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Lyman Hall and Sheehan bands still in running for Pepsi grant

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

As published in the Record Journal, Tuesday December 27, 2011

By Melissa Chicker
Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD— The marching bands at Sheehan and Lyman Hall high schools have teamed together to encourage the community to vote in a contest that could result in a $50,000 grant for new uniforms.

“Combining our efforts gets more people of the community involved,” Sheehan band director David Giardina said. “We thought if we combine the two schools in this competition, we will get a lot more votes and give us a better chance to win the grant.”

The schools are competing as one against 322 other groups around the country in a contest sponsored by the Pepsi Refresh Project, which gives away millions of dollars each month. The top 10 groups in the competition that ends on Saturday will receive $50,000.

“Grants are for wide-reaching ideas and with groups and organizations putting in significant time and effort,” officials said on the Pepsi Refresh Project website.

The grant would go toward about 125 uniforms for each of the two marching bands. Each new uniform costs at least $500, setting a steep total price of up to $140,000.

Uniforms, said Giardina, typically last 10 to 13 years. Sheehan’s uniforms are between 15 and 17 years old.

The Sheehan and Lyman Hall bands were in second place Monday — they have been among the top five the entire time, including some time at No. 1. Giardina believes the effort to get out the word is the key.

“We spread the word through our band parents’ organization and throughout the schools,” he said. “Word has spread quickly and I think this is why we have been so successful so far.” The competition began Dec. 1, and both band groups have been working since the start to urge people to log onto the site and cast their vote. Supporters have passed out fliers at Stop & Shop on weekends, created a Facebook page and sent emails to family and friends.

“The schools have always been rivals, and while it’s good to have a rivalry, this is a great way to foster the community spirit and work together for a common goal,” said Heidi Belcourt, co-president of the Sheehan Music Parents Association.

Voters can vote up to three times per day until Saturday.

Wallingford School Board goes back to school to meet and learn

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

As published in the Record Journal, Tuesday November 22, 2011

By Russell Blair
Record-Journal staff

WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education on Monday got a glimpse into the classroom to see how teachers and students in the town’s elementary schools are using the district’s new Treasures reading and language arts program and Companion Touch netbook computers.

The school board’s meeting was held at the Cook Hill School library/media center, and began with a short video of a second-grade classroom at the elementary school demonstrating how the reading materials assigned by ability level work.

Principal Jan Murphy said the Treasures program allows teachers to assign reading that is at the level of each student. The books are brought together by a common theme and consistency in vocabulary and spelling patterns. In the example shown to board members Monday, all of them dealt with the theme of heroes.

Ellen Cohn, assistant superintendent for instruction, said the Treasures program focuses on consistency for all classes across a grade level.

“Before we left it to teachers, what to teach when,” she said. “There was a wide variability. Most people did a fine job; they just did it at different times and places.”

Roxane McKay, a school board Republican, said she had heard concerns about the amount of new material being introduced at once. Cohn said administrators were continuously accepting feedback from staff.

“When we revise curriculum, those changes will be reflected in our curriculum,” she said. “But we can’t do that until we float it.”

Murphy said that many teachers were overwhelmed because “there are so many materials, and they want to use them all.” But as the year continues, Murphy said that teachers have begun to better understand the curriculum.

“The units are structured the same,” she said. “They are seeing patterns as they go on.” Cohn said that changes to the elementary school schedule that allowed for 45 minutes of common planning time every six days have been a help to teachers as they learn the new materials.

Jay Cei, a Democrat and chairman of the Instructional Committee, said he was pleased to see the new materials in action.

“We talked about it a lot, but a picture is worth 1,000 words,” he said. “It was very good to see it.”

Cei said he was impressed by the integration of technology with the new reading materials and traditional methods of teaching.

Murphy said that the school uses the netbooks for “literacy stations,” and that the school’s bilingual students benefit from audio and interactive components that can’t be learned solely from a book.

Leveled reading is not new to the district, but Murphy said having books that come together in a set makes it easier on teachers, who don’t have to find their own materials.

“These books are created for the purpose of leveled reading,” she said.

Wallingford Public Schools will be closed tomorrow – August 30, 2011.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Wallingford Public Schools will be closed tomorrow – August 30, 2011.

All teachers, secretaries, and custodians should report at their regular times.

Professional development will be conducted for all teaching staff.

All staff should check their district email for more information.

Please check back to this site for any changes.

Wallingford 2009-10 School Calendar / REGULAR SCHOOL DAY OPENING & CLOSING TIMES

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

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REGULAR SCHOOL DAY OPENING & CLOSING TIMES

REGULAR SCHOOL DAY OPENING & CLOSING TIMES

High Schools  7:35 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Middle Schools  8:10 A.M. – 2:35 P.M.

Elementary Schools – Grades 1-5  8:50A.M.- 3:15P.M.

Kindergarten – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11 :35 A.M. 

Kindergarten – P.M. 12:30 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

Preschool Special Education – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11 :30 A.M.

Preschool Special Education – P.M. 12:30 P.M. – 3:10 P.M.

 

DELAYED OPENINGS / EARLY DISMISSALS

90 Minute Delayed Opening

High Schools 9:05 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Middle Schools 9:40 A.M. – 2:35 P.M.

Elementary Schools – Grades 1-510:20 A.M. – 3:15 P.M.

Kindergarten – A.M. 10:20 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.

Kindergarten – P.M. 1:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

Preschool Special Education – A.M. Canceled

Preschool Special Education – P.M. 12:30 P.M. – 3:10 P.M.

Pre-K Chapter 1 – A.M. (no transportation) 10:20 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.

Pre-K Chapter 1 – P.M. (no transportation) 1:10 P.M. – 3:10 P.M.

 

Storm Related One Hour Early Dismissal

High Schools 7:35 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Middle Schools 8:10 A.M. – 1:35 P.M.

Elementary Schools – Grades 1-5 8:50 A.M. – 2:15 P.M.

Kindergarten – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Kindergarten – P.M. Canceled.

Preschool Special Education – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Preschool Special Education – P.M. Canceled.

Pre-K Chapter 1 – A.M.  (no transportation) 8:50 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Pre-K Chapter 1 – P.M.  (no transportation) Canceled

 

Day Before Thanksgiving

High Schools 7:35 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (No lunch served)

Middle Schools 8:10 A.M. – 12:35 P.M. (No lunch served)

Elementary Schools – Grades 1-5 8:50 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. (Lunch served)

Kindergarten – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Kindergarten – P.M. 11:00 A.M. – 1:15 P.M.

Preschool Special Education – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Preschool Special Education – P.M. Canceled

Pre-K Chapter 1 – A.M.  (no transportation) 8:50 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Pre-K Chapter 1 – P.M.  (no transportation)11:00 A.M. – 1:10 P.M.

 

Two Hour Early Dismissal

High Schools 7:35 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (No lunch served)

Middle Schools 8:10 A.M. – 12:35 P.M. (Lunch served)

Elementary Schools – Grades 1-5 8:50 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. (Lunch served)

Kindergarten – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Kindergarten – P.M. Canceled.

Preschool Special Education – A.M. 8:50 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Preschool Special Education – P.M. Canceled

Pre-K Chapter 1 – A.M.  (no transportation) 8:50 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Pre-K Chapter 1 – P.M.  (no transportation) Canceled.