Weekly Message from the Superintendent
Dear Staff and Families,
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, I cannot help but reflect on my gratitude for living and working in a culturally diverse community. Earlier this month, my husband and I attended the annual Diwali celebration at the Ferguson Library. This well-attended event featured numerous dance groups celebrating India’s history and culture. Events like this are a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate different cultures. Thank you to everyone who organized and attended this beautiful celebration.
2023-24 District Calendar Panel
Thank you to all who joined us last week for the 2023-24 District Calendar panel discussion hosted by PT Council. We appreciated the opportunity to hear different perspectives about attending school on various holidays.
We will consider feedback from this meeting and other information as we prepare a calendar to present to the Board of Education for approval. If you missed the meeting, please click here for the recording. If you have any additional feedback, please feel free to send an email to email@example.com
Thank you to our school communities that hosted Pink-Out events during October. The eight schools that reported information to us raised more than $16,000 for the Bennett Cancer Center and other Cancer Foundations.
A special Shout-out to Stamford High School, which has raised more than $100,000 through its Pink-Out events during the last 10 years. Way to go SHS!
During my visit to Roxbury last week, I had the pleasure of visiting music classes in which students were preparing for a square dance performance. It brought back memories of my own attempts to square dance when I was in elementary school. I have to say that the Roxbury students’ “do-si-dos” are far superior to my fourth grade performance! Thank you to music teachers Sara Defilippo and Paul Riccio and their fourth grade students for welcoming us into their class.
I would also like to recognize the Grade 3 and 4 students at Rogers International School who were giving a performance when I was in their building last week. It was wonderful to see so many families in attendance.
Stamford All-School Musical
Tickets are on sale now for Stamford’s All-School Musical – Something Rotten! (PG-13 rating). Stamford residents ages 13 through Grade 12 make up the cast, crew and orchestra of this production with the support of theater professionals and volunteers.
Now in its 15th Year, the Stamford All-School Musical will be performed on December 2, 3, 9, 10, and 11 at Westhill High School. Click here for more information.
Those who attended the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular last Sunday were treated to a preview of Something Rotten! Thank you to the students who braved the cold to share their talents with the crowd!
Teacher of the Year:
The parade also featured a float honoring the 2021 and 2022 SPS Teachers of the Year Donna Kaiser and Jon Ringel. Donna and Jon are both teachers at Stamford High School. Please join me in congratulating Donna and Jon on their Teacher of the Year awards.
Please join me at Westhill High School on Thursday morning for the annual Stamford High vs. Westhill High football game. This Thanksgiving tradition attracts a huge crowd including many Stamford Public Schools alumni. The weather forecast looks great so please come out and cheer on our city’s football teams. Hope to see you there.
Stay Safe and Healthy!
Dr. Tamu Lucero
Superintendent of Schools