Winter is anything but slow in Granby

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It was an exciting month of February for the Granby Public Schools. We celebrated our 100th day of school with spirit and excitement. I cannot believe that over half the school year is complete. Our students and staff continue to make the community proud in all areas of our school district.

Below are highlights that happened in our district during January and February:

• Granby Memorial High School (GMHS) was recognized again this year as one of 22 Connecticut high schools honored by the CIAC with the Michaels Achievement Cup Award. This award recognizes exemplary athletic programs that follow Class Act Sportsmanship Standards, empower students to take an active role in improving climate and foster community service. GMHS was formally recognized during the CIAC’s Virtual Sportsmanship Conference on January 28.

• All schools participated in activities honoring Black History Month.

• Congratulations to Senior Class President Maeve Dingley for receiving a Congressional Citation from the office of United States Representative John Larson for her service and dedication!

• Congratulations also to Katrina McCord, Granby Memorial High School’s Poetry Out Loud finalist. Also, congratulations to Jayne Hiatt for placing second. Katrina’s poem recitations of Emily Dickinson at the Poetry Slam by Dan Vera and The Days Gone By by James Whitcomb Riley were submitted for the regional competition.

• Kindergarten registration began on Feb. 1.

• Eighth Grade Parents’ Night was held in-person this year on Feb. 3.

• Additionally, all of our choral and band concerts, as well as drama club plays, were held in-person this year and were very well attended.

• State Legislators met with the Board of Education to talk about the current state of the district and upcoming legislative session.

• A Superintendent’s Community Conversation was held on Feb. 24 to discuss the budget and issues relating to education.

• A very successful PJ Day Fundraiser was held and over $5,000 was raised for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

• Kelly Lane Primary School and Wells Road Intermediate School students kicked off the “Kids Heart Challenge” and as of this writing have raised over $10,000.

As you can see, there is so much for the Granby community to be proud about. We are fortunate to have talented, creative and enthusiastic students led by a dedicated team of staff members. The level of commitment the Board of Education and town provides our school district on a daily basis is integral to our success.

Granby Public Schools is a “community” school district that always strives for everyone to be a part. I urge you to view the district website (, a wonderful way for you to discover what is happening in our schools. Below you will find a list of the exciting March happenings that may be of interest to the community at large:

March 2: Board of Education Meeting and Administrative Budget Presentation, 7 p.m., Town Hall Meeting Room/Zoom

March 9: Board of Education Budget Workshop, 7 p.m., Central Services

March 16: BOE Vote on the FY23 Budget, Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., Town Hall Meeting Room/Zoom

The next Superintendent’s Community Conversation will Tuesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. The focus will be on the Board of Education’s proposed budget. This will also be a time where community members can ask any questions they may have regarding our schools.

I want to thank the entire Granby community for supporting our work in making the Granby Public Schools one of the best school districts in the state. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 860-844-5260 and follow me on Twitter@GranbySuper