Input on Mascot Changing Process

Mascot Changing Process
Posted on 12/18/2020
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Good Afternoon Staff, Parents and Guardians,

Below please find information about the work of the mascot committee and how you can have input into this important process. 

The Newington Board of Education has begun the process of changing the mascot for Newington High School.  A committee chaired by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett includes school Board members, administration, staff, and students as well as alumni and community members who have been meeting for several months. The committee worked with consultant Dr. Glenn Mitoma, Director of the Thomas J. Dodd Center and Assistant Professor of Human Rights at UConn who discussed the importance of this work. Dr. Mitoma has provided consultation with other districts such as Farmington, Guilford and Watertown regarding their mascot changing process. He identified the following Guiding Principles:

  • Educational Impact of Mascot: inaccurate history and stereotypes of Native Americans

  • Equity: potential negative impact of this mascot on Native students

  • Liability: possible peril of not changing mascot knowing that it may have a negative impact on your school community

  • Community: how does the mascot connect to your larger community?

The committee is seeking input from the greater Newington Community regarding the next mascot. They have identified that it should be unique to Newington, have some relevance to the community’s history, and symbolize strength, pride, and fun. 

If you would like to contribute ideas for a new mascot, please complete the form linked here Mascot Ideas

Thank you,

Maureen Brummett, Ed.D

Superintendent of Schools