GPS District Digest

Stories, news, and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

December 16, 2021 (volume 3, issue 8)

Need Your GPS Update? Check Out Issue No. 8!

I heard somewhere that this is the most wonderful time of year. If that's true, I am so glad you came to the GPS District Digest for all good things around the District. So for a few minutes, leave your worries behind and take a ride on the groove line with us (extra credit to those who get that reference).

Model UN team action, caroling, parent workshops, congratulating a great friend on their retirement, and a very special "Turn Back The Clock" is what you have to look forward to.

We have written this before, but that will not stop us from doing it again: we love to get your feedback. Let us know if you are enjoying the GPS District Digest, laughing at our obscure movie and song references, rolling your eyes at the rhymes, feeling confused about our postcard collection, or have any stories you would like us to share.

All of us here at the GPS District Digest hope that you, and everyone close, have a very happy and safe Holiday Recess. See ya'll next year!

Enjoy Issue 8!

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Model United Nations Team Shines

GHS's Model UN (MUN) team participated in the Rutgers Model UN Conference in New Brunswick, NJ last month and performed wonderfully.

Rutgers Model United Nations is one of the largest and most well-regarded MUN conferences in the United States. The flagship program of the Institute for Domestic & International Affairs, Inc., started empowering students in 1992 when a group of students from Rutgers University sought to establish an international studies program at the university.

Most of our students represented Germany in debates about human rights, the environment, international relations, global development, and much more!

"Our Model UN team attended its first in-person conference since January 2020. During a shortened year in 2020 and a virtual 2020-2021, the students demonstrated flexibility and perseverance," Social Studies Teacher and Club Advisor Mr. Ian Tiedemann said. "It was amazing to see the students back to work safely, engaging in debate, and bonding as a team. We are all so proud of this team!"

Our top performers included:

  • Position Paper Award: Arjun Kishore (11), International Monetary Fund
  • Honorable Delegation: Veda Swaminathan (12) and Elisabeth Zielinski (9), Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee
  • Distinguished Delegation: Ambika Grover (11) and Ziyi Yan( 10), Commission on the Science and Technology for Development
  • Distinguished Delegation: Nicole Orlofsky (11) and Jeremy Buss (9), World Health Organization
  • Outstanding Delegation: Aarya Dhru (12) and Zara Haque (9), United Nations Environmental Programme
  • Best Delegation: Helena Kennedy (10), United Nations Department of Political Affairs 1993

Dragons, the PTA, and Caroling

Last Friday, it was reported that a fun time was had by all at International School at Dundee's ISD PTA Carolers event on a beautiful afternoon. We checked our sources, then double-checked our sources, and we can confirm the story! See for yourself in the photo below.

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We Will Miss You, Gus

Longtime Greenwich High School Director of Athletics Gus Lindine announced his retirement earlier this month, effective January 1. Mr. Lindine will continue to assist the athletic department with the transition to a new director.

“Gus has shown an unwavering commitment to our student-athletes throughout the years,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Toni Jones said. “Our staff has not seen anyone more dedicated; our students have not been led by a better leader; our community will not have a better friend.”

Hired by GPS in September of 2005, Mr. Lindine has led the GHS Athletic Department, supporting student-athletes as they competed at a high level and achieved countless successes as Divisional, Conference (FCIAC), and State Champions. He has overseen a program that includes more than half of the student body and has helped the program grow to 42 different sports, consisting of 99 teams. GHS was named the FCIAC top Athletic Program in 2012, 2014, and 2018 and the State of Connecticut’s top Athletic Program twice by leading national media outlets.

Congratulations Gus!

Additional Interactive Workshops by Student Supports

Interactive workshops in November and earlier this month by the Student Supports department to demonstrate and help the practice of effective strategies to foster independence, responsibility, and positive behaviors in children got such a great response that they set up three more sessions.

  • Thursday, December 16 from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM at the Havemeyer Building
  • Thursday, January 13 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at Town Hall's Hayton Conference Room
  • Tuesday, January 25 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Town Hall's Cone Room

Space is limited to 15 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis! Reserve your spot by clicking here to RSVP. For more details please access the event flier in English or Spanish.

Turn Back the Clock 🕰

While you were dreaming of warm Greenwich summer days and listening to the Beach Boys' No. 1 hit "Surfin' U.S.A." on your transistor radio in December of 1963, a woman named Gladys was slapping a four-cent stamp on a postcard to her parents, Mr. & Mrs. A. Raymond in Miami, FL to let them know their granddaughter, Anne, made the top honor roll at Eastern Middle School. How proud everyone must have been!

While the GPS District Digest has not run out of Havemeyer Building postcards to show you, we thought we would spice this section up a little by getting in the car, sitting in traffic on I95, and heading east. Eastern MS, then known as Eastern Junior High School, has been at 51 Hendrie Avenue in the Riverside section of town since 1954.

If you look back in your diary from December 12, 1963, you will see that your entry included a description of the first snowstorm of the winter season that Gladys writes about.

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