CSA Officers Pay Visits To Members To Celebrate The First Day Of School
A crisp, blue day provided a lovely backdrop on Sept. 5 to the beginning of school for more than a million New York City students. CSA’s officers made visits to members at schools across the metropolis: From Manhattan to the Bronx to Staten Island, President Mark Cannizzaro stopped in at several buildings, while Executive Vice President Henry Rubio and First Vice President Rosemarie Sinclair met with school leaders in Manhattan and Queens.
At M155, Mr. Cannizzaro met with Principal Marcia Sulit and Renaissance School of the Arts Principal Brian Bradley as they greeted students in the bustling cafeteria their schools share. In her second year as principal, Ms. Sulit is proud of advances the school is making as a dual language institution.
In the Bronx, Mr. Mark Cannizzaro visited Soundview Academy for Culture and Scholarship, and in the same building, IS 131, the Albert Einstein School, led by Monique Mason. Soundview Principal William Frackelton is pushing hard to make the dual language community school into a model of practical tech education, with offerings including FinalCut Pro video editing, recording engineering and 3D fabrication. The goal is to help the school’s roughly 400 students enter high school on a path to continue deepening their knowledge of those fields such that they can quickly land well-paying jobs once they graduate. He proudly displayed areas that have been renovated into computer rooms with new iMacs and noted that all students will be getting iPads as well.
“This is what a cutting edge school looks like,” he said. “Every kid should have a liberal and a technical education.”
Executive Vice President Henry Rubio spent the morning in Maspeth, Queens, at PS 9, the Walter Reed School. The District 75 school serves over 750 students across seven buildings and Principal Robert Wojnarowski has spent nearly 30 years at the same site, starting his educational career there as a paraprofessional. As he welcomed back students and highlighted some of the exceptional resources he has secured throughout his tenure, he shared how he, his administration and staff pride themselves on creating a safe space where students know they belong and feel like they are part of a community. He has come to think of the building as a home as well and was excited to begin another year there.
“What you’ve gone through with these children becomes part of the building and part of its history,” he offered.
Meanwhile, First Vice President Rosemarie Sinclair started the day at Stuyvesant High School, touring the building with Principal Eric Contreras and his administration. She was particularly impressed by the support that returning students give to incoming freshmen during their first days.
“The building was filled with such incredible energy and optimism,” she remarked. “As all school leaders know, successfully re-opening a school at the start of a new year is no small task, and the administration deserves high praise for how smoothly the morning went.”