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Stamford schools offered remote learning during COVID.
May 20, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda, Staff writer STAMFORD — Remote learning will return to Stamford high schools this fall. ... During the beginning of the pandemic, Stamford schools had to quickly transition to a fully remote ...
Why Stamford’s superintendent is personally taking Realtors on tours of city schools
May 20, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
He said he also noticed that many Realtors he knew didn't live in Stamford, and even if they did, many didn't have children in the school system or had children enrolled in Stamford schools many years ago. ... "...
SEEN: Westhill High School prom 2023
May 19, 2023 | Mike MacLauchlan for Hearst Connecticut Media Group
SEEN: Westhill High School prom 2023 Westhill High School held its prom at the Loading Dock in Stamford on Friday, May 19, 2023. ... SEEN: Westhill High School prom 2023 Westhill High School held its prom at the ...
Stamford's proposed south side school split across two campuses to cost city $65.8M
May 19, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda, Staff writer STAMFORD — A pair of new schools that will form a K-8 campus in the Cove neighborhood will cost the city roughly $65.8 million, according to early estimates. ... The work is part ...
Hannah Chuckas wins Allyson Rioux Memorial Award presented annually in Stamford
May 18, 2023 | Scott Ericson
After breaking multiple school diving records in her career, she is the first diver and gymnast to be selected to receive the Allyson Rioux Memorial Award. ... To keep her memory alive, a $5,000 award was ...
Letter: There’s no debate we should celebrate this Stamford teacher
May 17, 2023
They wake up every day and put on their superhero uniform, whether it be a T-shirt with their school’s logo or something more formal. ... Another former Stamford High debater, Sam Aldershof (Stamford High ...
Google surprises 'shocked' Stamford 13-year-old, CT winner for national doodle contest
May 16, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Seventh-grader Rhea Sadhu is celebrated for winning the Google Doodle contest for the state of Connecticut at Strawberry Hill School in Stamford, Conn. ... Seventh-grader Rhea Sadhu speaks about her ...
Stamford schools need a curriculum overhaul.
May 16, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda, Staff Writer STAMFORD — As the Stamford school district embarks on a massive overhaul of its curricula, officials hope to add a new position dedicated to implementing it. ... The figure for ...
Stamford cut $5M from a school reserve fund.
May 14, 2023 | Brianna Gurciullo
Brianna Gurciullo, Staff writer STAMFORD — The Board of Representatives reduced the money raised through taxes in the coming fiscal year for a school construction reserve. ... Both boards agreed to raise $20 ...
Stamford Teacher of the Year goes to 'superhero' Turn of River educator Elba Sims
May 12, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda, Staff Writer STAMFORD — Turn of River Middle School educator Elba Sims was recently named Stamford Teacher of the Year. ... Last year's winner was Stamford High School English and journalism ...
Stamford OKs higher city and school budget but cuts $5M from school construction reserve
May 11, 2023 | Brianna Gurciullo
Brianna Gurciullo, Staff writer STAMFORD — With few cuts, the Board of Representatives has approved the city and school operating budget for the new fiscal year. ... Members targeted that number so ...
CT baseball player from Dominican Republic wins appeal to play at Westhill High
May 6, 2023 | Scott Ericson
The CIAC and our schools need to get on the same page. One can’t consider a student a high school junior while one decides the student's high school experience is over. ... Westhill students Geuris Arias ...
Stamford schools superintendent earned highest salary in city in 2022.
May 5, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
A sizeable chunk of that amount came from payments from 2021, said Stamford schools spokesperson Kathleen Steinberg. ... Westhill High School principal Michael Rinaldi took home $198,467, while Stamford High ...
Stamford students were kept on a stopped school bus for an hour; parents waited 11 days for any answers
May 4, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
The driver pulled over on Newfield Avenue around 3:15 p.m. to call the dispatch service for bus company First Student, which operates school buses for Stamford Public Schools. ... Stamford Police Capt. ...
Opinion: Stamford school district is majority Latino.
May 3, 2023 | Michael Hernández By Michael Hernández
For years, demographic trends have pointed to changes in Stamford’s public schools, yet the local political parties have not translated these changes into elected offices. ... As a graduate of Stamford Public ...
In Photos: Shop local, support Stamford was the aim behind Davenport Ridge School's Vendor Fair
April 30, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
In Photos: Shop local, support Stamford was goal of school's fair Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD – Small businesses from across Stamford turned out for Davenport Ridge Elementary School's Second Annual Vendor ...
Budget cuts gutted most Stamford school librarians. 3 years on, parent volunteers are doing the work.
April 29, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
At that meeting, Alice Knapp, CEO of the Ferguson Library, said she recently visited Hartford Public Library with Stamford Superintendent Tamu Lucero. In three different Hartford schools, the media center also ...
Davenport Ridge Elementary School students to sing national anthem at New York Mets game Monday
April 29, 2023 | Jailene Cuevas
Before the game, students from Stamford’s Davenport Ridge Elementary School’s fourth- and fifth-grade chorus will perform the national anthem for an expected audience of 41,800 people. ... Stamford’s ...
A new Westhill High School will cost $301M. Stamford's finance board worries the city can't pay for it.
April 28, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda, Brianna Gurciullo, Staff writer STAMFORD — Members of the city's Board of Finance said they were worried about how to pay for a new Westhill High School even with substantial help from the ...
In photos: Stamford's Hart Magnet School hosts art show about 'How We Celebrate'
April 28, 2023 | Christian Abraham
Hart Magnet Elementary School art educators Mark Matini and Caitlin Lafferty pose during the school's spring art exhibition in Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday April 26, 2023. ... Hart Magnet Elementary School ...
Opinion: BOE president appreciates finance board’s partnership
April 26, 2023 | Jackie Heftman
BOE president appreciates finance board’s partnership By Jackie Heftman Last week, the Board of Finance voted on the Stamford Public Schools (SPS) budget for the 2023-2024 school year. I want to recognize the ...
CT high school baseball players ruled ineligible after transferring from Dominican receive support from opponents
April 25, 2023 | Scott Ericson
Opposing teams show support for Westhill players ruled ineligible to play Scott Ericson, Staff writer Rallying around two high school players from the Dominican Republic who are ineligible to play baseball due ...
Stamford High could get a state-funded synthetic field, but whether it's safe is becoming a turf war
April 24, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Passamano said the upgrade would help bring Stamford up to the level of other schools in the state and among the schools in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, or FCIAC, where Stamford ...
In Photos: Stamford teens get a taste of 'the industry' at Norwalk's Factory Underground Studio
April 21, 2023 | Tyler Sizemore
Tyler Sizemore, Staff writer STAMFORD — Strawberry Hill School seventh-grade band students visited Factory Underground Studios in Norwalk to learn about the music industry, recording, sound engineering, and ...
CT student who transferred from Dominican Republic denied hardship exemption to play baseball
April 21, 2023 | Scott Ericson
The CIAC is the state's governing body for high school athletics. Santana, 18, who transferred into Westhill High School in Stamford in November, is one of two players trying to become eligible to play baseball ...
In Photos: Stamford's Westhill High Bee Club introduces Hart Magnet School kids to the mysterious bee
April 16, 2023 | Christian Abraham
Westhill High School Bee Club's Lulu Robotti, wearing bee suit, helps give a presentation to students at Hart Magnet Elementary School in Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday April 12, 2023. ... Westhill High School ...
COVID staffing shortages decimated Stamford's substitute teacher ranks. 3 years later, it's worse.
April 15, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
And this school year, it’s plummeted to 30 percent. ... "I think the challenge that we’re facing as a school district is no different than challenges happening around the country," said Christopher Soules, ...
In Photos: Third-graders at Stamford's Hart Magnet School dig into paleontology
April 14, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Gilbert at Hart Magnet Elementary School in Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday April 12, 2023. ... Gilbert at Hart Magnet Elementary School in Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday April 12, 2023. ... Gilbert at Hart Magnet ...
Stamford high students win big in art contests, nonprofits named 'trusted messengers' and other news
April 14, 2023 | Randi Weiner
Stamford art students win at Silvermine The artwork of students from all three Stamford high schools was recently showcased in the TEEN VISIONS 2023 exhibition held at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan. ..
All 3 Stamford high schools will hold graduation June 13.
April 14, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford's three high schools will all conduct graduation ceremonies on the same Tuesday, June 13. ... The last school day is planned for June 14, except at Turn of River Middle ...
Stamford schools audit found 80% of courses had no written curriculum.
April 13, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford school officials expect to have written curriculum for 65 percent of courses by the start of the next school year. ... A recent year-long audit found that four out of every ...
Here's why Stamford teachers are traveling to Kyoto, Florence and Houston for their students' sake
April 12, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
In all, eight Stamford Public Schools teachers received fellowships through the Fund for Teachers this year. ... Stamford schools Superintendent Tamu Lucero described the Stamford teachers as "an inspiration for ...
In Photos: Stamford students dive into science at Soundwaters program
April 9, 2023 | Tyler Sizemore
Tyler Sizemore STAMFORD — Stamford elementary students dove into science during the Soundwaters Science Stars program. The weeklong camp offers Stamford students in grades two through five an introduction to ...
How a pact between Stamford's Westhill High and a NY college could mean more teachers, cheaper tuition
April 9, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — A new partnership between Westhill High School and a Westchester County college aims to improve student achievement, and also comes with perks for staff, students and even parents. ...
Lamont announces release of $56 million to fund HVAC improvements at 50 CT schools
April 6, 2023 | John Moritz
“Modernized ventilation systems provide an important public health function that filtrate the air and reduce airborne contaminants, including particles containing viruses.” ... Seven other school districts ...
From novice shooter to Junior Olympics: Stamford teenager took to the rifle 'like a fish to water'
April 4, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Westhill High School senior Meghan McLaughlin competes in a rifle competition. ... Westhill High School senior Meghan McLaughlin competes in a rifle competition. ... Westhill High School senior Meghan McLaughlin competes in a rifle competition.
Stamford schools explain how a $54K overpayment to a substitute teacher initially went unnoticed
March 25, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
'Errors sometimes occur' Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford schools were transitioning to a new payroll system last fall, around the time a substitute teacher was overpaid by $54,000 and allegedly refused ..
In Photos: Stamford High School puts on a fashion show
March 22, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford High School presented its 35th annual fashion show on March 16. Seniors modeled formal wear from local businesses and juniors modeled spirit wear. The event also included dancing from all four classes.
Stamford students improve test scores, but 3 in 4 middle schoolers still 'below proficient' in math
March 17, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The vast majority of Stamford elementary and middle school students are less than proficient in mathematics, while about half are behind in reading, according to data recently ...
No room for south Stamford K-8 building: District decides to split new school into 2 campuses
March 15, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — School and city officials failed to find a spot in south Stamford for a new K-8 school, so they settled on splitting it into two locations. On Monday night, Superintendent Tamu ...
Stamford schools upgrades will cost $51M of mayor's proposed $91M budget for building, capital projects
March 12, 2023 | Brianna Gurciullo
Simmons said the school projects within the fiscal 2023-24 capital budget include a roof replacement at Stamford High School, new flooring at Julia A. ... In addition to school buildings, Simmons said her ...
Mistaken for 'suspicious person,' school resource officer triggers lockdown at Stamford High, officials say
March 10, 2023 | Christine Dempsey
Christine Dempsey STAMFORD — Officials say Stamford High was briefly locked down Friday morning after a school resource officer was mistaken for a "suspicious person." Stamford public safety officials tweeted ...
Stamford substitute teacher charged after she was overpaid by $54K; allegedly refused to return it
March 8, 2023 | Pat Tomlinson
Pat Tomlinson STAMFORD — A substitute teacher was overpaid by more than $50,000 by Stamford Public Schools, then refused to pay the district back, according to an arrest warrant. Shalyn Coley, 24, of Stamford, ...
Disney’s ‘Chang Can Dunk’ Stamford screening celebrates CT students, teachers who were extras
March 6, 2023 | Abby Weiss
One of the filming locations was Westhill High School in Stamford. Principal Michael Rinaldi attended the Thursday evening event and redecorated the school’s gymnasium, hallways and banners last year to look ...
More than 1 in 3 Stamford teachers oppose renewing Superintendent Lucero's contract, survey finds
March 5, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — More than a third of Stamford teachers are against extending the contract of Superintendent Tamu Lucero, according to executive board members of the school district's teachers ...
Interim principals in Stamford to take on jobs full-time at Dolan, Rippowam middle schools
March 5, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Interim principals at two of the three biggest middle schools in Stamford were named full-time principals at a virtual meeting of the Stamford Board of Education Tuesday night. ...
Stamford Public Schools celebrate Read Across America with book giveaways
Mar 03, 2023, 5:39pm
By: News 12 Staff
Children across Stamford went home from school with a new gift from the community Friday.
State investigator finds Stamford schools discriminated against Westhill teacher during pandemic
March 3, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — A state investigator has determined that a Westhill High School teacher was discriminated against by the school district when she was required to return to school during the ...
Longtime Stamford coach Doug Robinson honored at FCIAC tournament
March 2, 2023 | Michael Fornabaio
Westhill and Stamford won a CIAC Division III championship in 2016, the first year of their co-op and the first year that Santagata and Robinson, who had been in charge of those school’s programs, were ...
Opening Students' Doors to the Future
Students in Stamford, CT are participating in an art contest that encourages them to continue their education. Lynda Baquero reports.
Stamford changed the high school internship program and participation rates dropped from 320 to 8
March 2, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Westhill High School seniors Lilly Lapine and Jackie Brzoska expected the last month of this school year to be a reward, and they may still get it. ... An email from the school ...
In photos: Stamford's Roxbury School students get free books that focus on Black and Latino experiences
February 27, 2023 | Christian Abraham
Stamford Public Schools provided every K-3 school in Stamford with the books with funding coming from the Connecticut General Assembly. ... Stamford Public Schools provided every K-3 school in Stamford with the ...
Stamford elementary schools highlight Black and Latin American cultures through children's books
Feb 24, 2023, News 12
By: Lauren Fabrizi
Elementary schools in Stamford are highlighting Black and Latin American cultures through children's books.
Stamford parent starts grassroots campaign for dual language program to develop bilingual students
February 20, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Some local officials, school staff and community members want to take advantage of the prevalence of Spanish-speaking students in Stamford Public Schools to bring a new dual ...
In photos: Stamford High has door decoration challenge in honor of Black History Month
February 19, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
A design for Virginia Union University is depicted on a classroom door at Stamford High School in Stamford, Conn. ... A design for Winston Salem State University is depicted on a classroom door at Stamford High ...
In some CT suburbs, students aren’t interested in mandated Black & Latino course
February 19, 2023 | Sandra Diamond Fox
It's also running at Greenwich High School, Trumbull High School, Westhill High School in Stamford and the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering in Stamford. ... Elaina Rampolla teaches the ...
Growing Latino Population Brings Changing Demographics to Stamford Schools
Stamford the newest district bucking enrollment trends thanks to a growing Hispanic population. Lynda Baquero reports.
Some Stamford classes can reach 90 degrees and need air conditioners.
February 17, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
McCarthy said the schools that would get new units would be those three, plus Northeast, Roxbury, Newfield and Springdale elementary schools, Turn of River Middle School and Stamford and Westhill high schools. ...
Two Yale students, Stamford high alumna to compete in 'Jeopardy!' high school reunion tournament
February 14, 2023 | Amy Coval
Amy Coval Two Yale University students and a Stamford native are among those competing in the “Jeopardy!” ... In addition to two Yale students, a Stamford native will be among the competitors. ... She was a ...
New nonprofit business-focused program to debut at Stamford High this fall, a first for CT
February 12, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford High School is getting down to business this fall. ... A press release from Stamford Public Schools described the High School of Business as a college-level business ...
Stamford Board of Education weighs budget options: 2 new associate superintendents?
February 11, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford Board of Education members won't propose cuts or additions to the school operating budget until later in the month, but Tuesday served as a preview of what's to come. ...
Stamford's proposed teaching budget up $1.2M, in part to fix a lack of a written curriculum
February 3, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The proposed teaching and learning budget for all content areas in Stamford schools is up 17 percent for the upcoming school year, in large part due to the district's efforts to fix ...
CT LIVE!: Filling in the Blanks Put Food on Tables
Roxbury Elementary School principal, Mark Bonasera, is featured in this profile piece about Filling in the Blanks. Thousands of students rely on Filling in the Blanks’ Weekend Meal Program. Even $25 can feed a local child for a month!
Stamford schools need more teachers for a growing special ed population, worry 2023-24 will be 'nightmare'
February 1, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The number of special education students in Stamford is on the rise, but school officials are concerned the ongoing teacher shortage will prevent the district from adequately ...
Stamford's Hannah Chuckas, diving champ, finds joy in music, songwriting
January 31, 2023 | Dave Stewart
Hannah Chuckas performs one her songs on TikTok. The cover image for Hannah Chuckas's song "You're The Only One For Me" on Spotify. Westhill-Stamford diver Hannah Chuckas added the State Open title to her resume.
Stamford schools add only one holiday — Eid al-Fitr — to calendar after months of debate
January 26, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
The Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, celebrated on April 10 next year, will be a day off of school for the 2023-24 school year. The holiday had never been included in Stamford's school calendar in the past. ...
Stamford schools agree to new administrators contract after union cuts its raise demands to 9.5%
January 26, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — School officials have reached an agreement with the union representing principals and assistant principals on a new three-year contract after two city boards voted against the ...
Stamford school administrator contract heads to state arbitration: Everything 'back on the table'
January 17, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
High school principals in the city make an average of $204,716 a year, while elementary and middle school principals take home a yearly salary of about $184,387. ... Matt Forker, co-president of the SAU and ...
Stamford schools' proposed $313M budget cuts teachers, special ed para-educators amid rising energy costs
January 14, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
The Stamford school budget has increased an average of 2.46 percent every year for the past eight years. ... Stamford Public Schools is still recovering from a massive cut of $12.5 million in 2020 just as ...
Stamford school board committee OKs new holidays, returns Columbus Day to calendar after public outcry
January 12, 2023 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Catholic, Muslim and Indian holidays were added to the Stamford Public Schools calendar for the upcoming school year, which was approved Tuesday night by a school board ...
New Stamford school administrator contract costs $1.49M but denying it could cost more, lawyer says
December 29, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Denying a new contract for Stamford school administrators may not save the city any money at all, and might even cost taxpayers more, according to a school board attorney. ...
A Stamford Fulbright teacher has 6 months to find out.
December 28, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — This New Year's Day will be a drastic departure for Ruth-Terry Walden. ... Walden said at a meeting of the Stamford Board of Education's Labor Committee in September. ... So to ...
1 in 2 Stamford students are Hispanic and overall enrollment is on the rise, report shows
December 22, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Hispanic and Latino students are now the majority of the Stamford public school population according to enrollment data just released by the district. ... The Ecuadorian-born mother ...
Stamford's Westhill and Roxbury school replacements will cost $387M.
December 21, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Two schools only a few yards away from each other in Stamford are slated to be torn down and rebuilt for about $387 million — and the state has agreed to put down roughly $292 ...
This teacher encouraged kids in Stamford and Norwalk to find a purpose.
December 20, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
The late Roberson — a former Norwalk Public School teacher, academic director at education nonprofit Horizons and volunteer at Stamford's Cradle to Career — often spoke about finding one's purpose in life. ...
Columbus and Veterans days back on Stamford school calendar as days off; Diwali added too
December 19, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
After release of the first draft 2022-23 school calendar, a group of Stamford Italian-Americans showed up at the Board of Education meeting to protest the idea of no longer making Columbus Day a day off for ...
How Westhill High School's agriscience program gave two Stamford grads the courage to open a fish store
December 16, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
At 21, he's now one of the owners of Sound Aquatics, a fish store in nearby Thornwood, N.Y., in Westchester County. ... This summer, however, they reconnected and during one conversation, Bakshi, who is a ...
Stamford students created holiday greeting cards the mayor and superintendent will use this year
December 14, 2022 | Christian Abraham
Christian Abraham STAMFORD – Stamford Public Schools students in grade K-5 worked with their art teachers to create seasonal designs in any medium, which were then submitted for consideration in the city's ...
Stamford students recognized by DAR, Stamford EMS earn perfect reaccreditation score and other news
December 13, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Two other students, Melissa Silva and Dinyar Unvala, were given the Outstanding Conservation Award for their volunteer work with Stamford organization SoundWaters. Four other Stamford residents received ..
In Photos: Stamford middle schoolers combine coding and performing
December 11, 2022
Sixth grader Noah Gjelevic programs his Unruly Splats before performing a choreographed demonstration at Scofield Magnet Middle School in Stamford, Conn. ... Sixth graders Rebeca Jimenez, left, and Giada ...
Stamford Italian-Americans protest change to school calendar: 'Columbus Day is being canceled.'
December 8, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The fight to preserve the legacy of 15th century explorer Christopher Columbus in Stamford has moved from the city square to the school board. ... But, since Stamford schools have ...
Stamford's schools are getting new sidewalks.
December 4, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD —Springdale Elementary School will be getting new sidewalks soon. ... Also at that time, Quinones said that the objective was to develop a “comprehensive sidewalk restoration ...
Stamford's All-School Musical debuts Dec. 2 with a cast and crew of 40 and a comedy of epic size
December 2, 2022 | Christian Abraham
Stamford All-School Musical is an afterschool musical theater program sponsored by the Stamford Public Schools. ... Stamford All-School Musical is an afterschool musical theater program sponsored by the Stamford ...
Stamford schools debate adding Eid al-Fitr to days off, put Columbus Day and Veterans Day back in class
December 2, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Columbus Day and Veterans Day — traditionally celebrated by Stamford schools with a day off — may be class days if a proposed calendar is accepted. ... The statute that governs ...
A first Thanksgiving for Stamford's newest immigrant students includes turkey and gratitude
November 23, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Olivia Hagopian serves food during the Thanksgiving lunch for newly immigrated students at Turn of River Middle School in Stamford, Conn. ... Jose Quinones is served a plate during the Thanksgiving lunch for ...
Stamford schools has spent $20M on ventilation work since 2020.
November 22, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford schools may be eligible for as much as $12 million from the state in reimbursements for numerous heating and ventilation projects. Ryan Fealey, director of finance for ...
Stamford schools has 200 Ukrainian students; many are refugees.
November 19, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
The bulk of refugees from the country that settled in Connecticut seem to have ended up in Stamford, resulting in an influx of Ukrainian students in Stamford Public Schools. ... The bulk of refugees from the ...
Stamford schools says administrators deserve 10.5% pay raise. Finance board says other districts pay less.
November 14, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
"This proposed contract acknowledges the hard work of our SAU members during the pandemic," said Jackie Heftman, president of the Board of Education. ... Jon Panzer, co-president of the SAU, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rushing on Stamford High project means passing up $1.5M grant.
November 12, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The Stamford Board of Finance chair was flabbergasted to learn this week that a project to replace science labs at Stamford High School wouldn't use a state grants to help pay for ...
Stamford students, staff honor veterans: Wars are more than just 'a paragraph in a textbook'
November 10, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Toquam wasn't the only public school in Stamford to host a Veterans Day event this week. ... Principal Sibyl Brooks speaks during the Veterans Day Assembly at Toquam Magnet Elementary School in Stamford, Conn. ...
Stamford's older students feel lost in school, younger kids feel they belong, districtwide survey says
November 7, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford public middle and high school students reported a much lower sense of belonging and of safety and a worse school climate than their elementary school peers, according to a ...
How will Stamford fund its half of a $1.5B plan for school buildings?
November 6, 2022 | Brianna Gurciullo
Brianna Gurciullo STAMFORD — The Board of Finance is grappling with how the city will fund its share of a $1.5 billion school facilities plan. ... A previous estimate left out a project at Stamford High ...
Stamford Police, city, schools, promise better communication after problems during hoax threat response
November 2, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
"After the recent hoax call at Stamford High School, my team — along with the police department, superintendent, fire department and school district officials and other key public safety officials — met and ...
Stamford school board candidates divided on how to handle equity, budget and curriculum
November 2, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
He said Stamford Public Schools needs a more diverse staff to ensure that Hispanic families have more of a voice. ... Butler — who has three children who have attended Stamford Public Schools, including a ...
A Stamford sophomore can't imagine life without music.
November 1, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
That's why the Westhill High School sophomore jumped at the chance to take part in a music production program in Stamford where she is learning to write, produce, edit and market her own album of original songs. ...
In Photos: Stamford students show off costumes at Stillmeadow School’s Halloween parade
October 31, 2022 | Tyler Sizemore
By Tyler Sizemore STAMFORD — Students dressed in costumes during the Halloween parade at Stillmeadow Elementary School on Monday. ... Parents watch the Halloween parade at Stillmeadow Elementary School in ...
Can Stamford schools' achievement gap be fixed? Here's what the school board candidates say.
October 30, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Both visuals, which illustrate the district's achievement gap, are not uncommon in school districts across the country; the same data has been trending in Stamford for years. ... He called for more investment ...
Former Stamford high school teacher bequests $120K to AITE for scholarships
October 28, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Now, her name will also be the moniker for a new scholarship at the Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, one of three public high schools in Stamford. ... A search of Gray's name on a public records ...
Stamford schools agrees to invest another $4 million in school safety
October 27, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — An additional $4 million is going toward school security in Stamford as part of a capital budget passed by the city's Board of Education this week. ... A separate long-term capital ...
Stamford schools looking at $742M price tag to replace and renovate school buildings
October 25, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The plan to fix Stamford's school buildings will take 20 years and cost the city roughly $742 million. ... The plan calls for improvements to all other school buildings, with major ...
In Photos: SPEF MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run in Stamford
October 23, 2022
The race raises money for the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) while celebrating the memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High School graduate who died in 2012. ... More than 300 people ...
Stamford police determined call about school threat was a hoax within 16 min., city officials say
October 21, 2022 | Pat Tomlinson
Pat Tomlinson, Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Police responded to a false report of an active shooter at Stamford High School on Friday morning. ... "We know these incidents are stressful for parents and ...
Stamford schools' test scores drop from pre-COVID years, gulf widens between white, non-white students
October 16, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Scores for the Smarter Balanced Assessment, SAT and Next Generation Science Standards tests discussed during a virtual presentation on state test results of Stamford Public Schools students showed lower scores ...
Roughly 80 percent of Stamford core classes have no written curriculum, audit finds
October 15, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Four out of every five required courses of Stamford Public Schools — English, math, science or social stories — have no written curriculum, according to the findings of a ...
Stamford hires Middletown High School principal as new secondary curriculum director
October 13, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The principal of Middletown High School was approved Tuesday night as the next director of curriculum at the secondary level for Stamford Public Schools effective immediately. ...
Before COVID, Stamford schools worried it didn't feed all its hungry kids.
October 10, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Lunchtime in Stamford Public Schools finally looks like it did pre-pandemic, but with one notable difference: meals are all free. ... Students eat lunch at Newfield Elementary ...
Stamford's AITE high school taps former music teacher for assistant principal role
October 8, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — A former choir and piano teacher was recently named assistant principal of Stamford Public School's smallest high school. ... Prince was a music teacher for eight years, and had 14 ...
Should Stamford schools strive for ‘equal outcomes’ for all students?
October 2, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
"If you have students at the top of the class, if you make them even stronger, that makes Stamford Public Schools more inequitable," he said, adding that such a result would be "bad" according to the policy. ...
Is Stamford schools' new block schedule a hit or a miss?
October 1, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Previously, students at Stamford High and Westhill High School took seven classes a day, each lasting 48 minutes. ... Sophomore Michel Perez Vasquez works during her English class at Westhill High School in ..
Stamford school board not looking to buy out superintendent's contract, Board of Education president says
September 29, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The Stamford Board of Education is not seeking to buy out the superintendent's remaining contract, the board president said Wednesday. ... Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools ...
Stamford adds school-based onsite healthcare to three more elementary schools.
September 23, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Stamford Public Schools have added behavioral health services to three more elementary schools, bringing the percentage of primary schools to offer such in-house clinical support to ...
Stamford schools want more job applicants so they’ve upped their online game
September 16, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
By Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — The first thing visitors to the Stamford Public Schools website see is the phrase “We’re hiring!” ... Early returns have been promising, but Stamford is still experiencing ...
Stamford finance board sounds alarm on education budget ‘fiscal cliff’
September 9, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Ryan Fealey, finance director for Stamford Public Schools, responded that the district could not stockpile those funds, since they expire at the end of the next school year. ... The new framework will provide ...
Stamford schools see influx of Ukrainian students.
September 3, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
Mike Meyer, director of family and community engagement for Stamford Public Schools, said the district can’t confirm that the new students come directly from Ukraine or if they came from another region, ...
Stamford’s Westhill High School closed due to water main break; classes expected to resume Thursday
August 31, 2022 | Peter Yankowski
The first day of classes in Stamford for the 2022-23 school year was this past Monday. Students returning at Westhill High School in Stamford, Conn. ... Above, students return to a full-time in-person schedule ...
Some Stamford teachers complain hot classrooms are ‘roasting;’ officials say AC will be standard in new schools
August 30, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
That’s the reason some are calling for the district to move to early dismissal for the rest of the week, as Bridgeport Public Schools did this week. “We’re roasting in here,” said Ruth-Terry Walden, a ...
BACK TO SCHOOL AUG 29, 2022
Thousands of Students Go Back to School in Connecticut
Families inStamford, Bridgeport and Fairfield are hopeful for a more normal school year following the first day, Lynda Baquero reports.
In Photos: Stamford students head back to school
August 29, 2022 | Tyler Sizemore
All Stamford Public Schools students returned to start the new school year on Monday. ... All Stamford Public Schools students returned to start the new school year on Monday. ... All Stamford Public Schools ...
How to reduce the risk of school violence? Stamford police say parents are key
August 26, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
By Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — With school set to start Monday, Stamford police and school officials attempted to quell concerns about school safety. ... He said over 80 percent of security guards in Stamford ...
Stamford schools brace for ‘fiscal cliff’: 120 positions rely on COVID funds, but that money is running out
August 23, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
By Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — A total of 120 Stamford school positions, at a cost of roughly $8.8 million, are set to expire in the next two years, leaving school officials to grapple with an oncoming ...
Stamford schools’ state test scores plummet from pre-pandemic era
August 26, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
The performance index among New Haven public school students decreased by 6.5 points in English language arts and 8.7 points in math from the school year immediately preceding the COVID-19 pandemic to last year. ...
Stamford schools announce new interim principals at Rippowam, Dolan schools
August 21, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
By Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — Two Stamford middle schools will have interim principals starting this fall. ... In a press release from the school district, Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Tamu Lucero ...
Stamford schools choose new associate superintendent; new hire has been in district one year
August 10, 2022 | Ignacio Laguarda
By Ignacio Laguarda STAMFORD — A Stamford Public Schools administrator hired a year ago was selected Tuesday night for one of the district’s top spots. ... Her two children attend Stamford Public Schools. ...
AS SEEN ON MAY 24, 2022
Stamford Schools Considering Banning Cell Phones
The Stamford school district is considering banning cell phones at all school in a bid to try to get students off their phones in class. Lynda Baquero reports.
WEATHER KIDS MAY 6, 2022
Stamford Kindergartners Learn About Weather
Kindergartners from Julia A. Stark Elementary School in Stamford, CT, enjoyed a Weather Kids Visit from Storm Team 4 Meteorologist, Matt Brickman. The students asked all types of questions and learned all about weather science.
AS SEEN ON JUN 3, 2021
CT Students Watch Their NASA Experiment Blast Into Space
The Stamford High School students created an experiment that is headed to the International Space Station, after they beat out 16,000 other students. Astronauts will send back data for them to analyze for their research into cancer cells. NBC New York’s Lynda Baquero reports.
BLACK HISTORY DEC 15, 2020
‘Blues and Beyond': Stamford School Teaches Black History Through Music
Stamford is the first school district in American to bring “The Blues and Beyond” to classrooms, teaching students about African American history through music. NBC New York’s Adam Kuperstein reports.