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Jennifer Gonzalez

 

Toquam First Graders Have A “Harmony” Day! 

Ms. Reina Di Nino and Ms. Gianna Socci led the Toquam first grade in their second annual “Harmony Day.” The morning was spent with families and community focusing on social-emotional learning activities that cultivate empathy, compassion, and kindness towards oneself, others, and the environment. This year we were proud to have The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) join us, the Stamford Police Bomb Squad and their K-9s, and the Toquam Mental Health Specialist Team. 

 

The first graders would like to give a special thanks to: Ms. Rowena and Ms. Vicky from CELF for connecting us to our planet, inspiring awe and wonder. Feel free to check out the lesson, Colors of Place, and use it in your class!  Officer Dan and Officer Lou brought their K-9’s from the Bomb Squad. Their presence helps teach children about mutual care and respect for animals as well as providing a sense of security and comfort. Toquam’s dedicated team, Dr. Ligon, Miss Lopez and Ms. Pearce joined us to lead exercises that promote coping skills, kindness and overall well-being to ourselves and others.

 

Toquam First Grade Team enjoying their Harmony DayStamford PD with Toquam studentsToquam students engaging with nature

Submitted by Jenna Cinelli

 

Kindergarten Critter Caravan

Kindergarten had an exciting visit from the Critter Caravan. This “in-house” field trip supported our science and CKLA units about animals and the Earth.  Students were shown a map of the continents and were able to see an animal from each area and learned why the animals were best suited for their habitats. 

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Mythology Presentation 

Our fourth grade classes had a presentation about Mythology by the Shakesperience Productions INC. They talked about different myths and how they came about to explain things in the world. They led the classes in scenes featuring student performers which empowered students with confidence and public speaking skills.The myths included Pandora’s Box, Thor, and Anansi. The students had a great time learning, performing, and building confidence.

 

Newfield fourth graders performing with Shakesperience ProductionsNewfield fourth graders performing with Shakesperience Productions

Submitted by Mandi Leale

 

 

Stamford EMS visits Third Graders at Newfield

Stamford Public School employees Jon Panzer and Jen Jehle, in addition to Seth Goodman, gave third grade Newfield students the opportunity to get an up close look at an ambulance, as well as a safety presentation for students.

Submitted by Randy Bilik

 

Westhill High Students Attend 2nd Annual Job Shadow Day at Eversource Stamford

Yesterday, students and teachers from Westhill High School attended the 2nd annual Job Shadow Day at Eversource Stamford. The students had an enriching experience learning about the various departments and career opportunities at Eversource, including Overhead and Underground Electric Operations, Field Engineering, and Design. Many of the activities were hands-on, providing students with memorable and practical insights into the industry. This event was made possible through a partnership with Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County and Westhill’s CTE teachers. Chaperones for the day included Tanesha Poyser, Ramla Kasraoui, and Juan Ospina.

 

Westhill students learning about career opportunities with Eversource StamfordWesthill students learning about career opportunities with Eversource StamfordWesthill students learning about career opportunities with Eversource StamfordWesthill students learning about career opportunities with Eversource Stamford

Submitted by Juan Pazmino

 

Celebrating Excellence

The Westhill Jazz Band performed at the Teacher of the Year ceremony held at The Village in downtown Stamford on Thursday, May 23. Playing during the opening reception hour gave this distinguished event a joyful and energetic start! The excitement in the room was palpable as attendees tapped their toes along to the tunes that these nine incredibly talented musicians performed under the direction of Westhill’s Director of Instrumental Music, Blair Roberts. 

Westhill Jazz Band performing at the Teacher of the Year Ceremony

Submitted by Becky Chuhta

 

 

Turn of River Students Perform Grease: School Edition

A big shout out to the cast and crew of Grease: School Edition for bringing such a timeless and energetic performance to the stage and screen. They gave four performances to our school and the community at large. The cast and crew worked extremely hard for months. Their dedication, perseverance and talent have made this production an enduring favorite for audiences of all ages. Thank you for the unforgettable music, dance, and storytelling that continue to inspire and entertain! A special thanks to our director, Ms. Dawn Greco, whose vision, guidance and creativity have been the driving force behind this incredible leadership. Thank you to Ms. Lauren Palmer, our choreographer for crafting the memorable dance routines that brought so much energy and excitement to the show. Thank you to Ms. Lori Garst, our musical director for ensuring that every note sung resonated with the audience. Your dedication was crucial to bringing the iconic Grease: School Edition score to life.

 

TOR presents Grease!

Submitted by Sherri Prendergast

 

Two Cloonan Students Win State World Language Contests

Savannah Molina Boitano received the award for First Place in the annual CT COLT Art Contest Still Digital Category and $50.00. Tristan Koslowski received the award for First Place in the annual CT COLT Student Essay Contest and $50.00. The theme for both contests was “Languages are FUNdamental” and their teacher is Ms. Murano.

 

Cloonan students Savannah Boitano and Tristan Koslowski, winners of the CT COLT contestLanguages are FUNdamental logo

 

Karen Murano Named John D. Calandra Institute Fellow

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ is a three-week summer program that takes place at Roma Tre University.  It is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual projects responding to the materials covered in the series of seminars in literature, film, and the social sciences. Ms. Murano’s studies will include the Italian Diaspora and Italian Language and Literature Studies. All participants will engage in a special research project.

 

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute logo

Submitted by Karen Murano

 

Westover’s Fifth Graders Attend Nature’s Classroom

On Monday, May 20, Westover’s fifth graders spent the day outdoors at Nature’s Classroom in Ivoryton, CT. Students explored the beautiful property, loved dissecting fish, and learned how to start a fire, build a shelter, and throw a dart. Special thank you to the fifth grade teachers (Nikki Forbes - Team Leader, Stephanie Borgella, Jesse Currier, Keri Keaveney, Gina Miranda, and Heather Stramandinoli) and paraeducators who hosted Friday morning Coffee Bars for staff. Their fundraising efforts helped to reduce the total cost for each student and offer scholarships for families in need. Shout out to all of the staff who helped support this culminating fifth grade experience and make it such a successful trip!

 

Westover Fifth Graders at Nature's ClassroomWestover Fifth Graders at Nature's ClassroomWestover Fifth Graders at Nature's ClassroomWestover Fifth Graders at Nature's Classroom

Westover’s Band Marches in Memorial Day Parade 

Sounds of Westover’s fourth and fifth grade band could be heard in Stamford’s Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 19. Over 75 students marched behind the Westover banner, as they played songs like “Let’s Go Band.” They also enjoyed meeting and playing with fellow musicians from Hart Magnet Elementary School. Shout out to Theresa White, Westover’s Instrumental Music Instructor, for all of the time and energy she put into preparing the students for the event. Also, thank you to Westover teachers Nikki Forbes, Amy Neer, and Jennifer Macklinn who volunteered to help before, during, and after the parade.

 

Westover community at Memorial Day ParadeWestover Community at Memorial Day ParadeWestover Community at Memorial Day Parade

Submitted by Larissa Weir

 

Northeast 3rd Graders Wow the School!

We are bursting with pride over the incredible performance by our talented Northeast third graders at their recent music concert! They beautifully sang a variety of songs celebrating America, including stirring renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner,” “God Bless America,” and “You're a Grand Old Flag.” The concert even featured a wonderful Spanish verse, showcasing the diversity and inclusivity of our student body.

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated music teachers, Mr. Barbour and Mr. Stec, for their exceptional guidance and hard work in preparing the students for this memorable event. We also want to express our gratitude to our amazing third grade teachers: Mrs. Haden, Mrs. Rafferty, Mr. Avroch, Mrs. Zemola, Ms. McAllister, and Mrs. Pietrantuono. Your support and encouragement were vital to the success of the concert.

Finally, a big thank you to all the families who came out to support the students. Your presence made the evening even more special for our young performers.

 

Bravo to our third graders for their fantastic performance

Northeast third graders performing songs celebrating AmericaNortheast third graders performing songs celebrating America

 

Northeast Literacy Bingo Night!

Northeast School’s Literacy Bingo Night was a resounding success, bringing together students, parents, and faculty for an evening filled with fun and learning. The event, held in the school’s cafeteria, was designed to promote literacy in an engaging and interactive way.

Students eagerly participated in multiple rounds of bingo, each card filled with literacy-related prompts. The excitement in the room was palpable as each student hoped to be the next to call out “Bingo!” When they won, the thrill of announcing their winning bingo letters over the microphone added an extra layer of joy to the evening, allowing each winner a moment to shine in front of their peers and families.

To keep the energy high and reward the students for their efforts, prizes were handed out to all the lucky winners. The smiles on their faces as they collected their rewards were testament to the evening’s success.

In addition to the bingo games, the PTO provided a sweet treat for everyone to enjoy. Ice cream sandwiches were a hit, offering a delicious way to cool down and celebrate the victories of the night.

A special thank you goes out to Ellen Suarino and Patty Mould for their outstanding efforts in hosting and organizing this event. Their dedication and hard work ensured that Literacy Bingo Night was not only educational but also incredibly fun for all who attended. Their commitment to fostering a love of reading and learning in the students of Northeast School is truly appreciated.

Northeast students enjoying Bingo NightA Northeast student enjoying Bingo night

Submitted by Emily Fields

 

The Important Role of the Paraeducator in Supporting Student Achievement

Congratulations to Ms. Joan Scalise, Davenport Ridge Para-Educator in kindergarten. Ms. Scalise has been recognized as a finalist for Paraeducator of the Year in Stamford. While she finished second in the running, she is tops in our hearts. Ms. Scalise is professional, caring, dedicated, and a veteran staff member. The Davenport Ridge Elementary School community is very proud of her recognition which speaks volumes about her commitment to our students and school community. 

Ms. Joan Scalise, with other Davenport faculty and staff, finalist for Paraeducator of the Year

 

Davenport Ridge Chorus SOARs At CitiField

Congratulations to the Davenport Ridge fourth and fifth grade chorus on their recent performance of the National Anthem at CitiField in Flushing, NY. The Davenport Ridge performed the National Anthem before the New York Mets played the Philadelphia Phillies. Over 450 members of the Davenport Ridge community attended this event to celebrate the students and their "amazin" accomplishment. Special thanks to Davenport Ridge music staff members Mr. Frank Merendino, Mr. Brandon Oberkrieser, Mr. Jimmy Darling, and Ms. Nancy Boccuzzi. The student musicians prepared like professionals and were simply "amazin." Congratulations! 

Davenport students and principal at CitiField in New York

Submitted by Michael Pisseri

 

Land of the Free Because of the Brave

The music department was proud to represent the Stamford Public Schools in last week’s Memorial Day Parade held in downtown Stamford. With representation from 12 schools our students showed their pride while honoring those who served our country and offered the ultimate sacrifice for us. Thank you to marching units and their directors from Westhill (Blair Roberts), Cloonan (Quentin Metke), Dolan (Alec Parker), Rippowam (Brian Rizzi), Hart (Teresa White and James Berlyn), Westover (Teresa White), Stark (Graham Leftwich), Roxbury (Graham Leftwich), Davenport (Jim Darling), Newfield (Chris Bucko), and Springdale School (Chris Bucko). A special thank you to the Stamford High School Madrigals singers, under the direction of Erin Ring-Howell, and their beautiful rendition of “God Bless America” performed at the ceremony following the parade.

Collage of SPS Schools and students participating in Memorial Day Parade

Submitted by Becky Chuhta

 

What is an SPS Shout Out?

An SPS Shout Out is a special recognition that acknowledges school communities, staff members or students who have inspired us with a unique project, an outstanding job or a special effort that had a positive impact on our students or community. Each week we will celebrate a few by sharing with all SPS staff and posting on the district website. Please share any or all of these with your friends and families.   

SPS Administrators can submit Shout Outs for consideration through the form shared with them in the Administrators’ Weekly.

High School Honor Roll 

Stamford Public Schools believes in recognizing students who demonstrate significant academic achievement through hard work and commitment. To earn honors in a marketing period, a student must be taking a minimum of three credits in that marketing period.

There are three levels of Honors:

  • Honors with Distinction: Straight As (includes A and A-)
  • High Honors: All As with the exception of one B (includes B+, B and B-)
  • Honors: All As and or Bs with the exception of one C (includes C+, C and C-)

All course grades are included in the calculation for qualifying of Honor Roll. Honor Roll status will be indicated on report cards quarterly. Honor Roll does not take into consideration GPA, only current semester grades.

Board Recognitions

Stamford Public Schools is proud of the many achievements and successes of our students and staff. Each month at the Regular Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the District celebrates accomplishments of students and staff members. All community members are invited to attend the monthly meetings to join in our recognition. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can always read about those we celebrate here.

2021-2022 School Year
September 2021
2020-2021 School Year
May 2021
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February 2021
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November 2020
October 2020
September 2020

 

2019-2020 School Year
March 2020 and April 2020 Board meeting agendas did not include Student & Staff Recognition due to revised format as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 2020
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February 2020
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November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
July 2019

 

2018-2019 School Year

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November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

 
2017-2018 School Year

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November 2017

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September 2017