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Recent Press Releases

CREC Announces Retirement of Superintendent of Schools Dina Crowl, Selects Tim Sullivan to Fill Role

(Hartford, CT) CREC Executive Director Greg J. Florio announced Wednesday that Superintendent of CREC Schools Dina Crowl will be retiring at the end of June and that Assistant Superintendent for Operations Tim Sullivan has been selected to take over the position. The announcement was made at the CREC 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration after the CREC Council approved hiring Sullivan as the new superintendent.“I received news of Dina’s departure with mixed emotions. Dina is among the most dedicated and talented administrators with whom I have had the pleasure to work. She is a champion for students and has worked tirelessly to help close the achievement gap for all children,” said Florio. “While Dina’s leadership will be missed, I am more than pleased that Tim is continuing his career here at CREC. Besides having a breadth of experience in education, Tim is a genuine advocate for quality education for all children and families. This is the essence of our mission at CREC and Tim has the drive and talent to see it through. His strong ties to the Hartford school community have also been an asset to CREC’s diverse student population.”“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity. CREC has a long history of providing high-quality, integrated educational opportunities for children in greater Hartford. I hope to carry that legacy forward, following in the footsteps of Dina Crowl. She is the strongest believer in the success of all children that I have ever met. I hope to continue her work and follow her example,” said Sullivan.“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have served as an educator in Connecticut and to have worked alongside some of the greatest minds and most dedicated individuals in education. While closing this chapter in my life is difficult, I’m excited to open a new one in California,” said Crowl. She is relocating to San Diego, where her husband has accepted an executive transfer within his company.In 2013, Crowl became the Superintendent of CREC Schools. During that time, student enrollment increased by 30 percent, as well as enrollment of Hartford students. She has a deep commitment to the academic success of every child, particularly in the area of literacy where she put supports in place to ensure children could read at grade level. Prior to joining CREC in 2006, Crowl worked for Hartford Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. She filled a variety of roles at CREC, including Senior Education Specialist, Division Director for the Institute Teaching and Learning, and Assistant Superintendent of CREC Magnet Schools.Sullivan joined CREC in July of 2012 after a 23-year career as an educator with Hartford Public Schools. As Assistant Superintendent for Operations at CREC, Sullivan has provided leadership and overall direction for school operations, while facilitating effective communication between CREC schools and service divisions. ###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 16 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org....

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CREC Receives 100 Full Scholarships to Camp Jewell YMCA, Shares with Hartford Public Schools and Community

(Hartford, CT) The Capitol Region Education Council announced that Camp Jewell YMCA, a branch of the Greater Hartford YMCA, has provided CREC with 100 full scholarships to their summer program this year. For the past three years, Camp Jewell has allocated 50 of these scholarships to CREC students, providing them with the opportunity to attend the traditional, overnight summer camp free of charge. Camp Jewell YMCA decided to double that number this year. However, not all of the scholarships are going to CREC students; CREC is sharing 25 scholarships with Hartford Public Schools and 10 with community organizations. Approximately 30 of the students participating in the summer camp and their parents will visit the camp on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to become familiar with the grounds and volunteer in a cleanup.“We are very grateful to Camp Jewell for their generosity in providing our students an enriching and unforgettable summer experience,” said CREC Executive Director Greg J. Florio. “Given that many organizations and agencies across the state are struggling financially, it seems only right that we extend some of that generosity to our neighbors at Hartford Public Schools and members of our community.”“We thank Camp Jewell and CREC for opening up more opportunities for Hartford students. Keeping our children engaged during the summer months is essential to their learning and social development,” said Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools.“Our goal with the program is not only to provide the opportunity for kids to have access to the camp that they may not have had otherwise, but we also want to diversify our camp so that it is more representative of the Greater Hartford community that we are a part of,” said Ray Zetye, Executive Director of Camp Jewell YMCA. “The opportunity isn’t just for the kids from CREC schools. The opportunity is also for the kids, who have been coming here, to experience a more diverse population. It’s a win, win.”Approximately 1,300 kids from Greater Hartford to Fairfield County, as well as China, Spain and the Dominican Republic, participate in the residential camp program each year. The program runs four two-week sessions between June and August. Campers between the ages of 7 and 16 practice archery, swimming, basketball, boating, arts and crafts, theater, outdoor cooking, and other traditional camp activities. Another goal of the program is to facilitate friendships among the campers. The cost per child is $1,700. About 450 scholarships are offered each year, including those offered to CREC. Anyone interested in supporting this effort, please contact Eric Crawford at the CREC Trude Mero Family Resource Center at (860)244-9358 or ecrawford@crec.org.###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 17 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org....

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CREC Arts Academy Spring Musical “In the Heights” Infused with Hip Hop, Salsa and a Diverse, Talented Cast

(Hartford, CT) When the curtains go up at this year’s spring musical at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, the audience will experience Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning, “In the Heights,” through a diverse and talented cast, many of whom relate to the musical on multiple levels. Infused with Hip Hop and Latin music, “In the Heights” was chosen partly because the academy could satisfy its diverse casting needs. To keep the choreography legitimate, the director, Brian Jennings, did something he’s never done before – he allowed a student, junior Dajmon Peele, to contribute to the choreography for “96,000,”one of the musical numbers in the show. “A lot of collaboration went into the choreography. There are bits and pieces of ourselves in the show,” said Cassandra Pagliaruli, 17, a half day student from Berlin High School.“I just love Lin-Manuel and his work, plus this show hits close to home and has had a big influence on my life,” said Aamahri Nicholson, 15, a half-day student from Windsor High School.Director Brian Jennings said auditions to find the right voices for the scores and roles, and cast members with the ability to fill the style of choreography, among other skills, were held for about a week in December. Thirty students in grades 10 to 12 were selected and have been rehearsing daily since February. In addition, there are five students in the orchestra, and approximately 30 on the stage crew, which includes creating costumes, working with lights and building sets. Jennings, a Hartford-based actor, director and playwright, has been at the CREC Arts Academy for 20 years. He said holding rehearsals while the cast is on a school schedule can be challenging, but working with the students is worth it.“There’s something about catching a young artist at an intersection in their lives when their paths are not yet determined and being able to impact their lives as they make their decisions. It’s remarkable and rewarding. It’s why so many of us stick around as long as we do,” said Jennings.In the Heights” is scheduled on April 28 and 29, and May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre of the Performing Arts, 359 Washington Street in Hartford. Tickets are $15-25 for adults and $10-15 for students and seniors and are available online.###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 17 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org....

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CREC Magnet Schools Observe Earth Day, Care for the Environment with Special Events and Programs

(Hartford, CT) From recycled fashion to a farm-to-table environmental lesson, magnet schools at the Capitol Region Education Council support caring for the environment. Special events were organized in observance of Earth Day, while others are year-round environmentally conscious programs.On April 22, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering and the MIT Club of Hartford are jointly hosting an educational event for science students and MIT Alumni community featuring former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and world-renowned glass artist Josh Simpson. In addition to lectures by the two speakers, and a lunch, there will be multiple afternoon sessions featuring aerospace industry presentations from; ACT Group - Industrial 3D printing; ACMT Inc. - Advanced aerospace materials and adhesives; GKN Inc, - Next generation Composite Materials; and presentations from student teams who are building a full size RV-12 airplane, preparing entries for the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), and members of the AAE "Pirates of the Pythagorean" robotics team. The event is taking place on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, 1101 Kennedy Road in Windsor. If you are interested in attending, please contact Reed MacMillan at (617)229-9626.On April 24, CREC Discovery Academy, in collaboration with the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation will observe Earth Day with “Exploring the Earth a Bite at a Time,” a farm-to-table game and salad making program. Classes will get into groups to design a salad, identify where the food is sourced from, calculate the environmental impact of each ingredient, plot the geographic location on a map and record data on an impact worksheet. The event is scheduled to take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at CREC Discovery Academy, 176 Cumberland Avenue in Wethersfield.On April 26, the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts will take its Art in the Community class to plant seedlings at the Comstock Ferre in Wethersfield from 1:10 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. The class will also deliver painted bird houses to a nature trail in Manchester on May 3, 2017.In addition to these events, a couple of CREC schools offer environmentally friendly programs for students throughout the school year. The CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts offers a Recycled Fashion class where students learn how to restructure unused clothing into viable accessories or garments that are budget and earth friendly. The class emphasizes creativity through recycling, basic hand and machine sewing, and color and design theory. The class recently made and donated pillows and blankets for the children's unit at Institute for Living at Hartford Hospital.Similarly, the CREC Discovery Academy has a new Upcycle Club. The definition of upcycle is to reuse discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original. During the club, fourth-graders repurpose fabric to make new items. Students gather at recess to work at a sewing station that includes two sewing machines recently donated to the new Design Lab. Clare Neseralla, the Discovery Academy STEM Coach, is a quilter and has been sewing since she was in kindergarten and she wants to pass the skill on to Discovery students.###The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings nearly five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 17 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at www.crec.org....

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