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June 10, 2020

Chromebook Returns

Dear Seymour School Community,

We hope that this message finds you all safe and well.  We will be collecting Chromebooks the week of June 15, 2020.  Chromebooks will be dropped off in the same, minimal contact fashion that they were picked up.  We ask that you drive up, hand us your assigned Chromebook and charger and let us know if there are any issues with the device that we will need to repair prior to the fall semester resuming.  We will check your device in and you may drive off.  If you have children in different schools, you may drop off all devices at a whichever school location is most convenient for you.

If you have been contacted to participate in the Extended School Year Program, Summer Literacy Program, or Credit Recovery you may keep your device until those programs have ended.  You will be contacted for a final return date after these programs end if this applies to you.  The drop offs will be done at each school and the date and times are posted below.

Seymour High School – Monday June 15, 2020 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Seymour Middle School – Tuesday June 16, 2020 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bungay Elementary School – Wednesday June 17, 2020 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary – Thursday June 18, 2020 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Thank you and have a great summer!

-        The Seymour IT Team

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Hello All,

We just wanted to take a moment to remind you that this Friday, June 12, 2020 is our last day of school and in keeping with our last day of school tradition, it will be a half-day for all students and staff.  Therefore, dismissal for all will take place at 12:00pm on

Friday June 12, 2020.

Have a Great, Safe, Happy, and Healthy Summer break.

Thank you,

Michael and Vonda

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June 5, 2020

Hello to the Seymour Public School Community,

WOW! What a year!  From one of my first communications back in March, I stated that we would get through this together, and we certainly did.  I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all that you do for Seymour Schools. Your support throughout the year has been tremendous and all of our students have grown through both the support of their teachers, as well as from the support that you provided them while at home during distance learning.   

As you know, our seniors will become alumni on July 10, 2020 and will be off to start on the next chapter of their journey (college, military, or workforce).  As the father of a graduating senior, I am sure that many of you feel just as anxious as I do. I just remind myself, that we have prepared our children to take those crucial next steps.  We know that they are equipped with a wonderful education as well as a tremendous amount of parental support.  Our eighth graders are anxiously awaiting their time at SHS as the incoming class of 2024, and our fifth graders are excited and nervous about entering SMS as they begin their middle school years. We hope that you have seen the signs that we have placed in front of each our buildings recognizing all of these students as they take on the next step in their educational journey. Therefore, as we close out this year, my Central Office team and I would like to thank all of our wonderful students, parents, and staff for making this a great year.

As Duncan Muguku states: “Challenges make you stronger and strengthen your ability to face and conquer more adversity in the future; you become more confident from overcoming many difficulties”.  This year, we all were faced with the challenge of switching to a digital learning platform with three months of school left and we all overcame this challenge.  While it was definitely not easy and things progressed as we moved along, we eventually overcame it and we are all inherently stronger because of it. 

In the world today, there are many things that we cannot seem to rationalize or understand.  However, it is through education that we learn and are better able to analyze and assess these situations.  As educators, we are here for your children to talk about any concerns or feelings that they may have.  Even though our buildings may be physically closed, please know that we are here for all of our students and are committed to providing our students a platform where they can express their differences without judgement. 

As the educational leaders of Seymour Schools, my team and I have been and will continue to be focused on unity within all of our schools and within the entire community.  Seymour Public Schools values all of our students and is very proud of our diversity.  There is no place for hate, racism, and prejudice in our schools and these have never been and will never be tolerated. Please remind your children that in addition to you, they can turn to their teachers and counselors to speak about anything that is on their mind.

A highlight for me every year is to get to address the fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade classes at each of the respective ceremonies.  This year that will take place virtually in many cases, but please realize that the sentiments are just as heartfelt and strong.  You as parents should be very proud of your children’s accomplishments.  As parents, you are and will always be their biggest advocate and fan.  Your children, our students, are where they are because of your support and guidance along the way.  Please take a moment to congratulate yourselves on a job well done.

Another highlight this June was our Board of Education meeting, where we got to recognize and highlight the accomplishments of our students and staff.  A big THANK YOU needs to go out to our custodians, cafeteria workers, and clerical staff for all that have done and continue to do for our students and families.  Another big THANK YOU needs to go out to paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators for educating and preparing our students to handle the new challenges with which they will be faced.  Our student’s educational foundation will lead them to being successful.  As I have stated at all of our Board of Education meetings this year, my Central Office team and I are truly appreciative of all of the hard work done by all of our staff.  We get to see firsthand the love of learning that takes place in each building throughout the district. A special recognition goes out to Mrs. Allison Cunningham as our Seymour Teacher of the Year and to Ms. Karrie Paz as our Paraprofessional of the Year.  Congratulations to these two phenomenal educators.  We are very fortunate to have them on our team.

Please note that Mrs. Cindy Brooks and her wonderful cafeteria team will continue to provide lunch on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through June 25 at Seymour Middle School. 

Whatever the platform may yield for next school year, please understand that we will continue to work as a TEAM in order to continue to increase achievement across the district.  This year has been stressful on a lot of us that is why I am encouraging all of you to take the time needed this summer to get some much needed rest and relaxation.  I encourage you to have some quality family time and to do the things that you and your children like to do.  We all know that reading keeps our minds sharp, that is why I recommend encouraging all of you to read as a family.  You are your children’s best role models, so when they see you reading a good book, they will want to do the same. 

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.  We look forward to seeing all of you at the start of the next school year.

With great pride,

Michael Wilson, Superintendent

Go Wildcats!

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To all Parents and Guardians:

Presenter Scott Driscoll, former police officer and president of Internest Safety Concepts, LLC will be doing a presentation entitled "Safe Student use of the Internet - Internet Safety: Information for Parents and Caregivers.

Click the link below for further information:

/uploaded/files/District/Internet_Safety_Workshop_(1).docx

 

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April 30, 2020

The Seymour Public Schools staff desperately miss our students!

We want to come and say HI on
Monday, May 4

by driving through as many
Seymour neighborhoods as we can.

The caravan will be escorted by the Seymour Police Department, the Seymour Fire Department, and Seymour EMS and will
start at 1:00. 

The caravan will be lined up by school so you will have the opportunity to see the staff that you miss from your school.

Please step outside to see this caravan and allow our staff to greet the students they love and miss so much!
Date: May 4, 2020                Assembly Time: 12:30 pm.  Start Time: 1:00 pm.
Event: Seymour Public Schools Staff car caravan, escorted by Seymour Police,
and Emergency Services through the Town of Seymour.
Assembly Location: Caravan #1 Seymour Middle School­­­­­________________________________________________________      

Caravan #1
Route:
Start at Seymour Middle School
Left on Mountain
Right on Botsford
Right on Great Hill
Left on North Benham
Left on Tomlinson
Right on Spruce Brook
Left on Middle Benham
Left on High Ridge
Right on Great Meadow
Left on Partridge
Right on Tomlinson
Left on Laurel
Right on Great Hill
Left on Davis
Right on Botsford
Right on Brookfield
Right on Botsford
Right on Canfield
Left on Bungay
Right on Deer Run
Left on Mead Farm
Continue onto North Mead Farm
Right on Elmwood
Left on Oak Hill
Left on Dogwood
Left on Hemlock
Right on Poplar
Left on Bungay
Right on Greenwood
Right on Carriage
Right on Botsford
Right on Canfield
Right on Forest Road Extension
Right on Mountain
Right on Chuse
Right on Sagamore
Left on Sachem
Right on Mountain
Right on Route 67
Left on Swan
Right on Clifton
Left on Rimmon
Right on Pershing
Right on Shelton
Right on George
Left on Martha
Right on Route 67
Left on Church Street
Continue onto West Church to Bungay Road.
End at Bungay School

 

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Caravan #2
Assembly Location: Chatfield-Lopresti SchoolRoute:
Start at Chatfield-LoPresti School
Left on Skokorat
Right on Bunting
Right on Birchwood
Left on Argyle
Left on Charles
Right on Bunting
Right on Skokorat
Right on Heritage
Right on Skokorat
Right on Rolling Hills
Right on Red Oak Lane
Left on Hidden Meadow
Left on Fox Run
Right on Rolling Hills
Left on Forest Hallow
Left on Skokorat
Right on Briarwood
Right on Skokorat
Right on 67
Right on Garden
Right on Nichols
Right on Meadow
Left on Roberts
Right on North Street
Right on Pearl
Left on Walnut
Right on Elm
Right on Pearl
Left on Grand
Left on Washington
Left on Maple
Right on Pearl
Left on South Main
Right on Scott
Left on Manners
Left on Byron
Left on South Main
Right on Robin
Continue onto Chickadee
Right on Colony
Right on Wild Duck
Left on Pheasant
Right onto Colony Street Ext
Continue onto Falbo
Left on Wycliffe
Right on Woodcrest
Left on Moss
Right on Lane
Left on Bryson
End on South Main

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March 25, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We miss seeing our learners in person, but this week our teachers and administrators have found plenty of evidence that learning is happening in Seymour Public Schools! Please know that all staff have been hard at work, making plans for distance learning and working to address the needs of our families and students.

Below please see important updates to our state assessments and our distance learning plans. 

State and AP Testing Update

●      We are pleased to share that the Connecticut State Department of Education has received a waiver from the US Dept. of Education regarding tests that are required for accountability purposes. This means that the Smarter Balanced Assessment, Next Generation Science Standards Assessment, and the school-day SAT administration will not take place this year.  Since many students in Grade 11 use the Connecticut SAT School Day for college acceptance/placement, the CSDE will work closely with the College Board to determine how best to afford all students the opportunity to take an SAT assessment either this spring or sometime in the future.  More to come on this as it becomes available.

●      AP Testing will take place this spring, in a very different format.

○      Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home on an assigned date between May 4 and May 15.

○      Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

○      Any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

○      AP is making free resources available on line at this link. Click here to access.

 Distance Learning Update

●      We are into our first week of learning from home, and we are very busy learning side by side with you and your children. This is new for everyone, and we appreciate your patience as we work to find the best ways to support learning at home. The questions that you are asking your teachers and administrators continue to help refine our processes, so please keep those communication lines open!

●      We are currently working to build a page on our school website that will house all information related to our distance learning and the Coronavirus. This will serve as a convenient place for you to find important information, in addition to Facebook.

●      Our amazing technology staff continues to work with families to make devices available to students.  The last date to pick up a device will be tomorrow, Thursday, March 25 between 10:00 and 11:00 AM at Seymour Middle School. Please complete the Google form prior to picking up the Chromebook. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1N8iYbfmBGx1LqRT0fvrNbLM5UrzFWO1ZjBcc-QZy8Ls/edit

School Calendar Update

●      April vacation will take place as scheduled, from April 10-April 17. Teachers will be off during that time and will not be posting new assignments. Our students and teachers will be enjoying a well-deserved break.

●      The last student day will be June 12. At this time we are planning on graduation on June 12.

In closing, please remain home, healthy, and safe.

Thank you,

Vonda Tencza,  Associate Superintendent - Seymour Public Schools

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March 23, 2020

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: As you are all aware, our schools are currently closed because of the executive order issued from Governor Lamont. This being the case, our kindergarten registration will need to be rescheduled once our schools reopen. Please continue to look on the Seymour Schools Website and Facebook page for updates on this rescheduled date. Thank you for your patience and do not worry, your child will be registered in time to attend the first day of school in the fall.

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March 23, 2020

Dear Seymour Families,

We hope this communication finds you healthy and safe.

Today we wish to address the fact that elementary school families recently completed parent-teacher conferences and expect to view report cards very soon.  This will still occur, however, much like everything in our world today, the process will look a little different.  The middle and high school marking periods are expected to close on March 31 and as of today we are still planning on following that timeframe for middle and high school. Should we be held out of school longer, we will update you on the status of middle and high school report cards at that point.

John Adams, a famous American historical leader, once quoted, “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.” Seymour Schools is excited to share that we are taking this opportunity to take advantage of the online capacity of PowerSchool to allow parents and students to view their report cards online. 

Elementary teachers have been busy completing student report cards, and the PowerSchool portal has been closed to accommodate that important work. Report cards will not be available until the portal is open to parents by administration.  The elementary PowerSchool Portal will be re-opened on March 25.

Elementary Families: How do you view your child’s report card?

·       Parents must sign into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account. If you have forgotten your account information, you should contact Pat Boyle at pboyle@seymourschools.org or call 1-203-888-4564 X 1902

·       Students may use their PowerSchool access to view their report card.

·       Select the name of the child whose report card you wish to view.

·       Click on ‘Grades and Attendance’ and then the ‘Standards Grades’ Tab.

·       You then can expand all of the standards by clicking ‘Expand All’ to view the grades

·       You cannot access report cards from the PowerSchool mobile app.

We understand that you may have questions and may need assistance. Please feel free to reach out to your building administrators with general report card questions or Pat Boyle for assistance accessing your PowerSchool account.

Never has it been more true than now that it takes a village. We appreciate our Seymour village.

Thank you,

Vonda Tencza

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March 12, 2020

Re: Boy’s and Girl’s Club 

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Seymour Public Schools was notified last night that the Community Center will be shut down starting next Monday, March 16, 2020 for an undetermined amount of time.  This will adversely affect the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.   Our plan is to put the children that go to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in the afternoon back on the bus they arrive on in the morning.  This will put many of our buses at full capacity.  We are not allowing students to go on buses other than the one that they arrive on in the morning. We ask for your understanding and hope that this situation  will be of short duration.  If you are not planning on your child taking their morning bus home please let us know what your plans are for picking up your students in the afternoon.    Any questions you may call Pat Boyle at 203.888.4564 ext. 1902. 

Sincerely, 

Sherry Holmes, Business Manager

Seymour Public Schools

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Family Food Box Program
Lee-Ann Dauerty

For Immediate Release: 7/16/2020

Contact: Pat O’Neil · 1-860-240-0094

 House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, Rep. Klarides-Ditria  Announce Farmers to Family Food Box Program to Benefit Valley Families July 20 at Derby H.S.

HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and her sister state Rep. Nicole Klarides- Ditria today announced that a Farmers to Family Food Box program will take place at Derby High School on Monday July 20 that will provide families with fresh produce at a time when many are struggling to put food on the table.

For Immediate Release: 7/16/2020

Contact: Pat O’Neil · 1-860-240-0094

 House Republican Leader Themis Klarides, Rep. Klarides-Ditria  Announce Farmers to Family Food Box Program to Benefit Valley Families July 20 at Derby H.S.

HARTFORD – House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and her sister state Rep. Nicole Klarides- Ditria today announced that a Farmers to Family Food Box program will take place at Derby High School on Monday July 20 that will provide families with fresh produce at a time when many are struggling to put food on the table.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture F2F food program is being coordinated by the Friendly Hands Food Bank of Torrington Director Karen Thomas and Ralph DelBuono, owner of Roma’s Restaurant in Oakville. Derby High is located at 75 Chatfield St.

The drive-up event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, or until the supplies run out.

The state representatives said the program comes at a particularly important time during the health crisis as this spring and summer up to 600,000 state residents found themselves unemployed, and thousands of businesses were forced to close. “It is so encouraging to see government sponsored initiatives, supported by non-profits, volunteers and the private sector, benefit so many families who really need help at this time,’’ the lawmakers said.

Anyone in the state can take part but the lawmakers said their focus was on helping the Greater Naugatuck Valley.

Participants will drive up to the high school, form a line and volunteers will place the boxes of fresh produce in their vehicles. About 1,400 boxes will be distributed.

Both lawmakers credited fellow state Representatives Rosa Rebimbas, Jason Perillo, Ben McGorty, David Labriola, as well as state Senators George Logan, Eric Berthel and Kevin Kelly. Local officials, Mayor Richard Dzieken of Derby,  First Selectman Kurt Miller of Seymour, First Selectman Gerry Smith of Beacon Falls are also involved in the project.

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