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See media coverage of the ceremony honoring the Salerno Family and press release below.
See New Haven Register coverage here.
See WTNH feature here.
See New Haven Independent coverage here.


Plaque to be unveiled recalling a generation of courage 

New Haven, CT— November 6, 2018 — Of the 14 children raised by Donato and Maria Grazia Salerno in the Fair Haven neighborhood, six of the youngest Salerno brothers went off to serve their country in time of war, several coming back as highly decorated veterans.

Now, the New Haven Board of Education is honoring their wartime service by creating a memorial to be displayed for perpetuity in the lobby at Fair Haven K-8 School, which all six brother attended together as youngsters.

Please join us on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Avenue, New Haven, for a Veterans Day ceremony that will culminate with the unveiling of the memorial recognizing these six brothers for their remarkable wartime service.

Fair Haven K-8 Principal Heriberto Cordero has also announced that the school will raise and display an American flag presented at the funeral of one of the brothers, as a continued sign of respect for this family’s distinguished military service.

The six brothers whose names are etched into the plaque are:

  • John Salerno, who served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, 83rd Infantry (1943-45). John landed in the  Normandy Invasion D Day+2, served in Luxembourg, Belgium and France, and is the recipient of a Purple Heart, Good Conduct and Victory Medals, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon. 
  • George Salerno, who served with the 2nd Infantry Division, 1943-45 in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. He received three Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts with one Leaf Cluster, a Presidential Unit Citation, a POW medal for surviving six months in a German POW camp and the French Croix de Guerre. 
  • Daniel Salerno, served in the U.S. Infantry, 1942-1933, Sergeant, American Theater, Good Conduct and World War II Victory Medals. 
  • Francis Salerno, served in the U.S. Navy 1943-46, recipient of the Atlantic Pacific Medal with one Star, Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, American Theater Medal
  • Giacchino (Jack) Salerno, served in the U.S. Infantry, 1943, Good Conduct Medal
  • Charles Salerno, served in the U.S. Army in Korea (1950-52), awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Charles Salerno will attend the ceremony.

Pupils from the school will perform the “Star Spangled Banner” and the James Hillhouse High School ROTC will present the colors.

The family will be well represented at the ceremony, said Mary Ellen Collins, niece and a retired New Haven Public Schools teacher. Mary Ellen said the tradition of serving in the military continues with several Salerno grandsons, who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.




Two Sound School Juniors place  Third in the Animal Systems Category, Division IV of the National Agri Science Fair 

Elizabeth Fontana and Lili Filppu.

New Haven, CT— November 1, 2018 — Elizabeth Fontana and Lili Filppu of the Sound School Regional Vocational Aquaculture Center In New Haven, CT represented Connecticut at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN October 23-26, 2018. 

After competing at the state FFA Science Fair competition in May 2018 earning a first-place finish, Ms. Fontana and Ms. Filppu sent their application for consideration to more than 20 agricultural teachers, state leaders and college professors from throughout the US to compete at the national competition. Their project, which investigated plant based and animal-based feeds for Convict Cichlid growth, arose from a personal interest in veganism and a sustainable option for feeding fish. Individuals or teams compete in one of six categories – animal systems; environmental services/natural resources systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; or social science – in six divisions – individuals in grades 7-8, teams grades 7-8, individuals grades 9-10,teams grades 9-10, individuals in grades 11-12, and teams grades 11-12.

The pair competed in the Animal Systems Category Division IV.
On October 25, they were announced as finalists and on October 26 they were awarded THIRD Place out of 12 competing teams in their division from around the country.

The 2018 National FFA Agriscience Fair is sponsored by Cargill, Chevrolet, John Deere and Syngenta. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog. About National FFA Foundation The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit


See New Haven Independent feature on the School Based Dental Clinics here.


Wilbur Cross Boys XC Team Finished 5th at the Class LL meet to qualify as a team for the State Open.
Travis Marth (5th) and Musa Hussain (11th) led the Governors.  Great job Coach Gale and the Cross team.


Principal Dianne Spence was joined by her husband, Lewis Spence and Conte West staff members Thomas McCarthy, Tracey Philpot, Iris Festa, JoAnn Ferris, Dania Gladzuk, at the 17th annual CAS Celebration of Leadership. Ms. Spence was honored with the the first ever Award in Literacy Leadership.
Congratulations Ms. Spence
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