Superintendent’s commentary: RSD13 – Engage, Empower, Thrive

Superintendent’s commentary: RSD13 – Engage, Empower, Thrive



Over the course of the past year, the theme of “connection” has been identified as a defining feature of RSD13 and something students, parents, staff and community members want to be a part of increasing. Explicit and subtle connections exist across personal and curricular areas, all of which enhance student learning and development.

One area in particular, the connection to learning in the natural environment, has been identified as a priority by our Strategic Visioning Committee.

The most significant and valued connections, however, are those that exist between people.

This year parents and the community will experience improved communication from our district and schools as another means of connecting our community to our schools.

Our goal is to deliver timely and pertinent information on a predictable schedule using a variety of sources; the Town Times is one of those sources.

Improved communication will mean that our community is more aware of the experiences of our students and staff within the context of our goals and priorities.

This year the Board of Education will continue to make decisions that support district growth and improvement which will include finalizing its recommendation for building use and grade reconfiguration.

The board will host a Community Engagement session on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 5:15 to 8 p.m. to provide current information on the utilization process and to give community members an opportunity to offer feedback and ideas, and to answer questions.

This session will include dinner, a brief presentation by board members and time for small group break-out sessions for participants.

The primary outcome of the evening is for community members to work together to offer feedback on the various options that are being considered by the board.

Please RSVP if you would like to participate by contacting Meg Maloney, executive secretary to the superintendent, at 860-349-7200 ext. 240 or mmaloney@rsd13.org.

Information on this event can be found on our homepage: www.rsd13ct.org.

We will be welcoming all faculty and staff back to school on Friday, Aug. 24 for convocation. Convocation 2018 will collectively reaffirm our commitment to student achievement, well-being and engagement; our three goal areas.

This is also a time for us to formally introduce and acknowledge our teacher of the year, Mr. Tim Fisher, director of bands at Coginchaug Regional High School.

Mr. Fisher exemplifies the pledge of our mission statement, “Through engagement in authentic learning all Regional School District 13 students are empowered to thrive and contribute as global citizens.”

Mr. Fisher’s music room is a place where students feel safe and welcome, where they bring their very best effort each day. Together, conductor and musicians understand that their collective passion and commitment creates an impact that is far greater than anything they could create individually.

Mr. Fisher’s skilled influence engages his students. On the stage, in the community or in the classroom student empowerment is palpable.

This connection exemplifies who we are and what we believe in Regional School District 13.

We are looking forward with great anticipation to welcoming our students back to school on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Questions about back-to-school information can be found on our website or by calling any of our schools directly. Everyone in RSD 13 is here to assure a smooth transition and a successful school year for our students.

Kathryn Y. Veronesi, Ed.D. is Superintendent of Schools for Regional District 13.


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