Superintendent's Message - 10/26/18

     Published on 10/29/18   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

In case you haven’t heard, one of our talented #SCSDArts students at Ed Smith School, Amiah Crisler, has been selected to create a mural in downtown Syracuse! Her mural will be titled ‘Lemp Park Pet Forest’ and will be a colorful addition to the downtown landscape. If you’d like to contribute to the funding of the project, organized by 315 Alive, here is a link to see the mural rendering and learn more about the Go Fund Me campaign for the ’12 Murals in 12 Weeks’ project.
Another note of #SCSDPride: 88 SCSD staff members achieved perfect attendance last school year! I can’t stress enough how important staff attendance is. Each of us plays a unique role in supporting the work of our students, teachers and staff and in order for us to achieve success, we must all be present. Congratulations to these staff members for their exceptional dedication to the SCSD!
The American Heart Association has also continued their dedication to the students of the SCSD. This week, thanks to a sponsorship from St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, they announced the Growing Healthy Hearts program, which will help students in Dr. Weeks, Franklin, Porter, Seymour and Van Duyn learn fun new ways to get active and stay healthy!
On Wednesday, our PSLA at Fowler Career and Technical Education students had a wonderful opportunity to experience hands-on career readiness training. Students in the Geospatial Technology, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, EMT, Fire Rescue, Law Enforcement and Forensic Science programs visited Springside Farm in Fabius. They were able to perform search & rescue simulations in a corn maze, allowing them to put to work the lessons they have learned in the classroom. This is one of the many activities that reminds me how important our #SCSDCTE programs are in helping our students become #SCSDCareerReady!
Also on Wednesday, I was pleased to hold the first gathering of this year’s Superintendent’s Student Cabinet at PSLA at Fowler. The students – representing all of our high schools – were interested in learning about our strategic plan, Building Our Future, and they engaged actively in a discussion about violence in our communities and our schools. I look forward to working with this bright group of students as the year continues!
This week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Syracuse Latin students wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Webster students visiting Critz Farms, McKinley-Brighton students visiting the zoo, LeMoyne students working with writing partners, Henninger students visiting Orenda Springs, after school enrichment at Salem Hyde, Dr. King students visiting the MOST, Ed Smith students and staff standing united against bullying and more.
Finally, check out this sweet invitation I received from Porter scholars inviting me to their first-ever Porter Panda-Monium Haunted House on Saturday evening from 5-7 pm. I hope some of you will join me in supporting the scholars as they get into the Halloween spirit!