Schools

Board of Education honors teacher, 2 former students

September 28, 2016
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BOE chair Brian Goralski presents the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year plaque to Christina McKirryher at the Sept. 22 meeting.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER The Southington Board of Education (BOE) met for their regular session on Thursday, Sept. 22 with a positive agenda and a handful of public participants. Board members recognized a teacher, the DECA club, two fallen soldiers, and above average test scores at the high school. The BOE opened the meeting…

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DePaolo showcase introduces students to the artists’ craft

September 28, 2016
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A Chinese cultural dancer performs for the students during the festival.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER The lead singer from Boogie Chillun’ paused between songs and scanned the crowd for seventh grader Junior Santos. On Friday, Sept. 23, the band was performing at  DePaolo Middle School, tracing the roots of American music from “This Land is Your Land” to Bruno Mars. It took some prodding from…

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The Rise of the Machine: SHS Marching band unveils this year’s production

September 22, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER It was hard to tell which was bigger—the  Southington High School (SHS) marching band or the fans crowded into the bleachers for their first look at this year’s competitive show. On Friday, Sept. 16, the Blue Knights band performed to an open house on the artificial turf as the 140…

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Long summer break leads to strong start for the school year

September 15, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER The Southington Board of Education (BOE) kicked off the year with an upbeat meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8 after one of the town’s longest summer recesses. Superintendent Timothy Connellan greeted board members with a positive report for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. With a long summer, custodial staff…

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St. Paul Catholic to kick off 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 17

September 9, 2016
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St. Paul Catholic High School
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It’s been almost one half century since the St. Paul Catholic High School yearbook championed their first graduating class.  “They conceived a school… in a breakthrough of thought…,” reads the 1970 Kaleidoscope, “minds opened as the ground broke… and spirit grew.” This year marks the 50 years since that group’s freshman year (1966), and the school will kick-off…

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SHS College fair on Sept. 14

September 8, 2016
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More than 130 colleges will be sending representatives to Southington High School on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to answer questions and provide information for Southington students and faculty. The day is being designated as “College Day” at Southington High School. The event, hosted by the SHS guidance and school counseling department, will run from 6:30 p.m. to…

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Strong Elementary School unveils outdoor classroom

September 7, 2016
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Students gather around BOE member Terry Lombardi at Strong school’s outdoor classroom.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Students, faculty, school administration, and PTO members gathered outside Strong Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 2 for the official opening of the outdoor classroom. The project was started by the Strong PTO back in March, and after months of planning and proposals to the Board of Education, broke ground on…

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Southington goes back to school

September 7, 2016
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Students gather in the hall.

Southington boys and girls went back to school last week to kick off the 2016-2017 school year. Students arrived on Thursday, Sept. 1. Some were returning to familiar halls, while others were attending school for the first time. A few were transitioning from elementary to middle school or into the high school. For Evan Radziwon,…

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Scholarship awarded for late SPD officer

August 29, 2016
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  Spencer McManus, a recent graduate from Xavier High School in Middletown, was recently awarded the inaugural Michael Shanley Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named for the late Lt. Michael “Mike” Shanley, a 29-year veteran of the Southington Police Department who died after a 22-month battle with a brain tumor. The scholarship, which will be presented…

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Board of Ed releases superintendent evaluation

August 25, 2016
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Timothy F. Connellan, Superintendent of Schools
200 North Main Street, Southington, CT 06489
Phone (860) 628-3202 Fax (860) 628-3205

In less than one week’s time, local students will be trading in their summer days for the upcoming school year, and the Board of Education released their annual evaluation of Superintendent Timothy F. Connellan’s performance just in time. Last week, the BOE released their assessment of the superintendent for his work during the 2015-2016 school…

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