November 17, 2016

As we start the second quarter of the school year, I would like to remind all parents that a missed school day is a lost opportunity for children to learn.  A consistent relationship between the teacher and student is important in a child’s academic success.  According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, “Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. . . . Students who dropped out of high school missed significantly more days of school in the first grade than their peers who graduated from high school.”  The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District recognizes that appointments have to be made during school hours and that students get ill from time to time.  It happens to kids.  It also happens to adults in the workplace.  However, it is in the best long-term interest for all children to understand and get in the habit of attending school regularly.  It will serve them well academically as well as teach them a good employability skill later in life.


The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District is currently pursuing two infrastructure upgrades.  The first is an upgrade to our fire alarm system.  Working with Complete Control, the district will be installing a whole new system.  The current system has a variety of sensors, some of which are becoming old and outdated, with a Simplex fire panel.  The entire system over will be upgraded using all Siemens brand equipment over Winter Break.


The second upgrade comes with the physical plant’s wireless system for instructional technology.  The system the district currently has is not keeping up with wireless demands in the classroom for our students.  The cost will be approximately $105,500.  Through E-Rate reimbursements and through the TEACH Grant, the district should be able to cover all the project costs except approximately $10,000.  Getting an upgrade like this is important in allowing all students to have access to the latest instructional technology while at the same time being funded with a minimum of taxpayer dollars.      


With winter comes inclement weather.  Watch Channel 8, Channel 19, or Chanel 25 for school closing or delay information.  Area radio stations are contacted as well: WCOW 97.1 FM, WIZM 93.3 FM, WVRQ 102 FM, and WBOG 94.5 FM.  I always try to make a decision by 5:45 a.m. in the morning, but—especially with freezing rain—conditions can change quickly, so always keep an eye on school closing information with inclement weather. 


School will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, and all day Wednesday, November 23, for Teacher In-service.  On Tuesday, the teaching staff will be trained on educational strategies for English language learner students; on Wednesday, the teaching staff will be trained on utilization of Instructional Technology in the classroom.  There will also be no school on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, for Thanksgiving break.


I wish everyone a successful and safe deer hunt and a very Happy Thanksgiving.