Kate Van Dussen

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Board of Ed Member Calls for More Input from Parents Regarding Computer Use at Middle School

Parents should have a say in some curriculum decisions regarding the use of computers in the classroom, rather than mere access to the trusted New Canaan Public Schools educators now making them, according to one member of the Board of Education. Some parents closely monitor their children’s “screen time” at home and the study of how computer use affects young people is a rapidly developing area, Maria Naughton said during the school board’s regular meeting last week. “We don’t have a district curriculum committee in the district, which I think we should,” Naughton said during the group’s meeting, held in the Wagner Room at New Canaan High School. “And I would like to know: How will this impact the curriculum for fifth and sixth grade?” said Naughton, who has called for greater parent collaboration in the past. “I have had parents contact me. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm will help call Bingo next Wednesday at Lapham Community Center. ***

Saying neighboring communities are seeing overnight thefts from cars, the New Canaan Police Department is urging residents to ensure their vehicles are not left unlocked, especially with keys inside them. A list of theft prevention tips can be found at the bottom of this article. ***

A homeowner on Smith Ridge Road is evicting two people from her property, court documents show. There is no mention of failure to pay rent—the homeowner and evictees appear to be related. Continue Reading →

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Letter: Full Saxe Building Project—Do It Once, Right and Now

To the Board of Selectmen, Town Council and Board of Finance:

What has made our school district so successful is that our community has supported the education of the whole child. It was an understanding that our children find their own paths to personal growth by excelling in academics, sports, theater, art, music, foreign language, STEM programming, etc. This concept of the whole child is especially important in the middle school years, which tend to be challenging. All these efforts have allowed New Canaan Public Schools to be recognized as shining examples of best practices. Families continue to move to New Canaan because of the excellent schools and our wonderful community. Continue Reading →

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