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August 2015

Welcome Back

It may be hard to believe but August is upon us and therefore the new school year is right around the corner. For some, summer is too short and you will cling to the remaining dog days of summer. Others look forward to having their children get back to their school routines. Those yellow buses will be driving through our streets soon enough, so enjoy what is left of summer because we cannot wait to get our students back to our schools.

As I launch into my first official year as your Superintendent of Schools I am thrilled about the opportunities that await our students. Since my arrival in March, I have seen first-hand the generosity of time and fortune that is provided by community members to our students through different avenues and I feel very fortunate to work in such a close-knit community. I was privileged to be able to hire some amazing new teachers, school leaders, and staff members over the past few months. They will become a part of a truly gifted team whose mission is to “challenge, inspire and prepare all students for success in an ever-changing and complex world.”

Over the summer our teachers have participated in professional development opportunities, hiring committees, and worked to make further refinements in our curriculum. The school system is also well under way with its solar project, where we have solar panels at most schools, defraying our energy costs, but for the high school we are utilizing solar field technology. We are also finalizing the entrance project at Harry S. Fischer Elementary school as part of the school system’s overall plan to improve safety measures at all schools.

Finally, our schools belong to the community. The success of the school system hinges not only on the support of the families in town but of every member of the community. I am committed to the belief that every child can benefit greatly from a public school education and I want to ensure that we meet the needs of every child in a place where each student may thrive. Therefore, I will do my best to update the community each month through this wonderful paper. Additionally, the district is developing a Facebook and Twitter page that will provide greater access to the successes and challenges we face. We will depend on all of you to help us know how we are doing along the way. I hope to see you at the Fairgrounds later this August at the Terryville Fair. For now, on behalf of the school board, I want to welcome every one of you back to a new school year.

By Dr. Martin Semmel,

Superintendent of Schools

Plymouth, CT

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