GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

Projects Update

Information and Updates about the GHS Gym & Performing Arts Center:

  • On Monday, January 21, 2020, the Facilities Team discovered that an expansion joint burst in the hallway of the GHS Performing Arts Center (PAC), affecting the adjacent Gymnasiums (Gym A & B). As a result, the facilities team took up part of the gym floor, removed drywall and ceiling tiles in and around the PAC and gym area.
  • The Facilities Team has been working quickly on mobilizing our contractors; the wood required for the gym floor repair is onsite and work has started.
  • Moving athletic games to different venues can require a review from the attorneys office, as is customary for contract reviews and necessary due diligence. The challenge is that there is clear language in the Town Charter that must be adhered to when signing contracts. The School District is working quickly to find a solution that will suit all of our teams and athletes, and meet the legal requirements. We are excited that tonight's Girls Varsity Basketball Game is being played tonight at Brunswick.
  • Additionally, the Board of Education has an Interim Appropriation Request on the agenda for tonight for funding which will include more detail on repair expense. All repairs have started because they fall into the category of necessary immediate repairs.

Battle of the Books Championship

On Thursday, January 23, teams of fifth graders across Greenwich Public Schools gathered at Central Middle School for the championship of the Battle of the Books competition.

The Battle of the Books program is a District-wide program designed to encourage our fifth graders to read quality literature over the summer months and continue reading in their leisure time during the school year, aiming to foster reading for pleasure. Ten age-appropriate novels were selected and book trailers were viewed by students last June. Over the summer months, students were encouraged to read as many of the ten titles as possible, and continue their reading through the first few months of school. In November, all fifth graders took a quiz on the books, and these scores identified top scorers in each school who competed for their school titles in December. Winners from each school then competed in a District-wide Battle of the Books competition in last week. Riverside School's team took home first prize!

Students across multiple elementary schools compete in the Battle of the Books Championships

Greenwich Alliance for Education's "Reaching Out" Grants now open for submissions

The Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Reaching Out Grant Application is available to download and complete. All applications are due to the Alliance on Friday, March 6. Greenwich Alliance for Education's Executive Director, Julie Faryniarz is available to discuss any grant proposals prior to submission.

The Alliance developed Reaching Out Grants to fund new and continuing programs that support their mission of fostering educational success for all students. Through these grants, the Alliance partners with Greenwich schools and community organizations to fund innovation, expand opportunities, inspire educators, and continue to raise achievement for all students. These grants are comprised of ideas generated by educators and community organizations wanting to get their students excited and engaged about their education with the goal of reaching the best academic outcomes. Reaching Out Grants funding now exceeds $1.3MM!

Magnet School Deadline Approaching

Greenwich Public Schools Magnet School application process is closing soon. Magnet Applications must be received or postmarked by February 14, 2020 in order to be included in the lottery for the 2020-2021 school year. Information about the Magnet School Programs are available on the Greenwich Schools website.

Hamilton Avenue School (HAS), Preschool-Grade 5, HAS re-opened in 2015 as the District’s first Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school, while also embracing the arts through its amazing Suzuki Violin program for Preschool to fifth grade students.

The International School at Dundee (ISD), Grades K-5, is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School and the District’s first magnet school, opening in 2000.

Julian Curtiss School (JCS), Grades K-5, is a magnet school of World Languages since 2003; students attending represent 60 Countries, and 30 Languages, in 1 Great School. JCS offers the choice of learning either Spanish or French in grades K-5.

New Lebanon School (NLS), Preschool-Grade 5, is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school and has been a magnet school since 2009.

Western Middle School (WMS), Grades 6-8, re-opened as a magnet school in 2013 and is currently offering an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) magnet program/theme.

Collage of Greenwich Schools' Magnet Programs

CT State Police & Greenwich Police Department host Internet Safety Session

Join the Connecticut State Police and Greenwich Police Department for a FREE presentation for parents, caregivers, and community members. Attendees will receive information on current social media trends, problematic adolescent online behaviors, and free tips to keep your family safe online. This event is on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6:00-7:30PM in the Central Middle School Auditorium.

Distinguished Teachers Award applications are open

The 2020 Distinguished Teachers Award Program is open for submissions. The Distinguished Teachers Awards Committee, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1984 to recognize and celebrate excellence among the dedicated teaching staff of the Greenwich Public Schools. The Committee is comprised of approximately 20 members and is a balance of representatives from the Greenwich Education Association (teachers), the Greenwich Organization of School Administrators, PTA Council (parents), and Board of Education, and members of the community. Members serve a three-year term. The awardees are selected based solely on the written information provided in each candidate’s Nomination Packet.

Information about the submission process is available on the program's website.

Vaping Video from Greenwich Together

Greenwich Together, a collaborative group mobilizes youth, parents and community partners to prevent substance misuse, promote behavioral and mental health and strengthen healthy choices through positive youth, family, and community development. They've developed a video about the dangers of youth vaping.
Greenwich Youth Committee Vaping PSA

Upcoming events across the District

Board of Education Retreat

Thurs. Jan. 30 • 7:00pm

Board of Education, Havemeyer Building

Internet Safety & Social Media Awareness Event (Hosted by CT State Police & Greenwich PD)

Tues. Feb. 4 • 6:00 - 7:30pm

Central Middle School Auditorium

Greenwich High School InLab Exhibit at the Bruce Museum

Weds. Feb. 5 • 6:30 - 8:30pm

Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT

"Be Honest" Social Emotional Learning Event (WEAR BLUE!)

Fri. Feb. 7 • All Day

Various Schools across GPS