The Hawk's Highlights
Dear Vinal Tech Families,
This year is off to an innovative and inspirational start thanks to the students and staff who have made numerous contributions. It is our goal to share positive stories, activities, and student distinctions in our new monthly publication of The Hawk’s Highlights.
The Vinal Tech community is happy to welcome our new electrical instructor, Mr. Edward Puleo. He comes to us with over twenty five years experience in the commercial and residential fields. Mrs. Kiernan Willis joined our staff as the Student Achievement Intervention Lab teacher. She has over three years of experience as a school counselor in the New Haven public school system. Mr. David Batch filled the vacant assistant principal position to join the administrative team. He previously served as the general department head at Windham Tech. Welcome aboard to our new additions.
Vinal's National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held on October 19, recognizing students in the Four Pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. Congratulations to the 2018 inductees: Imane Chiby, Lisette Curillo, Lily Desjardins, Grace Dinsmore, Alexandra Henderson, Ariana Johnson, Jaden McDonald, Franco Romano, Jessie Smith, Tim Smith, and Abigail Young!
Issue 1 | Volume 1 | 2018
Mr. Hood, Manufacturing Department Head, recognizes Ian Manning for his talents, dedication, and passion in Precision Machining Technology. Ian is Employed at Sirois Tool in Berlin under the WBL (Work Based Learning) program since his junior year and is currently working towards his Precision Grinding Specialist apprenticeship. Ian also made a personal goal of becoming the first high school student to earn all 18 NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Standards) credentials for Precision Machining and CNC set-up and programming. NIMS is a rigorous test that requires a part to be manufactured by the student to meet all specifications on the drawing and then verified for accuracy by a third party, usually an area of a company's inspection department. After the part has been verified for 100% accuracy, the student then needs to pass an online theory exam that confirms knowledge in the trade subject. Congratulations Ian on pursuing the highest level of NIMS credentialing!!!
Issue 6 | Volume 4 | 2015
Mr. Adamczyk and Mrs. Pisciotti from Mechanical Design and Engineering Technlogy recognize Jaden McDonnell for his accomplishments and dedication in his education. Jayden was the first freshman to receive his certification in Solidworks, and has earned a Work Based Learning (WBL) job. Jaden has held a position at Zygo Corporation in the Design and Drafting department, working roughly 20 hours a week throughout the school year and full time employment in the summer. Academically, Jaden has maintained a 4.0 GPA and takes night classes at Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University. Jaden is expected to graduate Vinal Tech with certifications specific to Mechanical Design and Engineering with thirty college credits earned. Jaden's intentions are to attend college and he would like to major in Aerospace Engineering.
Mrs. Etheridge, SkillsUSA Advisor at Vinal Technical High School is proud to announce that on October 12, 2018, our very own Kyle Leupold has been elected President of the prestigious Connecticut SkillsUSA organization at the annual Connecticut SkillsUSA Leadership Conference held at the Armed Forces Training Center in Middletown, CT. Kyle will represent over 11,000 students from all across the state with their career and technical endeavors. Kyle is currently a senior at Vinal Technical High School where he is working toward a diploma in Information Systems Technology. In the fall of 2019, Kyle is looking forward to attending Johnson and Wales University where he will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Marketing and Social Media. While attending Johnson and Wales University, Kyle will stay pursuant to his dream of becoming a SkillsUSA National Officer! Kyle has had the opportunity to serve as class president for all of his four years at Vinal. Let us all take a moment to congratulate him as he has accomplished a great deal in just four years! Thank you, Kyle for representing Vinal Technical High School so well!
The Senior showcase
Spotlight on Guidance
As part of our first phase exploratory program for freshmen, the Criminal Justice Program was able to train 94 freshmen in CPR through the American Heart Association. Students learned invaluable CPR skills, the school's emergency procedures, and how to use the school's defibrillator! They also learned how to get help effectively, the location of the school's defibrillator, and the locations of many defibrillators within their communities. Our Vinal community and the homes of our students are all a little safer now thanks to Mr. Cruickshank and Mrs. Pisciotti.
On November 8, Irene Martin, Director of Financial Aid for Middlesex Community College will be presenting the Options and Benefits of Finical Aid. Irene's presentation will allow you to navigate the financial aid application process for any college. This presentation is designed to communicate what every parent needs to know about the Finical Aid process. The presentation starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Library Media Center. Please RSVP to Micki Charton, Counseling Secretary, if you will be attending. Micki.Charton@ct.gov
Daisy Aiken; who has an office housed at Middlesex Community College; from the CONNTAC Equal Opportunity Center, began to meet with seniors who are interested in college planning and financial aid support. The CONNTAC Organization continues to provide our students and families with ongoing assistance throughout the school year. SAVE THE DATE! Daisy will be at Vinal on 11/7 and 11/19. Daisy reviews scholarship opportunities and this organization provides free assistance and support to families and students.
SAT Testing Sessions are November 3 and December 1. Students looking to go to college, please see your guidance counselor to sign-up for the SAT test. Please note if you are on free or reduced lunch, SAT testing is free.
Brian Pereira, Department Head Brian.firstname.lastname@example.org Hairdressing and Criminal Justice
Information Systems Technology, HVAC, Culinary, Collision Repair, HVAC, IST,
Automotive, Carpentry, Mechanical Design, Electrical, and Manufacturing
Rachael Gaeta, School Social Worker
William Weidner, School Psychologist
The School Counseling Department at Vinal Technical High School is committed to anticipate and nurture the academic, career, and personal/social growth of all students as they pass through different developmental stages in their high school career. In addition to individual counseling, school counselors assist students in their school transition and adjustment, in goal-setting and academic achievement, in self-awareness, in decision-making and problem solving, and with post-secondary career and college planning. The mission of the school counseling department is to assist students in maximizing their educational and personal development and self-fulfillment.
Vinal Tech’s counselors place a high priority on helping students with problems as they arise, whether they are academic, social/personal, or vocational.
Please make an appointment today if you have any questions regarding school counseling.
Vinal Tech welcomes author Tommy Greenwald. Mr. Greenwald is the author of many books and has written two series. His new book Game Changer is aimed at young adult readers and is about a thirteen-year-old, Teddy Youngblood, who is in a coma fighting for his life after an unspecified football injury at training camp. His family and friends flock to his bedside to support his recovery—and to discuss the events leading up to the tragic accident. Was this an inevitable result of playing a violent sport, or was something more sinister happening on the field that day? Told in an innovative, multimedia format combining dialogue, texts, newspaper articles, transcripts, an online forum, and Teddy’s inner thoughts, Game Changer explores the joyous thrills and terrifying risks of America’s most popular sport. Mr. Greenwald comes to us through an agreement with RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison which has covered the cost of his speaking fee. The top 20 readers have received a free copy of Game Changer.
Spirit Week (10/29-11/3)
11/3 SAT testing session
11/6 No School for students
11/7 AMC Field Trip, Hartford Convention Center
11/7 IST Green Monster E-Cycling Field Trip
11/7 CONNTAC Visit, student support in the College Application Process
11/8 University of New Haven visit
11/8 Open House and Financial Aid Night
11/10 SCSU High School Summit
11/12 Veteran's Day No School
11/14 Manufacturing visits SIROIS Tools
11/14 IST City of Middletown
11/16 IST and Cosmetology- Community and Senior Center visit
11/16 Pep Rally
11/17 Homecoming Dance 7-10
11/19 CONNTACTVisit, student support in the College Application Process
11/19 Rifle practice begins
11/20 Manufacturing to visit the Lee company
11/21 Student Basketball Tournament
11/21 Early Dismissal
11/22 - 11/23 Thanksgiving Recess
11/26 Girls Basketball Practice begins
11/29 Boys Basketball Practice begins
11/29 Manufacturing visits East Coast Manufacturing
11/29 SkillsUSA Blood Drive
12/1 SAT testing session
12/3 Annual Powder Puff Game, 4:00-9:00 at Falcon Field in Meriden
Lady Hawks Volleyball
The Lady Hawks had an outstanding season with a 12-7 record under the leadership of Coach Sawyer and Coach Ryan. The Lady Hawks are currently ranked tenth in the CIAC Class and have secured spots in both the state and league tournaments. They recently defeated Prince Tech, 3-0, in the first round of the CTC tournament! GO HAWKS!!!!!!
The Diversity club at Vinal Tech was proud to have hosted a Zombie Run event. Students were able to choose between a competitive run or a fun run. Ms. Raisz coordinated this fun event as well as assisting students with their Zombie make-up artistry. Students and staff had a great time and are looking forward to participating in more Diversity club events in the future.
Salem, Massachusetts, October 2019.
Tenth grade students had the opportunity to take a field trip to Salem, Massachusetts on October 23rd. Students had been reading The Crucible, a play based on the Salem Witch Trials. To give students a hands on experience, we took them to the setting of their story. Our day included a visit to the Witch Dungeon Museum, live reenactments of court trials, tours of prison cells, and various graveyards. Seeing the reenactments brought the story alive for the students and reinforced the fact that these events took place in our neighboring state, Massachusetts.
Mr. Klotz took his senior-level mythology students to Mystic Seaport on September 7th for a rare opportunity to view Viking artifacts from Sweden in correlation with learning objectives focusing on Norse Mythology and Beowulf. This field experience helped students understand the symbols, stories and values of the Nordic culture. Students were able to explore the exhibitions, view a Planetarium show on Viking navigation, watch traditional faering sailing, and see a Nordic boat-building demonstration.
To learn more about our WBL program please access the following link: http://vinal.cttech.org/programs/wbl.htm
A Message from Jacqueline Zimmer, Regional HR Manager, Tilcon Connecticut, Inc
Know a recent Vinal graduate? We have several quality control positions available and we will consider entry level candidates. Please encourage candidates to mention how they learned about the job by listing Vinal Technical High School on the application. Please visit the website to apply.
Work Based Learning (WBL)
Congratulations to the following students who have secured employment experience through our WBL program.
Jason Balsamo- Lee Company Joe Cardona- Standard & Knapp
Josh Coffren- Chapman Manufacturing Emmanual De'Arce- Berlin Auto Center
Ryan Douglas-Infiltrator Systems
Ethan Gibson- Pegasus Gabriel Kahn- Depercio Electric
Matthew Laflamme- Hobson & Motzer Matthew Lombardo- Whelen Engineering
Aden Malone- Moore Brothers Ian Mannings- Sirois Tools
Jaden McDonnell- Zygo Carson Megos- Portland Board of Education
Zak Mountain- Portland Transmission Devin Paquin- Durham Manufacturing
Paul Patenaude- Dave Matties Collision Center D'Arco Patton- Middletown Toyota
Nicholas Pollock- Schultz Electric Derek Reyes- Davinci's
Zachary Schrempp- Quality Propane Erik Setterberg- Whelen Engineering
Stirling Spakowski- Higgins Enterprise Inc.
A special THANK YOU to the companies who support our students!
A Message from Mrs. Etheridge, SkillsUSA Advisor
Mrs. Etheridge has made it her mission to introduce SkillsUSA to the entire freshmen class during the phase one exploratory cycle. More freshmen participation is the goal! We would like to participate in more community based interactions such as our “Blood Drive” being held November 29th and a potential “Toy Drive” that will require us to secure donations of new or gently used toys or books to be distributed to selected families of need during the holiday season. Vinal Tech was represented by seventeen students that are members of SkillsUSA at the Leadership Conference hosted by the Connecticut Chapter of SkillsUSA in October. Kyle Leupold a Senior in IST is currently the President of SkillsUSA – Connecticut Chapter.
Class of 2019
A Message from Mrs. Johnson
Our first fundraiser of the year, Vinal's Halloween Dance was held on October 26th. The students had a great time dressing up in their Halloween costumes and dancing the night away. We gave away prizes for best costume. First place went to Grace Dinsmore and second place went to Jazer Lockhart.
The class is planning fundraising activities throughout the year. The next Senior fundraiser scheduled is the Valentine's Day teddy bears sale in February. All fundraising is to offset the cost for Prom, the senior class outing and graduation.
The Senior class has secured a location for the prom. It will be held at Saint Clement's Castle and Marina in Portland, CT. More details to come.
Activity and Advisors' Board