Student and Staff Achievements for September 2017

Picture of a post it note that says Great Job!

At each monthly Board of Education Meeting, we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of select students and staff members. Following are those who will be recognized at the September Monthly Board Meeting.

Presidential Awards of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Academy of Information Technology & Engineering Math Teacher Marina Giuliano was selected as one of three state finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Established by Congress in 1983, PAEMST recognition is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. The awards recognize those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.
 
Farmers Insurance Thank America’s Teachers Program Grant
Toquam Teachers Diane Keller and Jennifer Rinaldi were two of only 180 teachers recently selected to each receive a $2,500 grant from Farmers Insurance to fund classroom initiatives. The grant, which was awarded by Stamford agent Silvia Passero, is part of Farmers’ Thank America’s Teachers program. Diane and Jennifer will use their award to fund the purchase of guided reading materials to support English language learners at Toquam.
 
100 Black Men African American History Challenge
Rippowam Middle School Eighth Grader Javan Green, Westhill High School Freshman Tyree Harris and Academy of Information Technology & Engineering Freshman Zachary Frattaroli recently participated in The African American History Challenge at the National Conference of 100 Black Men of America held in New Orleans.  From February through the end of May, the three students met each Sunday afternoon at the Domus/Chester Addison Center to prepare and practice under the direction of coaches Zachary Groz, Terri Singer, Dr. Tremane Bartley and Michael Hyman. During the week the team studied “Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513 -2008,” by Dr. Henry Louis GatesTwenty five teams from across the country competed in the challenge, which was a “Jeopardy-style” competition. In addition to the history challenge, Zachary also participated in the creative and artistic presentations and performed a song at the closing breakfast for the more than 2,000 attendees. 100 Black Men of Stamford plans to support interested students in a Stamford African American History Challenge competition and subsequently field one middle and one high school team to compete at the 2018 Conference in Florida.