SPS Shout Outs

Week of June 8, 2020
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Stamford Public Schools Shout Outs for Week of June 8, 2020

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 Shout Outs from the Week of June 8

Keeping the Strawberry Hill Community Connected

Strawberry Hill Primary Years Program Facilitator Tressa Kinahan has been creating daily morning announcements since the district transitioned to Distance Teaching & Learning.  In each announcement, Mrs. Kinahan includes videos, games, and messages from staff and students, as well as relevant information and updates.  These announcements often include personalized images and music creatively edited to keep students connected to the school community.  Parents, staff and students have greatly appreciated these daily updates that have helped our Strawberry Hill I.B. Learners maintain a sense of community.  We are very grateful for Mrs. Kinahan taking on this enormous responsibility.

Davenport Ridge Elementary Art Show

Davenport Ridge Art Teachers Katie Noe and Lauren Jones did not let Distance Teaching & Learning deter their drive and determination to have an art show this year. In fact, they saw this as an opportunity to showcase student work through the lens of distance learning in the form of a gallery walk. The resident art teachers, lovingly known as "Picasso and Van Gogh," offered instruction to students at their level while challenging them to be creative and thoughtful. Their hard work and dedication was celebrated during a virtual art show hosted on YouTube.  Congratulations to Ms. Noe and Ms. Jones!  View creative and unique artwork created by Davenport Elementary student artwork from Pre-K – 2nd Grade (https://youtu.be/XcxjwQYZGsw)  and 3rd – 5th Grade (https://youtu.be/f9F9bB8fMa4).

Newfield Uses Videos to Celebrate Spirit Day and Student Artwork

Newfield Elementary School students celebrated their school spirit and love of all things Newfield during a special Spirit Day video that can be viewed at https://spark.adobe.com/video/QSSUyuAbxFznT.  In addition, Newfield Art teachers, Ronet Noe and Michele Keefe conducted art lessons in their virtual classroom and put together a virtual art show to share with the Newfield community to showcase their students’ talent.  Art pieces can be seen at https://youtu.be/DCnsrSS0jWQ

Hart Magnet Masked Singer Results Are In!

Hart Magnet School Music Teacher Jon Jay entertained students and teachers with “Masked Singer” competitions this year.  Staff sang songs behind virtual masks and clues were given so that students could  guess who the virtual singers might be. Mr. Jay recently revealed the results of the Masked Singer finale to the Hart community.  This has proven to be very popular and a lot of fun for both teachers, students and families.  Congratulations to all!

AITE Celebrates Latin, Slavic and Spanish National Language Societies

Earlier this week, the Foreign National Language Societies at AITE inducted 33 new students into their memberships.  To be an inductee in one of the language honor societies, students must maintain a 3.8 GPA in the language, take the language for four consecutive years, and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students must also uphold the Six Pillars of Character and participate in community service. Thank you to Mrs. Bonessi and Mrs. Koltypin for advising these inspirational multi-lingual students. 

#classof2020areyouready? A Career Webinar Series for the Class of 2020

The SPS College & Career Readiness Department hosted a Class of 2020 Career Webinar Series for seniors from AITE, Stamford High and Westhill. Through virtual sessions, seniors networked with leading industry professionals to hear about their career pathways and key details for seniors to consider as they prepare for life after high school. Students asked questions, while high school counselors moderated the sessions. The common theme heard across the sessions was that employers are looking for students who have the ability to problem-solve, are willing to collaborate with others, and have mastered resiliency. Stamford Public Schools partnered with 10 community organizations, including CertaScan Technologies, CT Department of Children & Families, Dr. Fortt Family Medicine, Ernst & Young, Job Corps, Legg Mason Asset Management, Prince Law Group, NBC Sports. For a few photos, go to: NBC Sports Pictures from SPS 2020 Career Series.pdf

Special Staff Shout Out

A special shout out to all those staff members who are celebrating service milestones or who are retiring from our district. Thank you for your years of service in challenging, inspiring and preparing Stamford students for success. Your positive force will have a lifelong impact on our students.