East Granby High School Newsletter

December 2014 by Principal David Peling, Sr.


December 9th, 2014

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

December is one of my favorite months as principal. The month starts with basketball tryouts and ends with spirit week and a pep rally on the last day before we break for the holidays. Our seniors that applied for early decisions also begin to hear from their colleges and universities. We also have conferences the first week and our Holiday Concert as well. So many events to celebrate!

It is also the start of the season for the occasional snow day, delay or early dismissal. This information is posted on channel 3, 8, and 30 (local affiliates for CBS, NBC, & ABC). Families that have signed up for Edline will get an email and every household receives a phone call. If you would like additional calls or would like to manage where and when you are called, please activate your School Messenger account. The link to School Messenger can be found on Edline and account activation codes were sent home earlier this year.

EGHS was recently recognized by the College Board for having increased participation while maintaining high scores. We made the “College Board Honor Roll.” We continue to look for ways for EGHS students to earn college credits as part of their program of studies here. Next year we will add AP French. Each year, roughly 70% of our senior class goes on to a four- year college. Ideally, we would like each of them to have experienced a college level class. There is strong research that shows a high correlation with taking college level work while still in high school and graduation from college. Students that are applying to highly selective colleges should enroll in two or three AP classes during their junior and senior years in order to be competitive. EGHS students can also earn credits through our articulated courses with Asnuntuck Community College. Twenty-five students have already signed up to do so next year.

School counselor Emma Cordiano will soon be taking a maternity leave. She will be replaced by Kashema Jennings, who has previously interned at Manchester High School and also has an extensive background in college admissions. We expect Mrs. Cordiano to return in early April.

Once we return in January, we have about three weeks left of quarter #2, followed by semester exams. These exams are comprehensive and cover all content and skills from September to January. They also count as 20% of a student’s semester grade.

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter.

Happy Holidays!

Principal Dave Peling

December 3rd, 4th and 5th - Early Release - Teacher/Parent Conferences

December 4th - Winter Concert

December 11th - Winter Concert - Snow Date

December 17th - 23rd - Spirit Week

December 23rd - Pep Rally

December 24th - January 2nd - No School


State Soccer Association Recognizes

The Hugh Greer Distinguished Service Award is given by the Central Connecticut Soccer Officials Association (CCSOA). The award is voted upon by the membership which includes about a 160 soccer officials. It is given annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the game of soccer. Chris Pettee’s tremendous commitment to his players, school and the East Granby community and his huge love for the game of soccer made him a great choice for this award. He was a great player at Granby High School and at Elon College and then did a fantastic job as the coach of the East Granby boys varsity team leading them to a berth in the State Championships before having a tragic car accident.

The banquet was Thursday, December 4th at the Gallery Restaurant in Glastonbury, CT. Ann and Richard Pettee, assistant coach Brian Glamuzina and athletic director, Bob Paskiewicz attended the banquet to receive the Award.

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Congratulations to Zach Burnham our new Rotary Club Student of the Month!

First Quarter Honor Roll 2014-2015


Grade 9

Katarina Bade, Olivia Brody, Alexander Cannon, Jamie Crane, Sosie French, Kylie Geer, Meghan Hasenbalg, Melanie Kellogg, Hayley Morris, Claire Newhall, Ivana Prats, Lita Roy, Julia Vassallo and Leah Wimpfheimer.

Grade 10

Zachary Allen, Alivia Begin, Jolie Berger, Emily Farmer, Alexandria Geer, Nicole Gosselin, Gwynne Hooper, Kathryn Kelly, Samuel Kilby, Kaelyn Ludwig, Jenna Sheridan and Sarah Soucy.

Grade 11

Emma Beman, Dennis Cheng, Haley Comstock, Daniel Couceiro, Mackenzie Denno, Sarah Martin, Olivia Morris, Colton Reardon, Amanda Samuel, Lauren Stout, Chloe Wellins and Valerie Winalski.

Grade 12

Francesca Brose, Siakrishn Chintalpelly, Sydney Geer, Robert Glassman, Carlie Harvey, Brad Langhoff, Fiona Loschi, Jacqueline McDougall, Charlie Moger, Shelby Roy, Evan Seelen, Katherine Semyanko, Samantha Soucy, Casey Tobin and Anna Vassallo.


Grade 9

Kaleb Badhe, Ethan Bartley, Sierra Benware, Abigail Bouwer, Jordan Comstock, Allie Davis, Luke Denno, Jacob Gaudreau, Lauren Houde, Olivia Kowal, Jason Marin, Destinie Meade, Kohl Russell, Tatum Strong, Ryan Trombly, Caroline Tuczinski and Alexandra Williams.

Grade 10

Ashley Barry, Alexis Bennour, Ashley Boateng, Anna Brose, Nelson Ferguson, Zachary Fiore, John flanagan, Genna Hartman, Olivia Hoerle, Mason Holt, Jonathan Kelly, Mackenzie LaCroix, Kayla Lambert, Tyler Petrunti, Benjamin Stone, Ryan Vanags, Tiffany Wilkinson, Brady Williams, Jennifer Yekel and Kyle Yourous.

Grade 11

Sabrina Barry, Matthew Borsari, Kalie Bouchard, Paige Derlinga, Adrian Eaton, Nicholas Fersch, Kelsey Gibbs, Emily Guillerault, Robert Kelsey, Marco Laureno, Taylor Lavoie, Ailing Li, Hunter Olin, Arjuna Rajasekhar and Connor Rosenberger.

Grade 12

Paula Aksenoff, Stephanie Arsenault, Todd Bedard, Scott Breeding, Manish Budhathoki, Zachery Burnham, Stephanie Crane, Lily Gaudreau, Jeffrey Glassman, Samantha Hall, Kayla Johnson, Natalia Kuzmicki, Jamie Ludwig, Troy Marin, Jared Maslowski, Ian Plocki and Matthew Poliks.

By Susan Downes

On November 19, India little, Samantha Soucy and Alisha Kumar joined students from several schools for the Connecticut Youth Forum meeting at Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden. The topic was karma.

Congratulations to Samantha Soucy who will be participating in the next panelist round table for The Connecticut Forum event Today’s Great TV! to be held at the Bushnell on December 6. The panelists are Tim Gunn from Project Runway, Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad and Mitch Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development!

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By Helena Brody

The East Granby/ Windsor Locks/ Ellington swim team consists of juniors Helena Brody, Olivia Morris and freshmen Olivia Brody, Hayley Morris and Jamie Crane. The team is doing phenomenal this year, with many of the girls already qualified for states. The co-op started one year ago and the team almost doubled in size. The team came in 11th at CIAC Class M Swimming State Championships. For a team with no diving, that is a great achievement. Great job, girls!

Boys Soccer

By Paul Templeton

The East Granby Boys soccer team finished the season 8-9-1 overall (7-8-1) in NCCC conference play and good for 9th position in the standings. The team cemented a place in the top 16 teams in the state for class S following a narrow 1-0 defeat at Haddam-Killingworth in the second round of the state tournament.

Junior captain Ryan Baird and senior captain Matt Poliks lead the team on scoring with 7 goals each and both were also selected to the All-NCCC conference team for their play. Senior captain Charlie Moger and Poliks also were selected for the NCCC Senior Bowl and represented East Granby with great distinction. Goalkeeper Kevin Raabe posted 5 shutouts on the year with deputy Andrew Bouwer posting his first career varsity shutout to total 6 for the year. All 25 squad members seen varsity time throughout the year as the team continues the philosophy of developing players to play entertaining and possession based soccer.

This year we say farewell to our three seniors Charlie Moger, Leke Gorani and Matt Poliks - we wish them all the best for the future and thank them for their significant contributions to the program in their careers.

Cross Country

Senior, Zach Burnham gives it his all in this NCCC Cross Country Event in Windsor Locks. Way to go!
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Fall Sports Awards

Boys Varsity Soccer

Most Valuable Player - Connor Rosenberger, Offensive Award - Ryan Baird, Defense Award - Nick Fersch, Young Player of the Year - Kyle Brassard, Most Improved Award - Sean Brunelle

Girls Varsity Soccer

Most Valuable Player - Kayla Johnson, Defensive Award - Abigail Bouwer, Coaches Award - Katarina Bade

Boys Varsity Cross Country

Most Valuable Player - Zach Burnham, Coaches Award - Sai Chintapelly, Coaches Award - Troy Marin

Girls Varsity Cross Country

Most Valuable Player - Allie Davis, Coaches Award - Casey Tobin, Most Improved - Sosie French

Varsity Football

Most Valuable Player - Jake Lareau, Coaches Award - Tyler Petrunti

Ryan Baird and Matt Poliks were awarded All Conference awards for soccer.

Helena Brody and Olivia Morris qualified to compete in the State Class Swim Meet.

Jake Lareau was awarded All Conference in football. Jake is the first East Granby athlete ever to receive a varsity football letter, score touchdowns and be recognized as a team captain. Jake’s timely contributions resulted in a winning record for our football cooperative with Windsor Locks and Suffield High School. Way to go!

The North Central Connecticut Conference Athletic Directors recognize the following athletes from East Granby High School that attained Scholar Athlete status during the fall athletic season.

Katarina Bade, Olivia Brody, Jamie Crane, Sosie French, Kylie Geer, Hayley Morris, Jolie Berger, Alexandria Geer, Nicole Gosselin, Dennis Cheng, Daniel Couceiro, Olivia Morris, Colton Reardon, Francesca Brose, Saikrishn Chinaipelly, Sydney Geer, Robert Glassman, Fiona Loschi, Jacqueline McDougall, Charlie Moger, Casey Tobin, Sierra Benware, Abigail Bouwer, Jordin Comstock, Allie Davis, Luke Denno, Jacob Gaudreau, Jason Marin, Destinie Meade, Tatum Strong, Ryan Trombley, Ashley Barry, Jonathan Kelly, Tyler Petrunti, Benjamin Stone, Ryan Vanags, Sabrina Barry, Matthew Borsari, Adrian Eaton, Nicholas Fersch, Emily Guillerault, Marco Laureno, Connor Rosenberger, Zachery Burnham, Kayla Johnson, Troy Marin, Matthew Poliks

By John Cirillo

EGHS will be sending two teams to Holyoke Catholic High School on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 to compete in the annual Blender Bowl. Good luck everyone!

Drama Club

By Stefanie Mullane and Brianne Gilbert

The Middle and High School Drama Club is proud to announce this year's Spring Musical "Cabaret Night 2015". Auditions are being held December 10th and 11th and rehearsals will begin after the December break. Mrs. Mullane and Ms. Gilbert together are excited to be directing this unique singing, dancing, acting experience for all the cast members! Show and ticket information to follow in March.

School Counseling

By Emma Cordiano

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. Acceptances are rolling in!!

Guidance Happenings:

27 students just applied to receive credit from Asnuntuck Community College through the College Career Pathways Program.

The PSAT scores have arrived and we will be meeting with all juniors the week of December 8th to review their results.

Plans for after Christmas break include: Junior post-secondary planning meetings with your school counselor. Discussions about plans after graduation and how to get you there! Sophomores will be taking the “Do What You Are” personality type inventory. The “Do What You Are” has helped hundreds of thousands of people find truly satisfying work. “Do What You Are” introduces Personality Type - how you process information, make decisions and interact with the world around you - and shows you which of the 16 types describes you best!

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By Deb Ott

Voices, EGHS's literary magazine featuring student poetry, prose, photography and artwork, will rise again as a talented group of students have come on board to breathe new life into the magazine. Some of you may remember that the literary magazine was offered exclusively in electronic format for the past two years. Now, with new energy, the Voices team will be publishing both a booklet version and an e-version of the magazine in the spring of 2015. Be on the lookout for bake sales and competitions to support this worthy, creative enterprise!

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Physical Education

By Linda DeFlaun

East Granby Volleyball at it's finest! The PE classes have just completed a unit on volleyball. The very short attached video's show various levels of play and a ton of enthusiasm.

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By Tim Phelan

AP Biology students just completed units on respiration and photosynthesis. Currently, they are learning about how cells communicate with each other and the mechanisms that are triggered by these interactions. Currently, we are about three weeks of curriculum ahead of last year's group!

Anatomy and Physiology students are learning about blood. More specifically, they are learning about how cells in the blood do their jobs, and what happens to the human body when they don't.


By Sarah Carney

The two Ceramics classes have started exploring the slab technique. They are currently building the "Perfect Cube" which will later be abstracted into a melted sculptural form. The Crafts class just finished their wood burning unit and are now working with glass etching. They have the opportunity to go on a field trip to a glass blowing studio in Friday, December 12th. They will be able to make a paper weight or flower! The beginning Drawing students are working on becoming more skilled and detailed with three dimensional shapes on a two dimensional plain by adding shading and texture. All the classes are looking forward to the end of the month when we will be taking on the Gingerbread Challenge, look for their creations next month!

Below are some of our students beautiful art projects!

World Language

By Madame Ash

French classes will be celebrating this holiday season with some gastronomic surprises. On December 22, all classes will bring in foods from countries around the world where French is the predominant language. This activity will allow students to learn about cultures and traditions other than our own. Bon appétit!

Also, our mural project is slowly but surely reaching completion! We are about 75% of the way done with the project, and we are working on our finishing touches! We hope to finish it up by the end of the semester.

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By Señora Duffy

The students in Spanish III classes created Spanish news broadcasts. They did a great job! Enjoy a sample of their fine work.

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Tech Ed

By Tim Testerman

Hello Parents and Students of East Granby!

Advanced Manufacturing is preparing to go into another growth phase. We are hoping that Asnuntuck Community College will enable this to happen through the purchase of five to six hands-on metal working machines.

We are at the beginning of a new age, an age where computers control our tools more and more as products are produced. This however, creates a problem with many human beings who love to control the tools themselves. I'm sure as time passes we will find a happy medium where both can live in our lab in harmony and continue to lead students to careers in Engineering, Construction, Design, Architecture, Manufacturing and the expanding fields in Energy&Transportation and Environmental Sciences.

We have an exciting future ahead of us in Technology Education; I hope we can set the bar to a height that excites and encourages wonderful growth for all our student population.

Realistic areas for future growth include, Vacuum forming, Blow Molding , Injection Molding, A CNC Router for our Woods Lab, A CNC contolled Plasma Cutter, Even more advanced 3-D Printers and 3-D Scanners for our printers.

Exciting! YES IT IS!

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Torchmate 2x4 plasma cnc cutting parts hypertherm powermax 1250
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NCCC Music Festival Rehersal

By Alison Chaloux

Congratulations to the following musicians that participated in the NCCC Music Festival on November 18th and 20th at Windsor Locks High School.

Sarah Calano, Band - Bass Clarinet, Alexander Cannon, Band - Euphonium, Allison Dube - Choir, Soprano, Hannah Dumas, Choir - Soprano, Kylie Geer, Choir -Soprano, Jackie McDougall - Band, Tuba, Carolyn Mollica - Choir, Alto, Olivia Morris - Band, Flute, Samantha Soucy - Choir, Soprano, Sarah Soucy - Band, Flute

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Holiday Concert 2014

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CMEA Northern Region High School Music Festival

Jackie McDougall and Alex Cannon auditioning for the music festival.

Winter Wonderland

The high school band played at the annual Winter Wonderland hosted by the East Granby Women's Club and and got to meet Santa!
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By Laura McCabe

In the Family and Consumer Sciences department, students prepared a luncheon and served the Veterans who came to visit us on Friday November 7. They also prepared a reception of foods for the recognition ceremony which Dr.Mahoney hosted, to thank members of the community, for giving of their time to make our schools a better place.

Child Development

By Laura McCabe

Our class will begin their annual Toddler Time Program next Tuesday. More children are still welcome to join.

Architecture and Interior Design

By Laura McCabe

The class is completing a presentation of ideas to improve the High School library. They will also complete a design plan to help improve the appearance of the science hallway by showcasing three famous scientists.



This year's book is sure to be a keeper? We are giving you parents the opportunity to upload your photos of sports and school activities right onto the yearbook website so you will part of making the memories that will last a lifetime for your child. Also new this year is a "Selfie Section" where the kids can capture their most fun moments in candid shots with their friends. Our goal is to have at least 8 photos of your child in this jam-packed yearbook!

Don't you want to share in fun? Order your yearbook today! Just go to the website and complete your order form. It's easy to do. You don't have to send a check in to the school! You can do it online at your convenience. And don't forget, the yearbooks are totally customizable!

Make this year THE YEAR you say yes to the BEST!

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Europe Trip February Break 2015

Grand Tour of Italy

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

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

We are changing the Italy trip to February of 2015 in hopes of extending the opportunity to more students. By switching the date, the price is reduced to $3371 and hopefully there will be fewer conflicts with sports. We will leave on Thursday, February 12th and return on Saturday, February 21st.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carney or myself.

Best Regards,

Dave Peling