Posts Tagged ‘ schools ’

School officials looking at options for Strong School bee issue

August 29, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer A concerned parent recently addressed the Board of Education bringing a bee infestation in the field of Strong School to their attention and seeking some action to remedy the problem. Ulla Plourde, a parent of a Strong School student, questioned why the board had not taken any action to eliminate…

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Teachers prepare rooms for new school year

August 23, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer As children are picking out their new backpacks and gathering school supplies for back to school, the teachers are already back preparing for the first day. Curriculum and lesson plans aside, many of the teachers are trying to find ways to make sure their classroom are a comfortable learning environment…

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New superintendent adjusts to position

August 22, 2014
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New superintendent adjusts to position

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer New Superintendent of Schools is transitioning to Southington with a busy first week on the job. “It’s a much larger school district,” said Connellan, who was the former superintendent for Oxford Public Schools. “There are lots of things to do every single day, that’s probably the biggest difference.” Assistant Superintendent…

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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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