SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE Issue 24 March 10, 2013
Message from the Superintendent
As part of their science curriculum our students learnthat energy never disappears; it can only transform into something else. The energy that everyone in our district– teachers, administrators, familes, clergy, and students– generates with their hard work turns into success for our children. Through our goals of the Third Grade Promise, the Middle Years Redesign and College Readiness, the focus of our energy is sharpened.
This month we are preparing to celebrate the successes of our hard workers. Each of our schools is nominating a teacher for our Annual Teacher of the Year Award celebration which takes place on May 23rd. We celebrate with our magnet schools, ten of whom just received Magnet Schools of Merit Awards, recognizing them as among the best schools of their kind in the United States. March is National Social Workers Month and we recognize our social workers for the invaluable work they do in our schools and communities. This month we also met with a group of our local clergy from the Christian Activities Council and community leaders to gather and share ideas to build a stronger community base to support our students.
More of our energy is being well spent on our work with the State Legislature, advocating for the schools and policies which support our successes so we can transform and reform our schools. Our Legislative Priorities for the 2013 Session are:
1) to protect the Charter School Affiliation: Section 10-223f of the Connecticut General Statutes. The law should be made permanent and adjusted to reflect current State of Connecticut and federal accountability standards;
2) to not decrease ECS funding for current (2012-2013) fiscal year nor for the next (2013-2014) fiscal year;
3) to maintain the schedule for increasing charter school funding as passed into law during the 2012 legislative session;
and 4) to get approval for construction of Kinsella High School at the 97.5% magnet reimbursement rate and for the renovation of Weaver High School.
As Albert Einstein said. “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” The energy we all spend together can only lead to our success as a district. Together we maintain a true direction, a consistent force, and a constant velocity; we will gather momentum and transform our energy into excellence for our students, our families, and for Hartford.
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto, Superintendent, Hartford Public Schools