Posts Tagged ‘Schools’

FOUR DAYS REMAINING Classroom project requested by Mrs. Houston

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The original post is here and the direct link to Mrs. Houston’s project can be found via the website

There are now just FOUR days left BUT we’ve gotten more donations and are down to JUST $561.00 remaining for this project.

When you go to make your donation, once you place your pledge and choose “check out”,  there is a place for you to enter a “Match or gift code” in the PAYMENT section – in that field type BLOOM and the Friends and Family matching donation provided by the Board of Directors will be activated.

Please consider helping a former Wallingford resident – Mrs. Houston – in this very worthwhile cause for some very under privileged kids

FIVE DAYS REMAINING Classroom project requested by Mrs. Houston

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The original post is here

There are now just FIVE days left BUT we’ve gotten more donations and are down to JUST $765.00 remaining for this project.

When you go to make your donation, once you place your pledge and choose “check out”,  there is a place for you to enter a “Match or gift code” in the PAYMENT section – in that field type BLOOM and the Friends and Family matching donation provided by the Board of Directors will be activated.

Please consider helping a former Wallingford resident – Mrs. Houston – in this very worthwhile cause for some very under privileged kids Classroom project requested by Mrs. Houston

Monday, March 12th, 2012

This classroom project has been requested by Mrs. Houston, a former Wallingford resident now a school teacher in a High Poverty school district in Baltimore, MD – Dallas Nicholas Elementary School.

Follow this link to read more about this project.

From Mrs. Houston:

My students are the most incredible 6 and 7 year old children you could ever imagine from Baltimore City. They are in first grade and love everything about school. As their teacher, I want to give them everything. However, as a first year teacher, in a Title I elementary school in a low income community, I do not have all of the resources to make that possible. I know that my students are going to need more than my help when it comes to having the right supplies for a fulfilling learning experience. First grade students are eager to learn, high energy, creative, and inspiring little children. They want to color pictures, write sentences, read real books, and practice math at their desks with actual supplies. Make believe and pretend are for dramatic play, not addition and subtraction. My students need a document camera, a mobile storage cart, and a Nonfiction Leveled Books Classroom Library to satisfy the core curriculum standards for first grade, and to enrich their minds with factual information. With your help, I can bring a whole new world of education and learning to my students.

So here is the bottom line folks – as I write this there are 6 days left and $930.00 to go. If they don’t reach the total the project is closed as unfulfilled.

Also they will match any donation when at checkout you type in BLOOM in the matching gift box so with that in mind we only need to come up with half that amount.

I am blogging this and it’s going over on and on my Facebook account.

We can get this over the line. Let’s make it happen.

4th Annual Model Train Show to benefit the Mark T. Sheehan Music Department.

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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.

Pepsi Refresh Project – Replace parts of 17 year old band uniforms at 2 Wallingford High Schools – HELP KEEP US IN FIRST PLACE!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Anonymous donor pays off school lunch debt

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

This is another one of those “Pay it Forward” things; we should all strive to try this much to be a part of the solution.

As published in the Record Journal, August 31, 2011

By Stephanie O’Connell
Record-Journal staff

(203) 317-2235

— An anonymous donor has made a contribution to the town’s school system to eliminate school lunch debt that students accumulated last year.

A check for $2,569.91 was donated by a Boys & Girls Club of Meriden board member after learning that students starting the school year with a debt would receive only a cheese sandwich, said Don Maleto, the club’s executive director.

The board member told Maleto that he had children grow up in the Meriden school system and hopes that the donation would inspire others to help in any way they can.

The check will allow every student to start the school year without a negative balance in their account. Some students may still have a positive balance left over from last year.

“I received a call from Don Maleto from the Boys and Girls Club and he said that he had a member wanted to donate to food services and pay off the existing debt and we were beyond thrilled,” said Meriden School Superintendent Mark D. Benigni. “It was a very nice and generous offer. So from day one those kids will be getting a traditional lunch. We really appreciate the support.”

Last year, the district implemented a policy that allowed students to build up a maximum of $12.50 in debt for regular lunches, or $4 for those who receive reduced-price lunch. Once those debt levels had been reached, the students could only receive a cheese sandwich.

“The cheese sandwich policy is to keep people paying and to encourage them to not accrue any debt” said Mark Hughes, president of the Meriden Board of Education. “The funds that were donated are not going to eliminate the cheese sandwich program but it will give everyone a chance to start with a clean slate. It is a very generous gesture.”

Wallingford Public Schools will be closed tomorrow Wednesday August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

According to the Wallingford Public School channel (99 on AT&T U-verse)  school has been cancelled for Wednesday August 31st.


Unfortunately buses still cannot travel down many roads in town. Wallingford Public Schools will not be open on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

Only administrators, clerical staff and custodial staff report to work.


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.

Lunch price hike should reduce cafeteria deficit, director says

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

As published in the Record Journal, Tuesday August 16, 2011

By Russell Blair
Record-Journal staff
(203) 317-2225


— The school district’s cafeterias ran an $87,818 deficit in the 2010-11 fiscal year, but school officials are hopeful that next year’s numbers will be better.

Food Service Director Sharlene Wong presented the 2010-11 budget at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, but said a price increase set to go into effect this year should help cover the deficit in the coming years.

“Year to date, this is only the second year I’ve run a deficit,” Wong said.

The price increases slated to take effect include a raise of 15 cents at all school levels. A la carte milk prices are increasing 10 cents, and kindergarten milk will go up from 20 cents to 40 cents. The increases will bring $52,000 more to the district if the meal count remains the same.

Revenue was down more than $95,000 from last year, and more than $350,000 short of what the cafeterias were expected to earn. Last year, they ran a deficit of $16,484. Wong said that a decrease in revenue coupled with increasing food costs and personnel expenses led to the deficit.

“Beef prices are rising due to droughts down in Texas,” Wong said. Product costs increased to 42 percent of revenue, up from 40 percent a year ago. “I see that trend continuing into the next year,” Wong said.

She added that pension contributions also increased this year.

Wong said that more students have been applying for free or reduced-price lunch — up to 11 percent of the school district, compared to between 3 and 4 percent several years back.

School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo said that the district is looking for other ways to increase cafeteria revenue. Ideas being discussed include having the cafeteria cater for classroom celebrations and providing the opportunity for students on field trips to purchase lunches from the district.

Menzo also updated the board on the project to replace the bleachers at Lyman Hall’s Fitzgerald Field. Demolition equipment was brought to the field Monday, and Menzo said the bleachers should be brought down within two weeks. Because permanent bleachers won’t be in place by the time the fall athletic season starts, the district will be placing temporary bleachers at the site.

The football team’s first game against Wilby High School — originally scheduled to be played at home — has been moved to the Waterbury school. Menzo said that talks to move the game were started by building-level administrators before the plan for the temporary bleachers was in place.

“The Wilby game will be kept at Wilby,” Menzo said. “They have a first-year coach who is looking forward to having his first game at his school.” Menzo added that the team was only slated to have five home games this season, and that the Wilby game — which was added on — would have been the sixth.

“It’s nice to have that extra home game for revenue and school spirit, but our schedule was set for five games,” he said.

In other business, Moran Middle School hired a new health teacher and a new Spanish and French language teacher.