Spotlight on Excellence Parents Issue 7 6/21/13


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Issue 27
June 21, 2013
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Three of Capital Prep's winning 4th Grade Math Team members score big points at the 5th Annual HPS Academic Competition Finals.  Read More.
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The Superintendent's Corner
Letter from Superintendent Image_Dr K at Academic Competition - for SoE front pageTo the Hartford Public Schools Community:

School reform is personal to me.

It is not an abstract concept built around theories of action, portfolios of schools or test scores — it is about the future of my own daughter who attends the Hartford Public Schools and the 24,000 other children who are part of the Hartford Public Schools family.

While I was disappointed by the actions of the Board and Mayor yesterday evening, I will continue to work hard for the students and families of Hartford to advance student achievement and deepen the considerable progress we have made in Hartford Public Schools..  

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To learn more about our accomplishments during the 2012-2013 school year, please enjoy my conversation with  Hartford Public Schools' Ombudsman, Marta Bentham, as we discuss, "A Year in School Reform."  Have a wonderful summer!

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HPS Happenings

Hartford Community Schools Initiative Receives National Award

Hartford Students' Innovations Shine at the 30th Anniversary of  the CT Invention Convention

Parent Volunteer Training Students Graduate

Ramonita Franco Named as Paraprofessional of the Year for Hartford Public Schools

Winner Selected for 2013 Teacher of the Year

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In Our Schools

Journalism & Media Magnet Academy Compete in Capital Workforce Partner’s Third Annual Career Skills Challenge Competition

Bulkeley High School Politics Students Attend Live Taping of WNPR's Where We Live's "Government, Why Bother?"

Culinary Arts Academy Students Create Capstone Project around Food Insecurity and Raise $450 for FoodShare

Great Path Academy Seniors Awarded Presidential Scholarships

Great Path National Honor Society Induction

HPHS Nursing Academy Junior Class Hosts Third Annual Senior Dinner

Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School and Parkville Community School Announce their 2013 Governor's Reading Challenge Winners

Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School Hosts its 4th Annual Webster Reads

Noah Webster Microsociety Magnet School Raises over $2600 for the American Cancer Society

Pathways Academy of Technology and Design Ecommerce Class Takes First Place in the State Wide Ecommerce Competition

Pathways Academy of Technology Holds Global Services Day

Renzulli Academy Class Receives Kindles from Classes 4 Classes Project

Renzulli Academy Student Council Helps Others

Sport and Medical Sciences Academy Celebrate the 8th Grade Transition Symposium

The Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School Places 25 Students in Internships

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In Our Community

Julio Cesar Lozada Plaque Unveiled at the Hartford Public Safety Complex

Educating Our Children:  The Board of Education and You: A Panel and Audience Discussion

HPS in the News


Twenty-Seven Hartford Students Take Home Trophies in the Final Round of the Fifth Annual Hartford Public Schools Academic CompetitionAcademic Competition Sand 6th Grade Vocabulary - for front page
Twenty-two School Teams participated the final round of the 2013 Academic Competition.  Sixty-three elementary grade students and their families, battled it out to see who will be the best at vocabulary, math, writing and geography in the final round of the Fourth Annual Hartford Public Schools Academic Competition.

Hartford Public Schools Launches its First Annual STEM Expo
The 1st Annual Hartford Schools' Citywide S.T.E.M. stem expo 2013 1st graders for front pageExpo was held on May 22nd at the Koeppel Community Center at Trinity College.  The Expo was open to all PK – 12 students in the categories of filming, gaming and apps, inventions, traditional science fair.

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Wowed by HPS Students during Visit Arne Duncan at Podium with Dr. K SoE Front Pageto Classical Magnet School
When U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Gov. Dannel Malloy took questions on school safety issues from Bulkeley High, Classical Magnet and West Middle School students last Friday, the “post-Newtown hall” turned out to be much more than a forgettable photo opp. The students brought sophisticated questions –and that’s what made the event worthwhile.
The Office of Academics Announces the First Annual District Debate Championship
The Office of Academics is happy to announce the Debate Winners 2013 Classical Juston Clapis Franklin Edrich - front pageresults of the First Annual District Debate Championship.  The semi-final and final debates took place on Thursday, May 2 at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Four teams from different high schools competed for the title of District Debate Champion.  The competitors debated the resolution, “Resolved: Public schools should be allowed to raise money by selling advertising space to corporate sponsors and other businesses,” which was provided one week in advance.

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