Our Superintendent
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Rodrigue Biography (In PDF)

Superintendent's Report - November 2019
August 12, 2019

Dear Newtown Families,

There is nothing more rejuvenating than a long summer break with family and friends. This letter is a gentle reminder that we are approaching the 2019-20 school year.  The first day for students is Monday, August 26.  The first three days of school (8/26, 8/27 and 8/28) are 3-hour early dismissals for our students and professional development time for our staff. Please review the 2019-20 School Calendar and School Hours listed on our district’s website.

Bus routes will be posted in the Newtown Bee Back to School edition on August 16 and listed on our website at www.newtown.k12.ct.us.

As Superintendent, I am proud and eager to begin another school year.  Staff and leaders fully embrace the mission in our Strategic Plan, “A partnership of students, families, educators, and community that inspires each student to excel in attaining and applying the knowledge, skills and attributes that lead to personal success...” Within that fundamental mission lies a set of beliefs that define our learning environment, shape our practices, and provide the lens through which teaching and learning is viewed. Teachers and leaders have worked diligently planning for a productive and positive year.

As staff and administrators, our greatest focus remains on the academic and emotional well-being of all students.  We are proud to welcome new additions to our Central Office team. Anne Uberti, Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Frank Purcaro, Director of Teaching and Learning, will be working collaboratively with staff and administrators to ensure our students have opportunities to set personally achievable goals, are challenged appropriately, receive supports as needed, and are fully prepared for academic expectations in the classroom and beyond.

As parents, your involvement in the academic lives of your children plays a critical role in their success. We ask for your support in making sure your child attends school regularly, on time, and is prepared to learn.  When students are absent, they miss important information and classroom interactions that support their progress as learners.   Please contact the school when your child will be absent for any reason.

As community partners, we know that communication is essential for a productive school-to-home relationship. You will notice a new “face” for our district website.  We want parents and community members to have ongoing access to important information.  Updates on student progress, new initiatives, and school community events can be found on our website, which links to Powerschool, Parent Portal, school and district newsletters, Facebook, and Twitter. 

We hope to see you at events throughout the year to celebrate student performances. Our PTAs work tirelessly to support our schools throughout the year. They are always looking for new members and volunteers!  You can find information about our PTAs on each school’s webpage.

We hope you continue to enjoy the remaining days of summer vacation and look forward to another great year.


Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue
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WCAG 2.0 Compliance

Inspiring Each Student to Excel

3 Primrose St., Newtown, CT 06470
Phone: 203-426-7600