Regional School District 13

135A Pickett Lane, Durham, CT 06422 | 860.349.7200

Welcome to Regional School District 13!

2014-2015 School Year Budget

The Board of Education approved the school budget for the 2014-2015 School Year at their meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Google Drive Training - A Workshop for Parents

Learn about the tools your kids are using in school!!

Coginchaug SBAC Testing Schedule

Please visit the High School's Website for Junior's and Sophomore's SBAC Testing Schedules -

Information on Upcoming Smarter Balanced Testing

Dear Parent or Guardian:

This spring our students will have the opportunity to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test, one of the two new national assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. With the exception of science in fifth, eight, and tenth grades, the SBAC will be electronically administered to all students in lieu of the CMT or CAPT.  Our district is one of many in the country that will participate in the SBAC Field Test this spring.  Schools in 24 states will also participate.

The Connecticut General Statutes require that “for the school year commencing July 1, 2013, and each school year thereafter, each student enrolled in grades three to eight inclusive, and grade ten or eleven in any public school shall, annually, in March or April take a mastery examination in reading writing and mathematics.” Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-14n (b) (1). To comply with federal and state statutes, participation in the field test is required.  Please note that the SBAC will adhere to all federal and state privacy laws, including, but not limited to, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

‚ÄčIn Regional School District 13, all students in grades 3-8 and 10 and 11 will participate in the Field Test in both mathematics and English language arts. Students in grades 3-8 and 10 will take the SBAC assessment from April 28 to May 16, while students in grade 11 will take the SBAC assessment from April 7 to April 25.

Please understand that the Field Test is an opportunity to “test the test.” Information from the Field Test will be used to evaluate the testing software, ensure the quality of test questions, and evaluate the effectiveness of the test administration and training materials.   Students will be able to try out the online testing software and become familiar with new question types that will be similar to future SBAC assessments.  Every student response is a valuable piece of information that will be used to ensure that the new assessments are valid, reliable, and fair for all students.

Please visit the Smarter Balanced website at for more information.  

Linda C. Berry, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Summer Youth Employment

The Summer Jobs Program is for students ages 14-21 who qualify based on the State of Connecticut's Workforce Alliance program. Participants must either have a documented disability or meet income guidelines.  Students on the free and reduced lunch program are included in this eligibility.  Applications are available at Durham Town Hall, Middlefield Town Hall, Coginchaug Regional High School and through this link:
Deadline for applications is April 25th and must contain all required documentation.  No incomplete applications will be accepted. Program runs during July and August. Placement is not guaranteed. Questions, please call either town hall or the transition department at 860.349.7110.

A Message from the Superintendent

Welcome to Regional School District 13: Durham/Middlefield.  Together our two communities combine to create an outstanding school district and learning community that is characterized by pride and commitment. Our decisions are based upon our District mission and our individual and collective actions are predicated upon our Core Ethical Values. Our mission statement highlights our reverence for the traditions that exist in our communities and within our schools while acknowledging the importance of challenging yet caring learning experiences. We understand and embrace the concept of change and acknowledge that we are contributing citizens of the world. Our shared Core Ethical Values of respect, responsibility, honesty, kindness and courage provide us with a shared sense of pride. We are guided by our values and they provide both a guiding star and a measure of our integrity. We support one another, we believe in the good work that we do on behalf of children and we know for certain that collectively we are contributing to our community and to the world.

As we begin 2014 our work is marked by significant firsts in educational history. With states from across the country we are embarking on changes in curriculum due to the framework of the Common Core State Standards that in turn effects changes in teaching and learning. Our statewide assessments have changed to match these changes and this spring will mark the first full-district administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The framework and process by which teachers and other certified staff members are evaluated has also changed across the state. While these significant shifts are an indication of increased knowledge and a more targeted and refined focus on teaching, learning and accountability, it represents a remarkable commitment of time, energy and resources at the local school level.

In Region 13 we are currently working as an administrative team with the Board of Education to present a budget to the community that is clear and responsible and is easy to understand in terms of its connections to our mission and the District goals. Our budget must maintain and enhance the programming, staffing and other resources that make our students successful.  The process of building a responsible budget includes keeping a careful eye on the future. Similar to the trend in Connecticut and across the northeast, our enrollment projections in the foreseeable future show a decrease. This is also an important variable in our decision-making as we move through the Utilization Study process which is coordinated by DRA with an intended outcome of making an informed decision about our building usage.

Our work is truly courageous in our refusal to compromise our Core Ethical Values in pursuit of our shared mission.

Kathryn Y. Veronesi, Ed.D

Superintendent's Update

Dr. Veronesi sends out a monthly update to parents and families of District 13. 
 Click here to read her latest update posted April 2, 2014
or link to the Superintendent's page to catch up on the prior month's updates.

Region 13 Mission Statement

The mission of Regional School District 13, a community that embraces learning, honors tradition, and embraces change, is to ensure that all students will be engaged and ethical lifelong learners and citizens who will thrive, excel, and contribute in an ever-changing, interdependent world by providing challenging, diverse, and nurturing experiences that empower each student to succeed through meaningful partnership with family and community.

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