Frequent inquiries into community partnerships has paid off because we are now looking at expanding our agreement with Nutmeg. We are still in preliminary negotiations, but there seems to be strong support from both Nutmeg and TPS for an expanded partnership. Again, this is preliminary, but I'm envisioning more in-depth workshops for our students and possible TPS diplomas for Nutmeg students. This would add to the attraction of TPS and our community as a whole. The next partnership that I am interested in is with UConn Torrington. There are many students that graduate from UConn Torrington that go on to get their teaching certificate. I propose that we partner with UConn so that their students wishing to get their teaching degree can intern at our schools. In exchange, we could have a more integrated and diverse AP selection - again making TPS and our community more desirable. The pie in the sky with this option would be to have a downtown branch of the UConn Torrington campus.
I've been appointed to chair a new wellness committee. We are completely revamping the way TPS approaches healthy eating, activity and education. The committee consists of a diverse group of community professionals, parents and school administrators. This week we are going to work on writing a wellness policy. Our goal is to be the healthiest community in the state of Connecticut. With proper education, physical activity, and switching out French fries for vegetable sticks, I know that we can accomplish that task!
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