Welcome to the new school year! I hope everyone enjoyed a safe summer full of activities with family and friends. Whether you are a returning staff member or family member. or if you are new to the district, we look forward to your involvement in the Danbury school community. Your valuable support helps our students continue to succeed.
We had a very successful year in 201-7-2018 and look forward to another year of accomplishments to celebrate. Our district’s schools are consistently recognized as demonstrating academic growth despite the many challenges that face a sizable district with equally sizable budget constraints. Danbury schools have devoted faculty and staff who continually encourage students to overcome hurdles by setting an example themselves, going over and above what is expected. Support from families and community members is also important, whether it’s through volunteering, contributing input, attending Board of Education meetings or just by spreading the news that good things are happening at all of our schools.
There are several highlights to share with you as we begin the new school year. Our district newsletter, the Danbury Digest, will be posted on our website in October, February, May and August at www.danbury.k12.ct.us and will include stories, photos and highlights about our progress. You can view Hatters TV, which highlights district events and activities. This year, we welcome Kevin Walston as the district’s assistant superintendent and three new principals: Anna Machial at Shelter Rock School, John Webber at ACE and Kristy Zaleta at Rogers Park Middle School, and two interim principals: Kristen Bradley at Morris Street School and Marnie Durkin at Ellsworth Avenue School.
Students have many opportunities to excel in the district. One such opportunity is the Danbury Early College Opportunity (DECO), through which students earn an Associate Degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College while at DHS. Over the summer we have added eight new module classrooms at Westside Middle School and improved learning areas, and finished the addition at Danbury High School.
We are putting the success of our students first by remaining committed to providing the best education possible to every student by engaging educators, students, parents, policymakers and the community. Our students excel in science fairs, take part in international robotics competitions and create inventions that get them noticed as recognized inventors at the state level.
The Danbury Board of Education encourages community members to be a part of local education every day by being our champions. Become a student mentor through our DSABC program; read to kindergartners as part of the KIDS program; engage in a PTO activity or athletic event; or attend your child’s school math or literacy night. We need your participation to help us continue our success. I eagerly anticipate working with staff, families and community members on behalf of Danbury’s children, to have another successful and rewarding school year. Dr. Sal Pascarella, Superintendent of Danbury Schools. To see the full Back to School letter and Back to School Guide in many languages, visit: http://www.danbury.k12.ct.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_539114/File/Homepage/Back-to-School%20Guide%202018-19%20(8).pdf
Anne E. Mead, Ed. D., is the administrator for the Early Childhood Education and Extended Learning Programs of the Danbury Public Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her at 203-830-6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.