Message from the Superintendent February 2014

Message from our Superintendent


Dear Hartford Public Schools family and friends,

It is amazing how time flies and we are almost at the end of the lottery season for our next school year.  Please remember that Friday, February 28th  is the deadline for submitting applications for School Choice.  Some exciting changes include the addition of a 9th grade at Global Communications Academy (which now accepts students from all Hartford zones.) Our Culinary Arts Academy moves to its new home at Lincoln Culinary Arts Institute. We have so many excellent choices for education in our district, and some new additions including Achievement First Summit Middle School (just 5th grade this year,) and The Capital Community College Senior Magnet Academy.

In partnership with Capital Community College, Hartford Public Schools will open a new magnet school this fall in which 11th and 12th grade students earn their high school diploma and complete credits for an associate college degree at the same time — free of charge.  Located in the Capital Community College building at 950 Main Street in Hartford, the new academy aligns student schedules so that they can be totally immersed in college course work as they finish high school. I am thrilled that we have been able to add The Capital Community College Senior Magnet Academy to our growing set of early college choice options. These schools bridge the gap between secondary and post secondary education by immersing high school students in the college community and providing access to college course work.

February is Black History Month.  The precursor to Black History Month was created initially in 1926 as a special week which was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  The purpose was to coordinate the teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation's public schools.  The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was proposed by the group, Black United Students at Kent State University in February of 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State University in February of 1970.  This month we continue the tradition of teaching African American history in our schools through events, activities and presentations.

The SBAC Field Test for English Language Arts and Mathematics will be taken by grades 6, 7, 8 & 11 during limited periods of their class-time from March 18th through April 4th, and grades 3, 4 & 5 will participate in the testing from April 7th through April 15th.  Please note that between March 5th and March 14th students in grades 5 and 8 will still take the Science CMT and students in grade 10 will take the CAPT Science assessment.  Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.

February 28th is coming soon so if your child is in a transitional grade, dont' forget to go to and click on "Choice" to get information and submit your application for your child– to help them begin, or continue, their journey on the path of educational excellence at Hartford Public Schools.

Thank you so much for being a part of our Hartford Public Schools family, where together we are dedicated to the success of our students. 

Your Superintendent,
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto

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