Convocation 2022: Thursday, August 25, 2022: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

“Renewal and Radical Healing”

XL Center Area, One Civic Center Plaza (GPS address: 225 Trumbull Street, Hartford, CT)
Hartford, CT 06103

7:15 AM – 7:55 AM

  • Entrance through Security Gate to Concourse & Arena for refreshments and information tables
  • IN THE CONCOURSE: Refreshments
  • IN THE CONCOURSE: Information Tables:  HPS BeWell and AT&T
  • Please find your seat in the Arena on Seating Chart
  • IN THE ARENA: Slideshow by our Teachers, School Leaders, Staff & Partners : Inspiration & Encouragement for the New School Year

PROGRAM – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Kick-off: Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School Drumline, under the direction of Abbey Sutcliffe

Aleena Cordier
Johnay Cox
Aidan Dade
Shaila D’Astrii-Chandler
Nayeli Figueroa
Aliyah Francis
Sara Haynes
Kaniyah Hite
Cherish King
Amani Lewis
Mikayla Medley
Erblin Mehmeti
Chloe Myers
Roman Ortega
A’Moni Palmer
Eilysha Rodriguez
Angelina Rosario
Rorey Smith
Demoi Spence
Ethan St. Ange
Zacaari Taylor
Elijah Williams
Davohn Womack


Introduction of our Superintendent

Nayeli Figueroa, Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School Drumline and Rising Freshman at University High School of Science & Engineering


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

Pledge of Allegiance

Naylor School  1st Grade Students, Elyaze Milnes and Jaeda Escribano

National Anthem

Performed by Hartford Public High Music Teacher, Lisa Clayton

Introduction of our Mayor

Lisa Clayton & Naylor School Students,  Elyaze Milnes and Jaeda Escribano


The Honorable Luke Bronin, Mayor of the City of Hartford

Reverend A.J. Johnson, Vice-Chair of the Hartford Board of Education

Carol Gale, President, Hartford Federation of Teachers

Student Performance

The Weaver High School Cheerleaders, led by Ariana Cruz, Coach

Amarrey Kenyon
Justice Evans
Jamia Luxier
Aniyiah Rose
Brittany Caldwell
Karyah Robinson
Jayani Mathis
Lebron Marshall
Jaziona Franklin
Key-Aurah Lumpkin

Introduction of our Superintendent

Weaver High School Students, Amarrey Kenyon and Justice Evans

PRESENTATION: HPS Taking Heart: An Overview of our Strategies and Goals

Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez


Dr. Wizdom Powell, Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Author, and Scholar-Activist on RADICAL HEALING

Rebecca Pacheco, Yogi, Author, and Speaker on RENEWAL

Student Performance

Kinsella Dance Ensemble: DUET featuring students, Paige Medley and Dakari Ferris, led by Lindsay Hansen, Dance Teacher, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts

BeWell Raffle Drawing

3 people will win prizes courtesy of our HPS BeWell Wellness Team

Pep Time & T-shirt Launching!

School Mascots, the SMSA Tiger, the Kennelly Bee, Claws McDonough, and the MD Fox Fox, the Burr Eagle, the Breakthrough North Bulldog, the Weaver Beaver, and the Global Communications Lion & the Weaver High School Cheerleaders

Charge to Teachers

Renee Sherriffs, 2022 Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year

Student Performance

Hartford Public High School Student, Dasania Williams “One Moment in Time”

Closing Student Performance

Kinsella Dance Ensemble, led by Lindsay Hansen, Dance Teacher, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts
Paige Medley
Dakari Ferris
Zion Camacho
Tyra Harris
Nylah Jenkins

Introduction of our Superintendent

Kinsella Student, Dakari Ferris


Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to Convocation 2022:

To our Mascots:  SMSA Student Jaysen Stolarz, MD Fox SES Genesis Gulley, Global Communications teacher Andrew Faria, Kennelly teacher Jalen Benoit, and McDonough Behavior Technician Alex Eubanks

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Deanna Mendez, David Grant, Chief Daryl Roberts and the Security Team, Nuchette Black-Burke, Tracy Avicolli, Heidi Schmidt, our student and teacher performers, Bill Mason, Jesse Sugarman, Vivian Dorfman, Julia Skrobak, Hannah Wheeler, Erika Solomon, and the wonderful XL Center staff.

With gratitude,

Event Manager, Deb Zimmerman Herz

Hartford Public Schools is grateful to its Event Sponsors



Our T-shirt Tossers: Corinne Barney

T-shirt Wranglers: Ali Sinicrope

Ushers: Charlene Perez