What's Happening

90 MINUTE DELAY
12/05/2016
Due to current weather conditions, all Region One schools will run under a 90 minute delay today, Monday, Dec. 5th.
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Winter Weather Is Upon Us
11/22/2016
Winter is officially upon us. The safety of our students is our number one priority. Please be sure that your schools have your correct, updated contact information so that we may reach you in the event of any weather-related delayed openings, early dismissals, or cancellations that may occur.
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Assistant Superintendent Focus Groups
11/17/2016
Region 1's Search for a new Assistant Superintendent of Schools is underway. Finding the right leader will benefit from our best collective efforts. We cordially invite you to join our search consultant, Dr. Mary Broderick, on December 7, 2016 at HVRHS, Room 133, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or December 13, 2016 at Kent Center School, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to share your thoughts about the skills, experiences, philosophies, and characteristics desired in our new leader. All are also welcome to participate in a survey to help clarify the qualities and characteristics desired in our next Assistant Superintendent. Please find the survey link on the Region 1 website (region1schools.org) or at this site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2CMG53J. The survey will be open until December 15th.
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 Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Chamberlain

  1.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Education Cost Share Grants by town for 2016-2017:

    2012-13

    2013-14

    2014-15

    2015-16

     2016-17

    Canaan

    207,146

    209,258

    209,258

    209,153

    186,637

    Cornwall

    85,322

    85,322

    85,322

    85,129

    23,499

    Kent

    167,342

    167,342

    167,342

    167,052

    51,265

    North Canaan

    2,091,544

    2,091,544

    2,091,790

    2,091,525

    2,064,277

    Salisbury

    187,266

    187,266

    187,266

    148,652

    60,176

    Sharon

    145,798

    145,798

    145,798

    139,261

    42,103

    Legislation: Regionalism and Efficiencies:

    Public Act 16-144:  An Act Concerning Regionalism

    This Act made changes to statutes intended to encourage regional efficiencies.  First, the Act specifically permits municipalities to purchase equipment, supplies, materials, or services from entities that contract with a regional educational service center (RESC) or regional council of governments (COG) for the sale of such goods or services to the state, municipalities, nonprofits, or public purchasing consortia.  The Act also makes RESCs and local and regional board of education eligible to participate in an existing regional performance incentive program administered by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM).  This program awards grant funding based on regionalization proposals submitted to OPM.  The Act specifies that RESCs may submit grant proposals to OPM for funding for regionalization initiatives, planning studies and sharing of information technology services.  The Act specifies that local and regional boards of education and RESCs serving populations of 100,000 or more may submit grant proposals for regional special education initiatives.  (Note our regional RESC is EdAdvance.)

    1. SM&SH – We are pleased to report that students from our six elementary schools participated in the fourth SM&SH Day (Science and Math Made Simple and Fun for Sixth-Graders) on October 25, 2017 which is hosted by The Hotchkiss School.  This was a fun-filled day of workshops and activities, as math and science are the driving force behind the most exciting innovations this century.  We encouraged students to explore new ideas, solve and unlock puzzles, and imagine new solutions to new questions.

    1. HVRHS Musical Theatre Society will hold its 14th annual Northwest Connecticut Kitchen Tour on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  The tours open at 10:00am. and end at 4:00pm.,  samples of food will be available in each kitchen from local chefs.  In addition, cooking demonstrations will also be available.  This fundraiser will benefit the production of The Drowsy Chaperone scheduled for performance on March 16-18, 2017.  Tickets are available for $40.00 at the following venues:  www.HMTS.org, Phone:  860-294-4684, and at our local pharmacies in Sharon, Salisbury, and Kent.  Many thanks to the parents, Michael Berkeley, Lori Belter and their Team for making musical theater possible at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  I also wish to extend a thank you to our many local sponsors.  

    1. Regional Calendar:  Next month we will begin the boards’ process of establishing a regional school calendar for 2017 & 2018.  EdAdvance (formerly known as Education Connection) has completed the required regional state calendars which will serve as a foundation for Regional School District #1 planning.  We have five flexible days or variance from the EdAdvance calendars to accommodate local needs.   A draft of Region One’s calendar will be presented at the December meetings with a recommendation to the Region One Board in January for adoption or modification. As always, your input is welcomed. (See attached EdAdvance template.)

    1. CABE & CAPSS Conference will be held on November 18th and 19st at the Mystic Marriott in Groton for board of education members and public school superintendents. Late registration information can be found at cabe.org. This conference affords all board of education members an opportunity for professional development.  Please contact Tina Bunce if you need assistance with registration (860-824-0855).  Should you not be able to attend there will be multiple opportunities to attend CABE workshops throughout the school year.  

    1. Negotiations:  

    Fall – Certified Contracts: Kent Board of Education completed a certified contract negotiation with a three year contract.

    1. Brooker Memorial:

    We are most grateful for the continued support of Brooker Dental Center staff for the ongoing program called “Preventative Dental Care Program”. This program is designed to provide oral health assessments. In 2015-16, a total of 396 children received dental services.  This invaluable service has been provided through the funding of Brooker Memorial and the Foundation for Community Health. (See attached letter and the details related to this service.)


P. Chamberlain