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As superintendent of the Ellington Public Schools, Dr. Scott Nicol is proud to co-create with students, teachers, parents, administrators and the community to build a culture of learning that challenges and inspires all students on their personalized educational journey. Before he came to Ellington in 2015, Dr. Nicol served as the Executive Director of Performance Management for the Hartford Public Schools. He has served as a principal for Regional School District #13 (Durham and Middlefield), an assistant principal for the Vernon Public Schools, and a history teacher for Regional School District #8 (Hebron, Andover and Marlborough). A graduate of nearby Rockville High School, Dr. Nicol received his undergraduate degree from Providence College and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Nicol resides in Portland with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Carson and Reese.

Dear Ellington Family –

On the first day of school optimism, hope, excitement, and love was abound. Do you recall the smiling faces of your children? Do you recall the skip in their step? In the Nicol household, more attention was paid to hair style and fashion with my oldest son entering middle school and great anticipation of recess and lunch by my youngest in fourth grade. I love it!

If you will, here is one version of that feeling: First Day of School 2018 (released August 2018)

How long did that wonderful vibe last? Free will indicates that each and every one of us are allowed to decide how we feel - we can rejoice, mourn, laugh, cry or be angered for as long as we desire. It is ultimately an individual's choice, and this is how it should be. There isn't a right or wrong feeling to experience. Quite simply, there is only an awareness of one's emotions that is free from judgement of others.

This is my family's focus for this holiday season. We will embrace how we will feel. We will honor each other and temper judgement. We will extend peace and love. And, not just for this month, but throughout the entire 2019 year.

Here is wishing the Ellington family a holiday season and new year filled with peace and love.

Dr. Scott V. Nicol, Superintendent of Schools

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