News from Colchester schools

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Colchester - posted Tue., Jun. 18, 2013
The Jack Jackter Intermediate School Student Senate recently held a ‘Kids Helping Kids’ food drive. - Contributed Photo

Colchester schools seek parent input
Colchester public schools seek the valuable input of parents/guardians regarding how the school system is doing. Starting next school year (2013-2014) the school system wishes to obtain parent input as part of its new teacher evaluation system.  Parents/guardians are asked complete a 77-question survey, which will take approximately 15-20 minutes, at If you have more than one child in the school system, you may complete the survey for each child. If you prefer, paper copies of the survey are available at each of the schools’ main offices and at the Board of Education office, located in Town Hall. Please complete the survey by July 30.

WJJMS student receives Youth In Action Award
On April 25, William J. Johnston Middle School eighth-grade student Luke Hajdasz was the recipient of Liberty Bank's Youth In Action Award. Hajdasz received this honor at a ceremony in Middletown for his volunteer work at the Colchester Senior Center. Youth In Action Award candidates are young leaders who have worked hard to make a difference by volunteering, fundraising and/or speaking out. This award is presented annually to honor two students (one in grades 9-12, and one in grades 6-8) who have engaged in outstanding and extensive community service and/or philanthropy in towns served by Liberty Bank. Each award recipient has the opportunity to direct a $1,000 donation to the nonprofit organization(s) of his/her choice. Hajdasz has demonstrated his commitment to making Colchester a better place to live through his volunteer work and has generously selected the Colchester Senior Center as the recipient of the $1,000 funds.

Bacon student selected as All-American
The National High School Coaches Association is proud to announce the 2013 NHSCA High School Academic All-Americans for the 2012-2013 school year. Matt McAllister competes in the sport of wrestling at Bacon Academy for coaches Mike Voiland and Mike Morris, Jr. He currently has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked #23 in the class of 264.  McAllister placed second in the 2010 state championships, third in 2011, second in 2012, and was a state champion in 2013. He has a career record of 135-26.  This is McAllister’s fourth time being honored as an Academic All-American (Bacon Academy’s first student-athlete to achieve this honor all four years). He was also named male scholar-athlete for Bacon Academy, as recognized by the CAS-CIAC.

JJIS students hold ‘Kids Helping Kids’ food drive
The Jack Jackter Intermediate School Student Senate recently held a "Kids Helping Kids" food drive. They advertised by making posters, fliers and making announcements. The focus was on donating foods that kids like to eat (like cereal, pasta, peanut butter, mac n' cheese, etc., and even some snack food like cookies and Goldfish). They collected canned and boxed food that could be shared with families in need in Colchester.  The student body generously responded and brought in a lot of food. On June 5, JJIS math specialist Tracy Moore, delivered more than 400 food items to the Colchester Food Bank.

Bacon Academy educator has fifth book published
John L. Stanizzi, Bacon Academy English teacher and theater director, recently released his fifth book of poems, titled “After the Bell.”  The 1998 New England Poet of the Year (The New England Association of Teachers of English) has authored “Ecstasy Among Ghosts,” “Sleepwalking,” “Windows,” and “Dance Against the Wall.” He has had several works appear in other publications, such as “The New York Quarterly,” “Poet Lore” and “The Connecticut River Review.” After 21 dedicated years of teaching at Bacon Academy, Stanizzi has decided to retire at the end of this school year. His retirement coincides with his recent masterpiece, as it’s a collection of poems all about his years of teaching at Bacon.

Bacon construction students build picnic tables for courtyard
The Bacon Academy construction program has successfully completed six picnic tables for the Bacon courtyard, funded by a grant that technology education teacher Dan Ramage was graciously awarded by the Colchester Learning Foundation. Construction students responsible for completing the tables are Aidan Armstrong, Eric Fedus, Trevor Sirois, Robert Lockwood, Deaven Garrick and Brandon Moro.

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