GPS District Digest (v4, i16)
Stories, news, and updates from Greenwich Public Schools
We Have a Gut Feeling
What a week we had at the GPS District Digest newsroom! It was all hustle and bustle as Greenwich Public Schools were on everyone's mind coming out of Spring Recess. The phone calls, the emails, the late nights and early mornings, and the social media outreach. We had it all!
We get excited too when the the Community Service Awards and Distinguished Teachers Awards are announced!
Get ready for a Digest that is packed with all good things GPS. And do not forget to play your favorite puzzle game...you know the one...we do not even have to ask anymore!
Enjoy issue No. 16 and thanks for reading!
GPS District Digest
Women's History Month Writing Contest
Congratulations to junior Hanna Klingbeil for winning the GHS Women's History Month Writing Contest in March. Hanna wrote about Lady Six Sky of Dos Pilas and Naranjo because she wanted to feel closer to the true origins of the country she was born in and loves.
For Women’s History Month, the GHS Social Studies Department asked students to look back to the past for inspiration and appreciation for what they have today. They said that in many ways, today’s women are standing on the shoulders of giants. Contemporary people often forget to take time out to acknowledge not just what, but more importantly, who has come before.
The students' task was to write a letter to a notable woman (from anywhere around the world, from any time period) thanking her for the contributions she had made to women’s rights.
We hope you find Hanna's essay just as interesting and informative as we did in the Digest newsroom.
Community Service Awards
Mark your calendar for the Community Service Awards ceremony, scheduled for Monday, April 24, 5:00 PM, at GHS’ Performing Arts Center, and help celebrate our amazing students being recognized who have participated in service activities that help improve both their school and entire community. No tickets are required.
Since 1986, students are annually selected from each elementary school to accept the award on behalf of the entire school for service activities and projects that they have participated in throughout the year. Community Service Awards are presented to middle school students, one from each school, and five high school students, one from each house. An additional high school student is selected to receive the prestigious Fleishman Service Award. Former Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ernest Fleishman presents this award to the GHS student who has made significant contributions to their school and community.
The student award recipients are:
Elementary School Awards
Cos Cob School: Ryder Asmis & Eva Begonja
Glenville School: Lucy Harrison & Nicholas Elliott-Bocassi
Hamilton Avenue School: Justin Bizzaro
International School at Dundee: Sikander Tiwana
Julian Curtiss School: Emily Grant
New Lebanon School: Ameerah Tovar
North Mianus School: Jack Dank & Nico Palermo
North Street School: Madeline Guamera & Thalia Nobay
Old Greenwich School: Piper Tyers
Parkway School: Ryan Chass & Mary Stowe
Riverside School: Hank Kilcullen
Middle School Awards
Central MS: Charlotte Marek
Eastern MS: Madeline Johnson
Western MS: Keeghan Kortner
High School Awards
Bella House: Lauren Mondschein
Cantor House: Erin McKay
Clark House: Luke McQuillan
Folsom House: Joaquina Mendive
Sheldon House: Logan Carino
Fleishman Service Award: Stephanie Chang
Digest trivia time: Who is the GPS District Digest's best friend? a. Food Services Director Mr. Dave Nanarello; b. Food Services Director Mr. Dave Nanarello; c. Food Services Director Mr. Dave Nanarello; d. All of the above.
You cannot go wrong with any of those answers.
Mr. Nanarello told the Digest recently that Greenwich High School has opened a new made-to-order chopped salad station. You know how it works: pick your salad bowl and load up on diced grilled chicken, crispy chicken, bell peppers, tomatoes, sliced beets, red onions, cucumbers, chopped broccoli, baby corn, edamame, black beans, and chickpeas. And this time, don't forget sliced black olives, shredded cheddar, parmesan, and a choice of dressings. We are told that it was very well received by our students.
Lead cook in GHS' cold kitchen, Elizabeth Regan, was instrumental in its creation, along with Head Chef Nikolaos Saragias and Food Production Coordinator Jessica Capozza. Over time they expect to expand on both the topping selections as well as different types of mixed greens in the salad bowls.
As always, Mr. Nanarello encourages families to use the Food Service Department as a resource in setting up lunch accounts, navigating menus, and of course, any allergy concerns. He also reminds us that universal free lunch has returned through the end of the school year. Reach out anytime!
Autism Resource Fair Today
The Office of Special Education and Student Supports is hosting an Autism Resource Fair today, Thursday, April 20 from 4:00 PM-6:30 PM at Greenwich High School. Learn information about various resources in our community that support individuals with autism. A panel of parents and service providers will share their experiences and expertise. For more information, contact District Social Worker Kristen Mulhearn.
Signing on the Dotted Line
Earlier this week, Greenwich HS held its third Signing Day of the school year. For many sports on the college level, especially in Division I, National Signing Days have become celebrated events for those student-athletes that expect to attend Division I and Division II colleges and universities next year. Congratulations to our student-athletes!
Pictured (l to r): Jack Konigsberg, football, University of Michigan; Jake Kiernan, football, University of Connecticut; Jack Roach, crew, Stetson University; Laura Smego, rugby, West Chester University; CJ Weigel, water polo, Princeton University; and Emma Gustafsson, water polo, University of Michigan.
Send us a Postcard from Yellowstone!
Western Middle School teacher, Ms. Lauren Stabile, has been named a recipient of a Fund For Teachers Fellowship Grant Award because of her ability to design personal learning opportunities that stretch her students and strengthen her school community.
She is scheduled to travel to Yellowstone National Park for a week this summer to research the biodiversity ecosystem balance and to model this work for students to replicate in the Long Island Sound and/or the local Audubon/nature preserves by teaching data collection skills and engendering a respect for nature in a way that benefits the Greenwich community.
Fund for Teachers supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested $35 million in nearly 9,200 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students.
Seriously, Ms. Stabile, send us a postcard.
Et tu, Catullus?
If you were hoping for more essay contest winners, you are in luck because this issue of the Digest has what you are looking for.
Recently, GHS senior James Chang won the Paideia Institute High School Essay Contest that has a grand prize of a full scholarship to the Institute's most notable travel program: Living Latin in Rome. He will be spending two weeks in Rome with a group of high school Latin enthusiasts and Latin professors.
This year's essay contest had the following topic: In the Odyssey, Odysseus summons the shades from the underworld and listens to the tales of the dead. If you could get a chance to hear the stories of one, two, or three people from Ancient Greece or Rome, asking them whatever questions you wished, whom would you choose and why? James wrote about one of his favorite poets, Catullus.
The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Studies is an educational organization dedicated to promoting the studying and learning of the classics. The Institute focuses heavily on Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek languages and literature, and hosts events, online programs, and travel programs around the world.
Distinguished They Are
Will you attend the Distinguished Teacher Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 4, with a 4:30 PM start at Central Middle School? No tickets are required.
Earlier this week, the Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee named this year's winners:
Erin John, New Lebanon School, Grade 1
Gaspare Lipari, Western Middle School, English/Social Studies/Tech Grades 6-8
Aaron Lofaro, Central Middle School, Music Grades 6-8
Joan O’Day, Greenwich High School, Social Worker
Carol Pugliano-Martin, New Lebanon School, ALP/Language Arts Grades 2-5
Maria Woodward, Central Middle School, Mathematics Grade 7
“As a committee, we are pleased with the amount of nominations we received this year for an enthusiastic and energetic group of educators and collaborators,” DTAC Chair Ms. Stacy Loveless said. “The six 2023 Distinguished Teachers named display an extraordinary commitment to elevating their students, schools, and the entire District. The measures each one takes remarkably exceeds all expectations.”
Hope to see you there!
Without Traditions, Our Lives Would be as Shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof
Greenwich High School Theater Arts will be presenting Fiddler on the Roof from May 18-20 at 7:00 PM in the GHS Performing Arts Center. The ticket link for ordering tickets is now live. Seating is assigned for this production, so order early for best seat selection. Tickets are $21.75 (including a small service fee for the online platform only) and tickets purchased online should be printed out and brought to the theater for admission to the show. Tickets will also be for sale each night at the door for $20 (cash, credit, debit, or check).
If you have any questions about tickets, or would like additional information about the ticket ordering process, please email Scott Borowka at email@example.com.
It Was a Takeover!
We had a takeover! Were you following along on the Twitter account @GPSDistrict recently when Western Middle School’s Library Media Specialist Mr. Aaron Johnson, commandeered our social media postings at WMS Career Day 2023?
Throughout the day, Mr. Johnson gave us a behind-the-scenes look at student preparation, amazing presentations by so many great guests, and a review of what our students learned.
You can see all of his amazing posts on the WMS webpage, or see a few select posts below.
Do you have an idea for the next Twitter Takeover? Let us know!
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