East Hartford Public Schools News Archive
Most recent issue of What's Well from Wells Hall: May 27, 2015
Posted Thursday, Jun 11, 2015
Just released, the latest issue of the Superintendent's Newsletter. See what has been happening at East Hartford Public Schools!!!
2015-2016 Cohort of Teachers
Congratulations to the 2015-16 cohort of teachers accepted into the Leadership Academy! This program will continue next school year in collaboration with the Connecticut Association of Schools. We received many qualified applicants for the Leadership Academy and are thrilled with the potential this program has to offer as we further develop teacher leaders throughout the District!
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Attention: All Certified Staff
Staff Development Day: November 3, 2015 - Day of Choice
I am very excited to inform you that due to popular demand, the November 3, 2015, staff development day, has been dedicated as the “Day of Choice” by the East Hartford Professional Development Committee. The committee is comprised of 15 members including teachers and administrators from the elementary, secondary and district levels and is dedicated to providing all of you with opportunities for professional growth. We are seeking activity proposals to be developed and facilitated by East Hartford’s talented staff. This is not a time to do general work but a time to provide opportunities for professional growth. Proposals must be submitted by September 11, 2015. The Professional Development Committee will review and select proposals on September 18, 2015. As you can see, the process will begin very soon after the start of the 2015-16 school year, and therefore, putting the wheels in motion now is critical to a successful professional development day. Please consider submitting a proposal!
According to responses on the 2015 PD Survey, educators from across the entire district specified that they would benefit from the following professional development opportunities:
- Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students,
- Identifying and implementing effective methods for improving student behavior in the classroom, and
- Using technological resources to improve teaching practice and student learning.
Please note – The hope is to address the needs of educators as specified above. However, this list certainly does not exclude other possibilities that you see as valuable to other educators. An additional option for this year will be a full day opportunity offered in two parts (new learning in the AM and application in the PM).
Please complete and submit the Day of Choice Proposal Form. Proposals will be accepted from now until September 11, 2015. I encourage you to share your expertise with your colleagues!! You certainly may facilitate an activity with a partner. The success of “Day of Choice” has always been the result of the outstanding activities presented by East Hartford’s exceptional staff!
My sincere thanks go out to all members of the Professional Development Committee for their commitment to professional growth opportunities for all East Hartford staff: Jessica Bartolini, Marcia Ferreira, Annie Irvine, A. J. LaPlant, Ann Marie Mancini, Michelle Marion, Rob Monte, Lesley Morgan-Thompson, Nate Quesnel, Cynthia Ritchie, Teddi Sablon-Tauris, Pam Schachter, Chris Sparks, Chris Wethje, and Laura White.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I am more than willing to brainstorm ideas and guide you through the process.
Thank you for all that you do!
Supervisor of Program Development
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Students at O'Brien S.T.E.M. Academy Cover New Ground With 5K Run
O'Brien S.T.E.M. Academy students & staff show their team spirit before their first 5K race
(L-R) Kim Guzzo, Charisse, Ivree, Cathy Ryan, Shevonne Sims, Danielle, Carolyn, Luke Granato, Jared, Jose, Isaac, Antonio & (front) Marco
East Hartford 5th & 6th Graders become first from their school to run Manchester course
It may have been the last Saturday of Spring vacation, but some students weren't sleeping in late. Nine 5th & 6th graders from East Hartford's O'Brien S.T.E.M. Academy were up bright and early to run the 'Finally Spring 5K' with the Manchester Running Company. It was a milestone for the students, who have never ventured off school grounds to apply their distance running skills.
For Luke Granato, the 6th grade teacher and After-School Fitness Club Advisor who has been training the students since last fall, this goal has been in his sights for well over a year. An avid athlete and runner himself, having completed dozens of races, Granato was excited to lead the group and charter new territory with the run.
"My goal was to show our students how much fun being active can be. Your health and fitness is not just an independent endeavor. It’s much more than waking up early and working out on your own. It can be a very social and inspiring event," Granato remarked. "After a long three miles, our students were smiling and laughing together. They definitely received the message."
The students meet once a week after school, and perform stretching exercises and drills, as well as play traditional gym class games and organized sports. The goal of the After-School Fitness Club is to give the students, who truly enjoy exercise, an outlet for working out after a long day of academics as well as a chance to feel a sense of community with other like-minded students. This is the third year Granato has run the Club at O'Brien, and each year it continues to gain momentum.
The race began at Highland Park School in Manchester, and took the runners through the scenic woods, past the tranquil reservoir and in the Howard/Porter Passive Recreation area on Ferguson Street. Upon finishing the race, students were passing high-fives and congratulating one another. Some excitedly began planning to do another race in the near future. The students were also supported by their parents and families the day of the race, and even a couple teachers from O'Brien joined them. One, 6th grade teacher Cathy Ryan, was thrilled to be there to encourage the students.
"It was terrific to see teachers and students coming together to promote exercise and good health and teachers especially should be good role models for that," noted Ryan.
The 'Finally Spring 5K" is an annual event run by the Manchester Running Company. The MRC was founded in 2009, and is considered the premier running club in Manchester, Connecticut. They run numerous events throughout the year and have a rapidly growing membership. MRC is an inclusive organization, welcoming runners from beginners to the elite level. All proceeds from Manchester Running Company's events benefit non-profit organizations, including Manchester Public Schools.
On March 13, 2015, the East Hartford Rotary Club distributed student dictionaries to all Mayberry School's 3rd graders. Pratt and Whitney donated the annual funding for the dictionaries.
Bob Buettner and Ceil Collins came to Mayberry School on behalf of the Rotary Club and went to all three 3rd grade classrooms with the dictionaries.