Stamford High School Achieves International Baccalaureate World School Status Approved to Offer Diploma Program
Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced that Stamford High School (SHS) in now an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the Diploma Program (DP), joining IB schools in 147 countries across the globe. After a rigorous two-and-a-half year process, which culminated with a verification visit, SHS received its official notification in late May. SHS becomes the first high school in Stamford to offer an IB opportunity to students and one of only nine qualified in Connecticut.
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Jun 21, 2018 - 1:20:23 AM

Westhill High School Seniors Ivette Naranjo and Escarlin Perez Among the 2018 Class of Dell Scholars
Stamford Public School (SPS) announced that The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation recently named Westhill High School Seniors Ivette Naranjo and Escarlin Perez among the members of the 15th class of Dell Scholars. According to the organization, each of the 500 Scholars named receives a $20,000 scholarship and represents students from across the nation who have demonstrated the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles.
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Jun 20, 2018 - 1:18:56 AM

NCC signs a tuition match agreement with Carter Oak
Norwalk Community College is making it more affordable for its graduates to continue on for a bachelor’ degree. NCC and Charter Oak State College have signed a Community College Tuition Match Scholarship Agreement in which Charter Oak will provide the last two years of a bachelor’s degree to NCC graduates at the community college tuition and fee rates in effect for that year. This agreement goes into effect for the Fall 2018 semester.
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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:01:28 AM

Stamford Public Schools Released 2016-2017 Annual Report to the Community
Cornell University President Martha Pollack Rippowam Class of 1975 Among Those Featured

Stamford Public Schools (SPS) released its 2016-2017 Annual Report to the Community, which is now available on the SPS district website and will be in mailboxes of homes and businesses across the city. The report, as well as the SPS Strategic Plan Overview: Challenging, Inspiring and Preparing Students for the Future, is being distributed along with 8,000 copies of Stamford Plus magazine’s summer edition.
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Jun 15, 2018 - 8:17:50 AM

Juried Fine Art and Crafts show at Ives Concert Park features local talent
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Five recent Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts graduates, four current M.F.A. students and one undergraduate art student have been awarded Art at Ives scholarships that will enable them to display their work alongside professional artists during the third annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, at Ives Concert Park in Danbury.
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May 24, 2018 - 8:38:17 AM

Stamford’s Mead School partners with innovative company to maximize student-centered learning
Stamford’s Mead School, dedicated to a personalized and experiential learning approach that inspires and challenges students to achieve deep learning and become independent, creative thinkers, is excited to announce a partnership with AltSchool, an education and technology organization committed to enabling all children to reach their potential.
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May 23, 2018 - 10:33:41 AM

SHU enrolls most academically talented class in school history
Sacred Heart University’s class of 2022 will be the most academically talented in the history of the 55-year-old University. Continuing its rise as one of the top 10 fastest-growing Catholic universities in America over the last decade (Chronicle of Higher Education), more than 1,550 students have committed to enroll as first-time freshmen at the University in the fall. This represents an 80 percent increase in full-time freshman enrollment dating back to the fall 2012 semester.
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May 23, 2018 - 9:23:53 AM

Two WCSU students receive Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award
Western Connecticut State University seniors Sarah Hoegler and Melanie Jones are the recipients of this year’s Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award for their outstanding academic achievement, on-campus participation and dedication to community involvement. Each year, 12 graduating seniors enrolled in Connecticut state universities (Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University and WestConn) are presented with the prestigious award.
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May 7, 2018 - 7:05:52 AM

GOV. MALLOY, LT. GOV. WYMAN APPLAUD LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANT STUDENTS
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman applauded the state House of Representatives for the passage today of S.B. 4, An Act Assisting Students Without Legal Immigration Status With The Cost Of College, in a bipartisan manner. The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support last week. Governor Malloy has requested immediate transmission of the bill and will sign it as soon as possible.
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Apr 26, 2018 - 5:24:23 AM

First County Bank Makes Award-Winning Financial Literacy Program Free for Local Classrooms
Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. First County Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make the curriculum available to 8 schools in the Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Wilton areas completely free.
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Apr 25, 2018 - 10:30:39 AM

SPS Named Kendra Brown as Director of Early Childhood Education
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Superintendent Stamford Public School (SPS) Earl Kim and the Stamford Board of Education (BOE) announced the appointment of Kendra Brown as Director of Early Childhood Education, effective on July 1, 2018.
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Apr 25, 2018 - 5:36:05 AM

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

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