SPS Shout Outs

Week of November 22nd

1RIS Essentialist Collaborative Exhibition

Rogers International Lower School (K-4) students culminated their first eight-week specials session by communicating their learning through an exhibition of collaborative performance assessments.  The RIS Essentialists partnered up and took a transdisciplinary approach to create meaning for their students and to build an in-depth understanding of the standards related to art, music, physical education, language acquisition, performing arts, and technology.  

The RIS Essentialist Team includes the art team of Mrs. Laurie Ferrante and Mrs.  Kristen Delmonico; the music team of Mr. Josh Sette and Mrs. Christina Sinaguglia; the language acquisition team of Mr. Fabian Reino and Mrs. Yulin Tsao; the physical education team of Mr. Matthew Cerruto and Mr. Nick Ambrogio; Mr. Joe Jasmin, the performing arts teacher; and Mr. Peter Kinahan, the technology teacher. 

The RIS Essentialist Collaborative Exhibition highlighted the creativity, ingenuity, and commitment of the RIS essentialists and resulted in spectacular performances, art displays, and physical demonstrations from our K-4 students.    Videos of the presentations are posted on the Rogers International School website

2College Partnership at Scofield Magnet

Mrs. Clinkenbeard's 7th grade science students at Scofield Magnet participated in a "Citizen Science soil collection" program through the University of Oklahoma and mailed in samples of soil they collected from around Stamford. The study focused on fungal isolates identified as Alternaria sp. and the results of this study were published in a recent scientific article for the American Society for Microbiology under the title of "Building Natural product Libraries Using Quantitative and Clad Based and Chemical Clustering Strategies".  The contributions of the Scofield students were formally recognized in the Acknowledgments section of the paper.

3Northeast Read-A-Thon

The Read-A-Thon was a huge success here at Northeast. We raised $30,500 and read over 65,000 minutes in just under 3 weeks!

4Westover School Food Drive

Shout out to Nikki Forbes from Westover Magnet Elementary School for organizing and managing the Westover School Food Drive.  Nikki and her 5th grade students and team promoted the food drive, which ran November 8th-19th.  Students and families were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, jelly, cereal, rice, juices and soups, to help fill the pantry of the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County this Thanksgiving season. The Westover School community donated enough food to fill 22 cardboard boxes. Not only is this a worthy cause, but it helped teach our students about giving back to others. Thank you Nikki for your hard work and dedication!

6The Davenport Ridge Gators Take A Bite Out Of Hunger!

This holiday season, the Davenport Ridge gators came together to take a "bite" out of hunger through our community food drive and food drive drive- thru events! Students, staff and parents collaborated with one another to bring in 2,526 (a new record) items for our community partner, the Food Bank of Fairfield County. It is always important for Davenport Ridge students to SOAR at school; it's more important to be kind, good neighbors and SOAR into the community. Happy Thanksgiving!

9Toquam Salutes Our Veterans

November 10th was a memorable day for all as Toquam honored our local veterans. The gathering included military veteran guests as well as state Rep. Kimberly Fiorello and Stamford Police Assistant Chief Silas Redd. The ceremony was beautifully orchestrated by Ms. Lord, Ms. Stanley, one of Toquam's resident veterans and Mr. Brown organized the musical selections. Toquam staff and students expressed their appreciation for the freedoms our veterans fight to protect.  Visit the Stamford Advocate to learn more and view photos from the celebration.

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.