GPS District Digest

Stories, news and updates from Greenwich Public Schools

GPS wins Honorable Mentions from CABE

The Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) has awarded Greenwich Public Schools with Honorable Mentions in the Bonnie B. Carney Award of Excellence for Educational Communications. The three honorable mentions were awarded for:

  • District's 2019-2020 Budget Book: Last year, our Chief Operating Officer led the development of a newly redesigned budget book, which maintained the heavily referenced portions of the previous format and presented the data and information in a more concise and user-friendly format. The collective work on this new budget book resulted in an Honorable Mention from CABE as well as the Greenwich Board of Education receiving the Meritorious Budget Award, recognizing commitment to fiscal integrity, awarded by the Association of School Business Officials International.
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning Annual Report: Our Chief Academic Officer led the development of the first annual report on Innovative Teaching and Learning across Greenwich Public Schools, as a communication resource for the Board of Education, schools and the community at large. The Innovative Teaching and Learning Annual Report highlights the work of the Greenwich Academic Team, ProgramCoordinators and Instructional Coaches in service of all district schools, the Strategic Plan and the Vision of the Graduate. The intent of the annual report is to communicate coherence from District to schools to the classroom.
  • GPS District Digest: Our recently launched weekly newsletter, that brings information, updates and feature stories to our community, highlighting the great happenings across our entire District.

Greenwich Teachers received "Fund for Teachers" Fellowship

Two Greenwich Public School educators were recipients of a Summer 2019 Fund for Teachers Fellowship. Lindsey Eisenstein of Hamilton Avenue School and Jessica Maxan of Western Middle School, received grants to travel to Australia and New Zealand, and Peru, respectively.

Ms. Eisenstein's Fund for Teachers Fellowship allowed her to complete "The Role of Mathematics" course at the International Baccalaureate conference in Melbourne, Australia, and afterwards visit IB schools across Australia and New Zealand to learn best practices within the methodology. Ms. Maxan's Fellowship allowed her to engage in a total immersion in Peruvian language, literature, and culture to enhance Spanish classes and develop students’ appreciation of the culture represented by an increasing percentage of their peers.

Ms. Eisentein said, "This grant from The Fund for Teachers allowed me to deeply engage and explore in inquiry mathematics. I was able to see inquiry based mathematics throughout classrooms in Australia and New Zealand. I feel invigorated and my students are reaping the benefits of this professional development." In response to her grant experience, Ms. Maxan said, "During my trip, I met new people, reflected on my teaching practices, and learned about Peru's culture."

Fund for Teachers Fellowship recipients highlight parts of their trips to Peru and New Zealand

Parkway School Math Night

Students, staff and families gathered at Parkway School for "Math Night" facilitated by Greg Tang, Jr., an industry leader in math education. Families participated in fun math games and problem-solving activities. This great event was courtesy of the Parkway School PTA.
Glenville School families participate in math games and problem-solving activities

Old Greenwich School students plant bulbs

Pre-K through Grade 5 students at Old Greenwich School planted bulbs outside of the school on Monday morning, October 28th. A total of 600 bulbs were planted so that students can see their efforts pay off in the spring when their bulbs grow and bloom. Old Greenwich School Principal, Ms. Jennifer Bencivengo shared, "This was a school-wide activity where we planted in grade-level peer teams -- fifth graders with second graders, fourth graders with first graders, and third graders with our Kindergarten students. It was a great day of learning, and an extra special day for me as an educator because the team member from Parks and Recreation who helped us plant our bulbs was a student that I taught more than 20 years ago at Central Middle School."
Old Greenwich School students, staff and parent volunteers plant bulbs outside of the school

The Great Pumpkin Book Character Showcase at ISD

This year marked the International School at Dundee's third year celebrating books with the autumn season. 51 entries were submitted in the ISD Showcase. Take a look at how the school's families extended the IB Theme of “How We Express Ourselves” by combining art with literacy. Families who visited the showcase donated a box of cereal for an admission fee which will be given to the Neighbor to Neighbor program, offering food to families in need in our community.

ESL Thinking Club at Cos Cob gets ready for Halloween

The ESL Thinking Club at Cos Cob School decorated numerous large and small pumpkins for the upcoming Halloween celebrations, with the help of staff and parent volunteers.

The ESL Thinking Club is a student-designed and student-led club that meets regularly. They provide opportunities for before school homework help, provide programming and social activities, and much more. The Club is led by two student co-presidents and is a great example of student action for the benefit of their peers.

Cos Cob School's ESL Thinking Club Students pose next to their decorated pumpkins

Election Day parking information for Greenwich Public Schools

There will be no school on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, as numerous schools are voting sites for the town. If you are planning to vote at a school, there will be parking available in designated areas. The parking zones will be closest to the entrance of the building where voting will be located.

Projects Update

Greenwich High School's Cardinal Stadium

The Greenwich High School Cardinal Stadium "Under the Bleacher Design" will be discussed and a decision is likely to be made about next steps at the Board of Education Business Meeting on November 21st at Greenwich High School School.

Julian Curtiss School

Julian Curtiss School's Feasibility Committee is moving along. A Request for Proposal (RFP) is expected to be issued within the next two weeks to obtain the services for the first steps with an architect to help craft an educational specification for the Board of Education to approve.

Upcoming events across the District

Election Day (No school)

Tues. Nov. 5 • All Day

All Schools

Board of Education - Budget Meeting

Thurs. Nov. 7 • 7:00pm

Cos Cob School

Kindergarten Spotlight: Informational Session about GPS Kindergarten

Weds. Nov. 13 • 6:00 - 7:15pm

Cos Cob School