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Kim Kempton

Stamford Public Schools (SPS) is proud to share the details of last month’s Ceramics pit-firing on the Hill!  The unique hands-on learning experience was an outgrowth of WHS Art Teacher, Jada Hansen’s focus on Native American pottery and cultural art studies.  Ms. Hansen, in partnership with the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) in Washington, CT, led the WHS Ceramics 2 and Advanced students through the multi-step process of creating pottery in the tradition of Indigenous peoples.

“After attending a wild clay workshop at IAIS and years of learning from Native artists when I taught in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians school system, I set out to give my students hands-on experience with sustainable pottery practices.” Explained Hansen. “This project exposed students to a method of indigenous pottery-making to help them understand and respect cultural practices of Native Americans from the past and in the present.”

In the days leading up to the May 14th event, participating students and staff formed pieces using traditional hand techniques, using clay strengthened with shell temper. Prior to the in-ground firing process, the pieces were first placed in a low temperature oven to ensure the integrity of each vessel.  On the day of the event, Griffin Kalin of the Institute for American Indian Studies, loaded the 48 pottery pieces into the pit and oversaw the igniting and stoking of the fire.  The fire burned for 3+ hours while the pottery pieces hardened from the heat. Throughout the day,  groups of students, staff & teachers visited and observed the unique in-ground pit firing while widening their cultural perspectives.  Click HERE to view photos and details.

Hansen is a recipient of a 2024 Fund for Teachers (FFT) Fellowship.  Over the summer, she will visit Native American cultural centers and communities across New Mexico and Oklahoma.  Meeting artists and attending workshops, she will gain insights into sustainable creative practices in Native American pottery in order to guide her students in adopting a more intentional approach to creation.

SPS would like to thank Paul Wegner and Griffin Kalin of IAIS for sharing their knowledge with our students, as well as the Westhill PTSO’s Mini Grant program for their financial support. The event was made possible through the efforts of Ms. Hansen (Visual/Performing Arts), Dr. Glaude (Career and Technical Education), Mr. Martin (VPA), Mr. DiGiovanna (VPA), numerous student volunteers, and the WHS custodial team.



SHS CES Art Tile
Kim Kempton

Stamford Public Schools (SPS) is proud to announce that an art piece created by 9 Stamford High students will be part of a larger installation being unveiled at the new Cooperative Educational Services (CES) Special Education Learning Centers building opening in Trumbull this July. The Stamford High National Art Honor Society participated in the CES canvas project, where students were asked to design a canvas that represents their district. The SPS canvas includes likenesses of The Avon Theater, Downtown, Cove Island Park, The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, The Stamford Train Station, Stamford High School, Mill River Park, and the colorful "Stamford" sculpture downtown. 

“The patchwork style "Stamford" canvas represents the unique and historical places that make our city so special.”, explained SHS National Arts Honor Society Advisor Ms. Allison Alter. “The students each painted a place that they felt connected to, in hopes of showing the diverse places that make Stamford one of a kind!”

The SPS canvas will be paired with canvases submitted by other districts to create a larger art installation in the soon-to-open CES Special Education Learning Centers. CES is based in Trumbull, and provides educational support and services to school districts and communities in Fairfield County. 

The following SHS students contributed to the art piece:
Joshua Arouni
Christina Faubel
Safira Gloria
Jasmin Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez
Rachel Kelly
Maria Reyes Reylana
Jayleen Valle
Sofia Young

The students were guided through the process by SHS NAHS Advisor Ms. Allison Alter.

SHS CES Art Tile - Students


SHS CES Art Tile


Seven SPS Teachers Are Named 2024 Fund for Teacher Fellows
Kim Kempton

Seven Stamford Public Schools (SPS) staff members are the recipients of 2024 Fund for Teachers (FFT) Fellowships.  This year, grants were awarded to 365 public/private/charter school teachers from 36 states and the District of Columbia. Fellows will be traveling throughout the United States and across the globe in order to meet their goals of better addressing the needs of their students by deepening their curricular understandings. 

“This year’s SPS FFT Fellowship recipients are an inspiration for the entire district!” said Dr. Tamu Lucero, Superintendent of Schools. “FFT offers an opportunity for our staff members to immerse themselves in learning and culture. The program recognizes that innovative and creative approaches to teaching practice can change the lives of students and their families.” 

Stamford 2024 Fellows include:

  • Amanda Yannet - Stamford High School - Explore Peruvian ecosystems, concentrating on the Amazon Rainforest, to research biodiversity, environmental issues, and the relationship between indigenous communities and the land to incorporate real-life examples into the biology curriculum and increase student engagement in local and global issues. 
  • Daniel Schiels - Cloonan Middle School - (Team Grant Recipient) - Attend the Natural Start Alliance Conference in Portland, OR, the and s into nature-based learning and work as partners to collaborate between our two school districts to find the ‘missing pieces’ in what is needed for a progressive collaboration between two districts varying in natural environments and socio-economic demographics. 
  • Eric Keller - Stamford High School - Embark on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and other national parks in the Four Corners region, collecting soil samples from 30 states, to depict how mechanical and chemical weathering affects different rock types, including schist and gneiss, the rocks most common in the school’s city which is being affected by coastal erosion. 
  • Jada Hansen - Westhill High School - Experience Native American cultural centers and communities across New Mexico and Oklahoma, meeting artists and attending workshops, to gain insights into sustainable creative practices in Native American pottery and guide my students in adopting a more intentional approach to creation. 
  • Karen Murano - Cloonan Middle School - Participate in The Creativity Workshop in Florence, Italy, followed by an independent language immersion study in Rome to deepen linguistic proficiency and help language students make visual and auditory connections between discipline content and linguistic material as they pivot their knowledge to real-world situations. 
  • Lindsey Florio - Northeast Elementary - Experience Iceland’s Viking Festival Hafnarfjörður to document the influence of Viking life on modern Icelandic culture and prove history's effect on the present. 
  • Marianne Vakos - Roxbury Elementary - (Team Grant Recipient) - Complete classwork and homestays in Antigua through the Antiguena Spanish School, while executing excursions throughout Guatemala, to become more proficient in the language and lessen the burden of multi-language learners, their families, and interpreters which are in short supply. 

Fund for Teachers is a national organization that supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well. The 23rd cohort of grant recipients brings their total investment in teacher professional development up to nearly 10,000 Pre K - 12 teachers with $37 million since they started their philanthropic teacher mission 24 years ago. 

Superintendent's Weekly Message - June 7, 2024
Jennifer Gonzalez

Dear Staff and Families,

I want to take a moment to once again acknowledge and celebrate all the Teachers, administrators, and staff retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.  On Thursday night many of their colleagues, friends and family gathered to give a heartfelt Thank You and Congratulations! 

We also had the opportunity to recognize staff reaching 25-, 35-, and 45-year milestones.  Congratulations everyone!

Thursday night also marked ceremonies to mark student achievement.  Stamford High celebrated the Knight of Excellence, recognizing athletes, artists and academic performers who have inspired us with their goal setting, self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, determination and resilience.  Across town, the Westhill High community hosted the Stamford Future Farmers of America (FFA) Banquet, recognizing student achievement in our regional agriscience program.

Message from the Department of Health and Human Services

There have been 146 cases of measles reported in the U.S. since May 30, including in states bordering Connecticut.  Measles is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious complications, especially for babies and young children.  If your child is not fully immunized against measles, please speak to your child’s pediatrician about the MMR vaccine.

The City of Stamford Health Clinic at 137 Henry Street will administer the MMR vaccine to children at no charge.  Call 203-977-5385 for an appointment.  

Stamford Garden Club’s Lettuce Challenge

Last week the Stamford Garden Club announced the winners of the 11th annual Lettuce Challenge.  Elementary students across the City of Stamford, with the support of their teachers and a few tips from the Stamford Garden Club, grew lettuce this spring in support of our K-5 science curriculum.  The students succeeded in growing beautiful lettuce that looked similar to what you would find in a grocery store.  Congratulations to all the students who participated in this hands-on project.

Board of Representative Recognition

Thank you to the Board of Representatives (BOR) for recognizing the Teacher of the Year and the Paraprofessional of the Year during the BOR meeting on Monday night.  Both educators were presented with honorary resolutions.  Click here to watch a recording of the meeting.

SPS Recognized by KHK

Thank you to the Kids Helping Kids (KHK) for recognizing Stamford Public Schools at their annual celebration last week.  We are honored to partner with KHK to help young people develop their leadership skills while giving back to the Stamford Community.

Weekend Fun!

Thank you to the Mayor’s Multicultural Council for hosting Stamford Day in Mill River Park last Sunday.  This is always a spectacular celebration of cultures complete with music and dancing!

I’d also like to acknowledge everyone who attended Westhill’s first Haitian Heritage Community Day last Saturday.  It was an afternoon filled with delicious food, music, community partners, and dance.  A fun time was had by all that attended.

Reminder: Annual Physicals Required for Grades K, 6, and 9

Students entering kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades in Fall 2024 are required to have a recent annual physical on file with Stamford Public Schools.  Please bring this form to your child’s medical appointment so it can be completed for the school nurse.  If your child does not have a healthcare provider they see regularly, click here for a list of providers that offer school entry physicals.

Kindergarten Registration

Children who live in Stamford and turn five years old on or before September 1, 2024, are eligible to begin kindergarten in August.  Please encourage anyone with an eligible child to register as soon as possible.  Click here for more information.

Early Kindergarten Admission Assessments

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 and December 31, 2024, you may apply for early kindergarten admission. Assessment appointments are still available for June.  Please click here for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Last Week of School

Remember that the last day of school is Friday, June 14.  All schools will follow the early release schedule on Wednesday, June 12, Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14.  

Just a few more days of school until summer break.  Enjoy!

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero




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Jennifer Gonzalez


Roxbury School Commemorates Memorial Day

On May 24, Roxbury celebrated Memorial Day with a student-centered, whole-school outdoor ceremony. Led by music teachers Sara DeFilippo, Graham Leftwich, and Paul Riccio, students sang “Free Like Me” and “This Is America.” Student Senate Officers Finley Dreyer, Milania DevVecchio, Madelyn Meiri, and Tyler Kaplan hosted the event. Two Westhill High School seniors who attended Roxbury School were awarded scholarships: Charlotte McDonald, the Roxbury Organization of Parents and Educators Scholarship, and Rebecca Calvillo, the Martin and Andrea Levine Scholarship. We also acknowledged the members of our marching band, led by Mr. Leftwich, who played in the Stamford Memorial Day Parade on May 19.


Roxbury community celebrating Memorial Day


Grade 4 Students and SPEF High School Mentors Beautify Roxbury School Grounds

Over the past few weeks, our fourth grade students have been meeting with Westhill High School mentors (through the Stamford Public Education Foundation) to discuss the importance of community service. Students voted and decided to beautify our school grounds by creating an outdoor mural, decorating boulders, and restoring three benches. The mural contains various mosaic designs that the students created as well as a tree with leaves created from students’ handprints. The tree is a symbol of our Roxbury Family. Hand prints and designs can also be seen on the boulders and rocks around our school property. The students then reflected about what they created together and how they can continue to be helpful community members. 

Roxbury mural created by studentsStudents painting, working on mural

Submitted by Mark Bonasera


Five Westover Staff Members Earn 6th Year Degrees

Congratulations to five Westover teachers who recently earned their 6th year degrees!  Amy Neer, James Hart, Lisa Wilson, Robin Kechter, and Sean Hutchinson all completed a Master of Education in Literacy from the American College of Education in Indianapolis, Indiana. Through research they learned to develop age-appropriate instructional options for emerging, struggling, and advanced readers. The program also helped these staff members create supportive curriculum to meet milestones and bring systematic change to enhance reading instruction.  


Westover Holds 2nd Annual “Have A Lot of Fun Day”

Westover held its second annual “Have A Lot of Fun Day” on Thursday, May 30. The day provided a chance for the entire school to come together to have fun and celebrate choosing love. The morning began with a culmination of a year of social emotional learning, as students rotated through Choose Love pillar stations. Students created flowers with petals that described the many, varied, and unusual words to describe courage in the Courage station. In the Gratitude station students listened to a read aloud while eating a snack. To show Forgiveness students threw paper airplanes written with things they wanted to forgive. 


Additional activities included a wooden heart craft for Compassion and a dance brain break in the gym presented with Love. The energy was palpable and we enjoyed seeing the dozens of parents who came to cheer on their children. The afternoon was filled with traditional field day activities including tug-of-war, relay races, 50 yard dash, and stations in the gymnasium. Staff, students, and families loved listening to Westover’s Steel Pan Artist in Residence, Earl Brooks, play the drums while the activities were going on. 


Shout out to the entire Choose Love Committee for all of tireless planning that made the day possible (Jessica Bucket - Committee Chair, Amy Neer, Maddy Bridges, Emily Cooley, Jamie Griffin, Nicolette Melia, Allison Hansen, Karen Herbst, Denise Estemil, Adriana DeCarlo, Nicole Schmalzl, George Rigakos, Stephanie Borgella, Nicole Forbes, James Hart, Liz Rodriguez, Amanda Casagrande, Larissa Weir, Kathy Quaglino, Keriann Maxelix, and Lisa Saba-Price). Thanks to James Hart and Brian Halibozek for helping with the organization, setting up, and taking down the field day activities. Thank you to all our APS teachers and support staff who ran stations all day long. And we are grateful for our PTO volunteers and parents who supported the event by bringing in supplies and participating in the fun. Superintendent Dr. Lucero also stopped by for a visit!


Westover community enjoying their second annual Have A Lot of Fun DayWestover community enjoying their second annual Have A Lot of Fun DayWestover community enjoying their second annual Have A Lot of Fun Day


Westover Holds Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Concert

Westover students, staff, and families enjoyed a wonderful spring concert in the auditorium on Tuesday, June 4. The show featured 127 fourth and fifth grade Westover band and orchestra students and Westover’s fourth grade chorus made up of 84 students. It was truly a wonderful concert with a full set list of 20 different pieces. The audience enjoyed the band’s rendition of the familiar “Star Wars” theme song and a song called “Train” that sounded like a train coming down the track. The orchestra played the lullaby “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and the ever recognizable “Over the Rainbow.” The chorus lit up the stage with “Life’s a Happy Song” from The Muppets and “My Shot” from Hamilton. Thank you to Westover’s talented music teachers Teresa White (Band and Orchestra Director) and Jennifer Macklin (Chorus Director) for their dedication to our students and the arts.


Westover Spring ConcertWestover Spring Concert

Westover Spring ConcertWestover Spring Concert

 Submitted by Larissa Weir


Hart Magnet celebrates Field Day

Hart Magnet Elementary School field days were a huge success! A huge shout out to our wonderful P.E. teachers: Nicole Granata and Alex Lerchen! Our K-5 students enjoyed days that were filled with teamwork, comradery and school spirit. All students participated in Olympic themed field day events, including javelin throw, frisbee throw, soccer dribble, baton relay, and last but not at all least, tug-o-war.


Hart Magnet Elementary School Celebrates School Concert

Hart Magnet Elementary School’s concert was a spectacular culmination of the musical talent at Hart! A HUGE SHOUT OUT goes to our wonderful music teachers: Mrs. Fabozzi, Ms. White, Mr. Berlyn and Ms. Vila. Thank you to all our teachers, support staff, and families who were involved in planning and organizing this beautiful event. The true stars were our top-notch fourth and fifth grade students, who packed the audience as they were awestruck listening to our magnificent performers.


STEM night at Hart Magnet School

Hart Magnet Elementary School K-5 students enjoyed STEM night on May 29. What a fun-filled evening of hands-on science activities! Thank you to Donna Slifkin for organizing the event and the inspiring teachers who participated in the event - Mrs. Christiano, Mrs. Cortese, Mrs. Gil, Mrs. Guzda, Mrs. Janums, Mrs. Kuehn, Mr. Lerchen, Mrs. Mannella, Mrs. McLaughlin, Mrs. Metro, Ms. Moore, Ms. Roth, Mr. Speriglio, Mrs. Sundararajan, and Mrs. Tang. We want to thank our administrators for their support, as well as the support from our custodians and security guard. Everyone’s support and involvement made this a memorable event for our students and families. 

STEM Night at HartSTEM Night at HartSTEM Night at HartSTEM Night at Hart


Hart Magnet Celebrates Battle of the Books

Hart Magnet Elementary School fifth graders celebrated Battle of the Books on Friday, May 31. The reading challenge was to read 60 books and complete a story map for each title within two months. We are delighted to congratulate Nili TelRav for reading all 60 books and completing 60 story maps. Congratulations Nili!! Thank you to our Instructional Support Teacher, Raji Sundararajan for organizing the wonderful annual event and for our grade 5 teacher: Michelle Cain, John Calo, Julia Martin, Anthony Speriglio, Julie Vlosky for all your support and encouragement. Each of you is an inspiration. Thank you to our administrators and all those who helped make this event successful and memorable.


Hart's Battle of the Books meeting


Hart Magnet Elementary School thanks Sergeant Adriana Molina 

Hart Magnet Elementary School is beyond grateful for our partnership and friendship with Sergeant Adriana Molina who organized and graciously served ice cream alongside Chief Timothy Shaw, Officer Robert Daly, Officer Jerry Junes and several Stamford Police Officers and volunteers to each student on June 4, 2024. Thank you to Longford in Stamford for their generosity in donating the ice-cream. Sergeant Molina is the recipient of the Stamford’s 2024 Citizen of the Year award and received the honorable award from us as our #1 Trusted Adult. Thank you to everyone for your support in making this event memorable for our students. 

Sergeant Adriana Molina with Hart students and staffSergeant Adriana Molina with Hart staff


Hart Magnet Grade 3 students receive a visit from Jonathan Cubit

Hart Magnet Elementary School thanks Jonathan Cubit from Channel 12 News for spending his morning teaching us all about a day in the life of a meteorologist. Our third graders had the opportunity to experience what it was like to broadcast the weather on live TV. What an exciting experience they will treasure forever. Thank you to Lori Golias News 12 photographer/editor/truck op for your support and to all who made this opportunity possible for our students. 


Welcome sign for Mr. CubitMeteorologist Jonathan Cubit presenting to Hart third gradersJonathan Cubit with Hart students in front of Hart School


Hart Magnet Elementary School Paraeducators

Hart Magnet Elementary School celebrated our Paraeducators on Wednesday, June 5. A huge SHOUT OUT to: Connie Begetis, Anna Marie Walker and Kathi Mirto from Hart Magnet! Congratulations to all the nominated paraeducators for all your support and entrusting the love of learning you share with our students everyday!


Hart paraeducators

Submitted by Maria Guzda


Stamford High School Senior Award Ceremony Honors Students

On Tuesday, June 4 Stamford High held its annual Senior Scholarship Award Ceremony, which recognizes senior scholarship winners and senior Seal of Biliteracy recipients. Students and families came together for an award ceremony and breakfast to honor student achievement. It was a great morning that kicked off a series of upcoming celebrations for the seniors and school community.


SHS Senior Awards CeremonySHS Senior Awards Ceremony

Submitted by Andrena Forlenzo

Stillmeadow Parent Exchange Program

Congratulations to all the parents that participated in the Exchange Program at Stillmeadow Elementary School this year. A big shout out to Alexa Sosa, Family Support Specialist; Christie Metellus, Stillmeadow Parent Facilitator; Elizabeth Guerrero, ESL teacher; and Iuliana Roata, Stillmeadow Assistant Principal, for organizing monthly meetings to inform and prepare and enable parents to partner up with the school.

Stillmeadow Parent Exchange ProgramStillmeadow Parent Exchange Program


International Book Club Annual Celebration

Congratulations to the Stillmeadow student participants in the International Book Club. The expansion of the program to include grades 2 & 3 this year demonstrates the immense potential that The Global Partnership holds for the future. 


A big shout out to the Lead teachers: Kim Balch, Caitlin Kane, and Caitlyn Van Deusen and Assistant Principal Iuliana Roata for providing an opportunity for global connections and growth mindset. Many thanks to the Stillmeadow PFO and all the parents participating in this enrichment program.


As a gesture of gratitude, please enjoy the virtual message from the Honorary Consul of Romania in CT, Dana Bucin, to the students, staff, and parents.


Stillmeadow community celebrating their International Book ClubStillmeadow faculty and staff at International Book Club celebration


Spring Show

A big shout out to our art teachers, Kelley Dugan and Caroline Kirk as well as our Music teachers, Zoe Harris and James Darling for hosting an amazing Spring Show. Fourth and fifth grade art projects as well as performances from the music ensembles including chorus and strings, were enjoyed school wide by students, staff, and families. 

Kelley Dugan and Caroline Kirk, Stillmeadow art teachersArt on display at Stillmeadow Spring ShowArt on display at Spring ShowStillmeadow String EnsembleStillmeadow Chorus


Third Annual “Shining Stars Ball”

A big shout out to our Specialists and Mr. Zaremski’s fourth grade class for hosting our Third Annual “Shining Stars Ball,” with our CORE and TEAM students, teachers, and families. “Shining Stars” is an uplifting event born from the heartfelt experiences of Ms. Kirk and her twin brother. Their bond inspired a vision of inclusivity, understanding, and hope. With the dedicated collaboration of specialist teachers, this event blossomed into a radiant celebration of diversity and acceptance. As students beamed with joy, families found solace in a community that embraced them wholeheartedly. “Shining Stars” isn't just an event; it’s a beacon of love, where every individual feels seen, valued, and cherished. With each passing school year, the light of “Shining Stars” promises to shine even brighter, illuminating paths of compassion and understanding for all.

Stillmeadow community at their third annual Shining Stars BallStillmeadow faculty and staff at their third annual Shining Stars BallStillmeadow community at their third annual Shining Stars Ball


Multicultural Festival

A big shout out to all the staff and families that contributed to the success of the Multicultural Annual Festival. Stillmeadow truly is a diverse and yet a cohesive and unique school community.


Many thanks to Liz Guerrero for organizing this event; Our dedicated and amazing custodians: Jaime, Darrell, Bruce, Tom; Zoe Harris who led the Stillmeadow Chorus in an amazing performance; Dan Silva; Lisa Cammarota; The entire EL team :Christine Gomez, Liz Cambria, Natalie Ericson, and Keylin Noguera; Michelle Aulenti, Christie Metellus, Kathleen Kelly, Angela Asaro, Ashley Hutchinson, and our PFO board. 




Argentina display at Stillmeadow Multicultural FairBrazil display at Stillmeadow Multicultural FairIndia display at Stillmeadow Multicultural FairStillmeadow family in traditional garb for Stillmeadow Multicultural FairRomania display at Stillmeadow Multicultural Fair


Stillmeadow Chorus

Congratulations to the Stillmeadow Choralists for their performances at the Stillmeadow Concert and Multicultural Festival. A big shout out to student leaders, Nicole Catter and Penelope Monk and extraordinary lead music teacher Zoe Harris. 


Stillmeadow student Chorus performingStillmeadow Chorus

Submitted by Liz Golove



Toquam’s Second Annual PAWS For A Cause Day A Huge Success! 

Toquam Staff and Scholars enjoyed the Second Annual PAWS For A Cause Day! We celebrated all our hard work during the school year with fun activities, like arts and crafts, beach ball volleyball, dance parties, and a BBQ lunch outside! This event is one of the most popular events at Toquam and all our scholars and staff had a great time! 


Toquam community enjoying Paws for a CauseToquam community enjoying Paws for a CauseToquam students enjoying Paws for a CauseToquam community enjoying Paws for a Cause

Submitted by Jenna Cinelli


AITE Annual National Honor Societies Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 23, AITE held its annual National Honor Societies Ceremony at Rippowam Auditorium. Over 330 students were recognized for their exceptional achievements in the National Honor Society, and the National Science, Latin, Slavic, and Spanish Honors Society. The event was a remarkable occasion filled with pride, celebration, and admiration for the hard work and dedication of these exceptional students. Assistant Principal, Joe Cozza, welcomed the guests and emphasized the significance of scholarship, leadership, character and service.

Collage of photos taken at Annual NHS Awards Ceremony


2024 Latin Amazing Race at AITE

The Latin Amazing Race, although a fun activity, fully engages all students and reinforces Latin Grammar, History, Mythology, Literature and even Physics! The various challenges directly tie into the curriculum. Students gain a better appreciation for Roman culture, architecture and history through this very creative learning style which engages all types of learners whether they are visual, audio, or kinesthetic.

Collage of students enjoying Latin Amazing Race

Submitted by Tina Rivera


Field Day Fun

Under the guidance of PE teachers Jeff Gruetzner and Jaime Janda, Springdale hosted its first all school field day. Every Springdale staff member came out to celebrate this fun day with the kids. Classroom teachers were able to participate in activities across the entire school property like relay races, water play, feats of fitness, rock wall climbing, tug of war, potato sack races, and a chalk art station. All of these events were overseen by “non-classroom” teachers as no one wanted to be left out of this joy-filled day. Families were invited to come and cheer their children on as they participated in field based events, and we were grateful to have so many community members in attendance. 


Springdale Field DaySpringdale Field DaySpringdale Field Day

Submitted by Becky Chuhta


Kindergarten Spring Concert

The Kindergarten Spring Concert at Northeast School was a delightful celebration of social-emotional learning, beautifully orchestrated by our talented music teacher, Don Barbour. The young students charmed the audience with heartwarming songs performed both as a collective choir and by individual classes, showcasing their growth and unity. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our dedicated teachers and paraeducators: Diane Keller, Laura Kanel, Pam Blackwell, Jaime Michaels, Mr. Sisenwein, Mrs. Heins, Mr. Swanson, Ms. Simmons, Ms. Cobbs, Mrs. Alicea, Mrs. Petrafesa, and Ms. Viesta. Your unwavering support and guidance made this event a tremendous success!


Northeast Kindergarten Spring ConcertNortheast Kindergarten Spring Concert

Submitted by Emily Fields


End of Year LAS Parent Event

There was a great turn-out of over 180 parents at the LAS Scores Parent Event on Thursday! Parents were invited to hear what LAS scores mean and how this impacts their EL service for next year. They came to hear this important information about their child’s progression in learning English. After the presentation (which was delivered in 4 languages), EL educators took their time to help parents who had individual questions.  

Over 180 parents at LAS Scores Event

Submitted by Monica Lahiri-Hoherchak


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.

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