The Hawk's Highlights
Dear Vinal Families,
We were delighted to host our ninth and twelfth grade Share Your Shop Day last week with over fifty families participating. The Junior and Sophomore Share Your Shop Day is on March 13. You can sign-up by accessing the link below in the REMINDER note.
Vinal Tech is now on Instagram! Please follow us @VinalTechHS.
We continue to recruit for incoming ninth and tenth grade students for the 2019-2020 school year. Please share with family and friends that Vinal is hosting a community Open House on Thursday, March 14, 4:30-6:30 pm. Pratt and Whitney will be presenting future career opportunities within the Aerospace industry. This presentation starts at 4:30 and is open to the general public.
Please enjoy this issue of The Hawk's Highlights!
Share Your Shop Day for Juniors and Sophomores
March 13th from 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Vinal Technical High School will be hosting its annual “Bring your Parent/Guardian to Shop Day." This is a great opportunity to see the amazing skills your child is learning in their shop environment. We hope you will join us.
Please click here to register
Issue 1 | Volume 5| 2019
03/01 Share Your Shop Day (9th & 12th Grades)
03/06 PD – No School for Students
03/12 ASVAB Testing
03/12 International Beauty Show, NYC
03/13 Share Your Shop Day (10th & 11th Grades)
03/13 GSA Mtg.
03/14 Open House (4:30 – 6:30)
03/14 Family Engagement - Google Classroom & PowerSchool Workshop
3/14 College Planning Workshop for juniors and their parents
03/15 NHS Mtg.
03/19 PD – Shortened Day for Students
03/20 Field Trip: Music Box Theater, NYC
03/22 Field Trip: Middletown Community & Senior Center
03/22 Class of 2021 Mtg.
03/27 SAT Assessment
03/28 HAWKS Advisory Period
03/29 SkillsUSA Competition – No School
04/02 NHS Mtg.
04/10 PD – Shortened Day for Students
04/10 CT Distracted Driving Presentation
04/11 Stress Management Group
04/15 – 19 Spring Break – No School
· 04/15 – 19 Spring Break – No School
Culinary Visits Capital Grill, Hartford
On February 11, students from Culinary Arts made their way to Capital Grille (in Hartford) and not only dined and enjoyed a fine meal, but received an inside look of a high-end kitchen at work. This particular kitchen, however, showed a selection of dry aged meats in which the students were studying a week prior.
Students toured the walk-in coolers with Chef Dan! Chef Dan provided explanations of the dry aging process: temperature; humidity; and ultra-violet lighting; with most students asking well thought out questions. Chef Dan was admittedly shocked by the astounding questions asked, but nonetheless answered all that he could. Students tackled all aspects of the kitchen: the stoves, their own “bake shop,” and much more. Some students had even showed interest in possibly seeking employment in the restaurant.
After going about the whole kitchen, the students were lead through the dining room and to the wine section, where they had a vast amount of wines, ranging from $40 to $1,800 a bottle. They even had wine lockers, typically for regulars with the nameplates of their choices. The Sales Manager, Katie Joy, handled the questions regarding wines, and front of house protocol. What the students found most interesting was the exacting standards Capital Grille maintains on their impeccable table service. Students were then treated to a prix fixe lunch in a private dining room.
Soup or Salad Choice New England Clam Chowder Porcini Mushroom Bisque Field Greens Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette
Entrée Choice Mini Tenderloin Sandwiches (2) with Parmesan Truffle Fries Seared Salmon with Asparagus, Shitakes and Parsnip Puree Grilled Breast of Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Caramelized Onions Jumbo Shrimp with Butternut Squash and Parmesan Risotto
Dessert Classic Crème Brulee
Chef Dan was so impressed with students' questions he prepared two dry aged bone in N.Y. Strip steaks for students to sample during dining service.
The students were impressed with the restaurants professional crew and the positive impression it left on them. This will be one event they will remember for a long time!
Issue 6 | Volume 4 | 2015
The TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE TECHNOLOGYSHOWCASE showcase
THE STUDENT COMMUNITY SHOWCASE
The Elephant in the Room:
Hannah Yitchinski, Lisette Curillo, and Jacob Baker embrace a civic learning project as a way to provide assistance to people in need through the Elephant in the Room project. Through the students investigation they have learned that as of January 23rd of 2018, there are 3,383 people homeless in Connecticut. "We may not be able to give them the life they deserve or the life they dream of. We can, however, make the life they’re living a little bit easier. We can support the homeless on their path to gain the confidence to embrace their independence. One thing we can do is aid them on this journey by taking it one step at a time, one person at a time, one care package at a time." Homeless people often lack basic necessities. These items would include: feminine care; toothbrushes; tooth paste; deodorant; and soap. Any and all donations will go towards creating small care packages that will be distributed to people in need in Connecticut. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause please drop off any of the items in the pink box located in the front entrance of Vinal.
Ryan Douglas, Eagle Scout
Congratulations to senior, Ryan Douglas, for achieving Eagle Scout status; the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America organization! Ryan has worked hard for many years in each rank to reach this goal. He was signed off as Eagle Scout on October 4, 2018 with his pinning taking place on January 20, 2019.
For Ryan’s Eagle Scout project, he chose to construct a gatehouse at the Deep River Landing for the town workers who suffered daily through all elements of weather without any escape from the hot sun or downpours. Year after year, Ryan has seen how uncomfortable it was for the workers to do their jobs standing on the side of the entrance collecting fees for the boat launch. He drew up the specs for this project in 2015. After approval from the Boy Scouts of America and the Town of Deep River, the first nail was hammered on May 19, 2018. The structure was completed by that July 4. Ryan raised over $1,120.00 to purchase supplies for the structure, which would have cost well over $3,000 without the help of others donating tools, time, and more. He is extremely thankful to all who have come forward to help with this project and he feels honored to be supported by so many. Ryan encourages young people to get involved with the Boy Scouts of America – it is a wonderful experience growing up and learning so many things. He enjoys leadership and helping others the most. His newest venture? He is a Merit Badge Counselor teaching courses and classes for those scouts working their way up through the ranks, but just got word that he has been accepted into the Honors Program for Civil Engineering at the University of Hartford with the Presidential Scholarship of $100,000.00! Congratulations Ryan!
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; School Social Worker William Weidner; School Psychologist
PARENTS: If any of your contact information requires updating in regards to your child’s Power School account such as: your phone number has changed, or if you have a new email address you would like for us to use, or any other changes, please let us know in writing so that we can be sure our records are up to date. We are also transitioning to Paperless Report Cards for third quarter. Report cards will be sent via email. Please make sure email addresses have been updated.
SAVE THE DATE: CLASS OF 2020 COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT: Thursday, March 14 at 5:00pm in the Multipurpose Room at Vinal Tech, the Counseling Department will be presenting information for current juniors and their parents/guardians on the various aspects of planning for college. Please RSVP to Micki Charton, Guidance Office Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
SPREAD THE WORD: Do you know of any friends, neighbors, family members, acquaintances, or others whose 8th graders might like to attend Vinal? We are hosting our 2nd Open House on Thursday, March 14, 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Prospective students and their parents/guardians are welcome to attend and tour with current students and learn about the technologies that we have to offer. Please tell them about us and our upcoming Open House!
ASVAB – On March 12th, the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery will be offered to interested juniors. The ASVAB assessment is designed to measure aptitudes in four domains: Verbal, Math, Science and Technical, and Spatial. Once the assessment is scored, results will be used with the students to help them identify interests, abilities, and to help identify what is important to them. Students interested in a career in the military will use their scores to determine eligibility. However, you do not need to be planning on a career in the military to take this assessment and utilize the career exploration components.
MIDDLESEX EXPERIENCE COLLEGE DAY – On March 13th, The School Counseling Department will be taking interested juniors to Middlesex Community College to learn more about the college. Students will participate in interactive sessions on Admissions, Financial Aid, as well as their many Academic Programs.
Congratulations to the following students who have secured employment experience through our pre-apprenticeship programs!
Merrick Lankarge, Precision Machining
John Sanchez-Menard, Carpentry
Bryce Overstrum, Collision Repair & Refinishing
A special THANK YOU to the companies who support our students!
Santostefano Auto Body
Wood 'N Excellence LLC, Middletown
- Scholarship Opportunity for the Class of 2019 -
KBE Building Corporation is offering a $1,000 scholarship towards tuition, books, and/or living expenses for graduating technical high school seniors who will pursue post high school education to prepare for a career in the building industry.
All applications, including an essay, must be mailed or e-mailed to Ms. Jonelle Lawhorn, KBE Building Corporation Director of Marketing (contact information in the link below), by April 19, 2019. For more information about KBE Building Corporation, the scholarship application process, and eligibility requirements, please review the 2019 flyer at this link:
SENIORS: Scholarships that have been sent to Vinal have been forwarded to your cthss.org emails as they come in. Please check your email for more scholarship opportunities!
A Message from Our Dean of Students ~ Mr. Faenza
WHAT IS WORK-BASED LEARNING? Work-Based Learning (WBL) enhances the career technology experience that a student receives in the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS). It provides juniors and seniors with real-world work experience, as well as the responsibilities associated with having a job in their chosen field. Juniors are able to dedicate 14 hours each week to their job and seniors can contribute 21 hours. Employers often hire two of our students to fill a full-time position.
WHY SHOULD COMPANIES PARTICIPATE? When companies participate in WBL, they receive experienced, responsible students who possess a strong work ethic. Juniors in the program already have 700 hours of experience in their chosen technology and seniors have 1,000. You can hire CTECS students for entry-level positions, and little to no training is required – saving you money. Most CTECS students are available for full-time employment after graduation and are more likely to advance through the company because of their extensive experience. In fact, over 300 companies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York participate in the CTECS WBL program.
WHAT TYPES OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATE? Any student who wishes to participate in the WBL program must meet specific requirements.
· Students are at least 16 years of age.
· They are a junior or a senior.
· They have a grade average of 70 or above with no failing grades.
· They follow all school attendance and discipline policies.
· They get parental permission and provide their own transportation to the work site.
· They must be registered with the Department of Labor as a pre-apprentice when necessary.
Activity and Advisors' Board
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Dr. Stuart Campbell, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University, visits Vinal
On Thursday, February 7th, senior science classes hosted guest speaker, Dr. Stuart Campbell, a Bioengineer from Yale University. In preparation, Mrs. Graminski's class did a "Journal Club" lesson to learn about Dr. Campbell and the work he does on inherited cardiac disorders. Students came prepared with questions to ask during the very interesting and informative talk. The Anatomy and Physiology classes concluded with researching and writing a scientific abstract on a specific genetic heart condition. We were surprised at how much this related to our study of the Muscular System!!
Social Studies SUPERSTARS...Each quarter the Social Studies Department recognizes students for excellence in social studies, and characteristics of good citizenship. Social Studies SUPERSTARS -
Psychology: Morgan Mungo
Law: Andrew Whittle
US History: Destiny Luna & Christopher Barron
World History: Isabella DePaolo & Sabrina Czapiga
Civics: Stevie Ricci & Alexis Betzner
Contemporary Issues: Patrick Wilson
Economics: Jazer Lockhart