We are very excited to welcome back staff and students for the start of the 2019-20 school year. There are several initiatives we are especially enthusiastic about. This will be the first year of the implementation of our Strategic Plan. During the next five years, we will focus on three goals (1. High academic achievement for all; 2. Meaningful and personalized professional development to support our academic initiatives; and 3. Develop goal setting and accountability systems that support best instructional practices and high student achievement.) Additionally, we will focus on the crucial skill sets students will need to succeed in an ever-changing global society (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.) For more information on our strategic plan, please visit www.somers.k12.ct.us.
Somers Elementary School is implementing a new language arts program (Fountas and Pinnell). This researched-based program will allow our teachers to apply systemic instruction that targets critical areas of language arts development. The staff participated in professional development before the start of the school year, so they are prepared to engage students in high-level instruction on day one.
Mabelle B. Avery Middle School welcomes a new administrative team. Margot Martello (Principal) and Michael McDonnel (Assistant Principal) have assumed the leadership reigns. They bring diverse and extensive experiences that have already had a significant positive impact on the school culture. We look forward to all the new and exciting student learning initiatives that will occur through their leadership.
Construction on the new Somers High School Athletic Facility has finally begun. This is one component of the $6 million Board of Education Long-Range Facility Plan that will be implemented during the next three years. The new athletic facility will provide our student-athletes with a great venue to practice and host competitions. It will include a new turf field, lights, a sound system, and bleachers capable of seating five-hundred fans. The projected completion is the spring of 2020.