New Canaan Kids Head Back To School Monday

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New Canaan kids will be heading back to school Monday morning as the 2013-14 year begins. Photo Credit: File Photo

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — It’s the end of summer for New Canaan students as they will be heading back to school Monday.

“We are proud of the comprehensive and robust program we have designed to engage all learners academically, emotionally and socially while challenging them to develop the skills to think critically and creatively,” Superintendent of New Canaan Public Schools Mary Kolek said in a letter to parents and students.

New Canaan’s continued strong performance on standardized testing and other reviews places the district in a good position as the state and nation change its standards, the letter said. The district is responding to the changes and already has expanded the curriculum to meet the needs and aspirations of the school community.

The schools will continue to strive for a positive school climate and will reach out to the community to benefit the students through collaboration of teachers, parents and others in New Canaan, the letter said. The Positive School Climate Committee will be leading this effort, and people can check the district’s website for updated information.

“As educators, we deeply appreciate that the New Canaan community views its children and youth as its most prized asset. Our commitment is to honor your investment in education by achieving our motto: ‘Continuously Working to Develop Learners and Citizens who have the Competence, Character and Courage to Change the World,” Kolek said in the letter.

All motorists also should be taking extra care now that buses and children are on the road, and the police department will be increasing traffic enforcement in school zones in town for the week of Aug. 26, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said. On Wednesday, there also will be at least two additional officers on patrol conducting selective enforcement for distracted driving and cell phone violations, she said.

“Our goal is always to keep pedestrians and other motorists safe by enforcing motor vehicle laws while educating motorists and the general public,” Ogrinc said. She added drivers should give themselves more time to get to work now that there are buses and other cars on the road.

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