Masonry

Connecticut Technical High School System's Masonry course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Masonry

Grade 10

3 Credits
General Masonry

Grade 11

3 Credits
Residential Masonry

Grade 12

3 Credits
Residential/Commercial Masonry

Course Descriptions*

Exploratory and Introduction to Masonry (MS110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Masonry will be introduced to the basics of safety and sanitation, as well the use and care of hand tools, power tools and stationary equipment. The students will identify basic tools and materials used in the masonry trade and are introduced to opportunities and expectations in the masonry field. They will demonstrate and practice mixing mortar, laying masonry units true-to-line and jointing masonry walls. Course safety is reinforced continually throughout the course sequence.

General Masonry (MS210)
In Grade 10, this program is designed to provide students with theoretical information covering safety, including power tool use, lifting procedures and Material Safety Data Sheets. Students will set up a work area, mix mortar to trade content and consistency, construct masonry lead and pattern bond true to the line. Students will perform both inside and outside production work as it relates to the current curriculum.

Residential Masonry (MS310)
In Grade 11, students will demonstrate theoretical competency in general estimating of masonry materials, concrete footings, paving applications, masonry steps, flue chimney building codes and various concrete applications. Students will be able to identify structural components associated with masonry using commercial prints. Students will demonstrate the installation of pavers, masonry steps and concrete flatwork, build a one-flue chimney and erect pipe staging. Students will perform in-school and outside masonry production projects for customers. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Residential/Commercial Masonry (MS410)
In Grade 12, students will continue with safety their primary focus on the job site, including equipment knowledge, such as ladder, scaffolding and harnessing. Students will demonstrate competency in building codes, arch and fireplace construction, fireplace history and the function of a fireplace. Students will demonstrate the installation of outdoor barbecues, masonry arches and basic fireplaces, as well as building masonry projects from working drawings. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and have entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students will perform both in-school and outside masonry projects for customers as it relates to the current curriculum and their skill level. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, to interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam, which is a performance-based test.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two- or a four-year engineering degree. Students can obtain immediate employment in the masonry field. Employment opportunities include: concrete installations, brick and block installation, concrete forms installation, construction laborer, fireplace installations, stone, brick and block walls, stone and brick patio installations, retaining wall installations and tile installations.

* Some courses may not be offered at every school.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Free Summer Meals!

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What are "Summer Meals?" The federal Summer Meals Programs provide nutritious meals to kids and teens at no cost to them at hundreds of locations throughout Connecticut during the summer months when school meals are unavailable.  Learn more

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School's Sophomore Christina Thompson was selected as a finalist for UCONN's Connecticut Writing Project. Her original fiction piece entitled "Dream Life" received an honorable mention award and a listing in the Connecticut Student Writers Magazine (CSW).  Learn more

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward

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The One-Read committee, which consists of students from grades 9-12 as well as Social Studies and English teachers, at Bullard-Havens promoted kindness, unity, and acceptance school-wide after reading the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Student and teacher committee members read the book, participated in a filmed book discussion, and came up with ways to promote the book and its themes that would include the entire school.  Learn more

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll
Mrs. Alecia Walkuski, English and Language Arts Lab Teacher at Vinal Technical High School, earned this distinction by guiding effective implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader®. Accelerated Reader engages K–12 students in independent reading practice at the unique levels K–12 students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards.  Learn more

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

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On May 11, 2017, a dinner and awards program will be held at Abbott Tech to recognize the Class of 2017 Electrical Seniors. Last year's event featured a guest speaker and program on "Indoor and Outdoor L.E.D. Lighting Products and Applications from RAB Lighting."  Learn more

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!
Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships
Steven Torres, a 10th grader at Grasso, recently won first place in the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Kansas. He now begins boxing his way toward the Junior Olympic Team. We are very proud of him. Not only is he a great boxer, he is a great kid!  Learn more

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition
Prince Tech Engineering students took third place in their first showing in the Real World Design Challenge.  Learn more

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition
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Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more