Opening day for teachers began this year on August 27, 2014. The regional gathering commenced with coffee and continental breakfast at HVRHS, after which everyone gathered in the Auditorium. We thanked the staff behind the scenes that help us open school each year. We reviewed our many accomplishments and I shared initiatives that have begun and will continue in the year ahead. We shared summer work completed with many thanks to Ms. Goncalves and her curricula writing teams. We welcomed the following new teachers: At Lee H. Kellogg - Julianne Flood; at HVRHS - Cammiel Hussey and Jennifer Sommerer; at Kent - Joshua Szwed; at North Canaan - Sarah Mauro and Denise Sorrell; at Sharon - Laurie Ellington; and at Salisbury - Matthieu Janco, Deanna Maytas, Sarah Marshall, Ruth Salas-Ramos, Jennifer Segalla, and Melissa White.
Further, we recognized teachers with milestones of 25 years and 35 years of service to this region. Celebrating 25 years were Paula Rogers, Linda Miller, Linda Peppe, Scott Fellows, and Fran Goodsell. At 35 years were Nancy Ackerman and Paul Padua.
The students' first day back to school was on September 2nd and opening day at all of our seven schools was outstanding! The first day unofficial enrollment for all schools totaled 1,580 children. Congratulations and thanks to our administrators, teachers and staff for helping our students have an exciting (but warm) start to the new school year.
This month celebrates Housatonic Valley Regional's 75th year of service to the students of our Region One towns, as the first regional school district in the state and one of the first regional school districts in the country. We are excited to celebrate this historic occasion.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year and look forward to seeing you all at public events, meetings and sports activities. My office door is always open should you like to stop by. Enjoy the 2014-2015 school year.