East Granby High School Newsletter

November 2013 by Principal David Peling Sr.

Veterans Day

On November 7, 2013, East Granby High School and Middle School welcomed 27 veterans from the town to celebrate Veterans' Day. The Veterans' spent time in social studies classes discussing their experiences and fielding questions from students. Mrs. McCabe's Foods classes prepared a fantastic lunch where a great time was had by both veterans and the students who joined them.

Congrats to the following students...

October Student of the Month - Lily Gaudreau

November Student of the Month - Nick Arsenault

Farmington Valley Superintendent Award - Robert Nero and Meredith Vanags

Upcoming Events

Report Cards were mailed to all students on Monday, November 18th.

On Monday, November 25th, there will be recognition ceremony at the Community Center honoring those that have contributed to our public aschools.

Fall Sports Awards will be on Tuesday night, November 26th at 6pm.

Thanksgiving Break starts on Wednesday, November 27th with a half day of school.

Parent Conferences are December 4th-6th. Information on how to sign up was mailed home with report cards. All parents are invited. The Pick A Time Conference site opens November 21st through December 3rd.

As Schools Match Wits team air date is December 7th at 7 p.m. on WGBY TV 57.

On December 10th, a representative of the state department of education will speak about the new Common Core State Standards and how these will impact education in the future. All parents are invited to attend. 6:00 p.m at the Community Center.

Spirit Week is December 16th-20th.

The Winter Concert is on December 18th at 7 pm.

The Pep Rally is on December 20th. Last year, for the first time ever, the freshmen defeated the seniors in tug of war.

As School Match Wits

Be sure to tune in to watch the EGHS Crusaders take on opponent Northampton High School.

Team Members included (seniors) Jessica Grabinsky, Connor Reardon, Sarah Velcofsky, (juniors) Lily Gaudreau, and Casey Tobin.

ASMW is a high school quiz show sponsored by the Massachusetts and Connecticut Education Associations. Categories include Math and Science, Social Studies, Geography, Literature, Arts/Entertainment, and General Knowledge. In preparation, the students "boned up" on their trivia using Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit, and fielded questions from their advisor, Mr. Cirillo, and from our staff at EGHS.

Air date is December 7th at 7 p.m. on WGBY TV 57.

EGHS Sports Update

Boys Baseball

The Connecticut Board of Approved High School Baseball Umpires have selected coach Bob Bromage and the East Granby baseball team for their 2013 Sportsmanship Award at their recent banquet at Maneeley’s in South Windsor. Coach Bob Bromage, Coach Joe Dippel, Coach Ed Lavoie, Athletic Director Bob Paskiewicz and parent coordinator Mike Gothers were invited to receive the award for the school. Bobby Valentine, former professional baseball player and coach, was the guest speaker and made favorable comments about displaying good sportsmanship and the success East Granby baseball players have displayed.

Girls Swim Team

Our new swim team cooperative with Windsor Locks and Ellington has three talented East Granby Swimmers. Athletic Director, Bob Paskiewicz, Helena Brody, Olivia Morris, Sara Ouellette and Assistant Principal, Dave McNally are shown in the picture at a recent swim meet in Enfield. The three girls have already broken and set several new Windsor Locks Swimming records. The girls competed in the 2013 CIAC HS Girls Class M Swimming Finals at SCSU in New Haven and as a team the girls came in 10th place! All three qualified for the State Championships which were held at Southern CT State University last weekend, placing 14th overall. Additionally, Sara Oullette is the 500 FREE Class M state champion.

Girls Basketball starts Monday, November 25th.

Boys Basketball and Indoor Track start on Monday, December 2nd.

2013-2014 Music Department Concerts and Performances

NCCC Music Festival - Tuesday, November 19th and Thursday, November 21st

The High School Music department will perform for the East Granby Board of Education Community Partner Evening on November 25th at the East Granby Community Center.

High School Winter Concert - Wednesday, December 18th @ 7:00 pm - The concert is free and open to the public. Please join us for a wonderful evening of music featuring our HS Band , HS Jazz Band and the HS Chorus.

Middle School Winter Concert - Wednesday, January 22nd @ 7:00 pm

Save the date! The annual HS Pops Concert is Friday, March 14th at 7:00 pm. This year's theme is Rock & Roll! Ticket information will be posted soon. We are also looking for local business owners to purchase ads for our program. Contact Alison Chaloux or Brianne Gilbert if you are interested at (860)653-2541.

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.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Music Department buy purchasing East Granby Crusader apparel and fresh Florida fruit! Both the apparel and the fruit will arrive in December!

We are so proud of our East Granby High School students that are participating in the NCCC Music Festival November 19th and 21st that is being held at Ellington High School. This talented group can be seen in the photo below. Go EGHS!

From the Guidance Department

The Guidance Department is in the midst of the college application season. Many early action and early decision deadlines are finishing up. Students are working closely with their school counselor to get the job done.

In the month of December counselors will be meeting with the juniors to complete activities on Naviance for post-high school planning.

Congratulations to Nick Arsenault and Lily Gaudreau they are our Rotary Club Students of the Month!

The Unity Team is sponsoring a Grief Awareness Week at East Granby High School. The Unity Team's mission is to promote school activities that support a positive school culture for all. Any students interested in joining can come to our next meeting December 3rd in the high school office.

In Our Classrooms...

- The Spanish I and II classes and Mrs. Mullane have been exploring the use of the website www.todaysmeet.com to create closed question and answer chat sessions amongst students in the classroom. This activity known as "backchanneling" was presented in a recent professional development sessions by Mr. Cayer. Students are motivated by the use of computers, ability to see their comments on the Smartboards, and the ability to respond to information and evaluation presented by their peers.

- On Tuesday, October 15 Señora Duffy's Spanish IV class and AP Spanish class were given the opportunity to visit with two students from Spain. The students Rafael and Stefanie were accompanied by their teacher from Ribera de Castilla in Valladolid, España. The students along with 19 other classmates were studying in the United States for 3 weeks on a Partnership Exchange promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The two students spoke with our East Granby students and shared stories about school life, social life, family and traditions. This was truly a rare opportunity for our students to talk with Spanish teenagers and hear authentic dialect and experiences from Spain.

- Madame Ash's French classes are participating in a language wide website that is being used to increase the student awareness of the diversity of the French speaking world. To date, students have created whimsical animated biographies,http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=8830974&height=267&width=200 taken us on a tour of the world via cooking, https://sites.google.com/a/eastgranby.k12.ct.us/un-portefeuille-de-la-francophonie/home/les-recettes-de-la-francophonie/le-koba---peanut-cakes and prepared tourism videos enumerating interesting facts about many French nations. https://sites.google.com/a/eastgranby.k12.ct.us/un-portefeuille-de-la-francophonie/home/le-tourisme/le-cambodge We hope you enjoy this mini tour du monde as much as the students did!

- The Social Studies department just conducted classroom discussions using technology where students had to blog their ideas.

- In Anatomy and Physiology, students collaborated, researched, and designed Google presentations about different endocrine organs and related hormones and their possible disorders related to disease and drug use.

- In Biology, students studied the chemistry of food molecules (such as carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids) and related their chemical structures to why people eat them. Essentially, students learned the chemical basis for why fast food and fatty diets typically aren't good nutritional choices.

Physical Education News

Congratulations to Scott Breeding, Manish Budhatoki, Ryan Gothers, Samantha Hall, Carlie Harvey, Melanie Klucznik, and Ian Plocki. They just received CPR and First Aid Certification through the American Heart Association. This life saving skill is a part of the junior health curriculum.

52% of the sophomore boys and 32% of the sophomore girls met the state standards on all four components of the CT Physical Fitness Assessment. Congratulations to: Ryan Baird, Sabrina Barry, Emma Beman, Matthew Borsari, Jason Bourgault, Mackenzie Denno, Andrew Eastman, Nicholas Fersch, Alexis Gelinas, Kelsey Gibbs, Will (Robert) Kelsey, Marco Laureno, Gavin McConnell, Bryan McCorison, Olivia Morris, Alexander Nigro, Justin Ofsuryk-Couture, Sara Ouellette, Kevin Raabe, Colton Reardon, Connor Rosenberger, Amanda Samuel, Lauren Stout,Dylan Teixeira, Christopher Valentino, Kimberly Valentino and Valerie Winalski. They will be receiving certificates from the state this spring.

Amanda Samuel set the new school record for females by completing 114 laps on the pacer test. Adrian Eaton set the new school record by completing 122 laps. Nick Fersch came in just behind him with 121 laps. All three scores are quite impressive!

Our Students

Alexis Bennour competed well in last Saturday's competition! She finished first in the basic marching events, first in all three solo events, first in strut, second in flag twirling, third in two-baton and first in the general all around competition. The all around competition includes three solo events, modeling, marching and solo twirl. Lexi finished first in the twirl off which is where the first place solo winners twirl against each other!! She finished first in her division for that as well. Great job!