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Dr. Manuel RiveraSuperintendent's Message 
 

Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!

Mensaje de Superintendente Septiembre 2014


Dear Parents and Guardians,

With the school year now in full swing, I wanted to take a few minutes to officially welcome everyone back for the 2014-15 school year.  I hope you had a terrific summer! 

Although school may not have been in session, there was a lot of activity taking place throughout Norwalk Public Schools this summer.  I’m pleased to report that we moved ahead with many key priorities that were outlined as part of our Strategic Plan, including the following:

  • As part of our commitment to providing extended learning opportunities, we almost doubled the number of students in summer school program with the addition of a second site focused on early literacy.

  • A program originally started at Brien McMahon, our summer Freshman Academy, expanded to Norwalk High to help more 8th Graders make a successful transition to high school.  

  • We officially launched the new Norwalk Early College Academy in collaboration with Norwalk Community College and IBM.

  • Full time curriculum and instruction site directors were hired for each of our elementary schools, funded by a major grant.

  • Instructional specialists were hired in key leadership roles for the District, including K-5 English Language Art/Reading, and Science & Health.

  • Professional Learning days were held for all teachers, both at the District and school levels.  

  • As part of our safety initiative, we moved ahead with the installation of new locks on internal doors at our schools.   

  • New defibrillators are now in place at all schools and staff training is being scheduled. 

  • Major construction at Naramake was completed, and work continued as planned at Rowayton.

  • A new reception desk was established at Central Office to ensure visitors can more easily find the information and resources they need.  The desk and main phone line are now staffed by a bilingual receptionist. 

With school now in session and students settled into classes, I am looking forward to spending dedicated time in each of our schools.  I’ll be visiting with staff and students to recognize their good work, and to affirm our commitment to continuous improvement, high expectations for our students, and high standards for all. 

In 2014-15, we will also continue to move forward with many other initiatives, including:

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