Seven music teachers from the Syracuse City School District were recently recognized in the magazine Teaching Music for their initiative to save the strings program in the district. Samantha Darling (Hughes/Porter), Jeff Waite (Grant), Bill Sokolowski (Huntington/Webster), Jen Groth (McKinley-Brighton/Van Duyn), Julie Stuetzle (Ed Smith/Dr. King), Mike Cieply (Roberts), and Kim Rossi (HW Smith) each took it upon themselves to train and improve their string pedagogy while committing to taking on additional students.
Students in Ms. Bonner’s 4th grade class at McKinley Brighton recently engaged in a bridge building exercise. The only tools they were given to work with were gumdrops and toothpicks and a picture of different types of bridges.
The Syracuse City School District and Y94FM have launched the “31 Teachers, 31 Days” program to honor exceptional teachers in the district who make a difference in the lives of their students, everyday. Teachers may not have the cape or flashy lights, but they rise to superhero challenges – and deserve to be recognized. Anyone that interacts with a teacher – a community member, parent, student, administrator, or even another educator – can nominate a “super teacher” now through February 29th at Y94 FM's Website
Students in Mrs. Mahar's extended day SAY YES class were recently seen reporting on MANRS McKINLEY-BRIGHTON CHANNEL 11 NEWS. They reporting on good manner sightings in McKinley-Brighton School. Sightings included children saying please and thank you. They cleaned up after themselves, greeted adults with good morning, showed excellent classroom behavior and showed what good sportsmanship looks like.
In February, students in Mr. Lounsbery's Class researched inspirational speakers. They each wrote an essay giving details of their person's life and interpreted a famous quote by that person. As you can see by the pictures, this tied in nicely with our whole-school snowman project!
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has announced that the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Funding for the Syracuse City School District has been reinstated. Syracuse is one of five school districts to have successfully had their funding restored.
“We are extremely pleased that our School Improvement Grant Funding has been reinstated. The permanent loss of this funding could have had a paralyzing effect on our students and staff in some of our neediest schools”, said Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras.
The 9th Annual SCSD Educational Foundation Recognition Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 31st from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter. This year the Foundation will be honoring Dr. Margaret A. Charters for her work at Dr. King Elementary School, and the Bond Shoeneck & King law firm for their work at Elmwood Elementary School. In addition, they will again be presenting teacher, administrator, and support staff awards, and highlighting the current literacy grant recipients and their respective projects.
The 2012 Syracuse City School District All-City Instrumental Music Festival was held at Henninger High School (600 Robinson St.). Over 300 of the District's finest music students participated in elementary, junior high, and senior high bands and orchestra.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Children in K-3 are learning about the Chinese New Year in library. Learning is a lot more fun when you get to try on clothes & masks and hold Chinese objects! Everyone also listened to and discussed a new library book, The Runaway Wok : a Chinese New Year tale. In this story a poor man’s son trades their eggs for an empty magic wok that changes their fortunes.