Superintendent hosts Older Americans Breakfast

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., May. 12, 2011
Windsor High School Principal Russell Sills talked to the seniors about the accomplishments of the high school. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Windsor High School Principal Russell Sills talked to the seniors about the accomplishments of the high school. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Windsor public schools celebrated Older Americans Month with a well-attended breakfast at the high school on May 5. The library doors were opened to Windsor residents to eat student-made creations and hear from the leaders of the school system. They were able to brush up on the programs and initiatives that the district is presently pursuing. Interim Superintendent Ernest L. Perlini hosted the event and also used the opportunity to interact with Windsor’s senior population.

After Town Manager Peter Souza addressed the crowd, Board of Education President Milo Peck took the microphone and emphatically thanked the seniors for their interest and concern for Windsor’s students. “Thank you for your support of the public school system. Thank you for supporting our children,” he said. “When you support them, you support yourselves. This is going to be our legacy.”

Perlini took a few questions from those who had gathered. One man asked why Windsor couldn’t start offering full-day kindergarten next year instead of in 2012-2013. Perlini answered that Windsor is not financially budgeted to begin full-day kindergarten next year. Peck stepped in and added that, more importantly, Windsor is presently determining what the full-day program would be comprised of and that “planning is paramount” to making the first year of the program a success.

WHS Principal Russell Sills announced that the high school’s Advanced Placement program continues to be robust. He also announced that the top three AP instructors in Connecticut are all WHS teachers. These three teachers, in math, science and English, will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored later this month.

Three graduating 12th-graders expressed to the seniors why they feel that Windsor High is such a valuable school with both academics and extra-curricular activities. “Track and field has been the highlight of my high school career,” said Brianna Allen, a nationally-ranked athlete who will be attending UConn. Another senior, Brianna Lawrence, expressed her thanks to the teachers who “put her on the right track” by enrolling her in the seminar program as a freshman. “The teachers here at Windsor High are willing to teach, if the students are willing to be taught,” she said.

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