Journalism and Media and Culinary Arts Academies’ 2017-2018 Achievements

Journalism and Media and Culinary Arts Academies’ 2017-2018 Achievements

Journalism and Media Academy (JMA) was authorized to open a National Honor Society Chapter and after a rigorous selection process 9 students were inducted into the society. These students demonstrated exceptional high academic achievement, leadership, character and service!

Culinary Arts Academy’s (CAA) current National Honor Society conducted a highly successful canned goods and bottle drive and donated all proceeds to the Institute for the Hispanic Family Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford.

For the CAA/JMA merger with High School, Inc., (HSI) both school conducted intensive joint professional development with staff in order to align to a common school vision and goals for the upcoming school year and ensure the success for all students. Students and community from HSI visited the school facility at 150 Tower Ave. in order to familiarize themselves with the school setting.

Guidance was able to put together a course catalog that can be accessed now by all 3 academies at Weaver. These courses included specialized thematic courses from all 3 schools, AP classes as well as Capital Community College and UCONN Early College Education (ECE) dual enrollment classes.

College Writing and Public Speaking courses were offered this past academic year. Students produced QUALITY essays in various modes along with oral presentations which reflected much preparation and creativity. An exceptional group of juniors and seniors.

In partnership with Saint Joseph College, a group of JMA/CAA seniors were coached on writing successful college admission essays.

JMA/CT Public Learning senior, Bobbi Brown was awarded a Connecticut Broadcasters Association College Scholarship. Ms. Brown will be attending UCONN and Majoring in Journalism. “I felt incredibly humbled and honored to be awarded this scholarship. I am inspired by the work being done by CBA and grateful for the opportunity given to me. I plan on attending UConn in the fall to pursue my degree in journalism.”

JMA/CT Public Learning senior, Claire Faulkner won two High School awards for Excellence, Best Editor and Best Audio/Sound for her short documentary Helmuth James Von Moltke: A Leader of Resistance to Hitler and The Nazi Party. Faulkner also received honorable mentions from the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Science in the Short Form – Non-Fiction category for Helmuth and for another documentary titled, Post Traumatic Growth.

CT Public Learning/Journalism & Media Academy has won three High School Awards for Excellence from the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and received nine nominations, in four years – including the first ever awarded to a Connecticut High School in 2014.

JMA/CT Public Learning senior Claire Faulkner was awarded the Governor’s Scholarship from Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Ms. Faulkner addressed her appreciation for winning the scholarship to the audience of 600 television professionals, Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Marriott Boston Copley Place. She will be attending Quinnipiac University in the fall.

JMA/CT Public Learning junior, Raegan Byrd was one of 23 students nationwide accepted for the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Academy, an all-expenses paid summer journalism immersion at PBS in Washington, D.C. “We are thrilled to have Raegan join us this summer” says Elis Estrada, Director of Student Reporting Labs.

Weaver Athletics News

Girls Basketball – Reached the semifinals of the Class S State Tournament losing to eventual champion Coginchaug.
Boys Basketball – Won the inaugural League Independent Tournament by defeating University High School in the championship game.
Softball – Softball team qualified for the Class S State Tournament for the first time in 26 years.

Newman’s Own Foundation – Connecticut Public Learning featured Sue Johnston, English teacher at JMA. Sue and her students were featured in a 10-minute video focused on student centered learning. The video is now available on a variety of social media platforms.

The school initiative to offer a plethora of Clubs & Activities was a success! We had over 20 clubs that meet before, during, & after school. The popular clubs included indoor soccer, volleyball, floor hockey, weight training (boot camp), career ready, card games, and G.S.A.

We’ll be looking forward to provide more activities with High School Inc.

Learn more about JMA, here.