Schools

Semmel: SHS students are excelling in academics

October 17, 2014
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Semmel: SHS students are excelling in academics

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington High School (SHS) Principal Dr. Martin Semmel shared the High School Academic Report for 2014 at last week’s Board of Education meeting. The report compared test results of Southington students to the state as a whole for the ACT, the SAT and CAPT. Semmel’s report also included information regarding…

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Plantsville Nursery School celebrates 60 years

October 11, 2014
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Plantsville Nursery School celebrates 60 years

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer In 1955, the Mother’s Club of Plantsville Congregational United Church of Christ saw a need for a nursery school and successfully opened it during a time when most mothers stayed home with their children. Now, Plantsville Community Nursery School is going on 60 years of teaching three and four year…

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Community group starts the Nellie Shepard scholarship

September 28, 2014
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Community group starts the Nellie Shepard scholarship

Nellie Shepard spent 30 years teaching physics and chemistry at Southington High School before her retirement in 1989, years she calls the most rewarding of her life. “You know, I never had children, so my students were my children – and I had just the best kids in the world,” said Nellie, a Southington native…

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Students weigh in on new tech policy

September 25, 2014
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Students weigh in on new tech policy

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington High School student representatives shared the student body’s satisfaction with the Board of Education regarding the new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. The new technology policy, implemented at the high school this year, allows students to use their own electronic devices in the cafeteria and in the library.…

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New director of pupil services hired

September 18, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Margaret Walsh was selected as the new director of Pupil Services for the Southington school system at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 11. With over 30 years of experience in a school environment and a wide variety of experience in special education, Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski…

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Kennedy lockdown lifted after ‘suspicious’ person found to be a student

September 16, 2014
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A lockdown at Kennedy Middle School was lifted once the suspicious person was determined to be a student at the school. At about 11 a.m., a staff member at the school reported a white male, 5’7” tall, wearing a green military jacket in the school’s hallways. The staff member erred on the side of caution…

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Grant helps St. Thomas get new technology

September 13, 2014
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Grant helps St. Thomas get new technology

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer St. Thomas Catholic School recently used a $25,000 grant from the Hoffman Foundation to purchase a Smart Table to use with pre-k through third grade classes and also installed new Smart Board projectors into the classrooms that did not have the technology. Students and teachers at the school are excited…

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Residents concerned over school access walks

September 12, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Town Council is considering making it the responsibility of home owners and property owners to clear school access walks, sidewalks that were created for children walking to school. The plan is evaluate the condition of the sidewalks, repair them of any current damages and then turn them over to…

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Bee experts look to ease concerns at Strong School

September 11, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer State entomologists Dr. Kimberly Stoner and Dr. Gale Ridge, from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, gave a presentation to Strong School parents regarding the bee infestation that made it self known last spring. Stoner and Ridge, who were invited by Southington School Supt. Timothy Connellan, spent time discussing the different…

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Middle school construction projects does not hinder return to class

September 10, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Significant progress was made over the summer for the construction projects at DePaolo Middle School and Kennedy Middle School and the transition into the upgraded buildings has been going smoothly as the new school year has recently started. According to the middle school principals, the students have been able to…

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