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A Message from the Superintendent

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Welcome to Regional School District 13: Durham and Middlefield and the 2019-2020 school year. Together our two communities support an outstanding school district and learning community that is characterized by our core ethical values of respect, responsibility, kindness, honesty and courage. We are looking forward to a very exciting school year with the continuation of positive practices and programs and the initiation of others. 
Our Strategic Coherence Plan goals continue to be organized by three areas: student achievement, well-being and engagement. You can view our 2018-2019 strategic plan with annotations on our progress. Our 2019-2020 strategic plan identifies the same three focus areas with next level improvement strategies.
Some of the key improvement strategies for the 2019-2020 school year include: exploring and piloting project-based learning, expanding higher order thinking approaches, developing enrichment programming, welcoming students and staff members for the first time from our partner school in Ningbo, China, distributing and analyzing feedback from our school climate survey, expanding our well-being practices in partnership with the Internal Family Systems department at CCSU and, in conjunction with town leadership, continuing our commitment to a deeper understanding of equity and diversity. 
Your support helps us to deliver on the promises in our mission statement and guiding beliefs.
Mission Statement
Through engagement in authentic learning experiences, all Regional School District 13 students are empowered to thrive and contribute as global citizens.
Guiding Beliefs
  • Our core ethical values of respect, responsibility, kindness, honesty, and courage are the foundation of our beliefs. 
  • Creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication are essential for success. 
  • All members of the community contribute to the well-being of others. Learning and growth require the willingness to take risks throughout one’s life.
We are guided by our mission and beliefs and they provide both a north star and a measure of our commitment. 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 a better community and world. Our district-wide accountability is measured by our progress towards our Strategic Coherence Plan goals and at the school level by progress towards School Learning Plan goals.
In Regional School District 13 we are committed to our students and it shows. Please contact me if I can be of assistance to you in understanding more about our district, our priorities and our many successes.
Kathryn Y. Serino, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools