Schools

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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Giving Back Girls collect school supplies

September 7, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Giving Back Girls recently collected backpacks and school supplies to provide for children in need and also helda food drive to support the food pantry at Southington Community Services (SCS). The girls, who voluntary serve the Southington community, collected school supplies to fill back packs, store them and then…

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Hoops for Heart Health brings AEDs to Southington schools

September 6, 2014
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Hoops for Heart Health brings AEDs to Southington schools

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Hoops for Heart Health founder and former NBA player Ryan Gomes donated three automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to Southington Public Schools last week. Gomes and Wayne Simone, from Hoops for Health, visited the Municipal Center to present the defibrillators to the school system. If a person goes into Sudden Cardiac…

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Kennedy and Strong Schools briefly locked down following reported bank robbery

September 2, 2014
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The Southington Police Department briefly placed Kennedy Middle School and Strong Elementary School in lockdown, as a precautionary measure following a reported bank robbery. The lockdown was lifted at 10:15 a.m., after it was determined that there was no threat to the schools. The lockdown was called for following reports of a bank robbery at…

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School officials looking at options for Strong School bee issue

August 29, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer A concerned parent recently addressed the Board of Education bringing a bee infestation in the field of Strong School to their attention and seeking some action to remedy the problem. Ulla Plourde, a parent of a Strong School student, questioned why the board had not taken any action to eliminate…

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Teachers open new year with convocation

August 28, 2014
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Teachers open new year with convocation

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Fifty-three new staff members, including new Supt. of Schools Tim Connellan, were recognized at a convocation ceremony Monday morning that kicked off school for educators. The opening of school staff meeting in the auditorium of Southington High School included impassioned speeches, music, videos and awards to rev up teachers and…

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