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://www.crecschools.orghttp://www.crecschools.orgenYoung Actors Present Social Issues At Martin Luther King Eventhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/young-actors-present-social-issues-at-martin-luther-king-eventhttp://www.crecschools.org/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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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:01:00 -0600
Learning The Process - Discovery Academy's Design Labhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/learning-the-process-discovery-academy-s-design-labhttp://www.crecschools.org/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://www.crecschools.org/news/view/musical-theater-alumni-recently-cast-on-broadwayhttp://www.crecschools.org/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://www.crecschools.org/news/view/scholastic-arts-awarded-to-ghaa-studentshttp://www.crecschools.org/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://www.crecschools.org/news/view/musical-theater-students-learn-from-broadway-proshttp://www.crecschools.org/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://www.crecschools.org/news/view/crec-in-the-news-12http://www.crecschools.org/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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Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:52:00 -0600
Creative Writers Collaborate with American School of the Deafhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/creative-writers-collaborate-with-american-school-of-the-deafhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/creative-writers-collaborate-with-american-school-of-the-deaf Creative Writers from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School are once again collaborating with the American School of the Deaf. The workshops, which last from November until May, are an opportunity for students from both institutions to share and create poetry together. Students take part in icebreaking exercises and are then given a series of prompts with which they make individual and collaborative poetry, which is further developed throughout the course of the year. In return, students from the Academy learn basic sign language skills along with learning about deaf culture, communication, and their art form.  In addition, students learn more about themselves, their own humanity, and have the opportunity to make friends with students whom they would never otherwise meet. This wonderful collaboration is in its third year.

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Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:48:00 -0600
CREC Foundation and Partners Help to Keep Area Children Warmhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/crec-foundation-and-partners-help-to-keep-area-children-warmhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/crec-foundation-and-partners-help-to-keep-area-children-warm(Hartford, CT) To ensure that area children stay warm this winter, the CREC Foundation has teamed up with the Hartford Police Department and Go Hartford! Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids to provide children in need with hats and gloves.

HatsIMG_08462.jpgPooling together their resources, the nonprofit organizations and the police department were able to purchase 300 new hats and 300 new pairs of gloves. CREC school principals, Hartford Region Open Choice Program staff, and city police officers will give the items to those who need it. 

“It’s extremely cold this week, and winter officially starts next week,” said Aura Alvarado, CREC’s Director of Communications and Community Relations. “All families should be mindful of the frigid weather and wear clothing that is appropriate for the season, and I am happy that the CREC Foundation is able to work with Hartford police and Mayor Mike’s Foundation to help ensure that children stay safe and warm.”

The CREC Foundation supports the CREC agency’s programs, missions, and members. This includes helping students and their families in their times of need—a cause in line with Go Hartford! Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids, an organization established to honor former Hartford Mayor Mike Peters.

“We are happy to partner with CREC as the two organizations have supported kids and youth activities in Hartford,” said Christopher Peters, president of Go Hartford! Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids. “We think that a lot of good can be done when people come together. Every kid deserves to be safe and warm, and we are very excited to see our fundraising efforts pay off by giving back to the community in a city that Mayor Mike loved.”

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Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:25:00 -0600
Stroud is First Dance Educator to Win Excellence in Education Awardhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/stroud-is-first-dance-educator-to-win-excellence-in-education-awardhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/stroud-is-first-dance-educator-to-win-excellence-in-education-award(Hartford, CT) CREC’s Kim Stroud recently became the first dance educator to ever receive a Connecticut Department of Education’s Excellence in Education Award.

Stroud, who lives in Madison, serves as director of the arts at CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School in Hartford and as general director for the Center for Creative Youth, an internationally-known summer arts program run by CREC and held at Wesleyan University.

The Excellence in Education Award recognizes and honors exemplary individuals for their contributions to education in Connecticut. Award recipients are selected by their respective professional organizations.

“I thank everyone for recognizing me and for recognizing dance as the valuable educational study that is,” Stroud says. “I respectfully receive this award for me, my colleagues, and my students—all who give so much to the study, elevation, and perpetuation of this beautiful form.”

Stroud has worked at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School since 1993, holding several different positions over the years. She’s also worked at various dance schools, was a principal soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company for 11 years, and danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. In addition, Stroud has been a master teacher at several colleges, including Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the University of Hartford.

This is not the first time that Stroud has been recognized for her work as an educator. She’s been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the Connecticut Dance Alliance. The National Dance Education Organization named Stroud its Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year in 2005, and Stroud was named the International Arts Schools Network’s Teacher of the Year in 2009. “Dance Teacher Magazine” named her its Outstanding Dance Educator in 2012.

Stroud is a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s International Dance Council.

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Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:54:00 -0600
Academy Alumni Cast in Well Known Productionshttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/academy-alumni-cast-in-well-known-productionshttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/academy-alumni-cast-in-well-known-productionsTwo alumni from the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts have roles in two different well known productions. Cindy Martinez, graduating class of 2002, was recently on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

Michael Barra, class of 2004, is performing in the ensemble cast of A Bronx Tale.

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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:54:00 -0600
CT PRIME Offers Connecticut Towns and School Districts a Way to Savehttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/ct-prime-offers-connecticut-towns-and-school-districts-a-way-to-savehttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/ct-prime-offers-connecticut-towns-and-school-districts-a-way-to-save

(Hartford, CT) CREC, in partnership with 12 towns and school districts, launched Connecticut’s first municipal insurance captive in July.

The purpose of the captive—called CT PRIME, Inc.—is to stabilize costs for medical stop loss insurance for self-insured employee benefit plans. It also allows municipalities and school districts to collaborate to develop longer-term risk management strategies that promote employee health and wellness.

CT PRIME offers its member towns and school districts medical stop loss insurance that attaches to the individual town and school district stop loss levels. The captive then purchases medical reinsurance for more than $500,000, which provides protection from claims that are generated because of catastrophic incidents.

CT PRIME currently has more than 10,300 enrollees, giving members the ability to leverage cooperative purchasing power to reduce insurance costs. For this fiscal year, members paid premiums of about 5 percent below their expiring premium costs.

CT PRIME is governed by a member-elected board of directors and managed by a team of experienced insurance professionals. CREC provides administrative support for the captive and is working with CT PRIME members to explore other risk management opportunities.

“With increasing pressure on local budgets, towns and schools are working together to find innovative ways to leverage group purchasing power as a way to help pay for essential local services,” says South Windsor Town Manager Matt Galligan, who serves as president of CT PRIME’s board of directors. 

Mary Glassman, manager of CREC’s Office for Regional Efficiencies, says it is about finding ways for groups to benefit by working together.

“CT PRIME offers towns and schools the ability to reduce costs and to better manage risk,” she says.

CREC is currently accepting applications for participation in CT PRIME, Inc. for fiscal year 2017-2018. Applications will be accepted until December 16, 2017. For more information about CT PRIME, visit www.ctprime.org.

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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:57:00 -0600
GHAA Faculty Member Receives Awardhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/ghaa-faculty-member-receives-awardhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/ghaa-faculty-member-receives-awardThe Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts would like to congratulate faculty member, Kim Stroud, for being awarded Dance Educator of the Year Award from the CT Dance Alliance. The award, which was presented by Sarah Barzee of the Connecticut Board of Education, is for her outstanding service to her profession and recognizes Stroud for her dedication, commitment and passion in her field. This latest award is in addition to her many other professional recognitions in previous years, including 2009 Teacher of the Year from the Arts School Network. In 2005, she was awarded Outstanding Dance Educator from the National Dance Education Organization and also by Dance Teacher Magazine in 2012.

Kim Stroud has been with the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts since 1993 and now serves as the Director of the Arts at the school.

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Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:54:00 -0600
Local Theater Kids Learn from Hollywood Actorhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/local-theater-kids-learn-from-hollywood-actorhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/local-theater-kids-learn-from-hollywood-actorTheater Students from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts had the opportunity to interact with Hollywood legend Richard Dreyfus. High school kids  from the school took part in a field trip to see “Relativity” at TheaterWorks  in Hartford. Dreyfus, who plays the lead role of Albert Einstein, held a question and answer session with the students after the performance.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:55:00 -0600
Open Studio Weekend Gives Local Artists Platform To Show Art (Hartford Courant)http://www.crecschools.org/news/view/open-studio-weekend-gives-local-artists-platform-to-show-art-hartford-couranthttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/open-studio-weekend-gives-local-artists-platform-to-show-art-hartford-courant With Hartford's biggest landmarks acting as their galleries, hundreds of artists showcased their work around the city for the 25th annual Open Studio weekend.

 
The annual event draws Hartford artists and hundreds of visitors for a weekend long celebration of art and culture in the capital city.
 
At the Colt Gateway, artisans displayed carved bowls, knit goods and jewelry, while next door students at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts showcased their work.
 
For Enfield resident Amelia Stage, 14, this year's Open Studio was her first opportunity to showcase work. She's a freshman at the art school and said she was a little intimidated to display her work.
 
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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:32:00 -0600
GHAA Student Poem Publishedhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/ghaa-student-poem-publishedhttp://www.crecschools.org/news/view/ghaa-student-poem-publishedCREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts junior Phoebe Hurd has recently had her literary worked, titled “Funeral” published in an online magazine. The publication, Teen Ink, is an online magazine that publishes work by high school students.  Only the best student works from around the world are published. A link to her piece can be found at http://teenink.com/mobile/925607

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Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:43:00 -0600