Superintendent's Brief


Happy Friday,

I hope everyone had a great week. It was a short one with the Holi holiday in the middle. For those of you who celebrate Holi, I hope you had a wonderful celebration. Students shared the customary celebration throwing of the colors with classmates across the district on Tuesday. You can see how much they enjoyed it by the joy, laughter, and smiles. I'm proud that, as a school community, we embrace this holiday and joyful celebration and continue to learn why it mean so much to so many of our families.

Photo of Holi Celebrations Across the District

Photo of Dylan Sukram, a second grader at Woodlawn.

Dylan Sukram, second grader at Woodlawn Elementary School

Congratulations to Parmesh Thakoordial, a senior at Schenectady High School and Sophomore SUNY Schenectady Smart Transfer Student, who has been named a 2023 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. Parmesh's selection was based on the score he earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition, for which more than 2,400 applications were received. He was the top scoring student from New York State. The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

As a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar, Parmesh will be recognized at the Annual Phi Theta Kappa President's Breakfast during the AACC Convention on April 3 in Denver.

We are proud of Parmesh. Congratulations on this great honor. #SchenectadyRising

We are in the process of scheduling four community presentations during the month of April regarding the Capital Project Referendum. This is the Schenectady Revitalization Plan 2030 that I outlined in January. It will be an item on the ballot on May 16 when our community votes on the budget and school board election. We will share the schedule of presentations next week.

Three seats are up for election on our Board of Education. Each seat is for a three-year term. To learn how get on the ballot and run for a seat, click here. Petitions must be filed by April 26. If you have questions, please contact Martha Morris, clerk of the board.

Photo:  Parmesh Thakoordial

Parmesh Thakoordial

We have an exciting event coming up next week at Schenectady High School. Seniors and their families are invited to celebrate 100 days until graduation on Wednesday, March 23, at 3:30 p.. in the Schenectady High School Auditorium. We will be joined by special guests who have important announcements and opportunities for our families. If. you need a ride, we will pick you up. See the shuttle bus schedule below.

The Schenectady Promise Shuttle Bus Schedule

I had a fantastic morning with the students at Hamilton Elementary School as they took on the Idita-Read Challenge. This is a project that challenges students to read. Reading goals are set up and a map is used to chart the reader's progress checkpoint to checkpoint. The awards ceremony immediately followed. It was a fun time. H-o-w-w-w-l !

Superintendent Soler at Hamilton Reading Event

Photo from Hamilton Reading Event

The Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation has scheduled the 2023 Education Celebration for April 26 at Proctors GE Theater. This is a fun evening with teachers, alumni and community partners. Awards will be presented and our Teacher of the Year will be recognized. The SCSD Educational Foundation has provided more than $435,000 worth of grants to Schenectady educators since 2006. Please consider attending this year's event. Tickets to this event support the grant funding that is made possible for our teachers.

You can purchase tickets online here.

Schenectady Educational Foundation

Our Spring Break STEAM Camp for students in grades 1-5 will run from April 10-14. More than 350 students took advantage of our February camp and we hope even more will join us in April. We've got lots of fun activities planned. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Transportation provided. Watch the video for highlights from the camp and visit our website for more:  https://www.schenectadyschools.org/article/1029227. Sign up here.

Last Saturday was National Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day. Thank you to all the members of our dedicated facilities and maintenance team who work tirelessly to keep our buildings running smoothly. I appreciate you. Thank you for everything you do.

Thank you to maintenance workers

March is Women's History Month. The 2023 theme for Women's History Month is "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories." This theme recognizes women past, present and in the future. To celebrate this theme, we spoke with students about their futures. Watch the video on our YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/ObRDNf9qQz4

Girls Inc. is inviting you to a giving challenge in honor of Women's History Month. Far too many girls don't have access to the life-changing Girls Inc. experience that provides the combination of long-term mentorship, safe spaces, and access to knowledge and skills-building that enables all girls to succeed in life.

Mekkah Bergeron, payroll/human resources liaison in our district, says that Girls Inc. has played a huge role in her life and has inspired her to be the woman that she is today. She currently sits on the board of directors for Girls Inc. of the Capital Region and wants to be sure girls have the same opportunity she had. Mekkah is offering anyone who donates $25 or more during the month of March, a free tumbler from BeYOUtiful Accessories. To donate, go here.

Thank you Mekkah for paying it forward and for all that you do to support the girls in our community.

A few important reminders:

  • Secondary interim progress reports will be mailed home on Monday, March 13.

  • Spring Sports (JV and Varsity) start Monday, March 13

  • No School Friday, March 17: Superintendent's Conference Day

Girls Inc  Fundraiser

I'm excited to be judging at the Future Chef Competition this afternoon at Schenectady High School. I can't wait to try the amazing dishes being prepared by our young chefs. What a great way to close out the week.

Have a great weekend


Anibal Soler, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

Code of Conduct Committee

The Code of Conduct Committee is inviting you to review the 2022-2023 Code of Character, Conduct and Support and submit feedback to help inform edits to the 2023-2024 version. Please complete the survey here.

2022-2023 Code of conduct

Virtual Counseling for Students

We partnered with tbh to provide you with free access to virtual mental health counseling.

Whether you’ve tried out therapy before or not, tbh is a great place for you to build up a mental health routine.

Sign-up, learn real skills to help you navigate whatever is on your mind, and get started as soon as this week: https://www.tbh.us/scsd 

If you have any questions, feel free to email the tbh team directly at scsd@tbh.us or send them a text message at 415.895.3932.


ALUMNI PROFILE:  Marshae White

This week's featured alumnae is Marshae White, a 2007 graduate of SHS who currently lives in Georgia. Marshae credits skills she learned while working on the SHS yearbook with sparking her interest in photography. "I was in the Yearbook club with Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Libertucci and that inspired my interest in photography. I later obtained a Photography Degree with a specialization in Biomedical and Forensic photography. This interest has afforded me with the opportunity to work in Medical Examiner’s Offices, Police Departments, Sheriff’s Offices, as well as have my artwork in various shows and exhibitions."



Would you like to be featured?

If you are an alumni of SCSD and would like to be featured, let us know by completing this online form.

You can view Alumni Profiles here.

Photo of the Week

This birthday girl at Woodlawn got to taste maple sap directly from the tree they tapped in the school's yard.

Photo:  PHOTO OF THE WEEK :  March is Women's History Month and Miss Ray's ENL classroom at Central Park was decorated, for the occasion.

Guest Readers

It's National Reading Month and that means we have guest readers visiting our youngest scholars.

PHOTO:  Guest Readers for National Reading Month


Flyer:  Little Shop of Horrors


Author Tiffany D. Jackson

Thursday, April 6, McChesney Room at Central Library

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