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Mr. Wilson's Thanksgiving Message!
Robert Dyer

Hello to the Seymour Public School Community,

This year is really going by so quickly, I can hardly believe that it is Thanksgiving already.  I know that I have stated this many times, but it is truly a pleasure and an honor for me to serve as the Superintendent of Seymour Schools.  I am very grateful to serve such a wonderful community of dedicated families who value their children’s education. As we know, the first part of the 2018-2019 school year has been a very exciting time where we witnessed our student athletes continuing to impress both on and off of the field.

November 19, 2018

Hello to the Seymour Public School Community,

This year is really going by so quickly, I can hardly believe that it is Thanksgiving already.  I know that I have stated this many times, but it is truly a pleasure and an honor for me to serve as the Superintendent of Seymour Schools.  I am very grateful to serve such a wonderful community of dedicated families who value their children’s education. As we know, the first part of the 2018-2019 school year has been a very exciting time where we witnessed our student athletes continuing to impress both on and off of the field.  All of our fall sports teams have achieved at the highest level.  Especially, our Girls Swim team who won the NVL championship as well as our Girls Volleyball team which has just won the class M State Championship. We also had the honor of recognizing some of our amazing students at our November Board meeting for their outstanding academic achievement.  By now, all of you have been invited to visit your children’s schools as well as to meet with your children’s teachers during parent conferences. I am proud to say how well attended those events were and I know how excited our teachers and administrators were to meet you.  We thank you for your continued support of your child’s education.

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect on how fortunate we are as individuals as well as a community.  Sometimes with all of the hustle and bustle that dictate our day to day lives, we often forget to do this.  That is why I try to find time to pause and reflect on how truly thankful I am.  I am thankful to be a part of the Seymour Community where education is valued and where all community members’ care about the learning environment unto which you send your children.  As a school learning community, we are thankful for many things which I would like to share with you.  We are thankful that our students come to school eager and ready to learn each day.  A student’s passion to learn invigorates all of us as educators to continually improve and to provide opportunities for us to constantly create new learning challenges for them. We are always thankful for our TEAM (administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, nurses, food services, lunchroom aides, and our support staff) who really care about our students.  They always strive towards student achievement and have the best interests of all of our students at heart.  We are also thankful for our volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school each and every day.

It is truly a pleasure and honor for us to witness firsthand the dedication of these tireless individuals who go above and beyond to make sure that great things are taking place for our students within each of our schools.  We know that these dedicated individuals truly do have an impact on our students and do make a difference for all of our children.  My Central Office team is very appreciative of the extreme dedication and hard work that all of our TEAM members do each and every day.

We are so very thankful for you, the parents, who support our schools in a variety of ways and have kept the faith in us to provide the highest level of education for your children.  This faith and support shows how passionate you are for your children’s learning and we are grateful for that.  We never take for granted the fact that you continue to share your most valuable possession with us.  It is that faith and support that help make our jobs special and assist to keep us going even when things are difficult.  Your hard work as a strong advocate for your children’s education and well-being is commendable. For this, we are ever so thankful.

On behalf of the Board of Education as well as my Central Office team, we would like to wish all of you and your families a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

With great pride,  

 

 

Michael Wilson, Superintendent

Go Wildcats!

Closings & Delays
Robert Dyer

As a result of the recent extreme heat as well as with the winter season approaching, I feel like now is a good time to share with you how some of these decisions are made.  I first want to reiterate that your children’s safety is always our number one priority. 

 

September 7, 2018

 

Hello to the Seymour Public School Community,

 

As a result of the recent extreme heat as well as with the winter season approaching, I feel like now is a good time to share with you how some of these decisions are made.  I first want to reiterate that your children’s safety is always our number one priority.  While you may choose to agree or to disagree as to whether or not we have an early dismissal or have to close school, please realize that all decisions revolve around the safety of your children. I recognize and understand as a father myself, that our decision to dismiss early or to open or close schools in inclement weather has a direct impact on our families within the community. While we also realize that our students are better served - both academically and socially - by being in school, this is not always possible due to Mother Nature.

 

HOW IS THE DECISION MADE?

This decision is taken very seriously and requires a lot of time and analysis.  Please understand that we make the decision to dismiss early, open or close the schools in inclement weather based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:

·         The heat index as it relates to both heat and humidity.  Typically when the heat index reaches an extreme number is when the decision to dismiss early or to close is rendered.

·         Building conditions (such as overall building temperatures as they pertain to all seasons and the condition of parking lots and sidewalks)

·         Several weather maps are researched and analyzed from the night before and continuing on into early in the morning.

·         The amount of precipitation that either has or is predicted to fall. We prefer not make our decision based on weather predictions, which are not always accurate. But sometimes this is unavoidable.

·         The Director of Public Works is contacted as well as the Director of the bus company in order to obtain information on road conditions as well as on the conditions of our student drop off and pick up areas and our parking lots.  We must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the district. Even if your street looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous. Also, we must also consider that some of our students drive to school.

·         Temperature and wind chill. Please remember that some of our students walk to school and some must wait outside for the bus.

·         The Superintendent is in constant communication with other local districts in order to see what position they are taking.  However, all of our district decisions are based on the roads and weather conditions in Seymour. 

 

WHO MAKES THE DECISION?

As Superintendent of Schools, I am responsible for the final decision.  But once again, please be reminded, that a team of people are contacted (such as the Director of Public Works and the Director of the bus company) prior to making any final decisions that impact the closing of schools.

 

HOW DO WE NOTIFY OUR FAMILIES?

All decisions are sent out via phone, email, website, our Facebook page, and various news outlets such as Fox61, WTNH, and WFSB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclement Weather                                                                             -2-                                                                     September 7, 2018

 

 

WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE?

When bad weather is predicted, I rise very early in the morning to assess the situation. I try to make the decision as early as I can in order to have our families plan for student care.  If I can responsibly make the decision the evening before, that is what I will always try to do, however as you are aware, the weather is always unpredictable.  In most cases, the final decision is rendered at 5:30 am or earlier. This gives us the time needed to post the information on our website, our Facebook page, various news outlets, the phone system, and emails.

 

ARE THERE TIMES WHEN WE WILL CLOSE SCHOOL IF CONDITIONS WORSEN?

Keep in mind that, even if weather conditions worsen, we cannot reverse our decision in the morning without endangering students. Once we make the decision to open the schools, many parents rely on it and leave for work. If we then send students right back home, many will return to unsupervised bus stops and empty houses. If conditions get worse during the school day, we may need to have any early dismissal, but we will give adequate notice to all parents first.

 

Please realize that while my team and I try to do our absolute best in this process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. In the event that based on current weather conditions, you do not feel safe enough sending your child to school, we recognize that it is your right as a parent to keep your child home, however, you must remember to call your child out of school for that day in order for us to maintain proper attendance records. Also, discourage your teenagers from driving in bad conditions and offer them alternatives if weather conditions worsen.

 

It is my hope that this new insight into the process helps everyone to better understand what goes into the decisions made around inclement weather.

 

With great pride,

 

 

 

Michael Wilson

Superintendent of Schools

 

Go Wildcats!

 

Teacher of The Year Nominations
Robert Dyer

It is now time for your nominations for Seymour’s Teacher of the Year 2018-19.  Any staff member, parent, or student who feels that he/she would like to recognize an outstanding teacher, can do so now.  Nominees should be teachers with at least five full years of experience in Seymour and must be teaching now at least 50% of the time.  Former Seymour Teachers of the Year are not eligible.  (Names of those so honored are attached to this letter).

March 2, 2018

 

Dear Parents, Students, Teachers and Staff:

 

It is now time for your nominations for Seymour’s Teacher of the Year 2018-19.  Any staff member, parent, or student who feels that he/she would like to recognize an outstanding teacher, can do so now.  Nominees should be teachers with at least five full years of experience in Seymour and must be teaching now at least 50% of the time.  Former Seymour Teachers of the Year are not eligible.  (Names of those so honored are attached to this letter).

 

In order to nominate a teacher, please complete the nomination form here.  You may email your nomination form to ldauerty@seymourschools.org or mail to:

Teacher of the Year

Superintendent’s Office

Seymour Public Schools

98 Bank Street

Seymour, CT  06483

 

Nominations will be accepted from March 2, 2018 to April 3, 2018.

 

This is a very important event for any teacher.  Please take the time to consider recognizing a teacher for his/her contributions to the students of Seymour.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Michael Wilson

Superintendent of Schools