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					                                                                           September 2008
                                                                                   Issue 1
  to the first issue of ACHIEVEMENTS, a monthly newsletter of the Hartford
                               Public Schools.
  My name is Chelsea Adams and I am the editor and publisher of ACHIEVEMENTS, a
monthly newsletter that focuses on school and district news, success stories, photos, upcoming
                             events and important information.

If you have comments, suggestions or submissions please contact me at (860) 695-8698 or via
                       email at


Closing the Achievement Gap
On Monday, August 18, 2008, Principals of all the Hartford Public Schools gathered for a
luncheon and celebration at the Rensselaer in Hartford. The occasion was to recognize,
applaud and reward principals for the very successful 2007-2008 school year. The CMT
and CAPT results proved that our students are making strides and we are making our way
closer to closing the achievement gap. Congratulations to students and staff for a fabulous

                                     Shining Star Schools
    Capital Preparatory Magnet School                   Classical Magnet School
    Hartford Magnet Middle School                       Sport and Medical Sciences Academy
                                                        University High School
                                      Rising Star Schools
    Annie Fisher                                        Dwight
    Mary Hooker                                         RJ Kinsella
    Naylor                                              Pathways to Technology
    Noah Webster                                        West Middle

Students Motivate and Inspire Teachers
Every year, prior to the start of school, teachers gather for Convocation. The event is meant
to motivate and inspire teachers for the year ahead. Mayor Perez, the Teacher of the Year
and Dr. Adamowski addressed our faculty with “words of wisdom” to start the new year.
But nothing inspired the crowd like the speeches of Briana Ramos, an 8th grade student at
Batchelder Elementary School and Angela Dunnham, a senior at Weaver High School.
Briana told teachers that she has big dreams and she looks to her teachers for support and
guidance. “You hold my dreams in the palm of your hand. Help me achieve them,” she
said. Angela told teachers that they are innovators and nothing short of miracle workers and
because of them she is on the road to college. Both young women reminded teachers how
important their work is in this city and that they are making a difference. Along with Briana
and Angela, the Hartford Magnet Middle School Marching Band performed at the event and
Myra Vasquez, a 10th grade student at Bulkeley High School sang our National Anthem.


School Open House Dates
September is the month for School Open Houses! Mark your calendars to visit your child’s
school. Below are a few of our many schools, but to find out about your school’s Open
House please contact your Principal.

School                          Date                         Time                  Location
Batchelder          Wednesday, September 17, 2008         6:00-8:00 p.m.           Main Foyer
Bellizzi            Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:30-7:30 p.m.           Auditorium
Burr                Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:00-7:00 p.m.           Lobby
Classical Magnet    Tuesday, September 16, 2008           6:00-8:00 p.m.           Gym
Dwight              Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:00-7:00 p.m.           Auditorium
Global Comm.        Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:30-7:30 p.m.           Auditorium
HMMS                Wednesday, September 17, 2008         6:30-8:30 a.m.           Main Lobby
M.D. Fox            Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:00-7:00 p.m.           Auditorium
Moylan              Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:00-7:00 p.m.           Auditorium
Naylor              Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:00-7:00 p.m.           Auditorium
Simpson-Waverly     Wednesday, September 17, 2008         5:00-7:00 p.m.           The Parenting


PTO Council Information
Here are the dates of the PTO Council Meetings for the 2008-2009 School Year. The
locations of these meetings will be finalized at the first meeting on September 10, 2008 at
M.D. Fox Elementary School. All meetings are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please contact
Cheryl Perry at (860) 794-2349 if you have any additional questions.
PTO Meeting Dates:

October 8, 2008                        November 12, 2008                    December 10, 2008
January 14, 2009                       February 11, 2009                    March 11, 2009
April 8, 2009                          May 13, 2009                         June 3, 2009

    The locations of the meetings will be published in next month’s ACHIEVEMENTS

School Construction Updates
Hartford Public Schools has an asbestos management plan on file for each school building
as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This management
plan has been approved by the Asbestos Program of the Connecticut Department of Public
Health and is administered by Hartford Public Schools’ designated person, Mr. Claudio
Bazzano, Director of Building & Grounds.

A copy of the plan is available for your review at each school building and at the office of
Mr. Claudio Bazzano at the Buildings & Grounds Department, 388 Wethersfield Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06114.

The management plan includes information regarding the locations of asbestos containing
building materials (ACBM) in each school building, the condition of the ACBM and a plan
for managing the ACBM.

Our last triennial re-inspection was conducted on April 25, 2007 and our next re-inspection
is scheduled for April 25, 2010. Periodic surveillance is required every six months and the
Head Custodian performs this inspection.

Questions and concerns regarding this process should be directed to Mr. Claudio Bazzano,
Director of Building & Grounds at (860) 695-3233.

Transportation Issues
Hartford Public Schools apologizes for any difficulties parents and families may have
experienced with school bus transportation. We are taking actions to correct all problems.
The safety of our students is our first priority. Starting on Tuesday, September 2, 2008
parents and families can call the Hartford Public Schools Transportation Office at (860)
695-8547 until 6:30 p.m. You can also call the Transportation Hotline at (860) 695-8888
for daily updates on transportation information. We appreciate your patience.
Upcoming Events
                      Community Conversations - HPS CHOICE
                               Wednesday, September 24, 2008
                           Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School
                               5 Cone Street, Hartford, CT 06105
                                     6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                                    Registration - 5:30 p.m.

                               Discussion Topics Include:
                          What is Hartford Public School Choice?
                                   What are my options?
               What should families think about when making a school choice?

                        For more information please call (860) 695-8400
                         Or call CONNCAN at (860) 727-9977 Ext. 11

                     Childcare will be provided and refreshments will be served
                           Foreign language translation will be available

Community Conversations is a collaborative effort between the Hartford Education Alliance (HEALL) and the
                                      Hartford Board of Education

                          Hartford Board of Education Meeting
                                Tuesday, September 23, 2008
                             Sport and Medical Sciences Academy
                           280 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
                                          6:00 p.m.

                                      Hartford Public Schools
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                                      Chelsea M. Adams, Editor
                           For questions, comments and submissions please
                                        or call (860) 695-8698

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