Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! We are excited to celebrate our 162nd anniversary of Deaf Education services to Western New York this September. This year promises to be another banner year for all of our students. Academic achievement and academic achievement continue to be our top two priorities. Our 100% graduation rate and our better than 90% attendance rate demonstrates the tremendous teamwork of students, staff, and parents to ensure all students reach their full potential across all settings.
SMSD is a Child First School! We are honored to be fully accredited by the Council of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD). All of our stakeholders are represented in ongoing Standard meetings. We are committed to working on the recommendations of CEASD and we implement our strategic plan accordingly. Our highly qualified staff will provide another stellar year of academic programs, enriching after school and residential activities.
Our Board of Trustees continues to provide wisdom, governance, and strong leadership. Our Educational Leadership Team secures resources and supports our staff to ensure positive student growth. Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) fully supports our students and our school. The PTO is always willing to lend a helping hand. Please consider joining them! We continue to work together always seeking to answer the question, “What works best for our students?”
St. Mary’s School for the Deaf partners 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. St. Mary’s will always prioritize student achievement.
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 reach their full potential across all settings of life.
Timothy M. Kelly