Excellence is in with Parents for Public Schools

Since 2003, Parents for Public Schools has presented its Celebration of Excellence awards to dedicated members of the Syracuse City School District education community, recognizing the contributions of students, staff, parents and volunteers to the overall well being of the SCSD.

Here is a brief list of their accomplishments:

Parris Adair is a graduating senior at Corcoran High School, who volunteers as a mentor for third-graders at Roberts K-8 School and for the local Big Brother, Big Sister program.

Tom Bardenett is graduating from Henninger High School at the top of his class, and is designated as an Advanced Placement Scholar.

Clary science teacher Gail Calcagnino coordinates the school's holiday gift campaign for students, and is the spirit squad coach, dance choreographer and chess team advisor.

The late Stan Colella, legendary musician and educator, worked tirelessly with the Syracuse City School District, the Syracuse Parks and Recreation All-Star Band and the Horns a Plenty program to provide music education and opportunity to SCSD students.

Dean DeSantis has served as a SCSD teacher and administrator, currently as principal at Lincoln Middle School and is recognized as a supportive administrator and role model for staff, students and parents.

Music teacher Judy Gotham, of Lincoln Middle School, a Syracuse Symphony outstanding educator, has just completed her 46th musical production, all with the idea that there is room for everyone who wants to participate.

Dick and Nancy Humpleby are integral members of the Elmwood School community as reading tutors, providing academic support along with the caring and understanding so important to the needs of our children.

Bosnian born Armin Jasicis an eighth grade honor student at Lincoln Middle School, active in the chorus, drama company, All-City Band and Chorus and various sports teams.

Leesa Kelley, Crouse Hospital's Outreach Manager, has been instrumental in improving the health and wellness of the Hughes School community and coordinates Crouse employee volunteers to provide heart and health screenings for staff and parents.

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