Convocation 2021: Thursday, August 26, 2021

“The Keys to Lasting Change”

Livestreamed from Weaver High School

PROGRAM – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Kick-off: E.B Kennelly School Premier Drumline, under the direction of Michael Pontecorvo
10th Grade: Ny’aisha Benford, Mia Khan, Christian Espinal, Angel Jiminez,
9th Grader: Gabriella Nieves, Maylee Quinones
8th Grade: Talyah Rodriguez, Briana Negron, Mercedes Lopez, Kianny Rodriguez, Shailyn Nunes-Taveras
7th Grade: Amaya Callender


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent, Hartford Public Schools

Pledge of Allegiance

Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School 5th Grade Students, Leah Edwards and Luis Villafane

National Anthem

Performed by Hartford Public High Student, Destiny Champion, led by Music Teacher Lisa Clayton


Introduction of our Board of Education Chair

Destiny Champion, Hartford Public High Student

Ayesha Clarke, Chair of the Hartford Board of Education

Introduction of the Hartford Federation of Teachers President

Leah Edwards and Luis Villafane, ELAMS Students

Carol Gale, President, Hartford Federation of Teachers

Student Performance

The Breakthrough Magnet School South Lady Royals, Cheer Squad led by Robin Gomes, Teacher
8th Grade: Shy’Anne Schley, Ge’onna Bell, Kaylyn Brown, Kayden Krevalin, Kimora Joseph
7th Grade: Madison Pettus, Yarielli Melendez-Nieves, Cherish Rowland
6th Grade: Maleeya Collins, Maddison Pilcher, Alivia Crawford

Introduction of our Superintendent

Breakthrough Magnet School South Students, Kaylyn Brown, Kayden Krevlin, and Maddison Pilcher

PRESENTATION: The Keys to Lasting Change

Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez


Zaretta Hammond, Author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Calling All Brothers Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year Video

Charge to Teachers

Victoria Shears, 2021 Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year

Closing Student Performance

Kinsella Dance Squad, led by Lindsay Hansen, Dance Teacher, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
12th Grade: DaSyah Crespo, Bria Alexander
11th Grade: Zaneque Chung, Tyra Harris


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez