Editor, The Cheshire Herald:
Dear parents and the community. With the start of a new school year, the Cheshire Public Schools are again ready to provide the best education possible for our students. The Board of Education and the District remain committed to our mission of preparing our students to become capable, engaged and caring young adults who contribute to their communities and enjoy lifelong success.
Towards that end, since 2016 the District has had two primary goals — the development of students as complex thinkers and as strong social-emotional learners. Our consistent focus on these goals have led to improvement in teaching and learning from preschool through high school that resulted in national recognition by Niche.com of Cheshire Public Schools as one of the top 500 school systems in the country. This recognition was well-deserved, particularly since our achievement results on national and state tests have been exceptional. Our 2019 SAT results, for example, were 29 points higher than last year. Even more impressive are the recent Smarter Balanced Assessments results for students in grades three through eight that ranked us the 5th best Connecticut school district overall. While test scores are important, we have received many other accolades, such as our Cheshire High School Best Buddies chapter being named the Best in Connecticut and our elementary schools being named Connecticut Schools of Distinction.
These accomplishments demonstrate that our work in revising our performance standards to ensure attention to complex thinking and social-emotional development is making a difference. We have also focused on school climate and culture. Last spring, at the Board of Education Forum on Climate and Culture, parents and community members made comments and offered valuable suggestions, resulting in a number of improvements in how we prevent and respond to students’ inappropriate behavior.
Our third board forum on this topic, on Monday, Sept. 16, will be an opportunity for you to learn about the actions we’ve taken and to communicate your questions, concerns, and recommendations to the Board of Education. We hope you can join us on Monday at 7 p.m. in Town Council Chambers at Town Hall.
Board of Education