SPS Shout Outs

Week of April 25th


Congratulations to SHS English teacher Mr. Jon Ringel (SHS Class of 1999) for being named the 2021-2022 Stamford Public Schools “Teacher of the Year.”  Each year Stamford Public Schools recognizes outstanding teachers in the district through its Teacher of the Year and Spotlight Award Program.  The Teacher of the Year and Spotlight Award Program committee solicited nominations from October through February and evaluated all submissions based on the following criteria:  Outstanding Teaching, Exceptional Student Support, Exemplary Community Involvement and Positive Influence on School Culture.

From among all submissions received, the committee chose eleven individuals to be honored with Spotlight Awards, as well as an exclusive group of six to be considered for Teacher of the Year designation.  In the end, Mr. Ringel was the choice.

Mr. Ringel joins former SHS Winners Gloria Sinaguglia (2016) and Donna Kaiser (2021) as the third SHS “Teacher of the Year” recipient in the last six years!

Mr. Ringel

mindSPS high school debate showcase is a huge success

Shout Out to AITE social studies teacher and debate coach, Mr. Claude Morest, for organizing the first SPS high school debate showcase for the State Street Debate Society.   Last Tuesday evening at Giovanni’s restaurant, students from AITE, SHS and WHS debate teams competed against each other in 3 friendly rounds on current topics in the news.  Thank you to the students and coaches for inspiring the State Street Debate Society with your public speaking and persuasion skills!

PLTWAITE's Project Leading the Way (PLTW) Biomed Students Earn White Coats

In this annual event, Ms. Ritz and Mrs. Weber recognized the hard work and dedication of their AITE students in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program.  Students in the second course of this pathway, Human Body Systems, earned their scrub tops, those in the third course, Medical Interventions, earned their White Coats, and those in the capstone course, Biomedical Innovation, earned their AITE graduation cords.

mindA Tradition Resumes:  Roxbury’s Battle of the Books

After a two-year hiatus, Roxbury fourth graders held a live Battle of the Books competition.  In February, students were challenged to read and complete projects on 60 fictional and informational texts.  On April 1, class teams answered twelve rounds of questions about story elements and authors.  Fifth grade students served as moderators, and families viewed the event via live streaming.  After a very close competition, Ms. Dana Leibowitz’s class achieved victory and raised the battle trophy!

Leibowitz class

heartNortheast Custodians Beautify School

A big shout out to the Northeast custodial staff, that is led by our Head Custodian, Chris Vitti. The team has worked hard to beautify the school. We are truly appreciative of their hard work to make Northeast a beautiful place for students to learn.

chris vitti

heartCT School Counselor of the Year

SPS Coordinator for College & Career Readiness/School Counselor Services, Rebecca Wilson, has been selected for the Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA), 2022 Administrator of the Year.  "The reviewing committee was impressed by your commitment to the school counseling profession. We are grateful for administrators like yourself, who help to further the school counseling profession every day."  Rebecca was nominated by both colleagues and community members. Thank you Rebecca for helping to not only Challenge, Inspire and Prepare our students, but for going above and beyond to support Acceleration, Recovery and Restoration.

trophy6 Stamford High School (SHS) Seniors have been awarded the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) Scholarship

ECMC scholars go through a rigorous two-year mentoring program in their junior and senior years of high school. This year the following SHS seniors have successfully completed the program and are receiving their $6,000.00 scholarship monies.

Shout out to SHS AVID Coordinator, Gina Figliuzzi, SHS AVID Elective Teacher, Marianne Gutierrez and SHS AVID Seniors:

  • Morendah Lesperance
  • Santiago Blas
  • Jason Lauture
  • Katelyn Santiago
  • Matthew Arias
  • Yasser Sequeira

heartThe Cinderella Project is BACK!

The fairy Godmother to the rescue--helping SHS students dress in style for upcoming proms and formal events. The Cinderella Project brings affordable formal attire to many students who are excited for upcoming proms and events.  Thank you to all who volunteered to help the Cinderella Project return to SHS!  This year’s event took place on Thursday, April 28.  SHS students had the opportunity to select dresses, special occasion shoes, bags, jewelry & make-up too.  This year’s event also featured a limited selection of tuxedos.

apples logoFamilies Playing and Learning at APPLES

Our APPLES staff have created 9 Family Workshops to support Early Learning. Topics included Play, Social Emotional Learning, Nutrition, and Self-Help Skills. These workshops were offered virtually and in person. Materials were sent home and given in-person for the parent and child to use to support learning.  Our APPLES families have shared positive feedback about these workshops and our staff is enjoying planning and supporting parents.  It has been a wonderful community experience!

apples kids

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.