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A Message From The Superintendent...

November 2014

Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:

Last month our 5K Run / Walk was a huge success.  We are so grateful to Sam Spitzer and former Buffalo Sabre Great, Danny Gare, for starting the race!  We are also appreciative of Maritime Charter School, University of Buffalo Audiology / Speech & Hearing Department, and Niagara University ASL Classes for volunteering during this event.  Foundation for Deaf Education Executive Director Diane Gardner did an awesome job organizing the race and post race party.  Homecoming activities and PTO sponsored Family Fun Events capped off another great day here at SMSD! 

Our Young Assembly Hall Dedication Ceremony on October 10th was very well attended.  It was wonderful to see so many stakeholders here to honor Sisters Loretta and Virginia Young for their deeply rooted dedication to the students of St. Mary’s and the Deaf Community for over 60 years.

November 6th is Teacher / Parent Conference Day at St. Mary’s.  This is always a very productive day as teachers and parents discuss present levels of performance for students across all school settings.  School will be open on Friday, November 7th.  School will be closed on Monday, November 10th and also closed on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.  The St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community is grateful for all that our veterans have done to keep us safe and free.

On November 26th, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present their 28th Annual Holiday Concert at 10 a.m. in the Father Gallagher Gym.  We ask that all who attend this free event bring food items for our Annual Food Drive to benefit a local food pantry. 

St. Mary’s School for the Deaf continues to partner with our many community organizations and acts as a valuable resource to Western New York.  We are committed to our Belief Statement and our Mission Statement.  We remain student focused and student centered in our approach to Deaf Education.

I look forward to seeing you on campus and working with you to support our students in 2014-2015.  Together we can help our students become life-long learners and productive citizens.



Child First!


Timothy M. Kelly