Friday, October 24, 2014

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Eric Graf
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Central High
1 Lincoln Boulevard 
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Zip Code: 06606 

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Central Magnet Information Senior Banquet School Governance Council

Elections for teacher and student vacancies on the SGC will be held on Friday, October 24. Ms. Trapasso is coordinating the student election and Ms. Pursell is coordinating the teacher election. The election for the parent election will be held at the PowerSchool Workshop tonight.

Click here to learn about candidates running for these positions. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

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University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut offers two competitive scholarships with the followingrequirements: THE NUTMEG SCHOLARSHIP: GPA minimum 3.5, SAT minimum 1,300 (2 tests-Reading & Math) or ACT minimum 29, leadership in activities in school or community.

THE DAY OF PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP: GPA minimum 3.5, SAT minimum 1,100 (2 tests), leadership activities in school or community.*Candidates must complete The Common Application by November 1 as well as a counselor nomination by November 1 with all supporting documents.

School News:
Central will hold its annual college fair on October 30 from 6:00-8:00pm. Over 50 colleges will be in attendance.

Central will hold its annual financial aid night on November 20 from 6:00-7:30. Bring your parents for this powerpoint presentation.
Graduation 2014 Summer ReadingThe Ring Dance
Junior Princess: Dajha
Junior Prince: Michael

"Grecian Nights" Junior Ring Dance
May 9, 2014

Click here to view pictures

Class of 2015 Advisors: Mrs. Abraham and Mrs. Murphy

Please send pictures to msalejandracuevas@gmail.com
Governor's Scholar


Camille Di Bella was selected as one of 30 Governor’s Scholars from the state of Connecticut. Over 150 juniors were selected from high schools statewide and were judged by a committee of administrators on their cumulative PSAT scores, GPAs, class ranks, and their scores on an essay administered by the committee. Camille was awarded with a $25,000 scholarship to UConn and was given the opportunity to take free college courses during next year’s fall and spring semesters at Fairfield University and Yale University, among others.
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 Merquiadez Arce Jr. who wrote, “He changes lives; he inspires others, and goes above and beyond at Central High School. These are the perfect reasons why he is the perfect candidate for the BEARD award. Teacher, director, mentor, friend what ever you want to call him Mr., Mitchell deserves this award for his work at Central High School.”

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.

Words on Wheels Winners
The following students were winners in Words on Wheels Poetry Contest and will have their poems published on the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority buses.

Favor Ajayi 9th grade (Central)
Carolina Santiago 9th grade (Central)
Dennys Hernandez 9th grade (Central)
Ulisses Rivera 9th grade (Central)
Dyshona Richards 9th grade (Central Magnet)


Science Fair Winners 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." - buildOn.org

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


NEASC


Central has received NEASC Accreditation
Ct. Post Article
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
PBIS
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
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College Fair
College Fair to be held at on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the United Hall on 717 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT The event include three parts:

College Presentations at 4:00pm
Financial Aid Workshop at 6:00pm and
College Fair from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

The following colleges and Universities will be in attendance and will waive their usual College application fees for the 2015/2016 school year for all students who apply at the fair.

Andrews University - Berrien Springs, MI
La Sierra University - Riverside, CA
Oakwood University - Huntsville, AL
Pacific Union College - Napa Valley, CA
Southern Adventist University - Collegedale, TN
Southwestern Adventist University - Keene, TX
Washington Adventist University - Takoma Park, MD

Grateful if you would make the information provided available to your students, especially your 11th and 12th graders. Prospective students are encouraged to register at http://bridgeporttabernacleof22.adventistchurchconnect.org/

Should you have any questions, please feel free to call Fern Mann at (203) 502-1156.

Poster - Click Here
Central College fair
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE FAIR
October 30th from 6-8pm
Over 40 colleges will attend.
Central Players Present: Deathtrap
Deathtrap is a killer comedy with a style and genre all it's own. Fading Broadway playwright, Sidney Bruhl, is sent a dazzling sure-fire murder mystery by a student of his. Hatching a devious plan in his head, Sidney must decide whether or not he is willing to kill for the play. Will he kill his student for another chance at fame and glory? Will he become a huge Broadway playwright once more? Only one way to find out: come see the twists and turns of Deathtrap on November 14 at 7pm or November 15 at 2pm & 7pm. Tickets are now on sale! See any cast member or Mr. Mitchell in A109. This show is rated PG-13 for scary elements and mild language.
Student Code of Conduct
SAT and ACT Schedule 2014-15
SATs

November 8: Registration deadline: October 9
Late registration: October 28
December 6: Registration deadline: November 6
Late registration: Nov. 24
January 24: Registration deadline: December 29
Late registration: January 13
March 14: Registration deadline: Feb. 13
Late registration: March 3
May 2: Registration deadline: April 6
Late registration: April 21
June 6: Regular Registration: May 8
Late registration: May 27


ACT's
TEST: Oct. 25
Register by Sept. 19
TEST: Dec. 13
Register by Nov. 7
TEST: Feb. 7
Register by Jan. 9
TEST: April 18
Register by March 13
TEST: June 13 Register by May 8
Caribbean American Heritage
Essay Contest
Central had four finalists in the Caribbean American Heritage Essay Contest sponsored by Sacred Heart University.

The Finalists and their teachers are :
  • Geranne B. S. Darbouze - Teacher: Mrs. Joanne Ryan
  • Gissell Reid - Teacher: Mrs. Joanne Ryan
  • Takeyce Powell - Teacher - Mr. Joseph Jeffery
  • Looney Chery - Teacher - Mr. Joseph Jeffery

The awards presentation is on September 6, 2014 at the Commons, Sacred Heart University, 6 - 8 pm.



America's Next Top Model?
BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport native is one of the contestants on this season's "America's Next Top Model."Keith Carlos, who now lives in Atlanta, went to Central High School in Bridgeport, where he played football. Carlos says he got into modeling when he had to give up football after injuring his leg.
Carlos says getting onto the show was tough. After he made the cut, he spent more than two months filming in California and Seoul, South Korea.
Carlos' family and friends gathered in Shelton to watch the show's premiere and he says he is very grateful to have them all supporting him.
SGC
Today, August 15, 2014, at 9:22 A.M. a motion was made by Edward Vilorio to convene an Executive Session of the School Governance Council of Central High School. The motion was seconded by Glenda Perry. There were no objections.

The attendees were:
Edward Vilorio
Glenda Perry
Ann Trapasso
Luciana Pursell
Andrew McConnell

Along with Mr. Graf, the Council members interviewed six candidates for the positions of Assistant Principal and Interim Assistant Principal at Central High School. The Council subsequently came to a consensus on the two most qualified candidates and forwarded their names to the Superintendent via Ms. Mason.

At 1:10 P.M., a motion was made by Andrew McConnell to end the Executive Session of the SGC; the motion was seconded by Ann Trapasso and there were no objections.

These meeting minutes were recorded by Andrew McConnell
AP Scholars
Central had 16 AP Scholars this year. All the Scholars passed at least 3 Advanced Placement tests.

AP Scholar with Distinction
Sam Cheng

AP Scholars
Annel Alcantara
Brian Alvarez
Amy Cerezo
Alejandra Cuevas (11th grade)
Camille Di Bella (11th grade)
Heimi Dominguez
Nicole Gomez
Mildred Morgan
Yoricka Powell
Daniel Reyes
Jasmine Riodin
Gabriela Rodriguez
Zolia Rodriguez
Cynthia Vu (11th grade)





National Honor Society Seniors



Akosua Agyei - UCONN
Annel Alcantara - Sacred Heart University
Diamond Allen - North Carolina Wesleyan College
Kassi Araujo - University of Scranton
Jennifer Arias - Fairfield University
Shannalee Brown - UCONN
Rhamzi Burks - Long Island University - Brooklyn
Amy Cerezo - UCONN
Sam Cheng - Princeton University
Djenifer DaGraca - HCC
Heimi Dominguez - Fairfield University
Leana Gomes - Franklin and Marshall College
Nicole Gomez - UCONN
Akili Marshall - Fairfield University
Natalie Ortiz - Fairfield University
Dominique Pierce - University of Bridgeport
Yoricka Powell - Northeastern University
Jasmine Riodin - University of Pennsylvania
Zoila Rodriguez Colgate University
Gabriela Rodriguez - Tufts University
Zerin Sattar- Fairfield University
Michellia Sumigar - Sacred Heart University

Parents'CenterState Champions

Bridgeport Central's Kanajzae Brown, left, leads in the girls 100 meter dash final at the CIAC Class LL Connecticut Outdoor Track & Field State Championship at Danbury High School in Danbury, Conn. Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Kanajzae won the event with a time of 12.45. Kanajzae also won the State Championship in the 200 meter dash wih a time of 25.31.

Central's 4x100 relay team consisting of Clivea Baker, Kanajzae Brown, Chineka Haye and Thea Stephens also won the State Championship with a time of 49.62

Almost MaineState Coach of the Year

Coach Barry McLeod has been named the State Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by the New Haven Register. Coach McLeod led the Hilltoppers to a 27-1 record and the Class LL state championship. Central finished No. 1 in the final Register Top 10 poll. This was his third state title in 22 years at Central, and the program’s fifth overall. Coach McLeod was the Register’s State Coach of the Year and FCIAC coach of the year in 2010.

All-State
Tyler Ancrum was named First Team All-State by the New Haven Register. Tyler was also the FCIAC Player of the Year and a Coaches Class LL All-State pick.
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




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.
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



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.



Important Documents
2014 - 2015 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 dcurtin@bridgeportedu.net

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.
Continued..


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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