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  • Pre-Kindergarten Registration

    On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Preston Veterans' Memorial School will conduct a Preschool screening for 3 and 4 year old children whose parents/guardians have concerns about the development of their child. The screening will take place at Preston Veterans' Memorial School, 325 Route 165, Preston, CT. You must be a Preston resident to attend the screening. Please call the school office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for an appointment at 860-887-3113.

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  • Welcome Miss Candace Ziino

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Candace Ziino, effective December 28th, as a fourth grade teacher at Preston Veterans’ Memorial School. Candace received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Bridgewater State University (2012) and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University (2016). Following her graduation from Bridgewater State, Candace was employed by the Wesley Elementary School in Middletown, CT as a full-time substitute teacher for a two year period before becoming a Child Associate, a position that required her to work principally with children experiencing difficulty adjusting to the school environment. 

    A resident of Canterbury, Candace completed her student teaching assignments at the Jack Jackter Intermediate School (Grade Four) in Colchester, CT and East Haddam Elementary School (Grade One) in East Hassam, CT.  

    Please join me in welcoming Candace to Preston Veterans’ Memorial School.

    John J. Welch, Ed.D., Superintendent

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  • Superintendent Search Begins

    The Preston Board of Education has launched the search for its next superintendent of schools. A schedule of search activities has been developed, with action beginning immediately and an appointment expected to occur in early May.

    Although the Board of Education has appointed a subcommittee for the search process, the full Board will be involved in the final appointment.  Focus groups and an on-line survey will provide stakeholders with opportunities to provide input into the search process.  A candidate profile will be developed based on the input.

    The New England School Development Council (NESDEC) is facilitating the search. Advertising and recruitment will focus on Connecticut and the balance of the New England states, but applications from qualified candidates beyond will be considered.

    Mark your calendars to participate in the February focus group - details will follow in January.

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  • Pay for school lunch online

    Did you know you could pay for your student's lunch online? You may use your MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit or debit card to make electronic payments onto your student's account. The first step is to set up your user account with PowerSchool (use the link in quick links or one posted below), our student database system. Required access information was provided to you over the summer.

    Once you have established a PowerSchool account that is linked to your student's information, you will be able to access RevTrak, our merchant banking provider. This is our "banking" page. You may, of course, still pay by check or with cash but we hope this saves you valuable time.

    Should you have any additional questions, please call our schools' offices.

    PowerSchool link:

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Upcoming District Events

  • PVMS Gymnasium

    PPMS Winter Concert

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  • Early Dismissal

    Professional Development for Teachers
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  • PVMS Library

    Superintendent Search Focus Group

    Participants: PVMS Faculty and Staff
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Employment Opportunities

Become a Substitute Teacher


Preston Public Schools has partnered with Kelly Education Staffing to recruit, train, and provide qualified substitute teachers for our schools. Learn more about how you can become a substitute teacher for our district and help make a positive impact on student achievement!

For more information, please visit Kelly Education Staffing. To apply for substitute teaching positions, please e-mail your resumé to, or contact them at 860-439-0881.

Superintendent Search

Please come to the appropriate focus group and share your thoughts with NESDEC. NESDEC is the search firm hired to fill the upcoming superintendent vacancy.

First Focus Group:

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 3:30PM, PVMS Library

Participants: PVMS Faculty and Staff


Second Focus Group:

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00PM, PVMS Library

Participants: Parents/Community Members


Third Focus Group:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:30PM, PPMS Library

Participants: PPMS Faculty and Staff


Fourth Focus Group:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:00PM, PPMS Library

Participants: Principals and Director of Special Education

Board of Education

The Preston Board of Education holds meetings in accordance with posted calendar. Please be sure to review the up to date minutes from the Board of Education and its sub-committees on the Board of Education Tab. Or click here to access the BoE website.

Operation Warm


PVMS PTO would like to ensure that every child is warm through the winter months. How can this happen? It starts with you! Every $20 donated provides a high quality brand new winter coat to a Preston child. Our community has 100 children in need of a coat. This will change their lives.

Visit Preston, CT - Operation Warm, or make a donation at the PVMS office by issuing checks payable to PVMS PTO (memo: Operation Warm). Let's make sure the children in our community are safe and warm during the 2016/2017 winter season.

Welcome to Preston Public Schools!

Enrolling over 400 students, Preston Public Schools comprises Preston Veterans’ Memorial School (PK-5) and Preston Plains Middle School (6-8). Upon completion of the eighth grade program, Preston students have the option of attending Norwich Free Academy (Designated High School), Ledyard High School, Ledyard Agri-Science High School, Grasso Vocational Technical High School, Norwich Vocational-Technical School, New London Science and Technology High School, or Marine Science High School.

As a school district, we are committed throughout our organization to ensuring that children receive an excellent education and enjoy their experience in Preston. Ideal teacher-student ratios in conjunction with a focused academic program accompanied by appropriate support services are designed to guarantee that every child has a successful experience.

We also place a great deal of emphasis on developing a strong school-home partnership. Parents are welcome in our schools and play an active role as evidenced by the presence of parent volunteers and two active parent-teacher organizations. Our efforts always pay dividends and complement our personal commitment to the 4 C’s – communication, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration.

As the district’s superintendent, I am also conscious of the importance of creating goals that guide our efforts. Toward that end, the following goals for the 2016-2017 school year provide a perspective on what we expect to accomplish this year. You may also find the accompanying recapitulation of previous year's goals of interest as well.

In conclusion, I am delighted that you chose to visit our webpage and take a tour. Upon completion of the tour, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information about Preston Public Schools.


John J. Welch, Superintendent