Superintendent's Message - 11/2/18

     Published on 11/5/18   Tagged under:    Superintendent   

As we have struggled with ongoing violence here in Syracuse, we have also seen senseless acts of violence occur on a national scale. Please join me in keeping Pittsburgh residents – especially the Jewish community – in your thoughts and prayers. The recent synagogue attack there reiterates the importance of coming together to do what we can to create a safer environment here at home.
 
Along those lines, this weekend, the SCSD is partnering with the Syracuse City-Wide High School Reunion Committee and Interfaith Works CNY to host Interfaith Education Weekend from November 2-4. We are calling on all faith communities to come together and deliver a message and/or activity with their respective congregations on the importance, impact, value and outcome of education with family engagement. Our hope is that this weekend, communities will engage with our youth, letting them know that they are supported and how important they are. I hope you will join us in this effort by sharing a special message with students you engage with, letting them know that they are valued and that they have great potential!
 
We had some great staff development taking place throughout the district during Tuesday’s Superintendent’s Conference Day. I hope you were all able to walk away from your sessions with at least one new idea, skill or connection. On Thursday, I met with the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council, and I look forward to working with this group throughout the year so we can continue leading the District in a positive direction. As always, if you have comments or suggestions, please share them with me – or feel free to submit them via Let’s Talk
 
Today, we wrapped up the week with exciting news from the SCSD Educational Foundation: the winners of this year’s Educational Foundation grants have been announced! This year, 22 SCSD staff members have had grant projects funded, totaling more than $56,000! Please join me in congratulating these staff and thanking the SCSD Educational Foundation for making it possible for us to bring these exceptional new programs and activities to our students. To learn more about this year’s funded projects, please click here.
 
Please remember that next Tuesday, November 6th, is Election Day. In the Syracuse City School District, we pride ourselves on helping our students become #SCSDCivicReady, and it is important that we set an example for them of what that looks like. Voting is a civic duty – please remember to take the time to vote!
 
Finally, this week’s #SCSDLookBack video features Halloween festivities from across the district, STEM enrichment at Syracuse Latin, Grant students visiting The Wild, WSA students signing an Anti-Bullying Pledge, Webster students practicing math by bowling, LeMoyne students visiting the MOST, Franklin students visiting the Everson and more. There are so many innovative things happening in our school buildings!
 
Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,
Jaime