Norwich Public Schools: Picnic table dedicated at Bishop School
By Jessica Dolliver, For The Bulletin
On Dec. 14, United Family and Community Services dedicated a picnic table to Janis Davis to honor her 40 years of service to the Norwich community on behalf of its organization. UCFS donated money to the NPS Education Foundation for its picnic table campaign to provide outdoor picnic tables for students and staff to have a space to connect in the fresh air. The ceremony was held in the natural playground at the Early Learning Center at Bishop School. Davis’s family lived near the school while her children grew up. In attendance were Pamela Kinder, Jennifer Granger, Amy Merchant, Kara Wescott, Jenna Tenore, Cynthia Beauregard and Kevin Saythany.
The Knights of Columbus White Cross Council 13 from Norwich generously raised funds to provide students across the district with coats and gloves. They were distributed to each school on Dec. 21 and 22 and given to students in need.
Player DeWanna Bonner from the WNBA CT Sun team read "Are You My Mother" by Dr. Seuss to Mrs. Swider's first-grade class on Dec. 11. The students learned of the surprise Zoom session reading that morning and were excited to meet the special guest. They asked questions after the story to learn more about the player.
Adult Education is honored to announce Ennery Joseph received his Customer Service and Sales credential through the National Retail Foundation’s JET (Jobs, Education, and Training) program. He and his teachers, Lisa Hackbarth and Jenn Stino, are proud of the accomplishment.
December 2020 District Monthly Awards
The following received district awards for November: Veterans Memorial Elementary School’s TESOL Teacher Lauren Mosca accepted The Key is ME! teacher award surrounded by her students and a few school staff. Huntington Elementary School’s Para Educator Suseline Nascimento accepted the I Make a Difference support staff award on the blacktop during recess. Stanton Elementary School student Bryson Fontaine received the You Inspire Me student award in front of his classmates. At the same time, his teacher read all of the beautiful things she said in the nomination letter.
Meetings and opportunities
December’s Norwich Virtual Board of Education Meeting is Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. on our NPS Facebook page. You can participate in public comment three ways: email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail Amber Rutigliano (90 Town St., Norwich, CT 06360), or submit your question when the district opens public comment on our Facebook live stream. Search Norwich Public Schools on Facebook.
There is no school for students on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 18, and a professional development day for staff on Jan. 19.
NPS Magnet Middle School Lottery application season opened Jan. 1 and runs through March 31 at 11:59 p.m. You apply through the district's website by clicking on the apply link.
The district is recruiting for the Norwich Teacher Residency Program, an alternative route to teacher certification. Interested applicants can sign up for an upcoming informational session – Jan. 5, 11, 21, 26. For more information, contact the CREC Teacher Residency Program Coordinator Ushawnda Mitchell at email@example.com or go to the district’s website and search for TRP.
Jessica Dolliver is media communications manager for Norwich Public Schools.