Superintendent's Message to Staff - 10/13/17

     Published on 10/16/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I am glad to see so much community engagement throughout the District this year. This week, we saw our most-attended Board meeting in recent memory, and this kind of engagement is key to supporting our students as we continue to improve our district and Strive for Success.
On Tuesday, McKinley-Brighton hosted its 7th annual Walk to School Day event to teach students about safe walking routes, the importance of walking in groups and more. On Wednesday, Van Duyn welcomed families for ‘Bring Your Parent to School Day.’ Our students are always excited to share their learning and I commend our schools for creating opportunities to build the home-school connection!
As you know, we have also been working with families to encourage student attendance with our Every Student, Every Day #SCSDAttendance campaign. I am pleased to report the September 2017 ‘standout schools’ for best attendance and most improved attendance:
Best Attendance (lowest rate of chronic absenteeism for September 2017)
Elementary School:  Syracuse Latin (10.2%)
PK – 8 School:  Ed Smith (20.5%)
Middle School:  ELMS (17.5%)
High School:  ITC (23.4%)
Most Improved Attendance (largest reduction in chronic absenteeism comparing September 2016 to September 2017)
Alternative Program:  Johnson Center (-5.9 percentage points)
Elementary School:  McKinley-Brighton (-5.6)
PK – 8 School:  H. W. Smith (- 1.0)
Middle School:  Grant (- 6.0)
High School:  Nottingham (- 0.5)
In order for our students to succeed, they need to be in the classroom, so let’s keep working together to ensure that we encourage attendance in every school, for every student, every day.
I would like to recognize the students, staff and administrators at Danforth, Dr. King, Lincoln and Westside Academy at Blodgett.  The NYS Education Department recently visited each of these schools and reported out that they were extremely pleased with the progress taking place at all of them.  Great job and keep up the good work!
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features an egg drop science experiment at Lincoln, ITC P-Tech students visiting a Farmer’s Market and learning in nature, a Syracuse Latin gallery walk, students leading safety patrol and a Principal’s Cabinet meeting at Franklin, the Syracuse Fire Department talking about fire safety at Webster, community circles at Roberts and more. Let’s continue this positive momentum!