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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - May 24, 2024

Dear Staff and Families,

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night to celebrate SPS Teacher of the Year Carolyn Tschinkel (Stillmeadow Elementary), SPS Paraprofessional of the Year Maritza Nunez (Stark Elementary), and the 26 educators honored with Spotlight on Teaching awards.  We are so proud of these exemplary educators and grateful for the passion and dedication they bring to their work. 

I also want to take a moment to thank the Teacher of the Year and Paraprofessional of the Year committees for their hard work and dedication throughout the selection process.  Your commitment to this program does not go unnoticed and is truly appreciated.

Last weekend, John and I spent a fun-filled weekend enjoying some of the incredible student talent across the district.  We were able to catch performances of Grease: School Edition (TOR) and Finding Nemo, Jr. (Dolan), and on Sunday we watched some of our wonderful school musicians in the annual Stamford Memorial Day Parade.  Last, but not least, we attended Teen Vision Connecticut's 2024 High School Art Exhibition at Sacred Heart University, which featured award-winning art from students at AITE, Westhill, and Stamford High.

These events showcased the amazing student talent we have here in Stamford.  I want to sincerely thank all the teachers, staff, and families that played a role in providing our students with these valuable opportunities and experiences.  

Multilingual Learners (MLL) programs

Thank you to the staff and community members who have shared their feedback about the restructuring of the Multilingual Learner Department (formally known as English Learners or EL).  We are confident that these changes will benefit both EL teachers and their students.

Your feedback and thoughts were helpful and will be considered as we continue to develop the structures and supports that will continue to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all students in Stamford Public Schools (SPS).

Budget Update

The BOE voted to approve the reallocated FY25 Board of Education budget on Tuesday night.  I am happy to report that this is the final step in the FY25 budget process.  I want to thank everyone for their active engagement and advocacy during this budget season.

Legislative Updates

The Connecticut General Assembly Session ended earlier this month.  Thank you to the Stamford Delegation for their hard work and commitment to SPS and the City of Stamford.  A highlight of this session was the approval of funding for both phases of the proposed two-campus K-8 school in the Cove neighborhood.  The K-4 Lower School will be on Lockwood Avenue while the 5-8 Upper School will be on the current KT Murphy site.  This project will be funded at a 60% reimbursement rate from the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, joining the Roxbury K-8 School (60%) and the new Westhill High School (80%), as projects that will be completed with a majority of the funding provided by the State of Connecticut.   

Mental Health Awareness Month

During Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to acknowledge the work of the Stamford Youth Mental Health Alliance (Stamford YMHA) in raising awareness about youth mental health and helping to connect young people with the support and resources they need.  The Stamford YMHA is a collaboration between the City of Stamford, Stamford Public Schools, Stamford Health, and nearly two dozen non-profits, faith-based organizations, and social service agencies.  Click here to learn more about the Stamford YMHA. 

Finally, schools are closed on Monday in recognition of Memorial Day.  I hope everyone will set aside a few moments on Monday to pay tribute to the members of the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to our country. 

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent

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