ABOUT THE CONARD PTO
Our mission is to promote a positive environment for students at Conard High School by funding educational programs for the school community and providing a forum for open communication between parents, teachers, and school administrators.
The PTO distributes important information via E-News, provide a forum for Conard Families to keep current on issues at school through Principal’s Coffees and other meetings, and facilitate parent participation at school. We also support enrichment programs throughout the school year.
We invite all families to support the PTO mission through payment of your annual dues. The requested PTO dues is $20. Your paid dues will entitle you to the Conard Directory, which will be available in an electronic format the week of September 25th.
The PTO dues are the major source of funds which allow us to financially support requests throughout the year for Teacher Wish Lists, Student Groups, Year End Awards, Principal Coffees, Speakers and activities identified throughout the year by the administration and teachers and benefiting our students! last year your generosity of donations matched by your employers allowed us to expand our support of the Conard Community!
During 2016-2017, we were able to fund several teacher grant requests, the year-end student awards, donations to student groups, we sponsored the teacher's back to school luncheon, Teacher Appreciation Day, Senior Breakfast at the Safe Grad Party, College Panel Night, Conard's Best Kept Secrets, West Hartford Scholarship Fund, War-Cheif Sports Council and town wide charities such as the Foundation for WH Public School's "What's Cookin" Event, Mayor'sCharity Ball, Children's Charity Ball and WHCTV, Community of Concern and more.
School Counseling Advisory Committee
Tor Fiske, the district supervisor for the WHPS Counseling department,
has created a School Counseling Advisory Committee. This committee
consists of parents from both the Hall and Conard communities,
representing all grade levels at each high schools. The focus of this
group is to discuss upcoming changes to the Counseling department,
give the department feedback and suggestions on these changes and
discuss issues within our communities concerning the guidance
The committee met for the first time on Monday, February 1, 2017 and
discussed the upcoming changes to the Freshman counseling program.
Each member also shared different experiences and insight into the
existing counseling department and addressed areas of concern as well
as successful programs at each school.
The Advisory committee members for Conard are listed below. Please
feel free to reach out to them if you have questions or concerns relating
to the Counseling department or issues that you would like to see
addressed at the next meeting in April.
Kathleen Costello firstname.lastname@example.org
Kadzo Kangwana email@example.com
Cathy Puleo CAPuleo@Comcast.net
Chip Simplicio firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Woods email@example.com
Notes from Conard PTO Program: CONARD'S BEST KEPT SECRETS
Program Goal: To help parents and families figure out how to be a connected
parent in the Conard community as well as helping their child maximize their
experience in high school.
The evening event had a four-member panel, all parents from the Conard
community. Each panel member had a specific topic they discussed and shared
personal insight. At the end of these presentations, there was a question and
Hillary Sherrill shared the multiple ways of staying connected in the Conard
- Website (demonstrated important tabs, and how-to’s)
- Directory (for sale by PTO each year)
- Teacher contact (emails directly from power school)
- Principal Coffees (each month, alternate between am/pm mtgs)
- Enews (weekly email blast from PTO)
- Guidance department emails for specific grades
- (find under the guidance tab on the website)
Dwayne Grabber gave insight into the logistics of getting around the Conard
Only time parents are really walking throughout the building is during Open
House and there are always plenty of staff on hand to help.
- The office
- Room 169 or Seminar room for Principal’s Coffees
- School Store
Conard Staff and Administration
Kate DeJulius spoke and is one of eight guidance counselors on staff. As of next
school year, two counselors will be assigned to just Freshman students. The
remaining 6 will be assigned the rest of the student body. More information will
follow in the coming months.
- Julio Duarte, principal
- 3 assistant principals:
- Teachers are highly accessible and eager and willing to help students
- There are math and English labs during the school day where students can get extra help in these subjects
Linda Geisler spoke concerning how to help your student make course selections
while thinking about all of the other activities they will be juggling in their lives.
- Make decisions based on your child, not what everyone else is doing
- Teachers and counselors will be advising, but you know your child andwhat they can handle
- Plan ahead (what direction will they be taking: college-bound, gap year, athlete)
- Think about electives, summer school, driver’s ed, sports, etc… All of these come into play each semester and change the dynamics of your child’s schedule
The panel answered many questions from the audience and then the program
To stay informed of all that is happening at Conard be sure to sign up for the E-News which will be emailed to you once a week.
Questions? Please email, Conardpto@gmail.com
A+ Bonus Program
Stop & Shop donates a percentage of every dollar you spend to a local school. Please share your Stop & Shop card number with us on the volunteer form. We will designate “Conard High School” as your beneficiary. Contact Sara Musto to register, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dues & Donations: We invite all families to support the PTO mission through payment of your annual dues. The requested PTO DUES IS $20.
We also welcome your support with a donation of any size, including Matching Grant Donations from your employer or designating the Conard PTO on your United Way Donation Pledge. The Conard PTO is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
PTO Dues can be paid via check payable to: “Conard PTO” and mailed to PTO Treasurer, Karen Hammond at 88 Walden Street, West Hartford, CT 06107 or cash or check may be sent to school with this form via your student in an envelope labeled CONARD PTO DUES.
Please see Volunteer Opportunities Tab for how you can volunteer your time and talents!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
Volunteer & Get Involved!
The PTO funds various projects that benefit the Conard community. Completion of this form will help the PTO to allocate available funds. Submission of this request does not guarantee funding. Please return the completed form to the PTO mailbox in the office or submit to a PTO officer.
Brick walkway order form
In September 2004, a new brick walkway was built at Conard High School. The walkway leads to the Conard gymnasium and Robert J. McKee Stadium (renamed and dedicated in September 2003). Funds for this walkway were made possible through the sales of engraved bricks. Approximately 10,000 bricks were needed to complete this project, 700 of which are now engraved.
Sales of bricks will continue for years to come, until all the blank bricks have been replaced with personalized engraved bricks. Purchase your own engraved brick for the walkway, or buy one for a special student, teacher, coach, friend, or in memory of someone special.