Message from Dr. Kishimoto Spotlight 09162013 (2)
Welcome Back To Hartford Public Schools!
The Global Communications Academy, was officially designated an International Baccalaureate World School. As an IB school, Global has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for students ages 3 to 12, one of the most challenging and rigorous education curriculums in the world. To add to the excitement, the school will start the academic year in a newly renovated building at 85 Edwards Street.
The STEM Magnet School at Annie Fisher was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School for its overall academic excellence and its progress in closing the achievement gap between urban and suburban students.
U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan selected the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker as a 2013 National Green Ribbon School for raising student achievement through an effective curriculum that promotes health and wellness and reduces energy costs.
The Sport and Medical Sciences Academy was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of American’s Best High Schools in the annual rankings published by U.S. News and World Report magazine. SMSA was listed in the Silver Medal category for the second straight year. The designation is significant because it measured SMSA’s better-than-expected achievement gains within the income levels and racial groups that it serves.
Our reform efforts were further assisted by nearly $10 million in private grant funding.
There was a $5 million gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand our partnerships with the Achievement First and Jumoke Academy charter school organizations. Hartford’s corporate and philanthropic community committed $4.1 million to launch the Hartford Promise college access and scholarship program. The Promise will award up to $5,000 a year to every Hartford student/resident, who graduates with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, good attendance, and attends a four-year college, and $2,500 a year to every Hartford student with a 3.0 average who attends a two-year college.
The district also received a $450,000 award from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to expand the use of blended learning as a way of better preparing high school students for college. Blended learning is a form of instruction that combines face-to-face classroom instruction with computer activities that students engage in at their own pace. The grant funds the cost of personalized electronic devices for 200 students and eight teachers at the Bulkeley High School Teacher Prep program, and at the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design.
This year, we will be further increasing our portfolio of quality educational opportunities, by opening three new Sheff magnet schools and expanding the former STEM Magnet School at Betances in a new location at 585 Wethersfield Avenue to accommodate 4th through 8th graders.
These new initiatives include the conversion of the Montessori program at Moylan School into a magnet; the opening of the new Hartford Pre-K Magnet School at 85 Edwards Street, housing 180 children of ages 3 and 4; and the transformation of the Hartford Journalism and Media Academy into a magnet in a newly renovated building at 150 Tower Avenue. The senior class at the Journalism and Media Academy will have the added benefit of taking all of their courses at the new, multi-million dollar Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network studios on Asylum Avenue.
We dedicated another school building renovation at M.D. Fox Elementary School on Maple Avenue where Kindergarten through 8th graders from the M.D. Fox neighborhood will proudly enjoy the beautiful and historical environs – an inspirational place for learning and growing.
All of our impressive gains would not have been possible without the dedication and support of Hartford's parents and educators, as well as our partners in community, business, philanthropy, and the government.
Many thanks to my Hartford Public Schools family as we look forward to another high-achieving 2013-2014 school year!