East Granby High School Newsletter

March 2014 by Principal David Peling Sr.

A Letter From The Principal

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

The faculty, administrative, and staff work diligently every day to ensure a safe and positive school climate. To that end, it is very important that we share some information with you. In the past two years, since becoming principal, I have had to deal with several incidents of sexting. Sexting, for those of you who do not know, is exchanging pictures that show people nude or engaged in sexual acts. It can be consensual but often times is not. Sexting usually takes place on smartphones that are equipped with cameras and texting capabilities. It can also take place over computers, tablets, laptops and any device that has a camera and an internet connection. There are a number of APPS that promise anonymity and or temporary use, like Snapchat, KIK, askfm.com and many others. Regardless, sites that promise anonymity or temporary use cannot guarantee this to users.

Sexting is a bad idea for many reasons. First, digital pictures can easily be shared and once they are “out there” you cannot control who sees them or who has access. Second, each of these events is highly disruptive to the educational environment here at school. Third, when pictures are sent from one student to another without the recipient’s consent, sexting crosses the line into online bullying and sexual harassment. Fourth, future employers and colleges can check a student’s “on-line footprint.”

In any case—whether consensual or not—sexting violates Board of Education policies regarding disruption to the educational process. In addition, it is a violation of Connecticut General Statute 53a:193-196: Any person that is 13-17 years of age and “knowingly possess[es] any visual depiction of child pornography, and voluntarily transmitted by the subject of the depiction . . . .” In other words, both the sender and the receiver are in violation of Connecticut state law. This is usually a Class A misdemeanor, which can lead to a fine of up to $2000 or up to 30 days in jail. Students who knowingly distribute sexual images of their classmates or themselves could be labeled as sex offenders and have to register as such.

Any student who receives unsolicited nude images from another person should immediately contact their parent(s) and school administration. Parents may also choose to notify police. Students that receive unsolicited sexts from other student(s) have not violated any state law or Board of Education policy, as long as they report it immediately. Students that continue sexting, regardless of whether or not it is consensual, will also face suspension and or possible expulsion from school, in addition to any criminal charges that may be filed.

We are asking that all parents and guardians have a conversation with their sons/daughters regarding the appropriate use of the technologies available to them. I have invited the state police resident troopers to come in to review these applicable laws with the student body in early April 2014. Additionally, we would like to invite all parents and guardians to attend a “Parent Advisory Meeting” on April 10th at 7pm, in the high school library. Our discussion that night will focus on Cyber-Bullying, Sexting, and the Law. Our resident trooper will be present.


Dave Peling

Principal EGHS

ACC Fifth Year Program/College Connections Program

East Granby High School has an innovative agreement with Asnuntuck Community College that allows students to earn an Associates Degree in Manufacturing in 5 years (4 years high school and 1 year community college). In addition, Asnuntuck Community has established a series of technology programs designed to provide high school juniors and seniors with opportunities to consider career paths in manufacturing. Through the College Connections program, students from local high schools can participate in a series of courses in electronics, machine, and welding technologies and related subject matter and can earn both high school and college credit.

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 will be having an introductory meeting on March 24th, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

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) $3245

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

Total Trip Cost: $3445

This price is locked in until the last day of April 3rd. After that time, the price will increase $150-170. Students that enroll in this period, prior to April 3rd, can enroll in monthly payment plan of $266 per 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.

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

Congrats to the following students...

March Student of the Month - Jenna MarcAurele

Congratulations to the East Granby High School Music Department Class of 2014 - Ashley Bakes, Samantha Berger, Luke Bilodeau, Terrence Callahan, Emily Calano, Bryan Chester, Ryan Freston, Cassandra Gosselin, Geoffrey Hartman, Jenna MarcAurele, Nathan Marin, Robert Nero, Benjamin Nigro, Benjamin Plante, John Read, Connor Reardon, Olivia Seli, Romman Semyanko, Jenna Smith, Meredith Vanags, Cara Zagaja (photos below).

Special Recognitions

Along with the Connecticut Association of Schools and Horace Mann, East Granby High School is honoring Michael Gothers as this year's Volunteer of the Year. Michael Gothers is a positive contributor to the success of our athletic program. Mike is a graduate of East Granby High School and can be seen at events supporting all the athletes in our community. Being a former graduate and now a parent, Mike gives his purple blood, sweat, and tears to improving the experiences for our athletes. Mike is always there to ask what he can do to help. His efforts raising thousands of dollars with silent auctions, bottle drives, and communication with parents is instrumental in the ability for the baseball team travel to Vero Beach, Florida to practice during spring break. Congratulations!
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EGHS Pops Concert is Friday, March 14th at 7pm.

Okemo Ski Trip is Saturday, March 15th.

Winter Sports Awards is scheduled for Thursday, March 20th at 6pm in the Commons and 7pm in the auditorium.

EGHS first ever Movie Night on Friday, March 21st at 6pm in the Auditorium.

Junior College/Career Planning Night is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25th at 6:30pm in the high school library.

Parent Conferences are being held April 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the high school, there will be early dismissal those days.

EGHS Career Fair is being held on Friday, April 4th from 9:15- 10:15 am at the high school.

EGHS Drama Club is proud to present Peter Pan, Jr. as this year's Spring musical. Show dates are April 4th and 5th.

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

Monitoring Your Digital Footprint

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 overshare information 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/

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Crusader Chatter

On February 26th, Asnuntuck Community College hosted an Open House for the East Granby community of learners. During this well-attended event, students and their parents took guided tours of the manufacturing center, offered by ACC staff.

Additionally, Mr. Frank Gulluni & Dr. Christine Mahoney explained the benefits of East Granby High School's Fifth Year Associate Degree Program in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. This innovative program is the first of its kind in the State of Connecticut. Interested students and parents can learn more about this program by contacting high school guidance counselors.

Giving Back To The Community

EGHS held it's 25th annual Blood Drive on Thursday, February 27th. The day was a huge success and 35 units of blood were collected. This can save up to 105 lives. There were many first time donors and all had a positive experience to this life-saving, life-time event. The junior and senior class officers did a great job running the Blood Drive and the Red Cross Staff complimented our students numerous times on their mature, respectful behavior. Thanks to all the students, staff, and family members that donated. We couldn't have done it without you!

By Kathleen Phelan and Emma Cordiano

East Granby High School will be hosting a "College/Career Planning Night" on Tuesday, March 25th at 6:30pm in the high school library. This evening seminar is being offered to assist you and your "Junior" as you consider the transition from high school to college and/or work.

During the next few weeks, we will be encouraging all Juniors to meet with his/her counselor to begin a college and career search, using our computer resources. In addition, some "eager" students have already registered for the March SAT. In any event, our collective efforts and planning will insure informed decision making.

Topics will include beginning the college search, narrowing the choices, admissions testing, deadlines and decisions, costs and financial aid, college essay writing, alternatives to college, and the career fair.

In addition, we will be distributing a planning guide and transcripts of grades for discussion purposes. Guidelines and initiatives for electronic applications will be explored. We strongly encourage you and your son/daughter to participate in what, we anticipate, will be a worthwhile evening. If you have any questions please contact the Guidance Department at (860)653-2541. Hope to see you there.

The Career Fair is Friday, April 4th from 9:15-10:15am. We are looking for parent volunteers. If you would like to represent your chosen Career please contact Kathleen Phelan or Emma Cordiano in guidance. (860)653-2541 x 402. Thank you.

East Granby Clubs and Activities

By Stefanie Mullane and Brianne Gilbert

Mrs. Mullane and Ms. Gilbert, Directors, and the Middle and High School Drama Club are proud to present Peter Pan, Jr. as this year's Spring musical. We are excited to introduce our cast of over 40 middle and high school students. Many students have been given new opportunities to play lead roles in this exciting Disney show. Rehearsals have begun as kids are learning songs, staging, and choreography. Production is undergoing as we have many teacher and parent volunteers organizing costumes, props, set materials and more. We look forward to your attending our shows on April 4th and 5th. See the MS and HS Edline pages as well as the March newsletter for more information to follow.

By Susan Downes

On February 17, 2014 ten East Granby students joined students from six other Hartford area schools to attend a Connecticut Youth Forum work site visit at The Institute for Living in Hartford. This event sponsored by Hartford Hospital in conjunction with the Connecticut Forum event " An Honest look at Mental Illness" at the Bushnell on March 7.

The theme of the day was "Our Beautiful Minds." The students toured the Olin Neuropsychiatry Center and learned about methods of research and diagnosis of mental health conditions and illnesses. They participated in a lecture/discussion to learn more about mental illness and its effect and shared personal stories of the impact on their lives. They also toured the Myths, Minds and Medicine museum to learn about the history of diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.

The students also signed the pledge to "Stop the Stigma" of mental illness and agreed to be student ambassadors for the program to encourage others to log on and take the pledge.


The next Youth Forum meeting is April 2nd at Cromwell High School. Any student(s) is welcome to attend. Please see Mrs. Downes by March 27th for more information.

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National World Language Week 2014

By Señora Duffy’, Señora Mullane and Madame Ash

Last week East Granby High School celebrated National World Language Week 2014. The purpose of the week is to promote the study of foreign languages, promote cultural awareness, and highlight and celebrate the cultural diversity within our school community. The theme of the week was “Don’t Let Learning Slip Through your Fingers”. In addition to making morning announcements in various languages, other activities occurred throughout the week. Madame Ash’s classes enjoyed crepes and other French foods on Tuesday in honor of Mardi Gras. Señora Mullane’s classes made posters and displayed them throughout the school. Señora Duffy’s students researched and presented facts of interest during the morning announcements and said the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. One morning the students of East Granby were welcomed in 8 different languages: French, Spanish, Russian, Finnish, Albanian, Polish, Chinese and Hindi, languages all spoken fluently by various members and families of the East Granby High School and community. Some of the students who joined in the welcome are pictured below. The poster below was selected to be this year’s national theme poster.

"Don’t Let Learning a Language Slip Through Your Fingers"

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By Madame Ash

The French classes recently celebrated Mardi Gras in style complete with games, beads, and fresh crepes reminiscent of the French cultural influence in our everyday culture! Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Let the good times role!


In the Social Studies Department James Dudack was chosen to travel and study in Germany for 10 days to learn more about its culture and history.

Physical Education News

By Linda DeFlaun

Spring is in the air, or so we hope. Even with snow still covering our fields, spring sports are here, both in after school sports and during Physical Education classes. Indoor lacrosse is one of those activities. While lacrosse is not one of the High School's varsity sports, it is played in most surrounding towns and recreational leagues are available for any of those that develop an interest.

By Deb Ott

Several students have participated in the prestigious Hillstead Museum's Sunken Garden Poetry Festival by submitting their poetry to the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition. Finalists will be announced on April 11th, and we're crossing our fingers for an East Granby winner!


By Laura McCabe

The foods classes sold a nice selection of soups on March 12th. Students, staff and faculty who bought the soups favored the classic chicken noodle, chili, and two versions of cream of broccoli. Thank you to all who attended, and to the students who made the soups. We will be purchasing a cutting board rack, and some new cutting boards from the soup sale profits.


By Jeff Keener

Mr. Keener's Algebra I classes are becoming much more competent and confident with the graphing calculators. The students are appreciating how much easier it is to analyze data sets by using this very handy tool. We will be continuing with statistics for two more weeks then starting systems of equations.

The Integrated 1 math class has been developing a whole new vocabulary and language with our work in geometry – even a little Greek. The students are also beginning to realize that even common shapes are not as straight forward as they seem. When there are ten different ways to describe or measure just a rectangle it can be a little daunting but the class is adjusting nicely.

Music Department

By Alison Chaloux and Brianne Gilbert

Save the date! The annual HS Pops Concert is Friday, March 14th at 7:00 pm. This year's theme is Rock & Roll!

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

Middle School 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.