Kennelly School Teachers and UConn NEAG School Team Up for the Best PBIS Ever

Kennelly School Teachers and UConn NEAG School Team Up for the Best PBIS Ever

First-grader Emily Garcia holds up a UConn Nation banner during UConn Day at Kennelly School in Hartford on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Reprinted from the UConn Today newsletter, Community Impact section.

Hartford School Children Enjoy ‘UConn Day’

 – Shawn Kornegay – Neag School of Education

 

E.B. Kennelly School in Hartford, Connecticut, hosted the second annual “UConn Day” at the school on May 2, an event that included a schoolwide parade and a basketball game with students playing against the teachers and staff.

Kennelly School has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with UConn’s Neag School of Education, in which UConn education students in the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program get hands-on experience of student teaching and internship opportunities during the school year. In 2016, this partnership was honored as national model with the National Network for Educational Renewal’s Richard W. Clark Exemplary Partner School Award, recognizing the strengths of this collaboration.

 

Second-grader Juliet Cruz, facing the camera, is among the students of Kennelly School in Hartford, celebrating UConn Day along with her schoolmates, teachers, and UConn School of Education students on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo) Kennelly School students cheer UConn pride in a classroom on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo) Kennelly School children and teachers, and UConn School of Education students parade through the school halls in celebration of UConn Day on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
Mary Vallera '17 6th Year Program, assistant principal, helps first-grader Stella Flores kick off a basketball game, as assistant principal Marc Shulman looks on, during UConn Day at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo) Third-grader Nathan Williams shoots the ball as math resource teacher Shannon Harrington looks on during a kids vs. teachers basketball game at Kennelly School, part of the school's UConn Day celebrations on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo) First-grader Patrick Rogers, with the flag, cheers on his classmates during a basketball game against the teachers at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
First-grader Emily Garcia holds up a UConn Nation banner during UConn Day at Kennelly School in Hartford on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo) Kids of the Kennelly Premier Drumline, led by teachers Mike Pontecorvo and Jessica Hogan, celebrate UConn at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo) Third-grader Jonathan Rios charges the basket, as school social worker Nelson Veras '14 (CLAS), '18 MSW, attempts a block, during a basketball game of kids vs teachers at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
First-grader Emily Garcia holds up a UConn Nation banner during UConn Day at Kennelly School in Hartford on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
Kids of the Kennelly Premier Drumline, led by teachers Mike Pontecorvo and Jessica Hogan, celebrate UConn at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
Third-grader Jonathan Rios charges the basket, as school social worker Nelson Veras ’14 (CLAS), ’18 MSW, attempts a block, during a basketball game of kids vs teachers at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

 

In addition to the parade and basketball game, Kennelly students also participated in a service learning project to support Huskython, UConn’s fundraising initiative for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Kennelly’s schoolwide motto is “Be the Change.” Students are given opportunities to be a part of effecting change, and this year, coins were collected in each classroom and donated to this cause. The winning class received UConn Dairy Bar ice cream and attended the basketball game.

Every year, Kennelly receives a critical mass of education students from the Neag School. All 650 Kennelly students are impacted by the juniors, senior student teachers, and master’s year interns, who work closely with them through intervention groups, tutoring, service learning projects, as well as student leadership opportunities. UConn Day was developed to recognize the partnership and give the children a chance to give back to the University for its impact.

 

Third-grader Ediel Lopez-Torres, with the ball, and first-grader Stella Flores play basketball in a game against the teachers at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
Third-grader Ediel Lopez-Torres, with the ball, and first-grader Stella Flores play basketball in a game against the teachers at Kennelly School on May 2, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

 

Kennelly is a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school, where students are rewarded for good choices. “Bee” bucks are awarded for the three BEES (be safe, be respectful, be responsible). Students that showed outstanding effort in this area were rewarded with a “Golden Bee Buck,” which was their ticket to the basketball game, providing an incentive for all students. In addition, all Hartford Public Schools support college and career readiness opportunities. The partnership with UConn allows elementary students firsthand access to college students, encouraging them to view college as a realistic goal.

 

See the article in UConn Today here.

 

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