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April 2018- "St. Margaret's Sold to Brass City Charter School" Article from the Waterbury Republican- American

March 2018
"Science Test Gets Trial Run" Article by Waterbury Republican- American

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October 2017-  Legislators must pass a budget fair to all public schools, including charters"

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June 2017-
  "Brass City Charter School Takes Summer Learning Online"

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May 2, 2017-
"Charter Awareness Day Celebrates Diversity, Highlights Need for Fairness and Equity for Connecticut’s Charter SchoolsArticle from Northeast Charter Schools Network.

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Dr Barbara Accepting the NECSNS Torch Bearer Award from Jeremiah Grace

March 3, 2017- "Charter Association Congratulates Brass City Charter for Being Named a 'School of Distinction' by the State" Article from Northeast Charter Schools Network.

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February 8, 2017- "Charter Association Disappointed in Unprecedented Move Away from Charter Support in Governor Dannel Malloy’s Budget" Article from Northeast Charter Schools Network.

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November 29, 2016- "Charter School Cuts Decried" Article in the Waterbury-Republican American.

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November 29, 2016- Press Release from Northeast Charter Schools Network

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November 29, 2016- BCCS is featured on WFSB Channel 3.        

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October 21, 2016Brass City charter school excels” article from Waterbury-Republican American.

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October 6, 2016- A BCCS student is featured as one of the "20 Grads: Brass City a Fan Favorite" in the Northeast Charter School Network article.

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BCCS is excited to announce a new el Sistema inspired music program under the direction of Tina Hadari. Thanks in part to a grant from the Leever Foundation, this program will be embedded in the school day and will provide daily music instruction for all BCCS students. 

The mission of our music program is to develop the next generation of engaged citizens through rigorous music and arts education that fosters creative expression, self-efficacy, collaborative learning, and social responsibility. 

Tina Lee Hadari, the new Director of Music, Arts, and Citizenship at the Brass City Charter School, is a violinist, educator, and Founder and former Executive Artistic Director of Music Haven, a nationally-awarded community-based arts organization that anchors a string quartet to the lowest-income neighborhoods of New Haven to provide tuition-free intensive musical instruction for 100 “at promise” youth. Before founding Music Haven, Tina toured internationally as a violinist in the Vinca Quartet, a prizewinner of the Fischoff and Plowman Chamber Music competitions.  A dedicated teaching artist, she has also served on the faculties of Apple Hill Chamber Music Center, Point Counterpoint Chamber Music, Opus 118, the Neighborhood Music School, and Boulder Suzuki Strings. Tina holds a B.M. from New England Conservatory, a B.A. from Tufts University, a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, where she was a part of the graduate quartet-in-residence under the mentorship of the Takacs Quartet. She currently serves on the board of MusAid and advises a variety of El Sistema-inspired organizations around the country.

Please Check out this ted talk

click here: How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain  

The MAC (Music, Artistry, and Citizenship) program was received two substantial grant awards to support the music program at BCCS: 

The Elisha Leavenworth Foundation has given $25,000 for the purchase of new string instruments. The SpreadMusicNow Foundation also awarded $25,000 to MAC for instruments as well as to support an intern for the program. 

We are deeply grateful for these awards that go a long way in making our outstanding music program possible.