by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 23, 2018 8:46 am
There’s a jackpot of cool events this week, especially on Saturday. Forget household chores! You can leave the house in the early morning and return in the evening, enriched, fit, well read, and satiated. You can even sneak in some kitty snuggles. Read on for more cool events in the weeks ahead. Got a cool event? Email email@example.com.
Friday, Feb. 23
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by Bill O'Brien | Feb 22, 2018 8:15 am
Senior Night had all the makings of a special night – looking at the size of the crowd last week and hearing that all senior basketball players, cheerleaders and championship dance team members would be recognized before the game.
Add to that the dance team (pictured)and high school Unified basketball team that were going to perform at half-time, and you could possibly ask, “What could go wrong?”
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by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 17, 2018 8:29 am | Comments (1)
Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez gave his FY19 Budget Presentation Wednesday night with the theme “Responsiveness.” Hernandez typically provides themes to his presentations, which, in the past, have included “Sustainability,” “Synergy,” and “Coherence.”
The PowerPoint presentation included various priorities, projected average class sizes and grade level counts, anticipated accomplishments, major “drivers” (salaries, benefits, etc.) as a percentage of the proposed budget, a list of previously requested increases (in percentages), enrollment numbers, numbers and percentages concerning students eligible for free and reduced meals and the English Language Learning population, and graphs concerning “critical data.”
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by Bill O'Brien | Feb 15, 2018 8:52 am
When former coach Ray Beaulac left as the boys’ swim coach at Branford last year to pursue his professional career in medical prosthetics the co-athletic directors, Sav Synodi and Jake Palluzzi, posted the position and went to work to find a replacement.
Enter Jennifer Amasino. “We were very lucky to find Jenn,” said Palluzzi. “She had a wealth of experience as a swimmer, aquatic director, assistant coach, and head coach and she was a great fit for our program.”
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by Bill O'Brien | Feb 13, 2018 8:48 am
Less than a month ago, the Branford girls’ basketball team played Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) in Hamden and fell to the “Sharks” by nine points, 42-33. This past Friday night you wouldn’t think it was the same Hornets’ team as they crushed SHA by 35 points, 49-14. Here Sophomore Mikayla Brown looks to pass as she’s guarded by SHA’s Elena Farquharson.
“It feels good to win tonight. It’s good to win any night,” said a smiling Coach Justin Henry. “I’m happy for the seniors.” Friday was Senior Night honoring the four senior girls on the team, (L-R):The four seniors are Mia Tomasello, Marisa Minore, Victoria Raffone and Emma Pierson.
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by marcia chambers | Feb 12, 2018 12:15 pm | Comments (2)
Two Branford teachers along with top school officials have been sued for negligence after a fifth grade teacher encouraged students in his class to end their friendships with a mentally challenged 11-year-old boy, saying the boy was a “troubled individual to be avoided.”
A 15-page civil complaint filed in September in New Haven Superior Court states the classroom exchange took place last May, and was between Peter Montecalvo, a fifth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Walsh Intermediate School, and the students in his class. The disabled boy was not in the classroom at the time because he was receiving other instruction, the complaint said. While not addressing the boy directly, the teacher provided information to his classmates that led them to reject and shun him, the complaint says.
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by Bill O'Brien | Feb 6, 2018 7:58 am
The Branford boys’ hockey team under coach Jim DiNapoli just passed the halfway point of their season. The team still has the goal of qualifying for both the SCC and CIAC end of season tournaments despite losing its last two games.
The club as of this game stands at 6-4-1.
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by Bill O'Brien | Feb 3, 2018 8:30 am
The Branford girls’ co-op hockey team is made up of players from Branford, East Haven, and North Branford high schools. The team, whose nickname is the “Wings,” plays in the SCC South Division and is off and running with a 12-3 record including a streak of 10 out of the last 11 games played.
Last Saturday they defeated the co-op team from Avon-Southington-East Granby-RHAM 6-2 and followed that with an upset 2-1 win over perennial power Hamden on Wednesday.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Feb 1, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (1)
Parents and educators all over the country are struggling with how to strike a balance between screen time and face time. A recent survey reveals that 50 percent of teenagers consider themselves addicted to their cellphones. Another survey found that kids spend 6.5 hours a day in front of screens.
Schools struggle with the distraction created by cellphones in the classroom. Some have strict policies, such as locking them away at the beginning of the day and giving them back at the end. Others leave it up to the individual instructors.
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by Bill O'Brien | Jan 30, 2018 8:32 am
When there are 14 weight classes in a high school wrestling match, it would seem unreasonable to expect too much success if you don’t have the personnel to fill upwards of five of those spots. Well, that hasn’t happened with the Branford wrestling team and their new coach Jesse Hurlburt.
“We wrestled with aggression and pride, which is all we have asked of our kids,” said Coach Hurlburt, after the Hornets’ loss to the Amity Spartans on Tuesday. “It’s very hard to win a dual (meet) when you are forfeiting five weight classes, but that has not stopped this team from winning 13 matches this year.” Under these circumstances Branford’s record is currently an impressive 13-10 on the season.
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