Classes begin at an art school in Conn.

The newly built state-of-the-art school will welcome students for the second time on August 31, 2022.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Beman Middle School in Middletown opened its doors last year, and as the district prepares for the arrival of students and Thursday, they took a moment to reflect and highlight the name, history and mission.

“Middletown continues to thrive through our innovative programs; we continue to offer programs that other schools don’t have,” said Deborah Cain, President of Middletown BOE.

The newly built state-of-the-art school will welcome students for the second time on August 31, 2022.

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Although the halls at Beman Middle School may be empty now, CT State Department of Education commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker said they look forward to the halls coming to life in a few weeks. only. Russell-Tucker said they’re excited to embark on healthy learning for the upcoming school year and showcase innovative spaces, technology, and more.

“They deserve to have state-of-the-art learning spaces where they can get a head start on what the world of work looks like,” said Russell Tucker.

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State Senator Matthew Lesser agreed.

“You know, there are a lot of families in Middletown who are struggling,” Lesser explained. “But having this state-of-the-art school that prioritizes STEAM education as we’ve heard, I think is a real source of pride and joy for a lot of people right now.”

However, that pride also comes with the name Beman.

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“We celebrate a family of black abolitionists at the heart of Middletown’s history,” Lesser said. “It’s a way of looking at the history of this community and celebrating it. And it shows all over the school.

“You can see in every classroom how diversity and inclusion are part of the mix,” added Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

Throughout the classrooms and even outside, signs say it all, Community, Justice, Perseverance, all things that make up the Beman name.

“We recognize the challenges people face in Middletown and try to address them by building up our children and our families,” Bysiewicz said.

With 50% of Middletown’s student population identifying as brown and black, the hope is that this school not only carries the Beamn legacy, but pride and hope for future generations.

“So we need to make sure our students have access to highly qualified teachers, make sure they have access to the resources of technology, and that learning continues not just in the school building, but when they’re going home,” said Dr. Alberto Vázquez Matos, Superintendent of Middletown Public Schools, passionately.

Raquel Harrington is the race and culture reporter for FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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