The Mission of the Suffield Public Schools is to prepare all students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes required for success in a rapidly-changing world.
Lisa Longo, Academic Support, Reading and Writing Tutor, proposed a plan to bring reading therapy dogs into McAlister and worked with Mrs. Jessica Violette, our reading specialist and Mrs. Joy Tierney, our Library Media Specialist, to bring in reading therapy teams each week to McAlister. These teams of handlers and highly trained dogs come in each Tuesday from the organizations of Bright and Beautiful and Fidelco. Students have the opportunity to read to the dogs for about 15 minutes. Dogs are wonderful reading buddies because they do not judge anyone! Mrs. Longo comes to greet the dogs and their handlers and arranges students for reading. We have been visited by Eli, the German Shepherd, Godiva and Molly, chihuahuas, and Wyler, an English cream retriever.
We are so grateful to Mrs. Longo for all of her daily contributions, as well as bringing this amazing program to McAlister.
Schools in the Spotlight
Suffield Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 24th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
“We are grateful to our music educators and the community of Suffield for their continued development and support of music education programming across the district. This NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education designation recognition is a tremendous honor that serves as another reminder of the commitment, dedication, and quality of education that exists within the Suffield Public Schools.”
- Dr. Van Tasel, Superintendent of Schools