Superintendent's Message

Dear Binghamton Families,

Our faculty and staff gathered at the start of each year for our annual convocation. Convocation is a time to reunite, celebrate our collective work and focus on the priorities that lie in the year ahead. This year, a focus was placed on being mindful of how our work not only impacts our students but how it affects us as human beings. An emphasis was placed on the importance of taking care of ourselves so that we are best able to care for others.
One of the ways we can care for ourselves is to recognize those things that matter most. Our staff were asked to reach for their phones and send a text thanking someone in their life. One spontaneous moment of gratitude. Within minutes, responses from those that received these messages were returned and the room filled with positivity. Gratitude can be an infectious act of kindness.
When we focus on what we are appreciative of we are also directing our attention to the things that matter most to us. Having this focus results in getting more of what we need and want. Gratitude also generates a positive climate and assists us in solving problems. If we approach a problem with a positive attitude, the problem will be embraced with the perspective of improvement and opportunity instead of challenge or impossibility. Being grateful is not just the right thing to do, it is a powerful thing to do. While autumn and winter bring several holidays and reminders of the importance of giving and thanks, being grateful is an act that when embodied year round benefits both individuals and the community.
Make and take the time to recognize what others have done or what they mean to you. The smallest of gestures, when recognized, has a lasting impact on both the individual who provides the words of thanks and those who receives them.
I am truly grateful to be working and leading in such an enriched environment. Thank you for making the Binghamton City School District your district of choice.

With Patriot Pride,
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