Schools

Council sets $129 million budget; School allotment falls along party lines

May 16, 2013
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by Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Town Council approved a budget of approximately $129 million for the next fiscal year, with the Board of Education’s budget splitting the councilors along party lines. The general government budget of about $45.1 million was approved unanimously, with several councilors praising Town Manager Garry Brumback for avoiding an increase…

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Kennedy Elementary School honor roll for the third quarter

May 11, 2013
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Kennedy Middle School has announced its honor roll for the third marking period. Sixth grade, first  honors: David Ackerman, Emma Agli, Ethan Agli, Kristen Angeli, Aparna Athreya, Celia Bajrami, Reilly Baker, Abigail Barbour, Kylie Benton, Domenic Bernard, Karla Blake, Michaela Blumetti, Seth Bogoslofski, Taylor Borla, Jason Brault, Ally Breen, Elijah Buck, Danielle Cammuso, Jacob Cardozo,…

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Elementary schools join in Project ACES

May 10, 2013
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Elementary schools join in Project ACES

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington’s elementary schools collaborated with the Activate Southington group for the town’s first participation in a worldwide exercise program, including about 700 students at Derynoski Elementary School. Activate Southington, the community initiative pushing for healthier lifestyles in town, facilitated the involvement of the school district in Project ACES (All Children…

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Youth’s Google doodle takes honors

May 8, 2013
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Youth’s Google doodle takes honors

By Ed Harris Editor A visit to Camp Sloper helped inspire Derynoski second-grader Hope Scalise to create a doodle for Google that could earn her a scholarship and a technology grant for her school. After a little urging from her mother, Hope created a doodle for Google’s “Doodle for Google” contest. Her doodle won for…

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School board faces budget uncertainty; Could face reduction in ECS funding

May 3, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Uncertainty about state funding has made a tough budget season for the Board of Education even more difficult. At a past meeting, the school board discussed reports that the Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) funds that Connecticut schools depend on each year could be reduced by about $33,000. In addition to…

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Strong students make dog treats

May 2, 2013
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Strong students make dog treats

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A group of fifth-grade students at Strong Elementary School have launched their own small business selling homemade dog biscuits. Their teacher, Lenore Butler, has made it a tradition in her classroom to read “A Dog’s Life,” which tells the story of a canine who lives as a stray for many…

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Youth’s Google doodle up for vote

May 1, 2013
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A second grade student, Hope Scalise, from Derynoski Elementary School, is the Connecticut winner of the Doodle 4 Google Art Competition. A “doodle” is the logo design that appears on the Google website homepage periodically to celebrate special events, holidays , or the lives of artists and inventors. Hope’s winning design was one of more…

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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

April 27, 2013
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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington police recently arrested a student for possession of steroids at Southington High School and, in the age of technology and tweets, it didn’t take long for the news to spread. Almost immediately questions, rumors, and fears began to surface. Are our kids safe? How big is the problem? How…

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Furry co-star commuted for role

April 27, 2013
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Furry co-star commuted for role

A Torrington pooch named Teddy for weeks now has made daily trips to Southington to practice for the play “Annie.” The 3-year-old mini golden doodle, owned by Patricia Zimmerman, took stage at John F. Kennedy Middle School as Sandy, Annie’s dog. Zimmerman said Teddy was trained at Canine Academy in Winsted and at home. “He…

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Residents want BOE funding restored; Town Council to vote on budget in May

April 25, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer With a few exceptions, the residents who spoke during a Town Council public hearing on this year’s budget passionately urged the officials to restore the school board’s full request. The recommendation from the Board of Finance is an $84.2 million budget for the schools, which is $1.1 million less than…

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