Plainville Community School News
District Preschool Program Expands To A Five Day Model For The 2017-18 School Year
The Plainville Community Preschool Program, now in its third year, will expand to a five day / full day model for the 2017-18 school year, according to Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett. Currently the program serves more than 100 four year olds in seven full day sessions, Tuesday through Friday at Wheeler, Toffolon, and Linden elementary schools, which is approximately 80% of all incoming Kindergarten students. In September 2017, the program will expand to full day, Monday through Friday.
The preschool team has also been working toward accreditation by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process in which early childhood programs demonstrate that they meet the national standards of excellence in the areas of family partnerships, positive relationships with peers and adults, health, a safe physical environment, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership. NAEYC accreditation ensures that programs are safe, well prepared, and intentional about ensuring children's success. Programs that have obtained NAEYC accreditation observe higher levels of children's readiness and success in school and beyond; increased educational attainment rates; and overall healthier lifestyles. The school district expects to have completed this process and obtain NAEYC accreditation by spring, 2018.
Plainville's preschool program has also partnered with the University of Connecticut's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCONN UCEDD) to provide training and technical assistance in the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children. This national, research-based system of social-emotional support ensures teachers create learning environments where children are engaged, they feel good about coming to school, and provides the foundation on which new learning can occur. The implementation of this model has been piloted in all three of the preschool classrooms at Linden Street School this year; the model will expand to Toffolon and Wheeler schools for the 2017-18 school year.
The goal of the district's preschool program is to provide experiences that will allow the individual child to develop at his or her own pace in a supportive and enriching environment. The learning opportunities are active, promote inquiry and discovery, and provide the children with foundational knowledge and understanding from which future learning can take place. The Plainville Community Preschool Program strives towards developing readiness skills for all children as they prepare for kindergarten and beyond.
The success of the current Tuesday through Friday full day model supports the expansion of the program to five full days, running from 8:50 AM â€" 3:00 PM during the 2017-18 school year. This will allow expanded enrichment opportunities for students such as field trips and extension activities. In order to continue to provide high quality programming with an expanded schedule, a nominal $100 per month fee will be charged, and a sliding fee scale will also be available.
"Our Plainville Community Preschool program provides our students with a high quality early learning experience. Students who attend our program have demonstrated a high level of readiness for Kindergarten. Expanding to a full day and full week model will further enrich the experience of our youngest learners," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.
For more information about the program, or to inquire about enrolling for the next school year, please contact the main office of your neighborhood school - Linden Street School at 860-793-3270, Toffolon School at 860-793-3280, or Wheeler School at 860-793-3290 - or the Special Education Office at 860-793-3214. The district will begin mailing enrollment documents this month.
-Posted on April 24, 2017 at 04:08 PM
Superintendent To Host Wheeler Renovation Project Discussion At Senior Center
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett will host a "Coffee, Cannoli & Conversation" program about the Wheeler Elementary School Renovation Project at the Plainville Senior Center. The event will be held on Monday, April 24th at 11:00 AM. Wheeler School Principal Andrew Batchelder will also be in attendance. Dr. Brummett and Mr. Batchelder will provide an overview of the Wheeler School renovation project and answer questions related to the project.
-Posted on April 11, 2017 at 08:17 AM
Plainville Among Best Communities For Music Education
Plainville Community Schools has recently been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The district is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving this prestigious award in 2017.
According to The NAMM Foundation, "The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, teachers answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas."
"This distinction affirms the extraordinary work of our district's music faculty, the support of the community, including our board of education and the diligent work of our students," said Plainville Fine Arts Instructional Leader, Jeff Blanchette. "Fine Arts education is essential to the intellectual and emotional development of children. I could not be prouder of our faculty and our students."
"I have always known our music program and teachers were outstanding. I am thrilled that we have received national recognition for the amazing efforts of our instructors, administration, board of education, and students," noted Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.
-Posted on April 6, 2017 at 02:40 PM
Middle School Of Plainville Robotics Program Wins State Competition For Third Consecutive Year
For the third consecutive year, teams from the Middle School of Plainville have won the State VEX IQ Competition recently held at the CREC Aerospace Academy in Windsor, Connecticut. The teams competed in 5 areas: programming skills, driver skills, teamwork challenge, a STEM research project, and an engineering notebook. MSP Team Brain Bots, Chris Brojek and Nate Masco, earned the coveted state championship Excellence Award scoring high in all five areas of the competition. In addition to the Excellence Award, MSP Brain Bots also won the Driver Skills Award, with the highest combined scores in both the Programming component and the Driver Skills component.
Only 10 of the 48 competing teams advance to the final round at the State Championship. The Teamwork Challenge award is earned during this round by the two teams that together scored the highest amount of points. The Brain Bots also earned this award along with MSP Salt Crew members Nick Grabowski, Jon Marfia, Jacob Molloy, and Mitchell Williams.
Both MSP teams are now qualified to attend the World VEX IQ Competition which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky this month.
Chris Brojek commented, "The MSP Robotics program has been a great opportunity to learn about robotics and engineering." Nate Masco added, "We have enjoyed going to many competitions over the past three years and we are thrilled to be able to compete at the World level. Thank you to Ms. Westfall and Mrs. Schwartz for being our coaches."
The MSP Robotics program started three years ago with three teams, one coach, eight students, and a grant from the Petit Family Foundation. The program has grown to the point where the Middle School has added an assistant coach and a training program to accommodate the high numbers of students. Over 60 students have participated in some level of robotics through the VEX IQ program this year at the Middle School. Students in the Varsity level teams travel to competitions throughout the state while students in the Junior Varsity teams learn to build and program robots while building their problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills.
The Robotics program advisors are Middle School faculty members Camille Westfall and Laurel Schwartz. Westfall was also named the "Volunteer of the Year" for the VEX IQ state competition.
"Ms. Westfall, Mrs. Schwartz and the VEX students are incredibly dedicated and passionate about this program. They work hard, using their free time on evenings and weekends. It is wonderful to see them be recognized with these awards," noted Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.
-Posted on April 6, 2017 at 10:21 AM
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