East Hartford Middle School picking up accolades
By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
Just two months into the new school year, East Hartford Middle School is already accumulating accolades. Anthony Menard, the principal of EHMS, is a recipient of the Middle Level William Cieslukowski First-Year Principal Award for 2013-2014, and the school itself has been recognized as a “Spotlight School” by the New England League of Middle Schools.
EHMS was announced as a “Spotlight” award winner in September. This honor is bestowed upon schools that demonstrate effective teaching and learning for middle school students.
“East Hartford Middle School is a very special school, and this award recognizes that students at East Hartford Middle School are getting the best education possible,” said Nathan Quesnel, the superintendent of East Hartford public schools and a former principal of EHMS.
EHMS serves 1,100 students in grades six through eight and has around 200 staff members.
Quesnel and Assistant Superintendent Anne Marie Mancini notified Menard in early October that he was the recipient of the First-Year Principal Award. Menard was nominated for the award by a staff member. The Connecticut Association of Schools then reviewed all the nominations before making their selections.
“I was obviously very humbled at the fact that you get recognized for what the school is doing on the state level and appreciative to be in a position where I work with really good people from our central office leadership team to our teachers and staff here at East Hartford Middle School,” said Menard, who will be honored during a ceremony on Nov. 18 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.
Menard has 18 years of experience in the education field, with the past five at EHMS. He is in his second year as principal at EHMS and he said he plans to continue to, “build a very strong school culture where people work together and respect one another and are open and willing to share ideas and thoughts about how we can progress,” he said.
“I think our discipline, the way in which we teach our kids to make good decisions and choices, is something that we’re very proud of as a school,” added Menard. Another area that Menard said he is proud of is the CMT writing scores which were 79 percent proficient or better. “The state average is 84 percent, and when you can start to chase what is expected in terms of what the state is doing, what everyone is doing as a school, I think those are things to be very, very proud of.”
Menard said he has also worked on improving the relationship between the school, family and community. “I think the more people that we have involved in working with our children, the better off we all are,” said Menard.
Going forward, Menard said he looks to continue building on what he’s established at EHMS and, “get better at what we’re doing.”
“I love the fact that there’s always room to grow personally and collectively as a school, and although we have accomplished a lot, I don’t think we’re ever complacent; and our goal is to get better in every aspect of making this school great,” said Menard.