SPS Shout Outs

Week of March 29, 2021
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trophyWesthill-Stamford Co-Op Team Wins FCIAC Hockey Championship / Westhill Boys Basketball Advances to FCIAC Championship

The Westhill-Stamford Co-Op Boys Hockey team recently won the FCIAC D2/D3 Tournament Championship, skating past McMahon-Norwalk 6-1.  Also playing for a championship last week, the Westhill Boys Basketball team, seeded sixth in the tournament, fought its way to the FCIAC championship game, where it faced off with the number one seed, two-time defending champion Ridgefield.  The Vikings fell in the finals 64-37, but had an outstanding second half of the year, winning eight of their last nine games to earn their way into the championship.  Congrats to both teams and their coaches on outstanding years.

DownSyndromeRibbonCelebrating World Down Syndrome Day

The Hart Magnet School community showed support of World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 19, 2021 by "rocking our socks."  Students either wore the colors yellow and blue, which signify Down Syndrome awareness, or their silliest mismatched socks. Wearing mismatched socks, reminds us to celebrate the things that make each of us unique.  Everyone at Hart enjoyed celebrating this special day!

habits of heartInspiring a Second Generation of SPS Students

Central Office OSS Rebecca Cruz joined the SPS Research Department as an intern, while a student at Stamford High School.  She has worked for SPS ever since and has two sons who attend our schools.  According to coworkers, “Rebecca is a tremendous asset. She is an extremely hard working, diligent and self-driven colleague.”  Rebecca previously supported our school community as a para educator working with deaf students and now oversees the magnet lottery process and student records.  Rebecca has never let her own hearing loss stop her.  She is a true inspiration to all who know and work with her.  Thank you for inspiring us all with your dedication and grace!

multiplication sign Multiplication Graduation

Third graders in Miss DeCarol’s class at Stillmeadow Elementary School celebrated their Multiplication Graduation! Students have been working on learning to multiply fluently and accurately, by quickly recalling facts orally and on paper. Now students are able to take their new skills and use them to solve other math problems. They are extremely proud of their accomplishment, and so are we and Miss DeCarlo
Stillmeadow Multiplication grads

bingo iconFamily Game Nights with Mrs. Vallejo

A big shout out to KT Murphy Title I Math teacher Melissa Vallejo for hosting two fun-filled family events.  Math and Literacy Game Night on March 15, 2021,  and Bingo Night on March 26, 2021.  Ms. Vallejo planned and moderated both nights. In addition, we would like to thank Westover TISS Sean Hutchison who assisted and provided a read-aloud during our Math & Literacy Game Night and Grade 5 Teacher Joey Ormaza who assisted Ms. Vallejo during Bingo Night by monitoring the Google Meet. Ms. Vallejo's excitement for both events was infectious and all who participated had a wonderful time. 

bookSharing your Love of Reading

Since the shutdown last March, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Director  Cynthia Manifold has been collecting read-alouds from teachers, staff and community members.  She has compiled these readings into a wonderful resource for teachers to use in their classrooms. Thank you Cynthia for creating and maintaining this resource for over a year!

musical notesTOR Students Earn Position in the 2021 Connecticut Music Educators Association's Western Regional Music Festival!

Congratulations to Turn of River Middle School students, for earning spots in the 2021 Connecticut Music Educators Association's Western Regional Music Festival! Congratulations to TOR Seventh Grader Freya Evans, Seventh Grader Francisco Espina and Eighth Grader Sam Devin for earning spots in the 2021 Connecticut Music Educators Association's Western Regional Music Festival! Guided by Band Director Blair Roberts, all earned spots in the Regional Concert Band. Sam scored a 157/170 on Alto Saxophone in his Concert Band audition; he also earned a spot in the Regional Jazz Band for his  score of  123/154.  Freya received a near perfect evaluation on Clarinet, scoring 161/170. Francisco scored a 158/170 on Alto Saxophone and is returning to the regional festival for a second time.  Go Titians!
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.