GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

Veterans Day celebrations across the District

On Monday, November 11, schools across the Greenwich Public School District honored and recognized local and national veterans in their respective schools' Veterans Day programming. Schools invited family and friends who have served in our Armed Forces and celebrated them with musical performances, words of gratitude and thanks, and more.

Veterans Day celebrations across many of our schools

GHS students attend local performance for Greenwich Reads Together program

Fifty English Language Learners (ELL) from Greenwich High School attended Play With Your Food: Short Plays from Ray Bradbury last week at the Greenwich Arts Council, in connection with the community-wide reading program Greenwich Reads Together.

Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which will engage all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. This year’s book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Several community organizations are leading this initiative including Greenwich Library, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public Schools and Independent Schools, The Friends of the Greenwich Library, and Perrot Memorial Library.

English Language Learners and their teachers pose for a group picture after seeing a performance at the Greenwich Arts Council

GHS student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Yesterday, 15 student-athletes at Greenwich High School signed National Letters of Intent for various Division 1 colleges across the U.S.

"The school community and athletics department are so proud of these student-athletes for their commitment to sportsmanship and role modeling the work ethic needed to be both a student and an athlete. I look forward to what they will accomplish at these college-level programs," said Director of Athletics for Greenwich High School, Gus Lindine.

These students signed at schools including: Boston College, Brown University, Bucknell University, Clemson University, Colgate University, Columbia University, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, St. Francis University, University of Michigan, University of the Pacific, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Virginia. They represent multiple sports including: baseball, diving, golf, lacrosse, rowing, swimming, track and field, and water polo.

15 Greenwich High School student-athletes pose for a photo with their parents while they sign their National Letters of Intent

Over 100 people attend Kindergarten Spotlight event

Last night, Greenwich Public Schools hosted, "Kindergarten Spotlight," at Cos Cob Elementary School. Principals from all eleven elementary schools, as well as members of GPS Administration, invited parents of prospective kindergarten students to learn more about the kindergarten program across GPS schools.

If you are interested in learning more about the Kindergarten program or District registration, there is more information available on the District website.

North Mianus students Skype with children in Yemen

Last week, fifth graders at North Mianus School Skyped with several children in Yemen as part of the work they do for the CHAMPS, Children Against Mines Program. The program brought CHAMPS staff to North Mianus to teach students about landmines and their effects on people in other countries. Throughout the video call, our students asked several children in Yemen thoughtful questions about their experiences recovering from injuries associated with landmines, and listened intently to their answers. After their Skype call, the students met "Yankee" a retired mine-detection dog who spent years abroad detecting mines to keep many people safe from potential dangers.

CHAMPS campaigns in 16 states have successfully sponsored 43 mine detection dogs, have helped hundreds of survivors receive proper medical care and rehabilitation, and have connected students from across the world to promote awareness of the global landmine issue. At North Mianus School, students and staff have been strong supporters of the CHAMPS program, having raised enough money to allow the school to name three dogs currently serving in countries like Lebanon and Bosnia.

North Mianus Students listen to children in Yemen tell their stories about landmines in their country during a Skype call

Greenwich Alliance for Education hosts "Inspiring Educators" event

The Greenwich Alliance for Education is hosting their first “Inspiring Educators Celebration” to showcase the "Reaching Out Grant" recipients for 2019-2020 and a few other past grants that are continuing. All of the grant recipients will be on hand to explain and share their innovative ideas with the guests. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and wander from table to table.

This celebration is for administrators, teachers, school staff, parents, and community organizations to learn about the innovative programs these “grant champions” are making happen for Greenwich Public Schools students this year. The event hopes to inspire new ideas for Reaching Out Grants in the coming years. Mark your calendars today!

Board of Education Budget Meeting Recap

Last Thursday, November 7, 2019, the Board of Education had a Budget Meeting at Cos Cob School. Agenda items included: the presentation of the Superintendent's proposed budget, a discussion of the enrollment report, the recognition of our four departing board members and more. Gaetane Francis, Jennifer Dayton, Lauren Rabin and Barbara O'Neill were gifted the ceremonial bells for their service to the District and received proclamations from the Town as well as the State Assembly. A video of the meeting is also available.

Projects Update

New Lebanon School's Building Committee - Community Update

The November edition of the New Lebanon School's Building Committee Community Update has been shared in English and Spanish. The updates that were shared, include:

  • Phase 2 is nearing completion: Ballfield Sod will be installed per Parks and Recreation recommendations.
  • Community Dedication Ceremony & Celebration: Scheduled for Saturday December 7, 2019, 10:00 am – 10:45 am; Ceremony with dedicatory remarks followed by a reception and self-guided tours
  • New Lebanon Elementary School has reached 300 enrolled students with rolling admissions continuing. This is an increase from the October 2018 enrollment of 229 students, representing roughly a 31% increase for this current school year. In addition, enrollment exceed projections in all grades and 23 are magnet students from within District.
  • The project has received its 6th reimbursement from the state, $767,281, totaling $17,702,359 to date.

Upcoming events across the District

Live Like Luke, Beach Clean-up (Sponsored by GHS Environmental Action Club)

Sat. Nov. 16 • 9:00 - 1:00pm

Tod's Point Beach, Old Greenwich, CT 06870

*Bring your own work gloves & dress for the weather.

Greenwich Alliance for Education’s - "Inspiring Educators Celebration”

Tues. Nov. 19 • 4:00 - 5:00pm

Greenwich High School Media Center

Greenwich Public Schools - Safety Forum

Weds. Nov. 20 • 7:00pm

Greenwich High School Media Center

Board of Education - Business Meeting

Thurs. Nov. 21 • 7:00pm

Greenwich High School