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    Five new teachers join the Miller-Driscoll family
    Nicola Davies

    Miller-Driscoll welcomes five new teachers to school.

    Five new teachers join the Miller-Driscoll family

    Tuesday, August 20th was the first day of school for five new Miller-Driscoll teachers. They are among twenty-five newly hired teachers in Wilton Public Schools. Maria Coleman, Director of Human Resources welcomed the group at the annual New Teacher Orientation meeting and shared that the newly hired teachers in the room represented ‘The top 5% of our applicant pool of 550 applicants.’ She also shared ‘Sitting among you, valedictorian from Wilton high school, a Fulbright scholar and a professional musician whose music was featured at the Sochi Olympics. You are the best of the best and you should feel very proud to be here. We hope Wilton will become your forever home.’

    Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith spoke next, he encouraged all new staff to search for the twitter hashtag #WiltonWayCT.  “I challenge and invite you to visit it and post to it, it will make your day.” In what has become an annual tradition in the Smith Family, Dr Smith asked his own children for their advice for the new teachers. Dr Smith’s five children range in ages from 3rd grade to a High School Freshman and their wise words were:

    • We know how hard your jobs as teachers are.
    • Get to know your students.
    • Be creative.
    • Play lots of games, smile and give out lots of candy. 

    Chris Finkelstein, Chair of the Wilton Board of Education spoke next:

    ‘As you begin your work, you are joining a community that enthusiastically embraces its teachers and supports it schools. Wilton teachers develop strong relationships with families. In our family, we frequently exchange stories about teachers who mean a lot to us. Our community shows support through schools in many ways – investing in them, supporting them on the football field, attending music and drama performances. This is an exciting time to be starting your tenure, teachers are the center of everything’

    Chuck Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Andrea Leonardi, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services also spoke reinforcing the days theme of fostering relationships, increasing student engagement and helping students to take risks to meet their goals.

    ‘Success is when students come in smiling, telling you stories and relating something you taught them to something that happened to them in the world outside of the classroom’ said Leonardi.

    The meeting ended with Dr Smith presenting each new hire with their Class of ’19 Wilton shirt. New teachers then returned to their own school to continue their orientation day.

    Teachers joining Miller-Driscoll are:

    • Lindsay Arcuri – 2nd Grade Teacher
    • Danielle Cummings – Reading Interventionist
    • Megan Garcia – Special Education
    • Heather McGuinness – LLC
    • Iain Tait – Music
    What's The Scoop?
    Richard Ploss

    What's the Scoop? Information on Drop-Off, Pick-Up, Lunches...it's all here!

    Click the image or here for details. 

    Speech bubble over Miller-Driscoll School with "It's Supply List Time" in the bubble.
    Miller-Driscoll School

    Click here or on the image above, to download the list and information on how you can have the shopping done for you!

    Speech bubble over Miller-Driscoll School with "It's Supply List Time" in the bubble.

    Click here or on the image above, to download the list and information on how you can have the shopping done for you! 

    Student dressed like a bee
    Nicola Davies

    Students dressed up like bees to celebrate what it means to 'Be Kind'

     

     

     

    Winners of the Dress Like a Bee competition at Miller-Driscoll

    Returning for a fourth year, 'Dress Like A Bee' is a visual and fun way to talk about what it means to be kind, and how every single student can be kind in their own way. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up and pollinate kindness around the school.

    The event is part of April's diversity and inclusion awareness month and is supported by the Wilton SEPTA.

    Callie, in first grade shared what kindness means to her "By treating others the way you want to be treated. And if you see someone playing by themselves, ask them to play with you, even if you don't know them.  And you never know, they might become your friend."