Posts Tagged ‘ schools ’

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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Schools prepare for full-day kindergarten

August 8, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the new school year just around the corner, all eight elementary schools are ready to welcome new students to the first full-day kindergarten program. Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith said all school administrators and staff members are excited for the first year of the program to begin on August 29,…

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SEF awards more grants; Foundation gives $6,000 to six proposals

June 20, 2013
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by Ed Harris Editor South End Elementary School extended day kindergarten teacher Paula Gorham loves to tell stories, be it to her children or her students. This joy helped her craft the Interactive Storytelling Experience program that was recently awarded a $400 grant from the Southington Education Foundation (SEF). “I love storytelling,” Gorham said. “I…

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Elementary schools join in Project ACES

May 10, 2013
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Elementary schools join in Project ACES

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington’s elementary schools collaborated with the Activate Southington group for the town’s first participation in a worldwide exercise program, including about 700 students at Derynoski Elementary School. Activate Southington, the community initiative pushing for healthier lifestyles in town, facilitated the involvement of the school district in Project ACES (All Children…

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Officials look at ABA program

March 9, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Board of Education is once again looking at the possibility of bringing its Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program in-house, a proposal that has some parents worried that the program could face a decline. The program is currently run by the Capital Region Education Council (CREC). Several parents, all sharing stories…

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Town’s ECS funds go up; Coming budget still difficult

February 15, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer As part of his budget proposal announcement last week, Governor Dannel Malloy announced additional Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds for districts in the state. The news came as a relief to many school administrators, although the coming budget year is still expected to be difficult. In the midst of another…

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