Voices & Stories

  Jason Borger           March 10, 2018

I started working at CTRA January 9th last year. Since then I have worked to align myself with the school’s theme and values.   discovered that talking about sustainability with scholars fit naturally within my classes. As I became more comfortable with the school I learned more about the school’s values of awareness, diversity, and action.  This year I discovered an opportunity to...

  Roberto Gonzalez           March 10, 2018

The nibble. The bite. Setting the hook. Fish on! Catching a fish for the first time can be an exhilarating experience. Suddenly at the end of your line is a living, beautiful yellow perch that has just emerged from the Connecticut River. I run the fishing sessions on Magnet Theme Days at CTRA, which often introduces the sport to many scholars.  It also fits neatly into our school’s theme of...

  Michele Saulis           March 10, 2018

Here is a challenge for you: In ten words or less, how would you define sustainability?  Can you name three things you do each day that contributes toward a just and sustainable world? CTRA’s magnet theme is sustainability with three focus areas of early college, environmental studies and advanced manufacturing. At CTRA, our official definition for sustainability is to ensure the enduring...

  Tara Amatrudo           March 10, 2018

Albert Einstein once said, “You have to color outside the lines once in awhile if you want to make your life a masterpiece.”  In an educational climate that is based increasingly on accountability measures and standardized practice, Connecticut River Academy has been committed to fulfilling these expectations within the context of theme-based programming. We believe that doing so promotes...

  Alison Suffet Diaz   |   Sammy Lyon           December 31, 2017

We walked into what we thought would be a crisp fall day in Boston, but instead was a sweltering humid 80+ degrees at the end of September. We were coming all the way from Los Angeles to meet up with educators and students from up and down the East Coast, all of us sweating together in the beautiful library of Boston Green Academy for a day of sharing, learning and inspiration. A year and a...

  Jesse Delia           December 21, 2017

Environmental Leadership (EL) is core to the mission of Common Ground High School - we believe that all students can learn and lead at high levels. In addition to the thematic threads that weave through all four years at CG, students build an EL portfolio over their time here that charts their struggles, successes, growth, and impact on the community. In addition to written reflections, the...