Along with every other public school district in the state, Greenwich Public Schools will implement in 2014 a new set of standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The new exams have been developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and will be administered to students in grades 3-8 and 11.
Greenwich High School Headmaster Chris Winters addressed a few key points about the new exams in an email Q&A earlier this week with Greenwich Time.
Q: When will the SBAC exams be administered in 2014?
A: We are awaiting approval from the SDE [state Department of Education]. We requested the window between May 19 and June 6.
Q: Can 11th-graders opt out of the SBAC exams?
Q: When will the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests in science be administered in 2014?
A: During the first week of March.
Do you have more questions about the SBAC exams? Feel free to leave them in the comments section, or you can email them to reporter Paul Schott at email@example.com
Solarize Greenwich installer, Renewable Resources Energy Solutions, will be hosting an informational workshop for residents looking to take advantage of the solar-adoption program. Having recently passed into the third pricing tier, the installation costs reached their lowest point last week and are expected to drop further in the coming month.
Interested parties are encouraged to attend the open house style meeting tonight at the Greenwich Audubon Center at 613 Riversville Road. Refreshments will be served.
The Solarize program runs through February 18, 2014.
A University of Connecticut professor arrested Monday for vandalizing several high-end cars during a drunken fit in Greenwich is no longer welcome on campus for the time being, university officials say. Gabriel Fenteany, 46, of Vernon, is facing multiple charges of criminal mischief and breach of peace.
“UConn has placed Mr. Fenteany on administrative leave and has prohibited him from campus until University and/or criminal investigations of the allegations have been concluded,” said university spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.
“Arrangements are being made to cover his teaching duties and other professional responsibilities,” she continued.
A Greenwich Police investigation concluded that Fenteany had left a Lafayette Court residence on the afternoon of October 26, and become intoxicated at some point afterwards. Police said Fenteany had wandered through the parking lot, “urinating, spitting, kicking” and ripping the side mirrors off parked cars.
Fenteany teaches biochemistry at UConn, but university newspaper the Daily Campus has reported much of his research duties had been recently taken over by an associate professor following several domestic related arrests earlier this year.
You don’t need to go to Broadway to see great theater.
Parkway School students put on an impressive performance on Nov. 19 when they held their fifth-grade play, “Kids for Change.”
Fifth-graders acted and sang, while fourth-graders sang in the ensemble.
The play was based on a Parkway community service initiative, “Kids With A Purpose”, in which fifth-graders lead the school in community outreach programs that the Parkway fifth-graders vote on each year. Parkway has run “Kids With A Purpose” for 10 years.
A monthly Lyme disease support group meets this from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road. The group provides information and assistance with issues concerning tickborne diseases, as well as guidance for coping with the challenges and complications of Lyme disease. Facilitated by Angela La Manna, licensed clinical social worker.
Chef and health counselor Rachel Khanna will lead a “Sugar Blues” workshop on Friday at 10 a.m. in the second-floor meeting room at the YMCA of Greenwich at 50 East Putnam Ave.
Here’s the YMCA’s announcement for the workshop:
“Are you constantly craving sweets and want to understand why? Do you want to gain control without deprivation? If you’ve ever had cravings for sweets, this is the workshop for you.
“Join Chef and Health Counselor Rachel Khanna for a free class on how to permanently change your relationship with sugar. You will leave the class understanding the causes of sugar cravings and practical tools for dealing with them.”
The Greenwich YMCA is located at 50 East Putnam Ave.