Welcome Back!


We are excited to welcome our students to the 2016-2017 school year! 

Please click here for welcome back letters from our Superintendent and Board of Education Chairman. We hope you'll enjoy the teacher video to the left as well!



District News and Announcements

Upcoming Town Meetings to Discuss Air Conditioning Schools
On Tuesday, September 27th the Town Council will discuss the issue of air conditioning schools during their regular meeting which begins a 6:30 pm at Town Hall Town Council Chambers. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of the meeting starting at 7:00 pm. The Town Council is also holding a workshop on Thursday, September 29th at 6 pm at the Community Center to discuss their capital improvement projects and how the Town Council might meet the needs of the town and school system. We expect air conditioning will be part of that discussion. It is our hope that the Town Council and Board of Finance will agree to send the question before the voters sometime in the spring of 2017.

Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Glastonbury High School teacher Josh Steffenson who has been selected as the Glastonbury Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017. Mr. Steffenson, also a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching last year, is now in his twelfth year teaching physics at GHS. Described as a "master teacher," Mr. Steffenson creates an engaging classroom and develops a tremendous rapport with his students. Through the years he has helped countless students to high levels of achievement in physics. He has also been selected as a finalist for Connecticut State Teacher of the Year!

Presidential Award for Excellence
Congratulations to Smith Middle School Science Teacher Rich Broggini who was recently honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Mr. Broggini received a citation signed by President Obama as well as a $10,000 award at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Please 
click here to learn more about Rich Broggini. 

Electrify Your Strings! Concert
The Glastonbury Public Schools Music Department presents an exciting orchestral event on Friday, October 7, 2016, at 7:30 pm in the Glastonbury High School gymnasium. The concert features Mark Wood, a founding member of the Trans Siberian Orchestra and approximately 320 orchestra members from Gideon Welles, Smith Middle, and Glastonbury High Schools. General admission bleacher seating is available first come, first serve. Doors and box office will open at 7:00 pm. Tickets ($10 for adults/$5 for students and seniors) will be available at the door or ticket requests/payment can be mailed with this form. Questions? Please contact Denise Branciforte at BranciforteD@Glastonburyus.org or 860-652-7975.

Congratulations Donn Cabral!
Glastonbury is so proud of our hometown Olympian!
Donn Cabral, GHS Class of 2008 competed in the Olympic Steeplechase on August 17, 2016. Many members of the Glastonbury community gathered to watch the race live streamed in the high school auditorium. While Donn may not have won a medal, he remains an outstanding role model and representative of our town and our country!
 
Air Conditioning Our SchoolsOn Tuesday, July 12, 2016 the Glastonbury Town Council decided (in a 5 to 4 vote) not to send the issue of air conditioning Gideon Welles, Buttonball Lane Elementary, Hebron Avenue Elementary, Hopewell Elementary, and Naubuc Elementary schools to public referendum this November. Our Board of Education and administration believe air conditioning our schools is necessary in order to provide an appropriate learning environment for our students and working environment for our staff. It remains a top priority for us and we will continue to support a future opportunity for citizens to vote on this important issue. More information on air conditioning our schools can be found on the BOE Reports page.

BOE ColumnThe Glastonbury Citizen newspaper regularly publishes articles submitted by the Glastonbury Board of Education. Please click here to view our most recent article, It's Always Bittersweet. Previous articles can be found here.

Plan for Eastbury School ClosingOn May 16, 2016 the Board of Education passed a resolution stating that the Board intends to close Eastbury School beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The resolution includes a number of guidelines regarding a review of enrollment, housing and development in town, redistricting options, class sizes, and building utilization. Please click here to review the resolution.

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 awards and recognition received by Glastonbury Public School staff members.

GPS Dates to Remember


Visit the Planetarium!

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Community Newsletter

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