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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - February 16, 2024

Dear Staff and Families,

Today marks the beginning of February break.  School will resume on Wednesday, February 21.  I hope you take time over the next five days to rest and relax with family and friends.

Today is National School Resource Officer Day.  If you have a moment, please thank the SROs assigned to our high schools and middle schools.  The work they do every school day to keep our schools safe should be commended and appreciated!

Café con la Super

Thank you to the parents and community members who joined us earlier this week for the February Café con la Super.  Please plan to attend next month when representatives from The School and State Finance Project will join us to review the new Multilingual Learner Bill of Rights legislation.

Budget Update

Just a quick reminder that the Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the 2024-25 budget on Thursday, February 22.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and you can watch via zoom.

Remember to mark your calendars for the following important dates:

●         Submit Budget to Mayor – March 1

●         Board of Finance budget meetings – March/ April TBA

●         Board of Representatives budget meetings – April/May TBA

●         BOE Reallocation – May/June

Annual Program of Studies

In case you missed it, the annual High School Program of Studies was released earlier this week!  This amazing publication details the academic opportunities available to our 4,000+ students at AITE, Stamford High, and Westhill.  Students can complete a traditional high school diploma program or pursue specialized academic programs such as the Stamford Regional Agriscience and Technology Program, the Academy of Finance, Early College Studies, the High School of Business, JROTC, or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

It should be noted that Stamford Public Schools continues to expand its career pathways.  Next year, students will be able to pursue their interest in areas like public safety and advanced manufacturing with new courses in the fundamentals of emergency medical services and blueprint reading, respectively.  These offerings are in addition to existing pathways in disciplines including construction management, culinary arts, information technology, and more.

The Program of Studies is available to view and download in the Teaching & Learning Department section of the SPS website.  Students and families with questions about the Program of Studies should speak with their child’s school counselor. 

Magnet Middle School Lottery

A quick reminder that the deadline to enter the 2024-25 Scofield Magnet Middle School Lottery is Friday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m.  The lottery is open to Stamford students entering grades 6, 7, or 8 in Fall 2024.  

Interested families should mark their calendars for Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. to attend an information session at Scofield Middle School.

Hope Day

A quick reminder to join Kids Helping Kids (KHK) on Saturday, February 24 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at UCONN Stamford for their 2nd annual Hope Day, a free community event to learn about all the mental health resources available in Stamford. 

The amazing KHK student event planning committee has recruited more than 30 organizations to share information about mental health programs and services during Hope Day.  Be sure to join KHK to learn about the calming effects of yoga, building confidence, developing a positive self-image, and more.  For more information, click here.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero





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