Message from Our Superintendent November 2015
SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE November 2015
Message from Our Superintendent
Dear Hartford Public Schools Families and Friends,
As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to extend heartfelt thanks for all you do to support our students and schools. In the light of the ongoing struggles and strife around our nation and the world, we are especially thankful for our city, our families, our friends, our community partners, and our supporters who provide welcome safety, food, shelter, healthcare and warmth to our neighbors who may have been born here, who may have moved here from neighboring towns or from nations afar, and who, most importantly, share Hartford with us as our home.
This month, many of our schools held celebrations for Veterans Day to remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces who have answered the call of duty to defend our nation and way of life. I would like to express my deepest thanks for the veterans who served our country with great honor in the past, and to those who uphold their duties today. I extend a special thank you to all of the veterans within Hartford Public Schools as they continue their lives of service through their dedication to our young people. Encourage your children and grandchildren to continue to reach out to the veterans in their family and community to thank them for their service.
We know that our work needs the support and participation of all stakeholders to be successful in creating the proper frameworks for equity and excellence for all the students of Hartford Public Schools. You – parents, families, guardians and caring adults – are your children’s first teachers. You have the most important role in helping your children realize their greatest potential. We also know that when teachers and school staff work in partnership with families, great things happen: attendance, learning, achievement, dropout rates, and behaviors improve–leading to greater success in and out of school. Through deep family engagement and city-wide community commitment, each and every Hartford Public Schools student will thrive.
We invite you, your family and friends to join Hartford Public Schools staff and community partners at 8:30 A.M. on Saturday, December 5th at Hartford Public High School to discuss the power and promise of family and community engagement and to co-create schools that are family friendly, welcoming and engaging.
On another note, the District School Choice season began on October 15th when the lottery opened, and ends this year on January 29th, 2016. Please make sure that you are entering your children in the lottery if they are in a transitional school year: 8th grade, entering PreK or Kindergarten; or if they are in the last grade available at their current school. You can visit our Choice website to get more information on our school fairs, the Choice process, and how to begin an application. The Hartford Public Schools Office of School Choice can be reached at 860-695-8876 and the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) can be reached at 860-713-6990.
To continue in the spirit of gratitude and community, please contact our Welcome Center at 860-695-8400 if you have food, clothing or time to share. You can also support United Way’s Stuff the Sleigh drive for hats, gloves and mittens by dropping off new hats, gloves and mittens sized to fit students in grades pre-K through 12 by Wednesday, December 16th at the HPS Welcome Center on the first floor of 960 Main Street.
As your superintendent, as an HPS mom, and as your Hartford neighbor, I wish you a healthy, fun, and safe Thanksgiving holiday.