Op-Ed: A Reflection on 2020 

As we close out the year 2020, we do so with an immense sense of pride for the New Canaan Public Schools. Thank you to our school administrators, teachers, and staff for your unwavering dedication to our students this year. Your courage, compassion, and wholehearted commitment have lifted up our students and our entire community during this time. Our students have benefited greatly from consistent in-person and remote learning, robust health and safety mitigation strategies, and a collective spirit that we will persevere and achieve great things through working together. 

Dr. Luizzi, together with his team of exceptional administrators, building principals, and department leaders, continue to lead fearlessly with a focus on delivering educational excellence to our students under extraordinarily challenging circumstances. 

Together with our administration, our unions have demonstrated the power of partnership and communication, and a commitment to continuous education for our students in a time of great need. This partnership should serve as a model for our state and our nation. 

Our teachers, counselors, and aides have gone above and beyond to educate and support our students across in-person, hybrid and remote formats, and have gracefully juggled, adapted, and transformed continuously this year.

Letter: ‘Thanks and Praise’ for New Canaan Educators

Letter to the Editor:

Traditionally, the first week of May is marked by a variety of in-school celebrations in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Students customarily thank our New Canaan teachers with homemade notes and handpicked spring flowers, and parents eagerly line up to volunteer to organize and sponsor thank-you breakfasts and luncheons. As we officially move to remote learning for the remainder of the school year, our teachers have never been more deserving of these thoughtful acts of gratitude. In the shadow of an unprecedented global pandemic, our dedicated teachers continue to work tirelessly to educate our students through distance learning. With short notice, their roles were redefined as they transitioned their classrooms to their homes, spent hours learning new online educational tools, and worked independently and in collaboration with their peers to establish innovative ways to connect and support students and families. Like all of us, they are also navigating a new way of life, caring for their own families, homeschooling their children, and worrying about the health and safety of loved ones.