A Message From The Superintendent...
Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:
Our 162nd school year at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf is off to a great start. Our Deaf Awareness Week was the highlight of September. All of our stakeholders were strongly represented at the events on and off campus. The kickoff event at the Galleria Mall was very well attended. SMSD eighth grader, Cameron Cole, signed the National Anthem at the Buffalo Bills versus San Diego Chargers game. Residential students, Jonathan Allen, Jasmine Hollingsworth, Sara Rosario, and Nick Barrus signed the National Anthem at the Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes preseason game.
Two years ago, we were preparing for the Council of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD) site visit. During CEASD’s visit, SMSD was recommended for Full Accreditation. In the CEASD’s final report, there were accommodations and recommendations. Our Standard Committees will continue to meet to implement the recommendations. The accreditation process ensures that our school is continually working toward an improvement plan. This improvement plan will assist staff, parents and students to achieve all of their academic goals.
Homecoming activities will begin on Friday, October 10th with the dedication of the Young Assembly Hall, formerly the Main Building Assembly Hall, to honor Sisters Loretta and Virginia Young. Please join us for the 2014 “Breaking the Sound Barrier: 5K Run / Fun Walk on Saturday, October 11th. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. After the race, there will be a SMSD Girls Volleyball game and alumni games. The PTO will provide fun activities for families all day!
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.
Timothy M. Kelly