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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - November 10, 2023

Dear Staff and Families,

Last Friday I had the honor of attending the kick-off of “The Stamford Kindness Project” hosted by the City of Stamford in partnership with the interfaith community, nonprofits, and local businesses.  The kindness project aims to spread kindness and positivity in the Stamford community and beyond.  

The goal is for the community to perform 100,000 acts of kindness by the end of the year.  Please visit The Stamford Kindness Project webpage for more information.

Substitute Appreciation Day

Speaking of kindness and positivity, November 17 is Substitute Appreciation Day.  Please join me in thanking and celebrating all of our hardworking daily, long-term, and building substitutes.  

Our substitutes help keep children learning in the absence of their teachers, and we would not be able to meet the needs of our students without them!  

Thank you for all you do!

High School Information Night for 8th Graders

Stamford Public Schools offers many rigorous, specialized high school programs that are open to students regardless of their zoned high school.  Many of these programs require students to apply for admission during eighth grade.  Join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. via zoom for an overview of these programs and to learn about application requirements and deadlines.

Representatives from the following programs will participate:

  • Academy of Finance at Westhill
  • Stamford Regional Agriscience Program at Westhill
  • J.R.O.T.C. at Westhill
  • Early College Studies Program at Stamford High
  • High School of Business at Stamford High
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Stamford High
  • AITE High School
  • J.M. Wright Technical High School
  • The new Big Picture Learning Academy

Elementary and K-8 Magnet School Applications Due November 15

Applications for the 2024-25 elementary and K-8 magnet school lottery are due on Wednesday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m.  If you are interested in having your child attend one of our magnet schools - Hart, Toquam, Westover, Rogers International and Strawberry Hill - be sure to complete the application by the deadline.

Reminder: Kindergarten Age Requirements have Changed!

Beginning in 2024, children will need to be five years old on or before September 1 of the school year to be automatically eligible for kindergarten. 

If your child misses the age cutoff, you may apply for early kindergarten admission.  The early admission process includes a play-based assessment by certified Stamford Public Schools early childhood educators.  

Click here to schedule an Early Kindergarten Assessment appointment for your child.

Complete the Household Income Survey Application 

Families are encouraged to complete the Household Income Survey Application (English / Spanish) to verify if they may be eligible for reduced-price or free programs and services, including youth camps, internet services, college exam fees, and college application fees. Completing this application helps us understand district demographics and can help eligible families save money.  All information you share is confidential.

Café con la Super

Thank you to all of the families, staff, and community partners that joined us on Monday for the November Café con la Super meeting.  The topic this month was housing and we were joined by Mayor Simmons, Anka Badurina, Executive Director of Building 1 Community (B1C), and Rachel Kornfield, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services of Greenwich (JFS).

During the meeting families asked questions and shared their housing challenges, while Mayor Simmons shared housing resources available in the City of Stamford.  Please click here for more information about housing in Stamford. 

The next Café con la Super is scheduled for Monday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Government Center.

Stay Safe and Healthy!


Dr. Tamu Lucero





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