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  • CREC in the News

    Here are some recent media stories featuring CREC students and staff, and their accomplishments:

    The Hartford Courant published stories about graduation ceremonies at the CREC Public Safety Academy and CREC’s Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy. It also published photos from CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s graduation ceremony.

    The Hartford Courant published a story about the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts’ graduation ceremony.

    The Hartford Courant recently published a story about CREC Two Rivers Magnet High School’s first-ever graduation ceremony and a story about BioBlitz, which was recently held at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School.

    NBC Connecticut aired a segment about the Walk to the Moon event at CREC Montessori Magnet School.

    WNPR published a story about BioBlitz, which was held at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School.

    The Hartford Courant recently published a great story about the life of Sonia Plumb, a CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School teacher. It also published a photo of orientation at Camp Jewell, a photo of CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School’s butterfly picnic, a story about a CREC Montessori Magnet School student who won a national essay contest, and a story about the National Invention Convention.

    The Hartford Courant published a story that previewed BioBlitz, which is happening this weekend at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School.

    The Windsor Journal published two stories written by CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering students. It also published a story about two CREC students who will be interning at Yale University this summer.

    WFSB published a Gametime segment about CREC Public Safety Academy’s Khahari Mangual.  

    The Hartford Courant published a story about two CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering students who secured internships this summer at Yale University and a story about the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School creativity in the community course.

    WNPR published a story about a Youth Hangout for the Muslim community, and it mentions Sahar Amjad, a senior at the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering.

    WFSB Channel 3 aired a special Mother’s Day segment about Lyna Dieppa, a CREC Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy student-athlete.

    The Hartford Courantpublished a picture of CREC softball players attending a clinic at the University of Saint Joseph.

    WNPR published a story about the Hartford Jazz Society’s upcoming concert. The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School jazz band ensemble is opening.

    The Hartford Courant published a great photo gallery of the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School’s production of “West Side Story.” It also published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s middle school Ultimate Frisbee team.

    Enfield Patch published a story about CREC Public Safety Academy students who were honored as CIAC Scholar Athletes at the 33rd annual CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet.

    The Hartford Courant published a story about the Capitol Region Interdistrict Leadership Academy’s community service project, a story about CREC Montessori Magnet School’s wildlife designation, and a picture of the CREC John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center’s transition fair.

    The Greater Hartford Arts Council published a calendar item about “West Side Story.”

    The Hartford Courant recently published a picture of math and science night at CREC’s Reggio Magnet School of the Arts, a story about the upcoming Earth Day event at the Energize Connecticut Center, and a story about CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School’s spring musical.

    The Metro Hartford Alliance published a story about CREC’s upcoming minority teacher recruitment fair.

    We-ha.com published a story about CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School students who will perform in “West Side Story.”

    The New Haven Register published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s U.S. News and World Report rankings.

    The Windsor Journal published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s basketball team. It was a written by a CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering student.

    The Hartford Courant recently published a story about the CREC Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies’ softball field and a photo gallery about the topic. The newspaper also published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School’s community service efforts for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and a story about a CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School graduate who recently took over The Courant’s Instagram page.

    The Canton Compass recently published a story about a CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School student who is part of the cast of “West Side Story.”

  • Local Children Benefit from Seamless Summer Food Program CREC Locations in Hartford and East Hartford

    CREC announces its participation in the federally funded Seamless Summer Food Program (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Under the program, nutritious meals are provided to all children 18 years and under free of charge at the following site(s):

    Name & Address of Site(s)

    Meal(s) Available & Serving Times

    Meal Service Dates

    CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School
    160-172 Huyshope Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06106

    Breakfast: 8:40 a.m. - 9 a.m.

    Lunch: 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    June 27 – July 29, 2016
    (No meals on Monday, July 4, 2016)

    CREC John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center
    474 School Street
    East Hartford, CT 06108

    Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

    Lunch: 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    June 27 - August 12, 2016
    (No meals on Monday, July 4, 2016)

    Persons interested in receiving more information should contact:
    CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave. Hartford, CT    
    860-509-3774

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

    Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

  • FEEL GOOD App Gets International Recognition

    (Windsor, CT) Two CREC high school students earned international recognition in this year’s Technovation competition.

    Technovation is a nonprofit organization that inspires middle and high school girls to solve real problems using technology, and Marissa Guzzo and Alex Smith created an app, FEEL GOOD, for the group’s annual competition. In preparation for the competition, they also had to conduct user research, create a business plan, and build a prototype.

    The girls attend both Suffield High School and the half-day program at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science. Their app addresses anxiety and emotions by providing users with strategies on how to deal with stress, along with inspirational quotes.

    In April, Guzzo and Smith won first place in Technovation’s Connecticut high school competition. Their app was later judged by the Technovation international board, and it was selected as one of 16 apps from the United States and Canada to compete in the international Technovation semi-finals.

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

  • Ten CREC Students Compete in National Invention Convention

    (Hartford, CT) Ten CREC students recently participated in the inaugural National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo.

    The event, hosted by The STEMIE Coalition, was a celebration of student inventors and entrepreneurs throughout the country, and it was held in May at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office in Washington, D.C.

    Students who competed in the National Invention Convention also participated in this year’s local Connecticut Invention Convention, which featured more than 800 students from 12 schools, and the 33rd annual statewide competition, which was held at UConn in Storrs. Students had to meet certain criteria to compete in the national event.

    In Connecticut, the Invention Convention is for students in kindergarten through grade eight, and it is designed to develop, encourage, and enhance critical thinking skills through invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

    The 10 CREC students who participated in the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo are:

    • Neeyor Devtale, a fourth grader at Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School from Glastonbury
    • Kayla Webster, a second grader at CREC’s Museum Academy from Hartford
    • Paige Grey, a seventh grader at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School from Berlin
    • Alexander Jonsson, a seventh grader at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School from East Hartford
    • Kyle Peck, a seventh grader at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School from South Windsor
    • Preston McNulty-Socha, a fourth grader at CREC University of Hartford Magnet School from Hartford
    • Paul Mason Ricciardelli, a third grader at CREC University of Hartford Magnet School from New Britain
    • Koi Alika, a third grader at CREC University of Hartford Magnet School from Avon
    • Jonathan Bleck, a second grader at CREC University of Hartford Magnet School from Wethersfield
    • Michael Ciccarelli, a second grader at CREC University of Hartford Magnet School from Manchester

    Of these students, five competed by video, and five traveled to the event in Washington, D.C., where they were able to interact with individuals who are committed to promoting innovation and inventiveness in young people, including representatives from companies like Microsoft, United Technologies Corporation, and The Lemelson Foundation.

    The many CREC students who participated in all levels of the Invention Convention submitted creative, thoughtful projects, including projects like “Smart Grass,” “Braille Boards,” “The Doggie Helmet,” and “Feel Safe Hinge Helper.”

    “The Invention Convention is a great hands-on, creative problem solving learning experience for students,” said Teresa Wilson, CREC’s elementary science curriculum specialist. “We are so proud of all of our students and their projects. They are our future, and they are learning how to think big and implement their ideas.”

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

  • CREC Two Rivers Helps to Set BioBlitz World Record

    (East Hartford, CT) CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School recently helped set a world record.

    The Connecticut State BioBlitz was held at the school June 3 and June 4, and CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School students joined members of the public and more than 170 scientists as they collected and identified 2,765 different animals, plants, and other species in Greater Hartford. The previous world record was 2,519 species in a 24-hour period.

    Each year, more than 200 BioBlitz events are held throughout the country. CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, located on the bank of the Connecticut River, served as the Connecticut event’s home base this year and its hub for public programming.

    “We were thrilled to host this amazing educational event,” said CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School Principal Jill Wnuk. “We are a magnet school with an environmental theme, and we believe in providing our students with hands-on opportunities to learn about our ecosystem.”

    During BioBlitz, ornithologists logged 100 species, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, and biologists recorded 29 species of fish, mostly from the Connecticut and Hockanum rivers. Botanists counted 631 different plants, 1,316 species of insects were catalogued, and a black bear was spotted at Keney Park.

    “The discovery of more than 2,760 kinds of wildlife, all within a 5.5 mile radius of downtown Hartford/East Hartford, surprised all of the event’s participants,” said David Wagner, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, director of the Center for Conservation and Biodiversity at UConn, and the event’s lead scientist and director. “We live in a wonderful area of the country, infused with extraordinary arrays of plants, birds, insects, and other wildlife which in sum, we can thank for our clean water and air, fertile soils, and foods. The event’s remarkable findings underscored what amazing wildlife can be found just outside one’s backdoor in Connecticut, and the opportunities that we have as residents for recreation, for education, for discovery.”

    While Saturday’s activities were open to the public, Friday’s activities were only for select middle and high school students who were accepted into the BioBlitz Jr. Scientist Program, including 14-year-old Jenna Langevin, of Hebron, and 12-year-old

    Rachel Dunnery, of Rocky Hill. Both are CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School students, and they said they were excited to be part of the program and to learn from scientists.

    In addition to CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, BioBlitz organizers included UConn’s Center for Conservation and Biodiversity, State Museum of Natural History, and ecology and evolutionary biology department; the Connecticut Science Center; and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The event was made possible by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

    CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School is a science and technology-based learning community for students in grades six, seven, and eight. In April, it was one of only three Connecticut schools to be named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools were honored for reducing environmental impact and utility costs, improving health and wellness, and ensuring effective sustainability education. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy issued a press release announcing the honor.

    “As a school community, we care about our environment and the many species who share our space with us,” Wnuk said. “We do everything we can to learn about it and preserve it.”

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    The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org.

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