Blog :: 2016
In the quiet residential neighborhood of Pepper Ridge in Stamford, you'll find Newfield Elementary School - with approximately 625 students.
Newfield is a Responsive Classroom Leadership School that focuses on integrating social skills with academic skills and school wide discipline through use of district leaders, a school-wide discipline policy, all-school meetings, and all-school field trips.
According to the principal, Lisa Saba-Price, Newfield has a strong focus on engaging our community this year, and very excited about their new partnership with Neighbors Link. Students are learning at their own pace and are given the time they need to succeed and develop deep knowledge of subject matter. Newfield School staff works diligently to provide new ways for students to grow stronger socially and academically. This school strives to ensure each and every moment enables our students to enjoy learning and become strong 21st century learners.
In April 2015, KidsGardening.org officially announced that the Newfield Garden Program had been selected as a WINNER of the Jamba Juice œIt's All About the Fruit and Veggies" Garden Grant. Thirty youth programs were selected from over 400 applications for this year's award!
Student have won numerous academic awards as well as art and writing contests. Community organizations present informational programs to various grades throughout the year. Student Council is a vibrant philanthropic organization that serves the community by collecting funds, food, and other items for those in need. The school also has a mentor literacy program whereby individuals from the community meet with students to support learning as well as offer individual attention.
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Roxbury ROX with Good Character!
In this Westover neighborhood, Roxbury Elementary School is on Westhill Rd, across from Westhill High School which is on Roxbury Rd.., funny, is it?
Roxbury School is striving to build a positive school culture and help students demonstrate our character strengths. With approximately 625 students. Roxbury values academic excellence, teamwork, character development, college readiness and family engagement.
Roxbury, in partnership with a supportive community, inspires and prepares all learners through a challenging educational experience to achieve their full potential as productive citizens. The staff provides a challenging, yet supportive, environment. Teachers differentiate instruction to help students understand new concepts and to enable students to demonstrate their understanding of content in a variety of ways.
The School Improvement Plan is focused on increasing reading and math proficiency in all grades. Roxbury also participates in instructional data teams to analyze and monitor student performance. In order to build and maintain a positive school climate, Roxbury has adopted Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a system that is focused on improving student™s academic behavior and behavioral outcomes. It ensures that all students have access to the most effective instructional and behavioral practices and interventions.
Though the turkey may be the unofficial star of the Thanksgiving table, it seems to rank last in the official "Top 10 Best Classic Thanksgiving Dishes". Read on...
Some people say turkey is delicious. These people are wrong.
One school of thought is that we eat turkey at Thanksgiving not because it is the tastiest poultry or the easiest to cook, but because the bird's large size allows us to feed many hungry people all at the same time.
In fact, baking a turkey is a labor-intensive exercise that requires time and practice to do well. Yet most American households only bake one turkey per year. This is why most Thanksgiving birds used to emerge dry and bland, often requiring the saving graces of gravy. If it weren't for decades of tradition, you would have been hard-pressed to find a household that wouldn't mind skipping the messy process of prepping and baking a cumbersome turkey. Today, there are so many options available that turkey has become more "user friendly" whether you purchase a pre-brined bird or just a turkey breast, it's hard to go wrong!
Simply the best of the breads, all of which otherwise fail to crack the top 10. Corn bread strikes a harmonious balance between sweet and savory that can complement just about anything. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that rolls are an OK carbohydrate substitute. Don't be fooled.
8. Green bean casserole
A relic of post-World War II efficiency, the humble green bean casserole was created in the mid-1950s by the Campbell Soup Company. It is a comfort food in the truest sense that accomplishes the improbable: It makes icky green beans palatable. Such innovation is why the casserole has carved out a place for itself in the National Inventor's Hall of Fame.
7. Mac and cheese
It has been brought to my attention by my colleagues here at The Week that many households do not indulge in the gooey, al dente perfection that is homemade mac and cheese. To which I say: Are you people insane?
6. Mashed potatoes
You can load them with garlic, bacon, cheese or infuse them with rosemary-let your imagination run wild! You can fashion mashed potatoes into a bed for your turkey, or sculpt them into a concave vessel for gravy. Such versatility is truly American, and should be celebrated as such.
Ham is moist, flavorful, textured, and requires little work to do well. It is the inverse of turkey. Simply rub with brown sugar or bathe it in cola - preferably both. Ham is as underrated as its cousin bacon is overexposed.
4. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Fun fact: Sweet potatoes are a near-perfect health food. They are packed with Vitamin A, B6, and fiber - and can help you lose weight. Realistically speaking you probably won't - especially with a fluffy bed of marshmallows layered on top. But it's a comforting thought.
The gravy boat is the most sought-after dish on the Thanksgiving table. A thick, hearty gravy can save even the blandest of meals. Think of it this way: Would you rather have a carving of turkey breast without gravy, or no turkey at all? The answer should be clear.
Turkey merely provides a cavity for stuffing, Thanksgiving's true centerpiece. Stuffing is a reward, akin to delectable candy packed into a tasteless Butterball piÃ±ata. Stuffing is so good, in fact, that we willfully eat it out of the rear end of a dead animal.
Perhaps you are a pecan pie person. Or maybe pumpkin is more your thing. Apple pie is sublime. All are excellent choices. Each slice is an edible, triangulated vessel for whipped cream, or, if you are ambitious, ice cream. Need to excuse yourself and change into sweatpants? Sure thing. Because ... pie.
Pie is the light at the end of the tunnel, the reason we push ourselves and "make room." Each bit of flaky crust filled with nature's caramelized sugar is a testament to human perseverance. Pie is a triumph.
Enjoy your day and those you celebrate with - Bon Appetit!
Adapted from an article by Chris Gayomali-The Weekly
K.T. Murphy School has successfully served the Cove community for more than a century. The school was originally known as the â€œCove Schoolâ€, a one-room schoolhouse located on Weed Avenue. (The original structure, now a private home, still stands today.) In 1893, Katherine T. Murphy was hired as a teacher at the Cove School and was appointed principal in 1913. She remained as principal until her retirement in 1948, for 35 years! The name â€œCove Schoolâ€ was changed to its present name â€œThe Katherine T. Murphy Schoolâ€ in February, 1946. The school went through expansion & renovation over the years and K.T. Murphy reopened in 1990 after the last renovation, an integral part of this historic neighborhood.
K.T. Murphy today has approximately 550 students, strives to create a learning environment that encourages and enables each individual to reach their academic, social and emotional potential. K.T. Murphy is a Responsive Classroom Leadership school, which focuses on integrating social skills with academic skills and school wide discipline through use of district leaders, a school-wide discipline policy, all-school meetings, and all-school field trips. K.T. Murphy has also enjoyed a partnership with GE Capital for more than 15 years. Over the years, this partnership has provided students with many special opportunities such as a pen pal (ePal) program, one-on-one tutoring, field trips, and many classroom and school wide activities.
K.T. Murphy Elementary School welcomed new Principal, Sherri Prendergast this year. Prendergast is a Stamford native who has worked in the Stamford Public Schools for 24 years. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher at K.T. Murphy. In her welcome letter, she expressed her commitment and excitement of coming "home" to the school. She mentions KT Murphy has always been a school where forward thinking is at the forefront.
K.T. Murphy continues to look to the future, striving toward our goal of providing the best possible education for each and every student, also remains proud of the unique heritage.
Character ... Strength... Focus - these are the key elements for education at Julia A. Stark Elementary School, which is located in the heart of Glenbrook in Stamford. The school has approximately 600 students and in 2015 welcomed Edith Presley as Principal and Joseph Claps as Assistant Principal.
Stark follows the Responsive Classroom school model, which focuses on integrating social skills with academic skills, and school wide discipline through use of district leaders, a school-wide discipline policy, all-school meetings, and all-school field trips. The Responsive Classroom Program also includes Morning Meetings, Academic Choice, Guided Discovery, Rules & Logical Consequences, and Home School Communication.
Stark also employs Positive Behavioral Instructional Support programs to build a positive school culture. Stark provides many after-school programs including Audubon Club, Broadway Kids Club, Dance, Hands-on Science, Animal Embassy, Sports Clinic, Computer Club, and Young Mariners.
High expectations, a rigorous standards-based curriculum, and adherence to best practices create an environment to support student achievement. The staff collaborates to improve student achievement and foster a caring, safe environment. The school is also committed to family-school partnerships. The PTO sponsors many educational and fun events for families. The School Governance Council works to improve communication and enhance family engagement.
Stark participates in instructional data teams to analyze and monitor student performance. Through these analyses, teachers identify student strengths and weaknesses, discuss strategies and determine a plan of action to increase student achievement. Students in grade 1-5 are invited to attend a before-school program to receive small-group reading intervention. After-school extra help in mathematics is also provided.
A true neighborhood school in the Glenbrook community!
This campus-style elementary school has approximately 650 students and is located in the Newfield area of Stamford. What is unique to this school is that students are encouraged to follow the "6 pillars of character" that include: responsibility, citizenship, fairness, respect, trustworthiness and caring.
Davenport was named a 2015-2016 Banner School , one of only six schools statewide recognized with this award by the State Education Resource Center. This prestigious honor is awarded for the successful implementation of school-wide systems for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
The school is situated across from Sterling Farms Golf Course, which enables the school to utilize the picnic grounds and golf course for year-end activities. The school boasts three playgrounds, including handicapped accessible play features.
Davenport Ridge prepares all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to the global community. The schoolâ€™s vision is to challenge the students and staff to pursue excellence, foster creative expression and to develop a concern for the quality of life for all.
Jessica Chaapel, Davenport Ridge Elementary School, Grade 3 teacher, is the 2015-16 Stamford Teacher of the Year.
Stamford Public School (SPS) - Where Excellence Is the Point
SPS comprises more than 16,000 students, over 1,500 professionals, and 20 schools, including six magnet and two International Baccalaureate schools. SPS has a total of 12 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools. The mission of SPS is to prepare each and every student for higher education and success in the 21st century. SPS is proud that our district is as rich in diversity as it is in talent. SPS has students from many cultural backgrounds and geographic locations-as demonstrated by the more than 65 different languages spoken in the homes of our families. SPS offers their students a learning experience rich in cultural diversity and reflective of the global society in which they will work and live.
Stamford schools ranked in top quartile of city schools according to a study conducted by McKinsey Associates
Three National Merit Scholars (8 semi-finalists; 10 commended)-representing each of our high schools
AITE recently ranked number one among magnet high schools in Connecticut by Niche Rankings
Westhill High was recently recognized as one of the most challenging high schools in the country by the Washington Post
AITE Student named US Presidential Scholar
Stamford High Girls Basketball team was last year's State Champions
Westhill High Boys Basketball team was last year's FCIAC Champions
Westhill-Stamford High Schools Co-Op Hockey team was last year's State Champions
Stamford High Co-Ed Cheerleading team was last year's FCIAC Champions
AITE and Westhill Students Take First and Second Place Respectively in the NFTE Fairfield County Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
Three Stamford High School sophomores were recently recognized for their work in the development of a food pantry through the SHS Gives Back program.
This is just a sampling of our students' achievements. We have a LOT to be proud of here in Stamford!
â€œTour Your Schools Dayâ€ will be held on Thursday, November 17th. This is an excellent opportunity to visit, ask questions, and learn about your school!
Welcome our new Superintendent, Earl Kim!
Mr. Earl Kim became Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools (SPS) in July 2016. Prior to coming to Stamford Mr. Kim served as Head of School, Kamehameha Schools â€“ KapÄlama, Hawaii and prior to that in 2008-12 he was Superintendent of Schools in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, and from 2003-8 he was Superintendent in Verona Township New Jersey.
Mr. Kim grew up in Hawaii. He graduated from Cornell University, with a Bachelor of Art degree in History. He was subsequently commissioned a lieutenant in the US Marines where he served for four years.
In 1988, through the Alternate Route Program, he began teaching and coaching in Trenton, N.J. He left his position in Trenton to attend the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, where he graduated with a Master of Public Affairs degree. Again, through the Alternate Route Program, he became a teacher, an assistant principal, and principal in a number of New Jersey school districts before his first role as superintendent. He was a Founding Member and Trustee of the Foundation Academy Charter School in Trenton, N.J. from 2006 through 2012, and a Founding Member of the New Jersey Network of Superintendents.
Mr. Kim has earned the following awards and recognitions: New Jersey Best Practices, New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Star Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, and New Jersey Principal of the Year.
We wish Mr Kim continued success here in Stamford!
Here a few things people are looking at during their home search.
With the information highway right at our fingertips, the majority of buyers are doing tons of research before they ever meet with a Realtor. They are looking for good school systems and low neighborhood crime among other criteria. Most of the time, buyers' minds are already made up on where they want to be, so it takes an experienced agent to help keep them open minded. Letâ€™s see what we can they want!
Buyers tend to gravitate to areas and neighborhoods that have a great sense of security. They want an area that has little to no crime and is safe for loved ones-both human & furry.
Another priority is convenience. People like to be near amenities whether it's the gym, golf course, pools or beaches as well a variety of activities and events happening throughout the year. Easy access to shopping and commuting options are important as well.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Resale value is always on a potential buyer's minds, (yes, even though they haven't even put in an offer!). Whether the buyer is looking for a "turn-key" property or are willing to invest some "sweat equity", how their investment will treat them when it comes time to sell is always important.
People rely heavily on the internet to search for homes which make the presentation crucial. Things that can help influence and draw in buyers are staging and pictures - you know that "pictures speak a 1,000 words" - make sure yours make the statement you want them to make!
The Clock is Ticking
Real-estate maven Barbara Corcoran says, â€œ... if you are looking at dusty two-month-old listings, isn't it like eating leftovers?" The answer is - sometimes. Usually the reason a house sits on the market is because it is not priced to the perceived market value. A good house finally coming to the right price can be a great value! When people are looking to buy they are looking for good value.
I hope this is helpful, and if you'd like to discuss marketing your home, feel free to contact me and put my successful track record to work for you!
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