Glastonbury Public Schools...Bright Futures Begin Here!
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First Days of School 2018!

District News and Announcements

Parent Night (Open House) SchedulePlease click here for our school Parent Night schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.

photo of Rob RoseTeacher of the Year 2018-2019!
—Congratulations to Mr. Rob Rose, Glastonbury Public Schools's 2018 Teacher of the Year! Mr. Rose has taught English at Smith Middle School for 15 years. His passion and dedication to the profession and to his students is unparalleled. He is beloved by students and staff alike. And he is always at the forefront of developments in teaching and technology, sharing his time and creativity generously. We are delighted to have Mr. Rose join the ranks of our esteemed Teachers of the Year. Mr. Rose was also recently selected as a CT State Teacher of the Year semifinalist!!

Looking Forward to a Great Year!—Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We are so excited to welcome back our students, teachers, and staff. Please click here for a a welcome letter from Superintendent of Schools Alan B. Bookman and a letter from Board of Education Chairman Susan Karp

Change in Inclement Weather School Delay TimesThe district has changed its standard school delay time from 90 minutes to 2 (two) hours. This additional time will provide a better opportunity for roads to be cleared for the safety of buses traveling in inclement weather. Click here for more information on school closings and delays.

Image of certificate:  Congratulations, Niche is proud to recognize Glastonbury School District for achieving the rank of #1 Best School Districts in Hartford Area, August 2018
Best School District in Hartford Area—Niche has ranked Glastonbury Public Schools the number one school district in the Hartford Area for 2019. Please click here for the Niche rankings. 

New Administrators!
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Mrs. Kimberly Brown
 has been appointed Assistant Principal/Special Education Supervisor for Hebron Avenue Elementary School. Mrs. Brown most recently served as a School Psychologist at an elementary school in Clinton. She has held a number of educational roles throughout the years and has a strong background in child development. She is described by others as incredibly hard-working and reliable. We welcome her to the Hebron Avenue School community!

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Mrs. Kimberly Herwerth 
has been appointed Assistant Principal/Special Education Supervisor at Gideon Welles School. Mrs. Herwerth has served as a School Counselor at Glastonbury High School for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, she worked in both special education and crisis counseling. Gideon Welles is fortunate to welcome such a knowledgeable, experienced, and conscientious educator.

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Mrs. Leslie Lopez
 has been appointed Assistant Principal at Smith Middle School. Mrs. Lopez has worked at Glastonbury Schools for the past 13 years as a band teacher in grades four to six. Before coming to Glastonbury, she taught band in East Hartford for six years. Mrs. Lopez is highly regarded by her students, their families, and her colleagues. Her listening and leadership skills will be a great asset to Smith Middle School.

District Adopts New Strategic Plan—In June the Board of Education adopted a new five-year strategic plan for the district. The revised plan is the work of a committee of dedicated educators, parents and community members. It articulates Glastonbury Public Schools' values, vision, mission and goals.The plan will prepare our students to succeed in this dynamic world. Click here for more information about the new strategic plan. The Board also adopted a new tagline for the district:  Bright Futures Begin Here.

Air Conditioning—Air conditioning all of our schools has been a top priority for Glastonbury Public Schools for many years. We are pleased to report that all our school classroom and libraries, with the exception of Gideon Welles School, are now air conditioned. We look forward to completing the air conditioning of Gideon Welles School over the coming months. The continued patience and understanding of our Gideon community is most appreciated—it's never easy to be the last in line! Thank you to our families and our community for recognizing the importance of providing this appropriate learning environment for students and working environment for staff. 

Staff Recognition--We are proud to share some of the many accomplishments of our staff and schools. Please click here to learn more about recent staff awards and recognition.

GPS Dates to Remember

Community Newsletter

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District Awards

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District Receives Civic Award
Glastonbury Public Schools was recognized by the CT Office of the Secretary of State and the CT Department of Education as a 2017-2018 Red, White & Blue School District. This distinction is awarded to schools that foster strong civic engagement among students. The recognition is a wonderful reflection of the work of our History and Social Sciences Department and the abundant and meaningful connections between our school district, it's curriculum, and the Glastonbury community.

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Outstanding Music Education Award
For the sixth year in a row Glastonbury Public Schools has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) for its outstanding commitment to music education. Glastonbury joins 16 Connecticut school districts in receiving the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation.

The Glastonbury Planetarium

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