GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

January 15, 2021

ISD Loves Their Librarian

Greenwich Public Schools is proud to announce that the International School at Dundee's Library Media Specialist Ms. Jane E. Martellino was named a winner of this year's I Love My Library Award by the American Library Association (ALA) for creating a vibrant culture of literacy. Ms. Martellino was selected from 1,865 nominations from library users across the country.

Ms. Martellino's official nomination stated, "She dug deep during the pandemic time when all students and staff needed her most. She worked tirelessly, reaching as many staff, students and parents that she possibly could to help during these extremely challenging times. Her technical skills, patience in troubleshooting, ability to teach children and adults how to work technology, and nourish the social emotional needs of all people, knack for bringing humor and a smile even in the darkest of times shown through."

Click here to read the full press release.

Additionally, check out ISD's December Family Challenge: What does hope look like to you?

Four GHS Seniors Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars

Society for Science & the Public announced that Greenwich High School seniors Hannah Goldenberg, Alexander Patti, Sofia Pronina, and Edgar Sosa were honored in the list of Top 300 Scholars in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search (RSTS), the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Student scholars are each awarded $2,000.

"Over the past 14 years, an astounding 37 GHS students have been selected as RSTS scholars, five of which have gone on to become finalists in the competition," GHS Science Teacher and Research Advisor Mr. Andrew Bramante said. "This places the GHS Science Research program alongside the most prestigious science-specialized and public high school programs throughout the country."

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,760 applications received from 611 high schools across 45 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and 10 countries. According to the competition program, "Scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists, and hail from 198 American and international high schools in 37 states, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei, and Singapore."

Click here to read the full press release.

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YWCA Virtual Event: Overcoming Racial Health Disparities: During and Beyond COVID-19

Each year YWCA Greenwich honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a community event that focuses on a topic that he would have cared deeply about. Last year, they examined Women’s Power and Vote at 100. This year, their event will be virtual and focus on racial health disparities, particularly in the time of COVID-19. The session, entitled Overcoming Racial Health Disparities: During and Beyond COVID-19, will be hosted via Zoom.

YWCA has secured an impressive group of experts to discuss this important topic:

  • Moderator Tiffany Donelson: CT Health Foundation President and CEO

  • Panelist Dr. Juliet Mushi: Yale Medical School OBGYN and expert in maternal/fetal health

  • Panelist Dr. Irene Blanco: Albert Einstein Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity Enhancement and Rheumatologist

  • Panelist Dr. Sten Vermund: Yale School of Public Health Dean; Yale School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics

The event will take place on January 21, 2021 at 7:00PM. This free event requires pre-registration, which can be found on the YWCA website. GPS is proud to be a community partner for this event.

Distinguished Teachers Award -- Now Open for Nominations!

Let's celebrate and honor the great teachers that we have at GPS by nominating them for a Distinguished Teachers Award!

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.

NEW THIS YEAR! For health and safety purposes, all nominations will be submitted electronically. All forms and submission instructions can be found on the DTAC website. Submissions are due no later than: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Projects Update

GHS Phase II Soil Remediation Project Update & Public Notice

Phase I cleanup activities for the Greenwich High School property (the Site) were performed over the 2020 summer recess. This work focused on the northernmost athletic fields and several small areas on the property to allow for renovation of Athletic Fields 6 and 7. (This work expanded on cleanup done in prior years.)

The Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for Phase II of the cleanup program at the Site has been submitted to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Phase II cleanup activities are expected to commence in Summer 2021, contingent upon regulatory approval.

Meetings have been held with EPA and DEEP to gather their input, and a virtual public meeting to present the Phase II Remedial Action Plan (RAP) to the public is planned for January 27, 2021.

More information can be found on the GPS website.

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