News from Colchester schools

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Colchester - posted Mon., May. 13, 2013
(L-r) Taylor McLaughlin and Carlee Putnam were honored by Connecticut High School Scholastic Basketball for their success in academics and basketball. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Bacon Academy female athletes receive basketball honors
This month, two Bacon Academy female athletes were selected by Connecticut High School Scholastic Basketball (CHSSBA) for their success in education, as well as basketball. Taylor McLaughlin, a senior, was selected for First Team All-State & Regional All-Star. Carlee Putnam, a senior, was selected as Regional All-Star. For a complete coverage of the past season and player profiles, visit CHSSBA’s website at

JJIS Unified Sports athletes honored at Rock Cats game
Jack Jackter Intermediate School’s Unified Sports team, coordinated by JJIS P.E. and health teacher Eric Shane, was recently selected by the New Britain Rock Cats baseball organization and honored at a home game on April 27, through the Rock Cats’ Hometown Champions Program. The team was recognized prior to the start of the Rock Cats game with more than 80 friends and family in attendance showing their support.

JJIS honors volunteers
Jack Jackter Intermediate School proudly welcomed more than 50 guests to their annual Volunteer Breakfast, held on May 2. Each year this event is held to thank and honor the many volunteers who help make a difference in the school throughout the year. 
Staff members collectively provided food and beverages at the breakfast as JJIS chorus teacher Monica Dostaler welcomed guests while playing songs on the piano. This year many students created a “message in a cup” for all volunteers to show their appreciation.
Guests included members of the JJIS PTO, parent volunteers, Colchester Antique Veterans and the Colchester Historical Society. Additionally, JJIS and district staff members who also gave of their time voluntarily were present.
JJIS values the hard work and dedication it takes to initiate all the PTO fund-raisers, the many volunteers who assist in classrooms, the Veteran’s Day assembly presented by the Colchester Antique Veterans, and the Colchester Historical Society informational tours of Colchester given to third-grade students.
Town Selectman Gregg Schuster, Superintendent of Schools Jeff Mathieu, and Director of Curriculum Barbara Gilbert were also in attendance in support of the community volunteers. Volunteerism truly enhances class curriculum through involvement, increases student achievement, contributes to the community, and demonstrates compassion, empathy, tolerance, gratitude and community responsibility to students.

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