Superintendent's Message - 10/19/18

     Published on 10/22/18   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

October is Bullying Awareness Month, and many of our schools are hosting special activities to help show students the importance of inclusion. This week, Van Duyn scholars enjoyed the first of two visits from McMahon/Ryan staff as part of the No Bully Zone program. Students are learning about what bullying is, what it means to be a bystander and how to designate their school as a No Bully Zone! Bellevue students will be enjoying the program, in November – what a great experience for our young scholars. Next week at Westside Academy at Blodgett, WEB leaders will be hosting a Pledge to Be Kind event in which students will commit to taking part in anti-bullying activities throughout the week. Things like this are so important in creating supportive and welcoming school climates where all students feel valued and included.
Students are also feeling valued thanks to visits from career coaches and mentors. Henninger students in the Clinical Lab Technology & Health Information Technology programs enjoyed meeting with career coaches this week, while PSLA at Fowler scholars had a chance to interact with professionals through a field trip to Digital Hyve. At ITC, Automotive Technology students enjoyed their first-ever career coaching event, where CNY auto professionals from Drivers Village, Automobile Association of America (AAA) and John's Auto Care started working on a project with freshmen.
ITC students and staff also had an exciting day on Thursday when Roberta Reardon, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner, and Randy Wolken, CEO of The Manufacturers Association of CNY, stopped by to learn about some of the great things going on at the school! The group visited and talked to students in the P-TECH, Automotive and Media programs.
Don’t miss more good news from across the district in our latest #SCSDLookBack video, featuring Seymour students expanding their rain garden with Carrier employees, staff attending the National Black Male Educators Convening, Van Duyn scholars making fossil impressions, Porter students learning about maps, Salem Hyde students learning about pumpkins, HW Smith scholars practicing reading for fluency and more. I look forward to seeing the good news you share from your classrooms and buildings each week. Please keep sharing your photos with us on Twitter by tagging @SyracuseSchools and using #SCSDSuccess!
Finally, coming up tomorrow, don’t miss the All-City Jazz Festival concert at HW Smith at 1 pm! Middle school and high school musicians have spent the past two months learning the genre of jazz, and this performance will allow them to showcase their skills with guest conductors, practicing their improvisational and solo techniques. I hope to see many of you there.