Message from the Superintendent November 2014

Message from the Superintendent – November, 2014


Dear Hartford Public Schools Friends,

During the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to share conversations with many of you about our transition process. I have learned a lot and had many beliefs confirmed.  I want to let you know that, though our learning and sharing of information continues, our work toward educational equity in Hartford Public Schools is well underway.  This month, gratitude is our guiding principle, and I want to extend my thanks to all of you for your time, generosity and candor in discussing the challenges we face, and for your commitment to our story of progress we embark upon together.

Our Curriculum & Instruction Team continues to move forward with Common Core State Standards best practices through the formation and monthly meetings of our Literacy Leadership Teams who explore teaching using CCSS practices.  During meetings, teachers collaboratively research, communicate, and reflect upon topics aligned to the CCSS and support instruction aligned to the rigor of the CCSS. The teams create products that assist in the development of a repository of best practices for teaching methods which is now available for all educators.  I am excited to announce that our Curriculum and Instruction team has also just launched on our HPS Intranet, the Teaching and Learning Repository!   This is a secure, virtual space where all teachers can create discussions under different categories to collaborate with colleagues across the district. For example, a Grade 8 Science teacher will find that there is a specific section for Grade 8 Science in which they can access curriculum resources and communicate with other Grade 8 Science teachers in an online forum. In addition, all teachers will be able to post and share their own resources with their colleagues.

The District School Choice season began on November 15th when the lottery opened. 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.

Veterans Day ensures that November is a time 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, often at the greatest personal sacrifice. 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.  It is a small but meaningful gesture that shows appreciation to the living heroes in their lives and will embed in their young minds respect for those who sacrifice selflessly.

This November we are thankful for many things in Hartford:  our veterans, our families and students, our devoted faculty, staff members, Board members, and our steadfast community partners.  From my family to yours, we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.   Please contact our Welcome Center at 860-695-8400 if you have food, clothing or time to share.   I am honored to serve as Superintendent and to join forces with each and every one of you as we focus on a vibrant and transformative future for all of our students. 
Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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