Connecticut's #1 City School District for 3 Years in a Row!

November 12, 2020
Donalda Chumney Selected as
NPS Chief Academic Officer
We are pleased to announced that Ms. Donalda Chumney has been selected as Chief Academic Officer for Norwalk Public Schools.

The Norwalk Board of Education will vote on her anticipated appointment at its business meeting on Tuesday, November 17. As chief academic officer, Chumney will develop, support and manage Norwalk’s PreK -12 core curriculum and educational programs and services.

An experienced leader who has advanced through a variety of roles within the New York City Department of Education, Chumney brings to Norwalk a vast educational toolkit built on successfully implementing districtwide learning initiatives for staff and students.

Chumney joins Norwalk Public Schools from Community School District 2 in New York City, where she served as superintendent. While in this role, Chumney led professional learning for the district’s 49 K-12 schools and 8 Pre-K sites, serving over 25,000 students in the heart of Manhattan. She also implemented continuous growth efforts to ensure academic proficiency levels, and collaborated with district leaders and teachers to set a coherent district vision and assess school-specific strengths and areas of ongoing development. During her tenure, District 2 academic proficiency levels continued to be the highest of any district in New York City, while suspensions decreased by 33% and special education referrals decreased by more than 200 students.

Thanksgiving Break
NPS students will have a two-hour early dismissal on Wednesday, November 25 and schools will be closed on the 26th and 27th in honor of Thanksgiving. We wish all NPS families a wonderful holiday, and remind everyone to be safe and social distance.
 
Coat Donation Keeps
NPS Students Warm

We thank the Dalio Foundation for generously donating 600 coats to high school and middle school students this year. Since 2015, the Dalio Foundation has worked with NPS to provide students with warm coats of varying styles and sizes that transition students from fall to winter to spring. Principals, guidance counselors and social workers are overseeing distribution at each school.
 
Dalio Philanthropies furthers the Dalio family’s diverse philanthropic passions, which include strengthening public education in Connecticut, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship.
 
We thank Dalio for their ongoing support of Norwalk Public Schools, teachers and students!
NPS Shout Out - Roton Middle School
This week's “NPS Shout Out” video features Roton Middle School. Click here to watch the clip on the NPS YouTube page!

Each "NPS Shout Out" highlights the fantastic learning and hard work that is taking place in our schools each day! Videos are shared in the district newsletter as well as on the NPS YouTube page, website and social media. 
Updated Meal Distribution Information

The free meal program for Norwalk children will run through the 2020-21 school year at various locations throughout the city.

Please remember that each child may take a maximum of one breakfast and one lunch for each school day and weekend day. Duplicate meals cannot be received by visiting multiple sites. Meals can be accessed in either the cafeteria or the remote learning pickup site, but not both locations on the same day. Children may receive a maximum of seven breakfasts and seven lunches per week.
Urgent NPS Notifications And
Opting Into Text Messages

In keeping with our commitment to the health and safety of our students, NPS sends out notifications to guardians when urgent matters arise. These notifications are sent via email, text message and automated voice message. To ensure that you receive these notifications, please make sure to contact your student’s school directly for any changes or updates in your student’s guardian contact information field. If guardian information fields are incorrect or blank, you will not receive phone or email notifications when urgent events arise.
 
To receive notifications via text message to your mobile device, you must choose to "opt in" to text messages. We cannot send text messages to parents without your specific permission. Click here for instructions on how to opt-in.
 
Additionally, we encourage all families to rely on official sources for accurate information. Urgent notifications, such as school closures, are also communicated in the following places:

Norwalk High School Virtual Play Kicks Off
This Weekend

The Norwalk High School virtual fall play is here! “Superheroes: With Great Power Comes Ordinary Responsibilities” is a funny, fast-paced series of vignettes that explores how the caped crusaders deal with life in street clothes. Hulk has to do taxes, a crime-fighting sidekick joins a support group, and Batman goes stir-crazy without enough criminals to take down.

Performances of “Superheroes: With Great Power Comes Ordinary Responsibilities” will take place on Broadway on Demand on November 13 and 14 at 7pm. We invite you to sit back and be entertained from home, while helping to support our very talented students! To purchase tickets for this virtual performance click here.
A Poet Among Us
Congratulations to Brien McMahon 10th grade student Anika Amann on being featured on Norwalk Public Library’s Poetry page. An AP Language and Composition student, Anika is also an active participant in BMHS Literary Magazine, Hidden Voices.

To read an interview with Anika and read a few of her poems click here. Last year, Anika’s poem, “A Tree of Life,” was highlighted in the Norwalk Public Library’s 2019 Art & Text exhibit booklet.

Amann was also one of just twelve young poets selected by popular American Poet Billy Collins for The Poetry of Trains, the 2019 Young Poets Contest, sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden and Poetry Society of America.
A Winter’s Reverie
by Anika Amann
 
There’s the snapping crackle of the fire’s twinkling glow,
and the powdery banks of some white fluffy snow.
There’s a peppermint scent that pipes in through the vents,
and there in the chimney is a Santa-shaped dent.
There’s a growing excitement that shows on your face
as you dream of toy soldiers and dolls dressed in lace,
there’s a quiet static on the radio
with the comforting chords of the songs we all know
-and then in the stillness, a change in the air,
rustling up snowflakes from here and from there.
As the clock ticks on slowly, the world smells of pine,
and we fall asleep knowing that it’s wintertime

NPS Students Celebrate
Veterans Day
Rowayton Elementary Students Celebrating Veterans Day
Each year, NPS students across the district honor veterans with assemblies and special events. Although celebrations looked a bit different than in the past, our veterans were recognized and applauded for all that they have done to keep our country safe.
NHS Students Launch Website To Keep The Community Connected

Norwalk High School students have developed a creative way to help the school community feel connected! The NHS Bear's Den website is a source for all NHS news, sports, opinions, and entertainment.

Content is created by Digital Media & Communication Academy students including those involved with Bear Country News, Paw Print and a new sports media communications class. Click here to access the latest news on NHS Bears Den.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips From The National Fire Protection Association 
Board of Ed meetings will be held by videoconference until further notice.

Full Board of Ed workshop and business meetings, as well as committee meetings, will be Live Streamed on the NPS YouTube channel at the times listed below. More information on the process for public comments for Board meetings will be available on our website.

Meetings also will be recorded and available
on YouTube within 24 hours of the meeting time listed below.

Tuesday, November 17, Curriculum Committee, 5pm

Tuesday, November 17, Ad-Hoc SpEd Committee, 6pm

Tuesday, November 17, Board Business Meeting, 7pm

Wednesday, November 25, Two-hour Early Dismissal

Thursday, November 26, No School, Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27, No School

Norwalk Public Schools
125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06852
Phone: 203-854-4000
This newsletter is compiled & published by the
NPS Communications Department.
Have a question about our school district or an item to share?
Contact Brenda Wilcox Williams, Chief Communications Officer, williams@norwalkps.org, or call 203-854-4003.