Principal Kelly Sajnog and members of the East Syracuse-Minoa Board of Education presented 18 Pine Grove Middle School students with a certificate of recognition at its Dec. 8 meeting. The students were nominated for their academic progress, citizenship and for being contributing members to the PGMS community.
Honorees included Samantha LoBello, Isaiah Lopez, Steven Stevenson, Carley Knusten, Michael Salce, Anne Marie Deeb, Andrew Rosso, Kathleen Steigerwald, Allison Macri, Cole Greabell, Sadie Zacharek, Pavel Bondarenko, Alec Beaton, Megan LeGro, Rebecca DeJohn, Anthony Payne, Jarrett Temple and Lauren Mannerberg.
"Citizenship comes from certainly working at it but also it comes from the models that you're surrounded with every day," said Superintendent Donna DeSiato, addressing the parents in the audience. "So we couldn't possibly be developing this kind of citizenship without you as role models in your families and any expectations you hold as parents for exemplifying these kinds of characteristics and qualities. Thank you and congratulations to all of our students tonight."
'Together, We Can'
The ES-M School District recently developed a strategic plan outlining its vision, mission and beliefs. In a presentation led by Sajnog, the board heard highlights pertaining to the middle school's goals and objectives that embrace the plan and the school's mission statement, which aims to create a professional learning community.
The three overall goals are to improve student achievement, build capacity and partner with parents as well as the public, thus the name for this year's theme, "Together, We Can."
"All of our goals are really aimed at improving student learning and student achievement," DeSiato said. "We know we have to have a partnership with our families; with our community, and work to be successful as a school district."
The board will next meet at 6 p.m. Monday Jan. 12 at ES-M Central High School, located at 6400 Fremont Road in East Syracuse.