CREC Schools | Greater Hartford CT Magnet SchoolsCREC Schools are a system of tuition-free schools, each focused on a specific theme, that serve a diverse group of students across Greater Hartford Connecticut.http://crecmagnetschools.comhttp://crecmagnetschools.comenConnecticut Youth Forum Student Exchange Promotes Sharing Of Ideashttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/connecticut-youth-forum-student-exchange-promotes-sharing-of-ideashttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/connecticut-youth-forum-student-exchange-promotes-sharing-of-ideasBy 9 a.m. Tuesday more than 300 high school students from across the state were milling around the student center at the University of Hartford for the 23rd annual Connecticut Youth Forum Student Exchange.

Wearing T-shirts that read "Enough is Enough" the students were gathered to discuss issues like race, sexual identity, discrimination and stereotypes and how they are affected by them.

Full Story from the Hartford Courant Here

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:02:00 -0500
Dancers Gain Insight, Opportunity at Dance Festivalhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/dancers-gain-insight-opportunity-at-dance-festivalhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/dancers-gain-insight-opportunity-at-dance-festivaldanceweb.jpgFifteen students from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Dance Department attended the Regional High School Dance Festival at the Governor’s School in Norfolk, VA March 15th - 19th.

The festival provides a unique experience for Academy dancers, allowing them a weekend full of master classes in many different dance styles, as well as workshops, lectures, social events and multiple performances. The event also included auditions for both college and summer dance programs in addition to a college fair where students can speak directly with college representatives.

Many Academy dancers were honored with acceptance and scholarship opportunities to the University of the Arts, the Hartt School, Brenau University, Coker College, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In addition our students were grateful for acceptance and scholarships to the following summer programs – Joffrey Ballet, Point Park College, Nashville Ballet and the Bates Dance Festival among others.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:23:00 -0500
Changing the Face of STEMhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/changing-the-face-of-stemhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/changing-the-face-of-stemEvent: Changing the Face of STEM
Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Theatre of the Performing Arts, 359 Washington Street, Hartford, CT

Summary: The Capitol Region Education Council in collaboration with URU, The Right To Be, Inc., a nonprofit that tackles social issues through film, theater, publishing and other arts-based initiatives, are hosting the first “Changing the Face of STEM” program for CREC schools on Thursday.

The program features a special screening of Black Women in Medicine, a documentary about female doctors sharing their journey from inequality to excellence. The film includes interviews with graduates from Yale School of Medicine who are doing their residencies at hospitals in Connecticut and New York.

More than 400 female students from five CREC schools are expected at the event, which includes a Q &A with the film’s creator, New Haven resident Crystal R. Emery.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:06:00 -0500
Academy Creative Writers Publishedhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/academy-creative-writers-publishedhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/academy-creative-writers-publishedCREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Students Rachel Justice and Pam Richter have been selected to be published in the 2017 edition Connecticut Student Writers Magazine. The publication, which is published by the Connect Writing Project, provides an arena for students from around the state to present their poetry and prose. Each year, approximately two thousand entries are submitted. Out of that, several are selected for publication.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:55:00 -0500
CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Advances to 2017 CIAC Boys Basketball Semifinalshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/crec-academy-of-aerospace-and-engineering-advances-to-2017-ciac-boys-basketball-semifinalshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/crec-academy-of-aerospace-and-engineering-advances-to-2017-ciac-boys-basketball-semifinals(Hartford, CT) The CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Boys Basketball Team defeated the Creed High School Howling Wolves 62-46 in the 2017 CIAC Boys Basketball State Championship Class S quarterfinals on Monday night, advancing to the semifinals on Wednesday.

The CREC Aerospace Jets are scheduled to face off against the top-seeded Westbrook High School Knights at 7:00 p.m. at Hand High School, 286 Green Hill Road in Madison.

The Jets, in only their third season playing at the varsity level, beat Capital Prep in the first round and East Hampton in the second before qualifying for the quarterfinals against Creed from North Haven. The teams played Monday at the Learning Corridor in Hartford where the Jets gained a significant lead in the second half, capitalizing on a 15-1 run to begin the third quarter.

“To go from winning a total of only three games two years ago to winning three games in the State Tournament this season is a testament to this group of student athletes and their hard work. They are a special group of student athletes and it’s such a good feeling to see their hard work paying off. I am very proud of them,” said Aerospace Head Coach, Dean Parkington.

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United States Senator Meets with GHAA Studentshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/united-states-senator-meets-with-ghaa-studentshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/united-states-senator-meets-with-ghaa-studentsmurphyweb.jpgOn Friday, March 3, Senator Chris Murphy visited the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts to speak with 10th grade and Senior AP Civics students. While at the Academy, he spoke about civic duty encouraging the students to get involved. He advised them to find an issue, form a plan, and act with the intent of making an impact, either large or small.

Students prepared ahead of time and asked the senator very pointed questions including one about his 15-hour filibuster on gun control.

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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:11:00 -0600
GHAA Workshop with Music Producerhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/ghaa-workshop-with-music-producerhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/ghaa-workshop-with-music-producerFirst year GHAA musical theater students had the opportunity to work with acclaimed music producer David Allen. A graduate from Ithaca, Allen works in New York City as an independent electronic music producer. He has led high energy acapella workshops throughout the northeast. In 2016, he won a CARA award for his arrangement of Muse’s Madness.

February 27, freshmen in Thomas Buckley’s first year seminar had the opportunity to workshop with Allen during their 3rd period classes. David Allen is one of many guest artists invited by the Academy  to give workshops throughout the year.

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Sat, 04 Mar 2017 10:24:00 -0600
GHAA Creative Writer Wins Wallace Stevens Awardhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/ghaa-creative-writer-wins-wallace-stevens-awardhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/ghaa-creative-writer-wins-wallace-stevens-awardFor the seventh year in a row, a student from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts has been awarded the Wallace Stevens award. This year’s creative writing major Roshae Harrison has been recognized for her poem “What You Told Me”  and will be rewarded a $1,000 scholarship. She will be reading her piece at Hartford Classical Magnet School on March 9th, 10AM where she will be opening for acclaimed poet A.E Stallings.

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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:17:00 -0600
Academy Alumni Performs with Broadway Starhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/academy-alumni-performs-with-broadway-starhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/academy-alumni-performs-with-broadway-star Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts alumni Olivia Ciaffaglione, recently had the opportunity to backup Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth. Ciaffaglione, who graduated from GHAA’s musical theater program in 2014, was one of 16 students from the Hartt School who got to perform back-up for Chenoweth during the 12-show-run of  "My Letter to Broadway. “  

Olivia almost missed out on the opportunity as representatives for Kristen Chenoweth reached out to Hartt vocal instructor Kristin Huffman. Olivia, on the other hand, studies under Tracey Marble. When they realized they were short a soprano, Olivia was suggested by her peers. On the day of the performance, a producer for Kristen Chenoweth asked if anyone would be able to solo riff at the end of the song “I Was Here.” Once again, Ciaffaglione was suggested by her peers.  

At the end of the show, Kristen Chenoweth took pictures with the group and spoke with them about the industry. “It was such an incredible experience” said Ciaffaglione.  

Olivia Ciaffaglione graduated from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in 2014. While at the Academy, she played the lead role of Tracy in Hairspray and as Nettie in Carousel.  

For more information, click here for the Newington Life article. 

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0600
Young Actors Present Social Issues At Martin Luther King Eventhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/young-actors-present-social-issues-at-martin-luther-king-eventhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/young-actors-present-social-issues-at-martin-luther-king-event Hartford Courant - The Glastonbury Martin Luther King Community Initiative marked Dr. King's birthday one day early with a Community Conversation on Jan. 15 at the Riverfront Community Center.

Student actors from the Looking In Theater – a group from the Greater Hartford Magnet School of the Arts – performed four scenes, each one presenting a currently topical issue such as…Read More
 
 
 
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Learning The Process - Discovery Academy's Design Labhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/learning-the-process-discovery-academy-s-design-labhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/learning-the-process-discovery-academy-s-design-lab Wethersfield Life Learning the Process

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:56:00 -0600
Musical Theater Alumni Recently Cast on Broadwayhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/musical-theater-alumni-recently-cast-on-broadwayhttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/musical-theater-alumni-recently-cast-on-broadwayA graduate from Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts  has been cast in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon. Musical Theater alumni Emily Bautista, Simsbury, recently has been cast in the in production as part of the ensemble.  Miss Saigon tells the story of young bar girl, who falls in love with an American soldier but see their lives torn apart by the fall of Saigon. The show opens Thursday, March 23, at “The Broadway Theater” in New York.

 While studying musical theater at the Academy, Emily performed in many productions including Hairspray and was a member of Looking In Theatre. She graduated from the Academy's half day program in 2015.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:30:00 -0600
Scholastic Arts Awarded to GHAA Studentshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/scholastic-arts-awarded-to-ghaa-studentshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/scholastic-arts-awarded-to-ghaa-students  Six visual arts students from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts have received the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards from the Connecticut Art Education Association.  The winners were from the following categories ,mixed media, illustration, sculpture, and photography. Work from these students, as well as winners from other Hartford area schools, will be presented at the 28th Annual Art Awards Ceremony on Sunday January 29th  at the Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford.

The winning students are

 

Julia Drinan for “Batik Self Portrait”

 

 Rebecca Gibson for “Face Book”

 

Joslynne Houlder for “Frida John”

 

Stephanie Garcia  for “Palette Chair”

 

Gabrielle Cilfone for “Ray Flight”

 

 Emma Paydos for "Not Playing Dress-Up"

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:10:00 -0600
Musical Theater Students Learn from Broadway Proshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/musical-theater-students-learn-from-broadway-proshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/musical-theater-students-learn-from-broadway-prosMusical Theater students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts are taking advantage of multiple masterclasses from various well known performing artists.

 On Tuesday, January 3, various students received intensive vocal instruction from Kyle Taylor Parker, and Angela Grovey, who are both starring off Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City.

On Monday January 9th, Musical Theater students will take part in another masterclass. This one will be from Lindsay Mendez, who most recently has been seen in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tatoo” and has starred as Elphaba in the Broadway hit Wicked.

Masterclasses are an invaluable part of the curriculum as well as an excellent opportunity for the Academy’s young aspiring artists to learn from the pros in a group setting.

The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts is performing Finian’s Rainbow in the Black Box Theater, opening January 20th and running until January 28th

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Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:54:00 -0600
CREC in the Newshttp://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/crec-in-the-news-12http://crecmagnetschools.com/news/view/crec-in-the-news-12Here are some recent media stories featuring CREC students and staff, and their accomplishments:

The Hartford Courant published a story about CREC continuing to administer the Advanced Route to Certification for Special Education Cross Endorsement program and a story about boys basketball. It also published a photo of CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship’s Literacy Night and a story about Kim Stroud, of the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, winning an Excellence in Education Award.

The Windsor Journal and The Bloomfield Messenger published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering cross country teams. The story was written by student Vivian Ngo.

The Connecticut Mirror published a story about school choice, and CREC schools are mentioned.

Enfield Patch published a story about CREC’s boys and girls basketball teams.

The New Haven Independent published a story about Common Ground High School and a federal grant. CREC Two Rivers Magnet High School is mentioned.

The Hartford Courant published a photo of Paint Night at CREC Reggio Magnet School of the Arts, a photo of the CREC Public Safety Academy’s recent trip to the Connecticut Army National Guard base, and a photo of CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship’s appreciation campaign.

The New England Real Estate Journal published a story about the design of the CREC Academy of Science and Engineering.

The Hartford Courant published a story about Girl Scouts from Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School and a photo of CREC Soundbridge’s Thanksgiving parade.

The Hartford Courant published a story about the Hartford Region Open Choice Program’s recent Dine & Discuss event and a story about CREC’s All-State athletes. It also published a photo of CREC Academy of Science and Innovation student-athletes helping at their local library, and a photo of a recent sports clinic led by student-athletes at CREC’s Public Safety Academy.

WNPR aired a story about mindfulness that featured CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship’s Jessica Gruttola.

The Hartford Courant published a picture of curriculum night at CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School, a picture of the “Piano Lesson” cast’s visit to CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, and a picture of Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School students with their food pantry donations.

The Middletown Press published a story about CREC Montessori Magnet School student who will perform in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

The Hartford Courant published a story previewing high school girls basketball season, and CREC schools are mentioned. It also published a photo of members of the CREC Colts accepting their sportsmanship award.

ESPN aired its SportCenter 10 top plays, and the student-staff basketball game at CREC Discovery Academy was named No. 9.

WFSB aired a video about its Athlete of the Week, CREC’s Manny Sanchez.

The Collinsville Press published a story about CREC’s football team.

The Ridgefield Press published a story about Election Day recounts, and Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School was mentioned.

Wethersfield Life published a story about CREC Soundbridge’s anniversary. It made the front cover, and the story spanned four pages!

Rocky Hill Life published a picture of curriculum night at CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School.

The Windsor Journal and The Bloomfield Messenger published stories about Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s relationship with CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering and CREC athletics.

The Hartford Courant published a story about Open Studio weekend, and CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School is mentioned. The Courant also published a story about CREC football.

Windsor Patch published a story about CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering boys soccer and a story about the school’s girls soccer team.

The Register Citizen published a story about CREC Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Citizenship’s victory over Wolcott Tech in boys soccer.

Enfield Patch published a story about CREC Public Safety Academy’s girls soccer team.

The Hartford Courant published a story about the Design Lab at CREC Discovery Academy.

The New Britain Herald published two stories about the CREC Science and Innovation Academy’s girls soccer team.

FOX 61 published a story and aired a video about a CREC Two Rivers Magnet High School student who will be named 2016 Young Philanthropist of the Year for the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation.

The Hartford Courant published pictures of the CREC Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies and CREC Public Safety Academy soccer game and a story about CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering student-athletes working with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The Hartford Courant published a story about a CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School graduate who is hosting a new Bravo show.

The Hartford Courant published a story about CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School faculty member Sonia Plumb.

We-ha.com published a story about Melanie Valdes, a senior at CREC Two Rivers Magnet High School. She will be named the Aurora Foundation’s 2016 Young Philanthropist of the Year.

The Hartford Courant published a story about a bird banding activity at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School.

The Record-Journal published a story about CREC’s upcoming football game.

WFSB published video of CREC’s recent football game.

FOX 61 published a story that mentions CREC football.

The Journal Inquirer published a story about Beth Sholom B’Nai Israel’s Jazz Festival, and the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School is mentioned.

Windsor Patch published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s cross country team.

The New Britain Herald published a story about the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation’s girls soccer team.

The Journal Inquirer published a story about bird banding at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School.

Windsor Patch published a story about the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering’s cross country team.

The New Britain Herald published a story about Victoria Piechota, of CREC’s Academy of Science and Innovation. She was named the newspaper’s athlete of the week. The Herald also published a story about soccer at both the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation and CREC Two Rivers Magnet High School.

CTNOW.com published a calendar posting about “Dislecksia: The Movie.”

Windsor Patch and Enfield Patch published stories about CREC athletics.

The Hartford Courant published a story about CREC’s latest football game, a photo of CREC Montessori Magnet School students using a large state map, and a photo of CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship students celebrating International Day of Peace.  

The Register Citizen published a story about the CREC Public Safety Academy boys soccer team.  

The Hartford Courant published a story about high school football, and it includes CREC.

CTNOW.com published a calendar posting about the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School’s upcoming Choreographers’ Showcase.

WNPR published a story about an upcoming new jazz festival in Manchester. CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School will participate.

The Record-Journal published a story about CREC’s football victory this weekend.

Wethersfield Life published a story about new CREC Discovery Academy principal Kurt Stanco and CREC Teacher of the Year Sarah Worley.  

The Hartford Courant published a story about a new CPTV series. The executive producer is a CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School graduate. It also published a photo of a Japan school’s recent visit to CREC’s International Magnet School for Global Citizenship and a photo of CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School’s performance at Peace, Love & Music Together.

Vernon Patch published a story about an invasive plant found in June during BioBlitz, which was held at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School.

The New Britain Herald published a story about the changes at CREC Medical Professions Academy.

The Journal Inquirer published a story about a jazz festival in Manchester. CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School staff and students will perform.

The Hartford Courant published a picture of CREC Trude Mero Family Resource Center’s Back to School event.

CT-N published a video of CREC’s recent FallStaff event.

WFSB published a story and video of its Liberty Bank Surprise Squad visiting CREC’s Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies. The squad delivered free lunch to teachers at the school on Tuesday.

The Metro Hartford Alliance published a story about CREC’s Back to School Block Party.

The New Britain Herald published a story about changes at the CREC Medical Professions Academy.

The Hartford Courant published a story that previewed BioBlitz, which is happening this weekend at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School.

The Windsor Journal published two stories written by CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering students. It also published a story about two CREC students who will be interning at Yale University this summer.

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