FIRST UP on GMW: January 10, 2019–The School Edition
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Tune In Tonight for Must-See WE-TV
Did you know you can watch the Board of Education meetings live, from the comfort of your own home? Tonight might be one of those nights you want to do just that.
The Board of Education meeting airs on Cable Channel 78 and streams live online via the Wilton Schools YouTube channel. Meetings begins at 7 p.m., and tonight’s meeting has some very interesting items on the agenda.
- Superintendent’s Budget Presentation: Dr. Kevin Smith will be presenting his budget to the Board. This year, the Board of Finance has given the BOE a budget guidance for a 1.6% increase over last year’s budget.
- Alternative High School: As part of Smith’s budget presentation, hear about the district’s proposal to open an alternative high school. It’s been discussed before, but plans are more concrete.
- Math Curriculum Review: Wilton’s administrators who oversee curriculum have been undertaking a district-wide review of the entire K-12 math curriculum, and they’ve identified some areas of concern that have impacted student learning. The curriculum review team will be presenting recommendations for significant changes to the program, including course and schedule changes for math instruction.
- Wilton Reads Book Choice Announcement: For the past 12 years, Wilton Library has run a town-wide reading event centered around one chosen book. This year’s Wilton Reads program has been organized in collaboration with the school district, and library executive director Elaine Tai-Lauria will be on hand with Fran Kompar, the district’s director of digital learning, to announce the book selection. The title has been a closely guarded secret.
- Salute to Excellence: The superintendent is initiating a regular recognition of student achievement, and tonight’s award is being presented to Cider Mill third graders for their work on an Indigenous Peoples unit.
Regional Music Honors for Wilton High School Students
From the Superintendent’s newsletter: “Competing against more than 1,000 music students from Fairfield County, the students listed below auditioned for, and were selected into, region chorus, band, and orchestra. The students put a lot of work into the process, learning solo works and preparing for technical challenges presented in the audition process.
- BAND: Juliana Fastiggi and Hannah Taylor–Flute, and Moses Trujillo–Trumpet
- ORCHESTRA: Nathan Wang and Christopher Zhou–Violin
- CHOIR: Thomas Petrillo, Brycen Addison, Matthew Huang, Jubair Huq, Nicholas Lin, Ryan Lynn, and Evan Timnev–Bass; Edwin Gregory and Adarsh Varghese–Tenor; and Fiona O’Halloran–Alto
- JAZZ BAND: Tyler Warren–Jazz Trumpet
Divorce Support Group for Kids
Also from the Superintendent’s newsletter: Wilton Youth Services will begin a Divorce Support Group starting in mid-January. Information about this group is available by contacting Wilton Youth Services directly online or by calling 203.834.6238. Youth Services is part of the Wilton Social Services Department at Comstock Community Center.