Hall High Theater Students Heading to Scotland – 5/15/09

Extended content is available for this story: Click here to view the full, uncut interview with Hall High School teacher Sean Harris.

The Hall High School theater department recently learned they have been chosen to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010. The Hall students will be performing alongside other high schools representing the American High School Theater Arts Festival booth in Scotland.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival and is open to anyone wanting to perform. The three week festival held every August sees more than 1,800 dancers, musicians and actors from around the world. The American High School Theater Festival is part of a larger educational travel company called World Strides.

The cost for each student is more that $5000. There are currently 140 students in the theater arts department. Theater Director Sean Harris hopes to take all students wishing to go. The department will begin raising funds this summer.

We’ll post information on upcoming fundraisers on our news blog.

Hall High School
Hall High Theater Department
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
American High School Theater Arts Festival

Renbrook Offers Free Programs in May

We just received the following note from the Renbrook School:

Nature Walk 5/20 & Gymnastics 5/27

A preschool nature walk with science teacher Joan Kennedy will be offered free of charge on May 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Renbrook School. The walk is part of the “Wednesdays at Renbrook” series for children ages 2-5 and their parents. Admission, refreshments and parking are free of charge. To register, call 236.1661 and ask for admission or e-mail sgolden@renbrook.org

The series will close on May 27 with a free gymnastics class with PE teacher Suzi Wilkins from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served and campus tours will be offered.

Renbrook is a day school for students 3 years old through Grade 9, based on the independent model of education. The school currently enrolls 490 students from 30-plus cities and towns in Connecticut and is accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the State of Connecticut.

Renbrook welcomes students of every race, religion, ethnic and national origin. Students enrolled at Renbrook reside in Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley and 30-plus cities and towns in Connecticut.

Parents: Is the math curriculum working? Let us know.

We’ve heard from more than a few concerned parents about the math curriculum in the elementary schools. Anna Stonestreet is in the process of putting together a story on the topic, but we want to hear from you!

What are your experiences? Is the program working for you and your child? Does it need improvement? Let us know by commenting below or sending Anna an email. You can also reach her by using our contact form.

Pay to Play Sports?

Are pay to play sports coming to West Hartford? They may not be here yet, but outside companies using school facilities for athletic programs are on the rise.

LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Stonestreet traveled to Simsbury, Connecticut to catch up with Tim Leahy, owner of All Pro Sports. Leahy’s company offers a number of after school and school vacation camp programs for children hosted in West Hartford schools.

You can find out more about All Pro Sports’ programs on their website by clicking here.

Extended Content: Full Length Interviews with Mayor Scott Slifka and Superintendent David Sklarz

The following are full length interviews with Mayor Scott Slifka and Superintendent David Sklarz regarding the 2009 budget process. This piece is from our April 22, 2009 story on the budget process.

West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka’s Complete Interview:Superintendent of Schools David Sklarz’s complete interview: