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Beecher Happenings: The New School Year is “Off and Running”

Dear Citizens of Woodbridge,

By the time you receive the WTN and read this article, the Woodbridge School District/Beecher Road School (BRS) will be back in full swing.  Eager students began classes on August 27 to kick off the 2018-19 school year.  Tours for new families, kindergarten orientation and first bus rides for students and their parents as well as the annual PTO Ice Cream Social and upcoming fall parent/teacher open houses provided a full menu of transition activities to ensure a smooth opening and successful school year.

During the summer, planning, student programs, professional learning, hiring and other areas of summer work and facility preparations provided the foundation for a successful start to the new school year.

As in the past, a large number of happy and engaged Beecher students participated in Summer School Programs, many of which focus on maintaining and/or enhancing skills.  Summer Enrichment (SEP), Extended Day (E-Day), Summer Scholar’s (Literacy and Math) and Special Education/Pre-School programs, along with the ever-popular Woodbridge Recreation Department programs provided students with ongoing academic, enrichment and recreational opportunities.  The success of these programs was once again validated by the constant stream of positive feedback from parents.

Summer workshops provided ongoing professional learning opportunities for faculty and administration.  Two examples include a 4-day Responsive Classroom workshop for new and returning staff (held at Beecher) as well as a visit by administrators to UCONN’s Confratute institute for gifted education.  Three days of professional learning and preparations in August provided all faculty and staff with additional professional learning to support their students.  BRS teachers and administrators engaged in summer curriculum work in a variety of curricular areas with extensive work completed in the areas of mathematics and science.  Interview processes were completed welcoming new teachers Jason Nolan (Grade 4), Kristina Conroy (Grade 5), Heather Minardi (STEAM), and Kathleen Marlor (Special Education).  Finally, the BRS custodial/maintenance staff completed a comprehensive process of cleaning and preparing our large facility for the new school year.  Their work is even more impressive given the fact that the building is in total use for most of the summer.

As the new school year unfolds, our Strategic Development Plan will continue to provide direction to our school/district in our five goals:  academic preparation, professional learning, student centered/personalized learning, community/diversity and maximizing efficiencies.  As always, the Woodbridge School District/Beecher Road School extends its thanks and appreciation to the residents and town of Woodbridge for their consistent and strong support of our students and programs.

Mission:  Beecher Road School is a caring, creative community that models and inspires the joy of life-long learning, embraces diversity, and celebrates the unique qualities of each person.

Vision:  To provide a dynamic educational environment that challenges and empowers students to persevere as innovators and collaborators in preparation for their role as responsible global citizens.

By Robert F. “Bob” Gilbert, Superintendent of the Woodbridge School District

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