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Superintendent's November Letter
Superintendent's November Letter
Cromwell Public Schools
Thursday, November 01, 2018

November 1, 2018

 

Dear Cromwell Community,

 In what appears to be a blink of an eye, we have already completed two months of the school year. Currently, our staff and students are settling into the winter and all that goes with this stretch of the academic calendar. Please continue to subscribe to our communication portals so you are receiving our eblasts and ongoing notifications. If you should have any questions, our technology department will be happy to assist with troubleshooting.

As the Cromwell Public Schools approach the budget season, we will continue to provide the best educational opportunities for our students while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget.  We will actively work with the leadership team and staff to develop a vision that supports the growth of all as we progress through the budget process. More details will continue to follow in the upcoming months.

Parent Conferences

The Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences are an essential means of communicating with the school and your child’s teachers about your individual questions. The purpose of the conference is to provide an in-person opportunity for sharing information and feedback that will promote and foster growth and well-being for each student.

A new feature this year is the online conference scheduler that has recently been implemented through your PowerSchool Parent Portal account on the Portal Website https://cromwellct.powerschool.com/admin/home.html . This enhancement has been integrated to provide a more streamlined approach to selecting a date and time for your appointment. As with all new initiatives, there are learning curves so please do not hesitate to contact us with your feedback.  If you should have questions, or need support with the online scheduling portal, please contact the office of your child’s school or Paul Noury at pnoury@cromwell.k12.ct.us.

Please make a note of the upcoming conference dates:

ECS: November 27 & 29

WIS: November 27 & 29

CMS: November 5 & 8

CHS: November 5 & 8

 Reading Celebration

Edna C Stevens held a Pep Rally to kick off the results of their summer reading challenge celebration!  The ECS staff dressed up like Rock Stars and sang the song, “I love to Rock and Read”.  They also unveiled the number of books read this summer and recognized our students for exceeding the goal of reading 5000 books.  Our students worked as a community and read a total of 6,082 books! Amazing! As part of the all day celebration, all students had the opportunity to play with recyclable materials to create instruments, show their creativity, imagination, endurance and more around the focus of rocks.  Guests came to the school to talk about rocks and students were able to see large samples of gems. We are so appreciative of the families and the community for their involvement in helping to support reading in our school.

 SEPTO

This year, Cromwell Public Schools held its very first SEPTO (Special Education PTO)! The goals and missions of SEPTO are to educate parents of children with special needs, promote an understanding of Special Education, bring together families of children with special needs to network and share experiences, ensure all events meet each child’s individual differences and needs and allow parents to have a comfortable environment where they can communicate their thoughts and feelings. We have held two meetings so far this year and have had a tremendous turnout with a combination of Special Education staff and parents of children with special needs. We are looking forward to continuing to meet throughout the year to work together in meeting the needs of all our students in Cromwell!

National Merit Scholar

Cara Jordan, Cromwell High School senior, is a Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses the PSAT/NMSQT as the initial screen of over 1.5 million program entrants. There were approximately 16,000 semifinalists selected in this year’s competition. Cara will continue to compete for the National Merit Scholar title and scholarship awards. Congratulations Cara!

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.

 Sincerely,

 

John T. Maloney, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools

860-632-4838

jmaloney@cromwell.k12.ct.us