Fishers Island School opened to students on Tuesday, September 8. Students and teachers arrived by foot, bikes, cars, and the Fishers Island Ferry. They were toting new backpacks, decorated locker ladders, and big smiles.
The island community members surprised the students as they all entered the building that first morning. The day began with an all-school gathering where Principal and Superintendent Karen Goodwin greeted and welcomed everyone to the new school year. Following announcements of accolades for students’ summer work, national test scores and volunteerism, the teachers pulled off a wonderful skit. The students met in smaller class groups to define their A-Game for the new school year. At the end of the morning’s assembly student leaders, Caroline Toldo and Molly Cypherd traced all the students hands to demonstrate their commitment to local community service projects. And, of course, this beautiful first day was topped off with a big jump into the deep end at Hay Harbor.
The 70 students attending Fishers Island School in the 2015-2016 school year represent 2 states and 11 towns. This year marks the first pre-kindergarten class in many years and a senior class of 8. 38 students commute to school across the Sound and represent these Connecticut towns: Norwich- 2; New London- 12; Groton- 4; Mystic- 3; Ledyard- 1; Stonington- 6; Waterford- 3; Pawcatuck- 1; Quaker Hill- 2; and Noank- 4.
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