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Thursday, September 14, 2023


Leadership Program

Mr. Palmieri would like to encourage all students to take part in our Leadership Program.  In past years over 400 students were trained in leadership skills and each and every one of those students took a leadership role during the course of the year.  There are a wide variety of activities available for students.  To start, students taking part will attend a Saturday morning training session at Camp Sloper by YMCA staff on September 16 from 8:30 AM until 12:45 PM, during which time students will be trained in communication, team-building and leadership.  The training is different from year to year and is a great way to meet new friends.  The cost for this training is $13, but please see Mr. Palmieri if this is an issue with anyone.  After the training all members of the Leadership Program will be matched with a club based on their interest.  If you are interested, please fill out the application and return it to the office.

Alex's Lemonade Stand

All DePaolo Middle School students and parents will have the opportunity to volunteer at Alex’s Lemonade Stand during the Southington Apple Harvest Festival! The dates for the festival are September 29th through October 1 st and October 6 th through October 8 th, 2023. This will be our 18 th year hosting Alex’s Lemonade Stand! Over the years, DePaolo Middle School students have raised over $130,000 in donations to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. Before signing up your child to volunteer at the stand, please read the following information: •

Please click on the Link provided below to sign up: to an external site. 

  • Parents will submit the following information:
    • Student’s first and last name and Student’s cell phone number
    • Parent’s first and last name and Parent’s cell phone number
    • Parent’s email address (not student’s email address)
    • Emergency contact first and last name with cell phone number
  • After registration is completed, parents will receive a confirmation email.
  • Completing the Sign-Up registration signifies you are giving your child permission to participate. • Parents should sign up their child for only one slot.
  • Parents may also sign-up to be a volunteer at the stand (using the same link). We would appreciate your assistance!
  • There will be 15 slots available for students and 3 slots available for adults at each shift. Slots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  •  If you need to cancel your child’s shift, you may cancel using the same link. 
  • Our booth is located on the corner of Main Street and Riccio Way, across from the Apple Fritter Booth.  
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand participants should be dressed appropriately for the weather.
  •  Parents must bring their children to the stand to drop them off and to pick them up.
  •  We will provide Alex’s Lemonade Stand t-shirts for each DePaolo student that volunteers for a shift at the booth. A suggested donation of $10.00 would be appreciated to cover the cost of the t-shirts. Please return the $10 in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and homeroom and I will get them the shirt in advance of the festival. 
  • In the event of inclement weather, please refer to the Apple Harvest Festival website for cancellation or festival delay notices. 
  • Students may also collect their own donations for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Please see the attached “Student Collection Challenge” document for more information.
  • If you have any questions, please email me. Thank you DePaolo parents and students for supporting this important fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


With appreciation,

Chris Palmieri

Clubs & Activities


Welcome to a new year of DePaolo ABC STEPS!  ARE YOU IN?

The Asset Building Classroom (ABC/Steps) club is gearing up and is looking to have a lot of fun with different activities throughout the year. The first meeting of the ABC/STEPS club will be today from 2:45-3:30 in the media center.  We will be sharing information for the ABC training coming up in October and begin talking about Light a Pumpkin.  

It is simple to sign up just check your CANVAS announcements for the link!  All are encouraged to come, and bring friends.  Along with friends, think about activities you would like to see happen to share with the group. We are looking to have a great time making a difference in the DePaolo and Southington community. 

If you have any questions please see Ms. Steinnagel in the school counseling office. We cannot wait to see you on the 14th and WE ARE IN to making this a year to remember!

    • Calling all 8th grade NJHS members. We will be having our first meeting on Monday, September 18th in Mrs. Michalak's room (room 107). Are you interested in running for an officer position? Come prepared with a little speech as to why you'd be a good fit! We are looking for organized NJHS members with great ideas and values to fill our officer roles. Please see more information posted on the NJHS Canvas page. Be sure to have rides ready by at 3:15 for pickup.

Do you love to write? Do you want to strengthen your skills as a writer, see your work published, and meet other writers? Then maybe the Writing Club is for you! The Writing Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday September 20th, in room 104. During this informational meeting you will learn more about contests, the JAD Lit Mag, our online literature magazine, our Poets and Writers Reading, and get a good sense of what we do each week in club. All students must have rides ready for 3:30. Any questions? See Mrs. T in room 104 or email her :

Fall Sports

  • GIRLS SOCCER - Tryouts will continue today. Please meet immediately after school on the back of the field until 4:30pm. All players should be properly dressed for soccer and have plenty of water. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Laudati in Room 205.
  • BOYS SOCCER - Tryouts will continue today from 3 -5pm. Players should have cleats, shin guards and plenty of water.  Any questions, please see Mr. Jardine in room 106. 

***All students trying out for DePaolo Sports should be signed up in Family ID and have a physical on file with the nurse***

Today's Lunch Menu

Cheese pizza or white garlic cheese pizza, garden salad with dressing and pears

Quote of the Day

“Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.” James Baldwin