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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - March 28, 2024

Dear Staff and Families,

The 2024-25 budget process continues next week with two more meetings that will help determine how much money Stamford Public Schools receives from the Boards of Finance and Representatives: 

  • Wednesday, April 3: Joint Board of Finance/Board of Representatives Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.   There is still time to sign up to speak about the budget at this meeting.  To sign up, send an email to tdonoghue@stamfordct.gov OR bdreps@stamfordct.gov.  Please note that live translation will be available.
  • Thursday, April 4: Board of Representatives Department Budget Meeting at 6:30 p.m. via  zoom.  Ryan Fealey and I will present the BOE’s proposed 2024-25 operating budget to the Board of Representatives.

If you did not have the opportunity to watch our presentation to the Board of Finance last week, I urge you to take the time to view it here.

As a reminder, any reduction in the BOE’s proposed operating budget by the BOF or BOR will result in the BOE having to possibly reduce programs, services, or staff for the 2024-25 school year. 

Thank you to all that continue to be very engaged in the FY25 budget process.

Thank You Paraprofessionals and School Librarians!

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day is Wednesday, April 3, and School Librarian Appreciation Day is Thursday, April 4. Please join me in recognizing the incredible paraprofessionals who support students in PreK through 12th Grade as well as our dedicated High School library media specialists. 

Graduation and Moving-up Ceremony Dates:

At Tuesday night’s Board of Education Meeting, we reviewed the 2024 SPS Graduation and Moving Up Ceremony dates, which are as follows:

  • Stamford High School Graduation: Friday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Westhill High School Graduation: Friday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m.
  • AITE Graduation: Friday, June 14 at 3:00 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony: Friday, June 14 (morning)
  • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremonies – To be announced at a later date

Elementary and middle school administrators will share details about the time and location of their ceremonies.

Parent Pop-up: 2024-25 Middle School Schedule

All SPS Middle Schools will move to a 7-period student schedule in Fall 2024. This is an exciting opportunity to create consistency in our middle school programming and provide all students with increased academic and social-emotional support. Currently, only Rippowam and Scofield operate on a 7-period schedule.

To  learn more, please join us for a Parent Pop-up webinar about the middle school schedule on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. via zoom.

The meeting will be offered with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.

Climate Survey

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to complete the SPS School Climate Survey, which is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Ukrainian. Please complete a separate survey for each child you have in Stamford Public Schools. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, April 3. 

Veteran and Columbus Day Curriculum 

There’s still time to join the Columbus Day or Veterans Day committee meetings on Monday, April 1 and Monday, April 9. For meeting times and to register, please click here.

Kindergarten Play & Learn Nights are April 2-4

If you have a child entering kindergarten in Fall 2024, be sure to sign up to attend Kindergarten Orientation and Play & Learn Night at your child’s elementary school. Click here to view dates and times for each school.

Café Con La Super

The next Café Con La Super meeting will be held on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Floor of the Government Center. Our guest speaker will be Erika Hayes, Director of the School and State Funding Project. This month’s topic is the Multilingual Learner Bill of Rights. Here is the link to Bill of Rights in Haitian-Creole, Spanish and Ukrainian.

Remember that schools are closed tomorrow in recognition of Good Friday. I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend with family and friends.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent

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