos featuring Mr. Rogers and Ms. Reopell’s class, Mr. Seidman’s class and Ms. Berish’s class. Thanks to long-term substitute teacher Ms. Olszewski, Mayor Miner even visited the students to talk about how their videos could make a difference. Great job to the 4th grade team at Ed Smith!
 
As I mentioned last week, I’d also like to highlight the great SCSD Educational Foundation grant projects taking place in our schools this year. This week, don’t miss this video on the Cougar Café at Clary Middle School. Thanks to this project, students are gaining experience running their own store, selling snacks to their classmates and teachers. Another great way to help students become #SCSDCareerReady!
 
I am also excited to share that two of our schools were featured on the news this week: Corcoran senior and bowler Isaiah Days was named the NewsChannel 9 ‘Athlete of the Week,’ and the Ed Smith musical was featured on the same station’s “Cool Schools” segment.
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Otto the Orange leading a pep rally at Delaware, pre-assessment pep rallies at Frazer & HW Smith, Building Men students visiting SUNY Cortland, P-TECH & ITC students flying drones at a visit to RIT, Red Nose Day at McKinley-Brighton, high school students attending Future Educators Day at SU, a senior BBQ & Prom Dress Giveaway at Fowler, a Saturday Academy for staff and more! To be part of next week’s video, share your good news photos with us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools).
 
Enjoy your weekend!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime