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A Message From The Superintendent ...

December 2017


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


As we head into the holiday season, we know there is much to celebrate and be thankful for at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.


The Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools for the Deaf (CEASD Site Visit Team arrived on Sunday, October 29th and spent four days evaluating our school and programs for re-accreditation. The accreditation process ensures that St. Mary’s has a school improvement plan. This improvement plan will assist staff, parents and students to achieve all of their goals across all settings.. I am delighted to report that the CEASD Team has recommended Full Re-Accreditation for SMSD! This is a tremendous accomplishment and proof of the hard work and dedication of the entire SMSD family. A sincere thank you to all of our stakeholders!


The new St. Mary’s state-of-the-art Media Center/Library is well underway and should be completed very soon. This project has been in the works for over a year. All SMSD community members are welcome for a tour.


The Residential Thanksgiving Dinner was held on November 21st. Our residential students helped prepare and serve a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Many SMSD staff attended along with family members of the students. We are thankful for all that we share at St. Mary’s.


On November 22nd, Conductor Stefan Sanders and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra kicked off the holiday season. The BPO played to a full house in the Father Gallagher Gym. Our annual Food Drive was a great success. 160 bags of food were delivered to the Buffalo City Mission by our staff and students. Thank you to all whom participated.


Winter recess begins Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st, 2018.

Students return to school on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018


On behalf of our Board of Trustees, our staff, parents and, most importantly, our students, we wish you a very happy holiday season.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy New Year!


Child First!


Timothy M. Kelly