Schools

Secondo’s second look: A look back at the 12-year Chamber leader

July 10, 2015
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Secondo gives a speech during a recent town event. The Chamber president and CEO has been a fixture for the past 12 years, but he’s stepping down at the end of this month.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The “Suddington” sign hangs like a good-natured joke on the conference room wall at the Chamber of Commerce. His love for the town was embraced and ridiculed during a recent chamber Roast of their outgoing president and CEO. For more than a decade, Art Secondo has been the face of Southington’s growing…

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Early Bird registration for Sept. 25 SEF gala

July 7, 2015
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The Southington Education Foundation’s (SEF) 7th Annual Fan of the Foundation Gala will be held on Friday, Sept. 25th from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. This year the SEF is offering Early Bird Registration for their major fundraiser. Through Tuesday, Sept. 1, ticket prices will be reduced from $75…

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Panke and Jacob earn church scholarship

July 6, 2015
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The 2015 Mary Our Queen Our Lady’s Guild Catholic High School Scholarships were to Swathi Jacob and Charles Panke at the organization’s May meeting held at Mary Our Queen Hall. Swathi will be attending Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden and Charles will be attending St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. From left, Charles Panke,…

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BOE appoints JFK principal and SHS vice principals

July 2, 2015
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Richard J. Terino (Courtesy of Southington Public Schools)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington Public Schools will start the new school year with three new administrators, appointed by the Board of Education in a special meeting on June 22. Richard J. Terino will serve as the new principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School, following former principal Steven Madancy’s promotion to assistant superintendent. Terino has…

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CHESLA student loan rates drop

June 20, 2015
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State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) is welcoming the recent announcement by the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) that it will offer a fixed interest rate of 4.95 percent for new student loans, down from its current rate of 6.75 percent. “This new rate announced by CHESLA is certainly great news for students and their parents,”…

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Plantsville displays its talent

June 19, 2015
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  Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS On Thursday, June 11, the audience at Plantsville Elementary School was treated to an amazing display of music, singing, hoola hooping, marshal arts, and dancing during the school’s annual talent show.

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Kennedy Middle School celebrates 50 years of education

June 19, 2015
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John F. Kennedy Middle School staff member and alumna Emily Dickson and her children, Spencer Dickson, 7, and Molly Dickson, 4, hand out "Happy Birthday" party hats during the JFK birthday party on June 11, celebrating the school's 50th anniversary.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER There is no better way to celebrate turning 50 than with a birthday party—even for a building. John F. Kennedy Middle School reached its half-century mark on June 11, a milestone that assistant principal Susanne Vitcavage knew had to be celebrated. “We wanted to celebrate 50 years of excellence in education,” said…

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Southington officials salute enlisted grads

June 18, 2015
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Thirteen graduating Southington High School seniors were honored on Tuesday afternon for their enlistment in the United States military. The students were recognized at a luncheon on June 10, when families, local veterans, school administrators and town officials gathered in their honor.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER School officials saluted 13 Southington High School seniors at a special ceremony to aknowledge their enlistment in the United States military. Following their graduation from Southington High School, the students will serve in the Army National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and U.S. Navy, with one student attending the U.S. Naval Academy…

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Parent volunteers recognized by Board of Ed

June 18, 2015
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Superintendent of Schools Timothy Connellan speaks during the parent volunteer recognition luncheon at Hawk's Landing Country Club on June, 16.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As the season of award ceremonies and end-of-the-year banquets winds down, the Southington Board of Education held one last luncheon this week, to recognize the parent volunteers who have helped plan, organize, and promote the many events and activities held throughout the school year. Nearly 100 parents, faculty members, administrators, and Board…

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Main Street Community Foundation awards scholarships

June 18, 2015
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Main Street Community Foundation has awarded $146,000 in scholarships to a group of over 120 students at varying levels of their academic careers from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott as well as other communities. The majority of scholarship grants were awarded during the foundation’s June 9 Scholarship Reception at Hawk’s…

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