Awards to top agenda at Berlin Board of Ed meeting

Published on Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:00
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - Awards will be presented and officers appointed at tonight’s Board of Education meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Berlin High School auditorium, 139 Patterson Way.

Katie Amenta, an English teacher at Berlin High School, will be honored as the school district’s Teacher of the Year. Amenta also coaches the BHS girls soccer team, who reached the state tournament finals this season, her first.

Along with Amenta, Jason Miller from Griswold Elementary School, Heather Sita from Hubbard Elementary School, David Sirois from Willard Elementary School and Paula Brown from McGee Middle School will be honored as Building Teachers of the Year.

Amenta was named the top building teacher at Berlin High School before being named Teacher of the Year in June.

Each Building Teacher of the Year will receive a certificate of recognition, a bookstore gift card and a copy of Parker J. Palmer’s book, “The Courage to Teach.”

Sheryl Desroches, from Hubbard School, will be named Paraprofessional of the Year.

“Sheryl was nominated for her calm, patient demeanor that makes her effective in working with all types of leaner,” the meeting agenda reads.

Ten students will receive the Certificate of Excellence from Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ Superintendent/Student Award Recognition Program.

Students are selected for demonstrating leadership in community, community service and service to others, and academic prowess relative to their ability. Each recipient will receive CAPSS diploma and a bookstore gift card. The students are:

n Fifth-graders Karolina Carlone and Hiram Sepulveda from Griswold; Madelyn Carlson and Max Enes from Hubbard; and Samantha Dunn and Christian Riccitelli from Willard.

n Eighth-graders Olivia Salina and Michael Vignone from McGee.

nSeniors Danielle Taglucop and Jacob Giuliano from BHS.

Support staff awards for each school and the Board of Education central office, as well as Friend of Berlin Schools awards for volunteers helping children and schools in the district, will also be distributed.

Before the award ceremony, Chris Edge, the towns economic development director, will talk about what he does and his work to help Berlin with Junior Achievement, awareness of opportunities in Berlin and help Berlin business find individuals ready for their workforce.

After the awards, the Kensington-Berlin Sunrise Rotary Club will present its “Gift of Words” project, donating dictionaries, for the 11th year, to all third-grade students in the district.

After a brief recess, the board will then elect a president and a secretary, set meeting dates and vote on a tentative agreement reached with the Berlin Association of Head Custodians, along other regular meeting business.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:00. Updated: Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:02.