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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Lucero in front of a white board.

Dear Staff and Families, 

With the cooler weather comes cold and flu season. We want to remind everyone to watch for warning signs of illness so we can keep our school communities safe and healthy. According to Stamford Health, below are common symptoms of a cold and the flu.






(100-102 degrees F), may last 3-4 days




Body aches, pains





Severe, may last 2-3 weeks


Not Common


Stuffy Nose






Sore Throat





Common, can be severe

Chills & sweats

Not common



Not common



Not common



Sinus congestion




Can be life threatening

For more information about the flu, please click here 

School-Based Health Clinics Provide FREE Medical and Mental Health Services

In addition to our school-based nursing staff, full-service health centers are available at Westhill, Stamford High, Cloonan, Dolan/Toquam and Rippowam/AITE.  These school-based health centers provide FREE medical and behavioral health services to students.  Parents must register their children in order to use the health centers.  For more information or to register, click here or view this flyer.

Thanksgiving Day football game

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the annual Westhill High vs. Stamford High football game on Thanksgiving morning. It was a picture-perfect day for both players and fans. A special thank you to the SPS staff and Public Safety workers who joined us on Thanksgiving Day to make this annual event possible.  

We are proud of both teams for their effort and sportsmanship. Congratulations to the SHS Black Knights for retaining the coveted Robotti Trophy! 

Master Staffing Plan

Director of Finance Ryan Fealey and I are more than halfway through our Master Staffing Plan listening sessions with teachers and staff.  Thank you to all who have shared ideas and feedback about how best to staff our schools for the future.  We look forward to completing our visits in the next few weeks.  

HVAC Indoor Air Quality Grants for Public Schools

We are excited to announce that the Board of Education, in collaboration with the City of Stamford, submitted grant applications to the State of Connecticut for HVAC Indoor Air Quality Grants available for projects in public schools.

I want to take a moment to thank our Directors of Facilities, the city Grants and OPM offices and the mayor’s office as well as members of the City Boards for their support with preparing the applications under a very short timeline.  If successful, with Stamford's new school construction reimbursement rate of 60%, the city could potentially receive up to $14 million in reimbursements.  All of the projects are part of the Long-Term Facilities Master Plan. 

Friends of Stamford High (FOSH) Annual Tree Sale

The Friends of Stamford High (FOSH) is hosting its annual tree sale. Please stop by to pick out a great tree for your holiday season.  

●       Saturday/Sunday   9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

●       Monday – Friday   5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

I know John and I will be on site this weekend.

Restorative Practices Workshop

SPS families are invited to attend Understanding Restorative Practices: A Workshop for Families on Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m. via zoom.  Restorative Practices supports a positive school climate by prioritizing the relationships and connections within a school community.  Research shows that using restorative practices can reduce negative behaviors and disciplinary incidents in schools. To learn more, click here. 

2022-2027 SPS District Strategic Plan

The 2022-2027 SPS District Strategic Plan is the result of last Spring's strategic planning process and includes input from teachers, administrators and support staff, parent groups, community groups and elected officials.  I encourage you to review our goals, priorities and how we will measure our success.  I am proud of how our community came together to successfully implement many aspects of our 2017-2022 plan, and look forward to building on our past successes and innovating for the future!

Stamford All-School Musical

John and I have our tickets to attend the All-School Musical on Opening Night, scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2022 at Westhill High School. Please plan to join us on Friday or at one of the other four scheduled performances.

For more information about dates, times, and tickets please visit the All-School Musical website.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent of Schools



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