Message from the Superintendent May 2015

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE May/June 2015

Message from the Superintendent     May/June 2015

 
Dear Hartford Families and Friends,
 
May has been a whirlwind of activity and accomplishment.  Our students excelled at the STEM Expo, our teachers celebrated one another at our Teacher of the Year banquet, we clobbered ‘em at the Magnet Schools of America conference with Breakthrough Magnet bringing home the top prize of Best Magnet School in the Nation, next year’s budget has been approved by the Board, and, best of all, hundreds of acceptance letters to our high school seniors have arrived.
 
Dear graduating students, we wish you health, happiness and prosperity in the next steps of your journeys, whether to college or career.  Please come back and visit your teachers and schools.  You will be sorely missed.
 
I quote Steve Jobs, the late cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc., “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.”
 
These words echo the sentiments of all of our Teacher of the Year finalists who, as challenging as their work is, find love for it every day.  Congratulations to Leah Tarnowicz of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School who is our 2015 Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year.  You inspire us all with your words, your thoughts and your deeds.
 
Looking forward to June, we kicked-off our Summer Learning season with events at our library on June 6th and at United Way on June 19th.  We congratulate Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology on their achievement of being named a Green Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education for their exceptional work in green education and engineering.
 
Thank you to all of our teachers, staff, parents, students and administration on a great year and for believing every day that our Hartford children and youth deserve the very best education. We have made great strides, yet there is still much more to be accomplished. The work continues until every student in every neighborhood has access to a great school where all students succeed.
 
Beth

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