Superintendent's Report

November 2019

Dear Parents and Staff,

I continue to be extremely proud of our work in the district and know that the changes we are implementing will have long-lasting benefits for our students. While there is much to be proud of here, we are working as a collaborative team of staff, parents, and administrators to focus on issues that elevate the academic and social/emotional experiences for all of our learners K-12. This will mean a keen eye on information and trends that inform our work and allow us to provide students with equitable and meaningful experiences.

As I mentioned in an earlier message at the onset of the year, we are engaged in a critical discussion around our District priorities - and how these play a key role in the changes we are making in our instructional practices. We continue to review data to determine our strengths and analyze specific areas for improvement.

This year, our 2019 SAT scores put us at the top of our DRG B group, and in the top 15 districts with the highest scores in the State of Connecticut.

Upcoming Events

Election Day - (No School-Students)/Professional Development for Teachers - November 5

Vaping Assembly (8th, 9th, and 10th graders) and Evening Parent Presentation - November 7th

Veteran's Day - Monday, November 11 (celebrations at schools). See District Calendar for times.

PEAC - Parent Educator Advisory Council - Reed Intermediate Library - November 13

HS Drama - Midsummer Night's Dream - NHS Auditorium - November 14-17

Learning Walks

The Assistant Superintendent and the Director of Teaching and Learning are currently implementing a Learning Walk protocol throughout the district. The Learning Walks consists of 10-15 minute classroom visits focused on observing the district's concept-based curriculum and instructional model in action. This includes collecting observable data associated with student-centered learning, critical thinking, and instructional rigor. Furthermore, the Learning Walk protocol supports the sharing of classroom instruction practices and promotes a collaborative learning environment within our schools. As of this week, the district has conducted more than forty walks and will continue to engage in more visits throughout the school year.

About Our Administrative Team

Our school leaders work as a collaborative team to support students and staff, and to be responsive to all parents and community members. Please feel free to reach out directly to your school principal if you have a question or concern.