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Friday, September 11, 2009

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Ex-Fire Chief Grunow honored at memorial service
Volunteer firefighters gathered Friday afternoon in Old Greenwich to attend a memorial service for former Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steven Grunow.

Two promoted within Fire Department
Two veteran members of the Fire Department moved up the ladder this week, receiving promotions in a ceremony at Town Hall. Fire Lt. Shawn McDonnell was promoted to inspector, a position within the

Two injured during police chase; town man charged
Two people, including one police officer, were injured Thursday night during a police chase that ended with Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers arresting a 24-year-old town man. R

Same-sex couple will be first to legally wed in Greenwich synagogue
Michael Dillinger had asked Stacy Gerber to marry him before, but it took a suggestion from a Greenwich rabbi for the two men to decide they would finally tie the knot after 12 years together.

Woman sent to hospital after rollover
A woman was transported to Stamford Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries Friday morning after her car flipped over on Bishop Drive South near King Street, officials said.

Police examine missing Yale student's computer
NEW HAVEN -- Investigators searching for a Yale University graduate student who disappeared days before her wedding were reviewing security-camera footage, checking building blueprints and examining

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09/11/09 Reader Submitted Comments: Eight years


Dear Friends,

Eight years ago today, I emerged from a subway station in lower Manhattan and saw that we were in a darker world than any of us had ever imagined. That grim day remains fresh in my memory. The policemen, firemen and medics working through the dust, smoke and their grief and fear to bring hope and aid to the horror. The New Yorkers standing in lines stretching for blocks to give blood. The heartfelt expressions of concern among total strangers.

As much as it pains me to remember that day, to recall the loss of thousands of innocents, I also look back with pride. Shortly after the attacks, our nation pulled together in a way I had never seen. We set aside our petty differences, our superficial concerns, and were drawn to each other as family, as countrymen, as a fair and good people under attack by the very worst. Many fellow Americans enlisted in our armed services, and continue to make staggering sacrifices to keep us safe. Many looked for ways to better engage with their communities, to be more active in our shared mission to improve the world. To some extent, I trace the first stirrings of my interest in government service to that day eight years ago.

Now I find myself on the Committee on Homeland Security of the U.S. Congress. I never walk into the committee room without thinking of 9/11 and the vulnerabilities exposed that day. While we have learned much and adapted, we still have hard work to do, both at home and abroad.

In remembering this day, I think we do most honor to those we lost by remembering the way we felt on 9/12. Never in my lifetime do I recall us feeling so united, so willing to stand for all that is good and right about our country, so prepared to set aside our narrow interests to pursue a common purpose. In these days of challenge and crisis, I hope that spirit thrives.

God bless,

Jim Himes


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09/11/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: This Just In......

Mexico Peso Bonds Fall After PRI Opposes Tax on Food, Medicine
"This is not good news for the market players that were bullish on Mexican assets," Benito Berber, an economist at RBS Greenwich Capital Markets in ...

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09/11/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed:

Greenwich health officials announce seasonal flu immunization clinics
Greenwich Time
The Greenwich Department of Health has scheduled seasonal flu immunization clinics for people ages 18 and older starting later this month. ...
Greenwich Girls Swimming aims for triple-crown repeat
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By David Fierro Although some of its cast has changed the Greenwich High School girls swimming team plans on following the same winning script as last ...
Primary campaign for Greenwich tax collector enters the homestretch
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By Neil Vigdor Despite the general trend of weak turnouts for Democratic primaries in Greenwich -- save for Barack Obama versus Hillary Rodham Clinton ...
Sex offender pleads guilty to Greenwich indecency charge
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By Monica Potts STAMFORD -- A convicted sex offender admitted Thursday to masturbating in his car in front of an 18-year-old jogger in Greenwich this spring ...
Suspect leads MTA, Greenwich Police on chase
Greenwich Time
A man was taken into custody in central Greenwich Thursday evening after a brief chase through town, which began when the suspect was seen loitering on the ...

Schools Super Wants In On Student Gov't Action ...
By colingustafson
A head's up to Greenwich High Schoolers in student government: Next time class officers get together for their monthly executive board meetings, they may find themselves in the company of not only the head of the high school, ...
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Please see attached announcement outlining the assignments to address the
responsibilities of the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and
Professional Learning (CIPL) position for the 2009-10 school year. This
also serves as an announcement for the Special Projects Manager position.

Have a good weekend!

Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Board of Education
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
e mail:
Fax: 203-869-8003

(For immediate release: Greenwich, CT – Friday, September 11, 2009)

The responsibilities of the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning (CIPL) will be redistributed on a temporary basis, for one-year, to the Special Projects Manager and five project based positions. These assignments are effective immediately.
The CIPL position was vacated by Mr. Chris Winters when he assumed the Interim Headmaster position for Greenwich High School for the 2009-10 school year.


Mr. John Curtin, Special Projects Manager for the District, will assume overall responsibility, on an interim basis, for the CIPL position. His primary focus will be on the curriculum and instruction responsibilities. He will supervise the curriculum and program coordinators, and oversee program monitoring reports, budget preparation, curriculum reviews, and the five special project positions outlined below.


Ms. Carol Walsh, former Principal of Central Middle School will assume responsibility for Professional Learning for the District, reporting to Mr. Curtin, as part of her short-term Central Office position.

The following four project-based administrative positions will carry stipends. These positions include District- wide responsibilities across multiple stakeholder groups and require supervisory, planning, implementation and reporting obligations:


Mr. Truxtun Southworth, Program Coordinator for PreK-12 Math, will take on a stipend position, responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Consolidated Grant. He will act as liaison to the State Department of Education and town private schools and will direct the development of the 2010-11 Consolidated Grant.


Jennifer Mitchell, Program Coordinator for PreK-12 Language Arts, and Special Education Program Coordinator, Kathryn Coon will share the stipend position for RtI. They will supervise and direct thedevelopment of the District implementation plan, including integration with school-based data teams. They will also provide training and support for building staff on implementing RtI.

Teresa Ricci, Principal of the International School at Dundee, and Paula Bleakley, Principal of Parkway School, will assume responsibility for the two-school pilot of the new Elementary Report Card in 2009-10 and the training and implementation plan for the full District in 2010 -11.


Fran Kompar, Program Coordinator for PreK-12 Library and Media, and Sheila Civale, Program Coordinatorfor PreK-12 Science, will take on the responsibility of supervising the development and implementation of pilot transdisciplinary units.

These temporary assignments will result in a net savings in salary and the full benefits package allocated for the CIPL position in the 2009-10 budget allocation. The CIPL positions are for one year only and will be re- assigned by the administrator in charge of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning for the 2010-11 school year.
Special Projects Manager Announcement/Bio Brief: John Curtin

After thirty-five years as an educator with the Greenwich Public Schools, John Curtin retired in the Spring of 2009. Due to his particular experience and expertise in data-driven decision-making, and as this was a time of significant leadership transition in the most senior administrator positions in the District,
Mr. Curtin was asked and agreed to take on the part time role of Special Projects Manager, effective July 1, 2009. A key responsibility of this position is supporting the work of the District and school-based data teams – a critical function in strategic improvement planning for the school system. The position requires “ a high level of information gathering and analysis regarding student data, standardized testing, enrollment, benchmarking, and other research and evaluation functions for school administrators and policymakers.”

Throughout the 35 years Mr. Curtin has dedicated to the Greenwich Public Schools, he has firmly established his commitment to continuous improvement. He has been a leader and critical resource in virtually every major initiative the istrict has undertaken. His facility and expertise with technology and data analysis have been an invaluable asset in driving improvements in achievement, instruction, budget planning and in overall operations.

Mr. Curtin began his career as an educator at Greenwich High School (GHS) in 1974. As a Social Studies teacher for 10 years, he taught World Cultures, American History, Psychology, and Advanced History classes. Beginning in 1977, he planned and taught interdisciplinary (English/Social Studies) classes at Greenwich High School’s Alternative Program and in 1979 assumed his first administrative position as Senior Teacher for this program.
In 1981, he became House Senior Teacher for Bella House, assisting the Housemaster in the operations and administration of the House, and teaching two classes per semester. In this role,he also served on the Grade Reorganization Committee, the School Program Team, and the NEASC Evaluation Steering Committee.

From 1984 to 1987, Mr. Curtin assumed the role of Dean of Students, establishing an administrative computer network for monitoring student academic progress, and planning and executing numerous curriculum and instructional improvements.

In 1987, Mr. Curtin became Acting Headmaster of Greenwich High School for one year before his appointment asAssistant Headmaster in 1988. In addition to his responsibilities as a Headmaster of an almost 2000 student school (Grades 10-12), he coordinated the planning for the grade reorganization in 1989-90 shifting GHS to a Grade 9-12 program.
He also implemented a more representative student government, integrated the computer as an instructional tool in various curriculum areas, and expanded the student services program.

As Assistant Headmaster over the next eleven years (1988-1999), Mr. Curtin provided leadership in curriculum and instruction, evaluated learning programs, created the master schedule, monitored academic progress, and prepared budget allocations.
He also coordinated the use of educational technology, supervised school safety programs,implemented a new grading system, expanded the computer network system, and coordinated and authored the application resulting in recognition of the high school from the US Department of Education for excellence in education.

In 1999, Mr. Curtin was promoted to the Central Office position of Coordinator for Research and Evaluation, supervising the administration of standardized testing, projectingstudentenrollment,analyzing and reporting testing results, and completingstateandfederal mandated reports.
As Assistant Superintendent from 2003 to 2009,
Mr. Curtin’s responsibilities included curriculum, instruction, and professional learning (CIPL), research and evaluation. In 2007 he assumed responsibility for District strategic planning and
the curriculum, instruction, and professional learning function was moved to a newly created Director position.
During this time, Mr. Curtin supervised the revision of the K-12 math and language arts curricula, created a data warehouse and data dashboard, and implemented a success system framework to measure progress toward improvement targets.
Mr. Curtin received his B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University, Providence, RI in 1973; his MAT in Social Studies form Colgate University, Hamilton, NY in 1975; and his Administrator Certification from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT in 1984.
He completed coursework as a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Administration at Teachers
College, Columbia University, NY, NY from 1990-1992.


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