District News and Announcements

Board of Finance Recommends Reduction to Education Budget

Posted February 23, 2024

The Board of Finance has recommended a $475,000 reduction to the Board of Education approved budget for next school year. During March, the Town Council will discuss and vote on the final education budget. The BOE Budget page includes budget documents and additional information on the budget process.

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Congrats to the 2024 Connecticut State
Class LL AND State OPEN Champions
GHS Girls Indoor Track!

Posted February 14, 2024
Updated February 21,2024

Upcoming Networking Event 

Posted February 13, 2024


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Behavior Issues at School

Posted February 5, 2024

The Superintendent and Board of Education recently shared information with families and the community regarding student behavior.  Please click here for the Superintendent's message to families.

GHS Drama Club and Music Department Present Anything Goes

Posted January 28, 2024

The Glastonbury High School Music Department and Drama Club will present Anything Goes in the GHS auditorium at 7:00 pm on March 1, 2, 8, and 9. There is also a 2:00 matinee on March 3. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Click here to purchase.  You may also purchase tickets at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

For more information, please call 860-652-7200 ext. 11032. 

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Board of Education Budget

Posted January 9, 2024
Updated January 24, 2024

On January 8, 2024, the Board of Education voted to adopt a $124,946,745 education budget for the 2024-2025 school year. This is an increase of 3.89% to the current operating budget. 

Over the coming weeks, the Board of Education will meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget. The Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March.

To view budget documents as they become available, please visit the BOE Budget page. To view meeting information, including options for participating during public comment, visit the BOE Meetings page.

Board of Education Budget

Posted January 5, 2024

Glastonbury citizens are encouraged to attend the Board of Education’s budget meetings and learn about the budget process. The Board plans to vote on the 2024-2025 education budget at their next meeting, Monday, January 8, 2024 at 7 pm.  The meeting will be held at Town Hall Town Council Chambers. It is available for viewing on Cox Cable and can also be livestreamed.

To view budget documents as they become available, please visit the BOE Budget page. To view meeting information, including options for participating during public comment, visit the BOE Meetings page.

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Join our New Community Group!

Posted December 6, 2023

Town residents who are NOT Glastonbury Public Schools parents, guardians, or staff members can now join our district's “community group” on the ParentSquare app.

Those who sign up will receive a couple of notices every month. Notices will include updates on major initiatives and the school budget and invitations to public events such as high school drama productions and concerts. We also look forward to sharing stories of student and staff successes. 

To sign up, please complete this quick community group form. You will receive a confirmation email where you click to activate your account.  We hope this new tool will help us build an even stronger community network that benefits everyone.

CABE Awards

Posted November 30, 2023

Glastonbury Public Schools received six awards from the CT Association of Boards of Education this year! First, the Board was recognized as a Board of Distinction for effective leadership. We also received five communications awards for:  1) the 23-24 BOE budget, 2) the 23-24 budget presentation, 3) the district's Careers webpage, 4) the district's Strategic Plan, webpage, and graphics, and 5) the 23-24 Art Department calendar.  Pictured here (left to right) are Superintendent Alan Bookman, BOE Vice Chair Julie Thompson, and CT Commissioner of Education Charlene Russell-Tucker.

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GHS Strength & Conditioning Facility

Posted November 29, 2023

Plans for the GHS Strength and Conditioning Facility are almost complete. They will soon be submitted to the Town for planning and zoning and land use approvals. Then the project will be sent to bid. We project that the facility will be completed and ready for use by the end of the summer of 2024. 

FFA Winter Sale

Posted November 27, 2023

Online Orders:  November 20th - December 13th

Walk-up Sale: Saturday, December 16th from 10 am - 1 pm

Click here to learn more and to order

The Glastonbury FFA Winter sale has begun! This year you can purchase poinsettias, wreaths, boxwood trees, cemetery boxes, and candle centerpieces. We have a variety of options for colors and designs, so please click above to see our full variety of products. All proceeds from the sale go directly back into supporting our students in the AgriScience program. Our students are excited to bring you this variety of holiday goods, handcrafted with love and care as they learn the intricacies of design as an art and a business!

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Kindergarten Age Change

Posted November 14, 2023

Connecticut has joined the large majority of states in our country that require children to be 5 years old before September 1 to start kindergarten. The cut-off date used to be January 1. This change will narrow the age and developmental ranges of kindergarten classes. It will help ensure kindergarten students arrive ready to learn and thrive.

Later in November 2023, the Glastonbury Board of Education will vote to approve a plan to phase in this change over two years. Phasing in the change will assist families searching for childcare spots that are both hard to find and expensive. It will also help the school system in managing staffing levels.  Please visit our Kindergarten Registration website for details of the plan.

Board of Education Budget Workshops

Posted November 14, 2023

Glastonbury citizens are encouraged to attend the Board of Education’s upcoming budget workshops and learn about the budget process. Budget workshops will be held on January 2, 3, and 4, 2024 at 6:00 pm in Town Hall Town Council Chambers. The third meeting on January 4 will be held if needed.

To view budget documents as they become available, please visit the BOE Budget page. To view meeting information, including options for participating during public comment, visit the BOE Meetings page.

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Honoring our Veterans

Posted November 10, 2023

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Veterans Day programs and celebrations in our schools special. Most importantly, thank you to all who have served and sacrificed for our country. 

Please enjoy this video. It features the song The Flag We Fly by Karl Hitzemann, sung by the Nayaug School Midnight Singers. The soloist is Nayaug student Alarie Sweet. Musicians are Mr. Stephen Confrancesco on trumpet, Mr. Mike Rosenbush on guitar, Mr. Chris Waltz on bass, and Mr. Ben Weir on drums. 

Thanksgiving Early Dismissal

Posted October 31, 2023

There will be a district-wide early dismissal for Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 22, 2023.

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Kindergarten ABC Fashion in the News!

Posted October 31, 2023

Please enjoy this news story about Naubuc School's 2023 Kindergarten ABC Fashion Show event.

Drama Club Fall Production

Posted October 24, 2023

The GHS Drama Club presents Our Town in the GHS auditorium at 7:00 pm on November 10, 11, 17, and 18 and 2:00 pm on November 12. 

Tickets will be available online for $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Just click here to purchase. You may also purchase tickets at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, please call 860-652-7200 ext. 11032.

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Naubuc School Renovation

Posted October 16, 2023

This video provides a quick construction update. 

Please click the blue button below to learn more about the project.

GHS Teacher Honored

Posted October 7, 2023

GHS Ancient Greek and Latin Teacher Dr. Mark Pearsall received the prestigious  Merens Award from the American Classical League. This award recognizes his sustained and distinguished service to the classics profession. Dr. Pearsall is one of four educators in the country to be recognized with the award last year. He has taught at Glastonbury Public Schools since 1994 and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching. He is also a former Glastonbury Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

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District Ranks Highly Again!

Posted September 26, 2023

Niche's 2024 rankings compare our district regionally, statewide, and nationally. 

There are many data points that can be used in evaluating a school system. This is just one source for measuring our success. 

Glastonbury Public Schools is grateful to all those in our school community who support us in achieving our goals. We are empowering students to be active learners, curious thinkers, resilient individuals, and compassionate citizens. We are proud of this recognition! 

Please click here for all Glastonbury Public Schools Niche rankings.

Amazon Donates $5,000

September 15, 2023

Amazon donated $5,000 to Glastonbury Public Schools for back-to-school supplies. Each of our buildings received a proportionate share. This photo captures the excitement when employees from the Glastonbury Amazon delivery station delivered boxes to the special education programs at Eastbury. Eastbury staff selected a variety of equipment, sensory supplies, and educational games to help students focus and learn. The students couldn’t wait to see what was in those boxes! 

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Go GHS Guardians!

September 8, 2023

Thank you to the  GHS Student Council for organizing the fall sports pep rally!

Teacher of the Year is State Semifinalist!

August 30 , 2023

Congratulations to GHS English Teacher Tim Sanderson, the Glastonbury Public Schools 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Sanderson is entering his 25th year teaching at Glastonbury High School. He is a champion for student voices who has a profound and positive influence on his students.  

Mr. Sanderson was also recently selected as a Connecticut State Teacher of the Year Semifinalist. This recognition is so well deserved! Glastonbury Public Schools is proud that seven of our last nine Teachers of the Year have become state semifinalists. 

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23-24 COVID Practices

August 17 , 2023

The federal COVID-19 health emergency expired in May of 2023. Glastonbury Public Schools will start the 2023-2024 school year without most of the COVID-19 practices we have followed in the past few years including the public reporting of the number of cases. However, COVID-19 continues to circulate.

As always, students and staff should take simple actions such as staying home when sick, washing hands, and covering their mouths when coughing and sneezing. Those testing positive for COVID should notify the school nurse, stay home for the first 5 days, and (if fever-free) return wearing a mask for the next 5 days. We will continue to clean and ventilate our schools. We will keep our school community informed and adjust our practices if the level of community transmission requires a different approach to protect the health and safety of students and staff.

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NEW Free Meal Guidelines

August 9 , 2023

The State of Connecticut has allocated​ funding to support school meal programs.​ Under current state guidelines, our schools will provide breakfast, where available, at no cost to all students. In addition, lunch meals will be provided at no cost to students eligible for reduced-priced meals. Families that do not qualify for free or reduced meals may purchase lunch for $3.00 (grades K-6)​ or $3.50 (​grades 7-12).

If you think your family may qualify for free​ meals,​ please click here ​for information and forms.  Please contact the Food Service Department at 860-652-7949 with any questions.

Board Adopts 2023-2028 Strategic Plan

July 11, 2023

On July 10, the Glastonbury Board of Education adopted a new five-year plan for the future. The plan voices our district mission, core values, beliefs about learning, and vision of the graduate (the “why”), our strategic goals (the “what”), and our action plan (the “how”).  

Student success is the essence of our work. As a preK-12 learning community, our goal is for every graduate to develop important skills that will help them to be successful now and in the future. We will empower students to be active learners, curious thinkers, resilient individuals, and compassionate citizens. Click here to learn more about the 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.

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Introducing ParentSquare!

July 1, 2023

We are excited to have launched ParentSquare this summer. ParentSquare is our new districtwide communication system.  Parents received invitations to sign up this summer. We will be gradually rolling out the many features of this program during the 2023-2024 school year. 

Teachers will have the option to pilot the use of ParentSquare during the 2023-2024 school year. Some may choose to use the app right away and others may not.  Please click here for more information about ParentSquare.

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Welcome Assistant Superintendent Kate Lund

June 9 , 2023  

Congratulations to Ms. Kate Lund who has been appointed as the new Glastonbury Public Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She replaces Cheri Burke who will be the new Superintendent of Granby Public Schools. 

Ms. Lund has exceptional qualifications, a range of experience, and a proven track record of successful leadership which position her to succeed in this demanding role. She has served Glastonbury Public Schools for eleven years, first as Assistant Principal at Smith Middle School and then as Director of English/Language Arts and Library Media for Grades 6-12.

According to Superintendent Alan Bookman, “Ms. Lund’s expertise in curriculum and instruction, her support for individual student learning, and her commitment to cultivating positive school cultures will help propel our district forward. Her drive and charisma will inspire our school community as we work together to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life." 

GHS Art Show

June 7, 2023  

Once again this year the outstanding talent of student artists was on display for the Glastonbury community to enjoy during our GHS art show. Please visit the Art Department website for more photos.

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Summer Learning

June 5, 2023  

Summer learning comes in many forms. During the summer children can explore a passion, learn something new, or take time to prepare for the coming school year.  Our Summer Learning website provides a range of suggested activities by grade level.

GHS 50th Reunion Breakfast

Posted May 30, 2023  

The School Counseling Department recently hosted a breakfast for the Glastonbury High School Class of 1973.  At the 50th Reunion event, Superintendent Bookman and Board of Education members returned high school transcripts to the 1973 graduates. Reunion members were also invited to an afternoon tour of the high school facility to see how it's changed.

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Appreciation for Drivers & Crossing Guards

Posted May 29, 2023  

Glastonbury Public Schools recently celebrated bus drivers, van drivers, and crossing guards at the annual PTSO appreciation breakfast. You'll find more photos on the Transportation Department home page

Congrats 2023 Retirees!

Posted May 17, 2023  


Business Partnership in the News!

Posted May 3, 2023  

Students from our Glastonbury Transition Academy learn culinary arts and restaurant maintenance while working  for local Glastonbury business, SliceWorks.

Kaleidoscope of Languages and Cultures Event

Posted April 20, 2023  

You are invited to our Kaleidoscope of Languages and Cultures event on Wednesday, April 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Middle School. Join us as we celebrate the languages and cultures of our schools, community, and world through diverse voices and experiences. This event is open to the public! Click here for the exciting details

Music Department Honored

Posted April 20, 2023  

Our district's music department was recognized again this year for it's excellence in music education. This is the 11th year in a row it has received this distinction.

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GHS POPS CONCERT

Posted April 10, 2023  

Friday, May 5th at 7:30 pm in the GHS Gym. Online tickets sales open until May 4. Limited tickets available on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6:30 pm the night of the concert. 

Support families in need through the Glastonbury LinksTogether Food Drive. Please consider bringing the following items to the concert to donate:  soup, ketchup/mustard, dessert mixes, cereal, snacks, juice/coffee/tea, and shampoo/deodorant. Glastonbury LinksTogether is a community organization of local congregations. Your support is greatly appreciated!  



Board Votes on Final 2023-24 Budget

Posted March 28, 2023  

On March 27, 2023, the Board of Education finalized the school budget for next school year. The Board reduced the budget by $460,000 as required by a Town Council vote. The Board focused on budget items that would not directly impact student instruction.

Three budget lines were adjusted. The magnet school tuition line was adjusted by $140,000. This reflects additional Open Choice student funding our district will receive. The fuel budget line was decreased by $60,000. This is because the Town locked in a more favorable diesel rates than that originally projected last year. Lastly, the out-of-district tuition line was adjusted by $260,000. These savings are possible because more Glastonbury students are attending our in-house LINKS Academy program rather than being outplaced to more expensive programs. 

To view budget documents, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website. 

Town Council Sets Final Budget

Posted March 21, 2023  

The Glastonbury Town Council voted on March 21, 2023, to reduce next year's school budget by $460,000. The Board of Education will meet to determine what budget lines to adjust. They will likely vote on this at their next meeting this coming Monday, March 27, at 7 pm. The BOE Budget page provides budget documents and additional information on the budget process. 

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Recognizing Student Support Personnel

Posted March 20, 2023  

School Support Center clinicians and social workers from Glastonbury Youth and Family Services were recently recognized at a Board of Education meeting. These dedicated professionals provide critical support to students and families in our school community.

Town Council to Set Final Budget

Posted March 16, 2023  

The Board of Finance has recommended a $460,000 cut to the Board of Education approved budget for next school year. The Town Council will meet on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 pm at the Riverfront Community Center to set the final education and town budgets for next year. The BOE Budget page provides budget documents and additional information on the budget process. 

2023 Summer Camps

Posted March 15, 2023  

Please visit the Summer Camps page of our website to learn about the camps and to register. Because these camps are tuition-based, there is no cost to the Board of Education. 

Youth Art Month Exhibit

Posted March 13, 2023  

In recognition of National Youth Art Month, the Glastonbury Public Schools Art Department has student artwork on display from grades K-12 in the Marilyn Q. Vignone Gallery at Glastonbury High School. It is also displayed on the Art Department’s Virtual Vignone website.

 The Vignone Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday 3-8 PM. For more information, contact Holly Constantine, Director of Visual Art, Glastonbury Public Schools, 860-652-7954. 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Posted March 9, 2023  

The next meeting of the EDI Council will be held via Zoom on March 29, 2023, from 4:30–5:30 pm. The meeting will include a presentation on antisemitism by a representative from ADL (Anti-Defamation League). Click here for Zoom access information.

Glastonbury Public Schools is actively working to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our schools. Please visit our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website for more information, including steps we are taking to promote our district’s EDI work.  

Congratulations GHS Girls Track & Field!

Posted February 27, 2023  

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Board of Finance Recommends Reduction to Education Budget

Posted February 22, 2023  

The Board of Finance has recommended a $460,000 cut to the Board of Education approved budget for next school year. During March the Town Council will discuss and vote on the final education budget.  The BOE Budget page provides budget documents and additional information on the budget process.

Free School Meals Return

Posted February 22, 2023 

The State of Connecticut will begin funding free school meals for all students starting on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 through the remainder of this school year. There is no action required (no registration) to receive the free meals. 

Notes About Free Meals

Families in Need of Financial Assistance

Please visit our Free and Reduced Meals page for important information. 

GHS Drama Production: 

Legally Blonde The Musical

Posted February 14, 2023

The Glastonbury High School Music Department and Drama Club will present Legally Blonde The Musical in the GHS auditorium at 7:00 pm on March 4, 10, and 11. The March 3 performance has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 pm due to weather. There is also a matinee on March 5 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Click here to purchase. You may also purchase tickets at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, please call 860-652-7200 ext. 11032. Free U.S. Coast Guard Band Concert!

Free U.S. Coast Guard Band Concert!

Posted February 1, 2023

The U.S. Coast Guard Band will provide our community with a free public performance at Glastonbury High School on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm). This performance is hosted by the Glastonbury Public Schools Music Department. 

The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble is based at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Concerts include a broad spectrum of music, from wind ensemble classics to swinging jazz charts.  Please click here to register online for up to 4 free tickets. We hope you can join us for this special event! Questions? Please contact Patti Callahan at 860-652-7975.

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  Celebrating School Calendar Art

Posted January 27, 2023

The Board of Education recently celebrated the student artists who contributed to this year's school district calendar. Their work is featured on the Art Department websiteTop row:  Board Chair Doug Foyle, Ryan Ouellette, Robert Meissner, Matthew Simek, Annika Paluska, Umit Selvitopu, Alexandra Arnedo Palacio, Director of Art Holly Constantine. Bottom row:  Alarie Sweet, Alston Oh, Andrew Artemie, Aria Banerjee, Hailey Cho, Benjamin McIntosh.

Board Approves Next Year's Budget

Posted January 10, 2023

On January 9, 2023, the Board of Education voted to adopt a $120,728,065 education budget for the 2023-2024 school year. This is an increase of 3.24% to the current operating budget. This increase is half the current rate of inflation. Board members reduced Superintendent Bookman's proposed budget by $320,000. Reduced accounts include elementary supplies, systemwide replacement equipment, and health insurance.

The Board budget will be presented, along with the Town of Glastonbury budget, during the Town's Annual Meeting on January 24, 2023. The Board of Education will then meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget. The Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March.

To view budget documents and confirm upcoming meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Kindergarten Registration 

Posted January 3, 2023

Any child who will be five years of age on or before January 1, 2024 and meets all residency requirements is eligible to begin kindergarten at the start of the 2023-2024 school year. The registration process is now fully online. Please complete the registration for your child(ren) as soon as possible by visiting our Kindergarten Registration website. 

Smith Middle School Holiday Music Tour

Posted December 22, 2022

Smith Middle School students shared the gift of music with the Glastonbury community in late December. Students in the SMS Select Chorus, Jazz Band, and Chamber Orchestra enjoyed performing at Nayaug Elementary School, Hebron Avenue Elementary School, and the Addison Place Assisted Living Facility. Their songs, from a variety of traditions and cultures, inspired joy and laughter at each stop!

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Recognizing Music Outreach 

Posted December 14, 2022

The music department was recently recognized by the Board of Education for its commitment to community outreach.  Our music students at all grade levels regularly perform at community events such as the Glastonbury Apple Festival and the town's Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies.  They also visit and perform at the Glastonbury Healthcare Center, The Hearth,  and Addison Place.  Our students are eager to share the gift of music with the broader community.  Pictured here is the GHS Brass Quartet who recently performed at a BOE meeting. L to R:  Reed Scampoli, Evan Lionberger, Devin Cross, Aazia Zafar.

Student Designs Hartford Mural 

Posted December 5, 2022

This summer, Glastonbury High School Junior Manuela Valencia designed and painted a large outdoor mural in Hartford, her hometown.  The stunning 8-foot by 32-foot mural graces the new food truck park at WestSide Square.

Manuela is a talented, hardworking, friendly, and highly successful student. She is a member of the Glastonbury AgriScience Department and FFA.  Please click here to learn more about her beautiful project.

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Outstanding Art Teacher

Posted December 5, 2022

Congratulation to Smith Middle School Art Teacher Christopher DelCoro on his recent selection by the CT Art Education Association as their 2022 Outstanding Middle Level Art Educator. Mr. DelCoro, who worked as a professional costume designer before coming to Glastonbury, has also worked over the years at Eastbury, Nayaug, Hebron Avenue, and Gideon Welles Schools. We are proud of Mr. DelCoro and the way he shares his passion and knowledge with students. 

Board of Education Budget Workshops

Posted November 29, 2022

Glastonbury citizens are encouraged to attend the Board of Education’s upcoming budget workshops and learn about the budget process. Budget workshops will be held on January 3, 4, and 5, 2023 at 6:00 pm in Town Hall Town Council Chambers. The third meeting on January 5 will be held if needed.

The Board plans to vote on the education budget at their January 9, 2023 meeting at 7 pm. To view budget documents as they become available, please visit the BOE Budget page. To view meeting information, including options for participating during public comment, visit the BOE Meetings page.

FFA Winter Sale

Posted November 21, 2022

Pointsettias, wreaths, boxwood trees, cemetery boxes, and candle centerpieces!

Online Ordering is open 11/21/22 through 12/16/22. Proceeds support our students in the AgSci program. See the flyer and our ordering website for details.  Remember to order first and THEN schedule a pick up time.

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Paid School Meals UPDATE

Posted November 16, 2022

Updated November 23, 2022

Free meals for all students will end on Friday, December 9, 2022. Paid meals began on Monday, December 12, 2022. We encourage families who are in need of financial assistance to complete and submit the confidential Free and Reduced Price Meal Application if they have not done so already. Note: The SNAP income guidelines were recently updated. 

Payment is due at the time of purchase. Click here for information on school meal accounts and payment options. Purchase of extra items (snacks, water, juice) will only be allowed if there are funds available in the a la carte portion of the account.

Meal Prices

Additional Resources

Congrats GHS Girls Cross Country

TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT!

Posted November 15, 2022

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Glastonbury Public Schools Honors Veterans

Posted November 14, 2022

Veterans Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about and reflect upon the importance of the day. It is also a time when we can all honor and express appreciation to veterans.

Thank you to all the veteran guests who participated in the events across our schools on Friday. Thank you to our students, staff, and parents, who contributed to making this day special.

This video highlights this year's Veterans Day activities across Glastonbury Public Schools.

November 23 Dismissal Times

Posted November 14, 2022

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving recess, our schools will dismiss at the following times:

12:25 pm - GHS

1:10 pm - Smith/Gideon (Gr. 5 & 6)

1:35 pm - Buttonball/Naubuc

1:55 pm - Hebron Avenue/Hopewell/Nayaug


Gideon Welles Student in the News!

Posted November 3, 2022


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Outstanding Chinese Teacher

Posted November 1, 2022

Congratulation to Glastonbury high School World Language Teacher Xinyu Li. Ms. Li who was one of two U.S. teachers to be selected as a 2022 Outstanding Chinese Teacher by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS). Ms. Li has worked tirelessly to promote our Chinese Language program through her curriculum work and engaging teacher style. We are so proud of Ms. Li! 

Hall of Fame Coach

Posted November 1, 2022

GHS History and Social Sciences Teacher Maureen Perkins was recently inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame . This award recognizes her achievements as both a player and a coach. Ms. Perkins helped her Stonington High School team win the state championship before playing for UCONN as a two-time Big East All-Academic selection.  She has coached the GHS Field Hockey team as head coach since 1999 winning multiple conference and state titles. Ms. Perkins has been recognized as the Class L Coach of the Year three times and was the CT Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2008. In 2020 Ms. Perkins was a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Special Sports Coach of the Year Award. What a list of accomplishments! 

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GHS Drama Production: Clue

Posted November 1, 2022

The GHS Drama Club will present Clue in the GHS auditorium at 7:00 pm on November 11, 12, 18, and 19. Come and enjoy this production based on a classic film and popular board game. 

Tickets are available online for $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Just click here to purchase. You may also purchase tickets at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, please call 860-652-7200 ext. 11032.

Communication Awards

Posted October 28, 2022

Glastonbury Public Schools was recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education  (CABE) with three Communication Awards: 1) for the Superintendent's 2022-2023 Budget Presentation, 2) for the school year's theme (Be Kind, Be Curious, and Be Well) and branding, and 3) for the GHS STEAM Lab Website.

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Board of Education Recognition

Posted October 28, 2022

Updated November 27, 2022

The Glastonbury Public Schools Board of Education once again this year received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Board of Distinction Award. This program recognizes excellence in the leadership activities of local boards of education. Pictured here are Board of Education member Julie Thompson, CT Department of Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell-Tucker, and Superintendent Dr. Alan Bookman.

District Rankings for Glastonbury Public Schools

Posted September 29, 2022

Niche ranked Glastonbury Public Schools highly again this year. The rankings compare our school district regionally, across the state, and nationally. 

There are many data points that can be used in evaluating a school system and this is just one source for measuring our success. We are proud of how Glastonbury Public Schools prepares our students for the futures that await them. And we are happy to be recognized for the hard work of staff across our district.

Please click here for all Glastonbury Public Schools Niche rankings.


GPS 2023 Niche Award 2.pdf

GHS Fall Mum Sale

Posted September 7, 2022

The Glastonbury FFA is selling a variety of mums. Contactless pickup will take place at the GHS Greenhouse on September 16th from 12 pm to 5 pm and September 17th from 9 am to 12 pm.  


GHS Alumni Art Show

Posted September 1, 2022

Please join us to celebrate the diverse careers of our Alumni spanning academia and visual, STEAM, and applied arts. Gallery hours for public viewing  (beginning September 19) are Monday to Thursday, 3–8 pm. Please RSVP for the September 22 Artist Reception by 9/15/22 at 860-652-7954.

multi-colored graphic with text: Alumni Art Exhibition, Glastonbury Public Schools, Marilyn Q. Vignone Gallery, 19 September - 31 October, Artist Reception September 22, 2022

Great Start to the Year!

Posted August 26, 2022

Teacher of the Year

Posted August 22, 2022

Updated August 26, 2022

Congratulations to Miss Janice Skene, our 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year! Miss Skene is the Health and Physical Education teacher at Buttonball Lane Elementary School. In over 30 years with the district, she has taught in almost every school building. Her passion for health and wellness, exemplary teaching skills, and commitment to the school community have earned her the respect and gratitude of students, parents, and colleagues.  

We are pleased to announce that Miss Skene has also been selected as a Connecticut State Teacher of the Year Semifinalist!  Six out of Glastonbury Public Schools' last eight Teachers of the Year have become CT State Semifinalists. One was also selected as a Finalist. 

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COVID-19

Posted August 22, 2022

Please click here for COVID-19 resources, our district dashboard, recent communications, and current COVID school operations information. Test kits are available at our schools for students and families. Contact our school health office (after the start of the school year) to arrange for test kit pick-up. 

Back to School Info

Posted July 1, 2022

Updated August 18, 2022

Superintendent Welcome Back Letter

Board Chair Welcome Back Letter

Elementary school class placement letters, secondary school student schedules, and bus assignments are sent to parents during the summer. Please click here to view details for how and when this information is shared.

GHS Fieldhouse Opens!

Posted August 11, 2022

This long-awaited modern facility will serve our student-athletes, coaches, visiting teams, and officials for years to come. We look forward to another great year of GHS sports!

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COVID-19

Posted June 10, 2022

COVID-19 test kits are available at our schools during the summer months. If needed, please contact your school to arrange for test kit pick-up.

Please note that we do close our buildings occasionally when administrators and office staff are out of the building. If you find this to be the case, test kits are also available at our Central Office, 628 Hebron Avenue. 

Summer Learning

Posted June 3, 2022

We believe that summer learning comes in many forms. We encourage student to explore a passion, learn something new, or gradually prepare for the coming school year. ​Our Summer Learning website provides a range of suggested activities.  Just click to learn more..

GHS Spring Athletic Champions!

Posted June 2, 202

image of sihouette pole vaulter with GHS logo and text:  Girls Outdoor Track & Field 2022 CT Class LL STATE CHAMPS, Congrats!
image with GHS logo and sihoutte crew rowers with text:  Congratulations GHS Girls Crew 1 Varsity 2022 Ct State Rowing Champions
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CABE Recognition

Posted May 26, 2022

Robert Rader has led the CT Boards of Education (CABE) as Executive Director since 1976. CABE works with superintendents and boards of education across our state providing tools and support to help them provide the best education possible for children in their communities.  Bob, who is also a Glastonbury resident and parent, is retiring from CABE this year. We wish him the best! 

Student Awards

Posted May 26, 2022

Several students were recently recognized at Board of Education meetings.  They included the exiting Board of Education Student Representative Ben Wilkinson,  CT Association of Boards of Education Student Leadership Award winners Mace Beckius and Emilia Cemmatescu (from Smith Middle School) and John McCarthy and Nadine Noaman (from GHS), and William Christopher Haddad who has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy West Point.

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Bus/Van Drivers & Crossing Guards Appreciation

Posted May 25, 2022

Every Spring the Glastonbury PTSO hosts an appreciation breakfast for our district's bus and van drivers and crossing guards.  Besides the beautiful buffet prepared by parent volunteers, the highlight of the morning is always the handwritten thank you cards prepared by elementary students for their drivers and crossing guards. Click here to enjoy a photo slideshow of this year's appreciation event.

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Congrats to our Retirees!

Posted May 17, 2022

Click the presentation to see the exceptional educators retiring from our school system this year. They have touched the lives of countless students and will be greatly missed! 

Student Awards

Posted April 29, 2022

The Board recognized six students for their achievements at a recent Board meeting. 

Above, three students received CT Council of Language Teachers (COLT) awards for their winning submissions in the COLT 3-D and Digital Poster Contest. Pictured left to right:  BOE Chair Doug Foyle, Nadja Bergen, Max Bulbandsen, Katie Thompson, and Director of World Languages Rita Oleksak

Above, three students were honored with CT Regional Scholastic Art Gold Key Awards. Pictured left to right are Director of Art Holly Constantine, Cindy Chen, Sofia Brummitte, Ruby Toolan, and BOE Chair Doug Foyle.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Posted April 22, 2022

Glastonbury Public Schools is actively working to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our schools. Please visit our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website for more information, including steps we are taking to promote our district’s EDI work.  The next meeting of the school district's EDI Council is March 17, 2022 at 4:30 pm via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public. Meeting access information is posted on the EDI website

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Glastonbury Music Program Receives National Recognition!

Posted April 18, 2022

Glastonbury Public Schools has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities of Music Education designation. The Music Department has held this distinction since 2013.

Naubuc School Renovation

Posted April 8, 2022

In March 2022 the Glastonbury Town Council approved the renovation of Naubuc School's second floor as part of the town's Capital Improvement Project budget. Click here  to learn about the project and track its progress.

GHS Pops Concert

Posted April 4, 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:30 to 9:30 pm 

The GHS Pops Concert, featuring the GHS Band, Chorus and Orchestra is Back! Open to the Public. Click here to purchase a ticket online. Table Seats are $15 and Bleachers Seats are $10.

Girls Indoor Track & Field Champions

Posted April 1, 2022

Members of the 2022 Girls Track & Field Team were recently honored at a Board of Education meeting. They are the reigning CT Class LL Champions!

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Art Month and World Art Day!

Posted April 1, 2022

This year, to celebrate Youth Art Month & UNESCO World Art Day (April 15), the Glastonbury Public Schools Art Department is hosting both a Youth Art Virtual Gallery and a UNESCO World Art Day Celebration Raffle.

Please visit our Virtual Gallery! Students are also encouraged to participate in our celebration by creating art or finding it in their world. It can be Visual Arts, Applied Arts/Design, or STEAM-based art. Click here to Upload Art and Enter the Raffle.

 Students who submit images will be entered into our art-themed raffle. Prizes include 2 tickets to a local museum.

Board Votes on Final 2022-2023 School Budget

Posted March 29, 2022

On March 28, 2022, the Board of Education finalized the school budget for next year. The Board requested a 3.25% budget increase. The Town Council reduced this by $300,000. Budget lines were also adjusted to fund eight more high school teaching positions than previously anticipated. 

The most significant reduction was to the district's health reserve balance. The fund has a healthy surplus. The reduction benefits staff members and taxpayers who share the burden of health insurance premiums.

The increase in faculty is due to several factors. First, more students will be attending GHS next year than assumed in the original budget. Second, GHS students are now required by the state to take 25 rather than 21 credits. Lastly, the new GHS block schedule provides a guaranteed lunch period so significantly more students scheduled 7.5 or 8 courses next year instead of 6 or 7, which was more common in the past.

By far, the extra courses students are enrolling in are electives, including STEAM courses such as technology, art, and computer science, as well as business and agricultural science classes. The breadth of course offerings is one of the many strengths of GHS. We are excited to provide these classes for interested and motivated students next year. To view budget documents, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website. 

Town Council Reduces Education Budget

Posted March 17, 2022

The Glastonbury Town Council voted on March 16, 2022 to reduce next year's school budget by $300,000. The Board of Education will meet in the coming weeks to determine what budget lines to adjust. The Town Council also approved the renovation of Naubuc School's second floor as part of the town's Capital Improvement Project budget. Construction at Naubuc will not begin until after next school year. To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website. 

Summer Camps 2022

Posted March 1, 2022

Please visit the Summer Camps page of our website to learn about the camps and to register. Because these camps are tuition-based, there is no cost to the Board of Education. 

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Governor Lamont Visits GHS

Posted March 1, 2022

Glastonbury High School students were surprised by a visit from Governor Lamont recently. He greeted  students during dismissal to mark the occasion of masks becoming optional in our schools. 

Elementary STEAM Celebration

Posted February 28, 2022

Our Elementary STEAM Celebration will take place throughout the month of March. There are STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) for your children to participate in every day.  There is plenty to explore, question, research, and discover! Click below to learn more.

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Student Support Centers

Posted February 25, 2022

The PTSO recently hosted a zoom webinar with School Counseling staff to help parents learn about this important resource for our students.


Posted February 22, 2022

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Kaleidoscope of Cultures

Posted January 31, 2022

We have prepared an engaging collection of activities for you to sample during the month of February. It is all part of our "Lead with Languages Month." Many of the activities highlight our own school community's kaleidoscope of international students and staff members. We encourage your family to try one or try them all! Just click below.

Congressman Larson Visits GHS Coding Club to Present Award

Posted January 31, 2022

Congressman John B. Larson recently visited the Glastonbury High School Coding Club to present an award to the 2021 Congressional App Challenge winners. GHS students Jude Ramanan, Niteesh Kalangi, and Rahul Jayachandran (pictured here left to right) developed an app called "Mentality" which provides mental health tips and resources. Congressman Larson also discussed the students and their app during a recent U.S. Ways and Means Committee Hearing on America's Mental Health Crisis.

photo of 3 GHS students, winners of the app challenge, wearing masks and talking with Congressman Larson
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CTE Month/Coding Challenge

Posted January 28, 2022

The Association for Career & Technical Education® promotes CTE Month during February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.  As part of the celebration, students are invited to participate in the Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge. This is a statewide coding competition for Connecticut students. The "Coding for Good - Inspiring Health and Wellness For All" challenge is open to all students who can enter on their own or as a team through their schools and through informal education partners. Please visit the Challenge website for details. 

Virtual Calendar Art Exhibit

Posted January 27, 2022

At their January 24, 2022 meeting, the Board of Education celebrated our student artists who contributed to this year's district art calendar. Click here to enjoy the Virtual Calendar Art Gallery

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Posted January 25, 2022

Glastonbury Public Schools is actively working to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in our schools. Please visit our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion website for more information, including steps we are taking to promote our district’s EDI work.  The next meeting of the school district's EDI Council is February 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm via Zoom. This meeting is open to the public. Meeting access information is posted on the EDI website.

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Board Approves Next Year's Budget 

Posted January 11, 2022  

At their January 10, 2022 meeting, the Board of Education voted to adopt a $117,237,381 education budget for the 2022-2023 school year. It is an increase of 3.25% to the current operating budget.  This is less than half the current annualized rate of inflation. Board members reduced Superintendent Bookman's proposed budget by $623,500. Reduced accounts include supplies across most departments, equipment, professional learning and curriculum development, athletic uniforms, non-certified staff retirement, fringe benefits, technology, and staff turnover. 

The Board budget will be presented, along with the Town of Glastonbury budget, during the Town's Annual Meeting (date/time to be announced, probably late January). Then the Board of Education will meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget. The Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March.

To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website. To view meeting access information, visit the BOE Meetings page.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted January 3, 2022  

Any child who will be five years of age on or before January 1, 2023 and meets all residency requirements is eligible to begin kindergarten at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The registration process is now fully online. Please complete the registration for your child(ren) as soon as possible by visiting our Kindergarten Registration website. 

Glastonbury 2021 Winter Flyer Website.pdf

FFA Winter Sale

Posted November 29, 2021  

Wreaths, Holiday Boxes, Candle Centerpieces. 

November 27 through December 9, 2021

Pick up on December 3rd and December 10th.

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Posted November 17, 2021  

District Awards

Posted November 17, 2021  

In the fall of 2021, Glastonbury Public Schools was recognized with a number of awards by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE). The Board of Distinction  Award honors our volunteer Board members. It is based on several criteria that include: supporting the appropriate use of technology in education, incorporating professional development into policy, and working closely with local legislators to improve schools.  

The district also received several Bonnie B. Carney Awards of Excellence for Educational Communications. We were recognized with the Website Award for the district’s Early Learning Center website, the Newsletter Award for our internal staff newsletter, and a Special Project Award for our Agricultural Science recruiting posters.  

Board of Education Budget Workshops

Posted November 12, 2021  

Glastonbury citizens are encouraged to attend the Board of Education’s upcoming budget workshops and learn about the budget process. Budget workshops will be held on January 3, 4, and 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm.

The Board plans to vote on the education budget at their January 10, 2022 meeting at 7 pm. To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

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 Veterans Day

Posted November 11, 2021  

We are proud of the meaningful Veterans Day activities that take place in each of our schools every year. The video here was created by the CT Association of Schools/CIAC in conjunction with the Glastonbury Public Schools AV Department to highlight how Glastonbury High School honors veterans.

Help Wanted

Posted October 12, 2021  

Glastonbury Public Schools is looking to hire. We are particularly looking for day-to-day substitute teachers, part-time paraprofessionals, tutors, bus/van drivers, part-time custodians, and food services staff.  If you have good interpersonal and communication skills and interact well with students, staff and the public, please consider applying. Click the Human Resources button below to learn more.

Tech Help Desk

Posted September 27, 2021  

Wireless Issues? Missing an App? Forgot your Password? Something Else?

Students, parents, and staff members can create a support ticket for any school tech issue they may be experiencing. Visit the Technology and Information Systems Help Desk page for more information.

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Glastonbury Public Schools Excels in Rankings

Posted September 24, 2021  

Niche ranked Glastonbury Public Schools highly again this year. The rankings compare our school district regionally, across the state, and nationally. 

There are many data points that can be used in evaluating a school system and this is just one source for measuring our success. We are proud of how Glastonbury Public Schools prepares our students for the futures that await them. And we are happy to be recognized for the hard work of staff across our district.

Please click here for all Glastonbury Public Schools Niche rankings.

Support the GHS Guardians

Posted September 1, 2021  

Let's do all we can to keep our community safe and our athletes playing. Please visit the GHS Athletics website for the latest COVID-19 practices to keep our students, staff, parents, and community safe. 

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Teacher of the Year 2021–2022

Posted August 23, 2021  

Glastonbury Public Schools is proud to announce our Teacher of the Year 2021-2022:  Dr. Ethan Nash. Dr. Nash has served as the Glastonbury High School Choral Director for the past 14 years. He has instilled both confidence and a passion for beautiful music in countless students over the years.  

Congratulations, Dr. Nash!

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

Posted August 19, 2021  

As much as we hoped we would be “back to normal”—how it was before the pandemic ran through our country and world—many of the same health and safety practices will be in place from last year. Once again this year, we will be flexible, adaptive, and resilient. We will work together to make this year as safe and productive as possible. The Glastonbury Public Schools Community will continue to rise to the occasion. Below are welcome letters from the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education Chair.

Superintendent's Back to School Letter

Board of Education Chair Back to School Letter

Free School Meals

Posted August 19, 2021  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended approval for school districts to continue providing free meals during the 2021-2022 school year. Just like last year, all student meals will be available at no charge. There is no action required (no registration) to receive the free meals.

More information is available on our Foods Services website.

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CONGRATULATIONS GHS STATE CHAMPS!

Posted June 18, 2021


FREE Summer Meals

Updated June 14, 2021

We will offer free Grab & Go summer meals during June and July. Pick up  will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 12 noon at the Gideon Welles School side entrance. We will continue providing 5 days of breakfasts and lunches. Please complete the Summer Meals Form if you plan to participate.  More information is available on our Foods Services website.

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Summer Learning

Posted June 8, 2021

We encourage parents and guardians to support their children’s learning and exploration during the summer months. Our Summer Learning website provides a range of suggested activities. We hope you find this a helpful resource. 

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Congratulations GHS Class of 2021!

Posted June 7, 2021


GHS Yearbook Incident

Posted June 3, 2021

Glastonbury Public Schools has received numerous inquiries from members of our community and the local media regarding the recent Glastonbury High School yearbook incident. In response, we are posting this text of the email sent to the GHS community on March 26. There is no place for hateful acts like this in our school system.  We are committed to the ongoing work needed to address their root causes.

GHS Art Show

Posted May 27, 2021

Join us in celebrating our high school student artists by viewing the 2021 Virtual GHS Student Art Show. The slideshow is posted on the Art Department home page. Just click the image above. 

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2021 End of the Year Dismissal Schedule.pdf

End of School Year Dismissal

Posted May 14, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year will soon come to an end. Please see the dismissal schedule here for the last days of school.


GHS STEAM Lab

Posted May 7, 2021

The Glastonbury High School STEAM Lab is a bold vision to prepare the next generation for careers and colleges in 2030 and beyond.

It will provide a flexible, modern space with state-of-the-art equipment for students to develop the skills employers and colleges are looking for today and in the future. This exciting project will transform not only classroom space, but our curriculum as well. STEAM courses will be truly multidisciplinary, encompassing the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Click here to learn more about the GHS STEAM Lab and how you can support it.

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Leadership Award

Posted April 27, 2021

Congratulations to Director of World Languages Rita A. Oleksak, recipient of the Nelson H. Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Profession. The annual award is given by NECTFL, the Northeast conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  It is just one of the many awards this outstanding administrator has received over the years!

Support the FFA!

Posted April 19, 2021

The plants in our two fundraisers were grown by GHS FFA students. Visit the AgSci Website for more information.

FFA Spring Sale.  Bedding plants, herbs and vegetables. Online ordering from April 30–May 13. (Link will be added.) Contactless pick up May 7, 8, 14 & 15.

FFA Mother's Day Plant Sale.  May 8 from 9 am to 1 pm. In-person sales at St. Paul's Church, 2577 Main Street. Four inch pots are $5 and six inch pots are $10 or 2 for $15.

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Board Votes on Final 2021-22 Budget

Posted April 6, 2021

On April 5, 2021, the Board of Education voted on the final education budget for the 2021-2022 school year. The Board's originally projected budget from January was reduced by the Town Council in March and several accounts were adjusted to reflect updated cost projections. The final budget of $113,549,684 is a 1.61% increase over the current year's education budget.

The Board reduced areas that would not directly impact student instruction. The most significant budget adjustments were made in the areas of the health insurance reserve fund, utilities, and elementary and secondary supplies.

The Board monitors class sizes throughout the spring and summer. They will make any necessary staffing adjustments to accommodate enrollment. More information about the school budget can be found on the BOE Budget page.

Town Council Adopts Final Education Budget

Posted March 24, 2021

On March 23rd the Town Council voted to adopt the final education budget for the coming year. We will need to identify $517,721 in reductions to the Board of Education budget that was approved in January. In addition, the Board will need to cut additional funds to cover $182,279 in revised pension obligations. We will look for areas to reduce that least impact student learning. Reductions to the budget will be on a future Board of Education agenda. The BOE Budget webpage provides budget documents and additional information on the budget process.

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Student Travel Protocols

Updated March 23, 2021  Posted November 5, 2020 

Our student travel protocols remain in place (this includes all out of state and international travel). Prior notice of student travel is required and proof of a negative test upon return will also be required.

Please refer to the following information regarding Glastonbury Public School protocols for student travel.

Glastonbury Schools Travel Protocols

Student Travel Notice Form

Change in GWS, SMS and GHS School Operations

Posted March 10, 2021

We are TENTATIVELY planning to return students in grades 6–12 to full-time in-building learning 5 days a week  at Gideon Welles, Smith Middle and Glastonbury High School starting immediately after Spring Recess on Monday, April 19, 2021.  Parents will have the option to commit to either in-building learning or all eLearning (Plan A) for their grade 6–12 children. There will no longer be a 2-day in-building option. Parents will commit for the remainder of the school year. There will be no switching between in-building and eLearning for the remainder of the year. Elementary schools will continue operating under Plan A as they have been all school year.

The return to in-building learning is contingent on a continued low rate of infection in our state, town, and schools. We will continue to watch if the new strains of COVID-19 cause an uptick in infections. If necessary, we will change these plans.

GHS Drama Club Presents…a FREE Drive-in Event!

Posted February 19, 2021

March 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm

The GHS Drama Club will present “Thriller on the Air Radio Play” Listen Live programming in the GHS Senior Parking Lot. 

On Friday, March 5th you can hear The Hitchhiker and Sorry, Wrong Number both by Lucille Fletcher. On Saturday, March 6th you can hear The 39 Steps by Alfred Hitchcock, adapted by Joe Landry. These shows are FREE and are appropriate for those 13 year old and up. “Doors” open at 6:30 pm both nights. Join us for this drive-in radio experience!

Board of Finance Recommends Education Cut 

Posted February 19, 2021

The Board of Finance has recommended a $317,721 cut to the Board of Education approved budget for next school year. This recommendation does not include a recently revised pension increase of approximately $182,279 which will further reduce the Board budget. The Town Council will discuss and vote on the final education budget on March 17 and/or March 23 at 7:00 pm.

To view budget documents and confirm upcoming meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

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Summer Enrichment Camps

Posted February 19, 2021

School staff members will be offering a variety of summer camp programs for students in June, July and August. Because these camps are tuition based, there is no cost to the Board of Education. Please visit the Summer Camps page of our website to learn about the camps and to register. 

Virtual Calendar Art Exhibit

Posted January25, 2021

At their January 25, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education celebrated our student artists who contributed to this year's district art calendar. Click here to enjoy the Virtual Calendar Art Gallery

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Board Approves Next Year's Budget

Posted January 12, 2021

At their January 11, 2021 meeting, the Board of Education voted to adopt a $114,067,405 education budget for the 2021-2022 school year. This is an increase of 2.07% to the current operating budget. It is the lowest percent request in a Board approved budget in 29 years. Board members reduced Superintendent Bookman's proposed budget by $455,225. Reduced areas included athletic uniforms, new and replacement equipment, and fringe benefits.

The Board budget will be presented, along with the Town of Glastonbury budget, during the Annual Town Meeting on January 27 at 7 pm (held via Zoom conference). Next, the Board of Education will meet with the Board of Finance and the Town Council to discuss the education budget. The Town Council will vote on the final budget later in March.

To view budget documents and confirm upcoming meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Registration for Kindergarten

Posted January 4, 2021

The kindergarten registration process is now fully online. Please complete the registration for your child(ren) as soon as possible by visiting our Kindergarten Registration website. 

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BOE Budget Workshops

Posted January 2, 2021

Glastonbury citizens are encouraged to attend the Board of Education’s upcoming budget workshops and learn about the budget process. Budget workshops will be held on January 4, 5, and 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm via Zoom video conference. Access information will be posted on our BOE Meetings webpage. 

The Board plans to vote on the education budget at their January 11, 2021 meeting at 7 pm, which will also be held via Zoom conference. To view budget documents and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.

Snow Days will alternate between eLearning days and closing schools

Posted January 2, 2021

We recently surveyed parents and staff to determine their preference for snow days during the 2020-2021 school year. The options were to hold eLearning days with all students learning from home on inclement whether days or to cancel school and add days to the end of the school year (except for grade 12).  

There was no clear preference so we have decided to alternate the two options. 

If there are widespread power/internet outages impacting teachers and students, we will not have a remote learning day. Instead, we will close school for the day and it will be made up at the end of the school year (except for grade 12). In-person extra-curricular activities will be cancelled, unless road conditions improve enough to hold the activity.  

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Switch to ALL eLearning for Five Days

Posted December 14. 2020

Due to staffing issues across our district, Glastonbury Public Schools will switch to full eLearning (Plan C) for 5 school days starting Thursday, December 17 through the end of the holiday recess. This applies to all schools, all classes, and all grades.

School offices will remain open during this time. (Because inclement weather is forecast for Thursday, it is possible that school buildings could be closed on this particular day.)  After-school activities are canceled during this period, unless they take place virtually.

Important notes:

We expect this temporary change in school operations might prompt concern and anxiety for some and, perhaps, relief for others. We understand this may be especially difficult for parents who work outside the home and who have young children in need of supervision. Our decision was made with the health and safety interest of students across the district in mind. We hope that providing a few days notice will help children and parents to plan ahead for the smoothest transition possible

Butterfly Intentions

Posted November 23, 2020

"Renew and Reimagine" is our theme for this school year. We invited art students and staff members in all our buildings to create colorful origami and paper butterflies. The butterflies represent the changes and adaptations of the past year, as well as the resilience we've all needed to help us through. 

Participants wrote their positive intentions for the year inside their paper butterflies. Then our art teachers installed the artwork into a stunning display in the breezeway at Glastonbury High School.

The video linked below, created by Director of Art Holly Constantine, highlights the project. 

We also invite you to drive under the GHS breezeway (entrance "C") and look up to see the beautiful butterflies inside. 

photo of colorful paper butterflies in a dense cascade across windows of Glastonbury High School breezeway.

Butterfly Intentions installation at Glastonbury High School

FREE School Meals

Posted November 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended approval for Glastonbury Schools to continue providing FREE meals to all students and residents 18 years or younger through June 30, 2021. We offer these meals in all schools for in-school learners and at the grab-and-go meal sites (Glastonbury High School and Smith Middle School) for remote learners and any other children 18 years or younger. More information is available on our Foods Services website

Districtwide COVID-19 Update

Posted November 9, 2020

At this time we are continuing to operate our schools under the current Hybrid Plan B. There has been a notable uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in our state in the last few weeks. Glastonbury Public Schools also saw an uptick in cases during the last week. Contact tracing continues to indicate that these exposures are occurring outside of our schools. Contact tracing also indicates that these cases are mostly the result of contact with household members as well as extended family members (e.g. uncles, aunts, cousins) and friends visiting the home. A large majority of student quarantines at this time are a result of non-school activities, primarily youth sports groups.

We ask that everyone be prepared in the event we decide to send a school or the entire district home for eLearning. It is possible this decision could be made quickly, with little advance notice. Again, we have no plans to switch to Plan C (all eLearning) at this time. We just wish everyone to be prepared.

We are carefully monitoring the spread of the virus in our state and our community. We remain cautious and urge everyone to please follow state guidelines for health practices including wearing masks, washing hands, keeping socially distant, and limiting gatherings with those outside your household. Student and staff member health and safety remains our priority.

Please visit our COVID-19 Resources/Dashboard page for more information.

Snow Days will be eLearning Days

Posted October 28, 2020

During the 2020-2021 school year, normal "snow days" will now be eLearning days. On inclement weather days, students will connect with their teachers and classes from home, using the internet. We will notify families of an inclement weather eLearning day as soon as possible so that they may be prepared. 

If there are widespread power/internet outages impacting teachers and students, we will not have a remote learning day. Instead, we will close school for the day and it will be made up at the end of the school year (except for GHS Seniors). In-person extra-curricular activities will be cancelled, unless road conditions improve enough to hold the activity.  

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6 clip art boxes with images and test that reads:  #1 Safest School District in CT   (#36 in America) #1 Best School District for Athletes in CT   (#3 in America)  #7 Best School District in CT   (#191 in America)

Glastonbury School District Excels in State and National Niche Rankings

Posted October 22, 2020  

Once again this year, Niche has ranked Glastonbury Public Schools highly compared to other school districts in the state of Connecticut and the nation.  Please click below to learn more. Congratulations to our school staff for earning these impressive distinctions!

#1 Safest School District in CT   (#36 in America)

#1 Best School District for Athletes in CT   (#3 in America)

#3 Best Place to Teach in CT   (#192 in America)

#7 Best School District in CT   (#191 in America)

No Plan to Change Our Current Learning Model

Posted September 28, 2020  

We have begun to receive questions regarding future plans for learning. At this time we have no plans to change our current learning model (Hybrid Plan B). Overall our reopening plan appears to have worked well. 

We are watching carefully as some local schools have had to close for a few days or a couple of weeks due to the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, some districts are preparing to open secondary schools five days a week in the coming month. We will continue to monitor these communities, especially those with large high schools like ours, as we regularly evaluate our learning plan. We will also be cautious about changing plans as cooler weather and the flu season approach.

While we have no set date to transition to Plan A (full-time in-school classes for all grades), we would provide parents, students, and staff with 1-2 weeks notice before making such a change. A transition to Plan C (eLearning for all grades), on the other hand, could be made quickly if needed to protect the health and safety of our community. 

For more information, please visit our School Reopening and COVID-19 web pages. 

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Lieutenant Governor Visits Early Learning Center

Posted September 16, 2020  

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz recently visited the district's Early Learning Center at Eastbury to learn about our successful new program. Our state has lost tens of thousands of childcare slots since the coronavirus pandemic began. The center provides Glastonbury Public Schools teachers and Glastonbury community members with affordable, quality childcare in a safe and engaging center. 

The center is self-supporting with no cost to taxpayers. Click here to learn more about the ELC at Eastbury.

photo of Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz wearing a mask and waving with childcare staff in masks holding several infants.

Free School Meals for all Glastonbury Children

Effective Monday, September 14, 2020 through December 31, 2020 subject to USDA funding

Posted September 10, 2020  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved an extended waiver making all school meals free for every child that resides in Glastonbury. Glastonbury Public Schools will provide FREE breakfast (at those schools that offer breakfast) and FREE lunch for all children age 18 and under. This includes children who are present in school, children who are eLearning from home, and children not enrolled in our school system but residing in Glastonbury.

For those attending school in-building, there is no action required (no registration) to receive the free meals.

Parents may pick up Grab & Go meals (for children not in-building) on Monday through Friday at Smith Middle School (far left of the building) and Glastonbury High School (entrance D, garage door, far left of the building) between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Both breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick up, but you may only pick up meals for a single day. To help with planning, please complete our eLearning Grab and Go School Meals form to indicate your expected regular pick up schedule. 

Lunch options (including Grab and Go) can be found on our Nutrislice site. The Grab & Go hot option will need to be reheated at home. Breakfast options usually consist of a muffin, cereal or bagel with fruit and milk. 

Note:  At this time, in-school breakfast is available in all schools except Buttonball Lane, Hebron Avenue and Hopewell. 

GHS Agriscience Mum Sale!

Posted September 3, 2020  

To order mums:  Scan the QR code with a QR reader app or your cell phone and visit our online agriscience order site. Or just click here: order online from GHS Agriscience

photo of red mums with text that includes September 2-27, $10 each, GHS Agriscience Chrysanthemum Sale, robust in 8" Pots, Red, Yellow, Bronze, Order weekly before Friday. Contactless pickup on Friday. with QR code that send to https://glastonbury.revtrak.net/

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

Posted August 21, 2020  

The beginning of this year will certainly look and feel much different. It is likely we will all face numerous challenges, but Glastonbury Public Schools will continue to provide the best possible education to our students. Below are welcome letters from the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education Chair.

Superintendent's Back to School Letter

Board of Education Chair Back to School Letter

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New Childcare Program

Posted August 12, 2020  

Glastonbury Public Schools has established a new childcare center to support employees in need of quality, affordable care for their young children.

There are a few spots remaining for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and we are now opening up enrollment to the Glastonbury community.

Please visit the center's website to learn about the program, staff members, fees, registration process and more.

New First Days of School

Posted July 28, 2020  

The first days of school for 2020-2021 have been changed. This will provide teachers and staff with three additional days for reopening activities, facility and classroom set-up and staff training. Training topics will include new health and safety protocols, classroom teaching strategies, video conferencing, teaching apps, and supporting student social and emotional learning.

2020-2021 First Days of School

Grades 7-12:  August 31

Grades preK-6:  September 1 

Draft School Reopening Plan

Posted July 13, 2020    Updated July 24, 2020

During the summer of 2020 we continue to develop health and safety protocols for the reopening of schools. Our plans remain a work in progress. They are in compliance with the CT State Reopening guidelines. Please click the red button to learn more. 

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