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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - November 3, 2023

Dear Staff and Families,

Please join Mayor Caroline Simmons and me on Monday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. for Stamford Public Schools’ monthly Spanish language community conversation, Café con la Super.  This month’s topic is housing.  In addition to Mayor Simmons, we will be joined by representatives from two of our community partners – Building One Community (B1C) and Jewish Family Services of Greenwich (JFS). 

Café con la Super meets in the 4th Floor Cafeteria at the Government Center.  Please arrive early to check in and enjoy some refreshments.  To assist in planning, please register here.  Please note, Cafe con la Super is presented with English translation.

National School Psychologists Week

Next week is National School Psychologists Week.  School psychologists are experts in mental health, learning, and behavior who help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.  Our school psychologists work closely with families, teachers, and school administrators to help create a safe, healthy, and supportive environment for students.  On behalf of everyone in Stamford Public Schools, I want to say thank you to our amazing school psychologists!

Veterans Day Parade 

Please join us for the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Sunday, November 5 at 12:00 p.m. Marching bands from Cloonan, Northeast, Rogers, Scofield, Strawberry Hill, Turn of River and Westover will participate in the parade.  Students from Dolan will perform the National Anthem during the ceremony at Veterans Park.  Click here for route information and other details.

Westhill 50th Class Reunion

Last Saturday, John and I, along with Associate Superintendent Michael Fernandes and Westhill Principal Michael Rinaldi, attended the Westhill High School Class of 1973 reunion.  The Class of 1973 was the first official graduating class from Westhill.  We all enjoyed seeing the items that had been placed in the time capsule 50 years ago.  The item that interested me the most was the District’s 1972-73 proposed budget request of $25 million, which would be $173 million in today’s dollars.  To show how much Stamford Public Schools has grown in 50 years, the 2023-24 approved budget was more than $300 million!  

Thank you again to Gloria Sinaguglia from the Westhill Class of 1973 for inviting us to the reunion and for all the time she and her classmates invested to plan a memorable event.   

Showtime in Stamford

Stamford Public Schools students have numerous opportunities to participate in the dramatic arts, including drama clubs at Stamford High School and Westhill High School and the annual Stamford All-School Musical.  Our students have been working hard on a number of productions that will be presented beginning tonight through mid-December.  Please consider attending the following productions; it’s a great way to support the arts in our schools and enjoy a wonderful evening of theater right here in Stamford!

  • The Strawberry Hill Players fall production of Peter and the Starcatcher opens this weekend and runs through November 11th.  The Strawberry Hill Players is the Stamford High School Drama Club.  All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at Stamford High School.  Click here for more information.
  • At Westhill High School, The Northstar Playmakers will present Lee Mueller’s Murder Me Always beginning tonight through November 10.  All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Westhill small theater.  For additional information please click here.
  • Cast members from the Stamford All-School Musical performed a number from their upcoming show, Legally Blonde the Musical, during the regular monthly BOE meeting on Tuesday, October 24.  This was a wonderful preview of what is sure to be another high-quality performance.  

Sixty-six Stamford residents ages 13 through grade 12 make up the cast and crew, including 57 Stamford Public Schools students representing AITE, Dolan, Rippowam, Scofield, Stamford High, Strawberry Hill, Turn of River, and Westhill.

Legally Blonde the Musical opens Saturday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 10.  All performances are at Westhill High School.  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

I am excited to see all three shows.  I hope to see you there!

SPS on Facebook

Just a reminder that Stamford Public Schools is on Facebook!  Please follow The Stamford Public Schools for news, updates, and more. 

Stay Safe and Healthy!


Dr. Tamu Lucero





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