GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

December 3, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

The holiday season has begun in Greenwich and while celebrating Thanksgiving might have looked a little different this year, the fun and excitement was just as grand!

We hope you stayed safe and had a blast, 2020 style!

Riverside Holds Third Annual Holidays for Haiti

On November 4, Riverside School held its third annual community service event, “Holidays for Haiti” virtually and raised more than $10,500. Students were matched with 367 Haitian children in need. A sponsorship of each child included a personalized card, donations, and a range of necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, socks, and clothes.

“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has been overwhelmed by hardship, natural disasters and now COVID-19,” Principal Christopher Weiss said. “Having our students help people who are significantly more challenged in their daily lives is a meaningful, valuable lesson that will resonate with them for years to come.”

Clothing & Textile Drive

The GHS Outreach Club is asking that you drop off clothes, shoes, belts, bags, and other textiles in bins located in the GHS back parking lot for a clothing & textile drive through December 23rd. Each pound of donations benefits the Harris Project and helps reduce the 21 million pounds of textiles the US puts into landfills each year.

The Harris Project is committed to advancing prevention programming, and advocates for the implementation of integrated treatment opportunities to improve the lives of teens and young adults diagnosed with co-occurring disorders (COD). COD is the combination of one or more mental health challenges and substance misuse and/or addiction.

Read more about The Harris Project here.

Around the GPS Twitterverse

LWV’s Fourth Annual Harvard Case Discussion

On November 17th, Greenwich High School teachers Karen Boyea, Ryan Jones and Michael Galatioto moderated the Greenwich League of Women Voters’ Fourth Annual Harvard Case Discussion. In honor of the League’s centenary celebration, the night’s topic was the long struggle for women’s rights, from the suffrage movement to the fight over the Equal Rights Amendment. The event was co-sponsored by the Greenwich Historical Society and Greenwich Library.

Two hundred people joined from every region of the country via Zoom; they all read the Harvard case in advance and came prepared to answer questions and participate in a broad-ranging discussion about this important episode in American democracy.

Learn more about the League of Women Voters of Greenwich here.

Projects Update

GHS Cardinal Stadium

The demolition of the old bleachers will be clearly visible in the coming days. GPS continues to make good progress on the pathway to having new bleachers installed by the end of the school year.

Julian Curtiss

The JC Educational Specifications will be discussed and be an action item at the Board of Education meeting tonight, December 3rd at 7:00 pm. The newest concept renderings show a fabulous courtyard and other updates based on the previous BoE feedback.

Cos Cob

The GPS facilities staff are requesting that the CC HVAC system be upgraded this spring instead of waiting to get through the budget cycle. An assessment has shown that the unit is close to failure and GPS does not want CC to be without air conditioning. An interim request is on the BoE agenda for the meeting tonight, and then if passed by the BoE, would go to the BET as a next step.

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