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Strong students celebrate Brazilian Day

April 19, 2014
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Strong students celebrate Brazilian Day

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter Fourth graders at Strong School shook their hips with excitement while dancing the Samba last week to celebrate Brazilian Day, a presentation that has become an annual event there for the last four years. Fourth grader Jasmine Ozimkoski, who was born and raised in America, led the presentation along with…

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Local students are inventive

April 18, 2014
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Local students are inventive

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter Fourth grader Joey Mazzarella of Thalberg School always knew it was difficult for students to carry their lunches every day while walking the hallways with their backpacks in tow. In order to make lunch time less stressful, he created “Lunch on a roll,” using a variety of materials such as…

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Southington says goodbye to Dr. Erardi

April 16, 2014
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Southington says goodbye to Dr. Erardi

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Reporter School and town officials expressed their gratitude for the work of Dr. Joseph Erardi last week during a Board of Education meeting on April 11, saying farewell to the Southington Supt. of Schools who has accepted the new role of Newtown Superintendent. Southington High School teacher Bob Brown, who presented…

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Cox retires after 20 years

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving as the Director of Operations for 20 years in the Southington school district, Fred Cox has decided to retire at the end of the school year. During a recent Board of Education meeting, Southington Supt. of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi announced the retirement of Cox, catching the Director…

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Southington schools look to participate in energy costs savings proposal

April 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Board of Education voted unanimously to support Southington’s participation in a $13 million energy performance contracting proposal with a company that will guarantee cost-savings and equipment improvements in school and town buildings. Noresco, an energy company owned by United Technologies, was authorized by the Southington Energy Committee to perform…

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Chris Palmieri to receive Gold Medal award

April 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From serving on the Town Council to directing plays at the middle schools to planning for the annual Apple Harvest Festival, Chris Palmieri plays a number of different roles in the community. In honor of all his contributions to the community, the Southington Chapter of UNICO National will award Palmieri…

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Middle schools to produce ‘Shrek’

April 3, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Drama Club students at both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools are gearing up for their production of the Broadway musical “Shrek,” scheduled to take place this weekend. Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, “Shrek the Musical” takes place in a mythical “once upon a time” setting, telling the story…

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Board of Fiance approves school budget in full

April 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The finance board recently voted 5 to 1 in support of the Board of Education’s proposed budget as presented for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The school board proposed a budget of $87,072,005, which reflects an increase of 3.37 percent over this year’s adopted budget of $84,233,204. “It’s just an incredible moment…

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Testing new standardized tests

March 29, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Public Schools are preparing for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) “Field Test” scheduled to take place this spring. SBAC measures student progress toward college and career-readiness, working to develop next-generation assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, according to the…

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Cyber Knights take crown at FIRST event

March 28, 2014
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Cyber Knights take crown at FIRST event

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Cyber Knights won the New England FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) District event held at the high school this past weekend, for the first time, bringing home a winning banner for the fourth year in a row. After a fierce competition against 32 teams…

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