East Granby High School Newsletter

April 2014 by Principal David Peling Sr.

A Letter From The Principal- Celebrating Fifty Years of Excellence

In June, the first graduating class from EGHS (1964) will be returning for their fiftieth anniversary. They will tour the high school with Dave McNally. No, he was not the assistant principal back then. They have also been invited to attend our graduation. We have met with several members of this class and they have fond memories of our school. They commented on how the students heard about the JFK assassination while in school that day. The school is very different than it was back in 1964. For example, back in their day, students had to go outside in order to change floors.

These students were the first to be brought together to form a class. Prior to that, East Granby high school students went to the high schools in the surrounding communities, like Granby, Suffield and Simsbury. The town at that time decided that its students would be better off in their own high school.

Fifty years later, I would argue that the decision to have a high school here in town has been validated in many ways. In June 2013 we were named the “top small town for education” in Connecticut Magazine. Last fall we earned “excelling “and “school of distinction” honors from the Connecticut State Department of Education. Our math team just won Hartford County, and placed in the top ten in Connecticut. Each year over 90% of our graduates go on to two or four year colleges. Our graduation rate is consistently in the high nineties. It would seem that the commitment that East Granby made to its students fifty years ago remains strong and well-deserved. We are looking forward to our visit with the class of 1964.

David Peling Sr.

Congrats to the following students...

April Student of the Month - Kendall Comstock

Congratulations to the East Granby High School Drama Department for a spectacular performance of Peter Pan Jr!!

This bears repeating...

By Tim Cayer

According to a recent post in the great EdTech blog Teach Thought.com, a digital footprint is defined as “the record or trail left by the things you do online...essentially, anything on the Internet with your name on it.”

As the article points out, it’s important for our students (and US) to understand what their ‘footprint’ is and how to manage it. Among the great tips offered--don’t overshareinformation on social media, use a secondary email address to sign up for new services, “sending is like publishing-forever” and ‘Google yourself’. The full article is worth a read and can be found here.

Image below retrieved from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/olliebray/5542813754/

Crusader Chatter

By Bob Paskiewicz

Spring has sprung and baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track athletes can be seen daily after school at East Granby High School perfecting their skills. Hopefully, you can come support our teams as they compete in the North Central Connecticut Conference. Our schedule can be found on the school’s Edline website. Click Athletics and you will be linked to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association website (www.casciac.org). You can then chose East Granby High School and always see our updated schedule.

The Winter Sports Awards were held recently following a pizza dinner provided by our Athletic Booster Club. Many special awards were recognized at that event. We thank the booster club for all they do for our program, especially the motivational T-shirts, food and special equipment for our programs. We also thank the booster club presidents Bob Nero and Mike Kriss for their leadership.

Our girl’s basketball team brought home the Runner-up plaque from the Enfield Rotary Basketball Tournament. Last year they won first place. The team was led by senior captains Meredith Vanags and Samantha Daleb.

The boy’s basketball team played a competitive schedule in the NCCC and finished with Tyler Arsenault being chosen as an All Conference athlete.

Nathan Marin, Troy Marin and Ryan Gothers lead our hockey cooperative to the state tournament. Junior Captain, Ryan Gothers, was recognized as being an All Conference athlete for hockey. The first time in East Granby history.

Joe Brenner, Jeff Glassman and Steven Sobota lead our wrestling cooperative to a third place finish in the league this year and a spot in the state tournament. Steven Sobota was recognized as an All Conference athlete in wrestling.

Our indoor track and fitness team sent several athletes to the state championships. Samantha Eaton, Kendall Comstock and Brittania Tulloch, Anna Samuel and Lauren Stout represented the girl’s team in the championship event.

Another highlight of our program this season was that 71% of our winter athletes received the Scholar Athlete Award for achieving honor role during the winter season.

By Stefanie Mullane and Brianne Gilbert

On Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th, the East Granby Middle and High School Drama Club held three performances of the musical, Peter Pan, Jr. Forty students were a part of the cast led by Mrs. Mullane and Ms. Gilbert, directors. Opening night was close to a sold-out crowd at over 500 people in attendance. Mrs. Mullane and Ms. Gilbert are very proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by not only all the students but the many parent volunteers that were involved as well. They wish to acknowledge senior students Trent DeVane, Samantha Berger, and Ashley Bakes as key members of the production as actor, sound technician and lighting technician. They hope everyone was able to enjoy being an audience member but if not, here are a few of the photos from the outstanding show.


- The East Granby student council raised money in support of cystic fibrosis by selling "Be A Star" tags and "Wear a Hat Day".

- On March 15th students from several Connecticut towns including East Granby attended the Connecticut Association of Boards of Educational "Day on the Hill" event. The day began at the Bushnell's Autorino Great Hall and then all of the attendees "Marched to the Hill" to visit one-on-one with their legislators at the State Legislative Office Building. Susan Rosenstein, EGMS's 8th grade history teacher along with Kylie Geer, Julia Vassallo, Anna Samuel, Justin LaCharite, Max Landolina and Nick Arsenault joined students, principals, superintendents, school board members, and parents from across Connecticut to voice their opinions and meeting with legislatures for this important "Day on the Hill".

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By Emma Cordiano and Kathleen Phelan

The School Counseling department has been hard at work bringing college and career information to our students!

On April 3rd the junior class traveled to the Hartford Convention Center for the National College Fair which had more than 300 schools nationwide represented. Students took advantage of the opportunity to receive information and speak to colleges and armed forces representatives about their future.

On April 4th the sophomore and junior class attended our second annual East Granby High School Career Fair. One of our goals was to highlight the diverse group of career fields available to our young people. We had approximately 20 presenters who gave their time to educate our students on their specific career field.

Upcoming Events

· Course selection sheets and Programs of Study were handed out to students on Thursday, April 10th.

· Juniors please sign-up for the upcoming SAT or ACT exam! Late registration for the May SAT is still available. The next ACT exam is June 14th and the registration deadline is May 14th.

· The ASVAB will be administered to interested juniors or seniors on May 21st. For more information please see your school counselor.



By Dave Mendrala

The Social Studies Department will be travelling to NYC in early May to visit Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty and The United Nations Headquarters.

Physical Education News

By Linda DeFlaun

Spring is coming. Get out on those bikes, go for long walks, grab a frisbee, tennis racket, golf club..... The list goes on, but the bottom line is GET OUTSIDE AND GET SOME EXERCISE!


By Linda DeFlaun

Juniors and seniors learning and practicing CPR in their health class.

Art and Language Arts

By Sarah Carney and Deb Ott

On Friday, March 28th, thirty-one students from Ms. Carney's AP Art History and Mrs. Ott's AP English Language and Composition classes joined together for an interdisciplinary field trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art. Students were treated to small group tours which highlighted the museum's impressive collection of American art treasures, and then took part in exercises designed to help them with the analysis of a visual media form. Don't be fooled by the museum guard - he's a work of art!

Tech Ed

Phase one of the Asnuntuck cooperative is nearly complete. Phase two began this month and we hope by the end of April we will have an operational CNC Milling Machine and Metal Lathe. Solid Works classes are in smooth operation and most students are learning the language that may guide them along their future career paths.

The Woodworking group is presently finishing up a News Desk for the Middle School in hopes that it will be used to deliver a monthly news cast and commentary to Middle School students. It will have an inter-changeable Chroma key front to it and the unit will be mobile as well.

This semester, Sydney Geer and Sarah Olivieri have been working on a photographic display for our Technology Education Lab. The project is growing every day and has the attention of nearly all students who enter the lab. The digital display is designed to teach concepts in photography through images and a few phrases. Thus far it is quite impressive and if you get a chance drop in and see it. Tell the girls what you think...


By Laura McCabe

In Food for Entertaining class, students successfully made Italian Bread bowls for a project to create a bowls or basket from bread dough. They were delicious when filled with homemade potato, or cream of broccoli soup.

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Fashion Class

By Laura McCabe

The Fashion class is planning a fashion show for Thursday May 22, at 7 pm.


By John Cirillo

East Granby High School finished first in the Hartford County of the New England Mathematics League. Our team scored 107 points. Farmington High School was second with 101 points. Top scorers include Connor Reardon, Lily Gaudreau, Fiona Loschi, Sai Chintalpelli, Robbie Glassman, and Bryan Chester. Seen in the photo below (left to right) are: Mr. Cirillo, Fiona Loschi, Sai Chintalpelly, Robert Glassman, Connor Reardon, Luke Bilodeau, Bryan Chester, Casey Tobin, Lily Gaudreau, Jessica Grabinsky, Melisha Budhathoki and Sarah Velcofsky.

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By Monica Miramontes

We have begun Math Reviews at the beginning of each class. They are used to review previously learned concepts to ensure student understanding. We keep with the same concepts for six days and on the seventh day it counts as a quiz!

There is also a Problem of the Week posted each Monday for each class and students have until Friday to complete the problem if they wish. They can earn one bonus point a week and the points are added to the lowest quiz grade at the end of each quarter!

Music Department

By Alison Chaloux and Brianne Gilbert

High School Band and Color Guard's will be performing at the East Granby Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Nicholson Road at the Elmwood Cemetery and travels across Route 20, down School Street, and concludes at the Memorial Green on the east side of Town Hall. Hope to see you there!

HS Spring Concert-Thursday, June 5th @ 7:00 pm

MS Spring Concert - Tuesday, June 10th @ 7:00 pm

The Middle School and the High School Bands will both march in the East Granby Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26th at 10:00 am.

Honor Roll

Third Quarter High Honors

Grade 9 - Zach Allen, Alivia Begin, Jolie Berger, Anna Brose, Emily Farmer, Alexandria Geer, Nicole Gosselin, Genna Hartman, Kaelyn Ludwig, Jenna Sheridan, Sarah Soucy and Benjamin Stone.

Grade 10 - Sabrina Barry, Emma Beman, Matt Borsari, Ken Callahan, Dennis Cheng, Haley Comstock, Daniel Couceiro, Mackenzie Denno, Paige Derlinga, Kelsey Gibbs, Alisha Kumar, Ailing Li, Sarah Martin, Olivia Morris, Colton Reardon, Connor Rosenberger, Amanda Samuel, Lauren Stout and Valerie Winalski.

Grade 11 - Stephanie Arsenault, Francesca Brose, Manish Budhathoki, Zach Burnham, Sai Chintalpelly, Shydney Geer, Leke Gorani, Brad Langhoff, Fiona Loschi, Jamie Ludwig, Charlie Moger, Matt Poliks, Evan Seelen, Katherine Semyanko, Samantha Soucy, Casey Tobin and Anna Vassallo.

Grade 12 - Nicholas Arsenault, Samantha Berger, Joseph Brenner, Melisha Budhathoki, Carrolline Butler, Samantha Eaton, Jessica Grabinsky, Brett Kriss, Tyler Longley, Nathan Marin, Robert Nero, Connor Reardon, Anna Samuel, Kyle Twarkins, Meredith Vanags, Sarah Velcofsky and Cara Zagaja.


Grade 9 - Ashley Barry, Ashley Boateng, Ilija Dokmanovic, John Flanagan, Jonathan Kelly, Samuel Kilby, Mackdenzie Lacroix, Kayla Lambert, Tyler Petrunti, Ryan Vanags and Jennifer Yekel.

Grade 10 - Helena Brody, Annika Carlson, Andrew Eastman, Adrian Eaton, Nicholas Fersch, Emily Guillerault, Alexander Hacia, Daniel Langhoff, Marco Laureno, Taylor Lavoie, lauren Mangine, Morgan Mattil, Bryan McCorison, Yerlan Nadirov, Arjuna Rajasekhar, Kelsey Roy and Choloe Wellins.

Grade 11 - Paula Aksenoff, Scott Breeding, Stephanie Crane, Hayley Drzewiecki, Hannah Dumas, Robert Glassman, Ryan Gothers, Kayla Johnson, Jacob Larson, India Little, Jacqueline McDougall, Carolyn Mollica and Ian Plocki.

Grade 12 - Ashley Bakes, Andrew Bermani-McCann, Eric Brazalovich, Emily Calano, Kendall Comstock, Erin DeGray, Foster DeVane, Charles Huget, Scott Johnson, Kyle Marceau, Ohodgee Nieves, Ariana Reyes, Jacob Seelen, Romman Semyanko, Eric Shattuck and Melanie Sobota.

Spring Break is scheduled for April 14th through the 18th. Enjoy!

April 24th is an early release day.

Class elections will be held April 30th.

Advanced Placement Testing will be held on May 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th.

EGHS Prom will be May 16th.

May 21st is an early release day.

ASVAB Testing will be held on May 21st.

The EGHS Fashion Show will be May 22nd at 7pm in the high school auditorium.

The Senior Citizen Luncheon will be on May 23rd.

No school on May 26th for Memorial Day! Come and support the HS Marching Band and the Color Guard when they march in the East Granby Memorial Day Parade at 10 am.

The Senior Outing is May 27th.

Europe Trip Spring Break 2015

Grand Tour of Italy

Spring Break 2015 trip to Italy, including Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, and Rome

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce a ten day trip for Spring break, to Italy from April 17-26, 2015.

We are going to Venice, Florence, Assisi, Pompeii, Capri, and Rome. This trip will be led by Principal, David Peling & Sarah Carney, both of whom have extensive international experience living, teaching and traveling abroad. Our hope is that our backgrounds in European History (Mr. Peling) and art history (Ms. Carney) will make this a unique and rewarding experience for our students.

Our trip is being facilitated by EF Travel, a student travel group that operates out of Boston. EF is the largest student travel organization in the country. It has been our experience that travel of this nature can be a life changing experience. Our goal, in taking the time to organize and run these trips, is to provide this same kind of opportunity for as many students as possible.

The cost of the trip can be broken down as follows:

EF Price

(Flights, hotels, 2 meals per day/comprehensive insurance, excursion to Capri) $3405

We will collect an additional $200 per student to pay for tipping and buses to and from JFK.

Total Trip Cost: $3605

Student travelers that enroll now, as of April 9th, will pay 301 per month. This amount will increase proportionally each month.

We are announcing this now so that families, if they choose, can take advantage of the benefit of paying off this trip over a longer period.

Adults travelers pay a higher fee. Contact Mr. Peling for more information.

Click Here to see the itinerary

If you go to EFTOURS.COM you can see the itinerary in detail. Tour # 1516902TV

There are two ways to enroll:

  1. Call EF at 1-800-665-5364

  2. Go to EFTOURS.COM

  3. Enroll in Tour # 1516902TV

Best Regards,

David Peling and Sarah Carney