On Monday, November 12, 2018 (Veterans Day observed), the Greenwich Public Schools will recognize veterans, locally and across the nation, for their service to our country. November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War I in 1918. Each of the 15 District schools have planned ceremonies and instructional activities, including assemblies and guest speakers.
Greenwich High School (GHS) –This is the fourth year GHS has hosted Veterans Day Assemblies designed with the assistance of a local veteran. The focus of this year is on the Special Forces in the United States (Navy Seals, Rangers, Marines, etc.).
Speakers include a veteran who served 16 years in the U.S. Military. During that time, he experienced ten deployments to battlefield assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Africa. He served in both the U.S. Marines and in a "special operations" unit of the U.S. Navy. He faced numerous intense combat circumstances and suffered a number of serious injuries and wounds. He will discuss his experiences. He will also address a current trend: deployments of small units on "special ops" missions to a vast array of countries.
There will also be a speaker who works in a pioneering organization to devise science-based solutions to the extraordinary medical challenges of battlefield injuries. This unique nonprofit group finds high-technology life-saving innovations to the brutal circumstances of treating war injuries in harsh, remote locations. Examples include freeze-dried plasma for immediate transfusions as well as novel ways to stop severe hemorrhaging in body cavity wounds (where tourniquets are irrelevant).
Central Middle School (CMS) – CMS Principal will address the school on the history and significance of Veterans Day as part of morning announcements. Social studies classes have planned lessons about the role and experience of our soldiers (veterans); some classes will write letters to be delivered to a veterans group. Veterans have been invited to speak to students during their social studies classes.
Eastern Middle School - 7th and 8th grade social studies classes will have a veteran speak to the students regarding their experiences serving the country. There will also be a question and answer section of the presentation. Students will then be asked to write about and reflect upon their experience with the veteran.
Western Middle School - 6th grade Veterans Day lesson will include: a tribute to Veterans Day video, a Poem: Just a Common Soldier by A. Lawrence Vaincourt, the History of Veterans Day, the significance of The 11th Hour; The Wall by Eve Bunting (The Vietnam Memorial), and a shared discussion.
8th grade students will be learning about the story of Pat Tillman. They will also learn about Thomas Paine and his publication of "Common Sense," connecting the two stories for an overarching idea of people who are willing to risk what they have to support a bigger cause. Students will also be provided with a Newsela Text Set comprised of articles related to Veterans Day.
Cos Cob School – Due to the emergency relocation of students to multiple sites, Cos Cob School's annual Veterans Day activities have been canceled this year
Glenville School (GLV) – Glenville Town Meeting Topic: Meaning of Veterans Day
Hamilton Avenue School – Veterans Day Ceremony
International School at Dundee (ISD) – Veterans Day Ceremony
Julian Curtiss School – Veterans Day Ceremony
New Lebanon School (NLS) - Veterans Day Ceremony
North Mianus School – Veterans Day Assembly
North Street School (NSS) – Veterans Day Assembly
Old Greenwich School (OGS) - Veterans Day Assembly
Parkway School (PKW) – Veterans Day Assembly
Riverside School (RIV) - Veterans Day Ceremony