Ronardo Reeves

News principal works to turn around Danforth Middle School Danforth Middle School’s new principal, Dr. Ronardo Reeves, is not new to challenges. He has a new year ahead of him, a building with new staff and opportunities to exceed expectations alongside other new principals in the district —all nine of them. He is actively on call or frequently engaged away ... Read More »

From Newsroom to Classroom

Media teacher Nick Lisi shares his photo experience & will lead The Stand’s Photo Walk Nick Lisi seems to have adapted to his first year in high school faster than most “freshmen.” Maybe it’s the quarter-century he spent previously as a professional photographer at The Post-Standard, just a few blocks away, or his own experience being around other kids. His ... Read More »

Corcoran Graduates: "The Fighters" Who Made It

Thomas J. Corcoran High School graduated over 200 students at the Civic Center Thursday, June 20. The class speakers delivered big in spirit and speeches regarding their cohorts abilities to perform better in athletics, arts and academics. Corcoran students reminded each other of their contributions to the district’s successes. Three of the top academic averages on the districts combined volleyball ... Read More »

Determined Educator Who Puts Students First

Southside Academy Charter School’s leader reflects after his first year: ‘The job doesn’t stop’ After students experienced a long day of state testing at Southside Academy Charter School, principal Delvin Vick decided to give them a reward for their hard work. While the students in third through eighth grades spent the afternoon preparing for the next morning of testing, Vick ... Read More »

Growing Teachers

Teachers of Tomorrow leads professionals in careers helping students When she emigrated from Cuba to the United States, Rosalina Fonseca hoped to stick with her career as a teacher. She had taught math for nine years in her native country and hoped to do so here. “I didn’t know any English, but I wanted to be a math teacher in ... Read More »

Guard Duty

Sentry program works to protect students throughout district As the first lunch period at Clary Middle School approached, Aaron Wilson rose in preparation. Lunchtime is one of the biggest responsibilities for Wilson, the security officer in the building. He presides over two cafeterias of more than 50 students each. On this particular day, the school announced that the three lunch ... Read More »

Providing a Vision

Mercy Works program offers students multiple opportunities Mercy Works, Inc., a non-profit organization based on the South Side, provides a plethora of programs to children, from computer literacy classes and internship placement to improving family relationships. Gina Rivers, the organization’s program director, said Mercy Works’ mission is to identify and meet the social needs of the community and to empower ... Read More »

Youth Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King

Every Tuesday, kids come to Geneva Hayden’s after-school sessions at Beauchamp Library to get homework done, find a book to read or use a computer. But in preparation for Martin Luther King Day, Hayden planned an activity to teach kids about Dr. King and his message. The literacy volunteer says she wouldn’t have it any other way. “Every time you ... Read More »

Charter School Student Works to 'Stamp Out Bullying'

Thirteen-year-old Jaclyn Turner knows what it’s like to be bullied. An aspiring poet with a love for the band Rise Against, Turner wears her curly hair cropped short. She says she can’t grow it out because of an autoimmune disease, and used to wear wigs to cover it up. “I used to get bullied all the time,” Turner said. Read More »

Parent University

Program offers workshop series to parents to better support their children’s education Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras recently gave nearly 200 local residents a look at an expansive new program designed to help parents with their schoolchildren. The program, Parent University, is a series of workshops for parents of elementary, middle and high school students — intended to ... Read More »