Superintendent's Message to Staff - 10/6/17

     Published on 10/10/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

October is National Principal Month, and I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful principals for their commitment and dedication to our students and families. Throughout the month, we will be highlighting principals on social media – at the nomination of their vice principals! I hope you’ll join me in commending them on their ongoing efforts to help our students and staff Strive for Success. Click here to read the first feature, highlighting Corcoran Principal Tara Jennings, who was nominated by her entire administrative team. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see additional principal recognitions as the month goes on.
 
On Wednesday and Thursday, we hosted our first Leadership Academies of the year, welcoming Vice Principals and Administrative Interns at the Professional Development Center. We had two days of great collaboration where we discussed calibration, preventative strategies plans and Culturally Relevant Education. I appreciate all of the preparation that our PD team put in to ensure the event’s success and I look forward to seeing more of you engage in Leadership Academy activities as the year goes on.
 
This morning, I enjoyed visiting the 8th annual Manufacturing Careers Day at SRCTec. Our Career and Technical Education (CTE) students were able to enjoy tours, speakers and provide their feedback. One of the great benefits of our District’s CTE programs are experiences like this where students see firsthand how their education will help them become #SCSDCareerReady.
 
I was also happy to attend the kickoff of the Centro ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ partnership this afternoon at Dr. King. The ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ program has expanded significantly this year, growing from one school last year to four this year! Thanks to community partners like Centro, Bellevue Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Bishop Grimes, our students with the greatest need are provided with a backpack of additional nutrition before each weekend and holiday break. I hope this program continues to reach more of our students each year.
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Roberts WEB leaders visiting Mercy Mountain for team building activities, the Book It kickoff at Webster, the Adult Education Refugee Job Training class graduation, Spirit Week at ITC and Lincoln, Hughes students visiting the Everson Museum of Art and much more. I look forward to continuing to see the ways you are Striving for Success within your buildings this year, so please keep sharing your photos with us on Twitter by tagging @SyracuseSchools.
 
Remember that schools and the Central Office are closed on Monday – enjoy the long weekend!
 
Sincerely,
Jaime