All-State Volleyball players Alexandrea Overkamp and Ryan Sadick along with All-State Swimmer, Kylie McKirryher were recently honored at the CT High School Coaches Association Banquet at the Aqua Turf. Proud coaches and parents were in attendance to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SMS!
After visiting several classrooms last week, Dr. Compton, Mr. O’Rourke and Ms. Reynolds stopped by the SMS foyer to get a glimpse of the beautifu holiday tree. The tree is admired by all who visit. A special thank you to the SMS parent committee for such a beautiful tree.
Bungay School would like to thank the PTA Cultural Arts Committee for the “Magic Morgan and Liliana” program that students attended on Thursday. “Magic into the Deaf World” was an amazing and inspirational journey into the world of the Deaf. Students were excited to see the magicians Magic Morgan and Liliana dazzle us with illusions and much more. Student volunteers had the opportunity to join the magicians on the stage and assist with the show.
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SMS BONFIRE A BIG HIT!
The SMS Fall Bonfire was a big hit, as families came together for an evening of warmth and community. More than 300 s'mores were joyfully devoured, adding a sweet touch to the night. A heartfelt thank you goes to our dedicated Custodians for their hard work in making the event seamless. DJ Mike Nimons kept the atmosphere lively with great music, setting the perfect tone for the festivities. Special recognition is extended to Sandy Hokunson and Cathay Smarz for their efforts in preparing the delicious s'mores, and a big shoutout to the Parent Council for generously providing the essential ingredients—chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.
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Seymour Parade a Huge Success
A special thank you to the Town of Seymour, our First Selectwoman Annmarie Drugonis, State Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria, Alex Danka and the Seymour Parade Committee, Harvey Catlin, Master of Ceremony, and to Eugene Coppola, our Grand Marshal of the Parade. Congratulations to Bungay School for receiving a first place award for an amazing "FROZEN" float. Thank you to all the administrators, staff, students and organizations that participated to make this year's Seymour's Town Parade one of the best!
Way to Go Seymour Wildcats
Coach Freeman - Boy's Soccer Assistant Coach of the Year!
SHS Coach Gary Freeman was named the NVL Boys Soccer Assistant Coach of the Year (8-0-1, 28 goals for and 3 goals against). We are very proud of you and your accomplishments.
Turkey Triumph: Seymour's 8th Graders Drum Up Thanksgiving Cheer!
In a heartwarming display of community spirit, the 8th-grade Gold and White teams orchestrated their annual frozen turkey drive on Saturday, November 18th. Our two collection sites at Seymour Middle School (SMS) and Chatfield-Lopresti School (CLS) buzzed with activity as students eagerly collected frozen turkeys to bring the warmth of Thanksgiving to local families.
This year's drive continued to exceed expectations, with 178 frozen turkeys generously donated across both SMS and CLS sites. The spirit of giving didn't stop there; countless meal "kits" were thoughtfully prepared to ensure that families in need throughout the Seymour community could enjoy a special Thanksgiving feast.
Turkey Triumph: Seymour's 8th Graders Drum Up Thanksgiving Cheer!
A heartfelt round of applause goes to the 8th-grade staff for their organization and dedication. Kudos are especially due to the compassionate 8th-grade students from the White and Gold teams who volunteered their time to make this event a resounding success.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity and community support, the collected turkeys will be distributed to Seymour families, the Seymour-Oxford Food Bank, the Blessing Pantry, and the Spooner House. As we reflect on this remarkable display of unity, we extend our gratitude to everyone involved and wish all a blessed Thanksgiving!
Stuff-A-Bus Project is a huge success!
Kylie McKirryher Brings in a GOLD MEDAL for Seymour!
Congratulations to Seymour's Kylie McKirryher who had an outstanding finish to her season. Kylie won gold in the butterfly and silver in the backstroke at the State Class S Championship. On Sunday, she finished her impressive season with 2 bronze medals at the State Opens. We are very proud of Kylie!
Chatfield-LoPresti Welcomes Veterans!
Thank you for your service.
Nicole Fearon Honored
Nicole Fearon was recognized as Seymour School District’s 2024 Teacher of the Year at the Connecticut Teacher of the Year 2024 Awards Ceremony held at The Bushnell in Hartford last night.
Governor Ned Lamont welcomed the Teacher of the Year recipients and Charlene Russell-Tucker, Commissioner of Education presented the awards. The theme for the evening was “Infinite Possibilities.”
Mrs. Fearon is recognized in the Seymour community as a distinguished educator, inspiring lifelong learners, making connections with her students, and she is known for her innovative instruction ensuring that students receive a world-class education where every student is a well-rounded, responsible, and engaged citizen of the world.
On behalf of Seymour Public Schools, congratulations and thank you Nicole Fearon for your contributions to the Seymour students – past, present, and future! We wish you many more years of great success in your classroom.
There is “No Debate” – Seymour Middle School is Number One!
91 teams from across the state came to SMS Saturday, November 4th for the first debate of the season for the Connecticut Middle School Debate League. The motion for debate was "This House Supports School Uniforms." The open level debaters also argued whether cursive reading and writing should be taught and whether homework should be eliminated in grades K-5.
60 Teams were in the Novice Division and 31 Teams were in the Open Division. Each team consisted of 3 debaters. Seymour entered 2 Novice teams. Four of the six Seymour Debaters had never participated in a tournament before.
At the end of the day, our results were as follows:
• The Seymour Teams won all 4 of their Debates.
• The team of Marleigh Stewart, Lexi Klisus and Ada Guzman earned the number 1 ranking of all 60 Novice Teams.
• Marleigh Stewart was the top scoring individual debater as measured by her speaker scores. There were 179 Novice Debaters that finished behind Marleigh.
• Seymour's other Novice Team of Kenzie Blood, Isabella Hanson and Kylie Gibson were also undefeated and finished among the top ten teams in the tournament.
This is a fantastic job by our Seymour Debate Team!
Let's support Seymour's own Ryan Sadick for Volleyball as Athlete of the Week.
GameTimeCT high school athlete of the week for girls sports Top athletes in sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and basketball around Connecticut.
Seymour Gets First "Buddy Bench"
Ms. Annmarie Drugonis, First Selectwoman, hopes to see buddy benches throughout Seymour and at each of our schools. She has a goal to continue to spread kindness.
The intent of a Buddy Bench is to promote kindness, friendship and a sense of well-being. The bench reads, "When you need a friend."
A special thank you to Mr. John Lombardo for donating the first Buddy Bench and to Lori Nespoli, who was instrumental in pursuing the idea for Buddy Benches and for helping to spread kindness!
Be on the lookout for more Buddy Benches!
Seymour Public Schools Celebrate World Kindness Day Today!
Did you know that a smile is contagious and a way to show kindness?
KINDNESS spread throughout the high school, middle school and at both elementary schools. Kindness banners were proudly displayed in each building. Ms. Annmarie Drugonis, First Selectwoman, Ms. Lori Nespoli, Board of Education member, Mr. John Lombardo, Bushi Ban owner, and Dr. Susan Compton visited each school and students and staff demonstrated acts of kindness.
Throughout the school year, we hope that kindness spreads throughout our schools and our community. Share an act of kindness with someone today and everyday!
SHS Students Building a New Electrathon Car!
Seymour High School Wildcats Recognizing Veterans Day
Our classes recognized our Veterans and Fallen Heroes, below is a list of some of the activities that occurred in our classrooms throughout the day.
American Flags will line the driveway
World Language – The French classes took a glimpse of the gravity of D-Day at the Normandy beaches and the Liberation of Paris in 1944. Other classes created posters depicting veterans and things associated with them, they will be using Spanish words to describe their posters to the rest of the class.
The Business Department
will be studying Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) that support veterans as well as veteran-owned businesses.
Career Life Skills and Personal Finance students will be exploring careers in the different branches of the military and the corresponding pay.
Intro to Business students will be exploring the many veteran-owned companies and the non-profit organizations supporting wounded vets.
The Science Department
The evolution of medicine and its effects on veterans and conflicts
Some classes will participate in virtual veteran museum tours
Zoology class will research how different animals are used in the military.
Anatomy & AP Biology – Students will research requirements, education and salaries and tasks of military medics.
Math Department, depending on the class and teacher
For Veteran’s Day students will match research and match descriptions of the different medals as well as the important days like D-Day, Armistice Day, etc. Each match will give them a corresponding number to fill in clues to a sudoku puzzle which they will complete at the end.
Students will be given a table of statistics for several of the wars that the U.S. has been involved. These stats include casualty numbers, US population, number of soldiers involved, amount of money allocated, etc. and the students need to calculate several quantities to answer some questions (i.e. which war spent the most money per soldier? what percentage of the population were classified as casualties in the Civil War?)
Algebra 2 classes will watch a short video on the history of Veteran’s Day and then answer some questions. Stats will do a cryptogram that ties into the decoding used during WWII.
Geometry classes will spend time looking and talking about the ASVAB test and what kind of math they are expected to know in the military to be successful.
Social Studies – Flags will be placed along the driveway
In the American Government class, they will be examining the services provided to veterans through congressional committees as that is where the scope & sequence of our curriculum will be falling at that time.
English Department - Students will be given wartime reading passages and asked relevant questions about the reading and the war referenced in the reading.
Special Education – Students will write letters to veterans (veteran information will be provided for those who do not know any). They will take a virtual tour of Arlington National Cemetery
Visual Arts classes will participate in the Military Card Challenge where they will make holiday cards to be sent to veterans in VA hospitals throughout the US.
We send our appreciation to all of our Veterans.
Happy Veteran’s Day to All Veterans
Seymour Public Schools is sincerely grateful for your service and sacrifice. Thank you for your service! Serving our country comes with many sacrifices and we want to thank you and your family each day. Words are not enough to express the gratitude we hold in our hearts for our veterans.
A special thank you to our First Selectwoman, Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, administrators, teachers, students, Glee Club, Band, Chorus, and to all our Veterans for your participation and for making this such a special day.
SEYMOUR’S ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCHOLARS DEMONSTRATE EXCELLENCE
AP Scholars with Distinction Award
At last night’s Board of Education meeting, two students from Seymour High School were recognized for receiving the AP Scholars with Distinction Award. The criteria for this award of distincintion is that they must have an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Congratulations Jay Patel, Class of 2024 and Jillian Sullivan, Class of 2024 for being granted the AP Scholars with Distinction Award!
AP Scholars Award
Also, AP Scholars were recognized at the BOE meeting who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. The recipients of this prestigious award are Ramses Aquilina, Class of 2024; Kaylee Cabezas, Class of 2024; Elizabeth G. Eng, Class of 2024; Robert Goodrich, Class of 2024; Madeline Hink, Class of 2024; Neal Kapadia, Class of 2024; Shayan Khan, Class of 2025; Lindsey Machnicz, Class of 2024
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!
SEYMOUR IS PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!
Superintendent Student Recognition: Elena Farmer
Elena Farmer, 8th grade student at Seymour Middle School, is a recipient of the November Superintendent’s Award. Elena is an outstanding student, an exemplary member of the school community and a natural leader. She is also an active member of the National Honor Society, a good citizen, a role model and she excels academically in all her classes. We are all very proud of Elena and all that she has accomplished. We look forward to seeing what she will do next! Congratulations, Elena!
Be one of Seymour’s CHAMPIONS!
A champion has a vision. A champion dreams of things that have not been and believes they are possible. A champion says, “I can.”
Hard-working – A student who is diligent, constantly putting effort into tasks, high level of focus or purpose.
November Seymour Champion Recognitions for Hard Working:
Bungay School - Jaxon Williams and Grace Butcaris
Chatfield-LoPresti School - Nathan Silva and Adam Zuraw
Seymour Middle School - Charlie Anderson and Isabella Melendez
Seymour High School - Kevin Faria
Congratulations to all of our CHAMPIONS!
Professional Learning Takes Place Today
Teachers, paraeducators, and administrators were involved in professional learning of many sorts today!
A highlight of the day was exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI), ChatGPT and What’s Next for AI in Education with Matt Mervis, from Ed Ad Advance. They enjoyed discussing the state of Artificial Intelligence, understanding the risks and implications for education, opportunities for AI in education, teacher productivity, and how AI will help our students master content in a flipped classroom.
Ed Henry, Director of Facilities facilitated hands-on scenarios from the ALICE Training Institute. Seymour Public Schools staff members were given the opportunity to experience what an Armed Intruder Incident would potentially feel like. The training taught tips on how to protect themselves and their students. The training was conducted in collaboration with Officers from the Seymour Police Department, Seymour Fire Marshall’s Office, Seymour EMS, Director of Security for Seymour Public Schools, School Security Officers and a Certified ALICE Training Institute Instructor.
Teachers in grades K-3 were able to dig deeper into the new reading program, Into Reading, focusing on both Waggle and Amira, which uses artificial intelligence. The training was facilitated by Darlene O’Callaghan and Eleanor Brasche, both Reading and Language Art Consultants in our district.
Pre-K teachers participated in Creative Curriculum training led by Alison Brett, Inclusion Facilitator.
PE teachers attended a PE and Health Education Professional Development at Hamden High School; Library Media Specialists attended a training on building relationships with your learning community; Music teachers were invited to attend a day for Arts Educators at the Visual and Performing Art Center at WCSU; Art teachers spent a day at a painting workshop with the master artist, Dmitri Wright. School Counselors attended training on identifying students in need of academic, social/emotional, behavioral and college support.
The day was very productive, highly engaging and a great experience for all!
The public is invited to attend the Board of Education meeting on November 8, 2023 in the Library Media Center at Seymour Middle School. The Finance Committee meeting will start at 7:00 and the regular BOE meeting will start at 7:30. Agendas can be found on our website at
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The Town Of Seymour Helps Us to Celebrate World Kindness Day
Monday, November 13, 2023
The Town of Seymour, along with First Selectwoman Annmarie Drugonis and Lori Nespoli, are commended for leading our school communities in the celebration of World Kindness Day, which is celebrated on Monday, November 13, 2023.
World Kindness Day Planned for Chatfield LoPresti!!
At CLS, we will celebrating World Kindness Day all week: 11/13-11/17
We will be encouraging students to demonstrate random acts of kindness throughout each day of the week. Class meetings and discussion will help guide students on how they can perform random acts of kindness for multiple groups of people across their lives.
Monday 11/13 – The main focus will be random acts of kindness for family members, both those with whom you live, but also relatives that live outside your home.
Tuesday 11/14 – The main focus will be random acts of kindness towards members of the school community – school staff, bus drivers, etc.
Wednesday 11/15 – The main focus will be random acts of kindness towards classmates and peers.
Thursday 11/16– The main focus will be random acts of kindness towards community helpers – first responders, etc.
Friday 11/17 – The main focus will be random acts of kindness towards the community and for people around the town of Seymour not covered by the previous four days.
Seymour Wildcat Recognition - Gohar Khan Visits the White House
Gohar Khan, our 2017 Valedictorian, was recently invited to the White House. Due to his involvement with the educational technology space, he was invited to their brief on Artificial Intelligence. We are all proud of this outstanding Wildcat!
Go Seymour Lady WildCats!
Congratulations to our Seymour Lady Wildcats. They were recognized for their performance on the soccer field this season. Sophia Motyl received All NVLs and Jillian Keough and Ariana Rivera received All Copper. Go Wildcats!
Valley Adult English and Literacy Classes
November 2023 Schedule
Free Adult English and Basic Literacy Classes in The Valley
For more information about classes,
e-mail Corinne Fucci, [email protected] or phone (203) 551-9831. Thank you.
What a beautiful day for a parade! Bungay Elementary School held their parade today. Parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and families joined in for the fun! Thank you to everyone for making Bungay School a special place to bee!
Seymour Middle School Celebrates Fall Spirit Week with a Halloween Shuffle Dance
A special thank you to the National Junior Honor Society for hosting, and everyone who volunteered their time and energy to chaperone and support the SMS Halloween Shuffle Dance. There were over 250 students in attendance. It was a huge hit and a great time for all!
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