As an athlete, I always looked forward to my coaches pre-game speeches. The pre-game speech was a necessity in order to win the game. Obviously, you had to follow the game plan perfectly and execute with extreme discipline. And the pre-game speech was the last attempt for my coach to inspire the team and the individual. My pre-game speech for the ninth graders coming to EHHS this upcoming September goes something like this. DREAM BIG! That’s right; its that simple and it begins with you as a student. The motivation to be the best student you can be is what I want you to start thinking about as you come to EHHS. Let’s not think about the success or failures in our former years of school but think about the new beginning to do things that will make for the life you imagine. Begin the focus on what you can do to improve in the future. What can you do to make yourself better? That means we cannot dwell in the past. It’s great to reach goals and feel proud of what you’ve done. But life evolves. What you thought was fabulous Monday may have been surpassed by someone a week or two later. How do you become that well rounded student and person? DREAMING BIG comes from within; it begins with YOU and your mindset! Do not settle for being so-so. Whether it is taking the three point shot to win the game, or earning a 90 score on the AP test, you have to believe that the shot is going in or the correct answer will be bubbled on your scantron. You have to feel that way. I think you should feel that way in life too. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else believe in you? We have teachers that will not let you feel that way but the truth is we can be either our best friends or our own worst enemies. I encourage you to be the that best friend by exhibiting a positive attitude about your new school, your abilities and your new venture. It’s simple, your approach should be to GO FOR IT!
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Mr. Rondinone grew up in East Hartford and was a graduate of EHHS. He was hired by East Hartford Public Schools in 2016 to teach health and physical education at both CIBA and Sunset Ridge Schools. Prior to teaching, he was a behavior manager at East Hartford High School and was also a full time certified life guard at Wethersfield High School, where he helped supervise and instruct in their 9th grade swimming program.
Mr. Rondinone earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Albertus Magnus College, located in New Haven Connecticut. He then continued on to receive his Post Baccalaureate Certification in Physical Education and Human Performance from Central Connecticut State University.
Mr. Rondinone is also extremely involved in athletics at East Hartford High School. He is currently the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach and Boys Varsity Baseball Coach.