Derynoski Life

CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Carolyn Turek

on being named the 2019 Southington Para-Educator of the Year!!!

We had some great friends come to read for Guest Reader Day.

Mr. William Tong Mrs. Kelly Leppard & Sgt Brian Leppard

Mr. Justin Hubeny Mr. Tom Sangeloty

Mrs. Patricia McQueen & Ms. Kari Robarge Mr. Steven McCarty & Mrs. Betty Lutz

Mrs. Karen Smith & Mrs. Sally Kamerbeek Mr. David Derynoski

Mrs. Colleen Clarke

Jen Humphrey, Stephanie Scalzi, Meg Hurley and Ashley Sheridan!

Thanks for representing Derynoski School at the Polar Plunge.

Mr. Berardi has us all tapping along with the Derynoski Band and Orchestra performance.

The Grade 4 Classes presented a wonderful concert under the direction of Mrs. Williams

The Grade 2 students had an educational and enjoyable field trip to the Maritime Center.

Art Project

Our Second Grade classes collaborated in Art Class with Ms. Lappas to create these lovely coil pots. Flowers were donated and the arrangements were delivered to the Southington Care Center, Mulberry Gardens and The Orchard.

Everyone enjoys when Johnny The K shares his inspiring message.

The Rock Garden Project was completed , thanks to help from our friends at Lowe's,BJ's, Home Depot and the Rotary Club.

Everyone really enjoyed all of the activities in the Apex Fun Run!

Our Derynoski Unified Sports athletes represented our school proudly!

Pack 8 showed their Community spirit again with another DES schoolyard clean-up! Bravo!

Mr. Amnott and the DES Math Club recently visited the eli Whitney Museum.

Our First Graders celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with a few special friends


We always have fun at the Holiday Sing-Along. An Ugly Sweater Contest, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a rocking band, -what could be better!


The student leaders help to run the monthly Town Meetings. Here they are shown helping as Mr Berardi, resident dragon master, presents Miss Colonero the Dragon Cup. Classes earn Dragon Stones for demonstrating their good character in their Gym, Library, Art and Music classes. The Grade that has earned the most Dragon Stones at the end of the month earns the Dragon Cup for that month.


Many colorful and creative costumes were seen.


Y Cup Challenge Participants


Thank you to the Wolf Den Pack 8 Crew !


Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2 Fire Safety

Dragon Page- DES Pictures

Heroes Among Us

Derynoski feels that it is important to honor the Heroes Among Us who go above and beyond to make our school community a better place to live in.

Pack 8 works hard to help our school grounds looking great.

Veteran's Day Program

Ceremony in Auditorium

Presentation of flags

Wall of Honor unveiled

Wall of Honor

White Table Ceremony

Ceremony in Auditorium

Veterans visit for Memorial Day


Southington’s Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) is a community coalition of town agencies and leaders that initiated a coordinated response to risky behaviors in Southington’s youth. The group decided on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Asset framework as the model to use to help build a safety net around Southington’s youth. Assets are building blocks of human development. The more assets students have, the better. Youth who have a higher number of assets are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. What do children need to succeed? Adults who care. The responsibility lies within all of us – parents, educators, community leaders – to build assets in kids.


Assets of the Month


Asset #




Caring school climate: School provides a caring, encouraging environment.

Bonding to School: Young person cares about his or her school.



High Expectations: Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.



Parent Involvement in Schooling: Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.



Cultural Competence: Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.



Adult Role Models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.



Planning and Decision Making: Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices…



Youth as Resources: Young people are given useful roles in the community.



Homework: Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day. (GOAL-every student completes assigned homework.)



Reading for Pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.



Positive View of Personal Future: Young person is optimistic about his or her personal future.

Developmental Assets are positive building blocks that all students need to be healthy and successful.

For more information on the Developmental Assets and

on STEPS please visit and

Character Counts

Character Counts Song

(sung to the tune of "YMCA")


Ringing Out the Old Year...

Derynoski students enjoyed a rousing Sing-Along before a much deserved Winter Break. Mrs. Parsons returned to lead us on the piano and we even had a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Michael Casale Baseketball Game

2018 Michael Casale Game (12th Annual)

As you can see in the pictures below, the game was as exciting as ever! In addition to being a fun time for all, the Michael Casale Scholarship Basketball Game is a fundraiser for the scholarships given in Mr. Casale's name. Each year, at least two scholarships are given to graduating Southington High School seniors who plan to pursue a degree in education or a related field working with children, just as Mr. Casale did.

Guest Reader Day

Everyone is always very excited when our Guest Readers share a good book!

Internet Safety

Officer Gallo visited Derynoski and shared an Internet Safety presentation with Grade 4 and 5 students and parents.

Click here for his slideshow.