Schools

Barmore, Arduini, and Luponio sign college letters of intent

March 26, 2015
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On March 20, a trio of Lady Knights signed letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. Alexa Luponio, left, will play lacrosse at Plymouth State University. Alex Barmore (tennis), center, and Haley Arduini (softball), right, will play at Endicott College.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Three girls, three sports, and three pens. On Friday, March 20, Alex Barmore, Hayley Arduini, and Alexa Luponio sat before their families and coaches to sign letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Barmore has committed to play tennis at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. The…

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Students urge town to consider sister city in Germany

March 26, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted to support an AP German class at Southington High School (SHS) in pursuing a partnership between Southington and the town of Leer in northwestern Germany, bordering the Netherlands. SHS students Jordan Murchison, Niels Peschel and Dominic Zmarlicki, their teacher Renate Ringstad, and SHS Language Department head Tina…

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Kennedy Middle School announced February students of the month

March 23, 2015
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John F. Kennedy Middle School announced its February students of the month. Front, from left, Andrew Kudla, Nadile Germain, Samantha Peluso, Cassidy Vinal, and Mujo Kurtovic. Back, Mr. Steven Madancy, Adam Kosko, Elena Famiglietti, Abigail Lo Presti, Jordan Rinaldi, Ty Selinske, Ryan Slesinski, and Mrs. Susanne Vitcavage. Missing from the photo: Christian Drost.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its February students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Nadilie Germain, Mujo Kurtovic, and Samantha Peluso. An extremely hard worker, Nadilie is…

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BOE looking for ways to encourage technical career paths

March 20, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Board of Education discussed ways to increase enrollment in technology, engineering, and manufacturing electives at Southington High School during the Curriculum and Instruction Committee Report. Terri Carmody shared that the Curriculum and Instruction committee visited a few classrooms in the Technology Department at Southington High School, including an automotive class,…

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Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith is retiring after 29 years of service

March 20, 2015
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Southington’s Jordyn Nappi will try to keep the momentum going this weekend as Eastern Connecticut State University takes on Tufts University in a Sweet 16 battle of the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER From tutor to math teacher to principal of two elementary schools before finally landing in the role of assistant superintendent of schools, a 29-year career in Southington education is coming to an end. Assistant Superinten-dent of Schools Karen Smith is retiring, effective on June 30. She said that the highlight of…

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Six students recognized by SHS art department

March 19, 2015
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Skye Farago displays her awards from the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Show. She won a silver key for her oil pastel drawing “Blossom Tree” and an honorable mention for her charcoal self-portrait.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Board of Education recognized students from the Southington High School (SHS) Art Department for winning awards in the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Show held at the University of Hartford. SHS Art teacher Tom Horanzy said described the six students who won as having “shown great skill, great creativity and a…

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Collaborative newscast is a hit at JFK and DePaolo

March 19, 2015
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Collaborative newscast is a hit at JFK and DePaolo

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Two social studies teachers at each of the local middle schools orchestrated a unique collaborative research project between DePaolo Middle School and John F. Kennedy Middle School. DePaolo Social Studies Teacher Patricia Kenefick, DePaolo Literacy Specialist Jean Graff and John F. Kennedy Middle School social studies teacher Amy Fontaine worked together…

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Board approves the dedication of a walkway to honor Dom D’Angelo

March 19, 2015
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The Board of Education passed the installation and dedication of a walkway at Southington High School to former athletic director Dom D’Angelo. After a two year period of research, the committee proposed to install a walkway in honor of  D’Angelo who served in the military as a veteran and in Southington as an educator, a…

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Lights, camera… time for a bathroom break? Urinetown performs this weekend

March 19, 2015
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Urinetown-  James Hoder (Caldwell B. Cladwell) and Adam Viviano (Bobby Strong)

Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS Actors at Southington High School prepare for this weekend’s premiere of “Urinetown.” The off-beat play imagines a world which regulates water so much that they charge for toilet use. The show will be performed on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 ($8 for…

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Middle schools perform ‘Mary Poppins’

March 17, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Critics must have thought them crazy when school officials settled on “Mary Poppins” for this year’s middle school play. It’s a performance that would challenge even the most veteran American actors with its need for accents and singing. It’s a production that requires spectacular settings and lighting challenges to accommodate the magic and…

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