Good afternoon Bristol Public Schools! We had another amazing accomplishment and moment for our Bristol High School Unified Sports Team! Last evening, the CCC Boys Basketball Championship was held at the University of Hartford. Our Bristol High School Unified Sports Team was given the opportunity to play against Glastonbury Unified at halftime. All our student-athletes had a wonderful time traveling on the bus to UHart, playing basketball at halftime, and watching the game. It was a great evening enjoyed by all! We thank our Bristol High School Unified Sports Team coaches and student-athletes for such a positive and fun event! Check out Bristol High School Unified recorded below; the Unified game is around 48 minutes in! https://www.youtube.com/live/LNVa6iZQOdA?si=p5KbyNG8rKfEDPiE Thank you all for your support! Go Bristol!
Dear BPS Families and Staff, Every March, we celebrate Board of Education Member Appreciation Month and the members of the Bristol Board of Education for their commitment to provide quality public education to Bristol’s scholars. The members of our BPS Board of Education connect the community to the education of its children. As a Bristol resident, you benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by our Board Members. Our Board members unselfishly contribute their time and talents toward the advancement of public education within Bristol Public Schools. They represent a commitment to local decision-making in education. Even though we are making a special effort during March to show appreciation to our Board Members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment on their part. We thank our dedicated Board Members who are committed to the continuing success of scholars. Chair: Dante Tagariello Vice-Chair: Shelby Pons Secretary: Maria Pirro Simmons Russell Anderson Eric Carlson Jill Fitzsimons-Bula Kristen Giantonio Lorianne Osenkowski Jennifer Van Gorder In partnership, Catherine M. Carbone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Dear BPS Families and Staff, March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the voices and contributions of women to our nation’s history and present day. Women’s History Month had its origins as a weeklong national celebration in 1981 and since 1995, United States presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month. These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. In BPS, we will continue to celebrate women within our district. March is a time to recognize and honor the achievements of women; however, we will continue to feature this work throughout the school year. In partnership, Catherine M. Carbone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Dear BPS Family, Happy Leap Day! Even with the extra calendar day, it is hard to believe that February has already passed and spring is just around the corner. With only about three and a half months left in this school year, our scholars and staff are working diligently. March is a time to celebrate National Reading Month and Read Across America Day/Week, Board of Education Member Appreciation Month, and Women's History Month. Activities and messaging around each of these recognitions will be featured throughout next month. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT FY25 Superintendent's Recommended Budget In January, we held Board Budget Workshops on January 16 and January 23. As our administration prepared the FY25 Superintendent's Recommended Budget, we addressed three themes which emerged during the budget planning process and aligned with our new BPS District Priorities. These themes include; 1) Expand systems and structures to ensure equity in access for academic enrichment; 2) Diversify programs and strategies to increase student connectedness; and 3) Maintain and expand operational and technological resources. The proposed FY25 budget moves our current programs forward and includes additional materials, personnel, and resources within the General Fund including 1.1 teachers for Marketing & Arts, 3.5 bilingual tutors, the Recharge I Alternative Program, and a Middle/High School Summer Program. We have also added increased funding for extracurricular experiences through the inclusion of Theater and Athletics. The FY25 Superintendent's Recommended Budget is a 4.29% increase from last year’s allocation to an overall budget of $132,431,409. New Kindergarten Age Guidance for Families In October, the CSDE developed guidance for districts regarding the statutory change for kindergarten entry beginning in school year 2024-2025. That publication can be found here: New Entry Age for Kindergarten: Considerations for Connecticut Schools . The CSDE and the State Office of Early Childhood (OEC) have developed family-friendly guidance documents to help families understand the change and provide resources to find answers to questions and concerns. The publications are provided in five languages: Arabic , English , Haitian Creole , Portuguese , Spanis h . Bristol Public Schools makes it easy for you to register through its Central Registration Office at 129 Church Street in Bristol or online by clicking here . If your child will not be five years old by September 1, 2024, there is a waiver process to request if you would like your child to enroll in school early. P.S. I Love You Day On February 9, we celebrated the 14th Annual P.S. I Love You Day, which is dedicated to eradicating the stigma around mental health. The organization's mission is to instill hope for those affected by mental illness, fostering a supportive environment and community where everyone feels welcomed, loved, and supported. Students and staff alike wore purple for the annual celebration. The theme for 2024 is "Love is Meant to be Given." Our elementary students also sent "Community Kindness Notes" to members of the Bristol community.
Kindergarten: Staff of Bristol Police Department
Grade 1: Residents of Countryside Manor Retirement Home
Grade 2: Firefighters of Bristol Fire Department
Grade 3: Staff of Bristol Hospital
Grade 4: Staff of Bristol Board of Education
Grade 5: Residents of Shady Oaks Retirement Home
UConn Men’s Basketball Star Donovan Clingan Made Surprise Return to Chippens Hill UConn Men’s Basketball star Donovan Clingan surprised students at his old middle school, Chippens Hill. As a member of Team Dunkin’, Donovan surprised his old school and their four basketball teams with a meet and greet, and provided donuts to the entire student body. Media in attendance also had the opportunity to speak with Principal Mariliz Fitzpatrick, former teacher Katie Pepe, and former coach Scott Chesmer about the impact of the visit, Donovan’s return to his school, and the special moment for students. In partnership, Catherine M. Carbone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Achieve More in '24. Leave a Legacy.
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AROUND THE DISTRICT: CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate Black American voices and contributions to our nation’s history and present day. Founded by historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Week was first celebrated on February 12, 1926, to commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. In this spirit, we continue to celebrate the beauty, diversity, strength, and intellectual contributions that our Black community continues to bring to our lives. In BPS, we will continue to celebrate the diversity within our district and ensure all of our students are represented in all aspects of schooling. Throughout this month, educators used their ELA flex days, small group time, crew time, and social studies time to celebrate Black voices and histories. Here are a few highlights: Bristol Central student members of Buckets 4 Justice, a not-for-profit fundraising club created by Bristol Central student-athletes, sponsored events in February and will continue to throughout the remainder of the school year. Morning announcements featured influential African American bios and quotes as part of the "Did You Know?" series. Bristol Eastern's African American and Latino Studies classes worked with their teachers to create a mini-museum exhibiting African American achievements and contributions to our nation. Additionally, Bristol Eastern held a longstanding tradition of the "read-in" featuring music, poetry, and excerpts from African American musicians, poets, philosophers, politicians, and more. West Bristol celebrated Black History Month during PACK by highlighting influential African Americans. They included quotes and a bit of history on each person's individual contribution. Additionally, Grade 8 artists created and displayed beautiful murals showcasing prominent African American figures throughout the school. Northeast's students implemented the Wise Wednesday segment highlighting significant Black figures and their quotes during the morning announcements. Mountain View and Stafford students attended a musical by the West Hartford Playhouse called "Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical." This play follows the story of 8-year-old Lily Polkadot, who moves to the "Squares Only" town of Rockaway. Inspired by the events of the Little Rock Nine, "Polkadots" is a vibrant history lesson for children, highlighting the importance of embracing our differences and uniqueness. Hubbell students and teachers used their ELA and Library Media time to celebrate Black voices and histories. For example, Mrs. Benson’s Grade 5 reading group learned about singer Marian Anderson, who became the first African American to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Black History is American History and February is a time to celebrate and center Black American voices and contributions; however, we will continue to feature this work throughout the school year.
See the April Solar Eclipse SAFELY! at Bristol Eastern High School
This project provided students with 100 eclipse glasses to safely witness an extremely rare solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. The next solar eclipse will not take place until 2044. This activity fits perfectly within the curriculum and unit that focuses on the movements of celestial bodies. Many students did not have the means to purchase these glasses on their own and would risk viewing the eclipse without the safety glasses. This project benefitted over 100 students and was fully funded at $191 by 4 generous donors. "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the sun, moon, and stars! Your generosity in helping me keep a love of science alive is beyond appreciated! I cannot wait to share the news with my classes and now we just hope for a clear weather day on April 8. " -Ms. Croce, Science Teacher at Bristol Eastern High School For more information and to give to a project, please visit www.donorschoose.org/bristol .
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Dear BPS Families and Staff, In October, the CSDE developed guidance for districts regarding the statutory change for kindergarten entry beginning in school year 2024-2025. That publication can be found here: New Entry Age for Kindergarten: Considerations for Connecticut Schools. The CSDE and the State Office of Early Childhood (OEC) have developed family-friendly guidance documents to help families understand the change and provide resources to find answers to questions and concerns. The publications are provided in five languages: Arabic , English , Haitian Creole , Portuguese , Spanish . In partnership, Catherine M. Carbone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Dear BPS Families and Staff, UConn Men’s Basketball star Donovan Clingan surprised students at his old middle school, Chippens Hill, earlier today. As a member of Team Dunkin’, Donovan surprised his old school and their four basketball teams with a meet and greet, and provided donuts to the entire student body. Donavan, a Bristol Central alumnus and sophomore at the University of Connecticut, plays center for the Huskies men’s basketball team. He was named BIG EAST Freshman of the week twice and named to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. As a freshman, Clingan appeared in all 39 games for the Huskies and was part of the 2022-2023 NCAA Championship Team. The Huskies are currently ranked #1 in the nation and in pursuit of back-to-back national titles. Media in attendance also had the opportunity to speak with Principal Mariliz Fitzpatrick, former teacher Katie Pepe, and former coach Scott Chesmer about the impact of the visit, Donovan’s return to his school, and the special moment for students.
In partnership, Catherine M. Carbone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Dear BPS Families, As a reminder, all BPS schools and programs will be closed for the Presidents' Day holiday on Monday, February 19 and a vacation day on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. All BPS schools and programs will resume on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Enjoy the break! In partnership, Catherine M. Carbone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Good evening, All BPS schools and programs will follow a two hour delayed opening schedule with no AM pre-k, Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Be safe and be well - Mike Michael Dietter, Ed.D Deputy Superintendent