01-29-24 District Update
Welcome to the District Update!
I want to thank everyone who joined us for our first Speaker Series of the school year, “Understanding Your Middle-Level Child.” Steve Parker Zielinski, who is the Superintendent of the South Seneca School District and also President of the New York State Middle School Association, provided incredible input, perspective, and resources for families.
While we did not record the Speaker Series, Mr. Parker Zielinski provided his presentation for us to share with you. The presentation is available on the District website and also in the District newsletter.
Next, I want to congratulate Williamsville East’s Soumyadeep Bhattacharjee and Grant Wang, who were named Top 300 Finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. This competition is considered “the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors.” Earlier this week, East also learned that Grant was named one of the top 40 finalists and will continue to compete against fellow scholars from across the nation through March. Congratulations and good luck!
A huge shoutout goes to the Transit Middle School Future City team! The 8th grade team, “Electros of Victoria,” won the regional competition and advanced to the national competition by building the future city of “Victoria.” The national finals begin February 17th in Washington, DC! Best of luck!
Watch the weekly video to see how all the middle schools performed at this year’s Future City Competition!
Finally, earlier this week, 8th grade students from throughout the District had the opportunity to participate in “Taste of Tech” at the BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center. A 3-hour, interactive career exploration experience, students were able to participate in hands-on learning activities in culinary arts, cosmetology, aviation, and dental lab and technology, just to name a few. An annual event by BOCES, this is an opportunity for students to learn more about technical education and potential career fields.
Thursday, February 1st, marks the start of Black History Month. As we have throughout the school year, we will honor the accomplishments, life, and legacy of individuals of significance – both past and present. We will recognize individuals such as Mari Copeny, who as an 8-year-old, helped raise awareness regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Please keep an eye out and learn more throughout the month of February with these video projects that are shared on our digital platforms.
As we ramp up and look forward to Spring, each school’s PTA/PTSA works hard to continue programming that our students have come to love and look forward to. Please consider volunteering with your schools’ parent association so that this level of programming can continue.
As always, continue to work hard and have a great week!