Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:
In September, we proudly begin our 164th year of Deaf Education at St. Mary’s. This year promises to be another exciting year. Our students, staff and families look forward to a year of innovative academic programs and enriched afterschool and residential activities.
In April 2013, our school achieved full Accreditation from the Council of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD). We remain committed to working on the CEASD recommendations, ensuring our students and community of a continued school improvement plan and to attain re-accreditation in Spring 2018.
In 2015-2016, we were extremely proud of our 100% graduation rate. Students graduated with New York State Regents Diplomas and Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credentials. Our students participated in local and national academic competitions. Our athletic teams participated in tournaments throughout the east coast. All of the events on our school calendar were well attended by alumni and stakeholders of our school community.
In 2016-2017, the St. Mary’s community will continue to work together so our students reach their full potential. Our Board of Trustees continues to provide strong leadership and wisdom to the school. Our highly qualified staff help ensure positive student outcomes. Our Parent Teacher Organization assists in any way possible. We continue to move forward together ending every conversation with “What works best for our students?” Our goals for this school year remain consistent as in the past: student achievement, increasing enrollment, and meeting the recommendations of the Accreditation Site Visit Team.
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