Superintendent's Message to Staff - June 9

     Published on 6/12/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I want to take a moment to commend our students for their activism and their pride in their schools and our larger SCSD community. In case you missed it, take a moment to watch this CNY Central feature on Corcoran students in the IB Programme who created a final project in their IB Theatre class to combat the negative comments that resulted online after the recent incident at their high school. The students will be showing their film at Corcoran on Saturday, June 10th at 5 pm – please consider stopping by to show them support.
On a similar note, last weekend, girls in Clary’s Girls on the Run program took part in Paige’s Butterfly Run and Delaware students volunteered this week at St. Lucy’s Food Pantry. I’m glad to see that while the school year is winding down, our students are still finding ways to give back. Bellevue staff also took the time this week to say a special thank you to the school’s bus drivers and bus monitors. Thank you to all of our staff for your dedication to our students each and every day.
On Wednesday, we gathered at LeMoyne College to celebrate our retirees and the Years of Service honorees who have been with the SCSD for more than 25 years. It was a great reminder of just how many of you have dedicated many years of service to the SCSD. Congratulations and best of luck to all of our employees who are retiring at the end of this school year – we appreciate your contributions!
Our top seniors from each school were recognized this week as they joined me for our annual Valedictorian/Salutatorian Luncheon. It was great to speak with these students and hear about their ambitious plans for the future – they are certainly planning to Go for the Gold and I am proud of our collective SCSD Class of 2017!
We had some exciting news out of Frazer and Dr. King this week after students competed in the Darien Lake Music Festival. The Dr. King select singing group, led by Mr. Robert Brown, won first place in their division; while the Frazer Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, led by Ms. Leigh Parry, all received a Gold rating. The Frazer Wind Ensemble even placed second and the Symphony Orchestra placed third. Aside from being a good experience for our students to put their musical talents to work, it is great to see the students recognized for their #SCSDArts efforts! I wanted to take a moment to recognize our students at Dr. King, who this week joined community members to plant in their school’s urban garden. It is great to see our young students already developing a sense of how to eat healthy and care for the environment!
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features a Webster Friendship Celebration performance, CORE students planting a garden, Nottingham & Corcoran proms, Falcon Fun Friday at Fowler, Clary students participating in Paige’s Butterfly Run, Dr. King students visiting the Harriet Tubman House, ITC students competing in the CNY Rocket Team Challenge, a Dr. Weeks Celebration of the Arts, Johnson Center students learning about Science on the Seneca and more. Please take a moment to watch!