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Mission Statement for Schools of Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Region 4

We, the communities of Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Region 4, engage all students in a rigorous and collaborative educational program. We prepare our learners to be respectful citizens who are empowered to contribute in a globalized society.

District Strategies for 2017-2020

All schools and staff will be dedicated to pursuing and implementing the strategies that the strategic planning team identified as the most crucial to the improvement of student success in our priority identified skills. They are:

  1. Operationalize a three-community, unified focus – Pre-K to 12 – on critical and creative thinking for solving difficult problems and to focus and align the districts’ goal-setting processes with these priorities across towns, buildings, and grades.

  1. Clarify/unify the assessment philosophy of the districts and comprehensively audit the use of assessment resources to ensure they are consistently applied throughout the districts and then build/use the assessment capacity of the districts to enable reliable assessment and data reporting of student proficiency in the priority skills (3-year process).

  • Data collection across the districts

  • Assessment audit

  • Assessment philosophy

  1. Support teachers in the enhancement of their capacity to teach (professional learning, development, support, and feedback)  and assess higher-order thinking skills (critical and creative problem solving) in a digital learning environment (Educator Evaluation Rubric 3B and 3C).



superintendent's corner


It has been another tragic week for public education with the senseless loss of 17 lives in Parkland, Florida. There are no words of comfort for the grieving families during this time of unimaginable tragedy and sorrow.

This all too familiar school shooting is yet another reminder for our need to be vigilant in maintaining the highest level of safety and security in our schools. In collaboration with our local law enforcement, State Police, and outside agencies, we continue to monitor, improve, practice, and maintain safety protocols that are in line with guidelines provided by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security.
Please know that the safety and support of our students and staff is always our first priority. Our excellent counseling and support staff continue to be available for students who may be experiencing increased concern or anxiety about these recent events.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the children, adults and families impacted by this senseless act.
Sincerely,
Dr. Ruth Levy


Superintendent Goals 2017-2018


District Strategies for 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020


All schools and staff will be dedicated to pursuing and implementing the strategies that the strategic planning team identified as the most crucial to the improvement of student success in our priority identified skills. They are:


1. Operationalize a three community, unified focus - Pre-K to 12 – on critical and creative thinking for solving difficult problems and to focus and align the district's goal setting processes with these priorities across towns, buildings and grades


2. Clarify/unify the assessment philosophy of the district and comprehensively audit the use of assessment resources to ensure they are consistently applied throughout the district and then build/use the assessment capacity of the district to enable reliable assessment and data reporting of student proficiency in the priority skills. (3 Year Process)

  • Data collection across the district

  • Assessment Audit

  • Assessment Philosophy


3. Support teachers in the enhancement of their capacity (professional learning, development, support and feedback) to teach and assess higher order thinking skills (critical and creative problem-solving) in a digital learning environment. - (Educator Evaluation Rubric 3B and 3C)

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School news

Rotary Speech Contest
Rotary Speech Contest.
Posted on 04/01/2018
Valley Debate Teams
Valley Debate Teams.
Posted on 04/01/2018
Valley at State American Legion Oratory
Valley at State American Legion Oratory.
Posted on 04/01/2018
JWMS at Math Counts States
JWMS at Math Counts States.
Posted on 03/14/2018
Valley into "Elite 8"
Valley into "Elite 8".
Posted on 03/01/2018
John Winthrop Mock Trial Teams
John Winthrop Mock Trial Teams.
Posted on 03/01/2018
John Winthrop at Math Counts
John Winthrop at Math Counts.
Posted on 02/20/2018
VRHS American Legion Oratory
VRHS hosts American Legion Oratory Contest.
Posted on 02/06/2018
Post #61 American Legion Oratory Contest
Post #61 American Legion Oratory Contest .

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Last day of School is Tuesday June 19th,2018


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