Schools

Education foundation unveils virtual STEM

June 9, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Innovative, creative and experiential are three words described by the Southington Education Foundation (SEF) when reflecting on the lessons that over a dozen teachers in the district created for Virtual STEM University (VSU). Last week, nine teachers unveiled their projects during a launch event held at South End School where…

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Hearing set for sale of Beecher Street

June 8, 2014
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A public hearing has been set for the sale of 49 Beecher Street—the former home of the school system’s administrative offices. During a recent meeting, the Town Council unanimously voted to schedule a public hearing for Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The hearing will take place during the Town Council meeting at the municipal…

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Parents and kids learn internet safety

June 7, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Derynoski Elementary School recently invited members of the Southington Police Department into the school to speak with students and parents about internet safety. Last week, school officials held two presentations, one for the students and another geared specifically for the parents. Officers Tom Gallo and Chad Butler hosted the seminars. “They…

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Community plan unveiled for Southington children

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Seeing all Southington children have their early care and education needs met is a result that the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) aims to achieve through its community plan, which the group unveiled last week, for the first time. “I am excited about this opportunity to raise awareness about…

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Foreign language approved at South End

June 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The first World Language Pilot Program will begin this fall at South End School after the Board of Education unanimously approved the curriculum. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our kids to be enriched,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski, during a recent meeting. “That’s an opportunity that didn’t exist…

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Palmieri receives UNICO Gold Medal Award

May 30, 2014
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Palmieri receives UNICO Gold Medal Award

Nicole Jacques Correspondent Dozens turned out at the Aqua Turf on May 21 to celebrate the achievements of a particular member of the Southington community who has been described as someone who always puts the interests of his middle school students first. Christopher Palmieri, assistant principal of DePaolo Middle School, was honored with the 69th…

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New principal at Plantsville School

May 29, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A crowd of educators and other members of the Southington community stood up and cheered during a recent school board meeting as Stephen Bergin received a framed professional photograph displaying the hands of a first grade class at Plantsville Elementary School. The photograph, presented by a group of teachers, marks…

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Middle school expansion could open up new possibilities

May 27, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the middle schools building project expected to be completed by fall 2015, school administrators have discussed possible new opportunities in the curriculum after the renovations. With more technology and space available at both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools, curriculum changes will be recommended to better reflect 21st century learning,…

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Town joins with organization to bring AEDs to schools

May 24, 2014
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Town joins with organization to bring AEDs to schools

By Ed Harris Editor About a month ago, local resident Kevin Salsbury was going for a run at the 103rd Airlift Wing Connecticut Air National Guard center in East Granby when he became dizzy and collapsed, suffering from a cardiac issue. If it wasn’t for a nearby doctor and an automated external defibrillator (AED), there…

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Police investigating suspicious driver approaching female students

May 22, 2014
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The Southington Police Department is investigating several instances of a suspicious man approaching female students over the course of the past month. Police are investigating three separate instances since April 28. Each time the car is different, but the driver description is similar. In two of the instances, the drive spoke to female high school…

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