Senior citizens learn about Windsor public schools
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Tue., May. 7, 2013
The Breakfast for Seniors with the superintendent of schools has become an anticipated annual event in Windsor every spring. On May 2, new Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey A. Villar hosted the event for the first time, highlighting the features of the Windsor public school system.
Villar touched upon several topics, one of which was the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program that is being used district-wide. “We have reduced disciplinary infractions by one-third over three years,” said Villar. “We’ve taken it to scale nation-wide.” The program is a way for school personnel to develop evidence-based behavior interventions. It is prevention-oriented and supports all students, he said.
Board of Education President Doreen Richardson also spoke. “Windsor has reaffirmed its mission to discover the genius in every child,” said Richardson, “to create life-long learners.”
Mayor Don Trinks, who also owns Bart’s Beanery, then took the podium to speak to what he jokingly referred to as “all his customers,” and continued to sing the praises of the school system. “When it comes to talking about the school system, you’re the best,” he said to those gathered in the Windsor High School library. “Everybody has bad stories, but this environment is safe and conducive to learning,” he said. He then went on to congratulate the student culinary team, who had prepared all the food which was being served that morning.
“You get a fine education in the Windsor public school system,” said Trinks. “The world is changing fast. As a member of the class of 1979, we walked out of here and it was good at the time.” But he said that as the world changes, the education offered in Windsor has to change, too. “It’s all about the real world,” he added.
WHS Principal Russell Sills described some of the achievements of the nearly 1,180 high schools students. With 19 Advanced Placement courses, Sills said, “We have students who will enter college this year already having their first semester done.”
He also listed some of the awards and scholarships that the culinary students have recently achieved, and that one WHS student achieved a rare perfect score on the national Latin exam. Mentioning the work of scholar-athletes, he remarked that Windsor has the highest academic expectations of its athletes that he knows of in the state of Connecticut.
Model students also took the podium to talk to the elders of the community: Jonathan Rush, a talented musician who will be attending Ohio State University; Liam Foreman, who will be attending Perdue; and Sydnee Over, a scholar-athlete in track and field, who will be graduating this year after a very successful track and field career at WHS. She has also been recently named the 2013 Shad Derby Queen.