China Connection News
January 16, 2009
There has been a great deal of excitement at Beecher Road School and in the Woodbridge Community due to the historic visit of two educational leaders from China. Mr. Zeng Guangguo is the Principal of our sister school, Heze Municipal Experimental Primary School, which is a large urban school located in the city of Heze. His colleague, Mr. Guo Zhenhu, is Principal of Binzhou Shoutian Yingcai Primary School. Mr. Guo’s school, located in the City of Binzhou, is a high achieving private boarding school of about 1,600 students. Both principals are interested in pursuing a sister school relationship with the Woodbridge School District which would involve on-going collaboration and reciprocity through various modes of digital communication, inter-visitation of staff and administrators, and possible inter-visitation of children and parents.
The two visitors stayed at the home of PTO President, Margaret Hamilton on weekdays during the past two weeks. On the weekend, they were rotated among three families---a Chinese speaking family and two non-Chinese speaking families. In addition, our Chinese guests and I were invited to dinner at the homes of several different Beecher Road families. Numerous members of our Chinese community stepped forward to volunteer to do translation work.
Likewise, our visitors had many opportunities to interact with the children, staff, administrators and parents of BRS. They met members of the School Board, Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen during the “Windows on Technology Tour” at Beecher Road School. They met with the Administrative Team and also worked directly with me, members of the Technology Team and staff to plan future areas of collaboration. They also had a chance to spenda day at Bethany Middle School and Amity High School. One of the highlights of the visit was spending a day visiting with the First Selectmen, touring Town Departments, including that of the Town Clerk, the Police Department and the new Fire House. They also had an opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Library and join the members of that group for brunch at the home of a Woodbridge resident.