Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:
Our 163rd school year at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf is off to a great start. Our 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was a solemn reminder and a great tribute to our everyday heroes. It was great to see so many parents and staff at the Parent Orientation Dinner on September 17th! 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. Dale Mussen, WYRK Radio DJ and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), gave an inspirational speech. A representative from Erie County presented on “Texting to 9-1-1” and Deaf Comedian Noah Buchholz provided an entertaining presentation both to the public and to our students and staff. SMSD Residential students, Elise Watson, Nick Barrus, Kioney Alvira, and Drew Cannizzaro, signed the National Anthem at the Buffalo Sabres pre-season game on September 23rd.
Three 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 in preparation for our reaccreditation and site visit in 2017. 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 be held on Wednesday, October 7th. Thursday, October 8th is “Parent Conference Night”. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 9th or Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th. Please join us for the 2015 “Breaking the Sound Barrier: 5K Run / Fun Walk on Saturday, October 10th. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. An “Evening with EARS” (Educational & Auditory Resources for Sound) will be held on October 14that 6 p.m. in Young Assembly Hall. There will also be an “Open House” on October 15th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on any events, please go to www.smsdk12.org or call the school at (716) 834-7200.
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 2015-2016. Together we can help our students become life-long learners and productive citizens.
Timothy M. Kelly