Connecticut Senate Passes Bill Equalizing Access to Higher Education and Institutional Aid for Immigrant Students
Members of the Connecticut State Senate on Wednesday passed Senate Bill 4, An Act Assisting Students Without Legal Immigration Status with the Cost of College, which -- beginning with the winter 2020 semester -- extends to certain students who lack legal immigration status the ability to apply for institutional financial aid to attend an in-state, public higher education institution.
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Apr 19, 2018 - 7:11:55 AM

More Than 150 Connecticut High School Students Face Off in Stock Market Challenge
The familiar ring of the stock market opening bell kicked off the trading day for more than 150 Fairfield County high school students, who tested their trading and investing mettle at the 2018 Stock Market Challenge, offered by Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut (JASWCT) and co-sponsored by Patriot Bank.
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Apr 19, 2018 - 7:08:14 AM

NCC Receives NSF Grant to Recruit Female Engineering Students
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Norwalk Community College (NCC) a $224,999 grant to develop initiatives to close the gender gap in engineering occupations and encourage more women to study engineering in college.
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Apr 13, 2018 - 6:00:22 AM

Nine Stamford Educators Will Receive "Fund For Teachers" Learning Grants
For the fourth year in a row, the Dalio Foundation is Supporting Fund for Teachers (FFT) and public school districts across Connecticut by providing professional learning grants for teachers. According to the organization, Dalio announced a total of $650,000 in new grants on April 5, 2018, to support a total of 140 Connecticut teachers. Nine Stamford educators are among those chosen and together have received more than $35,000 in grant money to support their learning.
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Apr 11, 2018 - 5:12:55 AM

Best Darn Jazz Club in Danbury at WCSU
Western Connecticut State University will host the “Best Darn Jazz Club in Danbury” at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Colonial Corner in the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The opening act will be the Nathan Edwards Quintet and the featured act will be the Rosemary Minkler Trio. Admission will be free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door.
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Apr 10, 2018 - 5:00:54 AM

Malloy announces increase in graduation rates for seventh consecutive year
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and State Department of Education (SDE) Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell today announced that graduation rates in the state reached a record high of 87.9 percent in 2017, marking an increase for the seventh consecutive year. Also on the rise are the graduation rates for school districts that participate in Connecticut’s Alliance District program. The graduation rates for the Alliance Districts reached 80.5 percent in 2017, up from 71.2 percent in 2011. The Educational Reform Districts, a subset of the Alliance Districts and among the lowest performing in the state, showed a 12.1 point gain since 2011, up to 75.7 percent in 2017.
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Apr 9, 2018 - 5:17:10 PM

Forty Six Stamford Public Schools Teachers Part of DonorsChoose.org National #BestSchoolDay Surprise
Thanks to Ripple 50 Classroom Project Requests Were Funded Totaling More Than $65,000

Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced that 46 SPS teachers were surprised last week when they learned they were part of a classroom project request “flash funding” on the nonprofit website DonorsChoose.org. More
Apr 3, 2018 - 10:41:07 AM

CT Dairy Farmer to Visit Students of Rippowam Middle School for Chef Table
On Tuesday, March 20, CT dairy farmer Alexis Cone of River Plain Dairy in Lebanon, CT along with the New England Dairy Council, will visit the students of Rippowam Middle School for a chef table hosted by Chartwells Dining Services. The chef table serves as an initiative to support Rippowam’s breakfast program since the school recently received a USDA equipment grant by the New England Dairy Council. During the event, students will sample nutritious smoothies and overnight oats, while Cone will illustrate to students that just like them, cows need optimal nutrition to be their very best. They’ll have the chance to see up close the different food components that cows enjoy eating each day. In addition, they’ll learn that cows on the farm have their very own nutritionist that analyzes their feed for the proper proportions. The chef table will be hosted in the school’s cafeteria during the lunch waves from 11:00am - 1:11pm.
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Mar 19, 2018 - 9:57:29 AM

Horizons at Sacred Heart University receives $50,000 from insurance Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
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Horizons at Sacred Heart University has received a $50,000 grant from the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Northeast Division, which will help fund a year-round STEM curriculum.
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Mar 12, 2018 - 12:43:21 AM

Stamford Public Schools Named Jennifer DeRubeis as Principal Julia A. Stark Elementary School
Superintendent Stamford Public School (SPS) Earl Kim and the Stamford Board of Education (BOE) announced the appointment of Jennifer DeRubeis as principal of Julia A. Stark Elementary School, effective July 1, 2017. DeRubeis has been serving as the school’s interim principal since July 1, replacing former Principal Edith Presley, who left the district.
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Feb 28, 2018 - 5:19:23 AM

SPS Adopts Seal of Biliteracy Recognizing Students Proficient in Two or More Languages
Stamford Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent Earl Kim announced today that SPS will recognize students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and another language at the time of graduation will be awarded a Seal of Biliteracy on their transcripts and diplomas. The seal recognizes the value of students’ academic efforts, the tangible benefits of being bilingual and biliterate, and prepares students to be productive contributing members of our global society. The Seal of Biliteracy was signed into law by the Governor of the State of Connecticut in June 2016. Connecticut is among only 27 states to adapt this designation.
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Feb 22, 2018 - 5:34:34 AM

Sacred Heart University to introduce Master's in strategic communication and public relations
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Sacred Heart University will introduce a Master of Arts in strategic communication and public relations (SCPR) in the fall of 2018.
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Feb 21, 2018 - 5:39:51 AM

Housatonic Community College Foundation’s 9th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala Taking Place on April 21st and Benefitting Student Scholarships
Housatonic Community College, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, announced today that the 9th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Funds raised during the event will benefit student scholarships.
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Feb 9, 2018 - 9:39:50 AM

NELMS Renews Scofield Magnet Middle School’s Designation as One of Only 34 Spotlight Schools
Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced Thursday that the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) has renewed Scofield Magnet Middle School’s designation as a NELMS Spotlight School. The Spotlight School Award recognizes schools that have a record of powerful and research-based learning for young adolescents and consistently observe middle level best practices.
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Feb 9, 2018 - 5:24:01 AM

SPS Named Three Central Office Positions as Part of Reorganization
Superintendent Stamford Public School (SPS) Earl Kim and the Stamford Board of Education (BOE) named Dr. Tamu Lucero, Assistant Superintendent—Elementary, as the SPS Deputy Superintendent, and Stratford BOE Chief Operations Officer (COO), Clarence Zachery, as SPS Chief Fiscal and Operations Support Officer (CFOSO), at the January 23, 2018, regular BOE meeting. Additionally, as part of the Central Office reorganization, Dr. Michael Fernandes, Assistant Superintendent—Secondary, has been appointed to the position of Associate Superintendent for Intervention and Student Support Services. All positions will be effective July 1, 2018.
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Jan 24, 2018 - 5:00:45 AM

Legislators Call on State Department of Education to Implement Cost-Saving Measures
State Reps. Michelle Cook (D-Torrington), Linda Gentile (D-Derby/Ansonia), and Michael D’Agostino (D-Hamden) sent a letter to the State Department of Education recently requesting a progress report on the implementation of cost-saving measures related to special education.
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Jan 12, 2018 - 6:46:54 PM

ACES at Leeder Hill Breaks Ground on December 14
Groundbreaking will take place on December 14 at 3 p.m. at 130 Leeder Hill Road in Hamden for a new school that consolidates two special education programs into one location for students served by Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES).
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Dec 7, 2017 - 11:18:16 AM

Stamford BOE Approves New Mission and Vision for Stamford Public Schools
Stamford Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent Earl Kim announced that at the November regular meeting, the Board of Education (BOE) took the second of two necessary votes to approve a new Mission and Vision for the district. The first vote was taken at the October regular meeting. The BOE approved BOE Policy #0000:
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Nov 30, 2017 - 4:55:14 AM

John Ora Named Interim Head of The Long Ridge School
The Long Ridge School has selected an Interim Head of School. John Ora will lead the eighty-year-old North Stamford school starting on July 1, 2018, succeeding Kris Bria who is retiring after twenty-nine years as Head of School.
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Nov 29, 2017 - 2:37:43 PM

Senator Duff: Columbus Magnet School’s Young Astronaut Program Wins Grant from Lockheed Martin
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) recently announced that the Columbus Magnet School Young Astronaut program has been awarded a $2,000 grant from Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin. This grant will allow students to travel to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, where the Sikorsky X2 demonstrator was included the museum’s collection in 2016.
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Nov 28, 2017 - 1:07:48 AM

BOE Takes First of Two Votes Needed to Approve the New Mission and Vision for Stamford Public Schools
As part of Stamford Public Schools (SPS) ongoing long-term visioning and strategic planning process, which it has been conducting in partnership with Cambridge Education over the past year, the Board of Education (BOE) took the first step in approving a new Mission and Vision for the district. At the October regular meeting, the BOE took the first of two necessary votes to pass the following new policies. The BOE voted (8:0:0) to approve BOE Policy #0000:
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Oct 25, 2017 - 4:27:33 AM

Stepping Stones Preschool Earns Prestigious NAEYC Accreditation
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk is jumping to the head of the class with a major achievement. Its innovative Early Language and Literacy Initiative (ELLI) program at the museum and in the Norwalk Public School system have received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. All four sites received extremely high marks – over 100%!
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Sep 27, 2017 - 4:54:19 AM

Stamford Public Schools Announced Three Students as Semi-Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Stamford Public Schools announced that three Westhill High School (WHS) students have been named as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Westhill High School Seniors Sarthak Behl, Bailey Paulk and Erica Shaulson are among the top 16,000 students nationwide who earned the honor of semifinalist.
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Sep 18, 2017 - 9:47:15 AM

Norwalk Community College Instructor wins national book award and publishing contract
Norwalk Community College adjunct instructor Meira Rosenberg of Stamford will read from her new book, "Indiana Bamboo," a novel for middle grade youth about a precocious 11-year-old girl sleuth, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 3 in the NCC Baker Library.
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Sep 11, 2017 - 3:09:36 AM

Waltzman at Westport Library College Expo, September 16
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Westonite and Common Application Consultant, Liz Waltzman, will be a featured essay expert at Westport Library’s “Countdown to College Expo” on September 16th. The event will take place from 9:30-4:00 pm, includes workshops, essay and application review appointments, practice standardized tests, a luncheon and several speakers. Guests need to register online for lunch, appointments and practice tests at http://westportlibrary.org/events/countdown-college-college-expo. Waltzman, of Write Ahead College Essays, will meet with registered students, for 15-minute sessions, between 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. The Library is located at 20 Jesup Road, Westport and the event is free and open to the public.
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Aug 28, 2017 - 6:06:04 AM

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