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Posted Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 
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: October 27, 2014

Previsous issues of What's Well from Wells Hall

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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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Posted Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 
On Thursday, October 30, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP), which has started a least a dozen high school clubs in Connecticut and sponsors a travel amateur high school team, will be at the Connecticut IB Academy with the Computrainer and a professional cyclist from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

On Thursday, October 30, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP), which has started a least a dozen high school clubs in Connecticut and sponsors a travel amateur high school team, will be at the Connecticut IB Academy with the Computrainer and a professional cyclist from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. challenging students, teachers and parents to race one another or to race against the professional.

Read more about this event.

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Posted Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 

 The East Hartford High School Accounting and Academy of Finance 2 classes attended the Connecticut Society of CPA Career Conference on Friday, October 17.  The conference was conducted at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.  Mrs. Carol Godzyk-Synnott, as well as Mrs. Carol Coogan, accompanied twenty-four EHHS Hornets.  Students were provided with a tour of the UConn campus and attended seminars conducted by accountants who are directly affiliated with the Connecticut Society of CPAs. 

            Post conference conversations with students indicated that the conference was both informative and beneficial.  Conferences of this nature provide East Hartford High School students with a deeper understanding of the careers available in the business world.
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Posted Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 

On Friday, October 3, forty East Hartford High School students participated in the Riverfront Adventure Program in Hartford, CT.  The students involved were

all part of Team Aspire, an academic team created at EHHS for English Learners at beginning and intermediate levels of language acquisition.  This field trip, funded by eleven separate donors through, allowed students to learn and reinforce skills in areas such as leadership, communication, and conflict resolution.  The students - who come from a variety of countries such as Honduras, Vietnam, India, Ghana, Columbia, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, and Mexico - participated in cooperative games, low-ropes course events, and “dragon boating” in order to strengthen language skills, teamwork, and confidence.

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Posted Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 
On Monday, October 27th, East Hartford Middle School will host 6th grade students and their families who want to know more about the Yale Honors Academy and the CCSU STEM Academy.


EHMS STEM Academy students conducting experiments

October 21, 2014 EHMS Recruitment Night Press Release 

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Posted Friday, Oct 17, 2014 

The East Hartford High School Guidance Department has scheduled its annual "Get to Know EHHS" program for Thursday, October 23 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  The evening is designed to provide prospective students and their parents with specific detail regarding our extensive curriculum offerings.  Our Fine and Performing Arts program is widely recognized throughout the northeast region; additionally, EHHS has approximately fifty after-school clubs and activities which include our award winning Robotics team, student activities association, and leadership development programs. 

6:30-7:00pm -  All parents and 8th graders arrive, sign in at tables in lobby and report to AUDITORIUM. Speakers:  Frank Staples will introduce J. Fote, T.Kinel (w/PPt), C.Lawlor-King, T. Snyder, and P. Cohen to speak to parents.  Video- 5 minutes at the end.

7:00-8:00pm - Parents and students will be divided in to 2 groups (Blue & Beige tickets will be given out w/schedule location) Half will go to the library for a "Meet and Greet". Tables w/tablecloths will be provided for:  Dept. Heads, F. Cipolla/Athletics, L. Stagis/Activities, L.Rivard/Student Council, various student groups. Refreshments will be provided (cookies and lemonade). Other half of parents and students will be divided into student led tour groups.

7:20pm - Switch groups so those in library will go on tour and those on tour will visit library.

7:40pm - Frank Staples will conclude the evening and invite parents to the auditorium for a Q & A with himself and Patty Cohen.


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Posted Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 
East Hartford High School's Student Assistance Center was renamed to Kenny Gwozdz Student Assistance Center on October 6, 2014.

Kenny Gwozdz Student Assistance Center

As per the Board of Education’s decision, East Hartford High School’s Student Assistance Center has been officially renamed the Kenny Gwozdz Student Assistance Center. A well-attended, dignified and thoughtful ceremony was held to rename the facility on October 6, 2014.



Among the speakers were East Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Nate Quesnel, State Representatives Henry Genga and Tim Larson, former EHHS principal Craig Jordan, present principal Matt Ryan and present director of the SAC Brian Reynolds, all of whom spoke with affection for the late Kenny, citing his compassion and contributions to EHHS as a teacher, coach, mentor and founder of the award winning Student Assistance Center.

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Posted Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 
Read the October 8, 2014 Hartford Courant Article on Cara Quinn, 2015 State of Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Educator At East Hartford's Sunset Ridge School Is State Teacher Of Year

EAST HARTFORD — Sometimes Cara Quinn's sixth grade students at Sunset Ridge School like to call her "crazy."

But they mean it in a good way, that she stands out, said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman to the sixth- and fifth-graders from Sunset Ridge who gathered in the gym Wednesday afternoon.

"That means she's kind of neat, right?" She's a special lady," Wyman said.

Quinn is not only a standout for her students, but also for the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council, which chose Quinn as the state's teacher of the year for 2015.

"I get the sense that you agree with our selection," Pryor said.

Quinn was chosen from among four finalists, 15 semifinalists and more than 100 district-level teachers of year. The council is made up of educators who have won the honor in the past and representatives from educational organizations, businesses and the community.

As the state's teacher of the year, Quinn will be part of an advisory council that works with the state Department of Education on policies, he said.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to shine a positive light on the great work of our schools here in East Hartford," Quinn said.

"The heart of these positive stories are the extraordinary teachers that I'm so fortunate to surround myself with. I am so honored to work alongside people who are so invested here and are so committed to bring about positive change for our students and the community of East Hartford," Quinn said.

Quinn received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education from the University of Connecticut. She taught first grade at Silver Lane Elementary School for five years before transferring to Sunset Ridge in 2011.

Kim Knapp, a friend and colleague at Sunset Ridge, said she knew when they first met that Quinn cared deeply about children and the school.

"She cared about East Hartford. She was so sensitive about the issues affecting our world," said Knapp. "Working alongside her has solidified my initial views about her."

Quinn instills a passion for learning in her students and she makes and a challenging profession look easy, she said.

"Whenever you walk into Mrs. Quinn's classroom you see actively engaged students who are constantly being encouraged to give more, to think deeply, to care about their learning and to challenge themselves daily to be their personal best," Knapp said.

Several of speakers at the assembly noted that Quinn's lessons go beyond the classroom and her dedication to developing her students' character.

During a math lesson on ratios and proportions, she had her students start a business of selling lollipops. The money they raised paid the tuition for a student in Haiti.

She got students and staff to commit to doing 26 acts of kindness last year in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. She started an annual trip for sixth-graders to the University of Connecticut.

Mya Mason, a former student of Quinn's, said Quinn made learning fun with real-life situations and encourages students to set goals for their futures.

"She always tries to tell us that we should go to college, get better jobs," Mason said. "She wants us to do what we want to do, she wants us to go to work for fun. Mrs. Quinn has helped me and other student a lot. She's changed many lives for the better."

Copyright © 2014, Hartford Courant
October 8, 2014
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Posted Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 
Congratulations to Cara Quinn of Sunset Ridge School as 2015 Connecticut's Teacher of the Year!!!

Announcement from the Superintendent of Schools

Congratulations to Cara Quinn of Sunset Ridge School who has been choosen as the State of Connecticut 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Read the announcement from the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Mr. Jeffrey Currey, Board of Education Chairman
Mr. Stefan Pryor, State of Connecticut Commissioner of Education
Ms. Cara Quinn, Connecticut Teacher of the Year
Mr. Nathan Quesnel, Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Stefan Pryor, State of Connecticut Commissioner of Education
Ms. Cara Quinn, Connecticut Teacher of the Year 

Ms. Cara Quinn, Connecticut Teacher of the Year
Mr. Nathan Quesnel, Superintendent of Schools

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Posted Monday, Oct 6, 2014 
Congratulations to Elizabeth Roraback, who has been selected as one of 75 fellows chosen nationally by the Ashoka Institute's Catapult Program.

October 6, 2014 Immediate Release

Posted Monday, Oct 6, 2014 
Congratulations to the two Connecticut IB Academy students that are in the running for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Read the Hartford Courant article by Hilda Muñoz.

CIBA Students To Compete For National Scholarships

EAST HARTFORD — Two students at the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy are in the running for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

William Reid, a senior, was named a semifinalist for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. As a semifinalist, he will compete for one or more of the 7,600 scholarships.

A second CIBA student, Justin Nortey, is among 1,600 semifinalist for the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes academically talented African American high school students. More than 160,000 students applied for the program, according to the organization's website.  Nortey will compete for a $2,500 scholarship or for corporate sponsorship. Finalists are expected to be announced in January.

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Posted Friday, Oct 3, 2014 
Pitkin School October 2014 Newsletter is online.
The Pitkin School October Newsletter is now online.  Click here to view it.
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Posted Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 
Just released, the latest issue of the Superintendent's Newsletter. See what has been happening at East Hartford Public Schools!!!

Volume 2 Issue 1 - September 2014

Posted Friday, Sep 26, 2014 
Watch the latest video "FROM THE CLASSROOM" hosted by Mr. Nathan Quesnel, Superintendent of Schools with Ms. Cynthia Ritchie, Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
Posted Friday, Sep 26, 2014 
Children born in 2010 or 2011, from low income families are eligible for this free program. For more information call 860-622-5520.

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Posted Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 
East Hartford Board of Education approves the U.S. Department of Agriculture Program.

Three East Hartford elementary schools qualify for free meals.

EAST HARTFORD — Breakfast and lunch will be served free to students at three of the town's elementary schools as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program approved by the school board this week.

The program is expected to take effect Oct. 1 at Anna E. Norris Elementary School, Franklin H. Mayberry Elementary School and Silver Lane Elementary School.

The board voted at the meeting to allow the three schools to participate in the program, called the Community Eligibility Provision.

The program is available to schools where more than 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, Mainuli said.

The meal menu at those schools will be the same as the rest of the school district, he said.

"It's the same program, the same meals. All it does is recognize the overall percentage of free and reduced families at those particular schools," he said.

The only additional cost would be for a la carte items offered at the school or additional meals. Parents of students at the three elementary schools should receive a letter in coming weeks informing them about the program, Mainuli said.

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Posted Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 
The Green Apple Day of Service is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Pratt & Whitney is among several leading firms in Connecticut that are joining in on the action.

September 25, 2014 Immediate Release Announcement





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Posted Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 
Congratulations to William R. Reid, who has been named as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for the 2015 program.

September 18, 2014 Press Release Announcement

Posted Monday, Sep 22, 2014 
Read the Climate Survey article from the Journal Inquirer posted on September 10, 2014.

Climate survey’ finds parents, students like EH school system

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:46 pm
By Steven Crighton Journal Inquirer

EAST HARTFORD — The responses to a recently issued survey on school climate largely were positive, School Superintendent Nathan Quesnel said Tuesday.

However, he added, social and emotional wellness is one area that has room for improvement.                                                                 

According to the survey, school climate refers to the quality of school life as it relates to the “norms and values, interpersonal relationships, social interactions, and organizational processes and structures.

The survey was divided into 12 sections, including school safety, physical and emotional security, support for learning, leadership, respect for diversity, social support, engagement, and physical surroundings.

The survey was issued to students, staff, and parents, with 2,866, or 56 percent, of students submitting a survey response, 712, or 71 percent, of staff submitting a response, and 1,642, or 37.2 percent, of parents submitting a response.

Quesnel said that for each of the survey’s 12 domains, the school system “was received very favorably,” with the majority of responses being either “agree” or “strongly agree.”

“We fell into our target zone,” Quesnel said. “Looking at school climate gives us a look at the health of the whole organization. By using the school climate survey to quantify success, we’re able to celebrate our strengths and find areas for opportunity.”

Quesnel said the highest scorers included Silver Lane and Goodwin elementary schools, which saw the highest marks for the survey section on safety. Other high scorers included Connecticut IB Academy and Pitkin and O’Connell elementary schools.

While Quesnel said he was satisfied with the results there remains room for improvement.

“Social and emotional wellness is the area that we need to work on,” Quesnel said. “We’re actively looking at ways to address that.”

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Posted Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 
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East Hartford High School is offering a Nursery School program for children three, four, and five years old. The program will offer a safe and nurturing learning environment where EHHS students will assist preschoolers in developing social skills while reinforcing concepts such as the alphabet, numbers and colors. EHHS students have chosen the following themes to convey important concepts:  Fall (autumn), Leaves, Pumpkins, Shapes, Body Parts/Sports, ABCs, and Winter (snow). The Nursery School program operates for eight weeks, from October 13 through December 17.  It will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.  In order to qualify for this program, the child must be an East Hartford resident and he/she must have had a physical within the last year.  The cost of the eight week program is only $30.00!  For more information, please call Mrs. Mora Martin at (860) 622-5295. 
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Posted Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 
Congratulations to Mrs. Tracy Stefano who was appointed as the new K-12 Health and Physical Education Supervisor.

Announcement from the Superintendent of Schools

Posted Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 
Dattco Bus Stops

Should you need instructions on how to fill out the fields click on the title for more information.

Below is the link to Dattco's Bus Stops for East Hartford Public School: 

1. Enter House Number   
2. Enter Street Address followed by a space and zip code,
    Please note that you will need to abbreviate street, avenue, etc.,
    for example: main "st" 06108                   
     * Street - st                    
     * Avenue - ave                      
     * Drive - dr                    
     * Lane - ln                    
     * Court - ct                   
     * Terrace - ter 
3. Select your child's school
4. Click on the Submit button

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Posted Monday, Sep 8, 2014 

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Posted Friday, Sep 5, 2014 
The results of the School Climate Survey from Spring of 2014.

September 5, 2014 Press Release Announcement

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