Dear Multicultural School Community,
 
We have had another very successful and exciting year at MCM.  We began the year with our well attended Open House where we shared our academic plans for this school year as well as our plans to improve parent engagement.  We unveiled our "Hang Ten Program" and began to award Golden Pineapples to the class who had the most parents attending school events.  The Hang Ten Program also included the requirement that all parents volunteer for 10 hours during the course of the school year.  This program has provided good incentive and some healthy competition to successfully reach our ultimate goal of increasing parent participation. 
 
This year the PAC sponsored our first ever Read-A-Thon to raise funds for our school.  This fundraiser was a huge success resulting in thousands of hours of reading time by all our students as well as brining in about $9,000 in school funds.  That is more money than we have ever raised at MCM!  We used that money for many special school activities that PAC has shared with all staff and parents throughout the year.  We gave the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place classes who read the most books money for classroom supplies and a class party,  This fundraising money paid for student recognition programs, school trips and many other school based activities.  Thanks to all parents and students who participated.  This Read-A-Thon will become an annual event, so get ready to read, read, read next year!
 
Our students won quite a few awards this year beginning with Abby Cloud winning 3rd place in the Martin Luther King annual essay contest; Jasmyne Pettway won the Laws of Life essay contest; Sarah Hernandez won at the state science fair and received a $20,000 scholarship to Quinniapiac; many students won awards for their Poetry for Peace and Words on Wheels poems; Tania Lliviasca won an award for her power point presentation in a state sponsored contest; Carlos Guzman and Gabriella Silva won a social studies essay competition.  This year the National Junior Honor Society inducted many students in grades 6, 7 and 8.  This is one of the largest NJHS groups we have had in a long time.  All in all, Multicultural Magnet was recognized for it's academic excellence in a variety of ways.  Mrs. Lichvar, our fifth grade teacher was nominated this year and won the Inspirational Teacher Award from the Bridgeport Public Education Fund. Mr. Maldonado, our security guard extraodinaire, planned another trip to Disney World for our graduating 8th grade class.  A trip of a lifetime for our hardworking and  exceptional students to remember.  I am also going on this trip, and Mr. Maldonado promises to boss me around and make sure I follow all of his directives!  This should be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to this special time with our 8th grade class. 
 
We had our very first Brazilian Festival and our very first Talent Show.  The Brazilian Festival highlighted our growing Brazilian and Portuguese population and brought many cultural activities and Brazilian food to share with our school community.  It was a very successful event and will become an annual festival at MCM.  Our Talent Show showcased the multitude of talent at our school and will certainly become another annual event.  Who knew we had such talented and artistically gifted students at MCM.  Loanis and Celeste brought down the house and received much recognition from all the students and our school community.
 
Our community service activities raised a lot of money for multiple Sclorosis, leukemia and our troops in Afghanistan.  The Christmas Giving Tree and our Thanksgiving baskets provided much needed support for many of our MCM families. 
 
These are just some of the highlights of another exciting and successful school year at MCM.  All of this success was made possible by the dedication of the MCM staff working in collaboration with you our parents.  We have always had the same goal and focus which is to ensure that the students who attend MCM have all the opportunities they need to be successful students and good citizens. 
 
As this year comes to a close, I would like to share some personal information with you.  This is the end of my 36th year as a Bridgeport educator and I have decided to retire at the end of this school year.  This is a very difficult decision for me and has not been arrived at without much thought and consideration as to how my decision will  impact our MCM family.  You have made my six years as principal of MCM one of the best experiences of my career.  It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with such a selfless staff and such hard working, caring and loving parents.  I leave MCM with very mixed feelings.  I am happily anticipating a new phase of my life in retirement; however, I also recognize that I will be leaving behind many wonderful students,staff and parents.  Working with your children has been a pleasure and the best part of my job.  I am ending my career with my last field trip accompanying the 8th grade class to Disney World. I am looking forward to sharing this trip with this 8th grade class.  Your children, our MCM students, are perfect examples of all that is good in our country and I have every confidence they will succeed and become the very best in whatever career or life path they choose.  I know that with the support and love we have given them they will make all of us proud!  I say good bye and I know that whoever is chosen to become the principal of MCM will continue to maintain the excellence and caring environment our school is known for in this district.  With much love and affection, 
Helen Moran