Superintendent's Message to Staff - June 23

     Published on 6/26/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

The 2016-17 school year has officially come to a close and summer has arrived! Thank you to each and every one of you for the part you have played in making this year – my first as SCSD Superintendent – a success. Our theme this year was Going for the Gold, and by supporting each other and our students, I have seen what a gold medal team we have here in the SCSD. Congratulations on a successful year!
Speaking of success: this weekend, we will celebrate #SCSDGraduation! I hope you’ll attend at least one of the ceremonies – all will be held at OCC’s SRC Arena (Saturday: Nottingham, 10 am; Henninger, 1 pm; Corcoran, 4 pm and Sunday: ITC, 2 pm; Fowler, 4:45 pm). Please share your best wishes for the Class of 2017 on Twitter using the hashtag #SCSDGraduation so we can compile them for our newest graduating class. In case you missed it, take a moment to watch this video highlighting the personal goals for some of this year’s graduating seniors. It is inspiring to see the goals our students have set for themselves and I am confident that this group will continue to achieve great things.
One of our students, Corcoran’s Chase Coleman, will be recognized this summer with a great honor. He has been invited to California to attend the Design Care event, hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete. There, he will be recognized with the HollyRod Autism Champion Award. I am proud of Chase for his perseverance and he is certainly deserving of this prestigious award.
This week, 8th grade WEB leaders at Lincoln partnered with sixth grade homerooms to dedicate six benches as a legacy gift to their school. Thanks to support from Random Acts and a grant from Home Depot (who also made the benches), next year’s students will have the opportunity to sit on eight new, wooden benches that each have a positive saying on them. What a great way for our Lincoln students to wrap up their Year of Kindness!
On Tuesday, I was pleased to be a Mystery Reader at Syracuse Latin, where I read to kindergarten students – a book that they wrote themselves.
I wanted to share a couple of miscellaneous notable items as we wrap up our last week of school. At Lincoln Middle School, Ms. Mariano – for the second year in a row—helped her Algebra students achieve a 100% passing rate on the Regents exam! Ms. Musumeci at Huntington also led her students to a 100% passing rate on the Algebra Regents, and Huntington teacher Mr. Kieffer and Roberts teacher Ms. Phipps helped their students achieve a 100% passing rate on the Living Environment Regents! Congratulations to these outstanding teachers and their hardworking students.
Meanwhile, at Dr. Weeks, a student took the time to send a thank you note to teacher Ms. Skopek in appreciation for her support; and a parent shared appreciation for teacher Ms. Craig at Van Duyn. Thank you to all of our teachers, administrators and support staff who support our students each and every day. The work you do truly makes a difference!
Finally, in case you missed it, Education Week recently featured a story on our Professional Development redesign and how it has strengthened teacher practice, student outcomes and more. It’s a worthwhile read.
Our last #SCSDLookBack of the 2016-17 year features end-of-the-year celebrations moving up ceremonies, Lincoln’s 8th grade dance, SCSD students & staff walking in the Pride Parade, Huntington students visiting Papa John’s Pizza & Elmwood Park, a Wildcat Celebration at Dr. Weeks, School Spirit Week at Franklin, multicultural festivals at Grant and Frazer and more. Please continue to share the good news from your summer school sites with us on Twitter using #SCSDSummerLearning.
Thank you for all of your effort this school year.  Enjoy the summer!