Spotlight on Excellence District Issue 25 4/15/13

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Issue 25
April 15, 2013
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Mary Hooker Grean Hartford Mary Hooker Group with Award FRONT PAGE SoE
Becca Hays, ESM Resident Scientist,  Dr. Kishimoto, and ESM Principal Peter Dart, are flanked by CT State and City Officials when Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker hosted the Connecticut Green Leaf Schools Honors ceremony– and they were announced as an honoree.  Read More.
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The Superintendent's Corner
Dr. K Portrait 4_2013Finally, spring is here and our students are ready to burst out of their classrooms to play outside in the sunshine. Around us the grass is getting greener and flowers are blooming. Being an educator and a parent is like being a gardener. We must ensure that the resources are "planted" to properly nourish our children as they grow into adulthood. This spring we celebrate the champions who help ensure that this process is a healthy one in our district.

As the poet, Pablo Neruda wrote, "You can cut down all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming."  It is crucial that education remains well funded so we can afford to nourish our students properly, giving them the attention and resources they deserve as they grow. In our efforts we could not have a better partner than Governor Dannel Malloy who receives this year's State of the Schools Award at our symposium at the Bushnell Theater on the morning of April 24th…

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HPS Happenings
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In Our Schools

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HPS Announcements
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In Our Community
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HPS in the News
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Cabinet News:
Dr. Carole Collins Ayanlaja, Chief Academic Officer
Governor Malloy to Receive 2013 State of the Schools Award for his Staunch Commitment to Educational Excellence for All Students
Gates Annoucement - Governor Malloy Prepares FRONT PAGEGovernor Dannel P. Malloy, who has made revitalizing Connecticut’s education system a hallmark of his administration, has been selected to receive the annual State of the Schools Award for his significant efforts on behalf of Hartford Public Schools students.
The award will be presented on Wednesday morning, April 24, at the district’s 2013 State of the Schools ceremony in the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, where Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto will also deliver her annual address on the status of Hartford Public Schools.
Hartford Public Schools to Expand Blended Learning With $450,000 Grant Nellie Mae logofrom Nellie Mae Foundation
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, New England’s largest education charity, today announced that it has awarded $450,000 to Hartford Public Schools to expand the use of blended learning as a way of better preparing high school students for college.
The grant was made possible through the foundation’s “New Approaches In Urban Districts” initiative, which rewards school systems for exploring student-centered instruction methods that extend beyond the traditional school calendar and classroom walls.
District to Open Two New Magnets And Expand a Third
In an effort to increase the city’s portfolio of qualityFirst Day Bus Tour 2012 Betances 034 front page SoEeducational opportunities, the Hartford Board of Education today approved proposals to open two new Sheff Magnet schools and expand the Betances STEM Magnet School at a larger space downtown.  Under the first measure, the board accepted a grant of $600,000 from the state Department of Education to find a new location for the Betances STEM Magnet School to accommodate an expanded student body of 4th-through-8th graders by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
State Honors Green Schools for Encouraging  Healthy Students and Environmental Education
The initial success of Connecticut’s Green LEAFMary Hooker Grean Leaf Peter Dart_Dr._K_ and Ushers HPS SPOTLIGHT 2Schools program – designed to create “green” and healthy schools – was celebrated today by state officials, environmental groups, and educational organizations supporting the initiative.

During a ceremony at Hartford’s Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, three early participants in Green LEAF Schools were recognized for their nomination for the federal Green Ribbon School Award as a result of their accomplishments under the program.

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