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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - January 26, 2024

Dear Staff and Families,

Last weekend, John and I had a wonderful time taking part in events hosted by SPS community partners, including:

  • The Stamford Public Education Foundation’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) kickoff with a focus on Civic and Parent Involvement,
  • A Stamford Cares information session about mentoring opportunities hosted by AME Baptist Church, and
  • The monthly Filling in the Blanks Mobile Food Pantry.

We love being among the many volunteers and community partners that turn out each month to support the Filling in the Blanks Mobile Food Pantry.  Filling in the Blanks is a longtime partner of Stamford Public Schools, providing weekend food to hundreds of students and their families. If you want to support Filling in the Blanks or know someone who might benefit from their services, please click here.

Thank you Kindergarten Screeners

Thank you to the teachers and staff who are running the early kindergarten admissions assessment program.  This team developed the process through which students born on or after September 2, 2019 are being assessed for early kindergarten admission for Fall 2024.  We appreciate everything this team is doing to help families navigate the recent change in kindergarten age requirements.

Early kindergarten admission assessment appointments are still available in March, April, and June. Please visit our website for more information.

Reading Curriculum and Assessment  

Last week the Teaching and Learning Department welcomed teachers, administrators, and staff to begin the next round of reading curriculum development focusing on grades 1 and 2.  The kindergarten team began similar work last summer and produced high-quality curriculum and assessment documents to support kindergarten, multilingual learner and special education classes throughout the district.  

Please join me in thanking our curriculum teams for all of their hard work and dedication in service to Stamford’s students!

Physical Exam Form Requirements 

If your child is entering kindergarten, 7th or 10th grades in Fall 2024, be sure to schedule your child’s physical and have their doctor complete the required Health Assessment Record before the first day of school.  If your child does not have a pediatrician, you may be able to have your child’s physical completed at one of Family Centers’ school-based health clinics.  Click here to learn more.

MLK Jr. Essay Contest 

United States Senator Chris Murphy announced the winners of his eighth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest last week. More than 1,650 entries were submitted from across the state.  I am delighted to share that Westhill High School senior Misbah Sifat was among the winners from Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District.  Congratulations, Misbah!  Please click here to read Misbah’s essay. 

Budget Update

Earlier this week, members of the SPS senior leadership team presented their proposed departmental budgets to the BOE. These presentations provided details about programs and services referenced in the Superintendent’s 2024-25 proposed operating budget, which was presented to the BOE Fiscal Committee on January 16.   

If you have questions or feedback to share regarding the proposed operating budget, I urge you to join us on Tuesday, January 30 as follows: 

  • Staff – 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - zoom link to be sent separately
  • Students – 5:00 p.m. - zoom link to be sent separately
  • Families and Community – 6:00 p.m. - zoom link

Thank you in advance for your support and willingness to be an active participant in the 2024-25 budget process.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent

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