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Students and Staff at Two Magnet Schools Honored with Sheff Awards

Wednesday August 1, 2012

About a dozen students and a teacher at two area magnet schools – CREC (Capitol Region Education Council) International Magnet School for Global Citizenship in East Hartford and Environmental Sciences Magnet at Mary Hooker (operated by Hartford Public Schools) in Hartford – have been awarded with the Sheff Movement Excellence in Quality Integrated Education Award 2012.

The Excellence in Quality Integrated Education Award is open to all magnet and Open Choice schools and awarded to students and staff by recommendation.The award is given for “exhibiting the spirit of character, collaboration, leadership and appreciation for cultural, ethnic and socio-economic differences inherent in quality school integration goals for magnet and Open Choice schools.’ Students must exhibit a positive spirit of school diversity in their interaction with peers, leadership activities and community service. Honored staff must exhibit a positive spirit about diversity in their teaching styles and leadership, and be role models for students in preparing them to contribute to an integrated, global society.

The award recipients at Environmental Sciences Magnet at Mary Hooker were:

  • Brian Ramkishen (Hartford)
  • Valeria Aragon (Hartford)
  • Ryan Quintero (Hartford)
  • Jirmani Muth (Hartford)
  • Isabella Salazar (New Britain)
  • Nick D’Onofrio (Hebron)
  • Victor Wilson (Manchester)
  • Brianna Lara (Hartford)

The recipients at The International Magnet School for Global Studies were Elicia Estevez (Hartford) and Kasmir Breedlove (Manchester). Also honored was Spanish and English Language Learner Teacher (ELL), Meghan Hennick. School principal Cindy C. Rigling said Hennick was selected for “putting forth effort to learn about the backgrounds, experiences and interests of her students to provide relevant and meaningful lessons.”

Environmental Sciences principal Peter Dart said teachers at his school were quick to recognize many students for their efforts, which shows that “[quality integrated education] can really be done.”

“We’re so honored to be a part of this,” said Dart.

CAPTION: Sheff award recipients at Environmental Sciences Magnet at Mary Hooker in Hartford, CT: Front Row, L-R: Brian Ramkishen-Hartford; Valeria Aragon – Hartford; Ryan Quintero-Hartford; and Jirmani Muth-Hartford: Back row, L-R: Isabella Salazar – New Britain; Nick D’Onofrio-Hebron; Victor Wilson – Manchester and Brianna Lara – Hartford

CAPTION: Sheff award recipients at the (CREC) International Magnet School for Global Studies in East Hartford, CT: Photo- L-R – Grace Clark, Sheff Movement Communications Director; E. Brad Noel, Hartford Board of Education member; Elicia Estevez and Kasmir Breedlove, third-grade recipient and Spanish and English Language Learner Teacher (ELL), Meghan Hennick.