Office of the Superintendent

Kathleen C. Greider
Superintendent of Schools
greiderk@fpsct.org

Natascha Schwartz
Administrative Assistant
to the Superintendent
schwartzn@fpsct.org
(860) 673-8268


It is a great honor to welcome you to the Farmington Public Schools, a nationally recognized school district committed to excellence and equity in education.

The mission of the Farmington Public Schools is to enable all students to achieve academic and personal excellence, exhibit persistent effort and live as resourceful, inquiring and contributing global citizens. In turn, we are an innovative learning organization that focuses upon continuous improvement in all aspects of our work. This focus on continuous improvement creates an environment of innovation, risk-taking, student voice and agency as well as excellence at all levels of our learning organization. Each day, our students engage in powerful and meaningful learning experiences, mastering rigorous grade level standards and learning targets while developing the transferable thinking and learning skills necessary to be successful in college, careers and as citizens of our global community. As outlined in Farmington’s Vision of the Global Citizen (VoGC), our students acquire an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills in the core academic disciplines and develop the transferable thinking and learning skills necessary to meet the challenges of local, national and global citizenship in a rapidly changing world. After a comprehensive community engagement process, the VoGC reflects an update of our Vision of the Graduate (VoG):

FARMINGTON’S VISION OF THE GLOBAL CITIZEN

  • Self Aware Individual: I know myself and how to care for my own well-being.

I can assess my own personal strengths and needs, persist in overcoming obstacles to reach my own goals, make wise choices and informed decisions, and adapt to new challenges and opportunities by regulating my emotions and adjusting my behavior to positively impact myself and others.

  • Empowered Learner: I am a knowledgeable, reflective, and resourceful learner.

I can explore interests, take initiative, ask questions and conduct research. I can use technology and media tools skillfully, and learn from my successes and failures by engaging in feedback and self-assessment protocols.

  • Disciplined Thinker: I can apply strategic thinking to develop ideas and solve problems.

I am a critical consumer of information recognizing point of view and bias. I can reason with evidence, synthesize and evaluate data, and connect concepts and ideas while thinking creatively and flexibly to design and develop innovative solutions, strategies, and outcomes.

  • Engaged Collaborator: I can work effectively and respectfully with diverse groups of people.

I can actively listen and seek to understand the ideas of others, self-monitoring for biased thinking. I can create inclusive environments for dialogue that establish and adhere to group norms for effective communication and conflict resolution.

  • Civic-Minded Contributor: I can actively contribute to a civilized society.

I understand complex interdependent systems and their impact on people and the environment. I question prevailing assumptions, develop my cultural competence, and seek solutions through negotiation and compromise in order to contribute to the betterment of my local/global communities through service and civic participation.

We celebrate and honor the strong relationships that have been established among and between the Board of Education, administration, faculty, students, families and the community at large. As a school district, we are deeply committed to equity, anti-racism and social justice to ensure all members of our school community feel a strong belonging to our academic community. To learn more about our focus on equity and inclusivity, please visit the Equity and Inclusion section of our website. Our focus on academic excellence, social emotional well-being and equity are further outlined in our Core Beliefs:

  • Expectations Matter
  • Effort Matters
  • Equity Matters
  • Instruction Matters
  • Relationships Matter
  • Results Matter

With an outstanding team of administrators and faculty, we work in collaboration and partnership with families to engage in continuous strategic improvement efforts that challenge, support and build connections with our students and one another. Our continuous improvement efforts are driven by our Theory of Action and our instructional model, the Framework for Teaching and Learning, with a particular focus on our Equity Framework. To view our most recent Program and School Development Plans, please click here. Farmington students engage in learning opportunities that are student-centered, designed to promote all elements of our VoGC and focused upon the empowerment of students to use their voice, leadership and agency to solve complex problems to ultimately make an impact on their local, regional and world communities for a greater good.

The purpose of our website is to keep our students, staff, parents and community informed of the outstanding services, resources and programs that are offered by the Farmington Public Schools. We encourage you to explore this website and learn more about the quality programming and focus on the whole child that is offered in our schools and community.

Kathleen C. Greider, Superintendent of Schools