Superintendent's Message to Staff - 11/3/17

     Published on 11/6/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

In case you missed it, on Tuesday, we hosted a Facebook Live event from Seymour, where students took part in the school’s annual Halloween parade. Parents and guardians were invited to cheer on the students as they paraded through the school, and I commend the Seymour team for continuing such a great community engagement event.
This week I also hosted the first-ever middle school Superintendent’s Student Cabinet at Clary. Eighth grade WEB leaders and some sixth graders met with me to discuss their concerns and ideas to improve their school. They were very interested to hear about the upcoming plans we have in store for their school! I look forward to meeting with this group – and some other middle school WEB groups – as the year goes on. Student feedback is extremely valuable and I appreciate the opportunity to hear their thoughts on the WEB program and other programs at work within their schools.
On another note, I am proud to report that our Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Rachel Murphy, was recently recognized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County  as the 2017 “Outstanding Cooperator for Nutrition!” Rachel has worked hard to develop strong community partnerships to help benefit our students’ nutritional wellbeing and she is well-deserving of this honor.
At ITC this week, we saw one way students are working together to achieve success: the school’s 12:1:1 class teamed up with Media Communications students to create a presentation of the weather, a topic they have been studying. Click here to take a look at their work – thank you to Mr. Newell and Ms. Tredo for leading this great collaboration!
To wrap up the week, we hosted a Leadership Academy at the PDC for principals, vice principals and administrative interns. This was valuable collaboration time and it was nice to learn about communication, restorative practices and more. Thank you to all of our school leaders and school staff who are working so hard this year to help our students achieve success!
Finally, please take a moment to watch this week’s #SCSDLookBack video, which features Halloween festivities at Salem Hyde, Dr. King, ITC, Westside Academy at Blodgett, McKinley-Brighton, ITC and many other schools. It also highlights Dr. Weeks students performing with the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, Danforth students celebrating good behavior, HW Smith students visiting SRC Arena to work with mentors, Ed Smith WEB leaders leading an academic lesson, Family Literacy Day at the White Branch Library and more.
Stay dry and enjoy the weekend!