Lebanon Public Schools
Superintendent Gonzalez's September 2022 Update
Back to School Celebrations
Welcoming students back to school is such an exciting experience. Our learners look refreshed and ready to make this another amazing year in Lebanon schools. The first weeks of school were filled with many activities to support the transition and help students settle in. Our staff will serve as "warm demanders" balancing high expectations and high nurturance to help students make the most of their learning experiences in 2022-2023. We are all in this together and we are eager to work alongside you to prepare our students to be contributing members of a diverse global society.
The Culture Code
In the first chapter the author is sharing some research conducted to try to find out what makes successful groups. The author shares that when you ask people inside highly successful groups to describe their relationship with one another, they all tend choose the same word. The word they use is family.
In many of my updates I talk about the close knit community we have and often refer to us a team. But I would agree that we truly are like a family in the sense that we care deeply about all our staff, students and community members and we are working together to provide the best possible education in Lebanon.
The start to this school year has been full of positive energy and I am looking forward to watching our learners grow and accomplish great things while we go "all in" to support them along the way!
Student Performance Highlights!
Further, the data shows that our district was at the top of the New London County in all subjects comparing pre to post pandemic achievement. In particular our Lebanon Middle School was 2nd in New London County in ELA and Science performance and 3rd for Math performance. I am very proud of all our learners and would like to thank the teachers and parents for supporting our students.
These results while gratifying, are not surprising to me. We set lofty goals and had high expectations for all our learners. We were focused in our efforts to revamp our multi-tiered system of supports and align and allocate ESSER funds to accelerate learning. Our staff worked extremely hard to learn new strategies, collaborate to grow our collective practices and plan to deliver impactful instruction to our students.
Way to go Lebanon #LebanonPride #PerseverancePridePursuitOfExcellence!
100th Year Celebrations and Appreciations
I would like to thank Barbara Wengloski and the entire planning committee; Emily Vigue, Shayla Coutu, Molly Lathrop, Catherine Pomerleau, and Mary Lou Beckwith for their tireless efforts to organize this celebration. Thanks also go to the staff and students that volunteered their time to be a part of the events. In particular I would like to recognize;
- John Jarvis
- Tammy Magnan
- Mr. Picard
- Wolfgang Andrews-Kowal
- Mrs. Michele
- Ms. Ricard
- Mr. Johnson
- Mr. Morello
- Mr. Gomez
Grades K – 4 Open House
Thursday, September 29, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
LES PTA – 6:30 p.m.
Lebanon Elementary School
Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month
LMS PTO – 6:30 p.m.
Lebanon Middle School Library Media Center
Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month
**FREE MEALS CONTINUES** SMART Funds
The Lebanon Public Schools submitted an attestation form on August 11th and will be receiving funding to help support continued free meals for our students for a portion of this school year. We were only recently made aware of this possibility and quickly moved to take advantage of this opportunity.
A requirement in receiving these funds is that we need to communicate to families 30 days prior to these funds running out. As you saw in the July Superintendent Update our district was prepared to make the shift back to meals at a cost. Once we know the exact amount of funding we will receive and have a better understanding of when the funds will run out, we will make sure to provide timely communication so you all can be prepared for the costs that will be associated with meals.
School Meals Assistance Revenue for Transition (SMART) Funds
The intent of this appropriation is for these funds to assist households, through school food authorities’ (SFAs) continued provision of school meals at no cost to students for as long as possible in school year (SY) 2022-23, as SFAs transition back to operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).
The funds will be referred to as School Meals Assistance Revenue for Transition (SMART) funds.
SMART funds will: require participating SFAs to provide free breakfast and/or lunch meals to all students in schools that are approved to participate in the NSLP and SBP in SY 2022-23 subject to the availability of funds. reimburse SFAs the difference between the federal reimbursement rate for free meals and the federal reimbursement rate for reduced-price and paid meals.
Lebanon Public Schools is excited to announce that the State Board of Education, in conjunction with the state legislature, has approved our Connecticut’s Seal of Biliteracy. This newly established seal is in line with nearly 30 other states across the country. The designation associated with the seal attests to a student’s language ability in both English and a second language. The Seal of Biliteracy will be affixed to a student’s diploma and will also be noted on his/her final transcript, which will be sent to colleges/universities.
The Seal of Biliteracy is a testament to a student’s dedication to building literacy skills in both English and a second language and how it relates to post-secondary education and the workforce. The Seal of Biliteracy may also help to ensure proper placement in the right level course at the college/university level. Additionally, students may receive college credit for work that they completed in high school; check with individual colleges/universities for specific information about this. Very often the ability to communicate in both English and at least one other language equates to a higher pay rate when students join the workforce.
In order to receive the Seal of Biliteracy students must:
Be in 11th grade or higher AND
Complete the English language requirements from a Connecticut high school where the primary language of instruction is English AND
Attain an Intermediate Mid proficiency (1-3 in all 4 domains)* rating in a second language.
*Typically, speakers and writers at the Intermediate-Mid level are able to handle a variety of tasks in everyday social situations. Conversation and writing at this level is generally focused on exchanges necessary for survival in the target culture. These topics may include personal information related to self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel, and lodging.
The seal is designed to enhance your child’s educational credentials and will not impact your child’s graduation status. If you have any questions about the Seal of Biliteracy, please visit our school website or reach out to Sandra Rios, World Language Department Head at email@example.com or by phone at 860-642-7567.
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Highlights from Pupil Services
Special Education Parent Group - 6 pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Lebanon Middle School Library
Topic: Navigating the Website and CT-SEDS
Lebanon Public Schools actively seeks to assist children and families by locating, identifying, and referring children from birth to age 21 who require special education and related services. If you are concerned about a child's development, you are encouraged to contact Lebanon Elementary School to receive information about Early Childhood Screenings If the child is younger than 3 years of age, you may choose instead to contact the Connecticut Birth to Three System at 1-800-505-7000.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact 860-642-5636.
Family Care Coordinator Corner
Sabena Escott, MSW firstname.lastname@example.org
Lyman Memorial High School Social Worker and District Family Care Coordinator
The 2022-2023 school year is off to a great start! With recent legislation over the summer, a family care coordinator has been added to the growing number of mental health staff that CT recognizes will further support our children and families in the school setting. The family care coordinator role already encompasses what our Lebanon school district mental health teams provide for students and families. Providing students with access to mental health resources within the community and bringing mental health services to students inside of the school has always been a priority in our district. Please reach out if there are any specific mental health topics, community programs, therapeutic referrals or town programs and resources that you would like to know more about. Below are a few programs and resources for students and families.
GIRLS’ CIRCLE GROUP: RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEERS
The goal is to help adolescent girls form healthy relationships with themselves, family, friends and future romantic relationships
WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Adolescent females 13-17 years
WHERE AND WHEN? Tuesdays at 4:00 pm for 10 weeks Starting September 27
LOCATION This group is held virtually online.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION Pre-registration is required.
Contact Jacqueline Proulx at
email@example.com or 860-450-0585 x6287
This week the Child Mind Institute offers tips on parenting tweens — kids who are about 9 to 12 years old. Articles include, how to help kids who are too hard on themselves, how to support your child who may be socially struggling, supporting your child with social media and self doubt and much more! childmind.org
September is Suicide Prevention Month!
Join an AFSP "Out of the Darkness" Walk
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide
Lebanon Social Services
Lebanon Social Services Office offers a variety of services to Lebanon children, adults, and seniors. Social Services Administrator Shelly Ashcom works with federal, state, and local organizations to provide assistance to Lebanon residents in need. Town of Lebanon Social Services
*The use of the resources/programs in this section are not required by LPS to be used by parents/guardians. They are recommendations only.*
There was much to celebrate during our back to school convocation ceremony. Please enjoy pictures of staff that have reached milestones within our district.
Teachers achieving tenure:
Kristen Krause Bielewicz
10 Years of Dedicated Service:
15 Years of Dedicated Service:
20 Years of Dedicated Service:
25 Years of Dedicated Service:
35 Years of Dedicated Service:
Paraeducator of the Year:
Teachers of the Year:
Congrats to all!
Lebanon Public Schools Spotlight
Staff Spotlight- Alexandria Fryer
Allie is in her 8th year teaching at Lyman. Before joining our community she student taught in Middletown. She is currently teaching some new courses including CP Geometry, Algebra 1 and Honors Pre-Calculus. She recently completed requirements to receive her administrative certificate and is pursuing a Sixth Year degree in Social Emotional Learning.
Allie speaks fondly of Lyman and loves the fact that you really can get to know everyone and develop relationships with staff and students. Allie says that this year is off to a great start. She is looking forward to watching her students grow and supporting them along the way.
Student Spotlight- Aria Nowosad
Our first student recognition of the 2022-2023 school year goes to Aria Nowosad.
Aria is a 12th grader at Lyman. Aria takes pride in her academic performance while also contributing to our athletic programs. She has participated in three years of volleyball and is also on the tennis team. She really enjoys Art and music as well.
She has already taken four AP classes at Lyman and she is currently enrolled in 2 more. On top of that she is taking Japanese at Eastern Connecticut State University. This summer she took music theory and psychology at ECSU on her own.
Aria was recently recognized at a Board of Education meeting for receiving the National Rural and Small Town Award. In order to be eligible for this award High School Juniors:
- Must have a 3.5 GPA or higher at the time they are submitting the application. Both weighted and unweighted GPAs are considered.
- Must have permanent address in the United States, a United States Territory, US military base or attend a DoDEA school. U.S. citizenship is not required.
- Must identify as African American, Hispanic American, Indigenous, or attend high school in a rural area or small town.
- Must have taken the PSAT 10 in Spring 2021 OR the PSAT/NMSQT in Fall 2021 OR at least two distinct AP exams in 8th, 9th or 10th grade.
Additionally, Sophomores and juniors are score eligible if they score in the top 10% on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 within program by state in the eligible exam periods. Sophomores and juniors are also score eligible if they score a 3 or higher on two or more distinct AP Exams in the eligible exam periods.
Lebanon Fair 2022
Lebanon Covid-19 Dashboard
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If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not wait to get treated.
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Use the tool below to find a location that is right for you.
If you have individuals looking for their vaccination record, they can now access the information by themselves.
The link is below for patients and legal guardians to access official immunization records for themselves and their children using the CT WiZ Public Portal.
The Lebanon Public Schools, in partnership with families and the community, will prepare students to be contributing members of a diverse global society. We will provide a safe, nurturing, rigorous, and student-centered learning environment.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement of the Lebanon Public Schools:
The school community of Lebanon is committed to the mission of honoring and celebrating the diversity of our students, our community, and our nation. We strive to guide our students to conscious, deliberate, individual and collective actions that cultivate the respect of all races, religions, and social backgrounds. Our school community endeavors to produce graduates who are equipped with a greater understanding of the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Nondiscrimination Statement of the Lebanon Public Schools:
The Lebanon Board of Education, in compliance with federal and state law, affirms its policy of equal educational opportunity for all students and equal employment opportunity for all persons. It is the policy of the District to promote nondiscrimination and an environment free of harassment and the District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, alienage, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other category protected under state or federal law in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its program or activities. The District also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups and is specifically required by Title IX not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs and activities. The District shall make reasonable accommodations for individuals with identified physical and mental impairments that constitute disabilities, consistent with federal and state statutes and regulations.
The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding Title IX sex discrimination policies: Dawn DeLia, Title IX Coordinator, 891 Exeter Road, Lebanon, CT; 860-642-5764
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding other non-discrimination policies: Dawn DeLia, 504/ADA Coordinator, 891 Exeter Road, Lebanon, CT; 860-642-5764