June 4, 2014

Moran PTAC meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for Moran’s last PTAC meeting tonight which will be held at 6:00 p.m. in our library / media center.  The agenda is below.  Thank you and see you tonight!

Moran PTAC

Library Media Center

Moran Middle School

Wednesday, June 4, 2014




Call to Order – 6:00 p.m.

Last meeting follow up

Strategic Plan Update
♦          Community Outreach
♦          Curriculum and Instruction
♦          District Climate
♦          Facilities
♦          Technology

System-wide PTAC update

PTAC Elections—Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, System-wide Rep, Secretary

PTAC Meeting Dates for 2014-2015



Important upcoming dates:  Have a great summer!!

April 10, 2014

PTO Events (Upcoming)…

PTO Events

  The PTO has a few events coming up and


SBAC kick-off breakfastFriday April 25th (volunteers needed)

The PTO will be hosting a nutritious breakfast to help kick-off the start of the SBAC testing.   We held this event last year for the first time and it was quite successful.   We need LOTS of volunteers to help out with this event.  It’s a great chance to be a part of your childs school day… in a fun and social environment.  Please feel free to sign up for just your childs breakfast wave or the whole time.


Friday April 25th

–         6:30 am – Set-up – help cut bagels and prepare for the breakfast

–         8:15 am – 8:40 am : 6th grade breakfast wave

–         8:45 am – 9:10 am : 7th grade breakfast wave

–         9:15 am – 9:40 am: 8th grade breakfast wave


Please email me with the times you are able to help out.

Career Breakfast -Thursday April 24the (bakers needed)

On Thursday April 24th students will have a chance to meet with varies people to explore career ideas and options.  The guidance department is hosting this event and the PTO is reaching out to parents to help provide baked goods for the breakfast.  If you are able to bake something for this event, please email me and let me know.


PTO Meeting- Tuesday April 22 6:30 pm

The Health Department will be joining our PTO meeting to discuss with parents some Wallingford issues with lead-based paint and childhood poisoning.
The number of children impacted has gone up and it’s related to home improvement projects.  As it’s spring, they would really like the chance to speak with parents ASAP to get ahead of spring projects.  We invite you to join us for this program.  The discussion should last about 20 minutes.


Thank you for your time…

Please email me if you are able to help out with any of the events:


April 10, 2014

Parent Coffee (#4) – April 23, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We would like to invite you to Moran’s April Parent Coffee to be held in the Moran Guidance Conference Room on Wednesday, April 23rd from 8-9 am.  Our April core value is Health, Wellness & Safety and we will be joined by Eloise Hazelwood, Director of Health in Wallingford, as well as our school nurse, Kathy Duman.  You are welcome to bring your younger children with you.  We hope you will join us for coffee and community on the 23rd !


Moran Administration

April 3, 2014

Please vote for Moran asap….

A class in our school (James H. Moran Middle School) has the opportunity to win a set of Acer tablets and they are looking for help! They are one of the 10 finalists in the Acer Classroom Makeover contest. The contest winner will be determined by public voting and will receive a classroom set of Acer ICONIA W Series tablets worth $15,000.  Having these available to them at all times will transform what they can do in the classroom! Please consider voting for them 🙂 They are the fourth school down with the Mustang logo.  The link to the contest site is here:   http://tinyurl.com/AcerClassroomMakeover

We would also appreciate it if you could please put the link out to any social media network that you are a part of.  They need all the help they can get!

Here is the press release going out:


March 24, 2014

New mid-term & marking period end dates (could change based on weather & BoE)…

Wallingford Middle Schools

Interim Report/Report Card Schedule

2013 – 2014



Date Closes

Input Timeline

Approx. Distribution


Interim #1

Thursday 10/03/13


Report Card #1

Friday 11/08/13

Friday 11/15/13


Interim #2

Friday 12/13/13


Report Card #2

Tuesday 2/4/14

Monday 2/10/14


Interim #3

Tuesday 3/11/14


Report Card #3

Friday 4/11/14

Wednesday 4/23/14


Interim #4

Wednesday 5/21/14


Report Card #4

Tuesday 6/24/14

Monday 6/30/14

February 7, 2014

Student Leadership…

On Friday, January 31st Noah Baltramaitis, Jocelyn Polansky, Ally Brunelle, and Dylan Poet traveled with Mr. Baker and Mrs. Foss to the Mandel Jewish Community Center in West Hartford to attend the Middle School Student Leaders Forum.  The event brought together students from over 70 middle schools across the state of Connecticut to discuss the topic of improving middle school climates.  Best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman delivered a keynote address in which she discussed strategies to help students have mastery over their words and actions.  She talked about the difference between respect and dignity, saying that though respect needs to be earned, everyone has a right to be treated with dignity.  Mrs. Wiseman’s humor and concrete strategies gave us a lot to talk about as a group and we look forward to bringing some of those things back to Moran.

The students who attended the forum were also asked to read the book Wonder by Raquel Palacio and participated in a fishbowl activity in which they shared their own experiences and made connections between Wonder and Mrs. Wiseman’s presentation.  To end the day, we met as a school team and talked about how we might bring what we learned back to Moran.  We are looking forward to sharing what we learned with our school community and working with other school groups within Moran to make our school climate even better than it already is.

December 31, 2013

As we get ready to return…

As our winter break is winding to an end, I found some articles that I thought you may be interested in reading.  Please see below:

The importance of bedtimes for students:


Student New Year’s Resolutions:




Important educational events in 2000:


Have a Happy & Healthy New Year!  See you all soon.

December 20, 2013

One student can make a difference….

Every single day on this job provides a new experience and a unique learning opportunity.  There are days when I grasp those opportunities and soak them in as much as I can.  I am certain that there are other days when these opportunities pass me right by without a notice.  This week I made sure not to miss it.

Earlier this week I looked out of the main office window and noticed a young lady hanging posters on our hallway walls.  This is not an unusual occurrence as we often have Student Government, Friends of Rachel, Yearbook, or other such clubs hang posters on the wall regularly.  I thought nothing of it and moved on with my day.  Later, as I was walking the halls, I began to notice that there were quite a few of these papers hanging in our main hallway.  They weren’t advertising any specific club or activity.  They were just messages.  I continued to look into it further and could not find a single adult in the building that was responsible for these posters.  My curiosity was peaked.  The inner Principal in me was screaming out, “How dare someone hang something in our hallways without permission!”  Luckily, my inner parent, educator, learner, and human side was screaming even louder, “How awesome is it that a lone student would do something so brave and creative!”

Today I sought this student out and had a very brief conversation with her.  I have to say that it was the most thought provoking 5 minute conversation that I have had with a student in a long time.  In those 5 brief minutes, this student reminded me why I wanted to become an educator 15+ years ago.  With one single statement, “I just wanted to do something to make a difference!”, she reset my state of mind to the place I was when I first applied to Quinnipiac University’s education program.  She sat in her room one evening and heard something on the radio or TV that just struck her.  She spent the next couple of hours writing down thoughts, quotes, song lyrics and any other inspirational message that came to her mind.  Then, without fear or worry, she taped them on the school walls for all to see.  Not one of these posters have her name on them, not one is signed, not one has her own label.  This student was not looking for attention.  She was looking to make a difference.  Please take a look at some of the pictures that I have included.  These pictures are worth more than a thousand words.

When asked what my philosophy of education is or why I wanted to become an educator or an administrator, typically you would hear me say that I wanted to make sure that the student voice is heard above all others.  I consider myself an advocate for kids first.  I think that this student just changed my answer to that question.  I do not want to be the voice for students or their advocates, I want to empower them to be their own advocates.  I want to empower students to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

As you read this, I hope that it encourages you to take these next 12 days “off” to find a way that you can empower the students in your lives.  Whether you are a teacher, parent, brother/sister, paraprofessional, custodian, administrator, secretary/clerk, counselor, friend, grandparent, or anyone else that has access to these awesome Moran children, it is your job to give them the opportunity to make a difference.

I cannot thank you all enough for allowing me the opportunity to lead such a wonderful group of staff and students.  As I look forward to 2014, it gives me great hope that I chose the right path in my life and that there are such brave and thoughtful kids out there that I get to work with every day.  I wish you all a wonderful break and a very healthy and happy new year!

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Joseph A. Piacentini


James H. Moran Middle School



It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.

T.S. Eliot