Connecticut's #1 City School District!
June 17, 2021
Please see the revised edition of today's newsletter, that reflects an update to the "Important Dates" section of the 2021-22 school year calendar.
Congrats NPS Class of 2021 Graduates!
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We are so proud of you and know that you will move on to do great things.

Many of our students will continue on to top institutes of higher learning including: Boston University, Clemson College, Norwalk Community College, University of Connecticut, Syracuse University, and more. Click below for a list of college acceptances by high school.




Have A Great Summer! 
Wishing all NPS families a happy and safe summer. Here is a special message from NPS Superintendent Dr. Alexandra Estrella. 
Join Our Team – NPS Job Fair Tonight At City Hall
Updated Norwalk Public Schools District Calendar 2021-22
During Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to approve the revised calendar for the 2021-22 school year. The newly approved calendar changes spring break back to April instead of March.

As a result of community feedback, NPS surveyed parents and stakeholders regarding the 2022-23 calendar. Seventy-four percent of parents preferred the April break vs. March. After hearing from parents, the Board voted to adjust the 2021-22 calendar with spring break being moved to April.

We understand that everyone has different preferences when it comes to the calendar and that it is not always possible to coordinate everyone's schedule. We appreciate all of the parent and community member input, which the Board carefully considered when making this decision.
NPS Summer Reading Fun!
In partnership with our public library and the Governor’s Reading Challenge, The Summer Game began this week for readers of all ages.

Students should register at norwalkpl.beanstack.org to log their reading and earn badges for raffle prizes! Beanstack has an app if students want to keep track on their phones!
 
Here is a video to help introduce the program to students. This opportunity will also be posted on our district’s website and the public library’s website.
 
The suggested summer reading lists are here, but students can read anything they enjoy. We hope all students will dive into reading this summer and get lost in a great book - or two, or three…
2021 Commissioner’s Summer Math Challenge
Looking for a way to keep your child’s math skills sharp during the summer? Look no further than the 2021 Commissioner’s Summer Math Challenge!

The 2021 Commissioner's Summer Math Challenge stresses the importance of maintaining math skills during the summer. The Summer Math Challenge is a free, six-week program that helps your child practice math skills taught during the school year. When you enroll your child, you’ll get access to daily fun activities and resources designed for your child’s grade and ability level.
 
The 2021 Summer Math Challenge will begin on Monday, June 21.

There are three exciting ways for students to participate:

  • Grades 1-8: Quantile Summer Math Challenge
  • Grades K-8: Connecticut’s Summer Math Passport
  • Grades 9-12: Khan Academy Mission SAT

Register for a free account to begin. 

Information on the 2021 Summer Math Challenge (Grades 1-12)
Summer Meals Available To Norwalk Families
Congrats To Our NPS Retirees!
NPS is proud to recognize the teachers, administrators and staff members who have announced their retirements this year. These individuals have enthusiastically devoted their careers to helping students grow and thrive. Their hard work and dedication are a legacy that NPS students will carry with them long after graduation. We offer our sincere gratitude for their years of service to Norwalk Public Schools.
 
For a full list of NPS retirees please visit norwalkps.org. Congratulations and best wishes to all in the next chapter of their lives! 
New NPS District Website To Launch
We are thrilled to announce that the brand new district website will go live starting next week! The transition between platforms may take up to 24 hours. Please be patient, as there may be times during the transition when you are temporarily unable to access the site. Additional work will take place over the summer to finish pages that will be under development and to test the usability of the website . Thank you for your understanding!
 
The new website will be home to a variety of helpful information, organized in an easy-to-use format. This includes a Board of Education section, which will feature our new platform BoardDocs. BoardDocs will be home to all Board of Education meeting agendas, links to meetings and Board packets.
LGBTQ Pride Month
The Norwalk Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools recognized June as LGBTQ Pride Month via proclamation during the most recent Board of Education meeting.

By proclaiming June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month, the Board of Education welcomes and supports all students, staff and families, no matter their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to coincide with events of June 1969, when patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted the persecution to which LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected. This moment in history is regarded as the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans. 

To read the proclamation that was presented at the BOE meeting visit the norwalkps.org.
Norwalk Public Schools Board Of Education Recognizes Juneteenth
The Norwalk Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools recognized June 19 as Juneteenth at Tuesday's BOE meeting. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas. They announced to the state that the Civil War was over and that all enslaved persons had been declared free.

Juneteenth has become not only a time to commemorate Black liberation from the institution of slavery, but also a time to highlight the resilience, solidarity, and culture of the Black community. It is a time for Black Americans to reflect on their ancestral roots, to join together to celebrate the freedoms and lives that generations have fought to secure.


To read the Juneteenth proclamation visit norwalkps.org.
NHS Baseball Team Wins State Championship
Congratulations to Norwalk High, the 2021 State Champions in Class LL baseball, the highest level of competition in the state! The final was 1-0 over Westhill, in a great game where Norwalk had outstanding fan support. Thanks to everyone who made the trip to support the team. Watch this video to hear from Norwalk High School Head Baseball Coach Ryan Mitchell.
Tracey Cubs Participate in Service Learning Projects
The Norwalk Board of Education proudly recognized Tracey students for leaving their PRINT on the environment and exploring cultures from around the globe at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

Throughout the year, Tracey service learning projects at every grade level are brought to life through community partnerships. Service learning connects academic learning in the classroom, to the school’s core values of PRINT. PRINT stands for: Problem solving/Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Being Neighborly and Taking Responsibility.

This year, Tracey’s 5th grade students, partnered with the Maritime Aquarium to enhance learning of animal adaptations and habitats, a connection to the Next Generation Science Standards. After virtual sessions with the aquarium staff, students created a full-size diorama of Calf Pasture Beach on the school’s back field in a pod. Student representatives from Grade 5 led their fellow Cubs through the beach display and taught peers how to be respectful and responsible at the beach. To remind the community to help keep marine life safe and the oceans clean, the entire school collected over 100,000 bottle caps since January of 2020. Bottle caps were displayed within the diorama. Tracey 3rd graders also learned about healthy oceans through a partnership with Sound Waters.

To read the Spotlight presented at the BOE visit norwalkps.org.
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.

Last Day of School - Friday, June 18

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

Norwalk Public Schools
125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06852
Phone: 203-854-4000
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NPS Communications Department.
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