The Grade

Education in Stamford

Mystery Skype at Springdale

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I spent a couple hours in Jimmy Sapia’s fourth-grade classroom at Springdale Elementary School earlier today, during which i had the opportunity to observe a variety of lessons (fourth-grade is my favorite, after all …). Over the course of the afternoon, I had the chance to check out some reading and writing lessons, but the […] [Read More]

Fairfield County No. 3 most educated region in nation

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The New York times ran an interesting piece Wednesday, which examined the brain drain as it relates to former industrial hubs throughout the country. It noted that many cities in the rust bet, like Dayton Ohio, are home significantly fewer college graduates than the national average. For instance, 24 percent of Dayton resident have a […] [Read More]

Stamford named No. 10 city to raise a family

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Stamford was named the No. 10 best American city to raise a family in a new report released this week by Kiplinger.com. The report identified a total of 10 cities to identify as the nation’s best, including three California spots. Stamford was the only nod Connecticut received. Here’s an explanation about the research methodology, pulled […] [Read More]

Video: Scofield 7th grader explains theoretical, experimental probability

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I spent a couple hours at Scofield Magnet Middle School earlier today to observe a seventh-grade classroom for an upcoming story I’m writing about math and science curriculum in the city’s schools. The students in Kristen Sileo’s classroom were charged with creating an experiment to find the likelihood of ending up n Caves A and […] [Read More]

Stamford student earns top honors

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Maria Farfan, a 49-year-old graduate of Stamford’s adult education program was honored at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, in recognition of being named Adult Learner of The Year by the Connecticut Association for Adult And Continuing Education. I first met Farfan about a year ago, when I profiled her for a story about her journey through […] [Read More]

Five students receive PT Council scholarships

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The Parent Teacher Council of Stamford awarded five scholarships to high school seniors in its annual Maureen Tobin Memorial Scholarship award. The scholarships, which total more than $6,000, were awarded to five students, all of whom will be attending college in the fall. The students are: Stamford High senior Diane Yang, who will attend Harvard […] [Read More]

A 40-year old budget

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I’m working on a story for this coming Sunday’s paper about Stamford’s service roll — a monument to Stamford men and women who served in World War II, which was torn down in the late 1960s. The story has really caught my interest, and I’ve been digging through archives from the 1940s and 1970s in […] [Read More]

Fairfield County schools on top of another ‘Best of’ List

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Another week, another “Best of” schools list. Newsweek released its list of the top 1,000 high schools in the nation Monday, which includes 10 Fairfield County schools. If it looks familiar, it’s because there’s little difference between this list and the one released by U.S. News earlier this month. The U.S. News list featured five […] [Read More]

High school rankings up for audit

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Earlier today, Education Week reported that last week’s U.S. News rankings, which placed five Fairfield County high schools in the state’s top 10, is going to be audited in light of questions about the rankings of several schools. There has been a good amount of discussion about the merits of the study, including a Las […] [Read More]

Stamford Dollars for Scholars to dish out dough

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Stamford Dollars for Scholars, a local arm of Scholarship America, will dish out 11 scholarships at its first annual scholarship ceremony. Dollars for Scholars will present $2,000 scholarships to 11 students at the ceremony, which will be held at UConn Stamford Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Ten of the scholarships are “multi-year, renewable awards […] [Read More]