Shelton High School
Highlights by Department Quarter 1, 2013-2014
- Art work from SHS students is on display in the SHS Main Office.
- Student artwork is also displayed on bulletin boards and in showcases.
- The Art Club has set goals for the year and is working to achieve them.
- Mrs. Cox is co-advisor of the Digital Photography Club.
Career and Technical Education
- Students from Shelton High School’s Personal Financial Planning classes attended the “Financial Reality Fair,” sponsored by CT’s Credit Unions, on October 9 at Hamden High School. The Fair provided students an opportunity to work with a paycheck and learn how to budget to provide for their future. The students made decisions on living arrangements, food, transportation, utilities, clothing, luxury items, etc. They were provided with credit scores, which were used to assist in approving or denying loans. At the end of the session, students sat with a financial counselor and reviewed their financial profile.
- Several members of Shelton High School DECA attended a team-building Leadership Conference in October at Mountain Mist in Meriden.
- Several members of Shelton High School’s CTE Marketing class submitted designs to the 2013-2014 State Pin Competition. One of the SHS students’ designs was selected as one of five finalists. Voting on these finalists is currently underway.
- Shelton High School’s CTE Business Education Department hosted a guest speaker from Men’s Warehouse, who spoke about “Dressing for Success.”
- Shelton High School’s CTE Business Education Department hosted a speaker from a Fairfield County Marketing firm, who spoke to the students about career opportunities in the field of Marketing and some of the facets of Marketing.
- Shelton High School’s CTE Family and Consumer Science hosted a guest speaker from Lincoln Tech Institute, highlighting the Baking & Culinary Programs, including the technical college system as a whole.
- Shelton High School’s CTE Family and Consumer Science hosted a guest speaker from Johnson & Wales University, who performed a culinary demonstration, as well as spoke to the students about the University.
- The SHS CTE Cooperative Work Education classes sponsored “Fill the Truck” for Thanksgiving. The CWE students collected $200, 10 turkeys, and a tremendous amount of non-perishable items for the Shelton Food Bank.
- Many of the SHS CTE students attended a lecture and discussion regarding careers at Sikorsky Aircraft. A follow-up student tour of Sikorsky Aircraft is scheduled in December.
- The Robotics Team sponsored a Lego League Tournament on Saturday, November 23, in the Shelton High School Gymnasium.
- Designer's Workshop hosted Sian Keegan, A SHS graduate and textile artist, to speak on November 25. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, as well as Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine. http://siankeegan.com/.
- In November, the HCC FInancial Accounting class attended the CSCPA Accounting Conference at Quinnipiac University. Students were able to speak with accountants from non-profit organizations, forensic accountants, tax accountants, and representatives from the top 5 Accounting firms.
- Students in Mrs. Sherry’s, Mrs. Mastrobattisto’s, and Mrs. Estanislau’s sophomore English classes had a Skype discussion with Holocaust survivor Magda Herzberger to enhance their study of the novel Night by Elie Wiesel. Mrs. Herzberger told students of her experience as a teenager in Auschwitz and answered questions about her life.
- Twenty-four members of the Gael Winds Journalism I and II classes attended the JEA/NSPA (Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association) Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Boston, Massachusetts from November 14-17. Students had the opportunity to attend many sessions on topics including writing effective news and feature stories, utilizing Photoshop effectively, incorporating social media into high school journalism, promoting one's online publication, and practicing ethical and responsible journalism.
- Several teachers successfully piloted new curricular units incorporating Rigorous Curriculum Design and Common Core State Standards.
- Hosted a very successful College Fair with over 140 colleges and universities in attendance.
- Offered seniors the opportunity to discuss the college admissions process, resume writing and the college essay in our “Senior Seminar” series.
- Administered the PSAT to all grade 10 students and registered grade 11 students.
- Hosted the 9th grade parents in our “Coffee with the Counselors” program.
- Honored 155 members of the Class of 2015 at our annual “CAPT Scholars Breakfast.”
- Offered the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) to students in grades 10-12.
- Recognized 26 students at our First Marking Period Recognition Breakfast.
- Conducted Student Success Plan lessons during our Advisor/Advisee program.
- Hosted the Kaplan and Catalyst Boot camp SAT prep programs.
- Mrs. Tichy continues to serve as the SHS Virtual High School Coordinator.
- There is an increase in the number of students who have participated in Virtual High School (VHS) courses. Mrs. Tichy maintained open lines of communication with these students and their parents.
- Students participating in VHS AP Courses include: AP Art History, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science, AP Government, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Communication. Of note, eight VHS students took the AP exam last year and five students achieved a score of 4 or better on the exam.
- There is an increasing focus on technology-enabled participatory learning using varied computer technology, computer rooms, laptop carts and other interactive devices.
- The Shelton High School Library Web Site supports multidisciplinary use, benefiting English, Social Studies and the Science curriculum.
- Shelton High School eBooks collection includes titles supporting in the English Curriculum, classics, research materials and books for pleasure. Shelton High School eBooks can be accessed anywhere using a mobile device (laptop, iPod, tablets and cell phones) using the Destiny Quest AP, and using the Shelton Public Schools website.
- The library/media center was a recipient of a $500 Weller Grant to purchase additional books.
- Mrs. Tichy attended the CECA (Connecticut Educator Computers Association) Conference - Common Challenges, Creative Solutions. The conference provided an opportunity to learn more about up-coming best practices, ideas, tips, and commentary related to interactive technologies and their integration into the curriculum.
- Students in World History classes participated in TRAILS Information Literacy Assessment.
- A guest speaker came from Berkley College to do a presentation on "Fiscal Fitness" to our upper class students.
- The Finite Mathematics class collaborated with the CTE Department to attend a field trip to a "Financial Reality Fair" at Hamden High School. Students planned future budgets for after college life.
- All Algebra 1 and Geometry students completed the Scholastic Mathematics Inventory assessment.
- Members of the Math Department served as advisors to Habitat for Humanity, the Book Club, Philosophy Club, Gaming club, Hacky Sack Club, and Key Club. All of the clubs are looking forward to an exciting year and welcome their new members!
- Math Department teachers, and junior class co-advisors, Ms. Deitelbaum, Ms. Presti and Mr. Tucker planned and hosted the junior ring breakfast.
- Mrs. Deitelbaum and Mr. Tucker served as members of a panel of judges for the Wesleyan University Quantitative Analysis Center, judging WU student presentation involving an inference-based approach to the study of statistics.
- The marching band performed at various competitions throughout the fall.
- The marching band participated in the Big E parade at Connecticut Day.
- The Concert Choir attended a performance of the New Haven Symphony at Woolsey Hall and visited the Yale University Instrument collection.
- The marching band performed at Shelton Day.
- The band performed at the SHS Veteran’s Day ceremony.
- The chorus performed at the CAPT Scholar’s Breakfast.
- The chorus and band performed at the fall pep rally.
- 344 students tested for the Connecticut State Fitness Exam. 181 students passed all four components of the test.
- Two full sections of Nutrition for Health were implemented this year.
- The elective system for PE activities continues to work well.
- Mr. James Goddard is co-advising the ski club.
- Students in honors and advanced placement classes are working on science fair projects. The science fair will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
- Mr. Kelley was awarded September 2013 Employee of the Month.
- Mr. Kelley is the advisor for the SHS Student Council. He has been involved in a variety of activities, including:.
- Fall 2013 CT Student Leadership Conference
- Fall Sports Pep Rally
- Valley United Way High School Volunteer Action Council annual holiday caroling at Derby senior center
- Holiday Movie Night w/ Holiday Grams to students and faculty
- Recognition of students and staff for achievements
- The General Technical Science classes are building 3 dimensional models of the modern periodic table. The classes have also constructed trebuchet/catapults for energy conversion demonstration.
- For the second year in a row, the Shelton High School Science Club and Mrs. Presutto's Chemistry classes joined efforts with the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited and participated in the “Trout in the Classroom Program”.
- Mr. Darby’s Biology students completed a fall foliage project, in which they collected a variety of leaves, identified the trees and pigments in the leaves, and explained why leaves change colors in the fall.
- Students in Mr. Piccirillo’s Anatomy and Physiology/lab class made life size human skeletons, identifying all the bones. These were displayed in the main lobby.
- Mr. Pagliaro’s UCONN Physics classes constructed a device to launch a ping pong ball, using mechanical energy (no compressed gases).
- Mr. Macary’s Space Frontier class modeled the expansion of the Universe using balloons.
- The department held two Meet the Candidates assemblies, which provided students with the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the Democratic and Republican candidates running for all city offices.
- The department sponsored the SHS Veteran’s Day ceremonies, which included an assembly, panel presentation and breakfast with the Hearts for Heroes Club students.
- Students attended a field trip to the Natural History Museum in New York City.
- Mrs. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lee, Mrs. Visser and Ms. Breda attended professional learning activities entitled: Secondary Transition Planning: Making the IEP a Living Document.
- SHS is participating in year 2 of the Connecticut State Personnel Development Grant (CT SPDG). The focus of the first two workshops was literacy training.
- Students in Mrs. Visser’s science class utilized the computer room to research a famous scientist and used Microsoft Publisher to produce a brochure on their scientist. The brochure, which were presented to the class, included photos and the timeline and accomplishments of the scientist’s life.
- Students in Mrs. Visser’s Science Proficiency class the student used the computer cart to research global warming’s effect on a country of their choosing. They created and presented a PowerPoint on the changes that have occurred over the past 100 years and predicted what could happen in the future.
- Students learned about Día de los Muertos, a 3,000 year old cultural tradition that connects Aztec beliefs to XVI century Christianity.
- On November 1st, students tasted some “pan de muerto” from the local Mexican bakery, La Flor de Mexico.
- On November 8, students attended a performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Hispanic/American song and dance. They then had lunch at Senor Ponchos.
- Successful French and Italian Club meetings were held.
- Mrs. Snell secured her TEAM certification.
- Students attended a field trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and to Lincoln Center to see the opera “Rigoletto”.
- The annual Bocce Tournament was held. The Big Green Pizza Truck provided the food.
- Students in Spanish 1 created Spanish calendars based on their favorite month.
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The Shelton High School Gates on Constitution Boulevard North are closed during school hours. They are re-opened at dismissal time and re-locked at 4:15 p.m. They will be open for all major high school functions. While parents may find this inconvenient, it has led to a significant decrease in the vandalism and trash on campus.
Shelton High School Mission Statement
Shelton High School is a learning community where students are expected to meet high academic and behavioral standards while developing to their full potential. We are committed to providing our diverse student body with a safe environment characterized by respect. Our staff, students, parents, and community work collaboratively to encourage life-long learning and responsible citizenship.
The Shelton High School student:
· Uses information to formulate and support ideas.
· Works independently and cooperatively.
· Writes and speaks fluently.
· Thinks critically and creatively to solve problems.
· Demonstrates technological literacy.
· Appreciates the arts.
· Understands the life-long value of physical wellness.
· Connects material from multiple subjects.
Civic and Social Expectations
The Shelton High School student:
· Contributes responsibly to the school and community.
· Values diversity and its importance.
· Understands democratic thought and process.
· Takes responsibility for his/her education.
· Demonstrates respect, integrity, and honesty in all endeavors.