Plymouth Public Schools ::
Superintendent's Message
Eleanor Cruz

Welcome to the Plymouth Public Schools district website. Plymouth Public Schools has a long history of promoting student success through the collective commitment of the community, Board of Education, parents, staff and students. We have four schools: Harry S. Fisher Elementary School, Plymouth Center School, Eli Terry Jr. Middle School and Terryville High School, with an overall enrollment of 1,600 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.

As you peruse the available information on our website, it will become clear that Plymouth is a district that is deeply devoted to continuous improvement in student performance, instruction, capacity of staff and providing students with a school environment that is safe and encourages good citizenship and community giving. Our mission statement states: The Plymouth Public Schools’ mission is to ensure that all students learn to the best of their abilities. We support their growth into knowledgeable, skilled and contributing citizens capable of succeeding in their work, personal and family lives.

Plymouth Public Schools provide a varied, rich and rigorous academic program necessary for students to be prepared for a global society. Our curriculum stresses 21st century skill development with an emphasis on critical and creative thinking, problem solving artistic expression, physical and emotional wellness, and an appreciation for diversity. We celebrate the many accomplishments of our students whether it be athletics, the arts or academics, while cultivating healthy personal relationships through school climate programs. We foster an environment that focuses on respect, responsibility and the acceptance of differences. We encourage students to express themselves and discover their own individual talents and interests through participation in extracurricular activities.

The Board of Education and the school community will be embarking on a Strategic Planning process that will examine our district goals, priorities and indicators of success. The Strategic Plan will serve as a roadmap for improvement, goal setting and accountability. It will also provide the foundation for the budgeting process. Our budgets need to be strategic, efficient and support our district-wide goals and initiatives.

Our outstanding faculty represents the best in current instructional practice and pride themselves on collaborative and collective inquiry, and dedication to job-embedded professional development. It is through our highly committed teacher teams that instructional practices are refined, honed and implemented with the objective of meeting the needs of all our students.

It is my privilege to lead this district that reflects the care and collective efforts of this community and stakeholders. We take tremendous pride in the accomplishments of our staff and students. As your new Superintendent of Schools, I look forward to working with you shoulder to shoulder in order to fulfill the mission and vision of the Plymouth Public Schools, and build upon the inherent strengths and achievements we already look to with pride. Please feel free to forward any questions or comments you should have to: cruze@plymouth.k12.ct.us. Thank you.

Sincerely,

 

Eleanor S. Cruz, Superintendent