NEW FAIRFIELD – Meeting House Hill School’s new Assistant Principal, Allyson Story, has had a busy summer. Between getting to know the building and procedures, plus meeting some staff and families during summer enrichment or when children have stopped by to borrow a book from the summer lending library, her days have been full and she feels enthused for the year. Ms. Story says, “As a new administrator at Meeting House I am most excited about working with all of the teachers and students. I am excited to get to know all of the families and become a part of the community.”
In addition to learning existing MHHS routines, she and Principal, James Mandracchia, are introducing a few new initiatives. While Ms. Story confirmed that she and Mr. Mandracchia will continue the tradition of meeting the buses as they arrive and unload at the school, she also explained that they are implementing a new curbside drop-off feature. Increasing the ease of flow and safety, she noted that “students will be dropped off curbside at the main entrance and greeted by teachers and either myself or Mr. Mandracchia.”
The new administration is also adding a large dose of back-to-school fun with an evening picnic for the students’ and teachers’ families on the evening of September 15th. All will be invited to bring a picnic dinner, blanket, and enjoy the music of Split Decision and ice cream from the MHHS PTO.
As summer wanes and leads into fall, Ms. Story plans to collaborate with staff on continuing to “expand student voice and choice in the classroom” and student-led discussions. She explains “my hope is that we continue to encourage students to be active learners and take risks in their learning and grow from their experiences.”
Ms. Story lives in Sandy Hook with her husband and two young children. She’s a very active member of the community in Newtown and Sandy Hook, serving on multiple boards. Her philosophy is “If you give back, there is greater return.”
Ms. Story is looking forward to August 30, the first day of school, and until then will continue to work with Mr. Mandracchia and staff “getting ready to welcome everyone back.”
By Sarah Opdahl