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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Dear Staff and Families,

As we end the second week of the school year, I want to acknowledge how much I appreciate the staff, families, and those who were forced to pivot due to a water-main break at Westhill and a power outage at Turn of River.  I know these last minute changes in schedules are never easy, but for families it is an excellent reminder at the beginning of a new year that we all need to develop daycare backup plans as needed and appropriate.

I also want to give a heartfelt thank you to our custodians, trades. facilities department, security, staff, administrators, fire officials, police, city officials and community partners who lent a hand in problem solving and addressing issues returning students and staff to the classroom in a timely manner.

Student Voice Session with Board of Education and Superintendent 

Welcome back to all of the students who participated in the student voice sessions for the 2021-2022 school year and welcome to all of our new interested students.  Student Voice meets every other week on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. with the Board of Education members and the Superintendent to discuss various topics.  Click here to join us via zoom to discuss initial reactions to the recently adopted cell phone policy as well as the opportunity to identify further improvement topics.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Meyer in the Office of Family and Community Engagement.

Website – School Staff Directory 

We have successfully filled the majority of open positions during our summer hiring period.   School-level staff directories are being updated and will be posted to our new websites in early September.  In the meantime, please make sure your contact information is up-to-date in PowerSchool so you receive all notices from your child’s school. 

Active Shooter Awareness

Thank you again to Mayor Simmons and Chief Shaw for hosting Active Shooter Awareness sessions for staff and families prior to the beginning of the school year.  In case you missed the parent/ community session evening session, links to the recording in English and Spanish can be found on this webpage.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joe Kennedy, SPS Safety, Compliance & Employee Relations Manager. 

School-Based Health Centers

The Stamford Public Schools is fortunate to have school-based health centers located in a number of schools, including Westhill, Stamford High, Cloonan, Dolan, Rippowam/AITE, and Toquam (access to Dolan).  School-based health centers provide comprehensive on-site medical and behavioral health services to children and adolescents. The Cloonan Middle School school-based health center is accessible to the community.   Please see the attached flyer to register your child for school-based health center services if interested.    

Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

Please be aware that Stamford Public Schools was approved to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students for the 2022-2023 school year.  No application is required to participate in the meal program.  However, families who wish to have a letter from Stamford Public Schools in order to prove eligibility for a reduction in fees for camps, exams, or other such services should complete the Household Income Survey, which can be found here.

Finally, Thank you to Dolan for demonstrating how they welcome students into school each morning, with a roaring focus on the Mind, Body, and Heart.  It truly is a great depiction of what it means to “Have a Dolan Day”!

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent of Schools

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