From the Principal's Pen

April 12, 2019


Spring Break

School will be closed from Monday, April 15th until Friday, April 19th. Students return to school on Monday, April 22nd. We hope everyone has a wonderful spring break!

Early Release Day

Wednesday, April 24th is an Early Release Day for all students for teacher professional learning. Dismissal is at 12:45 pm. If you have dismissal changes for that day, please be sure to put them in School Dismissal Manager.

Last Day of School for Students

The last day of school for students has been set for Monday, June 17th. It will be an early release day with dismissal at 12:45 pm.

School Improvement Plan Update

Each school in Greenwich develops a School Improvement Plan which includes Academic, Personal, and Interpersonal Goals for the school year. The Julian Curtiss academic goal has been focused on an analysis of math performance and math instruction for the past three years, assisting teachers and students in reaching new levels of performance each year. Our personal goal this year focuses on the Second Step Program aligning to the goals of the district’s Vision of the Graduate. The goal focuses on helping students to conduct themselves in an ethical and responsible manner, as well as respond to failures and successes with reflection and resilience. Our interpersonal goal focuses on teaching students to set personal goals for their learning and to be able to communicate that goal and their progress through conferences with their teachers and parents.

We predict assessment scores at Julian Curtiss will increase as we continue to implement the strategy of personalized learning for all. Following an analysis at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Julian Curtiss teachers have identified doing an in-depth analysis of the vertical progressions of the mathematical standards as a component to increase the effectiveness of student conferences. More comprehensive knowledge of the standards above and below the grade levels the teachers are responsible for will allow them to be more flexible in their use of the content, and further facilitate personalized learning for students. This strategy of meeting students at their effective entry point of learning benefits all students in moving forward on the trajectory of success.

The School Data Team is in charge of conducting an analysis of the knowledge and skills required of students to perform well in our units of study based on the CT Common Core Standards. We have been working hard as a staff to increase our depth of knowledge of mathematics to teach these standards. Attached you will find our action plan with measures of success and status updates. This is a “living document” and is updated often. It is always available on our website for you to review.

Julian Curtiss School Improvement Plan 2018-2019

Inside Out Project Survey

Earlier this week you received an email seeking your input for a project being undertaken here at Julian Curtiss. Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to respond already. Below you will find the links to the survey in both English and Spanish. Please take the time to give your input on this exciting project!

Inside Out Project Survey

Encuesta para padres "Inside Out"

Volunteer Tea

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The Annual Julian Curtiss Art Show

On Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th Julian Curtiss artists showcased their work in the Annual JC Art Show. There was a piece from every student on display! Parents were able to visit the show during the day, and there was an artists' reception held on Wednesday evening. Attendees were treated to a performance by some of our very talented musicians. All students had an opportunity to visit the art show and give feedback to their fellow artists. This event is always a highlight of the year! Thank you to Ms. Le Ann Hinkle for giving all of our students a chance to proudly display their works of art! Thank you to Ms. Giulia Sanford for leading our orchestra students and adding another component to our love of the Arts! Special thanks go to Mrs. Ceil Pelazza, Mrs. Barbara Re, and Mrs. Elena Hairston-Cowie for helping with the setup and breakdown of this massive undertaking! Finally, thank you to Ms. Eileen Brehm for leading the Odyssey of the Mind participants in displaying their creativity!

World Language Open House

On Wednesday, April 10th Julian Curtiss School held its annual World Language Open House. This day gives parents an opportunity to visit their child's classroom and see first hand what our FLES teachers do each and every day to support the language learning of our students. Our World Language magnet affords each JC student the opportunity to begin receiving instruction in either Spanish or French beginning in Kindergarten. Wednesday's event drew a large number of parents, and everyone was engaged in learning! We heard many parents say how impressed they are with the quality of instruction and the amount of language their children have learned this year. Below are some photos capturing fun moments from the day. Many thanks to Señor Ismael Franqui, Señor Billy Gibson, and Madame Valerie Leger for their hard work and dedication in helping our students become language learners!
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GPS SEL Day - Who is your superhero? (Let go and move on)

On Wednesday, April 24h GPS will be celebrating the Let Go and Move On - Who Is Your Superhero? event.

This is a common initiative across grade levels to promote appreciation for the people who make a difference in our lives - Our Superheroes.

Students will take this opportunity to:

  • Talk about the most important people in their life, their parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, etc.
  • Share the qualities that make those people special/personal Superheroes
  • Engage in a practice of gratitude and appreciation toward the special people they identified.

In addition, Governor Lamont has designated the month of April as the Month of the Military Child or “Purple Up! For Military Kids” in Connecticut. April 24th is now considered “Purple Up Day!" We would like to support this initiative and add purple as part of our norms day. Our Let Go and Move On event focuses on identifying superheroes in our life that make a difference. Our veterans are true superheroes so the conversations in the classroom will also include them.

Follow-up questions for caregivers:

  • Who is your superhero and want is their “superpower”?
  • If you had a superpower what would that be? Why?
  • How would you use your superpower to make the world a better place?

The JC Weekly Show

Please click below to enjoy this week's episode of the JC Weekly Show starring students from 5S!

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