By: Van Riley, Superintendent
Stonington Public Schools – 2014 Highlights
Our District continues to make great strides toward educational improvements focused on student success. Some of our recent highlights include the following:
1) New Full-Day Kindergarten – This is the second year of our full-day K program. In year one our littlest students are seeing great success with average literacy scores over 90% for all students with a few readers at the second grade level! We look forward to similar results in year two.
2) WONDERS – This is also our second year with the new WONDERS reading program. This comprehensive reading/literacy program provides challenges for every level and assures continued growth at all grade levels.
3) Principals – We welcomed three new principals to Stonington this year. Jenn McCurdy, former principal at Mystic Middle School assumed the role of Principal at Deans Mill School. Jenn began her career at DMS as a teacher and had the dream of returning as principal. Next, Mark Friese moved from Assistant to the Principal position at Stonington High School. Mark brings a fresh look and new energy to a wonderful school. Last, but certainly not least, we welcome the return of Greg Keith to Mystic Middle School. Greg taught at MMS before moving over to Ledyard as Principal of Ledyard Middle Schools. Greg is "back home at MMS" and loving it.
4) Technology – The District continues to improve on its technology infrastructure and accessibility. Over the past two years, we were able to fund over 500 new Chromebooks to augment curriculum at the elementary and middle levels along with providing new laptops for K-8 teachers to help with their curricular needs.
5) Building Committee – One of the most exciting prospects this year is the work of the K-12 Building Committee. The three elementary school facilities are "tired" and in need of significant upgrades. The Committee is working with our architect, DRA, to develop plans for those renovations. One exciting option is to build a new state-of-the-art, energy efficient middle schools and move the current elementary schools into the middle school facilities. This would provide much better instructional facilities and may also cost less as we would free up four current facilities for lease, purchase or other uses.
This is an exciting time for Stonington Public Schools. We look to a positive future and continued success for all of our students.