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Posted Thursday, Jun 18, 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: May 27, 2015

Posted Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 
Synergy High School students tour The Coca-Cola Company in East Hartford as part of the Above and Beyond Program at Synergy High School.

Synergy High School Students Tour Coca-Cola

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!!!

Volume 2 Issue 4 - June 2015

Posted Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Enrolled Students 

All students enrolled at Robert J. O'Brien School and Woodland School are now eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no cost to parents and guards for the 2015-16 school year. Read More 

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Posted Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015 
Congratulations to the 2015-16 cohort of teachers accepted into the Leadership Academy!

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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Posted Monday, Jun 8, 2015 
Please click here to go to the 2015 Summer Assignments page
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Posted Monday, Jun 8, 2015 
The Third Annual "Day of Choice" will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Staff Development Day. Proposals are being accepted through Friday, September 11, 2015.

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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!

Be well,

Marcia Huddy
Supervisor of Program Development
phone: 860-622-5132 

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Posted Monday, Jun 8, 2015 
It's that time of year again... time to relax, travel, learn new things and meet new people without having to go very far at all. Just open up a book! Visit our Public Library today!

East Hartford Public Library

Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 
Congratulations to Connecticut IB Academy that was ranked #1 high school in Connecticut.

Channel 3 visited CIBA and interviewed two students and Mrs. Stedman to highlight CIBA's ranking as #1 in Connecticut and #34 in the United States.

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Posted Monday, Apr 27, 2015 
Now accepting applications for Fall 2015 Pre-School Readiness and Smart-Start Programs at Hockanum School.

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Posted Friday, Apr 24, 2015 
Posted Friday, Apr 24, 2015 
Below are the Professional Development Schedules for May 1, 2015:

Elementary Schedule

Secondary Schedule

Posted Friday, Apr 17, 2015 
UCONN Women's Volleyball at EHMS for Project Goal Line!
Posted Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 
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.

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.

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Posted Monday, Apr 13, 2015 
The Pitkin School April 2015 Newsletter is now online.  Click here to view it.
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Posted Monday, Mar 23, 2015 
Career Expo at EHHS, Thursday, May 14th
On Thursday, May 14, 2015, East Hartford High School will be holding a Career Expo for all freshmen students, with the goal of introducing students to a wide variety of college and career options for their future!  This first-time event, part of EHHS's GEAR-UP program (which is recognized as the largest college and career readiness program in the U.S.), will be held from 7:30 - 12:30 p.m. at EHHS.  
The EHHS Career Expo will have three major components:  an actual "exposition" where a variety of professionals will be discussing various careers and/or college options; a session with two guest speakers who will discuss topics such as professionalism in the workplace and the appropriate use of social media; and a Q & A with an EHHS alumni panel, who will talk to the ninth graders about their own career paths and choices that led to their success.
If you would like further information about this event, please read the attached letter or contact Dr. Fal Patel or Mrs. Patty Cohen (our freshmen guidance counselors) at or`
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Posted Monday, Mar 23, 2015 
Thank you to all parents, students, and staff who donated books to the  "Read To Grow" book drive  We collected over 150 books for needy children in local communities!
From the Connections class with Ms. Hackett
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Posted Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 

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.  

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 
East Hartford Public Schools will be able to add 30 new spots to its preschool program thanks to the statewide Smart Start grant at Hockanum Elementary School.

Journal Inquirer Article posted March 9, 2015

Posted Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 
500 students at O'Brien S.T.E.M. Academy, play was a vital part of their day March 9th. With WFSB Channel 3 news, Ms. Nicole Nalepa as the keynote speaker, and Sonar, mascot of the Hartford Wolf Pack entertaining the students and staff the morning was a celebration.

Kids on the Move

Posted Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 
Meet East Hartford Youth Services staff on April 22, 2015 from 5-8 pm and learn about services provided. A round-table discussion between EHYS staff and parents will be conducted about the services being offered, challenges families face & what additional services would be beneficial to offer.

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Posted Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 
Both state and federal laws require the administration of annual assessments in public schools in certain grades and subjects. Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell, Interim Commissioner, CT State Department of Education explains these laws in the memo below.

Administration of Annual Assessments

Posted Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 
Governor Malloy announced that East Hartford Public Schools will receive 30 new pre-k spots as a part of a state wide Smart Start grant awarded to 14 Connecticut districts.

Read the March 3, 2015 Press Release Announcement

Posted Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 
Read the immediate release unveiling the newly redesigned log and first-ever school motto.

March 3, 2015 Immediate Release Announcement

Posted Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 
East Hartford Public Schools will have a 90-minute delay opening on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Posted Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 
View the updated District Report Presentations that were presented at the March 2, 2015 Board of Education Meeting.

District Reports

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Posted Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 
Due to impending weather conditions, All After School and Evening Activities are cancelled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015.



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Posted Monday, Mar 2, 2015 
East Hartford Public Schools will have a 90-minute delay opening on Monday, March 2, 2015.
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