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District News

Middle School Recognized As "Gallup Kids Approved" In Engagement Poll
"The Middle School of Plainville has been recognized by the Gallup Education Practice, with a "Gallup Kids Approved" designation. "We at MSP are particularly proud of this recognition, as it..."

Recent Articles:
04/07/14: Middle School Recognized As "Gallup Kids Approved" In Engagement Poll
03/26/14: PHS Digital Devils Make Their Mark At FIRST Robotics Competition
03/25/14: GE Engineers Introduce Plainville Students To 3D Printing And Advanced Technologies
03/21/14: Plainville Community Schools To Host Superintendent's Update And Informational Showcase
03/18/14: Memorial Wall Of Honor Induction Ceremony To Be Held


District Spotlight
Guest Speaker Shares Marketing Insights with PHS Students

Students in the Plainville High School Marketing 2 Class recently enjoyed a presentation by Director Of Business Development for Loureiro Engineering, Bob Heslin. Mr. Heslin provided students with an overview of branding, core competencies of marketing, the importance of building business relationships and more.


GE Engineers Introduce PHS Students To 3D Printing And Advanced Technologies

Twenty- four Plainville High School students recently visited GE's Industrial Solutions business in Plainville, for a firsthand look at the site's New Product Introduction (NPI) Accelerator Lab and the exciting technologies engineers are using to accelerate product development. Coordinated with Plainville High School's new program "Shadowing for Success," the GE tour was intended to further the program's mission of offering 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to explore occupations and engage with business professionals.


PHS Digital Devils Make Their Mark At FIRST Robotics Competition

The newly formed Plainville High School Robotics Team 5129 (Digital Devils) won two rookie awards and placed 24th out of 32 teams at the Southington Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, held recently at Southington High School. Team 5129, also known as the Digital Devils, was formed in September of 2013 so that high school students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) could compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Plainville Students Read Across America!

Students and staff across the district recently celebrated Read Across America, a national reading and motivational awareness program that commemorates Dr. Seuss' (Theodor Seuss Geisel) birthday, and is sponsored locally by the Education Association of Plainville.

 In photos:
1. Guest reader, Plainville High School Principal Steven LePage, shares a book with students at Wheeler School
2. Middle School of Plainville Principal Matthew Guarino reads to a group of middle school students

Click here to see a slideshow of Read Across America programs, activities and events celebrated in Plainville schools.


PHS DECA Chapter Attends Career Development Conference

Students in the Plainville High School DECA program recently attended the 62nd Career Development Conference at the Aqua Turf in Southington, Connecticut, where they competed against other DECA chapters from across the state, and placed in a number of events. Six of the Plainville DECA students are eligible to attend the national competition in May. Plainville High School Faculty member Trevira Boatright oversees the Plainville DECA chapter.


Teachers Rock Program Provides Supplies for Toffolon Staff

Ten Toffolon School faculty members were recently selected to win school supply bags as part of the Cellular Connection / Verizon Wireless national Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway on February 23. Toffolon faculty member names were placed in a drawing coordinated by Verizon, and ten teachers were selected to receive the supply packages which included glue, pencils, pens, markers, erasers, paper, and more. As part of the program, residents in the community of each participating store supported the program by rounding their purchases up to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to the Teachers Rock Program.

In photo: Toffolon faculty members Pam Thomas, Valerie Provost and Gail Osland, receive the school supply bags from Plainville Verizon store employees Jarvis Wright and Alexis Concepcion.


VFW Donation to Reading Partners Program in Support of Literacy

The Reading Partners Program at Linden Street School and Louis Toffolon Elementary School, recently received a generous donation from the Plainville VFW Madeley Roberts Post 574's Community Outreach Program. Madeley Roberts Post 574, which proudly supports veterans, the military and our community, donated 30 books to the Reading Partner program's students. Earl Carey, a retired Coast Guard veteran, and member of the VFW, joined both schools and their Reading Partner volunteers for a reading of The Mitten by Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Maureen Brummett and Toffolon Elementary School Principal, Lynn Logoyke. Thanks to the donation by the VFW, the students each received a copy of The Mitten in support of literacy and the VFW's focus on remembering those who have passed and celebrating the living.


MSP Students Participate in School Climate/Anti-Bullying Conference

Students from the Middle School of Plainville's Ally Student Group recently served as presenters at the "Changing School Climate Reducing Bullying Conference" in Hamden, Connecticut. The Middle School's Dean of Students, Tom Laudadio, attended the conference with the student group. As part of the program, the Plainville students shared their experiences from the Bystander to Ally Program at the Middle School , and discussed the many ways the Middle School of Plainville promotes a positive climate and culture.


Toffolon Supports Soldiers Overseas

As part of the school district’s Veteran's Day celebrations, students and staff members at Toffolon School contributed to a care package shipped to a battalion of American soldiers stationed in  Afghanistan. The care package project, coordinate by staff member Heather Fagan, contained letters thanking the soldiers for their service and wishing them a safe return. Many items were also donated by students and staff members  for the care package including snacks, magazines, soups, hot chocolate, puzzles, and more!


Chefs Move To Schools At Toffolon

The Chefs Move To School Program recently debuted at Toffolon featuring Peter Lemnotis, Chef/ Owner of Confetti! Restaurant and Chef Eric Molly, as they introduced a Healthy Manicotti Crepe topped with a Fresco Sauce, and a Sweet Fruit Crepe dessert. According to Food Services Director Jim Bondi, both items garnered much acclaim among the students and staff. The Chefs Move to School Program is an important component of the Let's Move! Initiative which helps local chefs partner with schools in their communities.


Board Receives Award of Distinction

The Plainville Board of Education recently received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)'s highest leadership recognition, the 2013 CABE Board of Distinction Award. This award is presented to school districts in Connecticut that meet a comprehensive set of criteria in the following categories: board leadership / student achievement, board member professional development, policy, community relations, and related organizational leadership.

 

In photo: Connecticut State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Plainville Board of Education Chairperson Andrea Saunders, Plainville Board of Education member Deb Hardy, Plainville Board of Education member Becky Tyrrell, State Board of Education Member Stephen Wright, and Plainville Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Kitching.


26th Annual Superintendent's Award Presentation Held

Eleven Plainville students received the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents' (CAPSS) Superintendent / Student Recognition Award and Certificate of Excellence at the 26th annual Superintendent's Award Presentation held on November 1st. This award is given during American Education Week to students who have been nominated by their teachers and chosen by their principal.


PHS College Awareness Events Held

Plainville High School held its third annual College Fair on October 25. More than 100 colleges and universities were on hand to meet with Plainville students during the event, which was coordinated by the School Counseling Department. In addition, as part of the "college awareness" initiative at the high school, classroom mentoring groups participated in a door decorating contest depicting facts and information about various colleges present at the college fair. The winner of the door decorating contest is the team of staff members Judy Hahn, Deb Mosebach and their 10th grade homeroom (Room 331) whose door was decorated with information about Central Connecticut State University.

                          

PHS students at the third annual College Fair                    Door decorating contest judges Board
                                                                               of Education Member Foster White,
                                                                               and Assistant Superintendent of
                                                                             Schools Dr. Maureen Brummett reviewing
                                                                                            the winning entry


PHS Hosts Genetics Conference

Plainville High School recently hosted a Genetics Update Conference with guest Dr. Sam Rhine, a nationally recognized speaker on the most current issues in genetics. Students from PHS as well as schools from across Connecticut attended the conference, coordinated by high school faculty members Ken Fusco, John Girard, and Melissa Moore.

In Photo: Guest speaker Dr. Sam Rhine addresses high school students at the Genetics Update Conference recently held at Plainville High School


Rachel's Challenge at MSP

On October 1st the Middle School of Plainville presented Rachel’s Challenge assemblies, a student workshop, and an evening community event. The evening event was attended by over 200 community members.  Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999.  Rachel's inspiring life story has motivated students and adults to engage in acts of kindness and compassion that will have a positive impact on our middle school and Plainville community.



Chromebook Information Session

Plainville parents and guardians were recently invited to attend an informational session on the new Chromebook initiative for students in grades 8-12. The evening include an overview by Superintendent Jeffrey Kitching and district Technology Director Kevin Ross, followed by a question and answer period about the Chromebooks. Attendees were then invited to try the Chromebooks in breakout sessions facilitated by district faculty members.



Plainville Community Schools Teacher of the Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Middle School of Plainville Special Education teacher Leanne Gmeindl as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year. Gmeindl has been an educator for 17 years, having served 9 years at the Middle School of Plainville, and 7 years in her current role as a Special Education teacher. She was honored at the June 10th Plainville Board of Education meeting.

 

 

 

From left: Plainville Board of Education Chair Andrea Saunders, Teacher of the Year Leanne Gmeindl, and Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Kitching at the June 10th  Board of Education meeting where Leanne was recognized as Teacher of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 


District Names 2012-13 Volunteer Award Winners

Robert and Susan Varano have been selected as recipients of the 2012-13 Plainville Community Schools Volunteer of the Year, and Foster White has been named the Dick Ronalter Mentor of the Year. Honorees were recognized, together with all of the school district volunteers at the annual volunteer recognition program held at Plainville High School on May 7th.

Photo 1: From left: Volunteer program award recipients Foster White, Susan Varano and Robert Varano
Photo 2: District volunteers gathered for a group photo during the the annual volunteer recognition program celebration


Plainville High School Classes Increase Biodiversity

Students in Leanne Nolan's Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes at Plainville High School are increasing biodiversity at the high school by creating a garden bed outside of the school's cafeteria patio area. The students recently planted a number of perennials donated by faculty and staff and the Lowe's Home Improvement Store in Plainville. The student group and future Advanced Placement Environmental Science Class participants will continue to expand and care for the garden.



MSP Chamber Singers Tour Elementary Schools

On April 28th, the Middle School of Plainville's Chamber singers lead by faculty member and director Todd Helming toured Plainville's three elementary schools. Fourth and fifth grade students at all three schools were able to learn about the music program at the Middle School while listening to a performance by top music student performers! The music performed included a variety of styles spanning over 400 years, three continents, and four languages.


Wheeler Hosts Invention Convention!

The 12th annual Wheeler Elementary School Invention Convention was held on March 20th. Each year all fourth graders at Wheeler are taught the process of invention during the month of January. Students think of an everyday problem or "something that bugs them." The process then involves brainstorming multiple ways to solve the problem. The solution becomes the invention. The students present their inventions (or improvements on items that already exist) in a science fair format. Several students are selected to represent the school at the state-wide invention convention with other students in grades K-8 from over 100 schools in Connecticut at UCONN. This year the CIC will be held on May 4th.



Middle School Students Perform in Music Festival

On March 9th, 26 students from the Middle School of Plainville participated in the Northern Region Middle School Festival sponsored by the Connecticut Music Education Association. This record number of Middle School of Plainville students represented their school in the mixed choir and treble choir performing advanced music under the direction of two talented directors. Their performance drew a sold out audience of 750 spectators from around the state and ended with a standing ovation!


Toffolon Students Attend Leadership Conference

17 members of the Toffolon School Student Council and Safety Patrol Captains recently attended the Connecticut Association of Schools Leadership Conference held at Naugatuck Community College. While at the conference, students attended three workshops that helped develop their skills for productive thinking, communication, and decision making. The conference provided students the opportunity to participate in a variety of team-building, hands-on activities designed to foster effective leadership skills.


Middle School of Plainville Students Support Energy Program Via Poster Project

Middle School of Plainville students recently created posters for the school district's energy conservation program around the theme of "Turn Off. Unplug. Reduce Our Use." The posters will be laminated and hung in faculty work rooms and common spaces in each of the school buildings as a reminder to conserve energy wherever possible. Middle School art teachers Laura Meehan and Lori Vigue coordinated the poster project.

In photo:Some of the students with their art work and Middle School of Plainville Art Teacher, Lori Vigue


VFW Supports Reading Partners Program

The local VFW Madeley-Roberts Post No. 574 generously sponsored the Plainville Community Schools Reading Partners Program at both Linden and Toffolon elementary Schools with a financial donation for books. This is the second year that the local post has sponsored the program, providing funding for holiday books for each Reading Partners program student participant at both schools.

In photo:Participants in the Toffolon Reading Partners program with district Volunteer Coordinator Sue Bradley, Toffolon Principal Lynn Logoyke and Renny Rastolfi, Adjutant for the VFW


Plainville High School Students Give Back To The Community

Students in Mark Chase's Transportation classes at Plainville High School have been refurbishing unclaimed bicycles provided by the Plainville Police Department and from residents in town. The goal is to inspect, repair and refurbish each bike to a safe and usable condition. Once each bike is complete, it is then donated to the Plainville Community Food Pantry and to residents in town.

In photo: Plainville High School students pose with some of the finished bicycles.


Lights Off At Linden!

In the spirit of the Plainville school district's energy conservation program, Linden Street School custodian Denise Ciano designed a light switch wrapper as a reminder to turn lights off in unoccupied spaces to conserve energy. Denise rallied the support of Linden fourth graders to create and decorate the wrappers for the light switches at Linden. Office staff members Barbara Smedick and Sue McGough also assisted in assembling the light switch wrappers which now hang in the school office and classrooms throughout the building - a true team effort by the Linden school community to support the energy conservation program!

In photo: Linden Street School fourth graders in Courtney Buccilli's fourth grade class together with Miss Buccilli, Principal Paula Eshoo and Custodian Denise Ciano


Linden Family Bingo Night Helps Food Pantry

On November 8th, the Linden Street School PTO held their annual Family BINGO Night to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Families donated a non-perishable food item for each Bingo card played. It was an evening of family fun and giving back to the community!

In photo: Linden students with donations for the Plainville Community Food Pantry


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  • District Announcements

    Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget Info
    Please Click Here for more info


    Superintendent's Budget Presentation for 2014-2015

    Click Here to view the superintendent's budget presentation.


    Superintendent's Informational Showcase

    Click Here to see the Superintendent's Information Showcase

    Click Here for an informational video Explaining the Truth About the Common Core State Standards


    Plainville Board of Education: Strategic Plan Monitoring Document

    The Strategic Plan Monitoring Document is designed to provide information to the Plainville staff, students, parents and community members, regarding progress the administration is making toward fulfilling the goals of our Strategic Plan. This document will be updated four to five times per year. Click here to access the Strategic Plan Monitoring Document


    Connecticut School Performance Report Information

    Below are links to the Plainville school district and individual schools' Connecticut School Performance Reports for School Year 2012-13, together with a parent guide for the School Performance Reports provided by the Connecticut State Department of Education. The reports provide information regarding the individual school and district performance as measured by a number of key accountability indicators, and identifies strengths and weaknesses.
    Click here to access the Connecticut School Performance Reports and Parent Guide


    Veteran's Day 2013

    Click here to view photographs from the Veteran's Day programs and activities held throughout the school district.


    NBC 30 News Segment

    Click Here to see the Plainville High School Chromebook news segment recently featured on NBC 30


    Chromebook Parent Info Session Information

    Click here to access the slideshow and videos shared during the Chromebook Parent Information Session at Plainville High School. Double click the videos on Slides 7 & 8 to play.


    Plainville Board of Education New Meeting Location

    The Plainville Board of Education monthly meetings will now be held in the Mel Perry Auditorium at the Middle School of Plainville,150 Northwest Drive, beginning with the September 9, 2013 meeting and all subsequent Board of Education meetings.


    Plainville Community Schools
    Strategic Plan

    Click here to access the Plainville Community Schools Strategic Plan approved February 11, 2013.


    Chrome Book Information

    Click Here for a packet of information regarding the student chrome books for the 2013-2014 school year.


    Meal Prepayment System Change

    The Plainville Community Schools Food Services online school meal account prepayment website will change for school year 2013-2014. Click Here for more information.


    MSP Bystander to Ally Program Subject of "Making the Grade" Segment on
    NBC 30

    Click here to view the NBC 30 Making the Grade segment featuring the Middle School of Plainville's Bystander to Ally Program.


    Security Update to Parents

    Click Here for Updated security Information


    Public School Finance and Budgets Presentation

    Click here to view the Public School Finance and Budgets Presentation presented by Superintendent Kitching and Director of Business and Operations, Ed Hoyt


    Plainville Community Schools Enrollment Report - 2012

    Click Here to view the Plainville Community Schools Enrollment Report 2012 by Peter M. Prowda, Phd

    Click Here to see the historical enrollment report.


    Full Day Kindergarten Presentation

    Following is a link to the full day Kindergarten presentation from the June 26, 2012 Special Board of Education meeting. Click here to review the presentation.


    Town and School District of Plainville Municipal and School District Operations Feasibility Study

    Click here to view the Town and School District of Plainville Municipal and School District Operations Feasibility Study provided by BlumShapiro


    Preschool Program Seeking Role Model Students For The 2012-13 School Year

    There are openings available for role model students for the 2012-13 school year, in the Plainville Community Schools Integrated Preschool Program at Linden Street School. If you are interested in having your "four" or "almost four" year old child screened for possible enrollment into the program, please contact Anne Walsh at (860) 793-3214. There is no fee for the screening or enrollment in the program.


    Superintendent's Commentary

    Each month a commentary by Superintendent Kitching is featured in The Plainville CitizenClick here to access the Superintendent's Commentary Archive for the 2012-13 school year. The archive is located under the District News Tab, left side navigation bar on the school district website homepage.


    Ask The Superintendent

    A new feature has been added to the district website allowing parents, students and community members to ask school district related questions of Superintendent Jeffrey Kitching. The Ask the Superintendent page may be found on school website home page, left side navigation bar, or click here to access.


    Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget Info
    Please Click Here for more info



    Preschool Program Has Immediate Openings for Role Model Students

    There are currently openings available in the Plainville Community Schools Integrated Preschool Program at Linden Street School, which includes both role model and special needs students. If you are interested in having your "four" or "almost four" year old child screened for possible enrollment into the program, please contact Anne Walsh at (860) 793-3214. There is no fee for the screening or enrollment in the program.


    SETtheRulesCT.org Campaign To Reduce Underage Drinking in Connecticut

    The Plainville Coalition for Positive Youth Development is supporting Connecticut's SETtheRULESCT.org underage drinking prevention campaign with information sharing, resources, and activities for Plainville parents and community members. Click here to visit the campaign website.

    School Schedule Information

    Regular School Day Schedule
    Elementary Schools: 8:50AM- 3:30PM

    Middle School of Plainville: 8:00AM-2:45PM
    Plainville High School: 7:30AM-2:10PM

    Minimum School Day Schedule
    Elementary Schools: 8:50AM-1:30PM

    Middle School of Plainville:8:00AM-12:45PM
    Plainville High School: 7:30AM-12:10PM

    School Contact Information

    Linden Street Elementary School
    69 Linden Street
    Phone:860-793-3270

    Louis Toffolon Elementary School
    145 Northwest Drive
    Phone: 860-793-3280

    Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School
    15 Cleveland Memorial Drive
    Phone:860-793-3290

    Middle School of Plainville
    150 Northwest Drive
    Phone:860-793-3250

    Plainville High School
    47 Robert Holcomb Way
    Phone: 860-793-3220

    Important Upcoming Dates

    Feb 17 President's Day
    Feb 14-18 Winter Reccess
    Mar 20 Early Dismissal
    Mar 21 Professional Development

    District Calendar

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    Long Range Plan/Building Projects
    Community Letter


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    Community Letter
    for Winter 2014


    Adult and Continuing Education

    Spring 2014 Program Guide

    Click here for Healthcare Courses 

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    Inclement Weather

    In the event of inclement weather, the Plainville Community Schools may delay opening school 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 2 hours. The School Messenger automated messaging system is utilized to directly contact parents who have selected this option, in the event of weather-related closings or delays. In addition, area radio and television stations will broadcast appropriate announcements. These announcements will also be accessible on the Internet at Connecticut Weather Center’s

    For more information, please refer to the School Cancellations and Delays page.

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