Superintendent's Message - 9/28/18

     Published on 10/1/18   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

Frazer scholars started the week with an exciting opportunity: thanks to Life on the Edge Barber Lounge, they were able to get free haircuts before picture day! Community support like this means so much to our district, and is such a great way to give our students a boost.
On Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent Nate Franz and our Office of Teaching and Learning led a Priority Four Kick-Off, where we talked about the basics of competency-based education (CBE) and how the SCSD can deepen personalized learning through the use of these practices. Priority four of Building Our Future is personalizing learning for students, and we valued your feedback on what we can do to better understand student needs and help them achieve more in the coming years.
Wednesday evening, our staff at Dr. King hosted a ‘Knowledge for your Noodle’ family engagement night, featuring tips from Police Chief Frank Fowler about school and community safety; services of the school’s health center; and information from teachers about goal setting and parent-teacher conferences. Families were invited to enjoy a pasta dinner while they learned, and this was a great opportunity to engage families in their children’s education. I look forward to hearing about the unique ways the rest of our schools are engaging their families!
On Friday, several of our schools welcomed author Matt De La Pena, who spoke with students about his book, ‘Love.’ Franklin, Van Duyn, Syracuse Latin, Ed Smith, Lincoln, Danforth and ELMS scholars enjoyed a presentation by the author and a special book signing event. What a great way to encourage #SCSDLiteracy!

Speaking of love, this morning, I joined Salem Hyde staff as they showed support for teacher Lisa Sampson, who is battling Ovarian Cancer. The Salem Hyde community – and the greater Syracuse community – came together today to raise funds to support Ms. Sampson’s family. I am proud of how the SCSD community comes together to support each other, and we wish Ms. Sampson well.
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Porter students collaborating on Seesaw activities, Danforth scholars sharing their feedback on SCSD menus, open houses at Bellevue and Seymour, curriculum night at Salem Hyde, ITC scholars visiting Butternut Creek to collect data, Meachem students making rhythms in music class and much more. Keep sharing your good news with us on Twitter by tagging @SyracuseSchools and using #SCSDSuccess!