The SCSD believes that one of the most important ways we can help our children perform better in the classroom is to provide them with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of minds and bodies. More than 10,000 breakfasts and 14,000 lunches are provided to students daily.
The New York State Education Department announced today that the Syracuse City School District has been awarded the Systemic Supports for District & School Turnaround Grant. The grant is for two years and totals over $2 million dollars.
Football players from Corcoran High School’s junior varsity and varsity squads helped clean up Elmwood Park last week as part of the Adopt-A-Park program. The young men, along with coaches Jesse Long, Kevin Ryan and Mike Speir, raked leaves, cut down old brush and removed debris from the park.
“It’s great to give back to the community,’’ Jesse Long said. Organizer Paul Grace and volunteers Larry Rutledge and Mike and Gabe Smolyncki also helped spruce up the park. After they finished their work, the players were treated to a pizza party.
Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras unveiled the Syracuse City School District’s Strategic Plan, "Great Expectations 2012-2017" to the Syracuse community with a presentation at a special Board of Education meeting on Aug. 22 at Clary Middle School.
"Great Expectations 2012-2017" is a 5-year strategic plan designed to dramatically improve academic performance in the District. The plan will serve as a roadmap that defines the reform-based goals that will guide education transformation in our city.
“Although ambitious and challenging, "Great Expectations 2012-2017" is our commitment to making a long-term, collective investment in our students and their future,’’ Superintendent Contreras said.
The plan was developed over the course of five months with input from a Core Planning Team that included individuals from throughout the community. This team was guided by valuable feedback from hundreds of stakeholders who attended several community forums sponsored by the District.
The plan includes a mission and vision for the district, a pathway to success for students and detailed timelines for achieving five reform-based goals.
“We can and must continue to improve at every level of the organization,’’ said Stephen Swift, president of the Board of Education. "Great Expectations 2012-2017" provides us the framework to accomplish our goals.’’
“Write to make a blind man see and a deaf man hear.” These words from Bud Poliquin, columnist for the Post-Standard, inspired the 26 rising ninth grade students who attended the 3rd annual Writing Institute at Nottingham High School. Over the three- week program students kept a Writer’s Notebook, wrote and revised a personal narrative and created a digital movie to explore how writing affects the world.
The Summer Success Academy (SSA) was a five-week program at Onondaga Community College (OCC) created to prepare students to be more successful in college. The program took place from July 6 - August 10, 2012 and included 29 Syracuse City School District graduates who all intend to enroll at OCC in Fall 2012 as full-time Say Yes Scholars. Orientation was on July 6, 2012, followed by a team-building day at Orenda Springs on July 7th and classes/programming Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM July 9-August 10, 2012.
Artwork by students from Fowler High School is on display at the Breath of Fresh Air (BoFA) Gallery, 327 Montgomery St., in downtown Syracuse. The student work is in a display case facing Montgomery Street during August to promote Fowler’s art program for the upcoming school year.
The display features work by students in Ms. Dugger’s Studio in Art classes. Also featured is work from students in Fowler’s Art Club.
Taino Palermo, the Youth Development Director for YWCA in Syracuse, collaborated with Fowler to make the exhibit possible.