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Welcome to the Parent-Teacher Association for Clinton, Connecticut, your local branch of the largest advocacy association in the nation.  The PTA offers parents and teachers a powerful voice to advocate on behalf of every child.  We provide the tools to help your children be safe, healthy and successful in the Clinton Public School System and in life.

Education Budget 2017-18

  • Education Budget – Facts and Figures Driving Forces & Unifying Principles: Develop literacy in core disciplines to ensure quality learning experiences and achievement. Embed the application of knowledge and skills in all learning experiences and new situations. Develop and implement high-performing collaborative teams focused on improving teaching and learning. Provide safe, high-quality learning environments that support the District’s commitment to its educational mission. Core Programs Supported in ... read more...
  • Budget Referendum Vote May 10 Budget Referendum VOTE Wed May 10th! Town Hall 6-8 pm. These votes are frequently decided by a handful of votes. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!! Remind your family, friends and neighbors to vote!!!! And join us at Town Hall any time during the day to show our unified strength and rally! Out of town on 5/10? Vote ... read more...
  • Thoughts on the Budget Video clips explaining the thoughtful effort that went into the 2017-18 Education Budget. By Board of Education members and the Superintendent and Asst Superintendent of Clinton Public Schools. Please take just a few minutes to listen to one or two of these to appreciate how much work has gone into presenting a responsible budget. read more...
  • Let’s Stay Competitive – by Christine Goupil Clinton Public Schools and our students are a key asset to our community. The Clinton Public Schools administration and the Board of Education have strived to create a comprehensive curriculum that empowers our students. They are focused on being fiscally responsible and making sure our tax dollars stay in the classroom. Our teachers provide quality education that will continue to rise with technology integration to help us compete with other school districts. This creates a level playing ... read more...
  • The Value is Immeasurable – by Andrea Salvin Clinton has been my home for 48 years. It was a wonderful place for my children to grow up and be educated. Everyone who resides in this town, or owns property in Clinton, pays taxes toward the children’s education. No matter where we all came from, someone paid taxes for our public education so we could grow into responsible adults, and as responsible adults, we owe it to the children of Clinton to do the same. I ... read more...
  • Made the Hard Choices – by Mary Jo Phelps As hard as it is for me to believe, my daughter will graduate from The Morgan School in a little more than two months, which means that in September my husband and I will be empty nesters. I am so grateful for the excellent education that has prepared my children so well for college, and to the taxpayers of Clinton who have supported that education. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that my son, now ... read more...
  • Can’t Lose Any More – by Meredith Adler My sons, ages 10 and 13, have exceptional teachers in the Clinton Public Schools. Those teachers, though, do not act alone: They have support from paraprofessionals in the classroom and support of their peers and administrators outside of the classroom. As we look toward passing our new school budget, I would like people to consider that the Board of Education has made some difficult staffing decisions for next school year—including losing teaching and paraprofessional positions in ... read more...
  • Important to Balance – by Maria Moran There are innovations in education, and in education evaluation, all the time in forward-thinking states like Connecticut. One such innovation in evaluation is the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Next Generation Accountability Index, an accountability model that moves beyond just test scores and provides a more holistic, multi-factor perspective of school performance. The State of Connecticut recognizes schools for being in the top 10 percent of this index. As a teacher at such a school, ... read more...
  • We Are Part of Something Bigger – by Mary Kate Staunton I am currently a junior at The Morgan School. I am in the honors program, I play soccer, I fence, and I run track. I am the secretary of the Interact club and a member of the National Honor Society. My peers and I have been given so many opportunities to succeed and so much help to reach our goals, largely due to the dedicated staff at Morgan. With their constant devotion and encouragement, I push ... read more...
  • Don’t Be Fooled – by Laura Colebank Yes, please don’t be fooled! Don’t be fooled by Kirk Carr’s statement “don’t be fooled that…cutting these . We can’t afford to cut anymore. The 2017-’18 proposed Clinton education budget already reflects significant education cuts, including more than eight staff positions this year alone (three elementary teachers) and the Chinese program (an opportunity for preparing students for global success). Classroom sizes are increasing. As ... read more...
  • The ‘No Vote’ Narrative – by Valerie Nye Beware the narrow lens of the “no vote” narrative in Clinton. Each budget season they pitch their version of the facts, selectively choosing metrics convenient to their narrative. A letter in last week’s Harbor News compares Clinton to Old Saybrook and Madison. Comparing the budget realities with Madison and Old Saybrook these past two years presents a very different picture. In 2016, while Clinton’s education budget ... read more...
  • Support These Talents – by Shelby Auletta As a parent of four children in the Clinton school system and active member of the “Friends” of groups and PTA, I am well aware of the incredible instruction happening in our district with regards to the arts. Some outside the school system may not be as aware. I recently completed my fourth year as PTA Reflections Art competition chairperson. This is a National PTA competition. Students at The Morgan School and Jared Eliot Middle School ... read more...
  • Shameless Scare Tactics – by Kristin Cafferty The perpetual opposition to the Clinton Board of Education (BOE) budget will never reward responsible budgeting. Annually the opponents try to deceive us with deliberately inflated numbers and scare us with hyperbole. Those of us who watch the budget process closely know how many difficult decisions have already been made to tighten the 2017-’18 proposed budget. There are no new program offerings and no new staff. Instead, we have cut the high school Chinese program, five ... read more...

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Upcoming Events:

  • Career Night for Morgan & Eliot Students – Tue Apr 18, 7-9pm – Morgan Cafe Morgan & Eliot students! Join us for CAREER NIGHT to explore careers! Meet with over 50 professionals from a wide variety of fields including Science, IT, Arts, Law, Trades, Education, Social Work, Medicine and many more. Some include: Advertising – Amy Carse Architect – Peggy Sullivan Book Publisher – Max Phelps College Professors – Kathleen Skoczen and Meredith Adler Early Childhood Education – Coralie Williams Educational ... read more...
  • Cultivating Leadership, Self-Esteem and Confidence: May 17, 2017 -

Recent Guest Speakers/Events/Topics:

  • CANCELLED – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education “SAVE” – CANCELLED This event cancelled due to weather concerns – we will try to re-schedule it for the Fall Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15-24 yr. old Americans (CDC). SAVE is one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the ...
  • Parenting Today for a Successful Tomorrow – Feb 13, 2017 – WATCH PARENTING TODAY FOR A SUCCESSFUL TOMORROW Developing Capable Children & Young Adults Join us for a roundtable discussion of these topics: Utilizing Discipline & Logical Consequences Providing Worthwhile Experiences & Enrichment Supporting an Effective Home/School Connection Knowing Your Place in Your Child’s Education Balancing Compliments with Constructive Criticism Encouraging Independence & Responsibility Common Pitfalls & Problem-Solving Katherine Bruch McCollom, MS Ed.: Katie has served as an elementary ...
  • The Mask You Live In – Film and Discussion – Wed, Jan 25, 6pm – Board of Ed Conf Room A candid and powerful film following boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. This FREE presentation is geared toward the following adult audience:  Parents, Relatives, Coaches, Teachers, Clergy, Community Members who interact with boys of all ages. Light supper will be served… Please RSVP to Andrea Kaye ...