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School board candidates debate budget cuts and student growth

November 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Democratic and Republican school board candidates tackled key issues on student growth, the new teacher evaluation system and budget cuts at a recent Board of Education debate. The debate was hosted by the Southington Education Association. With the implementation of the new teacher and administration evaluation systems in the state,…

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Watertown Man Faces Six Charges; Found Hiding in Southington

October 23, 2013
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A Watertown man faces six charges after police found him hiding in an apartment on West Main Street in Southington, according to a police report. Southington police said in the report that Alan Gamache of 147 Greenwood Street, Watertown, had an active arrest warrant stemming from a domestic dispute on Monday, and hid inside the…

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Southington school receives state grant money

September 26, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi is appreciative of a recently announced state grant that will allow for better security at ALTA, but he was hoping to receive enough grant money to increase security measures at all of the schools in the district. He is hoping further funding comes from a…

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Y Cup returns to Apple road race

September 24, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington’s 45th annual Apple Harvest Festival plans to continue one of its new additions to the road race for youngsters: the Y Cup. The Y Cup is a relay for fourth and fifth graders of all eight elementary schools to participate in the 5 K (3.1 miles) race on Sunday,…

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Schools offer new enrichment program; Like Learners to offer new opportunities

September 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the lost of the SOAR program last May due to budget cuts, the Southington School District decided to devote its time over the summer to creating a new enrichment opportunity for gifted and talented students in all eight elementary schools and the two middle schools. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi…

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School officials pleased with test scores

September 7, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer School officials said they are pleased with the scores on the Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) for the 2012-2013 school year, and are ready to prepare for changes the exams will bring during the current school year. Students in grades three to eight take…

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School district announces launch of new STEM resource

September 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Board of Education announced the launch of its “Virtual STEM University,” a web-based educational resource for teachers that will provide easy access to lesson design plans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM University is a partnership between The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) and the Board…

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Teachers prep for the new school year

August 29, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Faculty and staff members of the Southington school district kicked off the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year with a theme of “many firsts” and “change” on Monday. Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith, along with board members and other educators, recognized this theme throughout the celebration by welcoming more than 50…

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Classrooms burst with life with new themes

August 23, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER As the new school year approaches, teachers of all eight elementary schools have brought their classrooms to life with distinct themes and decorations. Third grade teacher Sarah Turci from South End Elementary School knew without a doubt that “the beach” would be her classroom theme. Every year, her family stays…

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Middle schools ready for students during construction

August 20, 2013
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Middle schools ready for students during construction

By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The first phase of the middle school renovations has been completed, and now both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools are ready to start on time. Past environmental tests found traces of asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) at both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools. The remediation process was able to be…

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