Posts Tagged ‘ schools ’

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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Superintendent Presents Proposed Budget for 2014-2015

January 14, 2014
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Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi plans to present his proposed budget before the Board of Education tonight during a workshop meeting. According to the Superintendent’s Operating Budget report, the proposed budget for 2014-2015 is $87,259, 873—an increase of 3.59 percent over this current year adopted budget. The adopted budget for this current year is…

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Planning for technology; School district continues to plan long term

December 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Over the past six to seven months, a group of educators and administrators of the Technology Long Term Planning Committee banded together to revolutionize the way Southington Public Schools addresses and provides professional development for technology. During a Board of Education meeting last week, Chris Richter, an eighth grade teacher…

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School district welcomes two new educators

December 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Public Schools welcomed two new educators to the district during a Board of Education meeting last week. The Board of Education appointed Susanne Vitcavage to the position of Assistant Principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School and John Duffy to the position of Pre-K-Grade 12 Science Coordinator. Duffy has…

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Schools receive security grant funding

November 22, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington has received more grant money from the state to better safeguard the schools. Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently announced that an additional 75 school districts, covering 435 schools, will receive funds as part of the School Security Grant Program, part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act. An…

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Schools honor area veterans

November 13, 2013
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Schools honor area veterans

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Students throughout the Southington school district expressed their patriotism and appreciation for military men and women through Veterans Day celebrations, welcoming family members and friends who have served in the past and present. During a ceremony at Derynoski Elementary School, fifth graders took the stage to honor veterans through a…

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