Message from the Superintendent December 2014

Message from our Superintendent, December 2014


Dear Hartford Public Schools Families and Friends,

This holiday season, we pause to appreciate all of the blessings in our lives, especially our family, friends, colleagues and partners.  I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for all you do every day for the students and families of Hartford Public Schools.

Together we continue to work hard to carve a path of equity for all students, and to ensure that all of our students are college and career-ready.  We give our thanks to our dedicated partners and co-workers, to their strength and courage in raising their voices and leading the way; theirs is a beacon that lights our path and keeps our direction clear.  We thank our families for all of their support, all year long.  Positive thoughts, actions and words grow and we can see them inspiring hope, movements and change that spread to the city, state, and nation.

Sonia Dinnall, our Executive Director of College & Career Readiness was invited to join President Obama in the nation’s capital at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action to help support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.  Reflecting upon that day, Ms. Dinnall says, "We can see that our work is being recognized and validated by the highest office in the land, and we are being challenged to go deeper, further and to reach higher on behalf of our most valued possession, our children."

We tip our hats to all of our partners. You work so hard every day by our side to get all of our youngest children school-ready, our oldest children college and career-ready, to ensure our children are healthy, supported, and in school every day, and, when summer rolls around, that the children continue to learn every day. We are more than thankful for all of your support, especially in the light of the struggles and strife around our nation and the world during this season.  We are thankful for our city, our friends, our family, and our supporters who provide safety, food, shelter, healthcare and warmth.

Let's take this holiday break to breathe, hug our loved ones, especially the children in our lives, and appreciate those around us.  Let's relax, reflect, recreate, and refresh ourselves.  The road ahead in the New Year and beyond will bring many challenges, but we will reconvene, rested, with renewed dedication for hard work, mutual support and respect, and together we will reach our destination of equity for all of Hartford's children.

I wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

With warmest regards,

Your Superintendent, Beth Schiavino-Narvaez



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