Schools

Youth donates money to Make-A-Wish Foundation

December 9, 2012
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Youth donates money to Make-A-Wish Foundation

By Ed Harris Editor A Derynoski School student has helped raise over $900 dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, bringing her two year total to close to $1,700. Olivia Genovese, 10, was honored at the school last week by Kim Smith, development director for Make-A- Wish. Olivia was given a t-shirt and a special certificate. This…

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Civil rights activist speaks at SHS

December 7, 2012
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Civil rights activist speaks at SHS

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Author and civil rights activist Arthur Miller spoke about bullying and taking responsibility to Southington High School students. After a few years of visiting regularly, he has become a familiar face to the school community. “I try to talk about the greater good,” he said. “If you tell stories, you…

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Officials look at all-day kindergarten; Parents, school board weigh in on topic

November 23, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer School administrators have made a detailed proposal for all-day kindergarten in Southington, and now the Board of Education will ponder the issue in the months leading up to its budget season. Before the board’s meeting, parents were invited to another forum to hear a summary of the proposal. The district…

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Wall of Heroes is unveiled at school

November 15, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer During its annual Veterans Day celebration, Derynoski Elementary School unveiled a new tile mural in the building’s lobby which pays tribute to the armed forces. Named “The Wall of Heroes,” the mosaic honors each branch of the military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Marines – and…

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School board returns Beecher Street building to town

November 11, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education formally returned their former headquarters at 49 Beecher Street to the town after a unanimous vote during its last meeting. The century-old building has been home base for school administrators for many years, but is now vacant as the district’s management has moved into the new…

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$121,000 to clean up oil spill; Officials still waiting for cost of remediation

November 2, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The remnants of an oil spill at DePaolo Middle School in 1980 are expected to add approximately $121,000 to the cost of renovating of Southington’s middle schools, but information about the impact of the recently discovered PCBs is not yet available. The estimate was given during the last meeting of…

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Additional air tests at schools; Officials seek to give peace of mind

October 19, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer In the wake of the discovery of PCBs during the process of planning the middle school renovations, the Board of Education intends to conduct air sample tests at three other schools to address safety concerns from the community. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are common in older buildings constructed before their toxic…

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Oil and PCB contamination; Renovations at middle schools hit snags

October 5, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The process of preparing for the renovations at Kennedy and DePaolo Middle Schools has become more complicated with the discovery of various environmental concerns. Representatives of Hygenix, Inc are conducting over 200 tests in both schools to learn more details about the extent of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) present in building…

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Saint Dominic School earns a Blue Ribbon School Award

September 21, 2012
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Saint Dominic School earns a Blue Ribbon School Award

By ED HARRIS Editor Saint Dominic School has received a National Blue Ribbon School Award from the United States Department of Education. The Catholic school was recognized for being an “exemplary high performing” school. This performance category recognizes schools that are among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.…

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Teachers prepare for new school year

August 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The summer between the last school year and the new school year about to begin has been one with many transitions, but Southington’s teachers and administrators are planning to greet students with the same enthusiasm they have made a priority in the past. Thalberg Elementary School Principal Megan Bennett, who…

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