Superintendent's Welcome Letter

Superintendent's 2019 Fall Newsletter
Posted on 11/18/2019
Dr. Thompson

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,


As we near completion of our third full month of the 2019-20 school year,  I wanted  to wish you  the very  best  as the holiday season approaches, and apprise you of the district’s  ongoing efforts to embed a culture  that  aspires to achieve excellence in academics, athletics and the arts.

This year’s focus includes:

  • Developing a “portrait of a graduate’’ profile, with measurable academic goals and expectations for students in pre-K to grade 12. Our data indicates that many of our children are entering the school system not fully prepared to learn as preschoolers. Our goal is to help change that in collaboration with community and state pre-school service providers by expanding programs that will service our youngest learners and their care-givers.
  • Intensifying and expanding our academic review process, which drills down on individual student performance in grades 2-8. The academic review process, now in its third year in Bloomfield, is a system that earned national recognition by the federal Department of Education several years ago, when I implemented it as a principal at Simpson-Waverly Elementary School in Hartford. It is a labor-intensive process, but extremely rewarding because it does increase student performance when performed with fidelity.
  • Expanding the district’s Extended Day program to Saturdays, for those in grades 3-8. We are planning two novel initiatives this year. One is with the Legacy Foundation of Hartford to provide accelerated learning opportunities in math for up to 25 Bloomfield students in grades 6-8. Additionally, we recently agreed to partner with Dream Drivers Foundation to engage up to 50 of our male students in grades 3-8 in a leadership development program. These programs will provide the additional support our students need to prepare for college and meaningful careers.
  • Reaffirming and expanding our partnerships with local corporations and non-profits.


Superintendent Shout Outs

Jennifer Dwyer – She will be new principal of Laurel Elementary School, starting Nov. 18. Ms. Dwyer is a highly regarded school leader, with intensive experience in education and using data strategically to improve student performance and teacher effectiveness. She served as principal at Gilmartin Elementary School in Waterbury the past three years.


Dr. Gerald Martin Kudos for his leadership as interim principal at Laurel – and special thanks to Samantha Straker, Instructional Coach and former Pre-K teacher at Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School, who is serving as interim principal until Ms. Dwyer starts.

Marcus Jennings Carmen Arace Middle School teacher is this year’s Bloomfield Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Mr. Jennings has always had a special gift for connecting with students from all backgrounds. I first met him when he was a substitute elementary teacher in Hartford many years ago. It was clear then that he should have a career in education.


John Harrison Recently retired custodian at Bloomfield High School. Mr. Harrison worked in the district for 15 years and was well-respected by the BHS community. We thank him for his service.


Bloomfield High football team Coach Ty Outlaw’s Class ‘S’ state champs are undefeated this year. Last home game is against Glastonbury, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. Congrats to the coaches and the student-athletes, as they defend their title.


BHS Girls’ soccer team Qualified for the CIAC state tournament for the first time in school history. Congrats to Coach Maurice Calenda and his student-athletes. They won their first round game Nov. 12.


BHS Athletics Department Director of Athletics Tammy Schondelmayer was notified by the CIAC that the high school won its third consecutive Michaels Cup award for sportsmanship exhibited by our student- athletes. We are proud of all our student-athletes and coaches. They are great ambassadors for our town and school district.


Raising the Bar is Taking us Far. Regards,

 Dr. James Thompson, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools


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