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Wednesday, Jan. 5,1994
THE WILTON BULLETIN 19
Around Dr. Donald Holt
with Joyce Petre by JONATHAN F. PINGLE
When he was principal of John
The Bulletin welcomes contributions to this column. Call us at Adams High School in the inner
762-3866 or write us at Box 367, Wilton. city of Portland, Ore., Dr. Donald
Holt headed what was described as
Bosworth Named to State Council one'of the foremost experiments in
education at that time.
Barry Bosworth, a certified public accountant with offices on Dan- The school was progressive from
bury Road, was recently appointed by Senator and President Pro a multicultural standpoint: 35% of
Tempore John Larson to a two-year term on the the students were minorities. Dr.
State Council on Mental Retardation. Holt said the school was built and
The council meets monthly to advise the gov- set up for a group of Harvard grad-
ernor on issues concerning the Department of uates who were more social
Mental Retardation and on programs affecting workers than teachers.
persons with mental retardation and their families. Dr. Holt, Wilton public schools'
».v Mr. Bosworth serves on the board of directors administrator for curriculum,
jF^ of STAR (Society to Advance the Retarded) recently announced he plans to
m Residential Services in Wilton, and is a past presi- retire next January.
M. dent of the Association for Retarded Citizens of In the fall of 1971, Dr. Holt took
ft' Connecticut. He lives on Bristol Place with his on the job of heading the John
. wife, Judy and their three children, Kate, Jed and Adams High School experiment as
Brian. the school's principal.
"We were trying to deliver edu-
cation in a different way to kids,"
McNally on Georgia Tech Dean's List In the first year the administration
redistributed the 1,400 students and
Christopher J. McNally, son of James and Sylvia McNally of placed them into smaller, manage-
Weeburn.Lane, has been named to the dean's list at the Georgia Institute able groups. There were schools
of Technology where he is a sophomore. within the school.
Mr. McNally, a 1992 Wilton High School graduate, is majoring in in- Turmoil
dustrial engineering. He has entered the Georgia Tech cooperative pro- "There was alot of turmoil,'' he
gram with Shaw Industries in Dalton, Ga. said, describing the environment of
teaching in a city in the early '70s.
. Dr. Holt said die school had to
build a day care facility because
Floral Design Workshops at Y pregnancy was such a problem, and
he and.the staff did not wanttiiatto
The Wilton Family Y will present a series of flower workshops led by stop <oung women from getting an
Annabel Green, florist at Cannon Crossing. The workshops will take education.
place on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Y's Meeting House '' Portland became a hotbed of ed-
building in the paddle tennis complex. The workshops are limited to five ucational reform,".he said, and
to 15 participants. John Adams High School was right
At each session, seasonal flower pieces will be created, and the prices in the middle of it.
listed below include all material for participants to take home a com- He said as educational thinkers
pleted product. Jonathan Pingle
the faculty at John Adams believed
• Jan. 19 — Floral Window Swag. Participants will learn to make a
swag of flowers and lemon leaf for accenting windows, doors,.and
that if you provided interesting,
quality education students would
attend class because they wanted
An Educator at Work
• Jan. 26 — Fresh Spring Table Centerpiece. A variety of fresh spring to. Students did not have to be re- Dr. Donald Holt, the administrator for curriculum for Wilton's public schools,
flowers will be incorporated into basket centerpieces. quired to attend class.
• Feb. 9 — Victorian Valentine Wreath. Participants will make a However, he said, "We dis- has announced that he will retire next January. The former longtime principal
wreath for a special Valentine and learn some wreathmaking covered that when you told kids of Wilton High School, his career has touched-thousands of students after more
shortcuts. they didn't have to come to school,
The fee for each workshop is 540. Registration is ongoing at the front they believed you." than 40 years as an educator, 19 of them in Wilton.
desk. For more information, call Angie Katz, senior program director, at Dr. Holfsaid that the stereotype
762-8384. of the poor family not caring about which finally closed in 1981. Wilton High still has a great fac- "If you go back to when I was a
their children's education is wrong. But, as stress-ridden as tiiose ulty, he said, but die school has student," said Dr. Holt, talking
"Nothing could be further from years were, he said, they were ex- changed since hefirstarrived. about education in general, "die
Hospice Cookbook oil Talk Show the trutii," he said. "They had a citing. "A lot of curriculum work has
been done over die years," he said
differences are profound."
Have you ever lost your appetite when you were feeling under the desperate desire fortiieirchildren From dial demanding educational He said people have changed,
weather? Most of us have. Mid-Fairfield Hospice has provided a solu- to succeed." environment, he came to Wilton Changes too. He recalled a story a teacher
tion. Over 20 renowned restaurants from Fairfield County have contrib- He said die communities the poor High School and assumed die Over the course of his 19 years considering retirement told him.
uted recipes to tempt even the most discriminating taste buds. live in lack die economic resources duties of principal on Jan. 3, 1976. The. teacher said tiiat when he had
Carol Yoder, executive director of Mid-Fairfield Hospice, will pres- that are required to support many of Environment for Learning
"Wilton's teachers, in terms of
"There was. I think, an started teaching if he called a
parent about a problem his or her
ent and discuss recipes from "The Take Care Cookbook" when she ap- the wide range of services needed
pears orfThe Exchange Friday, Jan. 7. The Exchange is broadcast live for a school to achieve greatness, subject matter, were witiiout peer," ethic in this country that child was having, die parent would
from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, on Cablevision s Channel like guidance counselors and spe- he said. "It was a great environ- the family was the ask how he or she could help. Now,
cial teachers. ment for learning." die teacher said, parents blame him
The Take Care Cookbook includes "Take Care Tips," helpful hints By the lime he left John Adams at He said Wilton High School had bedrock of the children." for any problems die student may
which make complicated recipes seem simple and offers special hints in the end of 1975, die model was an excellent faculty, and lacked Dr. Donald Holt be having.
cooking for the infirm or frail elderly. These recipe suggestions are found having problems. many of die distractions found at Dr. Holt said that today with
throughout the book and are indexed for easy access and identification. "I think we felt pretty good tfiat John Adams. many famUies having bodi parents
we had accomplished a lot," Dr. "You could focus on learning," witii die school system here, Dr. working, witii die high divorce rate
One tip, for example, is that foods traditionally served hot may be un- he said. "You weren't constantly Holt has witnessed some changes at and otiier social changes, die no-
appealing. The cookbook suggests serving these foods lukewarm or even Holt said.
1=Iowever, he said, "We were putting out fires, I mean literally die high school. The athletic pro- tions of die American family have
cold. But with dishes like salmon mousse, these recipes aren t just for the putting out fires." gram has gone from 25 teams to 56, changed.
infirm! ' .. ' , finally done in by die racial prob-
lems." "The school has historically been he said, college placement has been "There was, Itiiink,an etiiic in
Mid-Fairfield Hospice has served hundreds of patients and thousands He said die white students from characterized as a place witii out- added, and guidance counseling has this country diat die family was the
of family members in association with Nursing & Home Care, the VNA the suburbs deserted die school, standing faculty," he said. been expanded. See Holt, page 20
for Weston, Westport, Wilton and New Canaan.
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What is your strategy for dealing with the cold weather?
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"Wearing lots of layers.' "Have a handy shovel and go "Staying bundled witii lots of "Build a fire, get plenty of
to die Village Market for their "Plan ahead, and stay inside hats, starves, mittens and coats*,' food, and stay inside."
good soup." whenever and wherecver pos- and lots of fires in the fireplace."
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