STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford's students may not want to hear it, but their first day of school is set for Monday and with several changes coming to the district there are challenges expected.
The implementation and handling of the common core state standards and new evaluations were a theme from the speakers at the public schools convocation for teachers, administrators and other school staff this week.
“We are all going to need a positive growth mindset,” Schools Superintendent Winifred Hamilton said during her presentation on grit. She added that the school staff will have to use their grit to pass it on to the students who may lack it at times.
“We are all in this together, we will succeed,” Michael Sanders, co-president of the Administrator’s Union and principal of Stillmeadow Elementary School, said adding that it may be the biggest change in education in at least a generation.
Mayor Michael Pavia focused on different issues the schools are facing, particularly preparing students to work at all of the businesses moving to the city and in a global economy, and not just the “three R’s.” He added that companies that recently moved to the city, like Starwood Resorts, want Stamford students getting ready to work for them.
“We’re looking for you to set the table,” Pavia said.
There will be 85 new teachers in Stamford to start the school year, and Hamilton described them as a diverse bunch because they come from all over the state and country, and with different experience levels.
The first day for all students is Monday, with students in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades going to orientation, a letter from the schools superintendent said. Students in those grades will report at the normal start time while elementary school students not in those grades will start on a two-hour delay, and high school students on a three-hour delay, the letter said. All middle school students will report at the regular time.
Here are the start times for each school and grade for the first day.