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Notes from the Superintendent

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  • September 2019 - Our Focus

    Posted: 02/13/2020

    We have had a good beginning to our school year. Our administrative team is cohesive and forward thinking; our teachers and support staff understand that we seek excellence in our schools and that our boards and the administration will support them as they strive for this.

    An important part of our story is sharing the news about what it is that our schools provide. Communication is everything- telling others about what exists, the wide variety of programs and opportunities, the caring environment, and, based on student needs, more that we anticipate needs to take place.

  • February 2019 - What Will it Take?

    Posted: 02/13/2020

    Our High School is currently in discussions with a number of business leaders, parents, and educators around the Portrait of a Graduate. In future months, these discussions will expand to include parents of elementary students. We are focusing on the 21st Century attributes that we can agree are the most essential for our students.

    If we think back to the explorations and discoveries that have taken place over several hundred years, we can see that the need for mastery of knowledge and skills such as critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and collaboration is not new; we have expected this in education and our workplaces for many years.

  • December 2018 - The Importance of Civility

    Posted: 02/13/2020

    As we prepare for a new year, an essential goal that we will continue is to ensure that we are addressing our students’ social and emotional needs. We are placing an even greater emphasis on this, as we hold meetings with school counselors and members of the Task Force to discuss how our students show and control their own feelings and behaviors, get along with other children, and build relationships.

    Developing a sense of civility for our youth is a very large part of social-emotional health. Teaching children to treat each other properly is not merely a way for us, as adults, to dictate how students should act. It is also a means to establish expectations for how teaching and learning will take place.

  • Our Year in Review – and What Lies Ahead

    Posted: 06/10/2019

    Each year, we speak about how quickly the year flies by. Suddenly it’s June and time for end of year field trips and graduations! 

    I want to begin by thanking our teachers, administrators, and all of our staff members who have consistently been open to new ideas and new learning. Each and every one is always giving their best. It is because of our staff that we are able to grow, to create new pathways to learning, and try new approaches. We recognize that we are 19 years into the 21st Century and this new century presents new challenges that we had not before ever imagined, but now are our reality.

  • June 2018

    Posted: 07/23/2018

    To the Parents, Students, and Community Members of Region One, 

    I reflect on this past school year and think about the changes that have occurred. For certain, many changes that happen in education come under scrutiny, largely due to the fact that it is a departure from what we all have been accustomed to doing. We expect that changes are to happen in the business world, but changes in education have lagged behind the world in which we are preparing our students.

  • March 2018

    Posted: 07/23/2018

    To the Parents, Students, and Community Members of Region One, 

    I always prefer to speak and write about the positive things taking place in our schools. Our students and programs designed to promote increased learning are what we should be spending all of our time communicating.

  • JANUARY 2018

    Posted: 01/08/2018

    New England holds a great sense of pride in its history and tradition. This is certainly to be expected, as each of one of us tends to hold onto what we are proud of in our past and what we have come to know.

  • SEPTEMBER 2017

    Posted: 10/24/2017

    Every school in Connecticut receives the reports from the state for Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessments (SBAC tests) at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, for most schools in the state, the news was not good. 

  • AUGUST 2017

    Posted: 08/01/2017

    Over the years, even recently, there have been questions about the leadership roles in Region One. What is the role of the Central Office? How does that compare with the role of the principal?