Pomperaug Regional School District 15

Superintendent's Message

The purpose of the Superintendent's Message is to maintain communication about events, initiatives, and general information. 

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Regina L. Botsford
Superintendent of Schools

Email:  rbotsford@region15.org
Phone: 203-758-8259

Good communication implies open, honest dialogue among constituents. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me via phone or email.


Dear Community Members:

Region 15 is a school district that places a high value on its instructional services and programs for students, and because of that strongly-held value we continually seek to deepen and improve opportunities for student learning by making our instruction rigorous and engaging for our students. As a result, we welcome the advent of the Common Core State Standards. These standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers in the 21st Century.

Region 15 is aligning our classroom instruction with these standards, so that:

  • students will be better able to master important content identified by grade or course;
  • students will apply a deep understanding of mathematics by solving challenging, real-world problems; and
  • students will read and analyze multiple and complex texts.

This spring, Region 15 will be administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment System’s field tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics in lieu of the CMT/CAPT tests. This will give our students in Grades 3-8 and 11 the advantage of trying out these new tests and performance tasks before they are implemented in the 2014-15 school year. It will also give us information about students’ progress toward the newer, more rigorous standards.

It is the mission of the Region 15 School District “to educate every student to be productive, ethical, and engaged in a global society,” and we value the partnership of our students’ families in addressing that mission.

To help our families develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, I invite you to peruse the Parents’ Guide to Student Success, produced by the National Parent Teacher Association which gives an overview of what your child will learn in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy by the end of a particular grade.  

Using a computer, interested parents and guardians may preview the Smarter Balanced practice tests to simulate online testing and experience how the system will assess students’ mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

If you have additional questions about the Common Core State Standards or the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, please don’t hesitate to call me at (203) 758-8259.

Thank you for your support. 

I welcome your thoughts and questions on any subject, and encourage you to contact me at any time through email at rbotsford@region15.org or by phone at 203-758-8259. 

Regina L. Botsford