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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.

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December 2020

It will not be a long and dark winter -- the clouds will dissipate and the sun will shine, when we collectively allow it.

2020 was a time that was difficult to comprehend. At times it was isolating, as interacting solely through a computer screen got old quickly. Yet, there were many great moments such as the Ellington High School Graduation Week 2020. Culminating with an in-person graduation ceremony at the Mansfield Drive-In on June 6th, the Class of 2020 felt the love of the Ellington Family. Throughout the week graduates saw the community pull together with a car parade, memorable staff video, daily speeches from classmates, a drive-thru breakfast and so much more.

It is amazing what the Ellington Family - in service to others - can accomplish when we celebrate happiness and focus on the now instead of the past.

In Phish's song, Everything's Right Trey Anastasio puts it this way (take a listen):

"...Focus on the past and that's what will last

Nothing that is real and nothing you can feel

Focus on tomorrow you'll have to borrow

Images and mind and thoughts you've left behind

Focus on today and you'll find a way

Happiness is how

Rooted in the now"

This holiday season will be filled with happiness and 2021 will be an incredible year for the Ellington Family. Why? - because we have decided, it is our collective choice and no one else's.

Trey continues,

"...This world, this world

This crazy world I know

It turns, it turns

And the long night's over and the suns coming up"

With the sun shining brightly I wonder what amazing experiences and achievements await the Ellington Family. There are so many possibilities and opportunities that will be unveiled when we are ready.

Are we ready? Yes, "cause everything's's gonna be alright."

Here's to the close of the 2020 year and the dawning of 2021. Let peace and love abound for the Ellington Family.

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