Carver's Tremain Gilmore honored for his leadership in the Norwalk community

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Calvary Baptist Church, led by Rev. Dr. Jeffrey A. Ingraham, Pastor, honored Tremain Gilmore last Sunday during their Worship Service as part of their Black History Month effort to identify and recognize an individual, each Sunday in February, who is engaged in exemplary service to the community.

Tremain is many things to the Norwalk community and he is known for his leadership and countless (and quiet) contributions far and wide, which is why this church invited him to be one of its honorees this month.

Officially at Carver, for more than 15 years, Tremain is our Teen Center Manager. However, throughout each year he not only organizes many community events, Tremain also informs by his mere presence what Carver is all about in Carver’s many programs.

Tremain embodies the heart and soul of the Carver mission as much as anyone ever did in the 80 year history of Carver’s presence in the Norwalk community.

Founded in 1949, Calvary Baptist Church recognized Tremain as being a community leader and they thankfully took the time to “…lift him up, to encourage him and to let him know that his efforts are noticed and appreciated.”

Congratulations, Tremain!

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Carver kids attend Norwalk Symphony Orchestra rehearsal of "West Side Story"!

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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) Not Just for Kids Program, a longtime Carver STEAM programming partner, expanded its contribution to six programs in Carver’s 2018/2019 school year! The new programming is conducted at Norwalk City Hall instead of at the Carver Community Center, though the beneficiaries remain Carver’s K-5 after school CASPER students.

See the 2018/2019 NSO Not Just for Kids Program schedule here! Here is more information about the program.

On Friday, February 8th at Norwalk City Hall, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra presented a concert version of West Side Story for its February Broadway concert. Celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the Symphony was chosen to perform this limited release version of the timeless classic musical. Carver kids were invited to attend a rehearsal to hear the two lead singers perform and to engage with the pianist.

See all the photos here in a Facebook album!

Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80th Anniversary Gala on May 9, 2019 at Shorehaven Golf Club.

The Not Just for Kids Program theme and content is always tied to NSO’s concert schedule. The Not Just for Kids Program offers students a fun and interactive opportunity for NSO musicians to personally engage students. These professionals demonstrate their instruments, permit the children to handle the instruments and make sounds/music with them, and they answer questions about the musical instruments, music in general, and music as a career. The NSO presentations are made for all instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. 

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Music education improves academic performance, awakens creativity, heightens self-esteem, and adds to the overall sense of accomplishment for Carver students. Study after study proves that regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students do better in school than those who have no music involvement. Whether it is improved spatial-temporal reasoning, which is integral to math, or repetition of tunes and melodies, which is integral to verbal memory, learning, playing and creating music.

The Carver community is deeply grateful for all that the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra continues to give to Norwalk’s young people.  

The learning and fun never stop at Roton Middle School!

A team of students crossing their fingers a moment before they launch their giant robot into action to accomplish predetermined tasks — and their robot did all the tasks successfully!

A team of students crossing their fingers a moment before they launch their giant robot into action to accomplish predetermined tasks — and their robot did all the tasks successfully!

See all the photos here in the Facebook album!

The Roton Middle School R.A.M.S. afterschool program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 5:30.  It is run by certified teachers and teaching aides from Roton Middle School.  The first hour is the Homework Hour, during which time students complete their homework and receive assistance, as needed, along with a healthy snack and drink.  Math tutoring is available as well during this crucial time for preparing for the next school day and so that our students return home ready to be with their families having all their homework behind them. 

The next hour is the Enrichment Hour.  For Enrichment, students may participate in a variety of activities including Lego Robotics, International Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Drama/Theater Arts, Learn Italian, T-shirt Designing, Computer Fun, and sports. Roton Middle School’s after school program creates a Game Room in the school library for an Enrichment Hour that includes computers, Wii, board games, Carrom, ping pong, and a full-size foosball table.  One final Enrichment is gym games and sports, which often includes students being on teams for “competition sports” that include dodgeball, basketball, stickball, kickball, badminton, bocce, soccer, and more.  The RAMS dodgeball tournament is a student favorite, for sure, as can be seen in the photos taken yesterday!

These students and their teachers love to celebrate holidays in the RAMS program.  Their celebrations often include a Fall Festival celebration, a Thanksgiving Fun Day, and a Valentine’s Day party.

In the Roton RAMS program, there is something for everyone! You can count on more updates here on all that happening after school at Roton Middle School all the time!

Employment applications now open for 2019 Carver Summer Enrichment Programs!

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2019 Summer Camp employment applications are now available! Click here for the application form.

Completed applications can be dropped off in person at the Carver Community Center (7 Academy Street, Norwalk) or e-mailed to one of the following staff:

Erika Stanley erika@carvercenterct.org

Waid Ramsubhag_ waid@carvercenterct.org

Brian Allert brian@carvercentercenterct.org

Qualified candidates must be:

  • Age 16 or older by July 1st 2019.

  • You must be able to work the entire summer camp which starts on July 1st and ends on August 9th.

  • Applications should be submitted by March 22nd.

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Carver’s Summer Enrichment Programs at the Carver Community Center and at Columbus Magnet School are among the most affordable and high-quality programs available to (200) Norwalk students ages 5 through 13 years old. The program offerings range from swimming to project-based and hands-on personalized learning to prepare students for the coming school year. The summer literacy program, facilitated by certified teachers, uses the myON and Lexia Reading Core 5 software to provide personalized learning. NPS certified teachers also teach math sessions, the two primary programs are TimezAttack and ThinkCentral. TimezAttack is a computer-based math fact game that strongly supports fact fluency. ThinkCentral is the online component of the GO Math Common Core math program used in NPS K-5 classes. A Computer Adaptive (CAT) intervention targets individual strengths and weaknesses. Summer camp program partners include Girl Scouts, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and The Norwalk Seaport Association. Noteworthy also are the age appropriate field trips that reinforce learning such as to the Peabody Museum, CT Science Center, Discovery Museum, NBC Studio Tour, Stamford Nature Center, Beardsley Zoo, Bishop Orchards, New York Botanical Gardens and Maritime Aquarium. Fun outings included trips to the beach, Lake Compounce, Playland, My Three Sons, and New Roc City.

A day in Carver's after school program at Bridgeport's Classical Studies Magnet Academy!

Here the students are happily engaged in STEAM education hands-on projects!

Here the students are happily engaged in STEAM education hands-on projects!

Carver is very enthusiastic about and proud of our partnership with the Classical Studies Magnet Academy (CSMA) in Bridgeport. This is a "themed" Pre-K to 8th grade public school in Bridgeport’s West Side neighborhood for more than 400 students. Its curriculum of classical literature, art and music utilizes the Paideia instructional methodology (traditional lecturing, coaching, and the Socratic method of extended discussion). Instruction is project-based, involving frequent assemblies, presentations and field trips. CSMA occupies a 123-year-old structure, the oldest school still in use by the district. The school also rents a nearby closed Catholic school for their Pre-K to 2nd grade students.

Carver afterschool programming extends the school day with hands-on and project-based learning opportunities. Carver also brings in to the school many professionals from the area who are experts in their respective fields, such as in the STEAM subjects. Some of these partners are Bagwell Academy of Martial Arts, Discovery Museum, Mad Science, Maritime Aquarium, Stepping Stones Museum, Kids Fashion, and the Scratch Coding Club.

Some of the student activities at CSMA are the CSMA Film Club, Vocabulary Bowl, Culinary Collaborative, Add it All Up! (mathematics), Robust Robotics, Creative Connections, Phonics Frenzy & Voluminous Vocabulary, On The Mat (Yoga, as seen in the images below), Musical Melodies, It’s Getting Hot in Here! (their unique approach to learning STEAM subjects), Building Champions/Boys with Pride (learning leadership and social skills), IQ-G Kids (deductive reasoning), Crochet Club, and the Stock Market Challenge.

Here are a few images of another day at CSMA. Enjoy!

Your support makes all this and so much more throughout Norwalk happen every day! Thank you for your support!

Arthur Mintzer, a member of SVP, shares tips for academic and career success with Carver middle school students!

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Arthur Mintzer talked with middle school students after school at the Carver Community Center yesterday to help them understand the routes they can take to prepare for college and for their careers. Arthur shared his personal story of how he navigated school, early job opportunities, college, and his remarkable career — and the students were engaged and fascinated. See more photos here of yesterday’s session.

Arthur is a volunteer member of Social Venture Partners — Connecticut. SVP-CT selected Carver several years ago to invest their volunteer talent and financial support to help Carver advance its mission.

Arthur has nearly 30 years of experience in corporate technology roles. He spent 25 years at Pfizer and more recently worked at Bridgewater Associates. He held various senior leadership positions leading large, global teams responsible for enterprise technology solutions, M&A integration programs and strategic projects. Arthur has a passion for helping organizations by ensuring their technology and business operations are optimized to help them achieve their mission and vision.

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Through his career and personal travel, Arthur gained vast international experience including working in and visiting over 45 countries around the world. He and his family lived in London for ten years and are dual US/UK citizens.

Arthur is active in various community organizations in addition to Carver. Focused on youth education and development Arthur is involved with Builders Beyond Borders, A Better Chance of Westport and Child Advocates. Arthur is also on the board and teaches classes for Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut.

Arthur received a BA in Computer Science from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance and Management from Columbia University. He and his wife Martha recently moved from Weston, where their two sons graduated high school, to Norwalk.

Carver after school students learn fencing at Side By Side Charter School!

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Candlewood Fencing Center in Danbury is the premier fencing academy in Connecticut and now they are bringing their elite skills to teach Carver after school students. Candlewood is Connecticut's oldest and most decorated fencing club; they are ranked the highest in Connecticut by National Fencing Club Rankings' list of "Best Fencing Clubs".

Though they may be little Musketeers now, some of our students may love the sport enough to become Candlewood World Team Members, National Champions and even in time NCAA Recruits. See these photos taken today of one of their instructors offering tailored instruction ensuring each student's learning, growth and fun.

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Despite having roots based in swordsmanship, fencing is a modern Olympic sport that has grown from its historical genesis. Fencing takes place between two competitors, and is largely based on striking your opponent with a blunt weapon while avoiding being hit yourself. There is a significant breadth of rules that govern when and how hitting an opponent scores a point that varies between the three weapons: Foil, Sabre, and Épée. This creates unique strategies for each weapon and little crossover of style between the three disciplines.

Fencing demands explosive acceleration and even long individual touches and exchanges do not usually last longer than 30 seconds. Being able to maintain complete focus during short periods of explosive movement is key to success. Additionally, in terms of the length of the events, the most fencing time you can have for a bout is 10 minutes, assuming that the bout goes to full time. Those 10 minutes are broken up by two 1 minute breaks.

Fencing has a long traditional history as an Olympic sport. It was one of only nine sports to be featured in the first modern Olympics in 1896. Fencing is as deep-seated in the Olympic tradition as is wrestling or gymnastics. As young fencers begin to fence and become more competitive, the Olympics is the final dream of each young competitive fencer; it’s the highest level of achievement in the sport.

Carver's Breakfast With Champions inspires Carver students to pursue their dreams!

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Carver’s annual Breakfast With Champions introduces Carver students to leaders in an array of professions. Carver students are inspired to pursue their interests and to use these years at school to prepare for satisfying careers.

Special thanks to our panelists (Doug Peoples, Zayna Fulton, Kirk A. Wesley, Darren Skeete, Jasmine Prezzie, Kimberly Gaddy and LJ Middleton Jr.) for spending time to inspire our young people.

Tremain Gilmore and Jackie C. Roberson, thank you for always shining a light so bright that Carver kids never feel that they are in the dark. #WeRCarver#buildinglifetimeachievers

The professionals spoke to the youths and answered their questions as part of "Breakfast with Champions," a forum for middle, high and college school students at the George Washington Carver Community Center.

The goal of this program is to gather "champions of the community" and have them inspire teens, according to Tremain Gilmore, a manager at the Carver Community Center. "I just hope they use this as a spark to get them to where they want to be in life," he said.


Carver in the news today: In Norwalk, education conversation centers on whole student

Here is the article in the Connecticut Post

Here is the news in Nancy on Norwalk

Here’s the news at WTNH

Here is more news about the Dalio Foundation and its work in Norwalk and throughout the state.

…On Wednesday morning, it was a race to a classroom at Tracey Elementary School, where Lamont was escorted by his fifth grade guide to a class where math problems were being scribbled on desks tops coated with an erasable surfaces.

“I love to see how much joy there is in the classrooms,” said Lamont. “This went from a school where not everyone wanted to go to somewhere everyone wants to go.”

The reason, officials say, can be traced to School Principal Theresa Rangel’s decision three years ago to focus on teaching to both the emotional and intellectual side of a child.

As a result, academic achievement started to rise, making Tracey School the poster child for the findings of a new report, “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope.”

…Also listening is Barbara Dalio of Greenwich, one of the state’s leading philanthropists whose foundation sits on the SEAD Commission and helped fund the study with a $500,000 grant.

“It would be so exciting for Connecticut to lead the nation in social and emotional learning and academic development,” said Dalio who was also on the tour.

Dalio is no stranger to Norwalk Public Schools, having volunteered and provided financial support to many endeavors. She has worked as a volunteer in an alternative high school in the city for several years. Since 2012, the Dalio Foundation has donated more than $7.6 million to the Norwalk school system, the Norwalk Federation of Teachers, and the Carver Foundation.

The Carver Foundation has also started working in a Bridgeport after school program….

See the entire article the CT Post!

A day in the life of Carver at Classical Studies Magnet Academy in Bridgeport!

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Carver is very enthusiastic about and proud of our partnership with the Classical Studies Magnet Academy (CSMA) in Bridgeport. This is a "themed" Pre-K to 8th grade public school in Bridgeport’s West Side neighborhood for more than 400 students. Its curriculum of classical literature, art and music utilizes the Paideia instructional methodology (traditional lecturing, coaching, and the Socratic method of extended discussion). Instruction is project-based, involving frequent assemblies, presentations and field trips. CSMA occupies a 123-year-old structure, the oldest school still in use by the district. The school also rents a nearby closed Catholic school for their Pre-K to 2nd grade students.

Carver afterschool programming extends the school day with hands-on and project-based learning opportunities. Carver also brings in to the school many professionals from the area who are experts in their respective fields, such as in the STEAM subjects. Some of these partners are Bagwell Academy of Martial Arts, Discovery Museum, Mad Science, Maritime Aquarium, Stepping Stones Museum, Kids Fashion, and the Scratch Coding Club.

Some of the student activities at CSMA are the CSMA Film Club, Vocabulary Bowl, Culinary Collaborative, Add it All Up! (mathematics), Robust Robotics, Creative Connections, Phonics Frenzy & Voluminous Vocabulary, On The Mat (Yoga, as seen in the images below), Musical Melodies, It’s Getting Hot in Here! (their unique approach to learning STEAM subjects), Building Champions/Boys with Pride (learning leadership and social skills), IQ-G Kids (deductive reasoning), Crochet Club, and the Stock Market Challenge.

Here are a few images of a day at CSMA. Enjoy!

Carver youth in our K-5 CASPER program and in our tech center

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Carver conducts a K-5 after school program at the Carver Community Center called CASPER. These students also follow a personalized learning path with placement and pacing in activities designed to meet their individual needs while meeting the most rigorous academic standards. Certified NPS teachers facilitate literacy and math intervention programs.

The Charlotte Naomi Horblit Technology Center on the second floor of the Carver Community Center is named for its generous benefactor. With rows of dozens of PCs and eight iMacs in the center, a very large SmartBoard, and other learning tools such as scanners and printers, all our K-12 students have a chance to learn on state of the art equipment.

Here are a few photos taken today that capture glimpses of our students at the Carver Community Center doing their homework, learning IT skills, and simply enjoying fellowship one with another.

The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra puts the "A" for Arts into Carver STEAM Programming!

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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) Not Just for Kids Program, a longtime Carver STEAM programming partner, expanded its contribution to six programs in Carver’s 2018/2019 school year! The new programming is conducted at Norwalk City Hall instead of at the Carver Community Center, though the beneficiaries remain Carver’s K-5 after school CASPER students.

See the 2018/2019 NSO Not Just for Kids Program schedule here!

The next program for Carver kids will be on Friday, February 8th at Norwalk City Hall, when the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert version of West Side Story for its February Broadway concert. Celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the Symphony is pleased to be chosen to perform this limited release version of the timeless classic musical.

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The Not Just for Kids Program theme and content is always tied to NSO’s concert schedule. The Not Just for Kids Program offers students a fun and interactive opportunity for NSO musicians to personally engage students. These professionals demonstrate their instruments, permit the children to handle the instruments and make sounds/music with them, and they answer questions about the musical instruments, music in general, and music as a career. The NSO presentations are made for all instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. 

Music education improves academic performance, awakens creativity, heightens self-esteem, and adds to the overall sense of accomplishment for Carver students. Study after study proves that regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students do better in school than those who have no music involvement. Whether it is improved spatial-temporal reasoning, which is integral to math, or repetition of tunes and melodies, which is integral to verbal memory, learning, playing and creating music.

The Carver community is deeply grateful for all that the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra continues to give to Norwalk’s young people.  

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