The Syracuse City School District Board of Education announced the restructuring of the Board of Education committee structure. The new structure will now consist of two work sessions, Education and Operations and an Audit Committee.
Students from the Syracuse City School District spent a week at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse attending workshops with members of the Diavolo Dance Theater. The dance group was in residency through the Office of the Arts of Syracuse University.
At the end of the residency, the participants performed at the Landmark for an audience that included more than 700 students from the Syracuse City School District, family, friends and SCSD staff.
The Fowler and Nottingham VeX Robotics Teams are competing in the VeX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California. Nottingham team advisor Bryan English has created a Twitter account so friends and family can follow the teams progress throughout the four days of competition.
You can follow the team's account here. There is a page set up that Mr. English will be updating every day for the remainder of the competition.
Several cadets in the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Fowler High School were honored recently at a ceremony at the school.
Students in the program went through their annual Pass in Review, an inspection conducted by Commander Joe Hankins, before they were given their awards. Hankins traveled from Philadelphia to take part in the program at the school.
Principal Jim Palumbo said the program has been in existence at Fowler for four years. He said there are several dozen students who participate.
More than 500 Syracuse City School District students School District took part in the 2012 Science and Career Fair and Environmental Challenge at the Carrier Dome on the Syracuse University campus.
A joint project between the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Outreach and the District, the Challenge encourages student research and the exploration of science and science -related careers.
Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras recently honored over 300 school volunteers from the Syracuse community at a Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. The honorees were recognized for their continued support of the school district through their volunteerism. The volunteers graciously give of their time and talents for the betterment of the students in the Syracuse City School District.
Noela Niyonkuru, a student in the Adult and Continuing Education Program with the Syracuse City School District and Edward Butler, one of the program’s teachers, have each been recognized by the New York Association for Continuing Community Education.
Niyonkuru is one of the Student of the Year award winners and Butler has been chosen as a Teacher of the Year.
The Syracuse City School District is committed to dramatically improving student educational outcomes and has launched a Strategic Planning process. The planning process which will conclude in May will outline actions for dramatic district improvement, including specific school- and district-level goals. The strategic plan will address: human capital strategies, improved teaching and learning strategies, improved curriculum and instruction strategies, teacher and leader evaluation and compensation processes, family and community engagement and communications plans.
The Strategic Plan will be a visionary document aligned to the district’s transformation agenda and includes input from the Core Planning Team. This team will be responsible for making recommendations to the Superintendent on the plan’s content. Members of the Core Planning Team represent a diverse range of stakeholders, including parents, representatives from higher education, teacher and administrator unions, the district central office, community-based organizations, and the ministerial and business communities. The team will meet six times from March through May to determine a vision and goals for the district, develop strategies to meet the goals, and craft an accountability plan to monitor implementation over a five-year time period. The School Turnaround Group (STG) at Mass Insight Education will facilitate the strategic planning process and draft language that reflects the input of all stakeholders.