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3/30/2015

Our own Dr. Evelyn Robles-Rivas, principal of Hooker K-2 School, honored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven as part of their “Celebrating Latino Leaders” series.

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3/27/2015

Reminder that the Latino and Native American Film Festival at Southern Connecticut State University kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. at the Adanti Student Center. The event is free and a great cultural experience for the whole family.
 
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March 27, 28, 30, 31, 2015
This festival is free and open to the public.
Southern Connecticut State University
Adanti Student Center Theater
345 Fitch St, New Haven, CT 06515
Currently in its 5th year, the Latino & Native American Film Festival (LANAFF) is ground-breaking in its dedication to the Recruitment and Retention of Latino & Native American students toward furthering their education at the University level. It is, further, innovative in its promotion of these two cultures through the exhibition of feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, as well as through other artistic manifestations, by or about Latinos and Native Americans. The Festival has helped familiarize the University’s, Public School’s, and Greater New Haven diverse communities with excellent artistic, social, political, and entertainment film projects being created by contemporary filmmakers. With so many negative stereotypes stilting the progress of Latinos and Native Americans in this country, it is important for all communities to meet and interact toward a better understanding of perceptions and realities.

3/27/2015

New Haven Public Schools Celebrations: 

  • School Change Progress-New Haven Promise and partners Yale University, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven released a RAND Corporation Study, “Transforming an Urban School System”. The results of the report reflect that New Haven Public Schools is making progress toward school change goals. School change is about not allowing our students to simply pass through the schools, but creating a college-going culture. To read the Register article, click here
  • Latino Student Forum- Over 150 students from 26 schools in New Haven participated in the Latino Student Forum held in the Adanti Student Center Ballroom at Southern Connecticut State University.  The forum was organized by the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS), a newly formed organization whose mission is to support all students’ growth and success. Students learned the importance of paying attention in school so that they may have the opportunity to attend college on scholarship. They also learned of career opportunities after obtaining both a high school diploma and higher education degree.To learn of student aspirations and view pictures, click here
  • Restorative Justice- Leaders of the NHPS restorative practice initiative delve into methods for students, parents, and school staff to decrease suspensions and expulsions in the school system. One proven method is to create plans for disruptive students to address poor behaviors and process the meaning behind their actions. Students are asked three questions: What is the harm? How can it be repaired? Who is responsible for carrying out that repair? Through this type of conversation students are able to acknowledge their wrongs and take ownership of their own faults and future success. Parents were also encouraged to take the higher route by not escalating issues needing to be resolved by the students to attain healing. To read Independent article, click here
  • Healthy Habits - A study conducted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut and the Yale University School of Public Health tracked students from 12 New Haven middle schools from spring 2012 to spring 2014. The study focused on measuring the consumption of healthful meals offered after Congress enacted more healthful standards for school meals. New Haven’s district wellness policy-ranked number 1 in the state of Connecticut collaborated with community partners - Let’s Move Active Schools, Alliance for a Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and additional funding to make changes offering salad bars in all schools. This ground breaking work providing healthier options for students in New Haven is reflective of School Change efforts. We are proud that our students are adapting lifelong healthy habits and are making the necessary choices to combat childhood obesity. To read the Register article, click here
  • Student Success- 75 students participated in the 33rd Annual Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (CT COLT) Poetry Recitation Contest. Students entered both heritage and language categories including French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Modern Greek, and ESOL.  NHPS students were awarded 10 gold medals, 12 silver medals, and 14 bronze medals. Additionally,  2nd grade students from the Strong 21st Century Communications Magnet and Lab School  thrilled the audience with a Chinese rendition of “If you’re happy and you know it’ in the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers’ Rhyme Celebration.To view pictures, click here
  •  Student Success (STEM) - Seven science fair projects from New Haven Public Schools among the twenty entered received awards at the Connecticut Science Fair held March 11-14th at Quinnipiac University, which had over 700 students participate from across Connecticut. Many of these NHPS projects will also be part of the 21st City-wide New Haven Science Fair May 11-13th at Yale Commons. To read of awardees, click here 
  • Talented Educator- Wilbur Cross High Schools culinary teacher Nathaniel Bradshaw has been named the 2015 Prostart National Educator of Excellence. For more information, click here

 

If you have good news to celebrate, please email Latrice Hampton @ latrice.hampton@new-haven.k12.ct.us

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3/26/2015


 
A study conducted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut and the Yale University School of Public Health tracked students from 12 New Haven middle schools from spring 2012 to spring 2014. The study focused on measuring the consumption of healthful meals offered after Congress enacted more healthful standards for school meals. New Haven’s district wellness policy-ranked number 1 in the state of Connecticut collaborated with community partners - Let’s Move Active Schools, Alliance for a Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and additional funding to make changes offering salad bars in all schools. This ground breaking work providing healthier options for students in New Haven is reflective of School Change efforts. We are proud that our students are adapting lifelong healthy habits and are making the necessary choices to combat childhood obesity.
 
To read the Register article, click here
 

3/25/2015

 
New Haven Promise and partners Yale University, and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven released a RAND Corporation Study, “Transforming an Urban School System”. The results of the report reflect that New Haven Public Schools is making progress toward school change goals. School change is about not allowing our students to simply pass through the schools, but creating a college-going culture.

-          Public School enrollment has risen in 2013-14
-          Promise scholars who immediately went to college rose to 98% in fall 2014
-          The number of students with a 3.0 GPA rose to 45% in three years
-          The number of students with a 3.5 GPA rose from 5% to 22% before dropping to 20% in fall 2014
-          Students from families with household incomes below $30,000 have a higher median GPA than wealthier families
-          Over 550 Promise Scholars have received Pell grants for college tuition over four years
-          Students and teachers rated their schools favorably
-          Parents feel slightly disengaged from the schools
 
Superintendent Harries stated that the report reflects that “we have a huge amount to be proud of and have a huge amount more work to do.” NHPS is proud of the improvements seen since 2009 and looks forward to using this data to further enhance the trend of college preparedness. President of the Board of Education, Carlos Torres is proud of the success he has seen in the district mentioning he is “proud that this district, being one of the poorest in the country, does not act anywhere near it.”
 
 
To read the Register article, click here