Noela Niyonkuru, a student in the Adult and Continuing Education Program with the Syracuse City School District and Edward Butler, one of the program’s teachers, have each been recognized by the New York Association for Continuing Community Education.
Niyonkuru is one of the Student of the Year award winners and Butler has been chosen as a Teacher of the Year.
The Syracuse City School District is committed to dramatically improving student educational outcomes and has launched a Strategic Planning process. The planning process which will conclude in May will outline actions for dramatic district improvement, including specific school- and district-level goals. The strategic plan will address: human capital strategies, improved teaching and learning strategies, improved curriculum and instruction strategies, teacher and leader evaluation and compensation processes, family and community engagement and communications plans.
The Strategic Plan will be a visionary document aligned to the district’s transformation agenda and includes input from the Core Planning Team. This team will be responsible for making recommendations to the Superintendent on the plan’s content. Members of the Core Planning Team represent a diverse range of stakeholders, including parents, representatives from higher education, teacher and administrator unions, the district central office, community-based organizations, and the ministerial and business communities. The team will meet six times from March through May to determine a vision and goals for the district, develop strategies to meet the goals, and craft an accountability plan to monitor implementation over a five-year time period. The School Turnaround Group (STG) at Mass Insight Education will facilitate the strategic planning process and draft language that reflects the input of all stakeholders.
Yvonne Harris, a storyteller from Buffalo, NY recently visited Dr. King School. She came in March, Women's History Month, to share inspiring stories about female pioneers with the fourth and fifth grade students. She portrayed three characters, Harriet Tubman, Cathy Williams, and Betsy Coleman. Students from all three fifth grade classes read poems and biographies before each act. The performance was both entertaining and informative. View the video to hear some encouraging words to the students to live by to help in achieving their dreams.
You are invited to join in celebrating the creative talents of District employees by participating in “On My Own Time 2012,” sponsored by the Cultural Resources Council in conjunction with the Everson Museum. Applications are being sent electronically to all buildings and will be available on the SCSD website here. To register, please return completed applications to Trudy Coleman (Central Offices, ext. 6541) by Wednesday, April 25. This year’s show will be held in the Board Room the week of April 30 – May 4.
Huntington Family Center will be the site of second annual Kids Get Fit Fest on Wednesday, April 11.
Open to children ages 2-10, the Fit Fest will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, 405 Gifford St. There will be raffles for bikes, a number of activities including Zumbatomic, and free snacks. Each child who attends will receive a backpack containing a water bottle, a book to read and a sheet of suggestions on how to stay active.
The event, which is free, is sponsored by Success by 6.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was the inspiration for three sophomores from Nottingham High School who are the winners in this year’s CNY Reads Writing Contest.
Conner Gerbino (1st place), Naomi Rutagarama (2nd place) and Ryan McNeil (3rd place) read the book as part of Jenniffer Benedetto’s 10th grade English class. Once they finished the novel, which tells the story of LIesel, a young girl forced in to foster care in late 1930s Germany, they had to write a 1,000-word piece using writing prompts based upon the style of Zusak.
The Syracuse City School District Board of Education will hold two public budget hearings. The hearings will take place on Tuesday, April, 10th and Wednesday, April 11th from 5:30-7:00 PM in the District Board Room, 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York.
The New York State Education Department has released the 2010-11 individual school and district report cards. The report cards provide enrollment, demographic, attendance, suspension, dropout, teacher, assessment, accountability, graduation rate, post-graduate plan, career and technical education, and fiscal data for schools, districts, and the State.