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Mr. Wilson's Spring Message
Robert Dyer

Hello Seymour Public Schools Community,

WOW, I cannot believe that we are already at Spring Break.  I am certain that most of you are like me and are anxiously awaiting green grass, spring flowers and of course warmer weather. Spring is the perfect time for me and my Central Office Team to reach out and let you know about some of the wonderful things that have been growing all year throughout the district.

April 12, 2019

Hello Seymour Public Schools Community,

WOW, I cannot believe that we are already at Spring Break.  I am certain that most of you are like me and are anxiously awaiting green grass, spring flowers and of course warmer weather. Spring is the perfect time for me and my Central Office Team to reach out and let you know about some of the wonderful things that have been growing all year throughout the district.

Getting to visit classrooms is the highlight of our day and it is where we get to witness firsthand all of the hard work of our students, teachers, and administrators.  We are always amazed at the best practices that our teachers share each day with our students.  Our teachers are very creative and care deeply about student learning and engagement.  That is why they are continuously working hard to create and implement engaging lessons that motivate all of our students to learn and achieve. Our students’ scores on the assessments have shown an increase from fall to winter and we are confident that we will continue to see that growth from winter to spring. We recently shared our Accountability Index score from the State of Connecticut at the February Board of Education meeting which showed growth in each of our four wonderful schools from last year to this year.  This growth is a tremendous accomplishment and illustrates the continued focus and dedication of our students, teachers, and administrators.  A big highlight is that we have continually increased our Accountability Index over the last three years.  Their hard work is applauded and I am confident that we will continue to experience growth.

We know that having a sense of community is very important to developing the whole child.  Our students have a true passion for helping others in need and for that, we are very proud.  They are always finding ways to go beyond the classroom and to assist in the community whenever possible. We were fortunate to witness a tremendous sense of community and volunteerism as students participated in events such as the Seymour Pink race, the Holiday Parade, the fire prevention poster contest, donations to animal shelters, the logo contest, and donations to Valley United Way just to name a few.  Thank you to Mr. DiStasi for organizing yet another great Rise Up community event.  What a great way to bring our Seymour community together!     

We are truly lucky to have such wonderful and talented students who demonstrate excellence in and out of the classroom. Our fall and winter athletic seasons were very successful. Many of our teams won awards. Our Cheer team was named Team of the Year and our Dance Team was also very successful. Their hard work and dedication is shown in the many successes they had this year.  Our softball, baseball, tennis, golf, and track teams are off to a tremendous start already this spring.  We are very proud of the manner in which our athletes conduct themselves both on and off the field.  Their behavior while competing is to be commended and this level of respect will benefit them throughout their lives. Congratulations to our performing arts club members, our musicians and our artists who showcased their work throughout the year. We acknowledge the hard work of our students who work on our Electrathon Car and the members of our Construction classes who built some amazing projects. We are so lucky to have such a gifted group of students and we are extremely proud of them!

As always, I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to our custodial staff and the Public Works Department. Their team effort to get our buildings ready after a snow, ice, or rain storm is truly appreciated.  They are on the front lines keeping our schools snow and ice free so that our students and staff can travel to and enter our buildings safely.

Our Strategic Plan was formally adopted by our Board of Education at the April meeting and will be placed on our webpage soon.  As you may recall, this document was created through the hard work and dedication of a team of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community members. The Board of Education just approved the last day of school as well as graduation for June 7, 2019 barring any other school closures. 

We know that Spring fever can sometimes try to set in and that is why we are asking for your continued support in terms of reminding our students to keep their academic focus strong throughout these next two months of school.  Our students have the Smarter Balance Assessment, AP exams, Spring MAP testing, and final exams to take between now and June and we need them to continue to work hard in order to achieve to their fullest potential on these various assessments.

Please remember to visit the district’s website at: http://www.seymourschools.org as well as our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SeymourPublicSchools in order to keep up to date on all activities and events.  You are invited to our “Spring into Conversation” on Thursday May 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Seymour Middle School and we look forward to seeing you.

I hope that you have a wonderful relaxing and safe Spring Break.

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