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Forget the crowded auditorium and the motivational speeches. At Haddam-Killingworth schools, convocation is about dunk tanks, pool races, DJs, and human games of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
“All that fun and energy, that’s who we are as people, and it’s what makes us successful as teachers,” says Haddam-Killingworth Education Association President Donna DiGregorio, who came to convocation in a blue tutu. Together with her colleagues, also decked out in tulle, DiGregorio helped organize a team-building activity—Hungry Hungry Teacher—in which educators, administrators, and staff competed in a wheelbarrow-style race to collect as many plastic balls as possible in small, round laundry baskets. Read more
Following their convocation this morning, Guilford teachers were treated to a pizza lunch, courtesy of the Guilford Education Association.
“We want to celebrate our teachers—about 320 GEA members—and welcome 18 new educators into our district,” said GEA President Regina Sullivan, a physical education teacher at Guilford High School, where the back-to-school celebration was held. “It’s important to start the year off with plenty of positive energy and let our teachers know how much we appreciate them.” Read more
Litchfield faculty and staff enjoyed a rousing back-to-school welcome from HoWiE Roll, a band made up of faculty, staff, and a student, who brought a musical touch and upbeat energy to this morning’s convocation.
Dan Porri, a music teacher at Litchfield Intermediate School who plays bass in the band, says the band initially formed almost a decade ago when Litchfield High School Principal Kristen Della Volpe came to the district. Della Volpe thought a faculty band would add enthusiasm and excitement to the first day of school, and the band has been performing at convocations ever since. They’ve added other school gigs as well, playing at a battle of the bands, the high school pops concert, and more. Read more
Classes are starting soon at schools across Connecticut. NEA has compiled a list of articles and resources to help you—whether you’re a new or veteran educator—get ready for the fall semester.
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Shopping for all the things you need to get back to school—books, supplies, clothes and more—can put a serious dent in your budget. For the 2015-2016 school year, educators spent an average of $487 on out-of-pocket classroom supplies, according to a survey of K-12 teachers conducted by SheerID in partnership with Agile Education Marketing.
It pays to look for deals, coupons, special offers and tools that help you trim the cost of shopping a little—or a lot.
Try these 9 tips to get you back to school without blowing your budget! Read more
In Windsor, the whole family gets involved when it’s back-to-school time! Ahead of the official start to the school year, teachers at John F. Kennedy welcomed students and parents into their classrooms for a meet-and-greet followed by a community-wide barbecue behind the school.
Teachers, administrators, parents, and students who attend the 3-5 grade school all say the barbecue sets the perfect note for a new, fun-filled school year.
Before kicking off the new school year, which starts tomorrow, teachers in New London welcomed new and returning students with back-to-school bashes that took on a summer carnival theme.
Kindergartner Aydan Huezo and her caregiver, Kim Bass, are excited to see Aydan’s first classroom at Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School. Read more
Students at Marlborough Elementary School start school today but many had a chance to preview the year ahead at a meet-and-greet yesterday morning. Teachers opened their classrooms to students and families to relieve any first-day jitters and answer questions about the year ahead.
Local association co-president and kindergarten teacher Amy Farrior says that the first year of elementary school is an amazing time, and she greatly enjoys watching how kids grow from the beginning to the end of the year.