Winter Weather Is On The Way!
With winter weather just around the corner, we want to remind families about district procedures for school delays, early dismissals and cancellations.
Predicting weather is always a challenge, but our top priority remains the safety of our students and staff. Though we will do our best to inform families and staff of a cancellation, delay or early dismissal in advance, this isn’t always possible due to unforeseen circumstances or changes in weather predictions. In these cases, we rely on the most current information from local experts to help us make an informed decision.
FPS Students And Staff Honor Our Veterans
Students and staff across the district held gatherings and assemblies to honor local Veterans with ceremonies, songs and stories. Staff and parents decorated and displayed pictures of those who have proudly served our country, and the Ludlowe Music Department presented a Salute to Veterans concert. We thank all our Veterans for keeping us safe and for the many sacrifices they have made.
Dwight And Holland Hill Recognized As Schools Of Distinction
Congratulations Timothy Dwight School and Holland Hill School for being deemed Schools of Distinction in the latest Connecticut accountability report. Dwight earned the distinction for High Performance and Holland Hill earned the distinction for High Growth in Math for all students and high needs students.
Superintendent Testani stopped by Osborn Hill for a lesson on animal adaptation with first graders. Students were researching the eating habits and abilities of warblers vs. ducks. Principal Hudspeth participated in the lesson as well!
Congratulations Sherman And Dwight
Congratulations to Sherman and Dwight for being ranked among top Connecticut Elementary Schools in the most recent US News Report! Sherman is ranked second in the state and Dwight is ranked fifth in the state. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school. Click here to read more about the methodology behind the rankings.
Middle and high school math teachers participated in a professional learning session facilitated by the math leadership team. They engaged in various activities that required them to “think like an eighth grader."
Communication Boards Promote Positive Student Interaction On The Playground
October was Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness month. Jennings Speech Language Pathologist Lauren Cappellieri designed a playground communication board with the assistance of Social Worker Christine Perez for the primary and secondary playgrounds. The communication boards will allow all students to communicate, interact and socialize on the playground. The boards were supported through a Fairfield Foundation for Education grant.
Members of the FPS EL/ML department attended the 52nd Annual ConnTESOL Conference at Sacred Heart University to gain insight and connect with peers and field experts. FPS Program Director for ELA 6-12, Julie Heller, facilitated a session for educators on how to employ strategies that will support classroom teachers to best meet the needs of their diverse learners.
Warde VS. Ludlowe Thanksgiving Day Football
We hope to see everyone at the annual Fairfield Thanksgiving Day Football Game! Click here to purchase tickets.
+ Guests will be asked to validate their ticket at the gate with staff
+ Prices are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for Senior Citizens and Students
+ No Screenshots of tickets will be allowed
Please reference the below map for facility layout on gameday. FLHS fans will sit on the visitors’ side closest to the softball field third base entrance (follow the blue arrows in photo). FLHS students will sit directly across in the main stands. FWHS fans will sit in the large home bleacher section and are encouraged to enter through the main gate (follow the red arrows in photo). Note: Fans can enter through either gate but will be encouraged to use the designated gate closest to their fan section to enter and exit. Thank you!
November Is Native American Heritage Month
Please join us in paying tribute to the traditions, languages and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities to ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation. This November and every month, we celebrate the culture and heritage of these remarkable Americans who deeply enrich the quality and character of our Nation.
School Meals Advisory Committee Meets To Provide Insight On Menus And More
Thank you to all the parents, students and staff members who volunteered their time to be a part of the School Meals Advisory Committee. The first meeting was held last week. Attendees shared extremely valuable insight regarding menus, food waste, health and nutrition, operational considerations and more. We especially enjoyed hearing from our student reps! The next meeting will be held in February. Thank you to FPS Food Service Partner Whitsons for providing delicious samples for the group to experience!
NSS Students Learn In Their Outdoor Classroom
Over 140 students in grades one and two planted native plants in the NSS garden in October. In a collaboration between the STEAM Teachers Jessica Hanley and Kara Giacobbe and the NSS Green Team, students enjoyed class outside as they dug, planted and watered milkweeds, asters, goldenrods, black-eyed Susans and more. The NSS Green Team received a grant from WildOnes to support this authentic learning experience. Students will see the fruits of their labor in the spring as they use the garden as an outdoor classroom to study pollination as part of their STEAM curriculum.
District and school messages are now being sent to parents/guardians through ParentSquare. Families should have received a link to log in to their ParentSquare account from their principal. If you have not received a link, please reach out to your school directly.
Infinite Campus will continue to be used for a variety of purposes including report cards, grades and assignments, lunch payments, fees/school store and real-time attendance information.
Grade 8 students at RLMS investigated the Manifest Destiny by looking at the impact of westward expansion through various perspectives.
School Dismissal Manager
All elementary and middle schools are now using School Dismissal Manager, an online dismissal management system which allows families to update the school regarding dismissal plans via a smartphone, tablet or PC. Please contact your school administrator if you need additional information.