The Superintendent's Corner
To the Hartford Public Schools Family:
November brings so many exciting changes to our school district. Congratulations to Michael F. Brescia, Beth A. Parker, Craig T. Stallings and Robert Cotto Jr. on being elected to the Board of Education. They will be sworn in as new board members in January and will participate in school reform training. School reform will continue to move forward in our district.
As you may know, the Hartford Board of Education is presently considering a proposal from my office to restructure Clark Elementary School as the future home of a second Achievement First Hartford Academy, similar to the successful school that is already located at the Lewis Fox building.
Hartford Public School’s District School Choice Lottery Opens
THIS FRIDAY, November 15, 2013!
The First School Fair will take place on SATURDAY, November 16, 2013, at Prince Tech, 401 Flatbush Avenue in Hartford, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm!
All Hartford Public Schools, District and Magnet, will be represented!
Families & Youth in Transition Holds Training Workshops for Families Struggling with Issues of Homelessness — AND Food Drives for the Holidays
On October 16th, Families & Youth in Transition, a department of the HPS Welcome Center– that helps families in residential transition cope with issues of homelessness — held their first training workshop at the downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library. Families received training to promote understanding their rights as homeless parents concerning issues of education in the State of Connecticut. Attorney Stacey Violante-Cote, director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Clinic at The Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, gave the first presentation and answered questions for the attendees. Breakfast was served and the second session began, taught by Laetitia Marulanda, the Director of Programming for the Hispanic Health
HMTCA 8th Graders Thank Gulf War Veteran Kevin Suares For his Service
During the week leading up to the celebration of Veterans Day, many 8th grade students learned about the meaning of ‘service to their country’. Guest speaker, Kevin Suares, a Gulf War veteran, talked about his experiences as an Air Force medic. In addition to his description of active duty, he also shared pictures and talked about visiting Washington, D.C. with veterans from World War II. Kevin was both informative and inspirational. Eighth grade student, Eliza Wisner said, “It was really important for him to come and talk to us, especially since war is not a topic that we discuss regularly and we had so many questions about it.”
Community Partners Join with Hartford Public Schools to Give Boost to Attendance Initiative
A rejuvenated Attendance Initiative was kicked into first gear in part by the Hartford Campaign for Grade Level Reading's September Attendance Awareness Month (which included a press conference with Senator Chris Murphy and Burns School student leaders, pictured above) and the existing great need for attention to issues of chronic attendance. The initiative, which aims to eliminate chronic absenteeism— when students miss 10% of their school year by missing 2 or more days per month– is moving forward quickly with a pilot program in 7 of our schools, including Early Reading Lab @ Betances School, Burns Latino Studies Academy, Clark School, Jumoke Academy at Milner School, America's Choice at SAND School, and more;