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Congratulations to Greg Hatzis, Head Principal, FLHS

Mr. Hatzis was invited to present at the November 17, 2021 School Superintendent’s Association (AASA) conference.  This cohort is focused on Social Emotional Learning, and his talk was on Teacher Training to Reduce Stress for High School Students.

Dr. Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education, kicked off the conference, and gave a special shoutout to Greg and his collegues who were presenting about Adult SEL and its importance. 

See the full conference program here...

Congratulations to Ms. Mercurio, Riverfield School Crossing Guard

Caroldawn Mercurio has been a Crossing Guard at Riverfield School and St. Thomas School since 2013 and was recently named Crossing Guard of the Year by the Fairfield Rotary Club. We so appreciate Caroledawn's efforts to keep our students safe as they journey to and from school every day. We just celebrated her retirement and her warm smile and happy waves will be missed by all!

Fairfield student’s STEM-powering podcast reaches 23 countries

Through her podcast STEMpowering Conversations, Fairfield Ludlowe High School student Lauren Ji hopes to demystify STEM fields and show her younger listeners that they can achieve what her guests have.  Read more...

WFC students design cultural exchange with Cameroon orphanage

As part of an on-going year-long project, students at Walter Fitgerald Campus (WFC) are designing cultural exchanges and common activities with the Foundation Fact Orphanage in Yaounde, Cameroon to promote connection, joy, friendship, and “to spread love.” The project is being facilitated by Doctor Scott Lacy, Fairfield University Associate Dean and Professor of Anthropology.

Among other activities, students designed a free throw competition with the orphanage’s friends and residents between WFC and Cameroon. On Thursday, November 4th students at WFC conducted the qualifying rounds of the competition. Three finalists emerged. In Cameroon later this month, the same qualifying round competition will be held on the grounds of the Foundation Fact Orphanage and three finalists will emerge in Cameroon.

FLHS Fashion and Design IV students design their own winter coats

Fourth year students in the Fashion and Design program at FLHS designed and produced a lined coat fitted and adjusted to their own bodies. A field trip to the Garment District in NYC permitted students to shop where professional designers shop and exposed them to designer fabrics and notions for their designs. The process of making these garments are one way students demonstrate the FPS Academic Expectations of Critical and Creative Thinking by effectively evaluating evidence and constructing solutions using their advanced level of skills. Students are excited to be showing off their coats now that the cooler Connecticut weather has arrived!

Sam Keller receives "Fuel Good in Your Community" award

Congratulations to Sam Keller, FLHS, who won a Fuel Good in Your Community Award from New England Dairy and the dairy farm families of New England. Sam was nominated by Wakeman Boys and Girld Club staff for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to Wakeman BGC as a CIT at Summer Camp and member of Keystone Club. In recognition, the Club will receive a $1000 mini-grant to improve youth wellness, which Sam and staff intend to use to purchase outdoor ping-pong tables and track and field equipment. Amazing all around!

Fairfield siblings celebrate one year of good news newsletter

Equity Teams in every school are engaged in making sure every child feels “Seen, Heard, and Loved”

Here is just a sampling of some of the work happening around the district:

FEA Anti-Racism Committee had an amazing community event on the first week of November featuring students, teachers, and the parents coming together to celebrate the fall and build community! Watch a video here

Warde is working with the Anti-Defamation League ( to be a No Place for Hate® school. Students and staff engage in dialogue and active learning to build a learning community of inclusivity, respect and equity.

Tomlinson and Warde are partnering on for the Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI) Grant and other work to support our students on the preparation to high school and beyond. The mission of SBDI is to the reduce rate of in-school arrests, expulsions, and out-of-school suspensions. By doing this, SBDI helps keep kids in school, improves student outcomes, and ensures that students receive fair and equitable in-school discipline regardless of mental health, special education needs or demographic characteristics such as race or ethnicity.

Inspiring RLMS students whose critical consciousness led them to form the Beloved Community, which meets every Wednesday night to build community, learn from and inspire each other. 

McKinley continues working on ways to best support our Multi-lingual Learners, build a kindness community, and support students in clearly naming their emotions. 

Dear FPS Community,

Dear Members of the Fairfield Public Schools Community

I hope this December issue of the Spotlight finds you and your family well and withstanding the seasonal rush. In our home this past weekend, we closed the door on Thanksgiving and opened it wide for Christmas. Up to the attic went the paper turkeys and down came the candles in their painted, glittery, reused juice cans.

I began to play my favorite holiday game, strategizing how to drive up the Post Road, which back roads to take. and planning the stops to minimize time spent in the car. The first few, and they were only a few, snowflakes generated a 30-minute kids’ discussion on what they were going to do on their first snow day. I actually thought about driving up the Post Road.

The changing of the seasons marks our swift forward movement. Their passage reminds me of the great image in the song, Hot Rod Lincoln:

“Now the boys all thought I'd lost my sense, And telephone poles looked like a picket fence.”

I believe we all pause to see those telephone poles and assess where we are and how fast time is moving for us. In that pause, I believe we all wish time to slow so we can truly engage in the moment. I know I wish I had taken the time to savor the good moments longer. I also wish I had time to stay longer in moments of sadness and grief, as there were lessons and memories there too.

My wish for you as you celebrate your season and your holidays with your family and friends is that you have that moment of pause. In that pause, I hope you see the value of the relationships you have built and earned, and which are truly the reason we celebrate.

Take care, stay well, and rest,

Spectators back in stands for annual Thanksgiving game between FWHS and FLHS

Congratulation to FLHS Girls Volleyball for making it to the CIAC LL Finals!

Warde’s Wardrobe GRAND OPENING

A thrift shop for the Warde community by our very own Mustangs in Fashion Industry Strategies who made this dream come alive!!

FLHS Lord of the Flies

Tomlinson Middle Schoolers demonstrate the art of debate

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McKinley first graders made Thank You cards for Firefighters, Police officers and Health care workers and delivered their cards right up the street to their local station. These guys have come to our aid twice! So thankful for our hometown heroes!

In this season of giving, our schools collected canned goods for Operation Hope.

Honoring Those Who Serve

Jennings 4th graders had a engaging presentation from a Vietnam Veteran and grandfather. They asked wonderful questions and learned a lot! Manny Lopez and grandson Parker are pictured in front of our Wall of Honor. We honor and appreciate those who serve so that we can live the wonderfully free lives we do.

This is just one example of the many ways students and staff across the district recognized and honored those who served this Veterans Day.

FLHS Golden Spatula Award Winners

Winners of our Golden Spatula for Intro to Culinary's "Homemade Mac and Cheese" lab (from left to right): Cass Steers, Lily Malone, Tian Yao. This is awarded to the kitchen team who displays strong communication and teamwork, is focused and on task, works independently with little to no help from the teacher, and finishes with a delicious end product! So proud of this team!