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Kiera Dudzinski, a sixth-grade student at Assumption School in Manchester, plays clarinet in the Connecticut Future Musicians All-State Gala Band at a concert on March 16 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. About 300 student musicians, representing 54 parochial elementary and middle schools, participated. Also taking part from Assumption were Fiona Aufiero, Thane Dudzinski, Jennifer Marquez, Hannah Mitchell, Allison Morris-Woods and Kevin Ntoni. The Connecticut Future Musicians All-State Symphonic and Concert Bands also will perform at 1 p.m. April 29 on the plaza at Lincoln Center in New York City (Photo submitted.)
HAMDEN – Each year, incoming freshmen with outstanding academic records who have achieved Sacred Heart Academy’s highest entrance exam scores are awarded the Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ, Memorial Scholarship.
Established in 1993, the scholarship honors the life, philosophy and achievements of the academy’s foundress and first principal. The scholars comprise a distinct group of young women who display strong academic success with promise for future accomplishment.
The 2013 Antonine Scholars and their families recently attended a reception held in their honor that was hosted by the admissions office and current Antonine Scholars. They are Jeanne Marie Cassidy of Bethany, Abigail Kelly of Shelton, Elizabeth Lamont of Hamden, Hannah Levesque of Wallingford, Jordan Meares-Garcia of New Haven, Claire Niesobecki of Middlebury, Sophie Park of Essex, Alicia Pekar of Branford, Toella Pliakas of Hamden,and Corinne Wilklow of Fairfield.
Veronica Dropa, Matthew Rzemien and Patryk Pupkow, right, play a game of "math chess" at a math fair sponsored recently by Diane Kulinsky’s fifth-grade class at Sacred Heart School in New Britain. As in past years, the fifth graders created a variety of games and activities involving math concepts for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. They ranged from probability and chance to the luck of the draw, simple geometric design, board games and a treasure hunt. Admission was a nonperishable food item that later was donated to a local food pantry. (Photo submitted)
MILFORD – A group of Lauralton Hall students experienced an adventure of a lifetime on a recent service trip to Guatemala.
The students spent eight days working side-by-side with villagers in Cacabal II, building a three-classroom school. They also learned about geography, economics and social justice and about the Mayan civilization.
The trip was made possible by School the World, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the gift of education to the children of the developing world. Students were accompanied by Kate Curran, founder of School of the World and a Lauralton alumna, along with Spanish teachers Pat Doerr and Bertha Maiese.
NEW HAVEN – Mutts are gaining new respect at two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, where a curriculum that draws upon children’s love of animals is helping students build confidence, learn responsible decision-making and develop social and emotional skills.
Called the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, the project was developed by the Pet Savers Foundation of North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) in collaboration with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century.
The innovative program uses the rescue and adoption of shelter dogs as a way to introduce students to the concepts of compassion and social responsibility. The goal is to teach children empathy while developing social awareness, relationship skills and problem-solving abilities.