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Plainville Adult Education Program Receives Grant To Support Training Program

Plainville Adult and Continuing Education received a grant award distribution of $1,525.00 from the Plainville Community Fund II at the Main Street Community Foundation to support a "Customer Service and Sales Certification Training Program" to be held this fall. This funding will make available 15 (needs-based) scholarships for Plainville residents.

The program will prepare students to take the National Retail Federation (NRF) Basic and Advanced Customer Service and Sales Certifications exams. Marta Cruz, Instructor, holds a BA in Communications and has vast customer service and sales experience in the hospitality industry. Cruz said, "Students with NRF Certification demonstrate knowledge and skills in areas that employers value, like the economics of retail, assessing and meeting customer needs, closing sales, and much more."

According to Jill O'Brien, Coordinator of Plainville Adult Education, "This 48-hour course will be offered Friday evenings at Plainville High School and Saturdays at the Plainville Public Library, to accommodate community members who are juggling busy schedules."

The Customer Service and Sales Certification Training Program will be featured in the Fall 2017 Plainville Adult and Continuing Education Program Guide, mailed to all Plainville residents mid-August and will be posted at:

To request a scholarship application, please call Plainville Adult and Continuing Education Office:(860) 793-3209.

-Posted on June 19, 2017 at 03:29 PM

School District Names Melissa Patterson As Teacher Of The Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Linden Street School Physical Education teacher Melissa Patterson as the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.

Patterson was nominated by colleagues Amy Tennant, Rob Silliman, and Cindy Birdsall, who outlined a variety of attributes attesting to her qualifications for the award, and describing her as exceptional. "While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact attributes that make someone exceptional, it seems to be some combination of knowledge, talent, commitment, energy, enthusiasm, humor, maturity, and enjoyment of all that she does. Melissa demonstrates all of these characteristics daily. She is self-directed, conscientious, creative, organized, sensitive and thoughtful."

Patterson has been an educator for 15 years, serving as a Physical Education teacher at Linden for 13 years. During her tenure she has served on the Wellness Committee, the Teacher Evaluation Committee and has served as a Unified Sports coach. She is a team trained mentor and a cooperating teacher. Patterson was selected as the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year for 2016. She is an active member of the Connecticut Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Shape America, and Let's Move.

When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Patterson explained, "Providing a positive environment in which each student has the opportunity to reach his or her individual potential is imperative to me. I strive to make the students feel comfortable in the physical education setting. The students know that individual differences are appreciated. Respect and empathy are the basis of everything we accomplish in physical education."

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Patterson will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut's 2018 Teacher of the Year Program. Each district Teacher of the Year will be individually recognized at an awards ceremony later this year hosted by the Connecticut Department of Education.

"I just love watching Mrs. Patterson with our scholars," said Linden Principal, Paula Eshoo. "She is positive, patient, and a role model. She goes above and beyond to help others and teach; with a ready smile and a supportive force for her colleagues. Last year she even ran our kidathon on her birthday-it was awesome! This is certainly a well-deserved honor."

"Melissa Patterson is an amazing professional in every way. I am so proud of her many accomplishments and recognitions. Plainville Community Schools is very lucky to have her," commented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.

Patterson holds both a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree from Central Connecticut State University, with certification as a professional educator in Physical Education and Health. She was honored at the June 12th Plainville Board of Education meeting.

-Posted on June 19, 2017 at 03:13 PM

District Preschool Registration And Orientation For The 2017-2018 School Year

There will be an orientation for parents and children who are registered for the 2017-2018 Plainville Community Schools Preschool Program at each of the three Plainville elementary schools on Monday, June 5, 2017. The orientation program will start at 9:30 AM at Toffolon School, 11:00 AM at Linden Street School and 1:30 PM at Wheeler School. Children will have an opportunity to explore preschool classrooms with preschool staff while parents meet with building principals and district administrators about the details of the program.

If you have not yet registered and wish to do so, please contact your neighborhood school. At the time of registration, parents must present an original birth certificate and proof of residency. All children who live in Plainville who will be 4 years old by December 31, 2017 and toilet trained prior to starting the program are eligible to participate. Program hours are Monday through Friday from 8:50 AM to 3:00 PM at each of the three elementary schools, following the school district calendar. There will be a $100 per month fee to participate in this program, and there is a sliding fee scale available based on need. Please call your neighborhood school main office for more details or visit the district website homepage at to view a detailed letter for those interested in the Plainville Community Schools Preschool Program.

-Posted on May 30, 2017 at 10:04 AM

High School / College Collaboration Supports Manufacturing Career Paths For Students

A group of Plainville High School students recently spent the day learning about 21st century careers in manufacturing at "Manufacturing Awareness Day" held at Middlesex Community College. The program highlighted the growth of manufacturing in Connecticut, the opportunities available for career paths into manufacturing, and the chance for students to meet with and discuss the latest technology, equipment and jobs available throughout the manufacturing sector. Representatives from companies including Pratt and Whitney, Forrest Machine, Precision Grinding, Wepco Plastics, Ripley Tool, and more, attended the event and spoke to students about their products, companies and employment possibilities.

According to Unified Arts faculty members David Gaignard and Mark Chase, who accompanied the students, the field trip is part of a comprehensive focus at Plainville High School on sharing information and resources relative to opportunities in the manufacturing industry, and getting students interested in pursuing career paths in manufacturing. Another example of this focus is the recent formation of a partnership between Middlesex Community College and Plainville High School. Students are able to earn college credits through their coursework at Plainville High School beginning with the CAD and Design course. According to Gaignard, "Manufacturing provides approximately 10% of the jobs in the state of Connecticut and there is a shortage of skilled labor in this sector. Today's manufacturing jobs require a much different set of skills than in years past. Products today are made with 3D Printers, Sintering machines, Lasers, CNC machines, automation and robotics. These technologies allow designers and companies to enhance the quality of the product and the efficiency of the process."

Chase shared, "We are very fortunate at PHS to be able to provide students with the opportunity to use current software, technology and equipment that is common in industry today. These practical, real world experiences will help to prepare and introduce students to the many manufacturing opportunities in high demand careers available in today's global society."

"I applaud Mr. Gaignard and Mr. Chase for providing our students with such valuable opportunities. Their work is right in line with our district goal of insuring all of our students are college and career ready by graduation," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.

-Posted on May 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM

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