East Granby High School Newsletter

September 2013 by Principal David Peling Sr.

Did You Know? East Granby High School by the numbers.....

1. For last year's CAPT test, given to the tenth graders last March, East Granby High School ranked 1, 2, or 3 in six of eight categories among 28 comparable schools.

2. That 100% of our students reached proficiency on the state wide CAPT writing exam, and that 98.5% of our science students did the same.

3. That East Granby was recently (June 2013) rated as the the #1 small town for families and education by Hartford Magazine.

4. That EGHS now offers nine Advanced Placement classes, including Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Spanish, Psychology, United States History, English Language & Composition, English Literature and Art History.

5. That the number of AP exams taken at E.G.H.S. has increased from 57 in 2012, to 89 in 2013, with 120 anticipated for 2014. Also, that despite these increases, that our overall passing rate remains the same at 80%.

6. Last year, 55% of our graduating class took at least one AP class. This year (2013-2014) 72% will take at least one AP exam.

7. 93% of our graduates enroll in either a four year or two year college program.

8. That last year's seniors documented more than 4,000 hours of community service.

Congrats to the following students:

Amanda Samuel, Gr. 10, is the principal oboe for the Connecticut Youth Symphony this semester at the Hartt School of Music Community Division.

Connor Reardon who was recently named a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist.

Upcoming Events

Open House : Sept 19th, 6:30 p.m.

Magazine Drive: For the next two weeks the junior and senior classes will be holding their annual fundraising magazine drive.

Parent Advisory: Sept 26th, 7:00 p.m. in the library

The topic this week will be the Common Core State Standards and the SBAC testing, which will replace the CAPT (except science).

The HS Band will perform at the Big E on Fri., Sept. 27. They will perform on Storrowton Green at 4:30 p.m. and in the Daily Parade at 5:00 p.m.

Progress Reports: First week of October

Bonfire: Thursday Oct 16th

Soccer Under The Lights will be on Friday Oct 25th with the girls' game at 5:30 and the boys' at 7:30.

Future planning: The HS Music Department will sell delicious, fresh Florida oranges, grapefruit, and tangelos from Indian River Groves from Oct. 21 - Nov. 1. Information and a link to order online will be on Edline. The HS Music Department will also be selling EGHS Crusaders Apparel at the same time.

Quarter I grades close on Nov. 5th.

Dave McNally's Community Service All-Stars

Submitted by Uncle Dave

We always love sharing the great news of all our students here at East Granby...The only way we are going to know is to share with us...Don’t be shy...we all need to celebrate each other’s success!

Jackie McDougall 2015 -- attended the week long Laurel Music Camp at Camp Workcoemen in June 2013. During her stay there she applied for and was hired to be a camp counselor for this all boys’ camp. Great job Jackie breaking the gender barrier!

Ethan Newhall 2016 -- spent a week in down-east Maine this past summer with a group of teens from the Hartford area renovating the homes of needy residents. Great job Ethan, you represented East Granby in another positive light, despite sleeping on an air mattress on the floor and washing up in a river.

Alexis Bennour 2017 -- competed in her first national meet at the University of Notre Dame, yes that Notre Dame in South Bend, in baton twirling. Her team placed 8th overall and she placed 5th in immediate flag. Alexis has been involved with her passion for 10 years and she has placed first numerous times in regional meets. East Granby is looking forward to your participation here!

In our classrooms...

1. The Social Studies Dept had Wolf Samuel in to discuss his life as a German boy during the Soviet occupation of East Germany and the end of WWII.

2. The guidance department has met with all senior students regarding their future plans and college applications.

3. Please check out "Digital Voices" which is our on-line literary magazine featuring some of the best writing of our students from last year.

4. The Spanish II classes are working with Mrs. Mullane and Mr. Cayer on Voicethread training in order to prepare for a Hispanic Heritage Month project in October.

5. All freshmen have been trained in Google docs use by Mr. Cayer.

Technology Education

This year's highlights:

A New Partnership with Asnuntuck Community College and their Manufacturing Center

A new Grant with Asnuntuck designed to encourage students to consider manufacturing and welding careers

A loan of equipment to seed our Technology Education program and accelerate this process (CNC machines and 3-D Printers)

Timeline of events in Technology Education for this Fall:

  • Field Trip to learn about modern manufacturing in our Aerospace Industry
  • Two visiting photographers to present their work, some technical skills and how they built their careers
  • Field trip to Sturbridge Village to learn about our history of material processing and as a work space for photography students
  • A local engineer will visit our classes and talk about his career choices and the nature of his day to day work
  • Manufacture of Shaker Tables will proceed as students develop manual skills and learn about materials in their world
  • 3-D Printing will begin in the late Fall as will instruction of the related software
  • Visitations to continue by Asnuntuck Community College to our facility to instruct in the use of 3-D printers and CNC Machines
  • Photography students explore analog photography and begin work in digital photography in late October

From the Library

Mr. Berardy and Mr. Cayer, Library Media Specialists here at EGHS, are encouraging all students to use iCONN as the first stop for their research needs. iCONN is a FREE database collection (including genealogy resources and free access to Consumer Reports) from the Connecticut State Library. In school access requires no password at all. Outside of school, users need a valid public library card (encourage your student to get one ASAP!) Check out iCONN today.

Physical Education News

On October 18, students currently taking 11th grade health, anatomy and AP biology will be taking a field trip to the CT Science Center to view the "Bodies Revealed" exhibition. The exhibition will provide the students with an opportunity to see inside carefully preserved real anatomical specimens and learn the detailed structure and function of the human body. The exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole body specimens are dissected in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities. In addition, authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image. For more information, please contact Linda DeFlaun or Tim Phelan.



All sophomores will be taking the Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment during October. This test includes the pacer run (measuring cardiovascular endurance), push-ups (measuring muscular strength), curl-ups (measuring muscular endurance) and the sit and reach test (measuring flexibility). Please encourage your child to prepare for this test and to do their best.

The Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment is evidence of a commitment to the physical development of our students, as well as a commitment to focusing on outcomes and specific performance objectives. Physical fitness should be a result of the balance of activitiy that is provided in the physical education programs at school & continued by the family and in other community activities.

Health-Related fitness focucses on optimum health and prevents the onset of diseases & problems associated with inactivity. Maintaining an appropriate level of health-related fitness allows a person to:
Meet emergencies
Reduce the risk of disease & injury
Work efficiently
Participate & enjoy physical activity (sports, recreation leisure)
Be one's physical best