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High school students learn the dangers of distracted driving

May 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco
This vehicle, parked at the high school, served as a  reminder about distracted driving. Despite the damage to the car, the driver survived.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A damaged van parked outside Southington High School last week served as a reminder for students about the consequences of distracted driving. The van, which was actually involved in a texting and driving incident, served as one part of a presentation that has become a tradition at Southington High: the…

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Budget passed following debate

May 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council passed the budget Monday night, after hours of debate on the general government side. The school board budget passed unanimously, as presented. During the meeting, council members voted along party lines, 5 to 3, in favor of accepting the governmental budget as presented, which is a total…

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New superintendent named; Timothy Connellan coming from Oxford

May 15, 2014
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Timothy Connellan

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After several months of a comprehensive search process, the Southington school system now has a new superintendent. The Board of Education appointed Timothy Connellan as the new superitendent Monday night. Serving as Superintendent of Oxford Schools since 2012, Connellan accepted a three-year contract with the district, and will begin his…

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High School student wins award for Unified Sports program

May 9, 2014
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By John Goralski
Nick Oropallo, right, receives a Unified Sports award from a member of the CIAC.

When Nick Oropallo walks the hallways of Southington High School, he greets every student and faculty member he knows with a smile. When Nick is playing basketball on the court or on the field kicking a soccer ball in the Unified Sports program, he treats his teammates the same way, cheering them on during tournaments.…

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Kennedy Middle School announces third period honor roll

May 8, 2014
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Kennedy Middle School has announced its honor roll for the third marking period. Sixth grade, first honors: Lexi Almeida, Katherine Barner, Morgan Barnum, Ryan Barretta, Samantha Barrows, Jessica Bartsch, Nashita Begum, Alexander Belanger, Kayley Benson, Sahiti Bhyravavajhala, Lauren Boucher, Faith Breen, Caleb Brick, Evan Brown, Emma Brush, William Carr, Aaron Case, Max Casella, Ryan Catlin,…

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Southington High School releases third quarter honor roll

May 7, 2014
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Southington High School has released its honor roll for the third marking period. Grade 9, First Honors: Madison Aldieri, Abigail Alfieri, Michael Allen, Hallie Altwies, Alissa Anglis, Jake Aparo, Lily Baker, Ashley Barry, Katerina Belales, Daniel Berube, Kayla Birmingham, Skylar Blumetti, Alyssa Boucher, Sydney Brault, Dorina Bregu, Megan Burke, Laura Calandra, Xaria Callender, William Carbone,…

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Cyber Knights end another season with trip to World Championship

May 7, 2014
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The Southington High School Cyber Knights have wrapped up their season after competing in the World Championship held in St. Louis. Travelling with their friends of Team 558 from New Haven’s Hill Regional High School, the Cyber Knights competed in Archimedes, one of four divisions, against 100 robots from five different countries. They traveled together…

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Six grade students enriched in college classes

May 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Katherine Drechsler and Morgan Duling of DePaolo Middle School recently made a public service announcement (PSA) video called, “Be a Buddy…Not a Bully.” Besides displaying recent facts about bullying nationwide, the video also featured school administrators, faculty and other students holding up signs to share the PSA’s message of anti-bullying…

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Southington students delve into the world of robotics with LEGOs

May 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global robotics program that gives children ages 9 to 14 the opportunity to explore science and technology while tapping into their creativity through hands-on activities. For ten students at Thalberg Elementary School, this opportunity serves as a first-time learning experience, which just began in…

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New assistant principal at SHS

April 30, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington High School has welcomed a new assistant principal. The school board voted unanimously in approval to appoint Dianne Holst-Grubbe to the position of Assistant Principal. Holding a Master of Arts Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Grubbe has experience working in several different school…

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