Superintendent's Message - 10/12/18

     Published on 10/16/18   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

I am heartbroken to have to report the news of yet another student death due to gun violence in the community. While we are lucky that this violence in the community has not entered our school buildings, these acts of violence still have an impact on our students, families and staff. While we are prepared to help students, families and staff through these periods of mourning, we must be equally as prepared to prevent future tragedies from occurring. As a community, it is critical that we come together to find a solution. The violence must stop. I encourage each of you to do your part in spreading kindness and showing support for each other and for your students. Maintaining supportive and safe school environments is an attainable goal, and we must keep working to combat the violence that plagues our community in this way.
 
October is National Principals Month, and school staff have been celebrating their building leaders! Stay tuned to our Facebook page this month as we show photos and videos of our building leaders receiving well deserved thanks, and please take a minute to express your appreciation to a principal that has guided, supported or inspired you this year.
 
On Wednesday, HW Smith Principal Teri Haley kicked off Fire Prevention Week alongside the Syracuse Fire Department, taking part in a mock rescue and fire drill. On Thursday, a firefighter visited Bellevue to read to students, and on Friday, Roberts first graders visited Fire Station 3 to learn firsthand what a fire station is like. Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of fire safety for our children and families, and I was pleased to see so many of our schools taking part in activities.
 
On Thursday, some of our #SCSDCTE students visited the Fairgrounds for Construction Career Day; some visited National Grid; and others visited the Syracuse Learning Center for Careers in Energy Week. These experiences are critical in helping our students see how the skills they are learning in school will translate to the real world as they seek employment, and we are appreciative of the ongoing community support that allows events like this to happen.
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Ed Smith students visiting Springside Farms, student of the month celebrations at Lincoln, a curriculum night at Nottingham, open house at Henninger, Franklin students enjoying a Breakout EDU math lesson, Huntington students helping each other expand their vocabulary and more. The good news and #SCSDSuccess continues throughout the district, and for that we should all be grateful.
 
Sincerely,
Jaime