Sidney Freund, superintendent of Greenwich schools, is stepping down from his post, he announced in an emergency Board of Education meeting Tuesday morning. Freund cited personal and professional reasons for his decision to leave.
In a letter to the Greenwich schools community, Freund said, “This has not been an easy decision. I poured my heart and soul into Greenwich. I have worked hard to re-instill public confidences in our schools and its leadership.”
The superintendent’s resignation will be effective in September. Freund started in the district in 2009, after heading ...
There will be music, puppets and interesting animals for kids to touch and hold when the Stamford School Readiness Council kicks off its fourth annual Early Childhood Fair on Saturday at Cove Island Park. Events include the Animal Embassy, Touch a Truck, The Bossy Frog and the puppets.
“This is an event that highlights the importance of learning for young children and provides families with information on the many resources available to them in the city. It also reinforces my volunteer initiatives as this is an event that fosters involvement from myriad ...
Fifth-graders at Westover School performed "The Rockin' Tale of Snow White" on Thursday night. The entire class participated in the show at the Stamford school. After a dress rehearsal during the day, the students performed the play in the evening for an audience of their parents and others.
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In an age when fast food and video games often replace home-cooked meals and playing outside, health consciousness can't start soon enough. And thanks to the United Way of Western Connecticut and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, Stamford kids at the Childcare Learning Centers will get off on the right food.
“Can you imagine being this age and developing chronic diseases?” the Himes said of the children at CLC, an agency that offers early childhood education and care, plus health, nutrition and family services.
The United Way and Himes awarded $150,000 to the centers ...
Stamford does not often see snow in May. But it did when meteorologist Paul Piorek visited Corinne Dente, Omoleye Eusebio and the rest of their fourth grade class at Holy Spirit School.
Making it snow was just one of the many experiments the News 12 weatherman performed with the students. The other experiments included popping tops off plastic containers filled with water and Alka Seltzer tablets, and keeping a paper towel dry inside a cup of water that was submerged in water.
“These hands-on experiences made the concepts of weather systems captivating and ...
Stamford sisters Francheska Velazquez and Jessica Perez-Velazquez graduated from the University of Bridgeport’s Ideal Program on May 7. The program is designed for adults to go to college and earn a degree at an accelerated pace.
“It's never too late to go back and finish school. Education is something that nobody or thing could take away from you,” Francheska wrote in an email.
The Ideal Program is designed for adults 23 and older who want to earn their undergraduate degrees. Course scheduling is flexible and classes meet only once a week over ...
It isn’t the 1970s, but that did'nt stop Roxbury Elementary School students from wearing tie-dye t-shirts on Friday. The students were wearing the funkadelic clothing for Autism Awareness Day and Principal Gloria Manna could not stop smiling walking around her school.
“The typical students have gained a compassion and citizenship about the issue and that is the greatest award,” Mann said, explaining how students with Autism are mainstreamed in certain classes.
School secretary Joyce Pinto sold the Stamford Education 4 Autism tie-dye shirts to students, staff, and even ...
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Literacy coach Crystal Perry went to bat Tuesday night for heterogeneous mixing of students in the Stamford Public Schools . She told the Board of Education she walks the halls of Dolan Middle School and sees students achieving at a high level and realizing they all have talents that add to the classroom. They are not grouped by test scores, but mixed together, Perry said, which benefits all.
“When we have a system where outcome is based on zip code, that is not okay,” Perry said angrily. She added that she was put in a lower group as a student in Stamford Public ...
Fifth-grader Michael Cardona and all of his Holy Spirit School classmates got up close to a boa constrictor and many of the other rescued animals of the Animal Embassy, which visited the Stamford school last week.
Chris Evers, founder and director of Animal Embassy, kept the kids interested by making the hands-on presentation age appropriate. Along with snakes, chinchillas, frogs and many more made appearances.
Animal Embassy was founded in 2002 to help people appreciate and learn about the natural world. Evers has traveled the world, studying different types of animals, ...
A couple of Stamford schools were highlighted in a story on CNN’s website Thursday afternoon. But it wasn't for their successes. It was for their failures.
CNN Senior Correspondent Allan Chernoff spoke with Superintendent Joshua Starr about No Child Left Behind and how it hurts the school system. “There isn’t one size fits all, and that’s where the government fails,” Starr says in Chernoff’s story.
In the story, Chernoff visits Rogers International and Julia A. Stark Elementary schools to highlight their struggles with No Child Left Behind. The segment begins with students ...
Fourth-grader Nathan Dancy and his fellow students at Toquam Magnet Elementary School got a good workout during the school’s annual jog-a-thon. The school-wide event promoted healthy living.
The all-day event last week found kids on the school play fields Hula Hooping, tugging (in a tug-of-war) and even doing Zumba. There was also a massage therapist, nutrition counseling and samples from Robeks. All aspects of health were covered, not just physical fitness.
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Every year, Mike Meyer has to deal with families that do not live in Stamford sending their children to the city’s schools. However, they rarely end up in court as in the Tanya McDowell case.
“Most families just don’t understand the rule or what they are doing,” Meyer, director of Student Support Services for Stamford Public Schools, said in a phone interview.
Since every family is in a different situation, cases are handled on an individual basis. While the schools look at many factors when dealing with out of town students, the focus is on the child, Meyer said.
Jasmin Palacios and about 20 of her Stamford schoolmates lugged the large bottle full of mini trout to the Rippowam River, waved goodbye, and released them into the water. Jasmin, a sixth-grader at Trailblazers Academy, and her friends had raised the 60 fish from eggs as part of the Trout in the Classroom program. When they were put in the river Wednesday, they were about the size of a finger.
On the trek to the river the students were accompanied by teacher Ryan Carey. At the river they were met by Dick O’Neill and Dean Keister of the Mianus River chapter of Trout ...