Friday, April 18, 2014

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Central High
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Bridgeport, Connecticut
Zip Code: 06606 

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The Inspiration Awards

Shaun Mitchell has been named the winner of The Theodore and Margaret Beard Excellence in Teaching Award. Shaun is an English and African American Literature Teacher and has been teaching in the Bridgeport Public Schools for four years. Mr. Mitchell brings an unparalleled level of energy and enthusiasm into his classroom every day. His passion for his students and his subject area is evident in the academic proficiency exhibited by his students. Students are fully engaged whether working alone or collaboratively with each other. Mr. Mitchell was nominated by Patricia Anekwe with a supporting letter from his student David Reyes who wrote, “Not only is Mr. Mitchell a fabulous teacher dedicated to the art of teaching, he has revived the Central Players directing many productions allowing the students to open up and be themselves. He has been a personal mentor to me.”

Mathematics teacher Kate Preston will also be honored at The Inspiration Awards for her leadership and outstanding work.

The Inspiration Awards, sponsored by the Bridgeport Education Fund and the Fairfield County Community Foundation, will be presented on May 7th at 3:30Pm at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport.

Super 15 Basketball

Tyler Ancrum has been named the Hearst Connecticut Media Super 15 Boys Basketball All-Star Team MVP. A lightning-quick point guard who can get to the hoop for baskets or assists and plays solid defense. ... Led the Hilltoppers to the FCIAC and Class LL titles. ... Two-time FCIAC playoff MVP and all-league first team selection as well as FCIAC All-Defensive first team. ... Trailing Fairfield Prep by 18 at halftime of the Class LL championship, Ancrum put the team on his back en route to winning the title ... Will play for Connecticut in the JCC Schoolboy Classic game.

Sha'Quan Bretoux has also been named a member of the Super 15 team. The All-FCIAC first teamer could truly do it all. ... One of the league's top outside threats, Bretoux could get to the hoop and was especially dangerous in transition. ... His length on defense made him a matchup nightmare for opponents.
National Honor Society Activities
National Honor Society is hosting numerous events from April 22nd - 26th at Central.

-NHS Meet and Greet for potential applicants on Tuesday April 22nd. Only students with an invitation card are allowed to attend.

-Bake Sales during Report Card Conferences to fundraise for the Walk Against Hunger. Please come and support us! If you don't have a sweet tooth, please support us with a donation. Our goal is to raise $500. You can also donate at:

-The Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Period 1-6 in the Gym on Friday, April 25th. Please contact an NHS member or Mr. Pascarell in C212 to make an appointment.

-We will also be participating in the Walk Against Hunger at Seaside Park on Sunday April 27th from 1:00-3:30 pm. Come join us!
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Science Fair Winners School Governance Council
Two student nominees are Diamond Allen and Koraima Cedeno.

The five elected teacher/staff members are Shaun Mitchell, Ann Trepasso, Andrew McConnell, Luciana Purcell, and Joe Jeffrey.

The five parent nominees are Glenda Perry, Tanya Whitley, Eon Lynch, Keisha Griffiths, and Susan Errichetti

Administrative designee is Mr. Curtin

We need a parent to volunteer to be on the Council. Please contact Mr. Curtin ( if you are interested


Fairfield County Scholarships
Attention Seniors: THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS are now available. Please visit (click SCHOLARSHIPS) to follow the procedures. This site allows students to apply for four scholarships with one application. The minimum required GPA is 2.7. For more information see your counselor.

College Prep Math
When you get to college and encounter a mathematical expression or formula, will it cause you anxiety or slow you down? No. You will be able to read it, understand it and use it -- because you will have reviewed and practiced the math you learned in high school.

Experience shows that many college-bound graduates needlessly stumble when they run into math that is a basic part of many college courses. This happens even though they have already passed high school classes using the same math. Why? Because they did not have the chance to review and focus on what they will use in college.

This math is not overly complex, it is just sometimes forgotten -- until it suddenly jumps out at you in college.

The College Prep Math Course for Juniors and Seniors will focus on math you will need to remember for a variety of college courses.
Video Yearbook buildOn
"Service is the core of buildOn’s mission, an instrumental vehicle for youth development and empowerment. Through service, students address problems in their communities while developing personal leadership and teamwork skills." -

The buildOn office is located in e221 upstairs.

To learn more or to apply click here
UConn Early College Experience

English 1010
Seminar in Academic Writing
(4 credit hours)

Highly motivated Central High School seniors with a strong work ethic may be selected for this freshman composition during 2013-2014.

Interested parents and students should consult the following links:

What is UConn Early College Experience?
Course Desciption
Link to actual ECE website

Course Description of ENGL 1010: Seminar in Academic Writing
Link Seminar in Academic Writing
Mini Syllabus
Link to actual UConn English Website


Central has received NEASC Accreditation
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Peer to Peer Program
Central High School is proud to offer support for students that are struggling with substance abuse issues. Counselors and social workers are available at ALL times during the school day to provide support. Small groups meet periods 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 in room E107A, or students may seek individual counseling or referrals to community based programs. Additionally, there is a Substance Abuse Counselor available every day after school from 2:30-4:00 with whom students may meet if they do not wish to miss important class time during the day or if they would like support that is more intensive. Please contact any administrator, counselor, or social worker for more information.
School Uniforms

Pants/Shorts/Skirts/Skorts = black or tan/khaki

Polo shirts = black, red, or white

School Uniform Letter (Click here)

All students must be in school uniform, effective August 29, 2011
Central High School has unveiled the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). PBIS is a systems' approach to discipline that emphasizes prevention, instruction on social skills, and data-based decision-making to both reduce problem behavior and improve academic performance.

For more information, like our behavior matrix and how PBS works, please click on the link :Link
SAT and ACT Schedule

May 3
Register by April 4

June 7
Register by May 9

June 14
Register by May 9

Daily Schedule
Note : Report Card Conferences have been changed

They are now:
April 30th
May 1st

April 23rd and April 24th are now full days of school

AP Testing Schedule
Week 1:

Morning Sessions
8:00 am
Afternoon Sessions
Monday, May 5thChemistry
Environmental Science
Tuesday, May 6thComputer Science A
Spanish Language and Culture
Art History
Wednesday, May 7thCalculus AB
Calculus BC
Chinese Language and Culture
Thursday, May 8thEnglish Literature and CompositionJapanese Language and Culture
Friday, May 9thEnglish Language and CompositionStatistics

Week 2:

Morning Sessions
8:00 am
Afternoon Sessions
Monday, May 12thBiology
Music Theory
Physics B
Physics C: Mechanics
Tuesday, May 13thUnited States Government and PoliticsFrench Language and Culture
Human Geography
Wednesday, May 14thGerman Language and Culture
United States History
European History
Thursday, May 15thMacroeconomics
World History
Italian Language and Culture
Friday, May 16thComparative Government and Politics
Spanish Literature and Culture

State Championship Game

Central defeated Prep 76 - 73 to win the State Championship. It is Coach McLeod's 3rd State Championship.

Championship Website
Central High Football Golf Tournament Fundraiser
What: Central High Football Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Where: Whitney Farms Golf Course Monroe, CT
When: Friday June 27th 11:30 Lunch 12:00 noon shotgun start.
Cost: $145.00 pp. (per person)
• Lunch
• Individual gift bags for each golfer
• 18 holes golf with a cart
• 3 course dinner
• 3 hour open bar
• 50/50 raffle prizes

Join us for a day of food, fun, and golf. All proceeds to benefit the Central High School Football team. Please contact Brian Gordon Head Football Coach at to reserve your foursome or if you have any questions or concerns.

State Weightlifting Tournament

The Nutmeg Games sponsored the Ct State Weight Lifting competition at New London High Schoolon Sat Mar 22nd. 19 teams from across the state competed. Awards were given out to the team with the highestamount of weight lifted. In addition, awards were given out to top individuals in the 5 weight classes.Several Central Football players were recognized at the event and the team finished in the top 10.For full results see the attached article or visit the nutmeg website., or click here

School News
Led by Mr. Shaun Mitchell, Central High held its first annual student Playwright festival. It featured nine short plays written acted and directed by students. Almost 200 students, parents and guests attended the performances.

Kate Preston has been named as the recipient of one of seven of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund’s “Outstanding Teacher Recognition” awards.
Central Apparel
Central Apparel Is Here!!

Show your school spirit at the next school event by purchasing your very own Central Apparel. We will kick off our Central SWAG (School With Awesome Gear) Fundraiser with hooded sweatshirts and t shirts.

The hooded sweatshirts are dark grey and the t shirts are available in grey or white. Both come in the following sizes: Youth Medium, Youth Large and Adult sizes Small through 3XL . Payment is required to guarantee your order and must be CASH ONLY. Please complete the order form below and return it with payment to Mrs. Ready (E120) or Ms. Preston (B115) directly. All orders must be made by Friday April 4th .

Pricing information:

Hooded Sweatshirts (Dark Grey)
Youth Medium - Adult XL . . . . . . . . . $20
Adult 2XL - 3XL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25

T Shirts (White or Grey)
Youth Medium - Adult XL . . . . . . . . . $10
Adult 2XL - 3XL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12

Order Form

Thanks for supporting the Class of 2017.

FCIAC Champs
Shortly after defeating Trinity Catholic for the FCIAC title last season, one word crept into the minds of the Bridgeport Central basketball players -- repeat. Sparked by FCIAC Tournament MVP Tyler Ancrum and a tenacious defensive effort, the Hilltoppers earned that sweet repeat Thursday night. Read Story Here

Hilltoppers Help at the Rescue Mission
The football team helped out the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

Click here for story

Camille Goes to Carnegie Hall

On December 5, Camille Di Bella performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras' (GBYO) Principal Orchestra. The Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, regarded as one of the best orchestral programs in the region, serves over 240 students from all over Fairfield County. The Principal Orchestra, GBYO's top orchestra, is led by Christopher Hisey and contains the 70 best musicians in the program. It is highly competitive and extremely difficult to be accepted into. Camille is currently a second violinist in this orchestra. The Principal Orchestra will be performing at as a part of world-renown composer Tim Janis' benefit concert, "The American Christmas Carol," alongside famed flutist Sir James Gallway and America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho.

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DRAFT of Central High School Core Values - Mission Statement

Based on feedback from teachers, community service providers and parents, some changes have been made to the belief statements attached to core values around which our Mission Statement is constructed. 10/30/2013

As members of the Central High School learning community we seek to hold ourselves and one another accountable for performing at a high level as we strive to achieve academically and socially, and to demonstrate civic responsibility. We are empowered to make choices that direct our lives. Our belief is that we make a meaningful contribution when we choose to work together. When we choose to learn, we increase our potential. When we reflect on our actions, we make our next choices clearer. When we consider how our actions affect ourselves and others we make our community stronger. We are our most reliable advocates in the shared pursuit of life-long learning.

Reflection –As we think about our actions we raise our awareness of the fact that what we do is a reflection of what we believe and who we are as a person, and in a larger sense, as a community.

Empowerment –We are increasingly aware that each of us has the power to choose to move toward our potential. We have a responsibility to make sure that not even one of us is alone and disconnected. Each of us has the power to help every other one of us to find a place, to feel the benefit of belonging. We are strongest when we work at learning and helping one another.

Accountability – All of us are responsible for our actions. We must be diligent in our pursuit of excellence for ourselves, our families our community and the next generation.

Life-long learning – Every day we commit ourselves to speaking the truth and to searching for the truth. We are in an endless endeavor to understand how others think and how our world works.

Outstanding Students

Gabriela Rodriguez(Right) received a certificate of Commendation for her exceptional academic promise and outstanding performance on the PSAT. Sam Cheng(Left) was named a Semifinalist in the Merit Scholarship competition.

Yoricka Powell has been recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Important Documents
2013 - 2014 CalendarSchool Governance Council
School Governance Council (SGC) Information
Overview: School Governance Councils were created by the state’s recent education reform law (Public Act 10-111) to enable parents, school staff, students (where appropriate) and community leaders to work together to improve student achievement in the state’s lowest performing schools. School Governance Councils serve in an advisory capacity and are charged with assisting the school administration in making programmatic and operational changes to improve the school’s achievement.
(CT State Department of Education website)

· For more information, please visit the following State Department of Education website: Click Here


For more information, contact Mr. Curtin at

Central Alumnus Wins Congressional Gold Medal

BRIDGEPORT -- Shortly after graduating from Central High School in 1943, 17-year-old Lavell Lynch heard African-Americans could join the U.S. Marine Corps. He figured he would try it out. "I was an adventurous type of young man," he recalled.Lynch's parents didn't know their 5-foot-7-inch, 130-pound son had enlisted. "My father had a fit," Lynch said. His mother simply said, "Let him learn for himself."
On Tuesday, Lynch, now 85 years old, will receive a Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C., for his service as one of the first African-American Marines in the country.
Lynch was a member of the Montford Point Marines, a segregated group of African-American Marines based in Jacksonville, N.C.

Central High Alumnus Knighted

Bridgeport's soon-to-be British knight eschews shining armor -- and for that matter, he doesn't often wear white tie and tails, which is the usual getup for a man in his position.But on Tuesday, May 15, Antonio "Tony" Pappano -- a 1977 graduate of Central High School -- has an invitation to join Queen Elizabeth at London's Buckingham Palace. And for the occasion, he will be "dressed to the nines," wearing a morning outfit -- daytime formal wear that includes full tails, a waistcoat, tie, striped or black trousers and a top hat.
Read Story Here

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