The Hawk's Highlights
Dear Vinal Tech Families,
The Holiday Season is upon us and we have many students, staff, and activities to celebrate at Vinal Tech! We are thrilled to recognize our staff and students who continuously strive for academic and technology excellence , and our student led organizations that continue to bring enthusiasm and civil service to the Vinal community!
We are delighted to kick off our Extended Day Program for students. Each month there will be social clubs, academic support, and enrichment opportunities offered to all students. A monthly calendar of events can be located at https://tinyurl.com/VinalExDay
We encourage students to join the Extended Day program to develop news skills , foster a healthy hobby, or simply socialize around a common passion.
We wish everyone a happy and healthy Holiday!!
Issue 1 | Volume 2 | 2018
12/4 Parent Conferences (academics), snow date 12/6
12/4 New England Air Museum Field Trip
12/5 Shop Selection Night
12/6 Stanley Black & Decker Field Trip
12/10 Choices Matter 10th grade Students
12/12 Cheshire Correctional Institute Field Trip
12/14 Knights of Columbus Museum- Field Trip
12/19 Chamber Breakfast
12/19 Senior Center (IST, Chorus)
12/21 Shortened Day for Staff and Students
12/24-1/1 Winter Break
1/2 Classes resume
1/2-1/16 Physical Fitness Testing Window Tenth grade
1/16 Whelan Engineering Field Trip
Team Members (left to right top): Carson Megos, Ed Chadsey, Kris Bachanalal, Jayden McDonnell, Riley McConnell, Haily Fowler, (bottom) Jazer Lockhart, Timothy Smith
Well-organized and highly-skilled Senior Volleyball Team upsets the undefeated STAFF HAWKS at the 2018 Pep Rally!
(Rematch to come!)
Issue 6 | Volume 4 | 2015
CRIMINAL JUSTICE & PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Vinal CJPS students volunteered to be victims during a CT Department of Transportation mock train crash. The drill involved numerous agencies including the CT Rail, Hartford Fire, Hartford Police, State Police, Amtrak Police, Department of Homeland Security, as well as dispatch centers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. CJPS volunteers were all tagged with various levels of injuries before departing the Berlin Station. Just north of Hartford, the train simulated a head on crash with a freight train and all of the surviing volunteers in the mock crash had to be rescued. Hartford firefighters and police quickly responded and evacuated the living patients through doors and windows after making the train safe. The drill was a valuable learning experience for all the agencies involved and our students were able to help, learn, and make connections in the trade.
Mr. Cruickshank and Mrs. Pisciotti from Criminal Justice and Protective Services are recognizing Vincent Kulmacz for his dedication and enthusiasm. Vincent has become a tremendous asset to the program and his enthusiasm and drive motivates the class to have fun with any project they are undertaking. Recently, the class practiced running an emergency operation center and as the assigned Deputy Commander, Vincent excelled, helping many of his classmates with their roles. He volunteered to assist with the school’s Open House and with several other students, he represented the shop energetically and passionately, drawing several compliments from visiting parents. Vincent is a dedicated student with a passion for helping others ingrained in him. He is a shining example of the caliber of students we are fortunate to have here at Vinal. Keep motivating us, Vinny!
The TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE TECHNOLOGYSHOWCASE showcase
A Note From Our Chefs...
As freshmen students make their selections on Shop Selection Night (December 5), the freshmen in Culinary Arts begin to learn the process of a new Art form: cooking. Long before they actually choose their trade, students in culinary not only start learning the trade but actually produce a menu and feed the student body. There's so much pride when they see people eating the food they prepared! All of this experience leads to Worked-Based Learning (WBL), that provides students the ability to work in the field and gain on-the-job experience leading to a full time job. We also have students who do not participate in WBL but work at places like, The Guilford House, Little Store, Wesleyan University, and Connecticut Wedding Group. Also, students get on-the-job experience right here at Vinal Tech. For instance, the Hawk’s Nest Restaurant (whose name is officially being changed to Amelia’s at Vinal), has students managing dining room staff, taking care of customers, and managing money as the Maître D’. Luckily for the staff and visitors there is also a weekly Friday buffet with a theme. Themes such as Halloween, Sports Teams, Veterans Day, and Hawaiian Shirt Friday. have already been celebrated this year.
The Culinary Arts Department also does Thanksgiving and Christmas Bake Sales and can provide catering for your party at home, office, or other event. Please give us a call if we can help in any way or to ask about our restaurant - 860.344.7100 ext. 395.
Project Highlight: From left to right are Evan Monteiro and Devin Worrall demonstrating their working Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Server that they were able to setup and create from the ground up. This enterprise-level technology is used in large infrastructure environments to deploy software and operating systems simultaneously to thousands of computers over a network.
A VISIT to ENERGIZE CT
HVAC sophomores joined Electrical and Carpentry to visit the Energize CT Center in North Haven on October 5th. They learned about the benefits of renewable energy and the contributions each of our trades is making towards reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, while participating in several interactive learning activities.
IST - Information Systems Technology
The month of November was a very busy one. We hosted Joby Rogers, make-up artist from the John Casablanca studios as our guest speaker. Joby reviewed with the class the numerous opportunities for make-up artists that include theatrical makeup, wedding, prom and special occasions. The junior class of Hairdressing volunteered along with their instructor, Mrs. Etheridge, to clean and weed the courtyard across from the Hairdressing classroom and spruced up the entire area. It was a wonderful bonding day as students enjoyed participating and showing pride in their school!
IST Students Receive Certifications!
Jazer Lockhart, Josh Squier, Robert Hill, and Joshua Anderson are 'rising above' and receiving extra certifications. These are industry recognized certifications from large players in the industry such as Adobe and Microsoft. Included in the picture (but not limited to since these students keep getting more and more certs), are Jazer Lockhart and Josh Squier with their Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design and Illustration using Adobe Illustrator CS6; Robert Hill holding his Microsoft Technology Associate in Introduction to Programming using HTML and CSS; and Joshua Anderson with his Microsoft Office Specialist in Office PowerPoint 2016.
IST sophomores and juniors participated in a field trip to Green Monster Electronics Recycling Center. Students were able to see first hand how the disposal of electronics relates to environmental policies, local municipal programs, and how an entire business can be made from something many of us overlook on a daily basis. Work Based Learning (WBL) opportunities were discussed as well since part of their program is repairing and restoring computers for resale.
Community Service or Volunteer-ism enables students to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as provide a service to those who need it most. Here at Vinal Tech, students are required to complete 40 hours of community service work by the end of their senior year. We recommend 20 hours of outside community work and 20 hours of service within the school. Some of the ways students can earn community service hours are through our night events. Students should speak with their counselor if they are in need of community service hours.
Shop Selection Night:
On, December 5th, Vinal will be sponsoring the Shop Selection Night for all ninth-grade students and their parents from 5:00pm-7:00pm. During the night, you will have the opportunity to hear presentations from your child’s top three technology areas. The purpose is to provide as much information as possible in order to assist students in making a more informed career choice. Both parents and students will visit the top three shops of interest for about twenty minutes. We encourage you to ask questions about starting careers, starting salaries, and Work-Based Learning opportunities. At the end of your last shop visit the technology instructor will provide you with the Trade Selection form. This form should be filled out and handed to the technology instructor prior to leaving for the evening.
Inclement Weather Announcement:
It's that time of year where inclement weather is upon us. Because Vinal serves a wide range of cities and towns throughout Connecticut, we have to rely on the busing for those school districts. Please ask your school district for their policies on school delays/early dismissals and closings, as well as busing policies. If there are delays/early dismissals or closings at the district level and Vinal is open, buses will be transporting students to and from Vinal as long as buses are running in that district. You may also want to keep a copy of your school district's calendar as well as Vinal's calendar handy. Especially during the winter months, please keep an eye on the local news stations for any delays and closings. If Vinal is open and a student misses school because their district is closed, but buses are running, it will be considered an absence for the day. Please see Vinal's handbook for the policies on absences.
Vinal in the News! Eyewitness News Channel 3 reports on the BATTLE of the TECHS! Check out the highlights: at https://tinyurl.com/vinalfootball
Brian Pereira; Director of Counseling & Admissions Micki Charton; Secretary
Counselor for Criminal Justice & Hairdressing
Gina Goldstein; Counselor Dave D'Esopo; Counselor
Counselor for Automotive , Carpentry, Electrical, Counselor for: Culinary Arts, Collision
Manufacturing, Mechanical Design & Engineering Repair,HVAC, IST, Mechatronics
Rachel Gaeta; Support Services William Weidner; School Psychologist
HAWKS VISIT SOUTHERN
HAWKS VISIT UCONN
On October 25 the Vinal Early College Expereince Cohort had the opportunity to visit the UCONN campus in Storrs. Students toured the classrooms, housing, and student common areas to see university life first- hand. University students served as tour guides and answered students questions on the tour. The ECE students are earning (3) UCONN credits in the Essentials of Economics course which can be applied to UCONN and many other universities. Several students commented that they felt the field trip was very informative and as a result are considering applying to the Storrs Campus.
On Saturday, November 10th our students attended the QUEST Education Summit at Southern CT State University. This activity was sponsored by Prospanica (https://www.prospanica.org), a professional organization dedicated to empowering the Hispanic community to reach their full educational, economic and social potential in collaboration with a number of community organizations to bring the Education Summit to the Southern campus. This was a one-day education summit for Latino/minority high school students (grades 10-12) to help students bridge the gap between high school and college. Students had the opportunity to engage with role models in the community who have overcome similar barriers to success and received the following benefits: how to build confidence and self-sufficiency, gain professional development, learn best practices for applying to and financing college, and how to discover the many resources available for educational & professional pursuits. The day consisted of a variety of events including a motivational speaker, workshops on the Admissions & Financial Aid process, and a meet and greet with current college students. Students had the opportunity to attend a mini college fair and take an abbreviated tour of the campus. Our students did a great job! They were very enthusiastic and participated in all college learning activities. They asked questions about financial aid opportunities, SAT test scores, college programs, college life, etc. They made connections with college admissions staff to learn more about college. The students were very thankful for this college learning opportunity.
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Congratulations to the following students who have secured employment experience through our pre- apprenticeship programs!
THE FOLLOWING JUNIOR HAIRDRESSING STUDENTS ARE EMPLOYED AS ASSISTANTS
OR RECEPTIONISTS AT AREA SALONS:
CONGRATULATIONS to our new Work Based Learning students
David Fitzsimmons, Precision Machining Technology and
Tyler Masterson, Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
A special THANK YOU to the companies who support our students!
Durham Manufacturing, Durham
Beautiful People, Cromwell
Hair Zone, Middletown
Red Sun Salon and Spa, Middletown
Rina's Hair Salon, Rocky Hill
Grossman Chevrolet, Old Saybrook
Mr. Szydlowsk's Yearbook Announcement
Attention Seniors: January 16-17 is the last call for a Senior Portrait Session. Students need to go to http://www.photoappointment.com and enter the school password which is VINAL2019 (all caps VINAL). Create an account and schedule an appointment for the open days/time slots available on January 16 or 17 any time between 8:00am - 2:15pm. Students will show their instructor the appointment confirmation as their pass to go get their senior photo taken.
A Message from Mrs. Etheridge, SkillsUSA Advisor
SkillsUSA members have been busy this November hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross. The blood drive was held on November 29 in the Library Media Center. The Red Cross is currently experiencing a blood shortage in the state of Connecticut and Vinal Tech is here to support the cause and lend a hand.
SkillsUSA and the National Honor Society are sponsoring a Coat and Toy Drive here at the school. Gently used toys are accepted and all donations will be distributed in December to the Amazing Grace facility, St. Vincent DePaul and the Middletown Parks and Recreation. Students and staff are encouraged to drop off the items in boxes in the main office.
SkillsUSA – All students who are planning on participating in any competition for SkillsUSA on March 29 (State Competitions) will need to take the official online SkillsUSA test during shop cycle. Practice tests are currently online as of December 1, 2018 and can be accessed at the following link: www.skillsusa.org. Go to the practice test. The official testing period is January 2–21, 2019.
- CLASS OF 2019 -
A note from Mrs. Johnson, Senior Class Advisor
We are almost at the half way point of senior year. The class officers are working toward our next fundraiser in February.
The senior class is selling Teddy bears with little cards for Valentine's Day for $6.00 each starting the 1st of February. Also, a reminder that all class dues should be paid up to date to be in good standing with any upcoming senior events. The class officers are working toward future fundraiser ideas and a great senior class outing!
Don't forget! Senior Prom is at the Saint Clements Castle in Portland…the excitement of prom is starting to build.
The Senior Class would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday!
Activity and Advisors' Board