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Patricia O’Neil Tiezzi, principal principal of St. Dominic School in Southington, poses with students, from left, Owen Quiroz, Nicholas Pio, Rachel Dorio and Madison Rizzuto, during the school’s celebration of national Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2. The school had a variety of activities in keeping with this year’s theme, “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”
On Jan. 29, during a book fair, many older students read books to kindergartners and performed in a “readers’ theater” play.
On Feb. 1, students collected items to donate to Southington Community Services. Grade three won a competition to collect the most items – 152 – and were to receive an ice cream treat, a dress-down pass and a “National School Choice Week” fleece scarf. Grades two and five came in second and third, with 69 and 62 items respectively.
The student council served a homemade luncheon, featuring soups by Glenn Prushinkki, to thank faculty and staff for their hard work.
Students also baked cookies and made thank-you cards to be delivered to first responders. On Feb. 1, the student council sponsored a Blue Ribbon Carnival for the students.
Mark Monnerat, principal of St. Joseph School in Bristol, tries out a new laptop computer as volunteer Rick Swenton looks on after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 7 that marked the opening of the school’s updated computer lab. The lab contains 20 new laptops that were purchased with funds donated by the school’s Founder’s Circle, families and other friends. Mr. Swenton donated many hours of effort to help set up the lab, which was first established in 2002. The lab will be used to integrate numerous technological resources that are available to teachers and students to enhance the school’s curriculum and engage leaders. (Photo submitted)
Students at St. Martha School in Enfield celebrated School Spirit Week with several ‘crazy’ days, including crazy hat day on Jan. 23 and crazy sock and hair days. Showing off their millinery skills are, from left in front row, Jamie Gugliotti, Megan Emerson, Ayleen Fearon and Rosonna Savelli; and back row, Diego Claudio, Colin Wright, Natasha Claudio and Tabitha Hinkle. The days were part of the school’s celebration of Catholic School Month. (Photo submitted)
Students at St. Thomas School in Southington put cans of soup into bags that were collected in connection with a Catholic Schools Month "Souper" Dress-Down Day on Feb. 1 at the school. From left are Richard Ciamarra, Logan Miller, John Byrne and Jack Galvin. Students who donated cans of soup were allowed to wear sports apparel for a day. The soup was donated to Southington Community Services. The dress-down day was the last of many activities the school participated in during Catholic Schools Month. (Photo submitted)
WEST HAVEN – Little did Cameran Tucker know, when he opened an envelope addressed to him from the National Youth Leadership Group last spring, that it would lead to a pair of excursions to Washington, D.C., including attendance at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 21.
Mr. Tucker, a junior at Notre Dame High School, was one of only 2,000 students in the nation invited to participate in a four-day leadership forum surrounding the inauguration. The West Haven resident attended workshops and forums on Jan. 20 and 22, primarily on the history of politics or the political process.
“It was very exciting to be a part of the one million people who attended the inauguration,” said Mr. Tucker. “We had to wake up at 3:30 a.m,. so I was almost too tired to be excited at first. But, once we got there, I wasn’t tired anymore. It was so much fun. It’s still hard to believe I witnessed it from close range.”
Guest speakers at the conferences he attended included Condoleeza Rice, who served as the 66th United States Secretary of State from 2005-09 and is now a professor at Stanford University; Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark; investigative reporter Bob Woodward; and journalist Nick Clooney, the father of actor George Clooney.