Redding teen creates first Unified Drama program at Barlow

Since she was in the sixth grade, 17-year-old Kaitlyn Siedman has loved the theater. “I think theater is always a great option for everyone,” said Kaitlyn, of Redding, who will be a senior at Joel Barlow High School in the fall. “It creates a big family feeling and it’s really good for self-confidence.” Having worked for many years with special needs children, Kaitlyn wanted to make it possible for all students, regardless of their disability, to share in her passion for the theater. So, this year, she created Barlow’s first Unified Drama show. With help from other students and mentors … Read more

Memorial bench dedicated to AJ Cina of Weston

A new bench at a basketball court in Weston was dedicated to the memory of AJ Cina who lost his life in a bicycle accident in 2013. — Brad Durrell photo

AJ Cina liked playing basketball at the outdoor hoops court on School Road, near the Weston school district’s administrative offices. He would frequently walk there to shoot baskets and join a pickup game. “He just loved playing pickup basketball games there,” said Rich Hassan, whose son Derek and AJ were close childhood friends. Joseph Hayes Cina, known as “AJ,” died in 2013 at age 12 in a bicycle accident. He was known as a fierce but friendly and fair athletic competitor. “He played hard. He was like the Energizer Bunny,” said Hassan, who described AJ as being like a son … Read more

Barlow graduates glance back at senior year

Senior year of high school often passes by in a blur as students take their final tests, plan their prom and graduation, and look toward college or the workplace. Several Joel Barlow High School graduates took some time to reflect on their past year. “There was an awesome sense of community when we were preparing to graduate from Barlow,” said Cole Straughn, of Easton. “I felt I was connecting with my peers. We realized when we turned 18, it changed our perspective. We only have a year left. We’d be gone forever from this childhood.” Cole said he didn’t know … Read more

Easton Scholar Leaders

Peter Martinich and Sofia Krzewicki, eighth grade students at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton, received the Connecticut Association of Schools Scholar Leader Award at a banquet on June 4. The CAS Award recognizes middle school student leaders who uphold scholarship, are resourceful, exemplify and inspire positive behavior, and possess outstanding personal qualities of character and integrity.

Slideshow: Weston grads urged to keep their eyes off the clock

All photos by Bryan Haeffele Weston High School graduates should find time away from all the distractions in life to appreciate what they’ve experienced and accomplished during the past four years. “Take a few moments uninterrupted to think about all the time we shared,” Susannah Keith, student government co-president, told her fellow graduates during the WHS commencement ceremony on Friday, June 22. “Keep your eye off the clock” at times, she suggested. Keith was one of 201 seniors to receive their diplomas inside a big white tent as hundreds of parents, other family members and friends watched. Dressed in blue … Read more

Weston High School Class of 2018 graduates

Weston High School Class of 2018 graduates Caroline Mary Ackerman Jack Fellows Akers Madison Elizabeth Ameer Ryan Hwae Anderson Isabel Rose Angeli Ashley Marilyn Aron Benjamin Alex Averick Varun Awasthi Mateusz Babinski Jason Jeffrey Baisley Lyndsay Leanna Baker Sawyer Clayton Stedman Banbury Sofia Bara Arielle Miriam Dedman Belluck Lauren Ann Beranek Annabell Chunhua Blank Stephen Michael Blinder Michael Lawrence Bogaev Thomas Ryan Bogaev Ian David Borowik Anna Claire Brosnihan Reid David Brostoff Jake Joseph Buffardi Georgia Victoria Burkard Hunter Michael Burkard Sebastian Emilio Casellas James Gray Cataldo Jake Emilio Cavicchia Max Yong Chayet Earnest Prosper Chen Blair Angelica Chila Theodore … Read more

Weston High School Class of 2018 matriculation list

Weston High School grads proudly display their colleges of choice. — Bryan Haeffele photo

Weston High School Class of 2018 matriculation list The following is a list of the colleges and universities that members of the Weston High School Class of 2018 were accepted to and plan to attend after graduation. American University Arizona State University Binghamton University Boston College Bowdoin College Brown University Bryant University Bucknell University Central Connecticut State University Chapman University Claremont McKenna College Clemson University Colgate University College of Charleston Colorado State University Columbia University Connecticut College Cornell University Dalhousie University Dartmouth College Denison University Dickinson College Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Emerson College Emory University Fairfield University Fordham University … Read more

Weston Calendar Art contest winners

Winners have been announced for the Weston Wall Calendar Art Contest. Their artwork will be included in the 2018-19 calendar for Weston public schools. Sarah Albert’s art work was selected for the cover of the calendar. She will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Elisabeth McCormick and Cosette Hein were randomly picked for a $25 Visa gift card. List of winners: Cover, Sarah Albert, ninth grade; August 2018, Gabe Miller, second grade; September 2018, Mara Dalrymple, ninth grade; October 2018, Nola Delorez, fourth grade; November 2018, Alexa Policano, 11th grade; December 2018, Angie Aulenbach, first grade; January 2019, Morgen Blair, kindergarten; February … Read more

Weston math teacher receives David Trigaux Award

Weston High School math teacher Janine Russo is the Weston Education Foundation’s most recent recipient of the renowned David Trigaux Innovation Award. WEF gives this award to teachers who demonstrate a unique level of originality and dedication toward creative teaching. The $2,500 award may be used in any way that fosters educational innovation, including travel, studies, or work outside the classroom. “WEF’s objective is to enable recipients to pursue their work with increased vigor,” said the grant chair, Sandy Hart. Russo’s “flip classroom” initiative (videos she creates are watched by students at home and the work is done in the … Read more

GBRTA announces scholarship winners

Members of the Greater Bridgeport Retired Teachers Association (GBRTA) recently raised $17,600 for scholarships that were awarded to help graduating public high school seniors further their schooling to become professional educators. Awards in the amount of $1,100 each were presented to 16 seniors, one from each of the public high schools in the greater Bridgeport area, who had expressed intention to pursue a career in education. Retired teachers from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull attended many of the high school awards ceremonies to present the scholarships. Winners include: Bridgeport — Mike Paul (Bassick), Abigail Rodriguez (Central), … Read more

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