Message from the Superintendent April 2014

Message from the Superintendent April 2014


Finally, spring is here and our students are ready to burst out of their classrooms to play outside in the sunshine. Around us the grass is getting greener and flowers are blooming. Being an educator and a parent is like being a gardener. We must ensure that the resources are "planted" to properly nourish our children as they grow into adulthood. This spring we celebrate the champions who help ensure that this process is a healthy one in our district.

In our efforts we could not have a better partner than Dudley N. Williams, Jr., who received 2014's State of the Schools Award on April 23rd at the Gershon Fox Room at 960 Main Street in Hartford. Mr. Williams serves as Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the Executive Finance Committee of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which granted $450,000 to Hartford Public Schools last year.  All were welcome to come and celebrate.  This celebration was wonderful and it was the last opportunity for me to say farewell to many of you.

Following 11 years of operation in a temporary space, Hartford’s Pathways Academy of Technology and Design Magnet School finally has a permanent home on the Goodwin College River Campus.  This is the perfect building for a school that encourages project-based learning, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking through technology. The Pathways Academy is a leading example of how we have changed high school education to ensure college and career success.  The school is one of nine Hartford Public Schools' magnet schools to be nominated for Magnet Schools of America's Magnet School of the Year.

Hartford was selected to host the Magnet Schools of America Conference, which takes place May 15th through the 18th.  I am so happy to be opening the conference, participating in the events, and hosting a reception.  I am so proud of Hartford.  We have so much to celebrate this spring.

We also celebrate all of our district's teachers, and the champions from 43 of our schools who have been nominated for the 2014 Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award. This is a very large number of nominees — a testament to the excellence and high quality of all of our teachers.

Together, the parents, families, educators, administrators and community leaders are the deep roots of the Hartford educational system and its reform. We must never doubt the arrival of spring, knowing that it will come with all its resources and nourishments to help our students grow strong and reach glorious heights, bearing the fruits of education and success in all of its forms.

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