Congratulations to Marcus Cooper who is now the sixth Bloomfield Graduate to make it to the NFL. Marcus was a 3 sport All-Conference player in Football, Basketball and Track. He won state titles in both Basketball (2008) and Track (2007 & 2008) and he was All-State in Football and Track. He received a full athletic scholarship to Rutgers University for football and he has now made it all the way to the NFL!! He was drafted this weekend in the seventh round by the San Francisco 49ers.
Leslie Matthews Stansfield is going to be a guest on an Internet radio talk show today at 1:00. She will be discussing her book, Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup. Since it is poetry month,she is also going to read a poem written by one of Renee Robison’s students. The student is extremely excited. The show is also taped and can be accessed via the link for a few weeks afterward.
The town's schools are continuing to expand their educational relationship with China to include more teachers and students.
Another group of students from the Global Experience Magnet School and school administrators recently returned from a trip to China with an agreement to add students from Bloomfield High School to future visits there.
A group of 10 students and two teachers from Yinchuan will come to Bloomfield for two weeks and two teachers from Bloomfield will be traveling to China in June to help their teachers with SAT and English instruction for high school students.
"This is new and significant to the partnership," said Chris Leone, chief operating officer and director of magnet schools for the district.
Students from GEMS, an interdistrict magnet school, have made several trips to China since the school was redesigned for the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Students have also taken trips to Ireland and South Africa.
The school features local internships and community service programs beginning in middle school. When students enter the 9th grade, the internships expand to a statewide level and beginning in the 11th grade, students will be eligible to participate in national internships.
During their senior year, students can take an international trip. District officials are hopeful that they can expand trip offerings to include Europe and the United Kingdom.
Schools superintendent James Thompson said Tuesday that GEMS, through its partnerships on three different continents, provides a rewarding and enriching experience for students and faculty that goes far beyond other programs in the state and the region.
"The recent agreement in China only strengthens that relationship for Bloomfield and students at all of our schools," he said.
Carmen Arace Intermediate School Principal, Tracy Youngberg was named the Connecticut 2013 National Distinguished Principal by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS). Ms. Youngberg will be recognized at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) national awards ceremony later in the year.
The selection process began with a nomination from staff at CAIS in early December. Ms. Youngberg was selected as a finalist, which required her to complete the extensive application process and agree to a site visit by the CAS selection committee. There are 10 selection criteria and four areas requiring evidence that Ms. Youngberg provided “outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community” as part of the application process.
At the April 16th Board of Education Meeting, Ms. Youngberg was recognized by Board members, colleagues and guests for receiving this exceptional honor. Congratulations to Ms. Youngberg on this well-deserved recognition!
Picture above: Tracy Youngberg, Principal of Carmen Arace Intermediate School, Superintendent of Schools, James Thompson, Ed.D. Ms. Youngberg was recognized at the April Board of Education meeting on April 16th for being selected at the Connecticut 2013 National Distinguished Principal.
Picture Above: Tracy Youngberg, Principal of Carmen Arace Intermediate School, with the school mascot Roary. Ms. Youngberg was selected as Connecticut 2013 National Distinguished Principal by CAS.
"I read this in today's Courant and couldn't be more pleased and excited, especially for Tracy and, as well, for fine friends and colleagues in the Bloomfield Public Schools (to whom Tracy graciously extends no small credit for her success). Congratulations to Tracy on this richly deserved recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of Bloomfield's schoolchildren and her substantial contribution to the education profession in Connecticut."
I cannot possibly thank you enough for your highly evident hours of preparation and effort into making HOPE an outstanding performance! The uplifting musical selections showcased our students talents and genuine enthusiasm for the message and rhythm of each piece. Using the intermission to have an opportunity to view our student artwork was brilliant. And...of course, our two Masters of Ceremonies stole the show!
I overheard so many positive comments and reactions from the audience to the beautifully-designed program, the attire of every student, the art showcase being right there, and of course, the uptempo music. We were all inspired by the original work of Tony Smith, Samuela Simpson, Abraham Moise, and all the artists who contributed their art as well. It was truly an evening well-spent thanks to your dedication and talent.
Courtesty of E.Leon Rivers Ciaran Carr, the PGA Master Professional and Bill Casper LLC., general manager of the Wintonbury Hills Golf Club, (in the background), monitors the golfing techniques of some of the students, who were attending The Bloomfield School district's summer enrichment program last summer. The program provided co-curricular and extra-curriculum activities to 400 students during a five week period last summer.
This is the first of a three part series on how the Bloomfield School District, has incorporated the sport of golf into the school district's overall curriculum.
Three of the key players interviewed for this story were, Bloomfield councilman E. Leon Rivers, chairman of the Bloomfield golf subcommittee, Ellen J. Stoltz, Ph.D, chief academic officer, Bloomfield Public Schools and Ciaran Carr, PGA master professional of the Wintonbury Hills Golf Course.
Bloomfield High School and the town of Bloomfield is currently known as the small town that has sent more athletes to the professional level than most big cities.
Some of those athletes are; former NFL Indianapolis Colts all-Pro DE and former Syracuse all-American DE Dwight Freeney; former UConn all-American and former WNBA all-star with the Orlando Mystics and Connecticut Sun, Nykesha Sales and former University of South Carolina all-SEC RB and former San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos RB Andrew Pinnock to name a few.
But imagine in the not-too-distance-future, Bloomfield is also mentioned as the town in Connecticut that is producing some of the top-notch young men and young women professional golfers.
The possibility of this happening is not too-far-fetched.
Last summer the Bloomfield School District and Ciaran Carr, the PGA master professional and Bill Casper LLC., general manager of the Wintonbury Hills Golf Club, embarked on a program to teach students all aspects of the game of golf that includes learning not only the proper techniques for holding a golf club, hitting and driving the ball and putting the ball, but also learning proper golf etiquette as well as learning the rules of golf.
As of the start of the 2012-13 academic school year - golf is part of the school district's curriculum.
The decision to incorporate golf into the curriculum was made during the early portion of the 2011-12 school year by the Bloomfield board of education thanks to the strong advocacy of Town Council Member and Chairman of the Golf Subcommittee E. Leon Rivers.
Last October Rivers explained that he had envisioned having golf taught at the middle school so that more students would have the opportunity to learn and to play the game with the hopes that once the students reached Bloomfield High School, they would consider joining the school's golf team, plus the golf team would have student-athletes, who would already be knowledgeable and experienced who could hit the links running and be competitive with golfers from some of the other schools.
Rivers pointed out that from a golf perspective, the school system "was so far behind the eight ball" in producing good golfers, who could help the high school's golf team.
But with golf now part of the curriculum, Rivers stated "the goal is to become a powerhouse (in golf) like the other sports".