Superintendent's Message to Staff - 9/15/17

     Published on 9/15/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

As we enjoy lingering summer weather this week, families in Florida, Texas and neighboring areas are recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I encourage you to assist Ms. Francis at Grant Middle School in donating money, toiletries or school supplies for her effort to help students at Liberty Academy in Victoria, Texas. This is a school with only about 200 students who are all recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Students are especially in need of soap, wash cloths, toothbrushes and school supplies for high school students. Donations may be dropped off at Grant Middle School (2400 Grant Blvd.) to the attention of Sandy Francis. In case you missed it, students in our Refugee Assistance Program generously came together and donated more than $300 to the Red Cross for their hurricane relief efforts. Please take a moment to watch this video from News Channel 9 featuring their heartwarming effort.
 
This week was Arts in Education week, and Sarah Gentile did a great job of highlighting the art and music activities happening throughout the District. Check out her Twitter feed to see ITC students turning Skittles into color wheels, Huntington students learning to play the saxophone, Henninger students drawing, Lincoln students learning about radial symmetry and more. Art and music are so important in helping our students develop their creativity and expand their learning in new ways and we are lucky to have such a robust Fine Arts program here in the SCSD. Thank you to all of our art and music teachers for all you do!
 
I am also thankful for our partnership with Onondaga Community College, which continues to expand. Last year, you may remember that OCC started a partnership with McKinley-Brighton to help expose students to college students, staff and a unique mentoring opportunity. This week, we were pleased to announce that the partnership has grown to include Meachem and Roberts. I look forward to seeing how our students grow up to be even more college ready thanks to partnerships like this one.
 
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features students learning about behavior expectations, teamwork and STEM,  Otto the Orange visiting Grant Middle School, Syracuse Latin students writing stories they wished existed in the world, Nottingham students using consensus map protocol, Dr. King students learning about positive character traits, ELMS students studying vocabulary, Corcoran students enjoying field days and more.
 
Finally, fall sports are back in season and I hope you find some time to cheer on our student athletes as they compete. We have seen several city-city matches so far, and next Wednesday, 9/20, Nottingham will host Henninger for a boys varsity soccer match at 6 pm. I hope to see you there!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime