October 1, 2017
Dear Cromwell Community,
Tech Minute- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Cromwell remains committed to providing an enriching and engaging environment supportive of 21st century learning. As such, we are continuing our technological vision of providing 1:1 technological accessibility for our learners through a multi- platform approach. Over the past week, we have successfully implemented our 1:1 chromebook initiative in grades 6-9 where students have the ability to take the devices to and from school. Our Edna C. Stevens and Woodside students will continue to develop core technological fluency skills using iPads and HP Streams, respectively, and those devices will remain in use within the classroom environment. In addition to providing accessibility, we are also affirming our dedication to creating a culture supportive of digital citizenship. As such, please be mindful of our BOE policies 5147 and 5131.81 that highlight our district’s expectations regarding acceptable use. The district’s goal is to ensure safe and appropriate usage of hardware and software so our students thrive in this digital age. Therefore, throughout the year, you will hear language mirroring that of Spiderman’s where we will not only encourage essential college and career readiness skills that include: collaboration, curation of knowledge, and creativity, but also responsibility. If you should have any questions regarding technology usage or digital citizenship expectations, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building administrators and library media specialists as well as our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Krista Karch.
With the flurry of activities that occur during the school year, please be mindful of the many students who are walking and biking to and from home, school buildings, athletic fields, and other locations. Thank you in advance for your willingness to pause longer at stop signs, remain alert at crosswalks, and stay a safe distance from our buses when they are in motion as well as loading and unloading passengers.
Feed Our Neighbors Walk
As in years past we are looking forward to participating in the Feed Our Neighbors Walk on Sunday, October 15th from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. This walk is organized by the Cromwell churches to support Cromwell Human Services. This is a great opportunity to get involved in supporting our residents of Cromwell. We hope you can join us for this event.
We value your input, feedback, and suggestions. Please feel free to contact us directly with your thoughts pertaining to items in this news bulletin as well any other items that may be on your mind. Stay tuned for dates and times of parent and community meetings where we can engage in more detailed conversations about the Cromwell Public Schools.
John T. Maloney, Jr.