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Friday, September 18, 2009

09/18/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Evening Edition

Major jewelry store heist in downtown Greenwich
Norwalk Advocate
GREENWICH - A downtown jewelry store was burglarized Thursday night with suspects taking off with about $500000 worth of high-end jewelry, police said. ...

VP Joe Biden Coming To Greenwich For Jim Himes Fundraiser ...
By Christopher Keating
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Greenwich for a high-profile fundraiser for freshman Democrat Jim Himes on October 5. Himes stepped onto the national stage by defeating longtime Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. ...
Courant Blog Feed - http://mt.courant.com/courant_blog_feed/
Greenwich Yacht Club Meeting/Dredging – Our Greenwich
By johnferrisrobben
Greenwich Yacht Club Meeting/Dredging. Sep 17th, 2009. by johnferrisrobben. This is the original flag (the Betsy Ross) for Greenwich Yacht Club. The Green Witch ridin' the sweepeR. Posted in: Boats, Greenwich. ...
Our Greenwich - http://ourgreenwich.com/
» Douglas Perlitz accused of sexually abusing boys at a boarding ...
By Claudette Rothman
A grand jury in Fairfield County, Connecticut, indicted Douglas Perlitz for sexually abusing boys who lived at a home he founded for needy children in Haiti. The 39-year-old man faces 10 counts related to the sexual abuse of nine boys ...
Greenwich Diva - http://theoriginalgreenwichdiva.com/

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09/18/09 Early Release - Collaboration Wednesdays


Please find attached release regarding additional early release days for
the Greenwich Public Schools.

This is new this year for the schools and for parents - while they have
been notified via school mailings, and other venues, any additional
coverage to remind parents of the early releases and, - now, to let them
know that some community organizations will be providing activities after
school on these days - would be appreciated.


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


Community Organizations Support District Improvement Efforts by Planning Special After School Activities for Early Release Days

(For immediate release: Greenwich, CT – Friday, September 18, 2009)

In Spring 2009, the District proposed, and the Board of Education approved, the addition of five early release days for the 2009-10 school year to beused for teacher collaboration time. “Research clearly provides a strong rationale for providing staff with regular collaboration time that allows them to engage in data analysis and instructional planning that meets the needs of all learners.”

This collaboration time has been established in direct support of the District’s primary initiative – implementing Data Teams at the District, School, Grade and Program levels. Data Teams are groups of staff members – whether at the District, School or Grade/Program level – that meet regularly on a continuous improvement
cycle. They are charged with reviewing student achievement data, establishing goals, and developing and implementing targeted instructional strategies and results indicators. Data Teams are a research-based strategy for improving instruction with demonstrated success. Noted educational researchers, Richard DuFour and
Robert Marzano, have concluded that “there is abundant evidence that organizing people into teams in which they work together to achieve common goals is a powerful structure for promoting accountability and improving student achievement (2009).”
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney Freund noted, “The staff is looking forward to having this dedicated block of time to concentrate on planning for improvement – Teachers do have regular collaboration time each week during the school day, however, they are short blocks of time. Teachers also have contractual time that
extends slightly beyond the school day, however this is generally devoted to time with students for extra-help and/or as advisors to clubs, service organizations and to music and athletic programs. The five collaboration days are designed to connect to Wednesday afternoon faculty meetings, providing an extended block of time for
more in-depth or prolonged discussions and training opportunities. We know that this may cause an inconvenience for some families, and we are working with local community organizations to provide options for afterschool activities and childcare. We also know that, based on scientific research, time devoted tocollaborative work yields improvement in achievement and we appreciate the support from our school familiesin providing this opportunity for our teachers – and ultimately, for our students.”

The early release days are included on the school calendar and were distributed to all families via the August Packets and on the District and School Web Sites. In addition, families have been informed of these additional early release days via public meetings, local media coverage, letters home, and/or other venues executed by
building leaders.

The five early release* Collaboration Wednesdays are as follows:
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 20, 2009
Wednesday, April 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 19, 2009

* Students will be release two-hours earlier than regular dismissal times.

Local Community Organizations Support Improving Student Achievement:
Local community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA have generously agreed to support the District’s efforts to provide this critical time for teachers by offering after school programs for each of the five “Collaboration Wednesdays.” Families may choose to register* for a program at one of the many
participating community organizations. Community organizations are working to provide themed programs for early release Wednesdays that may include The Environment, the Olympics and the Arts. The Board of Education, and the staff of the Greenwich Public Schools would like to acknowledge the cooperation and
support of our community organizations in partnering with us to provide this opportunity for teachers to collaborate in service of improved achievement for all students.

*Transportation and program fees are the responsibility of each family.


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09/18.09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Afternoon Edition

Biden to campaign for Himes in Greenwich
Greenwich Time
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Himes' hometown of Greenwich for an Oct. 5 luncheon fundraiser for the freshman congressman. "I'm obviously thrilled to ...
Go Greener Greenwich aims to educate
Greenwich Citizen
By Anne W. Semmes The first Go Greener Greenwich Eco-Fair took root in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Sunday as swarms of green-minded citizens, ...
Greenwich blanks Darien in Boys Soccer
Stamford Advocate
Doublette, more than happy to share in the scoring wealth, had two first-half assists before adding a goal in the final minute Thursday as the Greenwich ...
Greenwich attorneys not sure estate tax reduction will curb rush ...
Greenwich Time
Greenwich attorney Jevera Hennessey said the estate tax has been a big impetus for clients who chose to move or establish residency in tax-free states. ...
Video - Greenwich Academy, Greenwich High think pink in field ...
Greenwich Time
By David Fierro "Play for the Cure" was the theme of Thursday's field hockey game between Greenwich High School and Greenwich Academy, and pink was the ...
Berkley opens oil, gas underwriter in Houston
... property and risk-control services in the domestic energy sector. The Greenwich, Conn. firm has named Carol Randall as president of the Houston unit.
Greenwich Y rakes in $50K in two days with Web video
Greenwich Time
...... a state Superior Court judge denied a Greenwich man's request for an injunction to force the YMCA to build a temporary ramp for wheelchair access to the ...

Go Greener Greenwich aims to educate: Eco-Fair draws a thousand ...
By Christopher Zurcher
The first Go Greener Greenwich Eco-Fair took root in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Sunday as swarms of green-minded citizens, many on the young side, strolled by an extraordinary array of show-and-tell exhibits demonstrating how to live ...
CT Environmental Headlines - http://environmentalheadlines.com/ct/

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09/18/09 PRESS RELEASE: Halloween Happenings

Please run the attached as many times as possible. Thank you!

(See attached file: Halloween Happenings Press Release)

27th Annual Halloween Happenings

The Department of Parks and Recreation announces that tickets for the 27th Annual Halloween Happenings is on sale. This family event takes place at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center at 449 Pemberwick Road on Friday, October 23 from 6 – 8pm.

Children will play games inDracula’s Den from 6 –7pm.and dance in the gym where Rick Rock the DJ will be on hand to lead families through the limbo, mummy, and other dances. Everyone is welcomed to come in costume and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $11.00 for this event and may be purchased at the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center or at the Parks and Recreation Office at Town Hall, 2nd floor or through the mail. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

09/18/09 MEDIA ALERT: Tesei/Lavry debate to air on 1490 WGCH

WGCH Radio(1490 AM) will air a live candidates debate between First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectwoman Lin Lavry Monday, October 5, 2009
from 9-10 AM. The two are vying for the First Selectman's office in the Town of Greenwich. WGCH News Director Tony Savino will moderate and ask questions of the two candidates.
The broadcast will also be streamed live at www.wgch.com and will be archived and podcast at the station's website.
A debate later in the month, featuring the candidates for Selectman in the town, will also be broadcast on the station.

Jeff Weber
Executive Vice-President
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P.O. Box 4826
Greenwich, CT 06831
FAX: (203)323-7302

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