Superintendent's Message to Staff - May 26

     Published on 5/31/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

The school year may be wrapping up, but our students are staying busy and will continue learning right through summer break!
This week, our middle school students had the opportunity to visit the Carrier Dome for the SUNY-ESF Environmental Challenge. Our students from Lincoln, Danforth, ELMS, HW Smith, Ed Smith, Grant, Frazer, Westside Academy at Blodgett, Huntington and Clary presented science projects to volunteer judges (including a group of ITC students!). They did a great job and I enjoyed hearing what they learned through conducting their experiments.
On Wednesday, we conducted our second #SCSDEdChat about student collaboration. The Highlander Institute and our SyraFuse Fellows do a great job planning these chats and they have proven to be a great way for our staff to come together in a casual way and share best practices. I hope even more of you will join us for the next chat. Stay tuned for more information!
Several of our schools hosted multicultural festivals this week, including Danforth, PSLA at Fowler, Nottingham, ITC, McKinley-Brighton, Henninger and others. I’m proud to see our schools celebrating their diversity!
Today, I was pleased to host the second – my first – Student Symposium at SUNY-ESF. There, I welcomed middle and high school students to share their thoughts about their school buildings, teachers and staff, district culture and more. I always appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from our students and I look forward to continuing to gather student feedback next school year.
I would like to thank all of the students, parents, faculty, administration and the entire Corcoran Community for their support during what was a very difficult day yesterday.  I spent the majority of my day at Corcoran yesterday and everyone responded in a way that made me proud to serve as your Superintendent.  At today’s symposium a Corcoran student addressed the group and asked all of us to remember that the actions of one student do not define the entire school and she is absolutely right.      
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack features Lincoln students visiting Washington, DC, Wegman’s Farmer’s Market events, Roberts & ITC students presenting an OHA exhibition, Fowler prom, Ed Smith & Danforth students at the Teen Book Fest, a Redhouse Shareformance at Dr. King, the SUNY-ESF Environmental Challenge, a Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) Celebration, Porter students & parents planting a community garden and more. Please take a few minutes to watch all the great things your colleagues are doing as they Go for the Gold!