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09/15/2023

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Parent Portal Instructions

Dear Stamford Public Schools Parent or Guardian,

 The Parent Portal contains important forms and information and can be accessed from a website or through the PowerSchool App on your phone.  (Directions for how to download the app are on the next page.) 

Your username is:  your email address 

Temporary Password: your email address

*Please note the first time you login, you will be asked to create your own new password. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long.

To log into the Parent Portal on the web click here.  (Bus information will only appear in the website portal, not in the mobile app.)

You can also navigate to www.stamfordpublicschools.org  and click on Parent Portal under the Families Tab.

Parent Portal Directions - English

Parent Portal Directions - Spanish

To download the PowerSchool Mobile app.  Go to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for: PowerSchool.  The logo is below. (Bus information will not appear in the mobile app, only in the website portal.)

1-Download the app and install.  

  PowerSchool Mobile

2-When asked for a district code enter: JQJK 

3-Sign in using the credentials provided in the above portion of the email.



 

4-To fill out available forms on Android see below:

  • Click More on bottom right.

  • Click Forms button. 

  • Choose a form to fill out.



 

5-To fill out available forms on an iPhone see below

  • Click on Forms
  • Submit Forms A-C

 

  

Please be sure to complete all of the forms in your portal.

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David Tate
Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
June 11                                 Grade 6 Awards Ceremony – 8 – 9:30am
June 12                                 Grade 7 Awards Ceremony – 8 – 9:30am
June 12                                 Grade 8 Semi-formal – The IC 6:00 – 9:00pm
June 13                                 Grade 8 Awards Ceremony – 8 – 10am
June 14                                 12Q Honor Roll Awards Ceremony – 7:45am
June 14                                 Moving Up Ceremony – 9:00am
 
12Q Honor Roll / Moving Up Ceremony: This coming Monday we will be distributing two tickets to students eligible for Moving Up to 9th grade. This will be for students who have not already received their tickets. We strongly urge you to write your name on the back of the tickets as soon as you get them, in case they are misplaced. Additional guests are welcome on a first come first served basis. There will be a waiting line in the main lobby.
 
Grade Nine Health Assessment: We want to notify parents of all the 8th grade students entering 9th grade that they need to present a health assessment record. You have the whole school year of 9th grade to bring the physical documentation. However, any student playing sports must submit the physical before starting the sport. IF you have signed your child up with the School Based Health Center you can arrange to have the physical completed there.  Family Centers will also arrange for physicals to be completed during the summer. Thank you.
 
Superintendent’s Message: (Highlights)
I want to take a moment to once again acknowledge and celebrate all the Teachers, administrators, and staff retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.  On Thursday night many of their colleagues, friends and family gathered to give a heartfelt Thank You and Congratulations! 
 
We also had the opportunity to recognize staff reaching 25-, 35-, and 45-year milestones.  Congratulations everyone!
 
Thursday night also marked ceremonies to mark student achievement.  Stamford High celebrated the Knight of Excellence, recognizing athletes, artists and academic performers who have inspired us with their goal setting, self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, determination, and resilience.  Across town, the Westhill High community hosted the Stamford Future Farmers of America (FFA) Banquet, recognizing student achievement in our regional agriscience program.
 
Message from the Department of Health and Human Services
There have been 146 cases of measles reported in the U.S. since May 30, including in states bordering Connecticut.  Measles is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious complications, especially for babies and young children.  If your child is not fully immunized against measles, please speak to your child’s pediatrician about the MMR vaccine.
 
The City of Stamford Health Clinic at 137 Henry Street will administer the MMR vaccine to children at no charge.  Call 203-977-5385 for an appointment.  
 
Board of Representative Recognition
Thank you to the Board of Representatives (BOR) for recognizing the Teacher of the Year and the Paraprofessional of the Year during the BOR meeting on Monday night.  Both educators were presented with honorary resolutions.  Click here to watch a recording of the meeting.
 
Reminder: Annual Physicals Required for Grades K, 6, and 9
Students entering kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades in Fall 2024 are required to have a recent annual physical on file with Stamford Public Schools.  Please bring this form to your child’s medical appointment so it can be completed for the school nurse.  If your child does not have a healthcare provider they see regularly, click here for a list of providers that offer school entry physicals.
 
Last Week of School
Remember that the last day of school is Friday, June 14.  All schools will follow the early release schedule on Wednesday, June 12, Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14.  
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
From the Heart: This will be my final newsletter as Principal of Cloonan Middle School. After 38 years of my career in education, the last 17 spent here as a Bulldog, I am moving on to pursue other life-long interests and opportunities.
 
It has been my honor and privilege to have made some small contribution to the development of generations. There is a motto I have in my home and on my desk that says, “100 years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
 
Those words have been my NorthStar, and while I am sure there have been times to question my decisions, each and every one has been made in what I believed to be the best interest of our students, staff, families and our community.
 
Thank you for entrusting me with the care and guidance of your most precious assets, your children.  I wish you all well.  Have a healthy, safe and happy weekend, and many more days and years to come.
 
Sincerely,
 
David M. Tate, Principal
 
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David Tate
Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
June 4                                   7TH Grade End of Year Trip to Quassy Amusement Park
June 5                                   Paraeducator of the Year Nominees Recognition 4pm Gov’t Center
June 5                                   WHS Meet the Coaches Nigh 6 – 7pm
June 6                                   8th Grade End of Year Trip to Lake Compounce
June 7                                   6th Grade End of Year Trip to Playland
June 12                                 Grade 8 Semi-formal – The IC 6:00 – 9:00pm
June 14                                 12Q Honor Roll Awards Ceremony – 8am
June 14                                 Moving Up Ceremony – 9:00am
 
LAST CALL! Yearbooks on Sale Now: The 2023-24 Cloonan Middle School Yearbook sale is in its final days! Order your copy today and get two FREE customizable pages that will be unique to your child's yearbook!  The yearbook is $20.86 + tax. Click here to order: https://web.treering.com/create-account/1016086413333588?PassCode=1016086413333588

12Q Honor Roll / Moving Up Ceremony: This coming Mondy we will be distributing letters to students eligible for Moving Up to 9th grade. This letter will contain two tickets for admission along with instructions for additional guests.  Students who qualified for the 12 Quarter Hono Roll celebration will receive a separate invitation for that event.  We strongly urge you to write your name on the back of the tickets as soon as you get them incase they are misplaced.

Grade Level Year End Activities: We are closing in on our final field trips and activities. Please send your child’s participation fee as soon as possible. If anyone needs financial assistance for your child to be included, please contact the Team Leaders of your child’s grade level.
 
Grade 6: Mrs. Bolcer dbolcer@stamfordct.gov or Mr. Humphrey jhumphrey@stamfordct.gov
Grade 7: Mrs. Santana esantana@stamfordct.gov
Grade 8: Ms. Schwartz lschwartz@stamfordct.gov or Dr. Moulketis tmoulketis@stamfordct.gov
 
Staff and Student Accomplishments: Congratulations to Ms. Sharon Miller. She is Cloonan’s Nominee for SPS Paraeducator of the Year. Ms. Miller and all the nominees will be celebrated at the Government Center on Wednesday June 5 at 4pm in the Lobby. Congratulations also to Ms. Murano. She had a Donors Choose project fully funded.
 
Grade Nine Health Assessment: We want to notify parents of all the 8th grade students entering 9th grade that they need to present a health assessment record. You have the whole school year of 9th grade to bring the physical documentation. However, any student playing sports must submit the physical before starting the sport. IF you have signed your child up with the School Based Health Center you can arrange to have the physical completed there.  Family Centers will also arrange for physicals to be completed during the summer. Thank you.
 
Westhill High School: This year's WHS Meet the Coaches Night will be on Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the WHS Main Gymnasium. This is a chance for incoming students to meet the coaches and get their questions answered. Summer information will be provided with off-season workouts, along with season start dates. 
 
Superintendent’s Message: (Highlights)
The school year is quickly coming to an end, which means it’s time to check around your home for books/textbooks, chrome books, power cords, musical instruments, sports equipment, and other items that must be returned to school.  Items should be returned in good condition and working order to avoid fees for lost or damaged items.  Please take time now to locate and return any school property.  Waiting until the last day of school creates extra work for our staff and may result in you being charged a missing items fee.
 
End of Year School Safety
The last two weeks of the school year include plenty of family events on our school campuses.  Please help us maintain a safe and secure school environment by following all safety protocols when visiting your child’s school.  Be sure to check in and out with office staff and wear your visitors badge at all times.  Have fun and stay safe.
 
Shout Out – Random Act of Kindness 
Last week I happened upon a random act of kindness when a Stamford Police Officer was returning a lost wallet to a Cloonan employee.  Our staff member was in the process of canceling her credit cards when she received word that the wallet had been recovered.  Thank you to the SPD for recovering the wallet and delivering it to the owner.  These random acts of kindness occur every day in our schools and are a positive reflection on our community.
 
SPS Quarterly 
The Spring 2024 SPS Quarterly is now available.  The Quarterly is published in four languages and was created to keep the community-at-large informed about what’s happening in Stamford Public Schools.  
 
Finally, the community is invited to stop by Westhill High School tomorrow from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. for Haitian Heritage Community Day, where you can savor the flavors of Haitian cuisine, explore offerings from local vendors, and learn about Haitian culture.  All events will be in the Westhill courtyard and auditorium.
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
Please enjoy a safe and healthy weekend.
 
David M. Tate, Principal
 
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Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
May 29                                  Incoming Grade 6 Orientation – Students at 9:30am and Parents at 6:30pm
June 4                                   7TH Grade End of Year Trip to Quassy Amusement Park
June 5                                   WHS Meet the Coaches Nigh 6 – 7pm
June 6                                   8th Grade End of Year Trip to Lake Compounce
June 7                                   6th Grade End of Year Trip to Playland
June 12                                 Grade 8 Semi-formal – The IC 6:00 – 9:00pm
June 14                                 12Q Honor Roll Awards Ceremony – 8am
June 14                                 Moving Up Ceremony – 9:00am
 
50/50 FUNdraiser:  Our third and final 50/50 raffle has concluded. The winning ticket is 1497678 and the jackpot is $114. Congratulations to the winner and our deepest thanks to everyone who played. Overall, you have helped us raise $796 toward student activities. Special thanks to Mr. Medernach for coming up with the idea and spearheading the effort.
 
Yearbooks on Sale Now: The 2023-24 Cloonan Middle School Yearbook sale is in its final days! Order your copy today and get two FREE customizable pages that will be unique to your child's yearbook!  The yearbook is $20.86 + tax. Click here to order: https://web.treering.com/create-account/1016086413333588?PassCode=1016086413333588
 
Grade Level Year End Activities: We are closing in on our final field trips and activities. Please send your child’s participation fee as soon as possible. If anyone needs financial assistance for your child to be included, please contact the Team Leaders of your child’s grade level.
 
Grade 6: Mrs. Bolcer dbolcer@stamfordct.gov or Mr. Humphrey jhumphrey@stamfordct.gov
Grade 7: Mrs. Santana esantana@stamfordct.gov
Grade 8: Ms. Schwartz lschwartz@stamfordct.gov or Dr. Moulketis tmoulketis@stamfordct.gov
 
Westhill High School: This year's WHS Meet the Coaches Night will be on Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the WHS Main Gymnasium. This is a chance for incoming students to meet the coaches and get their questions answered. Summer information will be provided with off-season workouts, along with season start dates. 
 
Staff and Student Accomplishments: This past Wednesday members of our Student Council participated in the Inaugural Connecticut YMCA Middle School Model Youth Legislature event in the CT State Capitol in Hartford.  Congratulations to Julien Beliard, Zoe Cabrera, Gavin Cooper, Hueston Kozlowski, Tristan Kozlowski, Megan Russell, Hasnain Shaikh, and Rebecca Smolarz. These students served as a Senator or Representative, debating bills and presenting one of their own ideas for ways to improve Connecticut’s state laws.    
 
Superintendent’s Message: (Highlights)
Legislative Updates
The Connecticut General Assembly Session ended earlier this month.  Thank you to the Stamford Delegation for their hard work and commitment to SPS and the City of Stamford.  A highlight of this session was the approval of funding for both phases of the proposed two-campus K-8 school in the Cove neighborhood.  The K-4 Lower School will be on Lockwood Avenue while the 5-8 Upper School will be on the current KT Murphy site.  This project will be funded at a 60% reimbursement rate from the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, joining the Roxbury K-8 School (60%) and the new Westhill High School (80%), as projects that will be completed with a majority of the funding provided by the State of Connecticut.   
 
Mental Health Awareness Month
During Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to acknowledge the work of the Stamford Youth Mental Health Alliance (Stamford YMHA) in raising awareness about youth mental health and helping to connect young people with the support and resources they need.  The Stamford YMHA is a collaboration between the City of Stamford, Stamford Public Schools, Stamford Health, and nearly two dozen non-profits, faith-based organizations, and social service agencies.  Click here to learn more about the Stamford YMHA. 
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
This is Memorial Day weekend in honor of those who died in service to our nation. Let it be for us a time to reflect on what it means to live in America, count our blessings, and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and our freedoms. Please stay healthy, safe, and democratically engaged.
 
David M. Tate, Principal
 
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Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
May 19                                 Memorial Day Parade 12:00pm
May 21                                 Volleyball vs Rogers at Rogers 3:45pm
May 29                                 Incoming Grade 6 Orientation – Students at 9:30am and Parents at 6:30pm
June 4                                   7TH Grade End of Year Trip to Quassy Amusement Park
June 6                                   8th Grade End of Year Trip to Lake Compounce
June 7                                   6th Grade End of Year Trip to Playland
June 12                                 Grade 8 Semi-formal – The IC 6:00 – 9:00pm
June 14                                 12Q Honor Roll Awards Ceremony – 8am
June 14                                 Moving Up Ceremony – 9:00am
 
Memorial Day Parade: Our Marching Band will participate in this weekend’s Memorial Day Parade. The Parade Route is Bedford at North Street, followed down Bedford Street across Broad Street to Atlantic, ending at Veterans Memorial Park.  The Parade Step-Off is at 12pm. All are invited to attend the ceremony at Veterans Park immediately following the parade. 
 
50/50 FUNdraiser:  Our third and final 50/50 raffle will run from May 20 through May 24. Bring those bills! All funds raised go to support students’ end-of-year activities.
 
Yearbooks on Sale Now: The 2023-24 Cloonan Middle School Yearbook sale is in its final days! Order your copy today and get two FREE customizable pages that will be unique to your child's yearbook!  The yearbook is $20.86 + tax. Click here to order: https://web.treering.com/create-account/1016086413333588?PassCode=1016086413333588
 
School Musical: Many thanks once again to our Cloonan Theater Players for their delightful production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. Special thanks to everyone who supported our cast and crew. Thanks to Mrs. Robertson Producer, Director, Set Design and Construction), Dr. Hadley (Music Director), Ms. Casinelli (Choreographer), Rebecca Smolarz (Stage Manager), Mrs. Block (Costume Design, Set Design and Construction), Sabrina Vela (Set Design and Construction), Ida Yohannes (lighting Design), Tech Crew and Set Painters Sophia Martinez, Emma Adams, Rianne Vilfranche, Johana Rivera, Katelyn Pascarella, Samantha Wenz-Bazan, Mahenoor Shaikh, and Nikoleta Valassis, Mrs. Vela (Ticket Design) and Ms. Marcus (Program Design)
 
8th Grade Year End Activities: We are on for the 8th Grade Prom at the Italian Center on Wednesday June 12 from 6 – 9pm. Attire should be semi-formal (jackets, ties, dresses, pantsuits or similar). Tickets are $50, but scholarships are available. Reservations and payments must be made by Friday May 24, so please hurry.
 
Staff and Student Accomplishments: Congratulations to Ms. Damalas, Ms. Murano, and Ms. Giandurco. All three have fully funded projects through Donors Choose.
 
Superintendent’s Message: (Highlights)
The Multilingual Learner Program will be the topic of the next Café con la Super on Monday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Cafeteria of the Government Center.  Families with questions about services for English Learners, or any other aspects of the proposed FY25 budget reallocation, should plan to attend this meeting.  Café con la Super is presented in Spanish with translation in English available at every meeting.  To register to attend, please click here
 
If you missed our budget reallocation presentation to the BOE on May 7, you can view the presentation here and watch a recording of the meeting here.
 
2024-2025 Paraeducator of the Year
Congratulations to Stark Elementary’s Maritza Nunez, who earlier this week was named the SPS 2024-2025 Paraeducator of the Year.  Maritza has supported our students as a paraeducator for nearly 23 years and is also the proud parent of SPS graduates.  Maritza, who has been described as “a shining example of someone who truly embodies student-centered teaching and learning,” will be recognized at an event next week alongside the 1st and 2nd Place Runners Up:
 
  • 1st Place Runner Up – Lauren Hunt, Turn of River Middle School
  • 2nd Place Runner Up – Joan Scalise, Davenport Ridge Elementary School
 
Congratulations to Maritza, Lauren, Joan, and all of this year’s nominees!  Thank you for all you do to support our students. 
 
Administrative Appointments
One of the great things about a large district like Stamford Public Schools is that we can offer building leaders many opportunities to learn, grow, and enhance their skills without leaving our community.  This week, we announced a number of administrative appointments that will take effect on July 1.  Click here to read about these changes and to learn more about some of our accomplished principals and assistant principals. 
 
Filling in the Blanks Food Pantry
Finally, the Filling in the Blanks Mobile Food Pantry returns to Stamford tomorrow – Saturday, May 18 – from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  The food pantry will be set up in the Cloonan Middle School rear parking lot.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please be sure to stop by on Saturday morning.  If you are interested in learning more about this amazing organization or are interested in volunteering, please click here.
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
Wishing everyone a healthy and safe weekend.
 
David M. Tate, Principal
 
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David Tate
Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
May 10                                 The Little Mermaid – 6:30pm
May 14                                 Volleyball vs Rippowam at home 3:15pm
May 21                                 Volleyball vs Rogers at Rogers 3:45pm
May 29                                 Incoming Grade 6 Orientation – Students at 9:30am and Parents at 6pm
June 4                                  7TH Grade End of Year Trip to Quassy Amusement Park
June 6                                  8th Grade End of Year Trip to Lake Compounce
June 7                                  6th Grade End of Year Trip to Playland
June 12                                Grade 8 Semi-formal – Time and Location TBD
June 14                                12Q Honor Roll Awards Ceremony – 8am
June 14                                Moving Up Ceremony – 9:00am
 
50/50 FUNdraiser:  Congratulations to the winner of the 50/50 raffle. The winning ticket is a red ticket #1498044 and the jackpot was $224.  Thank you to everyone who played. Our third 50/50 raffle will run from May 20 through May 24.
 
Yearbooks on Sale Now: The 2023-24 Cloonan Middle School Yearbook is on sale now! Order your copy today and get two FREE customizable pages that will be unique to your child's yearbook!  The yearbook is $20.86 + tax. Click here to order: https://web.treering.com/create-account/1016086413333588?PassCode=1016086413333588
 
The yearbook features individual portraits of students, photos from clubs, activities, and sports teams, and more! The special 8th Grade section will feature baby pictures and class superlatives! Don't miss this chance to have a lasting memento of the 2023-24 school year! 
 
School Musical: Tonight is the final performance of The Little Mermaid, Jr.  Thanks to Mrs. Robertson, Dr. Hadley, and Ms. Casinelli for all their hard work with our talented students, and to the students themselves for their dedication to this endeavor. Tickets are still available at the door for $5. The performance is at 6:30pm.
 
8th Grade Year End Activities and Expectations: We are planning a trip to Lake Compounce and other final experiences to celebrate our students’ time at Cloonan. We met with the students today to review our expectations as we move through the final quarter. We want you to know these as well and reinforce them with your child. We also want to make certain we have the most accurate information so we can be in close contact with you as we develop our plans. Please complete the following brief form so we can update our contact information. In addition, please read our expectations and review them with your child. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gQqIhTHZSy6old7PpbkS-YGK2RKYq_-Ez6C-DPSrjBk/edit?ts=660de0e1.
 
We still need your help with the following events:
·         8th Grade Dinner Dance (semi-formal)
·         12 Quarter Honor Roll Celebration
·         8th Grade Graduation Ceremony & Reception
Parents from any grade (6-8) can help!  If you are interested in helping to plan these events, please sign up.  We need your help to give our 8th graders a fabulous send-off as they move up to high school!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0945A8A92AA2F58-48413176-8thgrade
 
Superintendent’s Message: (Highlights)
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Tuesday night for the FY25 budget reallocation presentation to the Board of Education (BOE).  In case you missed it, you can view the presentation here and watch a recording of the meeting here.
 
The BOE will vote on the reallocation next Tuesday, May 14.  If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about the reallocation recommendations, please email the BOE at BOEElected@StamfordCT.gov before Tuesday’s meeting.  
 
Congratulations to the Teacher of the Year and Spotlight Award Winners
Please join me in congratulating Stillmeadow kindergarten teacher Carolyn Tschinkel who was named the 2024-25 SPS Teacher of the Year!  Ms. Tschinkel joins Danielle Marenholz (WHS), Kenneth Martin (WHS) and Timothy Martin (WHS) as part of the 2024-25 Teacher of the Year cohort.  Another 26 educators from 13 schools are being recognized through the Spotlight on Teaching Program.  Click here to see the full list of honorees.
 
2024-25 and 2025-26 Calendar Update
During the April regular meeting, the BOE voted to amend the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school calendars.  Columbus Day and Veterans Day will become days off from school since keeping schools open will not be cost-neutral as originally anticipated.  The revised calendars can be found here.
 
Reminder: Annual Physicals Required for Grades K, 7, and 10
Students entering kindergarten, 7th and 10th grades in August are required to have a recent annual physical (completed on or after September 1, 2023) on file with Stamford Public Schools.  Please bring this form to your child’s medical appointment so it can be completed for the school nurse.  If your child does not have a healthcare provider they see regularly, click here for a list of providers that offer school entry physicals.
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
 
Wishing everyone a healthy and safe weekend.
 
David M. Tate, Principal