Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:
Our 164th school year at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf is off to a great start. Our students and staff placed flags around our flag pole for as a silent reminder of the 9/11 event 15 years ago and a tribute to our everyday heroes. It was great to see so many parents and staff at the Parent Orientation Dinner on September 15th! 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. Many events were held throughout the week for our students and staff. SMSD students Jasmine Hollingsworth, Chris Martin, Sabina Bajgai and Ryan Brzezinski, signed the American and Canadian National Anthems at the Buffalo Sabres pre-season game on September 27th.
SMSD Community Partners, BAK USA and National Grid, collaborated to donate ten computers to our High School Program. We are truly grateful for their support of Deaf Education and St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.
We continue to prepare for the Council of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD) site visit a year from now for Reaccreditation. Our Standard Committees 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.
Thursday, October 6th is “Parent Conference Night”. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 7th or Columbus Day, Monday, October 10th. For more information on any events, please go to www.smsdk12.org or call the school at (716) 834-7200.
*PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE FOR 2017 SUMMER SCHOOL:
Summer School will begin on Monday, July10th and end on Friday, August 18th, 2017
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 2016-2017. Together we can help our students become life-long learners and productive citizens.
Timothy M. Kelly