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Award Winners

Ms. Colleen McNeil, recently was awarded the Human Relations Award. The Human Relations Award is given to a SEA member who goes above and beyond the school’s routine teaching responsibilities to contribute to the improvement of the school community and/or the welfare of the students. Ms. McNeil has worked tirelessly for Nichols School as a member of the Climate Committee, Literacy Committee, Responsive Book Club Committee, Financial Literacy Committee and Sunshine Committee


She organizes events to help promote staff morale at our school, attends fundraisers, and has even recruited her spouse, Deputy Police Chief Joseph McNeil, to mentor students at Nichols School. He is a role model who meets with students weekly. Ms. McNeil was an obvious choice for this reward and the Nichols School family is very proud of her.

Mr. John Butz, parent at Nichols School recently received the “Friends of Education” award and was recognized by the Stratford Board of Education for his dedication to Nichols School. The Friend of Education Award is targeted for an individual not employed by the Stratford Board of Education who works to contribute to improving the school community by volunteering or making other significant contributions of time, finances and/or talent. This can be that extraordinary parent or community volunteer who does special things for your school or school organization. Mr. Butz has worked to make Nichols Elementary School a better place for more than three years. Mr. Butz also serves on important school committees, such as the School Safety Committee and supports extra-curricular activities by planning and volunteering. Our children, have a model in Mr. Butz; a model that they can strive to work towards for themselves. The school and its entire staff and student body is grateful for Mr. Butz and all he has done.

United Way

Nichols School is proud to announce that for the United Way Fund Raiser, it had the highest percentage of growth in participation and dollars raised. The staff deserves a big kudos for this great accomplishment. Ms. Hennessy, third grade teacher, coordinates and oversees the United Way at Nichols School and was instrumental in getting such great participation!

One Book, One School

Nichols School recently participated in One School, One Book. Nichols School reading specialist, Mrs. Scheurich, learned about OSOB back in 2009 and was very interested in bringing it to Nichols. She applied for a grant from Target and won $2000 to get it going. She used the money to purchase books and prizes for weekly trivia questions and Family Reading Night. Since then, the program has been funded in various ways. The Nichols School PTSA, Nichols’s families and additional grants have helped to purchase books to support the One School, One Book initiative. Ms. Scheurich does an amazing job each year running the program and maintaining the OSOB website . She asked various staff members to read different chapters and posted them to the website weekly. Ms. Delucia, another reading specialist here at Nichols, facilitates discussions at literacy team meetings and has been a big support during Family Reading Night. One School, One Book brought the whole school together again this year to focus on the importance of literacy through outstanding literature.

100 Years and Counting On Saturday, May 30 Nichols Elementary School celebrated its 100th Birthday. Students enjoyed music, face painting, a bouncy house, snacks and played games that children played 100 years ago. A fun time was had by all!

Bus Safety Winner

Congratulations to kindergarten teacher Mrs. Misencik who recently won the Bus Safety Bulletin Board Contest sponsored by Durham School Services. This contest was open to all schools in Stratford K-6. The winner was chosen based on student participation, originality, message, and overall quality. Mrs. Misencik won $500 for Nichols School and a prize for each of her students. Mrs. Misencik and her students did an amazing job on two bulletin boards clearly showing the importance of bus safety. Nichols School is proud of her and her students!

Student Council News: Nichols Elementary School is proud of its Student Council. Under the leadership of fourth grade teacher Ms. Miller, the Nichols Student Council has plans for many great fundraisers and exciting activities throughout the year. The Nichols Elementary School Student Council members are: Danielle Bisch, Kaemell Lowery, Alex Nguyen, Saliyah Lane, Natalie Orris, Julia Karwacki, Isabella Taccogna, Ethan Butz, Sabrina Tripodi, Megan Wendland, Olivia Orris and Julianna Taccogna. The students are excited to be members of the Student Council and have already begun to work closely together to share ideas and collaborate on school projects.