Posts by emmags:

    Novel Coronavirus Breakdown

    What is Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19?
    What is COVID-19? COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, is a virus displaying as a respiratory infection. Some claim “it’s just the flu.” Well, yes and no. Other strains of coronavirus already cause roughly 25 % of seasonal flu around the world; however, COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of the virus, first introduced to the human population in December of 2019. So, in a way, it is another form of the flu as we understand it, but not one that human beings have been exposed to previously. COVID-19, like many other diseases, originated in animals (strongly believed, in this case, from bats) and mutated to allow spread and replication in humans. COVID-19 is much more severe than other forms of the flu, as it has a higher mortality rate and can spread more easily. In a podcast interview, Michael T. Osterholm – American public health scientist and a biosecurity and infectious disease expert – stated that COVID-19 could infect 20-60% of the population in the next 6 to 12 months. His estimate of time means that combating COVID-19 will be a marathon, not a sprint. Remember to be smart and think through what is necessary and possible to do to combat the spread of COVID-19. read more...

    School and Families as Partners

    As a building principal, I often have the opportunity to speak with colleagues of mine who hold the same title. This is a result of both the need to collaborate with those dealing with similar issues and the fact that no one else will speak with us! It is not uncommon for these conversations to quickly turn to stories of negative interactions with the parents of the students in their schools. They speak about contentious PPT meetings and unsupportive discipline calls. They share tales of parents demanding teacher changes or a course level switch. They lament the pushback they get when enforcing school rules and student expectations. I have little to share during these discussions. I have been blessed with a parent population that is willing and eager to work with our staff in the best interest of their kids. This doesn’t mean that we always agree on what that should look like, but we have gotten to the point where both parent and school personnel trust that all involved have the child’s best interest at heart. read more...

    Gertrude Johnson Steadwell

    This week that concludes Black History Month, the Greenwich Library Oral History Project presents a tribute to Gertrude Johnson Steadwell, an early advocate for civil rights in Greenwich. Ms. Steadwell was interviewed at the age of 81 in 1990. Her interview is one of a collection of OHP interviews honoring African American residents. read more...

    The Little Women Advantage

    Little Women. Again. First published in 1868. Never out of print. Scores of multimedia adaptations — radio, stage, an opera, a musical, silent films, black and white, color. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s text has endured as an iconic rite of passage in young girls’ lives, proffering keys to an imagined world of female intellectualism, strength, and agency. read more...

    Listening Is An Action Verb

    Years ago my friend Wendy gave me a book entitled “Listening Is an Act of Love” edited by Dave Isay. The book is a compilation of personal stories collected by The StoryCorps Project. Since 2003 StoryCorps has worked, in the tradition of acclaimed historian Studs Terkel, to preserve and document oral histories nationwide through recorded conversations. The formula is simple: ask and listen with the intent to receive. The title of the book reminds us that listening is an action verb and through listening we honor and respect one another. read more...

    With Faith and A Little Math

    Suddenly there was hope! During the early days of fourth grade I learned that by taking trombone lessons it was possible to miss an entire period of math every week. How was this not going to be my best year in school ever? But everything you need to know about my experience with that trombone can be said in a few words. Within one month, I was back in math class and had put my musical career away for good. I decided to take my chances with word problems rather than musical notation. read more...

    Stop by The Knights of Columbus  Annual Halloween Fundraiser for Kids In Crisis. All are welcome.  All proceeds will directly go to benefit Kids In Crisis in Greenwich. read more...