This year all students in grades 10-12 are assigned to an academy. The goal of the academies is to allow students to pursue areas of interest while also making the high school feel smaller. Based upon the feedback from students who did not select an academy in previous years, this year we have added a Liberal Arts Academy. The academies are:
- Medical Careers Academy (MCA)
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Design Academy (STEM-D)
- Education and Public Service Academy (EPSA)
- Culinary, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship Academy (CHEA)
- Performing Arts -Contemporary Communications Academy (PA-CCA)
- Liberal Arts Academy (LAA)
Mr. Mark Ruede will continue oversee Medical Careers Academy (MCA) and will also oversee the Science Technology, Engineering, Math & Design Academy (STEM-D) He will work with our Dean of Students, Ms. Alexia Kalogianes.
Ms. Idelisa Torres will oversee the Culinary, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship Academy (CHEA), the Education and Public Service Academy (EPSA) and the Performing Arts- Contemporary Communications Academy (PA-CCA). She will work with our Dean of Students, Mr. Marc DiDominzio.
Ms. Linda Iacobellis will oversee the newly formed Liberal Arts Academy, which has incorporated the Truth Academy. The Dean of Students for the Liberal Arts Academy is Mr. Owen Carroll. Ms. Iacobellis is new to MHS and is expected to officially begin her appointment by Sept. 17. She replaces Jim Farrell, who is in a new grant-funded position as the district’s Attendance Administrator and Communications Director. Iacobellis began her career as a school counselor at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs. For the past seven years, she has worked as an assistant principal at Bacon Academy in Colchester. At MHS, she will be overseeing the new LAA as well as school climate initiatives.
Mr. Roy Roberts will continue to be responsible for the students in grade 9 and the Freshmen Center. Mr. Roberts also serves as our varsity football coach. We will be teaming all grade 9 students this year. We have created five teams which we believe will allow for increased rigor in classrooms, additional opportunities for students to make connections across disciplines and improved communication with parents and families.
Mr. James Fromme will continue overseeing all aspects of Bentley Academy.