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Posted Friday, Jan 30, 2015 
On February 3, 2015 Connecticut IB Academy (CIBA) will be welcoming a delegation of teachers & students from prestigious High School attached to Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin Province, China.

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Posted Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 
East Hartford Public Schools and District will be closed on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 
"Read To Grow"  Valentine Book Drive Have a heart!
Please donate new or gently used books for needy K-8 students in local communities.  Books may be dropped in the Valentine box in the school lobby. 
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Posted Monday, Jan 26, 2015 
Due to the blizzard East Hartford Public Schools and District will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
Posted Monday, Jan 26, 2015 
East Hartford Public Schools will have an Early Dismissal due to the impending snow storm on Monday, January 26, 2015.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 
Just released, the latest issue of the Superintendent's Newsletter. See what has been happening at East Hartford Public Schools!!!

Volume 2 Issue 2 - December 2014

Posted Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 
This survey is intended for Special Education Families. Deadline for this survey is Friday, January 30, 2015.

Focused Monitoring Survey

For information on the survey, read the January 13, 2015 letter from the Superintendent of Schools and the Director of Pupil Personnel Services.  Deadline for the survey is Friday, January 30, 2015.

Focus Monitoring Surveys:

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Posted Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 
The first workshop will be on February 2nd at Hockanum and Pitkin Elementary Schools.

U for Youth Workshops

This family engagement workshop series is the first of many to come, under our Parent University (Parent U) initiative.  We are thrilled to bring these workshops to families.  It is our hope to engage families in learning about their child’s academic development and how a parent/caregiver can help support early literacy development when at home.

Dinner will be served to all participants and we are also raffling off iPad minis loaded with literacy apps for young children.  We look forward to building relationships and offering additional services to EHPS’ young families and children. For More Information on the Workshops.

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Posted Monday, Jan 12, 2015 
Due to the impending snow storm, East Hartford Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 12, 2015.
Posted Friday, Jan 2, 2015 
This is a monthly community update from the Board of Education Chairman, Jeffrey Currey and the Superintendent of Schools, Nathan Quesnel.

Most recent issue of What's Well from Wells Hall: December 22, 2014

Posted Monday, Dec 29, 2014 
Please click here to read the December 2014 newsletter.
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Posted Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 
Read the press release announcing $15,000.00 in Mini Grant Awards from the East Hartford School/Business Partnership program to educators throughout East Hartford Public Schools.

December 17, 2014 Press Release Announcement

Posted Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 
On Thursday, January 8th, the East Hartford High School Student Council will be hosting a day with motivational speaker A'ric Jackson.  At the recent CAS Leadership Conference, EHHS Student Council members were mesmerized by his charismatic personality and no-nonsense approach and felt that he would be a wonderful speaker for our school community.  During his visit, Mr. Jackson will speak to all students at EHHS and the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy (CIBA) and will run leadership workshops for both schools. 
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Posted Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 
East Hartford High School is raising money for a Habitat for Humanity initiative titled "The House that Bottles Built." 

Please bring in any cans or plastic bottles and deposit them in the containers located at the front of the cafeteria.  We are trying to raise at least $250 for Habitat for Humanity!  We will be collecting bottles from now until Earth Day on April 22nd.  Thank you for your help and support!  If you have any questions please see Mrs. Vargas in room 214.

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Posted Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 
Congratulations to two East Hartford Public Schools teachers who were recently awarded mini-grant funds to support professional learning associated with the implementation of the Connecticut Core State Standards.

December 10, 2014 Immediate Release Announcement

Posted Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 
East Hartford Public Schools will have a 90-Minute Delay Opening on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Posted Monday, Dec 1, 2014 
Pitkin School December 2014 Newsletter
The Pitkin School November Newsletter is now online.  Click here to view it.
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Posted Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 
Journal Inquirer November 21, 2014 Article

At- Risk Youth Subject of PAnel Discussion 

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014 12:33 pm  

By Steven Crighton Journal Inquirer                                            

EAST HARTFORD — Recalling a recent visit to one of the town’s high schools, Superintendent Nathan Quesnel saw a student bury his head in his phone, ignoring a guest speaker during one of his classes.                                                                                                                                                                    

“I asked myself, ‘when is this boy going to learn that he’s never going to have a job if he acts like that, and what will happen when he can’t get a job when he continues to act like that?’” Quesnel said. “Unless we get an answer for that, the future for that boy is not bright.” 
A failure to engage at-risk youth was one of the topics of discussion Thursday during a panel session held at New Covenant United Methodist Church.                                                                          

Police Chief Scott Sansom and state Rep. Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford, joined Quesnel as they took turns answering questions from the church’s pastor, Gary Richards.

The event focused primarily on the problems minority students face when it comes to staying in school and out of trouble, compared to their white peers — and the actions each official was taking to help stymie those statistics.

A CPTV-produced documentary called “The Color of Justice” was screened before the panel’s question-and-answer session. The film detailed the difficulties minority youth face in comparison to their white peers.

According to the documentary, minority youth in Connecticut are statistically more likely to be arrested, to be referred to court, to be held in secure holding, and to be transferred to adult court.

On a local level, East Hartford High School was ranked in 2011 among the top 20 for in-school arrests in Connecticut.

All three speakers advocated for a focus on rehabilitating these at-risk youth, rather than punishing them.

“East Hartford’s almost 80 percent of a minority population,” Quesnel said. “It’s a challenging reality. It’s not just about the numbers and changing how we respond when something happens, it’s about changing the child’s behavior so that these things don’t happen again.”

Quesnel likened the reactive nature of punitive measures like suspension or expulsion to trying to treat an illness, rather than preventing it.

“We continue to treat symptoms rather than work on root causes,” Quesnel said.

Speaking from his experience growing up in East Hartford as a Hispanic male, Rojas said the burden of improvement should not lie solely with town officials and parents.

“We often want to put the burden on the adults in the room, and while that’s appropriate in most cases, I think we have a responsibility to hold our youth to a higher expectation as well,” Rojas said.

Rojas said an emphasis should be placed on forming connections between police and at-risk youth.

As a kid, he said, one of the most consistent and positive interactions he had was with a local police officer who patrolled the area near his home.

“He kept a lot of my friends and I out of the criminal justice system because he gave us some leeway on the dumb stuff we were doing, because youth tend to do dumb things sometimes,” Rojas said.

Sansom agreed that one of the most important aspects in trying to reduce the police department’s disproportionate minority contact, or DMC, was managing to find common ground between police and minority groups.

Before becoming the town’s chief of police, Sansom served for 20 years in the Hartford police department, eventually rising to the rank of deputy chief.

“I took my gun and badge off and I went into the communities and I looked for help,” Sansom said. “I knew that the more they helped me and I could help them, from backing them up with grants or participating in programs it would help reduce crime.”

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Posted Monday, Nov 24, 2014 

East Hartford's Varsity Football game versus Manchester will now be Tuesday, November 25th, at 7 pm. We will honor seniors starting at 6:30 pm.

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Posted Friday, Nov 21, 2014 
Thank you to everyone who has helped to create our first Hornet Community Dinner.  We gathered over $3000 in donated food!  The EH Board of Education, Sodexo, Dattco, Youth Services, Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, Roma's, Savvi's Pizza, Panera, Granny's Pies, Harpo's Bakery, Michael's Bakery, Sam's Club all contributed in time, food, and/or money. 
Unfortunately, the impending storm has caused us to cancel.
These efforts will not go to waste.  Members of the Class of 2015 will make weekly meal deliveries to local shelters and pantries with the help of Sodexo and the donated items.  On Tuesday, the first delivery will be made to two shelters; the rest will be made every week in the month of December. 
CAD and its senior options are still in effect as long as we have school on Wednesday.  Please remind ALL students that they can earn hours with "Bake It Forward."  Every batch of donated baked goods is a service learning hour.


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Posted Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 

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Click here for CAD Opportunities Flyer

Community Awareness Day Opportunities

November 26, 2014           

      Our goal is for students     to build meaningful relationships with their Connections group members,     graduating class, school, and community, and then, for students to use     those relationships to enrich their community and give back to it.         


Community Awareness Day

  • The staff and students of EHHS rotate through 4 station with their Connections group:
    • Service Learning Fair- Students meet with dozens of organizations to get inspired involvement in bettering their community
    • Presentation by Love146- Students learn about how one organization advocates for change and prevents harm
    • Adventures Through Connections- Students work together at teambuilding activities
    • Connections – Students make debrief about the importance of their day and how to be most effective in their own communities

Community Awareness Day now has options for seniors!

            Have a service learning experience during Community Awareness Day!

  • Option 1: Experience Community Awareness Day
  • Option 2: Go to Norris Elementary school to facilitate teambuilding activities with future Hornets
  • Option 3: Go to the EH YMCA to facilitate developmental activities with preschool Hornets
  • Option 4: Go to downtown to thank our wonderful Hornet community by distributing treats and thank you cards while explaining all the exciting experiences we have at EHHS
  • Option 5: Create decorations to celebrate our community for Hornet Community Dinner

Hornet Community Dinner

  • Seniors will prepare and host dinner for the entire community AFTER CAD from 4:30-6pm
  • Community members will enjoy a Thanksgiving-style family dinner and football game
  • Invitations have gone out to all EH shelters, food pantries, and soup kitchens
  • Seniors can sign up to help with cooking with the Sodexo staff, decorating, serving, prepping, greeting, etc

All EHHS students can earn hours by “Baking It Forward”

  • One service hour for every batch of baked goods
  • Batches must have each serving individually wrapped and ready for seniors to hand out to community members downtown               
Organization Descriptions
Service Club- EHHS club that promotes service learning  throughout the year
Hartford MarathonOrganizes programs and events that promote health, fitness and enjoyment for participants of all ages and experience levels
Lutz Children's Museum- Provides a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural sciences through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences
Sodexo-Our own food service provider, who works to ensure all our students have food at all times and works with community partners to eradicate hunger in East Hartford
Habitat for Humanity- Builds  home because “we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home”
Alzheimer’s Association-Provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families-through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life
Manchester Manor- Maintains a home that maximizes resident independence and nurtures the human spirit while preserving the dignity and individuality of residents.
Relay for Life/ American Cancer Society-  Raises much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer
Student Council- Student leadership group designed to provide students with positive experiences and foster community awareness
EHHS Blood Drive- Students and staff encourage and provide blood donations at school to those in need
St. Mary’s and St Rose’s Food Bank- Collects food for community members
InterCommunity- Community agency providing mental health and addiction services to individuals, families, and communities
ONE/ Electric Run- An advocacy organization of 4million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa
Autism Speaks- World's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism
EH YMCA-The Y is a leading nonprofit organization for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility
PBIS StuReps- Student representatives work to make EHHS a more positive place
Red Scarf Project- Student make scarfs to send warmth and encouragement to a foster student and  raised money to help keep them in school

Wounded Warrior- Helps thousands of injured warriors returning from the battlefield and helps provide assistance to their families
Movember- Raises vital awareness and funds for men's health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives
Future Teacher's - EHHS club designed to help students become quality educators
New Covenant United Methodist Church Community Projects& Peace Corps- Gary Richards organizes community action to provide immediate relief and advocate for big picture change.  He will talk about his community projects and his work with the Peace Corps.
The Leadership Alliances Summer Enrichment Program- Designed to address adolescents’ social/behavioral needs and prepare incoming freshmen for the academic expectations of high school life.
Donate Life- Organization works to match organ donors with needful recipients
Legal Aid and EH Community Partners-A not-for-profit law firm whose attorneys provide clients living in poverty with free representation for civil legal issues.  Legal Aid representative, Rafael Rodriguez, also head the EH Community Partners, a group aimed at improving the lives of community residents
Community Renewal Team- Helps individuals, families, and communities address the challenges they face in building a successful future
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Posted Friday, Nov 7, 2014 
The East Hartford Rotary Club generously donated 5 iPads to Mayberry School.

The East Hartford Rotary Club generously donated 5 iPads to Mayberry School. Upon donation, Miss Miller's first grade class demonstrated how an iPad is used during the "conversation station" center. Two students modeled the station for members of the Rotary Club, the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and building Principal.


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Posted Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 
Pitkin School Newsletter
The Pitkin School November Newsletter is now online.  Click here to view it.
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Posted Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 
Wednesday November 5, 2014, the Connecticut IB Academy will hold its 13th Annual Junior Inauguration at 6:00 p.m. in the school Lecture Hall.

CIBA will conduct it's inauguration of Junior students into the IB Diploma Programme on November 5th at 6:00 PM.  Click the link below to view the press release with full details.

Junior Inauguration press release

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Posted Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 
On Thursday, November 6th, East Hartford High School will host the Financial Aid and College Night.  This event starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:00 PM.  EHHS Juniors, Seniors and their parents (families) are invited to attend.  Information about planning and paying for higher education will be discussed- with an emphasis on Financial Aid.   Please join us on this evening for a spaghetti dinner.  In addition, Seniors who attend and complete the program evaluation are eligible to enter a raffle to win one of three $500 scholarships.
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Posted Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at East Hartford Middle School from 5pm to 7pm

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East Hartford Public Schools

Pupil Personnel Services Department 



“Special Education Resource Fair”

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Come anytime between

5pm – 7pm


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