Dragon Passport

CREC Academy of International Studies 6-12: 12/03/2021

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This weeks Passport is full of lots of great pictures, information and resources. Please take a look in its entirety to ensure that you don't miss anything.


See what deliciousness is available for breakfast & lunch. ALL meals for the 2021-2022 school year are free!


  • December 8th- Early Dismissal @10:50AM~Parent Conferences
  • December 9th- Early Dismissal @10:50AM ~Parent Conferences

@4PM~ Parent Workshop-"How to save for college and your child's future"

  • December 10th - Early Dismissal @10:50AM
  • December 15th - Chorus Concert @6:30PM
  • December 22nd- Holiday Kahoot! @6:30PM
  • December 23th - 31st - Winter Break


Parent Teacher Conference Sign-ups

International's December parent conferences will be in-person at the school. Conferences are Wednesday, December 8th from 11:45am - 2:25pm and Thursday, December 9th from 11:45am- 5:25pm.

Middle School

6th Grade - (Petrashewicz, Hughes, Wilkerson, Brooks-Sigler, Lattanzio)

For 6th Grade Parents/Guardians, please sign up for only one slot. Conferences will be student-led.

7th Grade - (Kelly, Abreu, Girard, Chilone, Bowen)

8th Grade - (Bratkovics, DeAngelis, Francis, Gillette, Jamin, Kohl, Naimie, Percoski)

High School

9th Grade - (Gibbs, LaManna, Schwoerke, Soar, S. McAlllister)

10th Grade - (Clark, Katzman, Lopez, Parks, Piller, Rowe, Sidlosky)

11th/12th Grade - (Artis, Gadue, Gegetskas, Leogrande, Macey, Meerse, Pagliaro, Pierrot, Piper, Rogers, Stern, Tousignant, Vellios, Wolf, Wright, also Guidance counselors: Maccarone and Chuddy)

Middle and High School

Language Acquisition - (French, Spanish)
Essentials - (Design, Art, Music, PE/Health)

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment has begun.

Share your love for International by

telling a friend or family member about our school!

Open Houses are:

Tuesday, December 14, 6-7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 11, 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 19, 6-7 p.m


Parent Workshop

How to Save for College and Your Child’s Future

Join us Thursday Dec 9th from 4-5pm for a FREE zoom training on saving for college!


Meeting ID: 230 523 0311 Password: 123456

"Without people, the vision will perish." -kp

Hosted by: Kristopher Peruccio Investment Advisor, PFS Investments

IB Learner Profile Traits

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PJ DAY for the KIDS

Friday, December 10, 2021

The students and staff of

International (MLC)

are invited to wear their PJs to school in honor of kids battling cancer at Connecticut Children’s.

Make a donation of $1 or more and wear your PJs!

Donations will be collected at school by your team leader or you can donate online at: https://give.connecticutchildrens.org/team/395718

For more information visit: give.connecticutchildrens.org/pjday

All proceeds benefit the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children’s.

Wear appropriate attire for school/weather. No slippers, please.

Giving Tree

The annual Giving Tree is back.

We are hoping that you will consider spreading a little holiday cheer to a Dragon family in need.

If you are interested in supporting the giving tree by donating a gift or gift card you could do so by using the link below.

Donate Here

  • · Please make sure you label your donations with the family number associated with box you select.
  • · Gifts should be dropped off to school by Friday, December 17th.
  • · Gift wrapping is optional.

Songs of Hope

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Holiday kAHOOT!

Join us for some family fun as we play kaHOOT! Holiday Edition!

When: December 22nd

Time: 6:30PM

Where: Zoom

Top 3 Winners win a great holiday treat!

Saturday School

Saturday school is back and the first session was last Saturday. If you feel as though you child would benefit with extra study time, please reach out to your child's teacher. Registration is required by Friday of that week. Transportation is not provided.

Time is from 8:30-11:30AM.


Mending Minds Group- Depression Awareness

The School Based Health Center’s Mending Minds Group has been busy increasing awareness around the topic of Depression. This month they took a day to promote World Mental Health Day from October 10th by handing out water bottles and stickers with some positivity to lift spirits of students! They also had a day for the school to wear GREEN and handed out ribbons and bracelets to help support this cause. Keep an eye out for their Trusted Adult Campaign that will be displayed in the upcoming weeks!!

Get to know our Essential Teachers

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Student Leadership

Meet our 2021-2022 Student Leadership Electors

Mentorship and Tutoring

Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentors have been busy! Many of the Peer Mentors have been circulating through middle school lunch waves introducing themselves and making connections with the students! During advisory peer mentor will be joining classrooms to lead theme based activities.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring is fully operational and is a great program for students to use to help them through their academic year! We currently have 17 trained peer tutors who will be volunteering their time during their academic study to work with students grades 6-12 who have a matching academic study. Students will not be taken out of class for peer tutoring. If students are interested in working with a peer tutor to improve their grades or need some help with a certain assignment or an upcoming exam, please use the link below to sign up! A new link is provided on Schoology every week for the upcoming week!

Sign up for peer tutoring: https://forms.gle/vyZ2tC3JwYNXNf3JA


The Dragon Peer Mediation program provides an opportunity for students who are conflicting to talk out their disputes and design a plan that benefits their well-being. Students will meet with trained student peer mediators to discuss the conflict they are having, and at the end of the mediation a plan will be designed by the students with the help of the peer mediators that will allow the students to continue their experience at MLC without conflict. Students can request mediation by contacting their teachers, counselor, or Mr. Faeth. Teachers and counselors also can refer students to mediation and we have already conducted mediations this year that have been successful.

If your child is interested in any of these opportunities please reach out to Mr. Faeth by email at TFaeth@crec.org or message him on Schoology.


Daniel T.

I've been attending school at the Metropolitan Learning Center since I was in 6th grade, all the way back in 2015. I'm currently in my senior year of high school. I'm very glad I attended high school at MLC, it has challenged me in ways a standard public high school would not challenge me. MLC has done a very good job of preparing me for college, and I've had an amazing experience while attending the school. For college, I plan to be somewhere in the northeast, and major in philosophy, and potentially become a lawyer. Actually, it's thanks to a class at MLC called Theory of Knowledge that made me want to major in philosophy.

Kara D.

My experience at MLC will not be forgotten. Since I came to MLC in 7th grade which was a year later than everyone else, everyone had already developed their own cliques. I had found it difficult to make friends considering I had the same class at my previous school. But eventually I found friends and the many field trips and grade activities made it difficult to stay on the outside. I am grateful for my experience at MLC because of the connections I have made with my classmates and teachers. After quarantine, the connection with my peers and classmates strengthened. After high school I plan to go to college in New York. My major will either be in business or in environmental science. I hope to stay in contact with my class, and I hope I had as much as a positive impact that they've had on me.


Every year the senior parents form a committee to assist PTO in running SafeGrad. The past 2 years have been unprecedented. We are hoping that the Class of 2022 will have a "normal" SafeGrad experience this year. We are asking that all interested senior parents who are interested in assisting with SafeGrad please email Ms. Gibson at sgibson@crec.org.

****Currently we need assistance with fundraising for the event****


Winter Sports Have Begun!


Co-ed Indoor Track

Girls Basketball

Boys Basketball


Co-ed Indoor Track

Girls Basketball

Boys JV/Varsity Basketball


Faculty Manager Chyane Colon with any questions or concerns

***Click on the picture to access forms and schedules***


Registration is through Final Forms

Vistra Citizen Athlete of the Week

Alex Grice, CREC Colts Football

Alex Grice aka Cap (Captain) was the CREC Colts locker room leader all season. In his first year of varsity football, Cap was a dominant force along the Defensive line and lead by example both on and off the field.


Health & Wellness

CT State Department of Public Health requires that all students have an updated physical exam and specific immunizations prior to the entrance of the 7th and 10th grades. This is a friendly reminder that physical exams and immunization services are available to all MLC Students, including CDLA students

Please reach out to the SBHC ASAP if your student is need of receiving updated immunizations, or the required 7th/10th grade physicals! We also provide physicals for college entry or sports participation.

Completed documents may be returned via fax to 860-286-1195, via scan/email to ccolon@crec.org, or have the student return forms to school nurse's office.

Sabrina Dunchie, RN, School Nurse. x2306

Josiane Alexandre, APRN, SBHC Nurse Practitioner, x2513

Chyane Colon, Administrative Assistant, x2380


If your child or anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms please refrain from sending your child to school until the appropriate quarantine has taken place. For more information or COVID-19 related questions please contact our school nurse.

If you would like to get vaccinated please visit CT Vaccine Portal.

2021 Dress Code Reminder

Students must wear approved DRAGON uniform attire. Students must keep the uniform on at all times, except for gym. Crop tops or anything that exposes the stomach area, jeans, sweat pants or leggings are not approved school attire.

Students not in dress code will be asked to change or a parent will be notified to bring appropriate clothing.

Uniforms can still be purchased at Donnelly's. Items ordered will be printed with the new CREC Academy of International Studies Logo.


CREC Vaccine Clinic 12/18

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Professional Support for Families

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Bloomfield Youth Services

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Employment Opportunities

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Yesenia Hernandez, Principal

Kimberly Monroe, Assistant Principal

Henry Munoz, Assistant Principal

April Williams, Dean of Students

Kristine McAllister, Dean of Students

Emily Wright, IB Coordinator, MYP

Stacy Pagliaro, IB Coordinator, DP