Parents of Public Schools of Syracuse is recognizing local teachers, volunteers, students and administrators at their annual Celebration of Excellence. Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras will be the guest speaker at the event, which is being held at Syracuse Stage on May 30th.
Dr. Arthur Vercillo, Regional President of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Sharon L. Contreras, Syracuse City School District Superintendent announced the generous donation of a $90,000 multiyear grant by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield that will help HW-SC launch a
program called Healthy Mind/Healthy Body. The initiative will teach healthy habits to Syracuse students, leading to their overall well-being and success in and out of the classroom.
Nearly 500 students, parents, health care practitioners, educators, and advocates gathered at the State Capital Building in Albany to raise awareness of the impact School Based Health Centers (SBHC’s) have on communities across New York State. Five students from the Syracuse City School District’s Westside Academy at Blodgett participated in the “Student Speakout” and listened to speeches from legislators and others who have been instrumental in bringing comprehensive health services to students on-site at schools.
Students from Hughes Middle School spent time Thursday learning about different local job opportunities at a Career Fair at the school. More than 100 7th and 8th graders attended the event.
The students learned about a number of careers including graphic arts and animation, freelance writing, social work, culinary arts, event planning, building and grounds work and opportunities in the law and health care fields.
During the month of March, Grant Middle School will be participating in Pennies for Patients as part of a service learning project through their Community of Caring program. The students and staff will be donating pennies and other spare change to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The mission of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia and other blood cancers, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The school goal for Grant is to raise more than $1,100.00 which is what they raised last year.
Seven music teachers from the Syracuse City School District were recently recognized in the magazine Teaching Music for their initiative to save the strings program in the district. Samantha Darling (Hughes/Porter), Jeff Waite (Grant), Bill Sokolowski (Huntington/Webster), Jen Groth (McKinley-Brighton/Van Duyn), Julie Stuetzle (Ed Smith/Dr. King), Mike Cieply (Roberts), and Kim Rossi (HW Smith) each took it upon themselves to train and improve their string pedagogy while committing to taking on additional students.
The 9th Annual SCSD Educational Foundation Recognition Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 31st from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter. This year the Foundation will be honoring Dr. Margaret A. Charters for her work at Dr. King Elementary School, and the Bond Shoeneck & King law firm for their work at Elmwood Elementary School. In addition, they will again be presenting teacher, administrator, and support staff awards, and highlighting the current literacy grant recipients and their respective projects.
Even outfitted with a puffy down jacket and equipped with a heavy-duty snow blower, winters in Syracuse are brutal. Each year 1,000 refugees arrive in Central New York from countries like Bhutan and Republic of the Congo, where flip-flops are year-round footwear and snow is not in the forecast. The students at Expeditionary Learning Middle School are collecting boots for Hopeprint, a local non-profit organization that helps to facilitate these refugees’ transition to the United States. Service learning is a component to the multi-disciplinary learning experience at ELMS.
ELMS is a unique learning environment where students are divided into multi-aged, single-gender CREWS, with a faculty member as their leader.
“The CREW is centered around experiential learning, fitness, literacy, numeracy and service learning,” said Mary Beth Murray, CREW Coordinator and AVID teacher. “It is the foundation of how our whole building runs.”
Since 2008, service learning has been an integrated part of the learning philosophy. In the past, each CREW would select its own project and participate in service, but due to lack of funding, the faculty decided to collaborate on one area that would involve everyone participating in the same activity said Mark Loftus, CREW leader and resource teacher.
The 2012 Syracuse City School District All-City Instrumental Music Festival was held at Henninger High School (600 Robinson St.). Over 300 of the District's finest music students participated in elementary, junior high, and senior high bands and orchestra.
The LCS-SRC Engineering Ambassadors Program was created in the spring of 2006 with the goal of establishing a foundational understanding of math and science among Syracuse City School District middle school students. The program, funded by SRC, Inc, is devised to help young students understand the different fields of science and engineering and how they affect everyday life. The members of the program consist of middle school SCSD students and students from the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science under the direction of the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service at Syracuse University. The mission of the LCS-SRC Engineering Ambassadors program is to spark a lasting passion in science and technology early in the lives of these middle school students, with the ultimate effect being a desire to pursue those interests into high school and beyond.
The LCS-SRC Engineering Ambassadors program got off to a great start on at the Westside Academy at Blodgett. The year’s first lesson plan had Westside students building functional chairs out of newspaper and tape. After gaining knowledge of several concepts that relate to building structures, such as tensile forces and truss, the Westside Academy students partnered up with fellow classmates and Syracuse University students, and started working on sketches of what their chairs would look like. Motivated by the challenge that lay ahead, they began building their chairs.