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Welcome Back to a New School Year

Welcome Back to a New School Year

The school year has begun, and at Beecher Road School (BRS) we are busy welcoming back students and preparing for a wonderful year ahead.

Led by Principal, Analisa Sherman, and Assistant Principal, James Sapia, this year the Woodbridge School District welcomes Carolyn Borcherding as our new Director of Special Services and Donna Coonan as our new Director of Business Services & Operations.  In addition, the Board is thrilled that Interim Superintendent Christine Syriac is back at the helm as we partner with CABE Search Services in selecting the next Superintendent.

As the 2022-2023 school year begins, we know that we are building back after some very challenging years.  Academically, research shows, and our community has experienced, the significant impact COVID has had on learning loss.  As a result of the pandemic, remote learning, and staffing shortages, the ability to provide consistent and continuous Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) services was impacted.  SRBI is a tiered approach that provides services and interventions to students based on their academic needs.  To mitigate learning losses, BRS is focusing on and investing in efforts to improve our SRBI process, maximize in-person learning, and develop more efficient solutions for managing day-to-day staffing shortages.  We believe that these investments, as well as the individualized approach provided by SRBI will offer our students the resources they need to make up learning losses and achieve academic success.

Recognizing the District’s commitment to creating a caring, creative community that models and inspires the joy of learning, embraces diversity, and celebrates the unique qualities of each person, Beecher is also investing resources in professional development that focuses on school climate, culture, and community building.  This initiative will be part of rebuilding and strengthening the positive activities and practices that make BRS such a special place for our students and community.

As part of our community building efforts, we are looking forward to opening our doors for more community involvement.  These efforts already started in September with in-person Open Houses, the first time since 2019, and will continue throughout the school year.  BRS will also be inviting volunteers back in the near future.  Volunteers are a special part of our culture, and their assistance is critical to supporting various projects we offer throughout the year.

As we open our doors, we have over 850 students (pre-k – 6th grade) in the building.  Unlike many other districts that have decreasing enrollment, recent enrollment projections estimate that by 2031, BRS will be home to 991 students.  We are excited to work with the town to prepare for this increase, meet the needs of our physical building, and ensure the District’s ability to support the future learning that will take place within its walls.

In addition, this year, the Woodbridge School District will continue to operationalize its strategic plan, a process that began in the spring of 2022.  Administrators and teachers have formed teams to develop action plans around each of the strategic goals.  These action plans will be implemented beginning in January 2023.

As we begin this year, we also want to thank you, the town and community!  Your ongoing support of our youngest learners is an investment in a vibrant future for Woodbridge!

Authors: Lynn Piascyk, Maria Madonick, Sarah Beth DelPrete, Jay Dahya, Brooke Hopkins, Jeff Hughes, Steven Lawrence, Mike Strambler and Erin Williamson.

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