Superintendent's Message to Staff - 5/11/18
Published on 5/14/18
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Our teachers are shaping the minds – and lives – of our students each and every day. It was wonderful to see so many special school celebrations and recognitions this week, and I hope that you all took the time to commend a special teacher in our district and in your life.
Many of our principals submitted nominations for outstanding teachers to be recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week this year, and all are deserving of appreciation. We are lucky to have such great and dedicated staff here in the Syracuse City School District! Several teachers were featured in detail on our Facebook page throughout the week, including Carmella McIntyre (Syracuse Latin), Nick Lisi (ITC), Megan Kane (WSA at Blodgett), Dan Lounsbery (McKinley-Brighton), Colleen Osterman (Corcoran), April Thorpe (HW Smith), Sheila Gaughan (Meachem), Robin Hamblin (PSLA at Fowler), Hayley Downs (Clary) and an outstanding group of teachers at Van Duyn.
Three of our SCSD teachers were also recognized this week with Governor Cuomo’s Excellence in Education Award. Please join me in congratulating Bellevue’s Kathryn Smith, Frazer’s Sarah Whelan and ITC’s Katie Argus. They were among just 60 teachers cross New York State to receive this prestigious award. What an honor! Roberts math teacher Erin Emanuele had reason to celebrate as well, as she received a Honeywell scholarship this week to attend Space Academy. It is great to see our teachers being recognized.
On Wednesday, we celebrated National School Nurse Day. School nurses are an invaluable part of our school communities and provide a tremendous service to our students and families. If you didn’t already do so this week, please take a moment to recognize the valuable contributions of your school nursing staff. Please join me in extending a special congratulations to ELMS Nurse Jamie Jo Cooney, who was elected this week to serve as the New York State Association of School Nurses (NYSASN) Zone 10 President!
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Huntington students showing appreciation for their teachers, HW Smith students visiting Boston, Grant students visiting Washington, DC, flexible seating at Franklin, Syracuse Latin students learning about measurement, Seymour students visiting the Spaghetti Warehouse, Dr. King Junior Cadets bowling, Dr. Weeks students visiting the Women’s Rights Museum in Seneca Falls, ELMS students visiting Onondaga Lake, Van Duyn students learning to make pasta and more. It is thanks to our teachers, school staff and community partners that our students are able to experience so many great learning opportunities both inside and out of the classroom.