Posts Tagged ‘ schools ’

Schools to get solar panels

July 9, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC will construct solar panels at Plantsville Elementary, South End Elementary, Hatton Elementary and a landfill in town to create energy from sunlight. Greenskies, a solar energy developer, will finance, develop, build and maintain the solar panels, at no cost the town. The company will then sell…

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Foundation hands out more grants

June 13, 2014
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Foundation hands out more grants

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) celebrated its tenth round of grants last week, during a presentation made by several teachers who received funding for different STEM-related projects. The SEF gave grants to first grade teacher Ellen Bellinger and Food Services Manager Marion Virello of South End School, who created an…

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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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Fifth graders finish race at Talcott Mountain

April 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Fifth grader Andrew Perry of Thalberg School helped code and design a robot that could navigate through a maze, find a fire and then extinguish the fire. Andrew was one of over 20 fifth grader students identified as gifted and talented in the Southington school district who had the opportunity…

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Town looks to save on energy; Council votes to approve project

April 25, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council recently voted unanimously to approve an energy savings project that would bring equipment upgrades to both town and school buildings. Council members voted during a recent meeting to approve a performance contract with Noresco to move forward with the $13 million project that would bring a total…

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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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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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Spanish pilot program is set for South End School

March 21, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education recently voted unanimously to endorse the concept of a phase-in Spanish program that would be a piloted as a theme-based opportunity at South End School. Suggested by a world language teacher from the district, the program would begin for students entering kindergarten and first grade.…

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Survey results update BYOD program at high school

February 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer More than 60 percent of teachers at Southington High School who responded in a survey about the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program reported that they used their own technology at least six times last year, according to the results. “That was a very encouraging sign right away,” said social…

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School calender to feature more professional development

January 18, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education voted 5 to 4 in favor of the new proposed school calendar for 2014-2015, providing teachers more time for professional development. The new calendar displays nine early release days for professional development from September to May as well as full days for professional development in…

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