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.
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!
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 (ADL.org) 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,
Tomlinson Middle Schoolers demonstrate the art of debate
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!