Glastonbury Public Schools...Bright Futures Begin Here!

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District News and Announcements

Release Schedule for Student Class and Bus Assignments—Please click here for information regarding student schedules, class placements, and bus assignments for the 2018-2019 school year. 

District Adopts New Strategic Plan—In June the Board of Education adopted a new five-year strategic plan for the district. The revised plan is the work of a committee of dedicated educators, parents and community members. It articulates Glastonbury Public Schools' values, vision, mission and goals.The plan will prepare our students to succeed in this dynamic world. Click here for more information about the new strategic plan. The Board also adopted a new tagline for the district:  Bright Futures Begin Here.

Change in Inclement Weather School Delay TimesThe district has changed its standard school delay time from 90 minutes to 2 (two) hours. This additional time will provide a better opportunity for roads to be cleared for the safety of buses traveling in inclement weather. Click here for more information on school closings and delays.

New Administrators!
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Mrs. Kimberly Brown
has been appointed Assistant Principal/Special Education Supervisor for Hebron Avenue Elementary School. Mrs. Brown most recently served as a School Psychologist at an elementary school in Clinton. She has held a number of educational roles throughout the years and has a strong background in child development. She is described by others as incredibly hard-working and reliable. We welcome her to the Hebron Avenue School community!
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Mr. Kent Hurlburt has been appointed Principal of Gideon Welles School starting July 1. There is no doubt he will continue our tradition of excellent leadership at Gideon Welles. Mr. Hurlburt has served as Principal of Buttonball Lane Elementary School for the last seven years. His experience also includes working as a fifth and sixth grade teacher in West Hartford, as an assistant principal in Burlington, as a past principal of Naubuc School in Glastonbury, and as a principal in Wallingford. He brings a positive spirit and contagious enthusiasm to every task, as the Gideon Welles community will soon discover!

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Mrs. Janet Balthazar
will replace Mr. Hurlburt as the new Principal of Buttonball Lane Elementary School. Mrs. Balthazar has served as the Principal of Eastbury Elementary School for the last six years. She began her teaching career in Glastonbury teaching third grade at Hebron Avenue Elementary and fifth grade at Gideon Welles. She also served as an assistant principal at three different schools including Gideon Welles as well as a middle school and an elementary school in Colchester. Mrs. Balthazar is admired throughout the district for her energy and compassion. We are certain the Buttonball Lane community will be delighted with their new leader.

Board of Education Column—The Glastonbury Citizen newspaper regularly publishes articles submitted by the Glastonbury Board of Education. Click here for our most recent Board column titled: Students Leave Their Mark. Previous articles can be found on the From the BOE....webpage.

Air Conditioning—Installation of air conditioning in the classrooms of our elementary schools continues this spring and summer. It is expected that all our elementary classrooms will be air conditioned by August 1, 2018. We look forward to beginning the process of air conditioning Gideon Welles School soon as well.

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Summer Enrichment Camps
—School staff members will be offering a variety of summer camp programs for students. Because these camps are tuition based, there is no cost to the Board of Education. For a complete listing of summer enrichment opportunities, please visit our Summer Camps website. Program brochures are also available at the Glastonbury Public Schools Central Operations office, 628 Hebron Avenue.

Redistricting—Information on elementary school redistricting can be found on our Elementary School Redistricting webpage.

Staff Recognition--We are proud to share some of the many accomplishments of our staff and schools. Please click here to learn more about recent staff awards and recognition.

GPS Dates to Remember

Community Newsletter

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District Awards

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District Receives Civic Award
Glastonbury Public Schools was recognized by the CT Office of the Secretary of State and the CT Department of Education as a 2017-2018 Red, White & Blue School District. This distinction is awarded to schools that foster strong civic engagement among students. The recognition is a wonderful reflection of the work of our History and Social Sciences Department and the abundant and meaningful connections between our school district, it's curriculum, and the Glastonbury community.

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Outstanding Music Education Award
For the sixth year in a row Glastonbury Public Schools has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) for its outstanding commitment to music education. Glastonbury joins 16 Connecticut school districts in receiving the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation.

The Glastonbury Planetarium

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