Superintendent's Message


[Plainfield CT November 20, 2023] – In a remarkable achievement that underscores their commitment to academic excellence, growth and student success, Plainfield Memorial School and Shepard Hill Elementary School have been awarded the prestigious "Schools of Distinction" status. In the State of Connecticut there are over 900 schools with 153 schools earning the “Schools of Distinction” status. Plainfield has two schools to earn this recognition.

This accolade, granted by the Connecticut Department of Education, recognizes these institutions for their outstanding accomplishments in overall high performance, high academic growth, and/or greatest overall improvement while fostering a positive learning environment and achieving exemplary academic outcomes. The recognition is given to schools in the top 10 percent of the state for their performance and/or growth as measured by the Connecticut Next Generation Accountability System.  

On Tuesday November 28th The Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education, Charles E. Hewes and his team will be in Plainfield to recognize our schools and visit classes in Plainfield Memorial School. 

"We are incredibly proud to announce that Plainfield Memorial and Shepard Hill have been recognized as 2023 'Schools of Distinction.' This honor reflects our belief in the potential of every child and the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff and students," said Superintendent Paul Brenton, expressing gratitude for the collective hard work that led to this achievement. “Our entire staff has worked to help all of our students transition back to the classroom after the multiple disruptions caused by the pandemic. We are proud of every school in Plainfield, and it is wonderful that two of our programs have received this recognition.”

“This recognition is something we are honored to receive but not surprised to have accomplished because in Plainfield we know what hard working students, passionate educators, and caring parents we have in our wonderful community. We will celebrate all of our stakeholders who work tirelessly for our students’ futures and opportunities, but also return to the hard work of being committed educators right away because our work is not over and we have much more we need and want to accomplish.” Scott Sugarman-Assistant Superintendent.

"I am immensely proud of our dedicated students, committed staff, and supportive families whose unwavering hard work has propelled us towards the achievement of becoming a school of distinction. Together, we have proven that excellence is not just a goal but a collective journey we embark on with pride and determination." Kristen Trahan- Shepard Hill Elementary Principal

“Our school community is honored to receive this recognition. We are proud of the staff, students and families that work together for the benefit of our students. “Natasha Hutchinson-Plainfield Memorial School Principal

Paul Brenton

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