Twenty-seven Hartford Students Take Home Trophies in the Final Round of the Fifth Annual Hartford Public Schools Academic Competition
Spotlight on Excellence June 2013
Twenty-Seven Hartford Students Take Home Trophies in the Final Round of the Fifth Annual Hartford Public Schools Academic Competition
The contest, hosted by the district’s Office of Academics, is designed to showcase student success in the instructional areas that are crucial to closing the achievement gap.
The event, an educational, fun and noisy affair where parents, teachers, principals and classmates come to root for their school teams, took place on Wednesday, May 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the main branch of the Hartford Public Library.
Hartford’s Academic Competition is a bracket-style clash where students compete in designated categories until city-wide champions emerge. The road to the finals begins earlier in the year within the schools. Teachers and students form teams that challenge each other to see which teams will represent their school in the semi-final round. This year’s semi-finals were held last month at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Windsor Street in Hartford.
Teams in the final round participated in the following grade categories: Third Grade Vocabulary, Fourth Grade Math, Fifth Grade Writing and Recitation, Sixth Grade Vocabulary, Seventh Grade Math, Seventh and Eighth Grade Geography and Eighth Grade Writing and Recitation.
Students in the vocabulary, math and geography categories compete in teams of five – three active members and two alternates. The moderator gives opposing teams the same question and the students have to write the correct answer on a white board before their time runs out.
The writing and recitation category is a solo competition where students are judged on their ability to communicate a composition to an audience. Students are given their prompt in the month of January and their presentations are scored for content, writing structure and syntax during the semi-finals and for articulation, clarity, rhythm and intonation during the final competition.
“ The Academic Competition is celebrated by the Hartford Public Schools community. Our students showcase their intellectual abilities and defy biased notions that urban students don't value high achievement." said Chief Academic Officer, Carole R.Collins Ayanlaja.
The annual academic competition is underwritten by Mega Education®, under the direction of Attorney Jeffrey Dressler. “Academics have now become a team sport in Hartford!” Mr. Dressler said. “Mega Education® is elated to be a part of Hartford’s educational renaissance.”
The 2013 winners were presented with a large trophy and a banner for their category in a ceremony and banquet.
These are the 2013 Academic Competition Teams – the winners are indicated in green.
Grade 3 Vocabulary
Kanani Lee- Delgado
ESM: (Christine Joslyn)
Global: (Candice Zubretsky)
Capital Prep: (Cristina Moreno)
Grade 4 Math
ESM: (Jonathan Bauer & Christine Joslyn)
Breakthrough Magnet I: (Erin Baniak)
Capital Prep: (Brittany Halleck)
Grade 5 Writing & Recitation
Gilehishka Carrion- Breakthrough II (Terry Webber)
Jazmin Davis- Renzulli (Ruth Lyons)
Lizmarie Cruz- M.D. Fox (Angela Chagnon)
Grade 6 Vocabulary
SAND: (Audrey Harris) – Media Release Forms are done.
Kennelly: (June Cahill & Pheobe White)
Capital Prep: (Latasha Quinones)
Grade 7 Math
ESM: (Peter Perriera)
Renzulli: (Mona Teitelbaum)
Classical: (James Hochdorfer)
Grade 8 Geography
ESM: (Francie Sierra-Re)
Batchelder: (Tim Field)
Classical: (Lynn Roach)
Grade 8 Writing & Recitation
Helen Roets – Kinsella (Tracy Saperstein)
Natalia Warburton – Wish (Dr. Wood)
Kiara Perez – Global (Desmond Caldwell)