High Road School: Wallingford, CT (High School)

Staff of the Month: Mr. Powell

What impact has Mr. Powell had on colleagues and students over the past month? Our staff of the month for October is Mr. Powell! Mr. Powell is a 1:1 paraprofessional who has shown exemplary abilities to redirect students to make positive choices. Other staff members have noted that Powell shows the Core 4 of humility and transparency. He is not afraid to learn from his mistakes and ask questions. When he is not in the classroom with his student, Powell is assisting other classrooms with VTOs or by running rotations to help other students reach their full [...]

2019-10-31T14:56:28-04:00October 31st, 2019|

Student of the Month: Wilfredo

What has Wilfredo accomplished over the past month to achieve Student of the Month? Wilfredo is our student of the month for October! He was selected due to his resilience and eagerness to take responsibility. Wilfredo works in the coffee shop, deli, pet center, and many other jobs around school in addition to attending his academic rotations. Mr. Berardesca, Operations Manager, is proud of his progress saying “Wilfredo has done a great job since the beginning of the year showing accountability for his behavior. He has also shown responsibility in completing jobs around the school with fidelity.” [...]

2019-10-31T14:55:09-04:00October 31st, 2019|

District Breakfast

High Road School of Wallingford hosted a district breakfast on Wednesday, October 23. A few gold students were able to show their district representatives around school and highlighted their favorite parts. Arianna talked about how she enjoyed working the ice cream shop and how her math class is preparing her to work in the school store through lessons involving making change. Ray added that he enjoys going out in the community to work on job sites. Some other areas of interest around school were the pet center, VTO rooms, the gym, deli, coffee shop, and our new art room. The [...]

2019-10-30T11:57:23-04:00October 24th, 2019|

Barbershop Visit

High Road School of Wallingford High School barber shop has official open and been named the Hornet’s Lounge! On October 23rd and 24th barbers Sheldon and Jayson visited from their shop “Cutting Edge” to give students free haircuts. Before opening their shop in Bridgeport, they had experience working at another school in New York similar to High Road where they would also volunteer and give haircuts. Mr. Reid, a teaching assistant, organized the event and encouraged students to stay on color so they could participate. “A simple haircut can go a long way for adolescents. It can boost self-esteem, and [...]

2019-10-30T11:54:33-04:00October 24th, 2019|

Fundraiser in Partnership with Project CASY

High Road School of Wallingford High School would like to extend sincere gratitude to all attendees of the fundraiser that took place on October 17th. Students donated their artwork for a silent auction to benefit Community Autism Socials at Yale. In total, we were able to help raise over $600 for project CASY! Ms. Lieberman, the teacher that helped students create their masterpieces, was very proud to show off all students’ work. “The students did an amazing job creating individual pieces and collaborating on pieces together.” Participants in the fundraiser enjoyed winning exciting raffle prizes, bidding on student artwork, [...]

2019-10-23T10:46:05-04:00October 23rd, 2019|

Building Pasta Towers and Teamwork Skills

In social skills elective, social workers Ms. Gibson and Ms. Rossetti issued students a challenge: Which team could build the tallest freestanding tower using only 4 large marshmallows, 10 miniature marshmallows, 10 pieces of pasta, 1 small piece of masking tape, and an endless supply of Scotch tape? Students were given supplies, assigned teams and got to work.Different teams utilized many unique strategies. Some chose to keep their large marshmallows together, while others took them apart to use as a sticky substance. Some groups kept their masking tape whole while others ripped it into numerous pieces. Some students picked the [...]

2019-10-23T10:39:05-04:00October 23rd, 2019|

Apple Picking Fun Friday Trip

Students who earned blue and gold level were able to attend a Fun Friday trip to Hickory Hill Orchards in Cheshire! Students took a tractor drawn hayride to the orchard and picked apples. There were many different types of apples to pick. McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Gala, Macoun, and Honey Crisp were just a few of the favorites. After picking apples, students boarded the hay ride and were driven back to the farm. There they enjoyed apple cider donuts and apple cider. They were able to enjoy these fall favorites while walking around the farm and seeing some of the farm [...]

2019-10-30T23:06:55-04:00October 23rd, 2019|

Staff of the Month: Ms. Perelli

Our staff of the month for September is Ms. Perelli! Ms. Perelli works with the High Road School of Wallingford as a 1:1 paraprofessional. Throughout this past month, she has been an integral part of the transition classroom where she has been a tremendous leader and encourages other staff members to do their best. She is always available to answer questions about our level system new staff members might have, or to help students with their class work. Ms. Perelli embodies the Core 4 of Decisiveness; if she recognizes there is a need for someone to run a [...]

2019-10-11T14:23:50-04:00October 11th, 2019|

Student of the Month: Dakota

Dakota is a twelfth grader in Ms. Lieberman’s class. Dakota has done an exemplary job this September of having a growth mindset and being a positive role model for his classmates. Dakota re-earned gold status at the beginning of the month after working hard all summer staying on blue. Dakota encourages his peers to do their best and helps them when they are having a tough time. Mrs. Tatta, our transition coordinator says “Dakota is a very hard worker. He is trustworthy and always willing to help staff and peers”. Dakota has many on campus jobs such as [...]

2019-10-11T11:16:45-04:00October 11th, 2019|

World Peace Day!

Students at High Road School of Wallingford High School participated in the “Pinwheels for Peace” project for World Peace Day on September 21st. Students designed pinwheels with colorful designs and pictures of things that brought them peace. Students wrote what peace means to them and ways they could spread peace. Students then placed their pinwheels in our front garden to create a garden of peace to greet guests and students as they enter the building. Some quotes from our Peace Pinwheels include: “Put your differences aside and make peace.” “Stop violence and speak up.” “To spread peace you can [...]

2019-09-23T11:24:42-04:00September 23rd, 2019|