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Superintendent's May Newsletter
Superintendent's May Newsletter
Cromwell Public Schools
Monday, April 30 2018

May 1, 2018

College & Career Readiness

We are pleased to have formed a community partnership with Middlesex Hospital that supports our commitment to providing career opportunities to our students. Our first collaborative event launched on April 19 where over 12 specialists from the hospital came to Cromwell High School to meet with our students about career opportunities and volunteer possibilities. Students interacted with a range of professionals that included those in the field of IT, security, OT/PT, Human Resources, pharmaceutical, nursing, and surgery. Students are now able to maximize our partnership with the hospital and secure job related experiences that will help them further career interests. We are appreciative of our relationship with Middlesex Hospital and the endless opportunities this integral partnership will provide for our learners. A specific note of gratitude to Mr. Brian Taber, MSPT, DPT, Cert MDT, Director of Physical Rehabilitation at Middlesex Hospital, for the vision and dedication he demonstrated in establishing the collaboration and forging this unique and purposeful alliance. Thanks to the CHS administration and guidance department for their ongoing efforts to strengthen college and career opportunities for our district.

Budget

The BOF approved the Cromwell Public Schools proposed budget in the amount of $29,724,214 which represents a 1.53 % increase. We are looking forward to meeting the approval of the Cromwell community as they vote on May 1, 2018. As stated in earlier news briefings, the 2018-19 Cromwell Public Schools budget is comprised of initiatives that support the growth and well-being of our staff and students. I welcome any conversations or questions regarding the proposed budget should anyone be interested in further details. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Graduation and Last Day of School

On April 17th, the Board of Education established June 15, 2018 as the last day of school for students. Graduation will also be held on June 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Cromwell High School. The graduation ceremony reinforces our mission of placing students first and having all students leave Cromwell Public Schools ready to move into the future, whether that is college, employment, military, or technical school.

Project Safe Graduation

Project Safe Graduation is an incredible event that provides all Cromwell grads with a safe and fun place to celebrate their achievement.  The Project Safe Graduation Committee goes above and beyond every year to give every graduate a special evening of lasting memories with their friends.  They are looking for volunteers for that night and all help is welcome. They are also asking for water and candy donations. Please consider donating and volunteering for this special event.  Please contact Julia Karstetter at 860-632-4841 or jkarstetter@cromwell.k12.ct.us

Connecticut All State Festival

On April 19th-21st 2018, Cromwell High School music students Merry Wang (flute) and Megan Camilleri (clarinet) earned All State Honors participating in the prestigious 2018 Connecticut All State Festival, held this year at the Connecticut Convention Center and Hartford Marriott. Merry and Megan were selected to perform in the all state ensembles based on their scores from a rigorous audition process that began in November. Megan's audition scores earned her a spot playing clarinet with the All State Concert Band. Merry Wang earned the second highest flute score in the State of Connecticut and was assistant principal flute in the All State Orchestra.

Strategic Framework

The 2017-18 school year has been shaped by the guiding elements within our Cromwell Public School Strategic Framework. Within the framework, the five competencies that serve as overarching pillars include:

    • Supporting Systematic Practices
    • Learning Practices
    • Assessment Practices
    • Instructional Practices
    • Climate and Cultural Practices


Within the competencies, there are specific objectives that ground our work. Over the course of the next several months, we will be conducting an internal audit of our accomplishments and areas of need and using the results to fine-tune the Strategic Framework for the 2018-19 school year. As we head into the remaining weeks of this school year, I welcome feedback and comments from staff and community regarding progress made to date as it pertains to the outlined items.

As always, if you have any questions regarding any of the information contained in this month's letter please contact me at jmaloney@cromwell.k12.ct.us.

Sincerely,

John T. Maloney, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools