Superintendent’s Message May 2013

Spotlight on Excellence     May 2013

 

Superintendent’s Message

Loud trumpets are often sounded in celebration of great, national triumphs or once-in-a-lifetime victories.  But this May, in Hartford, we sound our small, but mighty trumpets in gratitude to celebrate our teachers who achieve quiet victories every day, every hour and every minute in their classrooms, engaging their students in learning.  These are not famous generals in the military or huge political figures, but dedicated people who are working hard to inspire their students daily.  It is on this level — teacher-to-student, person-to-person, one-on-one — where victory is achieved every day in our school district by each of our 1,847 teachers.

As the poet, William Butler Yeats wrote, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."  In Hartford's portfolio school district of excellence, our teachers are lighting those fires every day in our classrooms  where both our specialized academies and our community schools are using new tools of inquiry and hands-on lessons to educate.  Forty-four educators were nominated for Teacher of the Year, and this week we announced the three finalists: Joe Battaglia of OPPortunity High School, David Mangus of the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School, and Mario Marrero, a fourth-grade teacher at Betances STEM Magnet School. The district award was announced May 23rd at the Teacher of the Year Banquet, and the winner is Mario Marrero, of Betances STEM Magnet School.  Congratulations, Mr. Marrero!

I want to thank Mayor Segarra who has been traveling with me to many of our high schools to deliver a message to our 9th grade classes about The Hartford Promise– our city's new scholarship program.  9th graders are a lively bunch– still kids, almost adults!  The Hartford Promise will grant up to $5,000 in college funding every year to any graduating Hartford Senior who matriculates to a 4-year college, who lives in Hartford, who maintains a 3.0 GPA and who has good attendance records. It also grants up to $2,500 per year for those who enroll in a two-year college.  Our freshman must commit now so they can stay on the college track.  Thank you, Mayor Segarra, for your help.

It is our every-day work, done with dedication, that leads our district to success on a national level.  Thank you, teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, community members and students.  The future is present because you "bring it" every day.

 
Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto

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