News from Colchester schools

By Colchester Public Schools
Colchester - posted Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
Colchester Teacher of the Year Karen Groves. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Colchester supports Unified Sports event

The Jack Jackter Intermediate School hosted a Unified Sports event on Saturday, Nov. 16, in its gymnasium in Colchester. The Jack Jack Intermediate Unified Sports team, along with District Unified Sports teams from the MacDonough School of Manchester, Elizabeth Green School of Newington, and New Fairfield School participated. Physical education and health teacher Eric Shane organized the event with the help of staff and his student volunteers. The gymnasium was filled with student athletes, their families, volunteers and cheering spectators all enjoying the event.

Unified Sports is an important program because it expands sports opportunities for athletes and partners seeking new challenges. The program combines both individuals with and without disabilities of similar age and ability on the same sports teams for training and competition.

Colchester teacher honored at state awards ceremony

Colchester Teacher of the Year Karen Groves was honored at the 2014 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony at The Bushnell in Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Groves was supported by Superintendent Jeffry Mathieu, Colchester Elementary School Principal Anne Watson, as well as her family and friends as she was honored at the state ceremony.

The Connecticut Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and honors teacher excellence. The program recognizes teachers who have inspired a love for learning in their students and who have distinguished themselves in the profession. Groves is a first-grade teacher at the Colchester Elementary School and has worked in the district since August, 2000. Her philosophy on education and dedication to her students are just some of the qualities that have earned Groves the respect and admiration of students, parents, coworkers and administrators.

Colchester students prepare to ‘stuff-a-bus’

At the Colchester Elementary School, the children take pride in talking care of themselves, each other, their school and the world. They are putting together a very special event that was created to give back to their community and the many families that may need help. Their schools Donation Difference Maker Caring Cardinal Club is asking for donations of food items that will be given to their town’s food bank. Children will “stuff-a-bus” with all the generous donations on Dec. 20 at 9:30 am.

The M&J Bus Company is providing the bus with their staff to take the donations to the Colchester Food Bank on Dec. 20. They are collecting canned soup, vegetables, fruit, tuna fish, beans, pasta, spaghetti sauce, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, and toiletries such as toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and baby items, just to name a few. If you are able to participate, please drop off your gift or gifts at the Colchester Elementary School before Dec. 20. The children can make a big difference in the lives of the Colchester community with your support.

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