Highcrest Elementary School
- China Sister School
Highcrest School Host Delegates from the Shandong Province, China
CT Sister School Relationship
January 12-21, 2011
In 2006 Mrs. Kopecki, art teacher, received a grant from the CT State Department of Education to travel to China during April vacation to establish a sister school partnership in the Shandong province, along with 18 other CT educators. In December of 2006 a teacher, Hongwei Zhang, completed an internship at Highcrest School for 10 days. During his time with us we were able to share our educational practices, learning so much from each other.
This will be the sixth year for the program under the leadership of Mr. Daniel Gregg, Director of International Programs for the CT Association of Schools. It has created relationships that have evolved at both the personal and school level and it is said that it is the envy of other provinces in China and is well known at the Ministry of Education in Beijing.
This year Highcrest School was again pleased to host two educators from the Shandong province. They were Su Meirong, an art teacher, from Qingdao Yucai Junior Middle School and Teng Yun, a math teacher, from Ju County No. 4 Experimental Primary School. They visited Wethersfield schools and community from January 12 through January 21, and stayed with Mrs. Susan Kopecki and her family. Mr. Jeff Zhu, a former Highcrest parent, worked with the CT Chinese community to provide us with translators.
What a wonderful international educational experience for our Highcrest students and staff and the Wethersfield community!
- Japan Study Tour
Japan Study Tour
I have been awarded a grant to study this summer in Japan, as alumni for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program. This 2010-2011 Japan Study Tour Program, ‘Physical and Human Geography of Japan’ will take place during this summer from June 29 - July 21.
The itinerary of the study tour includes visits to Sapporo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo and will include home stays, visits to schools and factories, stops at various cultural sites and a range of presentations. The Freeman Foundation generously funds the program and the Highcrest PTO has contributed a portion as part of their initiatives for the year. Thank you so much for your support!
I have decided to extend the Study Tour for an extra 5 days so that I can visit Wethersfield’s Sister City, Nagayo, a partnership that begin in 1989 when the Mayor of Nagayo visited Wethersfield and signed a proclamation welcoming Wethersfield and Nagayo as Sister Cities. Since that partnership began there has been a continued relationship between these two cities, at the Municipal level. I will now expand Nagayo’s and Wethersfield’s Sister City Partnership to include one at the educational level.
I have been invited to visit Nagayo from July 18th-20th as a guest and will be meeting with Mayor Hayama, Superintendent Kuroda, Principal Nagatomi, Board of Education Members and several educators. I will have the opportunity of inviting an elementary school in Nagayo to become Highcrest’s Sister School. Both Mrs. Harvey and I look forward to a long-standing partnership with our new Sister School in Nagayo.
As always, I will be posting photos and descriptions on this page of my daily learning experiences while in Japan. Please check back often to see the daily postings.
Mrs. Susan S. Kopecki