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Posted Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 
This is a monthly community update from the Board of Education Chairman, Bryan Hall and the Superintendent of Schools, Nathan Quesnel.

Most recent issue of What's Well from Wells Hall: November 25, 2015

Posted Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 
Reconfiguration for Hockanum Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) redistricting.

Reconfiguration Map


Reconfiguration for Hockanum Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) redistricting.

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Posted Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 
Update from the Superintendent of Schools regarding the impact across the district of the reconfiguration of Hockanum School students as it opens the ECLC Fall of 2016.

Letter to Hockanum Families from the Superintendent of Schools English Version

Spanish Version

Posted Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 
November 23, 2015 Board of Education adopted plan which will reconfigure the current Hockanum School neighborhood send existing students to nearby elementary schools Fall 2016.

Read the November 24, 2015 Press Release

Posted Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 
Update from the Superintendent of Schools regarding the impact across the district of the reconfiguration of Hockanum School students as it opens the ECLC Fall of 2016.

Letter to Goodwin Families from the Superintendent of Schools English Version

Spanish Version

Posted Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 
Update from the Superintendent of Schools regarding the impact across the district of the reconfiguration of Hockanum School students as it opens the ECLC Fall of 2016.

Letter to O'Connell Families from the Superintendent of Schools English version

Spanish version

Posted Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 
Update from the Superintendent of Schools regarding the impact across the district of the reconfiguration of Hockanum School students as it opens the ECLC Fall of 2016.

Letter to O'Brien Families from the Superintendent of Schools English version.

Spanish Version

Posted Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 
November 17, 2015 East Hartford Public Schools received a grant of $150,000 from the Dalio Foundation.

Read the November 24, 2015 Press Release from the Superintendent of Schools

Posted Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 
Various informational items on the new Early Childhood Learning Center are available by clicking on the link above.

View the presentation of the Reconfiguration Plan that was presented at the November 16, 2015 Board of Education Meeting.

Early Childhood Center Information  

Below are links related to the new Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC):

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 

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Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 
The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) and Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Fall Leadership Conference will be coming to East Hartford High school this Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21. Student leaders from all over Connecticut will participate in a variety of leadership opportunities.  



Area used




9:30 / 10

Main Foyer


Registration/ Ice breaker in groups

- Registration table



10:05 – 10:15


Welcome, Pledge, Anthem



10:15 – 11:15


Break in to 12 groups for activities

- Advisors to Gym

- 12 color coded areas


11:15 – 12:45


Foodshare Service Project

- Long tables


12:45 – 1:30

Gym, rooms

Lunch - DeAngelos

- Garbage cans for trash


1:30 – 2:15


Speaker – Andrew Peterson

Screen, Projector, microphone


2:25 – 3:00


Transport to EHHS



3:00 – 4:20

12 rooms

Workshop groups



4:25 – 5:35


Speaker – Mike Smith

- Lighting

- Microphones


5:45 – 6:30



Trash cans


6:35 – 7:50


Looking In theater

- Lightening

- Microphone


7:55 – 8:45

12 Classrooms

Processing Looking In Theater

- classrooms


8:55 – 9:15

Football Practice Field




9:15 – 10:40


Ice Cream Social and


- Tables moved

- Trash cans




Bus to Hotel


There will be three national speakers who will be presenting.  The keynote speaker will be Mike Smith, a man who decided (while he was in high school) that ordinary was a choice and that you can accomplish anything if you have the right mindset.  Also presenting is Chris Temple, Co-Founder of Living on One.  Chris lived and worked in Guatemala as a radish farmer and survived on one dollar a day.  The last presenter is Andrew Peterson, a young man born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  He has proven skeptics wrong by running a personal best of 10:22 in the 300M Special Olympic National Games and joining the Special Olympic Athletic Leadership Program.  Andrew has addressed over 60,000 students on the topics of respect and ability.  
There will also be breakout groups (Friday and Saturday) where students from all over the state will work together, as well as a social event (Friday) where students can eat and dance while building relationships with students from around Connecticut.
Attached is the schedule of events for this amazing two-day conference.  If any of you are able to come to the conference to hear one of the speakers or attend a breakout workshop, that would be great!   This conference will begin at the East Hartford Cultural Center on Friday, then move to East Hartford High School on Friday afternoon and the CT International Baccaleaurate Academy (CIBA) on Saturday.
If you have questions or need further information, please contact me or Student Council Advisor Louise Rivard ( ).
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Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 
This Friday, November 20, forty East Hartford High School seniors will be inducted into the JAG program at the school.  (**The students' names are listed in the attached "EH I & I" program.)  As explained in the attached brochure, JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) is "a state-based national nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate from high school and move on to meaningful work and postsecondary success."  On this important day, the inductees will be joined by Congressman John Larson, CT State Representative Henry Genga, Dr. Martin Estey (Executive Director for the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education), JAG CT Director Liz Dupont-Diehl, as well as many other JAG and EHHS teachers and leaders.  If you would like further information about this program, please visit their website and see their blog at
We would be honored to have you at the ceremony, which will be the last JAG CT Induction and Initiation Ceremony for this school year.  We hope you can join us this Friday between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. in the East Hartford High School Media Center!
JAG Student list
Jesson Alexander
Minelli Anaya
Marangely Aroste
Clinton Baffour
Devin Bailey
Quinden Bourgeois
Jennifer Candelaria
Jonathan Collar
Xavier Cotto
John Drew
Isaiah Edwards
Frederick Engram
Kwasi Forkuo
Kevin Frederick
Luis Gonzalez
Jan Gonzalez
Jaylin Harris
Jose Jurado
Tahj King
Jonathan Mozzicato
Samuel Owusu
Marquise Phillip-Hernandez
Khalid Powell
Carlos Quinones
Matt Regan
Brian Reid
Genii Riggs
Jordan Rismay
Emijah Ross
Brandon Routhier
Destiny Salvat
Samantha Santos
Kurtly Smith
Jordan Soto
Marangelys Suarez-Santiago
George Tate
Seville Valentin
Harold Williams
Leon Witter
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Posted Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 
November 16, 2015 the Board of Education reviewed four reconfiguration options at Hockanum Elementary School for the East Hartford Early Childhood Learning Center fall 2016.

Read the November 17, 2015 Press Release

Posted Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 
Congratulations to O'Connell Student who has been chosen as Connecticut's Kid Governor.

Watch news video by selecting the link above.

Connecticut's Kid Governor


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Posted Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 
Watch the video to see what is happening in the School Business Partnership Program.

School Business Partnership Video

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Posted Monday, Nov 9, 2015 

Nathan D. Quesnel
  Superintendent of Schools

1110 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06108        Tel: (860) 622-5107        Fax: (860) 622-5119

November 9, 2015 

Dear Families of Willowbrook Three Year Old Children,
Greetings and welcome to November—I hope your school year is off to a good start!
I am writing with extremely exciting news that you may have seen in the local newspapers regarding our Board of Education’s efforts to continue to invest in Pre-K education by selecting Hockanum Elementary School as the new future site for the East Hartford Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC).  While we have been in the planning and discussion phase of this project since January 2014, this an exciting step towards a project that will have major positive implications for the future of the children and families of East Hartford Public Schools.
The ECLC will bring together our existing Pre-K programs (Birth – 3, Head Start, Readiness and Smart Start) in one building to offer high quality learning opportunities for over 300 East Hartford children.  Included in this exciting design are the necessary wrap-around supports of a Family Resource Center, School Based Health Center and Office of Family and Community (OFC) Partnership.  We believe that the ECLC will lead the state of Connecticut and nation in serving as a model for how to efficiently and effectively integrate resources to best meet the needs of families. 
In addition, we will be completing a large scale construction project at the school over the summer of 2016 that will result in bright new classrooms and hallways for your child to learn.  We are currently continuing to build the highly qualified teaching team and developing a curriculum designed for school ready success!
For all families of current three year olds that attend Willowbrook School, this means that you will be moving to the newly renovated site in the fall of 2016.  We are extremely excited about the opportunities this will provide for you and your child.  If you have questions, concerns or feedback regarding this project, please contact the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Cynthia Ritchie at 860-622-5104 and we are happy to discuss. 
Congratulations on being East Hartford’s first families to attend the Early Childhood Learning Center. 
Nathan Quesnel

Superintendent of Schools
East Hartford Public Schools

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Posted Monday, Nov 9, 2015 

UConn Future Educators Present

Literacy Night

Fly away with reading!

Grades K-5 are welcome!

Parents/guardians are invited

to join us for a workshop on

cultivating literacy at home.

Thursday, November 12th


at Governor William Pitkin

Elementary School

If you plan to attend please

call the school at


Click Here to Download Printable Invitation Form

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Posted Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 
Posted Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 
On Wednesday, November 25, 2015, East Hartford High School will be holding its seventh annual Community Awareness Day, a day in which all EHHS students have the opportunity to learn about community service and service learning opportunities. 

Please click here for the complete informational packet.

To develop a deeper understanding of what they can do to give back, students will visit over twenty service oriented organizations (such as Habitat for Humanity, the Alzheimer's Association, the Lutz Children's Museum, and the Wounded Warrior Project) at the Service Learning Fair. Students will then be able to participate in dialogues facilitated by EveryDay Democracy, an organization aimed at promoting community growth and improvement.  During this special day, EHHS students and faculty members will also engage in energizing teambuilding activities in the gym to strengthen our school relationships.    
This year, Community Awareness Day has many added service components.  The upperclassmen, with the help of Sodexo and local businesses, will prepare and host a Hornet Community Dinner to be delivered by the students.  Dattco has graciously donated two buses and our staff members are driving school vans to local shelters and food pantries to enable students to actually deliver the Thanksgiving meals that they prepared.  Whole Foods, Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, Harpo's Bakery, DAngelo's, C-Town, TGIFridays, Walmart, Granny's Pie Factory, and other local restaurants and businesses have generously donated food for this amazing event.  There will also be a Hornet Thank-You van going around town to visit many of the amazing community members in East Hartford.  The East Hartford Fire Department, Police Department, Board of Education, and other local organizations will receive baked treats and cards from students throughout the day.  Most of these goodies will also be made by EHHS students, who can earn community service hours by Baking It Forward (making treats for the Thank-You van).  During Community Awareness Day, students will also be visiting elementary schools around East Hartford in order to facilitate team building activities for our future hornets!
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Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 
Free Career Readiness Workshops will be held at the Raymond Library at 840 Main Street

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Posted Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015 

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 
Posted Monday, Oct 26, 2015 

On Sunday, October 18, over fifty students, teachers, and family members from East Hartford High School's "Team Aspire" participated in the Strides Against Cancer walk at Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT.  Team Aspire - made up of students from countries such as Honduras, Vietnam, Colombia, India, El Salvador, Ghana, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Togo, Puerto Rico, Portugal, and Mexico - is an academic team created at EHHS for English Learners at beginning and intermediate levels of language acquisition.  Preceding the actual event, students donated $2.00 to attend a decorating party after school, where they ate pizza and created T-shirts representing EHHS/Team Aspire to wear to the event.  All proceeds made from the party - which totalled almost $100.00 - were donated to the American Cancer Society.

Photo with the student making the T-shirt is with Team Aspire student Vanessa Airas Alvino

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Posted Monday, Oct 26, 2015 

Spirit Week at Pitkin - October 26-30, 2015

Themes for Each Day

10/26 Monday Pajama Day
10/27 Tuesday Sports Day
10/28 Wednesday Crazy Hair Day
10/29 Thursday Wacky Tacky Day
10/30 Friday Dress to Impress

* Note: Parents please remember to have your child

             wear sneakers on their Gym day.  Thanks!

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Posted Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 
Norris Elementary School is very excited to announce an award of $4000 from the New England Dairy and Food Council.

Read the October 22, 2015 Press Release

Posted Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 

Painting Night - EHHS Art Dept fundraiser for Paris Trip

Date: Monday - October 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Room 161



Price is $35 per person, this includes materials and instruction.

You must pre-register for this event, seating is limited. Contact Janice May at to register and give your painting choice.  Make checks payable to EHHS-Paris.  This event will fund travelers on the 2016 trip to Paris.

Invite your friends.

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Posted Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 
Please come out and support our music students that will be performing in Disney World this Spring and get a great deal on a brand new mattress at the same time! The sale is the EHHS cafeteria this Saturday from 10-5.
Help the Kids
East Hartford High School Music
1st Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser!!!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
The East Hartford High School Music Department will be sponsoring our 1st Annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Name brand (SIMMONS and Therapedic, and more) mattress sets will be sold at up to 60% below retail prices.  These are all top quality mattresses with full factory warranties.  All sizes and price ranges. Delivery is available. Floor models will be displayed at the high school on Saturday, October 24th from 10am-5pm.   
If you have a bed in your home you can replace please consider waiting until our sale and come on October 24th and help out our students while getting a great savings for yourself.
Proceeds go directly to benefit the Programs
$50 off purchase of a mattress set over $500 with this email.
For additional information please contact Bob Tonne of
Custom Fundraising Solutions:
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Posted Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 

View the field study brochure to learn more about this valuable opportunity by clicking the link below.

CHINA:  Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

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Posted Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 

Click here for full Spirit Week schedule information

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