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Dec
13

Bulkeley High School Hosts First Literacy Night

What do chocolate milk, Scrabble, and magnetic poetry have in common?  They were all examples of literacy activities that Bulkeley High School teachers used to engage students on Dec. 12. for the school’s first Literacy Night. In the cafeteria, teachers organized an array of stations offering different literacy activities.  At one table, students were asked […]

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Dec
12

Weaver Student Reporter Video Finalist for Presidential Debate

When Weaver High School’s Kemani Campbell interviewed R.J. Kinsella Performing Arts Magnet School’s Donovan Shaw about what he would ask candidates in the upcoming Democratic Presidential debate, the high school junior had no way of knowing the video might be selected to air nationally. The chances improved dramatically when PBS NewsHour selected the interview for […]

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Dec
10

Student Advocacy Leads to CT’s “13th Amendment Day” Proclamation

Hartford Public High School history teacher, Bobby Abate clarifies, “The Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 only freed slaves in the southern states and the Juneteenth Celebration recalls when slaves in Texas, in June of 1865, finally heard the news that the war was over. It was not until December 6th, 1865, with the ratification of the […]

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Dec
10

Celebrating Computer Science Education Week at HMTCA

Picture a roomful of high school students seated in small groups at round tables, laptops open, fully engaged in the work on their screens. That was the scene on Monday, Dec. 9, at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), where students in one room were working on coding projects. They were participating in a school-wide […]

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Dec
09

SMSA Partners with CCMC Division of Clinical Services for Career Day

SMSA and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Division of Clinical Services held its second annual Career Day for students in 10th grade. All sophomores were engaged in learning about four different careers within the healthcare industry including Audiology, Speech Therapy, EEG, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition. This event was held to expand students’ knowledge of […]

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Dec
09

Keeping Our Learners on Track: HPS Student Engagement Specialists

In August 2019, Hartford Public Schools launched a new strategy to tackle chronic absenteeism and lack of student engagement. The district designated 18 Student Engagement Specialists – full-time staff who address attendance challenges with research-based efforts. Reducing chronic absenteeism (CA) is a key priority for the district. Research shows that students who are chronically absent […]

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Dec
05

HPS Superintendent Talks Education Equity with Hartford Foundation

The issue of Chronic Absenteeism (CA) starts early, said HPS Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez in a recent podcast produced by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (HFPG), called Disinvested. In fact, 1 in 10 kindergarteners miss 18 days of school or more, which defines CA. If Chronic Absenteeism is not addressed and corrected early, the problem […]

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Dec
04

HPS Rolls Out New Bus App

Hartford Public Schools is pleased to announce the introduction of a bus transportation app, SafeStop. The app is a free tool available to families that have students that ride on HPS buses only. It allows families to choose how and when they are notified of bus arrivals. The app will help students and families better […]

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