Ridgefield Public Schools celebrates convocation

Ridgefield Public Schools celebrated convocation last week. Convocation is the annual kick-off to the school year—where faculty come together to celebrate the "vocation" of teaching.

The celebratory atmosphere of school mascots, cheerleaders, and balloons was matched by the thoughtful presentation of this year's theme of "Ridgefield Imagines."

Students and faculty shared what "Imagines" means to them. A funk band of talented Ridgefield music teachers accompanied student performances.

This year's RPS Teacher of the Year, Jessica Margiotta, delivered an address that was audacious, hilarious, touching, and reminded everyone present of how much talent is in the district, a release said.

She also observed that teaching is about connections, and called out her many connections to new faculty, staff, and veterans who she had taught or known earlier. Board of Education Vice Chair Tina Malhotra spoke of the excellence of the district.

Superintendent Dr. Susie Da Silva and Assistant Superintendents Cory Gillette and Dr. Elizabeth Hannaway and their team challenged district staff to imagine, take risks, and jump in.