Superintendent's Message to Staff - 12/1/17

     Published on 12/4/17   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Mayor Miner meets with SCSD students who won her annual Holiday Story Contest.The holiday season is officially here, and I am pleased to report that Porter students Haylee Zobro, Raven Parrott, Tiara Coleman, Lorene Semida, Briana Cruz, Adelena Lazore and Miracle Campbell – along with Ed Smith student Kaden Clark – were invited to help light the tree in Clinton Square as winners of Mayor Miner’s Holiday Story Contest! I look forward to sharing more stories of how #SCSDCelebrates as the month goes on.
This week, we hosted another successful Leadership Academy for principals, vice principals and administrative interns. As always, I appreciate your participation in these professional development opportunities. It is great to see our staff from various schools come together to help each other troubleshoot and succeed!
On Tuesday, we were pleased to host Governor Cuomo, County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Mayor Miner and many other political leaders at LeMoyne Elementary, where Governor Cuomo announced a $35 million funding increase for after school programs in high-need districts like ours. As you know, funding is always a struggle and this additional investment in after school programs will directly benefit our students right here in the SCSD.
C & S Companies was our host for the Career and Technical Education Partnership Council Meeting that took place this week.  We have great business partners throughout the community working with our CTE and P-Tech students providing hands on learning experiences through internships, mentoring and job shadows.  I would like to recognize the students who took part in the meeting, Robert Felder, ITC Senior (Electrical Technology), William DeJesus, ITC Senior (Mechanical Technology) and Joseph Sacco, PSLA Senior (Law Enforcement).  All three of them did a great job on the panel!
Coming up next week, I invite you to join Cause for the Cuse at their second annual Holiday Sweater Party at Wolff’s Biergarten. Admission is just $15 and you receive free food, drink specials and at least a raffle ticket or two (with additional tickets for sale). Cause for the Cuse is a great partner in providing support for our students and I encourage you to attend the event for some fun benefitting a great cause.
PSLA at Fowler is putting on ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ this weekend.  The show opens tonight at 7 PM with a second showing tomorrow night, Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 7 PM.  Please come out and support our talented students and staff from the PSLA drama department.
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video includes Corcoran students cleaning up the school’s campus, a writing workshop at Meachem, McKinley-Brighton students making ornaments for the Everson Festival of Trees, ELMS students visiting the Center for Excellence, Webster students conducting science experiments, ITC students hosting a Community-Wide Dialogue with Tully students, Huntington students presenting at a science fair, Salem Hyde students enjoying after school activities, Porter students visiting Wonder Works and more. I am proud to see our students and teachers working so hard to achieve #SCSDSuccess!