Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Principal
Stephen Anderson
Email : sanderson2@bridgeportedu.net
Phone : 203-576-7377
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Central High
1 Lincoln Boulevard 
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Zip Code: 06606 

Phone: (203) 576-7377 
Magnet: (203) 576-7763 
Fax: (203) 337-0173 
Adult Ed. (203) 275-1508




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Graduation 2014 Summer ReadingProm

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The Ring Dance
Junior Princess: Dajha
Junior Prince: Michael

"Grecian Nights" Junior Ring Dance
May 9, 2014

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

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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)
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.
Spirit Week Pictures

Science Fair Winners School Governance Council
Our next meeting is Tuesday 5/20 evening at 5 PM. There is an open parent election ballot count process taking place at 4:30 -- We invite as many as possible to come.

Agenda for 5/20/14

Minutes
11/9/2013
1/7/14
1/28/14
2/25/14
4/29/14


Fairfield County Scholarships
Attention Seniors: THE FAIRFIELD COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS are now available. Please visit www.fccfoundation.org (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." - 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
Letters
9th Grade Orientation

Central High School will be having an Orientation Day for incoming 9th graders on Wednesday, August 6th. Please read the letter below.

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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)




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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

Parent Appreciation Celebration


Parent Appreciation Celebration in the cafeteria June 18th at 5:30.

British Summer Studies

Kimlee Heng and Charlene Pires were accepted in to the British Studies Program. They won an all expense paid travel study program to London and will visit the Tower of London, Oxford, Parliament, the Globe Theater and Westminister Abbey. The girls will be learning about art, economy, literature, theater and music.
Parents'Center

The Bridgeport Board of Education Parents' Center is offering Summer Classes.

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State 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 MaineCentral Softball Strikes Out Cancer


The Central High School Varsity and JV softball teams will be hosted our first annual Strike Out Cancer Game on Wednesday, May 14th against Staples High School. The game is at home and will start at 4:00 pm following a brief ceremony. The girls are going around distributing Cards of Hope to remember or honor a friend or relative that has battled cancer; the cards will be displayed on banners during the games. Our goal is to raise $1000 to donate to the American Cancer Society. Please consider helping us reach our goal by making a donation to any member of the softball team or any of the coaches. The girls will start collecting donations during report card conferences tomorrow. We appreciate your help in towards meeting our goal and are so happy to have the opportunity to support the American Cancer Society's goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Summer Activities GuideState 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




SHU Pre-College
For current Sophomores and Juniors: Sacred Heart University offers a Summer Pre-College Program from July 7-25. Students may take college-level courses and gain college credit. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a letter of recommendation from the guidance counselor. The cost is $200 per class. You may download the application from the following website; www.sacredheart.edu/precollege. The deadline to apply is June 15.

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. www.nutmegstategames.org, 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



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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.

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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 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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