Superintendent's Message to Staff - 10/27/17

     Published on 10/30/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Students & staff at HW Smith school were invited to present at a Project Lead the Way conference in Orlando.I am proud to see our students continuing to achieve success in diverse ways. Last weekend, our middle and high school band students took part in the annual All-City Jazz Festival, and this week, HW Smith teacher Scott English and several of his students were invited to Orlando to present at a Project Lead the Way conference. One of the great things about our district is that it gives our students ample opportunities to express their various skillsets!
 
This week, I hosted the first Superintendent’s Student Cabinet meeting of the school year. It was great to meet with the newest group of high school students who will be providing their feedback throughout the year. We were also pleased to welcome Dr. Robert Spicer, who spoke about restorative practices in the SCSD. From our first meeting I could tell that this group of students are insightful and engaged and I look forward to working with them this year to continue to improve our district.
 
Our staff are also collaborating in great ways. Our #SyraFuse fellows led another #SCSDChat this week centered around data-driven instruction, and staff attended the Opportunity Culture Convening yesterday at PSLA at Fowler. This summit-like event highlighted buildings that are implementing various Opportunity Culture roles and the positive role this model is having in our district. A panel of principals, multi-classroom leaders and other Opportunity Culture staff spoke about their roles in our building and how they have impacted student growth, extended reach and helped overcome challenges. Opportunity Culture is now at work in 15 schools and will continue to expand, so I was pleased to attend this important event.
 
As you may know, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The month may be coming to a close, but our schools work hard year-round to ensure that our students feel respected and safe. In case you missed our posts this month, please take a minute to read about what Ed Smith, Van Duyn, Grant, and Westside Academy at Blodgett are doing to ensure that they are promoting an anti-bullying culture.
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video includes a poetry reading at Ed Smith, a Saturday Student Success Academy at Corcoran, Salem Hyde and Lincoln students learning about the scientific method, Dr. King students supporting Paige’s Butterfly Run, meditation at Webster and Bellevue, Dr. Weeks students visiting Orenda Springs, Frazer students visiting Abbott Farms, Henninger Health Professions students visiting the Upstate EM-STAT Center and more.
 
Of course, we can’t begin the weekend without a word of encouragement for our Corcoran football team who have advanced to the semifinals and will be taking on C-NS tonight at 5 pm. Good luck, Cougars! 

Sincerely,
Jaime