Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
I hope this letter finds you to be well and enjoying the remaining weeks of summer. It has been a busy summer at Stamford Central School. A capital project approved by voters to update the kitchen facility coolers and freezers has been completed. The building roof has also been extensively repaired in areas where it has been leaking, and the building and grounds staff, as well as the transportation staff, have been working very hard to make the building sparkle and the busses tuned for maximum safety and efficiency.
Our digital learning initiative to personalize student learning to meet academic standards and to increase 21st Century Skills (creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving) requires a robust network. We are pleased with the work that has been done this summer to increase bandwidth and access point density. We have been able to efficiently conduct this work by subscribing to our Regional Information Center (RIC) Managed IT Service which has assisted in the planning and implementation for the infrastructure improvements.
Critical for success with this initiative is providing support and professional development for faculty and staff. This summer we were fortunate to be accepted to participate in a nationally renowned program for digital learning at Moorseville Graded School District in North Carolina. Mooresville is on their eight year of a digital conversion and have become a national model for personalized learning with an emphasis on 21st Century Skills which are aligned to the standards. With this type of a shift in teaching and learning, collaboration is critical within a shared vision to meet our goals. Faculty who returned from Moorseville, NC this summer then used some of their vacation time to participate in training with Apple. This professional development will allow them to use various tools and apps which are aligned to the curriculum to assist in meeting each child’s needs. There is a lot of excitement around the digital learning initiative which will support deep student learning. We will be providing more information to parents and community members about the digital learning initiative to support student growth in the coming months.
While it was bittersweet to say “good-bye” to the Class of 2016 as they head off to college, careers, and the military, we are excited to see our kindergarten students enter as the Class of 2029. I can say, unequivocally, that learning is a joint production, it truly does “take a village” to meet each child’s intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs. With your assistance and support we can collectively meet each child’s needs to prepare them for their future. To maximize student achievement it is critical for parents to assist in making sure their child comes to school every day. There is a strong relationship between attendance and achievement. Please see the attendance policy for further information regarding attendance and course credit.
I know we all have the same goal of creating a safe and caring environment for all of our students. To assist in creating a safe and caring environment, and to have the least amount of interruptions during class time, I want to remind you that ALL parents and visitors are required to sign in when entering the building, and that all doors to the building are locked during the day for safety and security purposes.
As a part of a transportation policy update we have established bus stops in the village. This will assist to increase safety and efficiency in picking up and dropping off students. Detailed information will be available soon.
I want to close by sharing that Stamford Central School is grateful for your support and that we are proud of our school and our community. We have highly dedicated faculty and staff from all departments who care deeply about your child’s safety and well-being. That is the richness of being part of a small school and community – long lasting positive relationships can be built to meet each child’s needs now and into the future. I am honored to be a part of such a caring community and school. I look forward to seeing you out in the community and at the school events throughout the year. I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer.
Best regards,Dr. Glen A. Huot Superintendent Stamford Central Schools