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A Message From The Superintendent ...

October 2017


Dear Members of the St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Community:


Our 165th 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 16 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 21st! 


Our Summer School program conducted a “Kids for K-9” fundraiser in hopes of raising $1,200. The entire SMSD community, including students, staff, parents, and community partners, came through with an overwhelming response and raised over $2,500 to purchase safety vests and medical kits for the NFTA K-9 dogs who have been visiting our school for the last couple years. On Monday, September 25th, our students presented the check to NFTA representatives and K-9’s Saber and Zev.


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. Our first annual Awards Dinner was held on September 28th. We honored three staff members, four students, two retirees, and four Distinguished Alumni. It was a great celebration of excellence for all. SMSD students Jasmine Hollingsworth, Elise Watson, Isa Habeeb and Adnan Abdi signed the American and Canadian National Anthems at the Buffalo Sabres pre-season game on September 29th.


The Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD Site Visit Team will arrive on Sunday, October 29th and spend the next three days evaluating our school and programs for re-accreditation. 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. There will be a public report in the Young Assembly Hall on November 1st at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend!


The new St. Mary’s state-of-the-art Media Center/Library is well underway and should be completed within the next month. This project has been in the works for over a year and students and staff are very excited about the renovations!


Thursday, October 5th is “Parent Conference Night”. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 6th or Columbus Day, Monday, October 9th. For more information on any events, please go to or call the school at (716) 834-7200.


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 2017-2018. Together we can help our students become life-long learners and productive citizens.

Child First!


Timothy M. Kelly