Monday, March 23, 2015

Sustained Success Is No Accident

Well, I was excited when I learned that the Syracuse Half Marathon was being moved to March from its previous earlier date. I was planning on running in shorts! Nope. Unfortunately, with an AccuWeather "Real Feel" of 5 degrees and a 28 mile an hour wind, I was bundled up like it was late December! Still felt good to be out on the roads, but so did the warm shower when it was over.

Best Music Community Again!: I am very proud to be able to write about our Fine Arts Program. We received word last week that the program is being recognized as the 2015 Best Music Communities for Music Education Award for the seventh time in a row and the tenth time overall. Sustained success is no accident. The dedication of our Fine Arts staff, students, and supportive parents help us to achieve this award. Kudos also to our Director of Fine Arts, Bill Davern, for leading the charge!

Our Athletes Do Well Academically: I am also very proud of our Athletics Department. Few people know this, but we are one of the few area schools that has an academic eligibility policy. This policy has helped our athletic teams to produce in the classroom as well as in competition. As a measure of this commitment to academics, I am pleased to report that from our spring sports campaign last year through the recent completion of our winter program twenty five of our twenty six varsity teams received Scholastic Team Awards from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). To receive the award the team must have a combined academic average of ninety or greater. Several of our teams have had averages of ninety five percent. Good stuff!

Students are Inducted into the National Honor Society: Next week, on March 30, we celebrate dozens of students who will be inducted into the National Honor Society. To become members, students must display scholarship, leadership, service, and character. If the students being inducted can continue to exhibit the National Honor Society traits into adulthood, their success will be no accident.

Thank you for your support and enjoy the week-