GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

A Note from Dr. Jones

Dear GPS,

As we wind down Distance Learning Week #3 we want to congratulate our staff on enhancing their skills with new tools and platforms. We also want to give a shout out to our Food Service Team! They are continuing to deliver 1,000 meals per day to make sure that students have breakfast and lunch. And finally, thanks to our families and students who are partnering with us. Remember tomorrow, Friday, April 3rd is a Flex Day.

For all information on Distance Learning and previously shared communication, visit the pages below:

Please enjoy this Special Edition of the District Digest sharing some good news and photos from our staff and families who are making the best of a new approach to learning.

Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. Toni Jones

Distance Learning Across Greenwich Public Schools

Greenwich High School Students Launch Volunteer Program to Help Senior Citizens

The Greenwich Public School District is so proud of Greenwich High School juniors Kate Rubich and Hayley Schmidt who launched the local "Zoomers to Boomers" chapter to gather fellow students to volunteer their time and efforts to run errands for local senior citizens who may be unable to leave their homes during this health crisis. Read their story below from the Greenwich Time.

"Flex Fridays" Providing Flexibility for Students & Teachers

Greenwich High School Math Teacher, Ms. Jennifer Voccola shared her experience with her first Flex Day for distance learning, "I was able to experiment with setting up extra help sessions on google meets with my classes (I offered two different 30-minute time slots for each course I teach). I was able to send a summary email to students (and CC’ed parents - to keep them in the loop) reminding them of what we had covered last week and what they should make sure they were completing before Monday, and I designed and sent a quick Schoology Survey to students asking for feedback on various things: delivery of material, time they are spending, how/when to host extra help. I was able to be real and joke with students in my email, commenting on my inability to be an elementary school educator after trying to help my own third grader and kindergartner at home."

North Street School Celebrates International Week Remotely

Students at North Street School continued their International Week celebrations from home sharing videos of themselves speaking their native languages or the language of their ancestors. Over 18 languages are spoken at North Street School, and students and staff came together, virtually, to celebrate this great, diverse community.

North Street School Principal, Ms. Jill Flood shared, "While we may be far apart we are still a North Street School community united. We are trying to keep our spirit alive and keep our families engaged in some fun activities each week. This week would have been International Week at school, so we decided we should proceed! NS students and their families represent 52 different countries and 18 different languages from around the world. That is amazing! We are so very fortunate to have such a culturally rich and diverse population. We have so much to share with each other and learn from each other. Our families are all very proud of our heritage and we want to celebrate that diversity and help our children understand that there is so much beauty in the world and so many amazing places and cultures to learn about. We hope they will love learning a little bit about where their own ancestors came from while also building their curiosity to explore the many wonderful places their classmates and friends come from as well!"

Old Greenwich School Staff's Car Parade

Last Saturday, March 28, staff from Old Greenwich School decorated their cars and drove through the streets of Old Greenwich, waving at their students and families from a safe distance. Old Greenwich School Principal Ms. Jennifer Bencivengo said, "I don't think you could ask for more togetherness than what we saw on Saturday morning during our car parade."
#OGSDolphinPride 2020

Riverside School Second Grade Class Donates to Greenwich Hospital

Mrs. Barrette’s second grade class at Riverside School donated a package of 100 protective masks to Greenwich Hospital in support of the great doctors and nurses who are working to help the sick in our community.

Schools Share Video Messages with Students

Greenwich High School and Western Middle School shared messages with their students, letting them know how much they miss them and that they are there for them, even though they are not physically together in school. Glenville Principal Mr. D'Amico has been sharing short daily videos with his students, discussing topics including: District norms, staying safe and healthy, and getting creative with hobbies at home. See below for the videos!

Greenwich Alliance for Education Provides Supplies for Students

Greenwich Alliance for Education assembled roughly 80 packets of supplies for students, which included: pads of paper, colored pencils and more! Supplies were given to our lunch delivery buses and will be available to any student during their regularly scheduled stops for food delivery. Thank you to our great partners at the Greenwich Alliance for Education!
School Supplies
School Supplies

News & Updates

GPS Medical Advisor Dr. Katy Noble

As noted in the Superintendent's Update, Greenwich Public Schools has welcomed Dr. Katy Noble of Sound Beach Pediatrics as the District's Medical Advisor.

In this role, she advises the Board of Education and administrators on policies and procedures of the health program and works to support and improve the health of students and staff. "Dr. Katy" will be supporting school nurses: to consult on children with health issues, to check complete immunization of students, and to serve on a multidisciplinary team to help children with special needs or who are medically fragile. She works to support and provide health education on multiple levels. Dr. Katy has also been a valuable member of our Emergency Preparation Team given the current health emergency related to COVID-19, and has shared a resource page with the school community.

Dr. Katy shared, "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, so I can help address the broader needs of the community in which I live!”

2020 Census

You may have seen a message from our First Selectman, Fred Camillo, about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. Simply go to and enter your code (sent via mail) or home address. The Census only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and is completely safe, secure and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.

District Events

Board of Education Meeting - CANCELED

April 9, 2020