GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

"Be Here - Persevere" Social and Emotional Learning Event across the District

The first Social and Emotional Learning Event for the year happened last Friday. Across the District, students wore purple to acknowledge, “Be Here – Persevere,” Day. Students and staff discussed how perseverance can enhance their learning and learned ways to persevere when faced with challenges.

Greenwich Public Schools Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Events promote a safe school climate by fostering social-emotional skills in our students and reinforcing the District’s norms: Be Here, Be Safe, Be Honest, Care for Self and Others, Let Go and Move On. Events this year will feature a Pixar Short followed by questions and other suggested activities staff may use to teach and reinforce the norm.

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GHS freshmen attend "Say Something" assembly for safety

The Greenwich High School freshman class attended an assembly on Tuesday for 'Say Something.' Say Something raises awareness and teaches students to recognize warning signs, signals and threats; and to “Say Something” to a trusted adult. The program is part of Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization, providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence.

Following the Say Something presentation, the Roots and Shoots Club, under the guidance of Kathy Mendez, will continue to sustain Say Something through student-led activities and events.

Say Something assembly speaker Jared Cavagnuolo from Sandy Hook Promise, photo courtesy of Greenwich Free Press

New Lebanon School enrollment reaches 300

New Lebanon School, a magnet and International Baccalaureate (IB) elementary school, has reached 300 enrolled students with rolling admissions continuing. In the 2018-2019 school year, New Lebanon had 229 students enrolled, representing roughly a 31% increase for this current school year.

“We are thrilled with our enrollment numbers. We have a beautiful, new, state-of-the-art, child-centered building ready to welcome our students to a community of engaged learners and passionate teachers and staff,” said Ms. Alexandra Bartholomew, Principal at New Lebanon School.

Annual Turkey Trot supporting Greenwich Alliance for Education

On Saturday, November 30, 2019, Greenwich Alliance for Education will host their annual Turkey Trot to support programs and funds for Greenwich Public Schools. The race is open to anyone and the Greenwich school with the greatest participation will win a $500 gift card for physical education equipment, so if you sign-up, be sure to indicate your school when you register.

The Greenwich Alliance for Education is celebrating its 13th anniversary as the education foundation in Greenwich. Through the generosity of their donors, the organization has funded $3 million in programs over this time. Their mission is to: Fund Innovation to elevate achievement for GPS students fostering creativity, personalized learning, and collaboration; Expand Educational Opportunities for underserved students to address the achievement gap and level the playing field in our diverse community; and Inspire Educators to pilot new ideas, seek professional learning to leverage newest teaching techniques, and to share best practices with colleagues and students.

Projects Update

Eastern Middle School - ADA Compliant Ramp

Eastern Middle School completed a new ADA compliant access ramp for the main entry of the school. In addition, there are also new handicapped parking spaces available in the main entry. The District continues to work towards making our facilities, activities and content more accessible.

New Lebanon School Playground - Finishing Touches

The new playground at New Lebanon School is almost complete. Designed with school colors in mind, the playground will be opened in the very near future!

Two images: the Eastern Middle School ADA ramp and the new New Lebanon School's playground

Upcoming events across the District

TODAY! Support Greenwich Alliance for Education at Cos Cobber

Thurs., Oct. 3 • Lunch & Dinner

Cos Cobber Restaurant

*Enjoy lunch or dinner and 10% of all proceeds will benefit Alliance programs for Greenwich Public School students and teachers

Greenwich Color Run

Sat., Oct. 5 • 9:00am

International School at Dundee

Board of Education Retreat

Sun., Oct. 6 • 1:00pm

Greenwich Library

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