The Hawk's Highlights
Dear Vinal Tech Families,
We hope you had time to enjoy the holidays with those dear to you and were able to rejuvenate and recharge as we welcome the new year. The staff and I are excited to return and embrace the work of preparing students for success after high school. Our students and faculty continue to shine; demonstrating their skills, talents, and positive dispositions, in our school and local communities. We continue to grow as a school and a learning community and continue to mold what it means to be a HAWK!
On February 26, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. I will be hosting Coffee And in the Library for parents. If you would like to stop in and say hello, gain insight into our programs and possibilities, provide feedback on our school goals, or meet other parents who are part of the Vinal community, please join me on the 26th!
Capturing our students "on the job" provides for a great viewing experience! Thanks to Mr. Altenburger, Family Engagement Liaison, for making this experience possible! Please visit: http://bit.ly/vinalrecrvid to see our students at work!
Happy New Year!
Issue 1 | Volume 3 | 2019
Congratulations to Ms. Lee and Mr. Adamczyk as they were recently awarded the UCONN Early College Experience Small Grant for Classroom & Community Development. The monetary award allows the UCONN ECE students to research the impact and productivity of disabled workers in the workforce. Putting research into action the MDET students will use funds to adopt mobile devices for disabled children as part of the Go Baby Go program from Central Connecticut State University.
1/2 Classes resume
1/2-1/16 Physical Fitness Testing Window Tenth grade
1/9 Cycle Change (9/12 Academics, 10//11 Shop)
01/16 GSA meeting
01/16 Whelan Engineering Field Trip (EMECH)
01/16 CJ shop visits 91 Truck Stop
01/18 Early Student Dismissal
01/18 Middletown Community and Senior Center (IST &Cosmetology)
01/21 No School -Martin Luther King Holiday
01/24 Cycle Change (10/11 Academics, 9/12 Technology)
01/25 Chamber Breakfast
01/25 Soup Bowl Evening Fundraiser
01/28 & 01/29 CJ-New Britain Superior Court visit
01/30 GSA Meeting
01/30 Early Student Dismissal
02/07 Chasing the Dragon Presentation for ninth and tenth grade
02/12 No School- Lincoln's Birthday
02/15 Middletown Community and Senior Center (IST &Cosmetology)
02/18 Half Day Schedule
02/26 Coffee and with the Principal
Students' Skills Shine in the Community!
Matt Munson, Zack Mountain, Kyle Kupec, and RJ Gotta showcase their talent in the community! They are transforming a truck from start to finish by completing motor work, a transmission overhaul, and exterior framing/bodywork with hundreds of hours of donated time and talent. The truck will be ready to go to local fairs to partake in truck pulls for the next fair season; starting in the fall. Through perseverance, using essential automotive mechanical skills, ambition, patience, and teamwork, these students were able to succeed!
Issue 6 | Volume 4 | 2015
Mechanical Design and Engineering Students Utilize Their Talent for a Local Museum Mechanical Design & Engineering Technology (MDET) upperclassmen began working with Middletown Area Veterans last year as the Veterans established and built the Greater Middletown Military Museum on the grounds of Veteran’s Park in Middletown. Continuing the project this year, we are helping the Veterans prepare the display area of the museum including working with Vinal Autobody and HVAC to create picture hanging hardware for military artifacts.
The TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE TECHNOLOGYSHOWCASE showcase
Beautiful Craftsmanship from Carpentry Student Pierce Silverman
A senior project reflects skills garnered throughout the three and a half years of study in technology. Carpentry's Senior, Pierce Silverman, has constructed a bookshelf for his senior project and intends to gift the beautiful piece to his parents. After creating a plan to fit the dimensions needed, Pierce developed his cut list, measurements for each piece, and executed the cut each section requires. All cut pieces were run through a wide-belt sander. The carcass of the case was constructed using pocket hole joinery. Any imperfections were puttied and sanded before it was primed and painted. The finished project is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.
Welding Club Success
Mr. Maher from Collision Repair and Refinishing is hosting the after school Welding Club. Students are instructed in hand-welding (mig and tig welding), equipment, and proper techniques while completing projects of choice. Providing an opportunity to learn a new skill or perfect skills with flame-cutting, plasma cutting, hand soldering, and welding, this club exposes students to future career considerations. According to the Connecticut Labor Department's website, the average salary for a welder in the Hartford area is around $53,000, and employment in this occupation is expected to grow! Don't miss out on an opportunity to craft a new skill as you never know where your knowledge will lead you. Contact Mrs. Vaughan if you are interested in joining. RoseAnn.Vaughan@ct.gov
Criminal Justice Students Receive Certifications
The Criminal Justice and Protective Services program, with the help of local law enforcement instructors, recently certified students in the nation’s Stop the Bleed initiative. Students learned how to stop life threatening bleeding that can occur in any number of circumstances from industrial and motor vehicle accidents to human threats. Students learned the material and then demonstrated their skills in a variety of challenging scenarios designed to make them improvise and do the most good. The Stop the Bleed initiative was implemented due to the high number of deaths that occur annually from severe bleeding. These victims typically have less than five minutes before their life threatening injuries cannot be reversed. Vinal Technical High School is now officially a Stop the Bleed school complete with trained students and an Emergency Bleeding Control Station. Nice job!
University of New Haven (New Haven)
Johnson and Wales University (Rhode Island)
Western New England University (Massachusetts)
Quinnipiac University (Hamden)
The Florida Institute of Technology (Florida)
University of New England (Maine)
Pennsylvania College of Technology (Pennsylvania)
Roanoke College (Virginia)
Johnson and Wales University (Rhode Island)
Southern CT State University (New Haven)
University of New Haven (New Haven)
Plymouth State University (New Hampshire)
Army National Guard
Seniors, please continue to notify Mr. Pereira of your Acceptance Letters, work placements, and post secondary plans so we can celebrate!
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 EMPOWER LEADERSHIP SPORTS & ADVENTURE CENTER
Sirois Tool Co. Hosts Vinal Students to Explore Careers in Manufacturing!!! Read the full article at: Visit of Sirois Tool in Berlin Gives Students Career Insights
Chorus Students Perform
On December 18, the Vinal chorus, led by Mr. Garcia, visited the Middletown Senior and Community Center to perform a repertoire of holiday carols. We thank our students for bringing joy to the members of the Community Center during the holidays. GO HAWKS!
Collaborative Partnership to Recognize Students
Milwaukee Tool partners with Mr. Zisk, Vinal's Electrical Department Head, to sponsor one Electrical student each month in a student recognition program! The monthly recipient will be acknowledged based on their work ethic, demonstrated employment, and electrical skills. A sincere thank you to Milwaukee Tool and Mr. Zisk for recognizing our talented students!
Congratulations to the following students who have secured employment experience through our pre- apprenticeship programs!
CONGRATULATIONS to our new Work Based Learning students
Luis Gutierrez, Carpentry
Jalena Diaz, Culinary
Justin Nadeau, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Brionna Olivieri, Precision Machining Technology
A special THANK YOU to the companies who support our students!
Wood 'N Excellence LLC, Middletown
Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery LLC, Middletown https://www.sweetharmonycafeandbakery.com/
R. Follo & Sons Plumbing Heating & Mechnical LLC, Newington
East Coast Precision Manufacturing, Chester
Hair Zone, Middletown
Red Sun Salon and Spa, Middletown
Rina's Hair Salon, Rocky Hill
Grossman Chevrolet, Old Saybrook
Mrs. Vaughan's Extended Day Program
Our Extended Day Program continues to offer unique opportunities. The social and enrichment clubs: Car Care; Welding; Bowling; Snowboarding; and Space X clubs are just a few examples of our enrichment activities. Please visit the link to learn more or register to participate. http://vinal.cttech.org/pdf/january_calendar.png
PFO Message Center
Keep up with the Vinal Tech PFO by liking us on our Facebook page.
Our next Fundraiser is Yankee Candle. Starting February 4, 2019 to March 7, 2019.
Watch for your selling packet coming to you soon.
Have any questions, comments or concerns for the PFO? Please feel free to contact us via email at email@example.com
A Note from Ms. Baeder, General Department Head
Ninth grade students enjoy making their own yummy creations. Grade nine students participated in an Ice Cream Social on 12/13 as a reward for their AR Reading accomplishments. Students in ninth grade had the highest percentage of point goals, and words read! When Vinal students return in January, all grade levels will be participating in the STAR Reading Assessment. Students will continue to compete based on number of words read and number of points attained. A THANK YOU to the culinary department for arranging a make-your-own sundae bar.
NEWS FROM PE: The Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment (CPFA) is Connecticut’s annual assessment of public school students’ physical well-being. At Vinal, we assess students in grade 10. Our students have started testing and are working hard to accomplish individual goals. We are anticipating growth for our students in our physical fitness assessment as they have been training hard for the PACER Test. GO HAWKS!
Report Cards: Quarter 2 ends on January 23rd, Please be sure that your student takes advantage of our after school program to assist in any of their academic needs. If you would like a meeting scheduled with a teacher, please reach out to the guidance department, Secretary Micki Charton at 860-344-7100 ext. 313 to secure a meeting time.
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 8:00 am - 2:15 pm. 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 arm".
SkillsUSA and the National Honor Society In December sponsored a Toy and Coat Drive. Fifty coats, many of them brand new, were delivered to Street Fire Ministries, next to St. Vincent DePaul in Middletown. New toys, including a piano keyboard and a child's bike, were donated to the Middletown South Fire Department's annual "Adopt a Family" event. Again, the Vinal Tech NHS and Skills USA members thank everyone involved in making this a big success.
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 can be accessed at www.skillsusa.org. Go to the "practice test" link. The official testing period is January 2–21, 2019.
- CLASS OF 2019 -
A note from Mrs. Johnson, Senior Class Advisor
Our next fundraiser will be in February selling Valentine Teddy Bears. All students can purchase Teddy bears at all lunch waves. All profits will offset the cost of senior outing, prom, and graduation.
The Senior class has secured the location of prom at the Saint Clement’s Castle in Portland, CT for May 30. Students have voted on a prom theme. The winning vote was to have a ROYAL BALL. More details to come as we get closer to the prom.
Class Dues- should be paid up to $150.00, $50.00 each year. Payments can be made to the business office. Some senior class activities, such as the senior trip, require senior dues to be paid in full.
Activity and Advisors Board