Dear Families and Staff,
We are finally in the full swing of the school year. This week elementary families met their teachers and staff virtually during our Open School Night held on Tuesday.
Technology Distribution and Remind App
Our technology leaders at the central office and building levels continue to encourage families to complete their acceptable use forms and to distribute technology. To date, we have distributed more than 11,000 devices to teachers and students and over 13,500 acceptable use forms have been completed. If you have not yet completed your acceptable use form, log into your Parent Portal account to complete that form, as well as other required documents, such as Media Release.
Just a quick reminder, all Stamford Public School families are automatically enrolled in the Remind App which is a valuable two-way communication tool between home and school that can be accessed in multiple languages. You should have already received a notification from your school or teacher with instructions on how to finish setting up your account. If you need assistance, please contact a member of your school's office support staff or your Family and Community Engagement Facilitator.
Bus App–FirstView® Update
We are excited to share that we are close to launching our district bus tracking and parent communications app called FirstView® from First Student. FirstView® uses GPS technology to display a map screen that shows the location and direction of a student’s bus, for both morning and afternoon trips. Users will be able to access the App from either a smartphone or desktop PC. Administrators will participate in an initial training of the District Dashboard in FirstView®, later this month. We are planning to have several schools pilot the app at the end of the month, with an expected district wide launch in early November.
On Tuesday, the Senior Leadership Team, in conjunction with the BOE, hosted the first Student Advisory Meeting for the 2021-2022 school year. The students had an opportunity to share their thoughts about the start of the academic year and make suggestions related to initiatives they would like us to prioritize this year.
Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences to help us continue to improve our school district. Please stay tuned for upcoming opportunities.
Long-Term Facilities Plan
The Long-Term Facilities (LTF) Committee met last week. The goal of the LTF committee is to develop a Master Facilities, Funding and Community Engagement plan for Stamford Public Schools. This month we were able to speak with Stamford’s lobbyists, hear about energy production and savings opportunities, as well as listen to an update from the Steering Committee. For more information, please visit our LTF webpage and watch the public meetings.
The SPS Curriculum and Assessment Audit being conducted by CSMi, is well underway. The audit, which will have a major positive impact across the district, will include a comprehensive review of our curriculum, instruction and assessments. The first phase comprises a review of current strategic plans, demographic data and curriculum and assessment documents. Going forward, the work will include classroom observations as well as conversations with teachers, staff, students and families. We will provide regular updates as this important work continues.
Voluntary Unvaccinated Student Weekly Testing Program
Stamford Public School has a unique opportunity as an Alliance School District for unvaccinated students to participate in voluntary weekly testing. If you are interested in registering your child, please look for more information in your principal’s weekly message.
Stay Safe and Healthy,
Dr. Tamu Lucero
Superintendent of Schools