Principal's Message

Holly Gustafson, Principal

Breakthrough Magnet School South

290 Brookfield Street

Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: 860-695-5700​​​​​​​

August 29, 2021

2021-2022 School Year: Unity: It Starts with You!

Hello Breakthrough South families!

As I start my third year as Principal (and my 15th year at Breakthrough South), and we head Into our 3rd school year affected by a global pandemic, I have been thinking a lot about our new theme for this school year: Unity: It Starts With You!

Although we are excited for a new school year and so excited to have 100% of our students starting In person tomorrow, we realistically know that this could be another very challenging year, for many reasons. It Is hard when you are feeling fear, uncertainty, and that things are out of your control.

However, we can fall back on our tried and true Breakthrough values ("be a B.R.I.C.K."):

B: Turning breakdowns Into BREAKTHROUGHS. We know that we will encounter many breakdowns, but we can come together (UNITE) and use our problem-solving strategies!

R: I am RESPONSIBLE for my own happiness (and JOY!). It Is human nature to default to negative thinking and let fear and anxious thoughts overtake us. This Is where we use our Mindfulness strategies and literally change our thinking! We will UNITE and come together as a BMSS school community.

I: INTEGRITY: Keeping our word, and If we fall out of Integrity (because we are human and we all make mistakes and bad choices), then we will "clean It up" and restore trust and relationships. This Is where Restorative Practices comes In as well.

C: CONTRIBUTION - We will help others (Including ourselves) In our school, home and community. When we see someone struggling, let's put our judgment aside and show them compassion and love. This Is another great way to UNITE and support one another through hard times and good times.

K: KNOWLEDGE - not just our academics ,but more Importantly (now more than ever), our social skills and how we get along with others. Again - let's stand UNITED vs. divided.

As a magnet school, we know that you have a choice. Thank you for choosing Breakthrough South - we are looking forward to a wonderful and amazing school year.

#United: It Starts With You

With Much Love & Gratitude,

Principal Gustafson