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A Message From The Superintendent ...

April 2018


Dear St. Mary’s School for the Deaf Stakeholders:


Spring is here, we remain committed to our Belief and Mission Statements.  We are a Child First School.  We are proud to be officially re-accredited by the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD) later this month. 


Last month, SMSD students attended the Northeast Academic Bowl competition at the American School for the Deaf in Connecticut.  They made new friends, year, developed confidence, were excellent ambassadors of SMSD and identified areas of improvement for next year.  They received many compliments on their sportsmanship and progress.  Students and staff represented with the true “Spirit of St. Mary’s”.


The 45th Annual Physical Education & Sports Demonstration was held on March 29th in front of a packed house in the Gallagher Gym.  Athletic Director Jim Carmody and his coaches did a tremendous job with the event.  Our students exhibited their many talents during the fun-filled afternoon.  This year’s gym show was dedicated to SMSD Teacher of the Deaf Rosellen Peek.  Ms. Peek was recognized for her remarkable support and dedication to our School and most importantly, to every student she has had.


New York State now requires schools to conduct four “Lockdown” drills each school year.  St. Mary’s School for the Deaf continues to be vigilant in our “situational awareness”.  Students may come home with questions regarding the drills.  Please feel free to contact your student’s principal if you have any questions or concerns.  Information and experience from these drills help continuously improve future drills.  These drills are one piece of the plan to ensure that our school be a warm, safe place for our students to learn and grow. 


St. Mary’s has used two (2) snow days.  Therefore, as stated in the 2017-2018 School Year calendar, school will be in session on Tuesday, June 19th as well as Wednesday, June 20th, 2017.  Friday, April 20th will be an “Early Dismissal”.    


Some exciting events at SMSD in April include the Ethnic Festival from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on April 19th, Family Fun Bingo on April 26th at 6 p.m.; both in the Gallagher Gym and the Annual Music Show on April 27th at 10 a.m. in the Young Assembly Hall


Our doors are always open and we welcome visitors to come and see what a special place our campus is.   Please feel free to contact us to make an appointment for a tour at your convenience.


Child First!

Timothy M. Kelly