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Colchester - posted Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
Matt McCune made a piece of jewelry for the ‘Art Clay Aid’ project at JJIS. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Bacon athletes selected for All-State team
Bacon Academy senior Josh Healy and sophomore Jonah Beauton were selected to the 2013 CIAC Class S All-State team. Both students had a terrific lacrosse season and were honored at a CIAC banquet on June 18.

Students make clay jewelry to help those in need
The purpose of the “Art Clay Aid” production company is to increase student awareness of their role as global citizens. Students meet weekly to make clay beads to be used in necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Jewelry created in Art Clay Aid is later sold at the JJIS School Store. This year students have also decided to try the first “Build a Bracelet” event, in which students may create their own bracelets using the beads created by the Clay Aid Production Company.  All proceeds from the sale of our creations go to student-selected charities. Over the past two years, approximately $700 has been collected. The total monies raised by the students will be split between ASPCA, Newtown Schools, Wounded Warriors and Connecticut Children’s Hospital. 

JJIS students hold Jog-A-Thon for PE equipment
On May 23, Jack Jackter Intermediate School students participated in the fifth annual “Jog-A-Thon.” The purpose of this activity was to promote wellness through physical activity while raising funds for the PTO, which supports the school in many ways. Under the supervision of administration, classroom teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals and parents, all of the students ran, jogged or walked on a designated track for 25 minutes around the JJIS field. Students obtained sponsors who donated a dollar amount of their choice (all students participated even if they could not obtain a donation). Together the students raised $2,364.50, which will be used to purchase PE equipment.

Bacon students enjoy cultural food excursion
Bacon Academy students from Sue Murphy’s and Chef Donna Kaik’s culinary classes recently enjoyed a cultural culinary field trip. On May 30, they traveled to El Mercado in Hartford’s Park Street neighborhood to shop the grocery store and sample food court items from the Mexican, Dominican, Peruvian and Colombian restaurants. Then journeyed to Abysinnian, on Farmington Avenue, an Ethiopian restaurant, for a demonstration of their Injera bread making and a generous lunch. They culminated the trip with a sweet visit and tour of Mozzicato’s Bakery on Franklin Avenue, complete with fresh-made cannolis.

Bacon clothing students hold fashion show
On June 7, Bacon Academy students from Sue Murphy’s Costume Creations and Clothing Seminar classes created a variety of clothing items that were displayed in a musical fashion show in the Bacon Academy cafeteria during all three lunch waves. Toddler Madilyn Farmer stole the show in her pink jumper that was designed, cut, and sewn by her aunt (and Bacon student) Brittney Hall. Students who finished costumes for the play were thrilled to make a dress, skirt, or top for their summer wardrobe.

EB selects two BA students for summer internship
Two Bacon Academy students, Alex Roberts and Austin Roberts, will be participating in the Electric Boat 2013 Summer Internship Program.  The internship was offered to Chris Petersen’s engineering students, as well as students from other area schools. The students participated in a competitive application process that spanned all the participating schools. Engineering interns will assist engineers in checking calculations, reviewing and preparing technical documents, resolving shipyard problems and other engineering activities at Electric Boat in Groton.

Bacon Youth Forum students inspired by John Lobon, Syracuse 8
On June 13, Bacon Academy’s Diversity Club/CT Youth Forum students, along with Bacon FCS teacher and club advisor Sue Murphy, held a presentation at Bacon Academy. The Youth Forum operates on a single premise: stereotypes are challenged, prejudices are dispelled and communities are built when we talk, listen and connect with one another. Their mission is to bring teens together through discussion and activity while providing opportunities for growth and exploration. Their topic for this discussion was about Civil Rights and Equality. Their guest speaker was John Lobon, from the Syracuse 8. In 1970, there was a group of African-American football players at Syracuse University that boycotted the football season in a collective effort to demand change and promote racial equality within the university football program. Although called the “Syracuse 8” by the media in 1970, the group actually included nine individuals, John Lobon being one of them. Throughout the presentation, faculty members lead break-out discussions with the students.

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