Summer Ends for District's Teachers

The school district's convocation Monday signaled the end of summer and the start of a new year.


After a summer of not seeing each other, there was lots of greetings and hugs Monday morning at Hamden High School -- not among students, but teachers who attended their first day of the school year with an assembly with Supt. of Schools Fran Rabinowitz.

Classes start Thursday, but summer ended Monday for the district's teachers who were welcomed back by Rabinowitz, Mayor Scott Jackson and Board of Education chairman Michael D'Agostino.

Jackson said he sees first-hand what wonderful teachers the district has with his son's teachers at Ridge Hill School.

"The teacher sees a spark and says, let me make something great, and that's what a teacher does every day -- we're going to make you the best you can be and when you come here, you're safe and you're learning," he said.

"Summer vacation is over," Administrator's Union president Jeanne Cooper told the teachers. "No more sleeping in, no more staying up late, no more summer reading, no more days at the beach. 

"We have to stick together as a team," she told them.

When looking for heroes, many look to celebrities when they should look to teachers, Teacher's Union president Diane Marinaro said.

"Teachers are the real heroes in today's society," she said. "No other profession can match what we do or see or feel."

And as for the saying, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach?"

"What a bunch of crap," said Hamden High School science teacher Tracy Stockwell, who was named the district's Teacher of the Year. "Those who can, teach," she said, "and those who can't, shouldn't."

Because of that mindset she initially ruled out teaching as a career, Stockwell said, but found herself drifting into it in her first job at a zoo.

And after years in the classroom, "I still love teaching," she said.

"You have to have passion," she told her peers. "It's hard to tune out a teacher who is passionate about what they are teaching."

Linda C August 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Just wondering as I scan through the pictures if the Union or the Town foot the bill for catering? Do all Town Agency's get a welcome back Party? Does Public works get a party before Winter sets in and their required to plow after hours? Does the Tax Assessors office get a Party before posting all the tax bills or after posting all the tax payments? Does the Fire Dept. get a party at the beginning of winter when people use their fireplaces and wood burning stoves, creating more fire hazards? Does the Police Dept. get a party at on the first day of Summer when days get longer and crimes increase? Just wondering how many Private Sector employees get parties for DOING THEIR JOBS? Not to mention Teacher of the Year using the Phrase " What a bunch of Crap". I guess we should be glad she's not an English Teacher if her vocabulary is that limited. So glad Superintendent Rubinowitz was able to attend. Just wonder if that's included in her retirement pay or her new contract? Or will they just cut her a check for the Extra Effort! I guess some believe 4 months off with pay just isn't enough! Let's keep wasting the town's money, there's Plenty to go around!!!
C August 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
WOW Linda, You are so bitter and must have some reason for it. I am a mother of 2 children that have been and continue to be educated by the teachers in Hamden. They are a special,wonderful caring group of professionals. Teachers in general are under paid and over worked..most use their OWN money for supplies,extra materials and spend countless hours after work communicating with families..The year starts off with this event as a way to build community and teamwork, and as recognition for the effort ahead. I'm sorry if you don't believe in saying "thank you", but most of us do...lighten up..
Ted B August 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Have to agree with C on this one. Looks like a spread of donuts and muffins and coffee and for a town of hundreds of teachers, looks like not terribly over the top.
Thomas Alegi August 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Why call Linda bitter, her view point is based on sound reasons, who is paying for the catering the Town or the Union, when parents have to pay for school supplies for their children? Would the money for this gathering have been better spent on school supplies? If anyone would like, you can call me bitter also for raising a question!
Ted B August 28, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I don't think she's bitter and I believe she has a valid point. But I don't think this looks lavish enough to complain about. If it did, I'd be the first one complaining, believe me!
C August 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM
FYI we (parents)are not paying for school supplies..they are provided..check out Hamden.org..it's our Hamden Public Schools Web site ..
Beth August 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Public Works? Seriously? I see Public Works trucks sitting outside McDonalds at the Plaza at 9 a.m. all the time. I don't think they have it too tough. If you think the time from the end of June to the end of August is four months you might want to think about going back to school. Jealously is not an attractive trait. Maybe Linda you should have become a teacher and then you could enjoy all the perks you're complaining they have. Teaching is a tough job. The last thing I would want to do is spend six hours a day in a room with a bunch of kids. I'd lose my mind. And on top of it, they are judged on how much knowledge they can impart into them, many of whom have no interest in learning. No thanks. They deserve those donuts and coffee on the first day back.
Mario August 29, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Schools recommend supplies for students to have Thomas, but they are not mandatory. The school provide supplies for students when there is a hardship.
Mario August 29, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I have never seen a post by this person that was positive, so why is anyone surprised now?
Linda C August 29, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Believe as you wish, I am not bitter. If I was I wouldn't have spent most of my life in Hamden paying for OTHER people's children to be educated, while my family paid for Parochial School as well as ALL school supplies needed. Which by the way weren't anywhere near the cost of what's spent in the Public Sector. The only difference is WE ALL CAME OUT WITH AN EDUCATION!!! Only bitterness seems to be with all of you who feel the teachers aren't getting their due. If you truly feel that way, maybe you should take that up with your Superintendent who is getting paid OVER AND OVER AGAIN to ask for MILLIONS AND MILLIONS every year for the BOE Budget. WHERE'S IT ALL GOING IF THE TEACHERS ARE UNDER PAID, IF SUPPLIES AREN'T PLENTIFUL? I'm just sick of paying thru the nose when it never seems to be enough. Would I like to be a teacher? Not in a million years. Do I think they are under paid and over worked? Not in Hamden, not according to the taxes I pay and the amount spent on every students education. So AGAIN if there's a discrepancy, maybe someone should go over that budget with a fine tooth comb. Who's getting it all if not the teachers, the students? Have your parties, just don't charge me for it on July 1st! Enjoy!
Linda C August 29, 2012 at 04:12 AM
By they way Tom and Ted thanks for insight! Mario you will see a positive comment from me when this administration does something correct. Have yet to come across anything. Not my fault, I'm sure you voted them in again!
Mario August 29, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Your second line tells me everything I need to know about you Linda. You had the option of sending your children to public schools, but chose to send them to parochial schools. To begrudge paying taxes so "OTHER people's children" can be educated is selfish and short-sighted. Shame on you!
Linda C August 29, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Mario once again your MISSED THE ENTIRE POINT! Get back to me when you can take off those TUNNEL vision glasses!
Mario August 29, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Almost wish you were bitter and had moved out of Hamden. Have a nice night.
Linda C August 29, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Makes 2 of us Mario! Nighty Night
Ted B August 29, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I sent my kids to public schools but that was many years ago. Were it today, they would be going to Catholic schools. Not because I don't think the teachers are bad, but because of what I know goes on in the public schools as far as drugs and other things, and these are things that are never going to be totally controlled. It's just impossible. There's drugs in all public high schools -- in the most affluent districts, the problems are the worst. Then there's bullying, teen pregnancy and who knows what else. It's not possible for the schools to keep this stuff out. I don't blame them, but I wouldn't send my kids there either. So yea, I'd be paying tuition and taxes too.


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