Superintendent's Message to Staff - April 7

     Published on 4/10/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

This week, I met with the Post Standard editorial board to discuss the SCSD’s progress so far, my goals for our district and the unique challenges we face. As always, I hope to continue an open dialogue with you, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to discuss things like this.
Speaking of open dialogue, we hosted our first #SCSDChat this week, thanks to our partnership with the Highlander Institute and the leadership of our SyraFuse fellows. It was great to see our staff engage with others across the country to discuss blended learning and share best practices.
I am very pleased to announce that one of our own, Henninger English teacher Lia Reistrom, has recently been recognized for her own best practices! Ms. Reistrom was named the local winner of the Barnes & Noble “My Favorite Teacher” award after being nominated by one of her students. Ms. Reistrom has been entered into the contest’s regional competition, where five winners will be selected to win a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card. It is rare that our teachers get the appreciation they deserve, especially from students, so it brought a smile to my face to hear of this award. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages next week for photos and more details.
I am also happy to announce that the district has entered into a partnership with New York University in which we will collaboratively be preparing the next generation of great teachers right here in the SCSD.  This innovative teacher residency prep program will enable those who currently hold a Bachelor’s Degree and are considering a career in education the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree from New York University through technology-enhanced course work while being immersed in our classrooms, working with our teachers and students. 
If you know of anyone interested in learning more about this program (teaching assistants, substitute teachers, recent college graduates) please have them visit or call our Human Resources Call Center at 435-4171.
In continuing with my goal of highlighting the unique experiences our students get to experience in the SCSD, this week’s Educational Foundation grant video features Frazer students learning about planetary exploration, thanks to a project led by technology teacher Scott Daley. I hope you’ll take a minute to watch.
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features LeMoyne College basketball players visiting WSA at Blodgett, a perfect attendance celebration at HW Smith, Homeroom Olympics at Lincoln, the All-City Choral Festival, a Porter VIP lunch, Corcoran students promoting self-respect, Huntington students visiting Crouse ‘Hospital Land,’ Salem Hyde students walking for heart health, Porter students raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PSLA students attending the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Conference, and more. I appreciate that so many of you are sharing your good news with us – please keep doing so by tagging us on Twitter (@SyracuseSchools)!