New Haven Public Schools Celebrations

  • Welcome New Leaders- Congratulations to Heriberto Cordero and Matt Brown, on leadership appointments at Fair Haven School (Cordero) and High School in the Community (Brown). To read the New Haven Independent article and learn about their background, click here.


  • Student Reps Sworn In- Mayor Toni Harp swore in two newly elected student representatives - Coral Ortiz and Kimberly Sullivan - at the board meeting on Monday, July 20th. These two new seats provide students the opportunity to have a stronger impact on their own education. To read the New Haven Independent article, click here.


  • Veteran Mentoring- Veterans Empowering Teens Through Support (VETTS) received a $30,000 grant from the state Department of Veteran Affairs to expand their program and to empower youth of New Haven to reach their full potential and set their eyes on career preparation. To read the New Haven Independent article, click here.


  • Yale Summer Scholars- Student scholars from New Haven Public Schools are taking science classes on the Yale campus this summer. The courses range from engineering design & innovation, neurobiology, sensory physiology, animal behavior, calculating music tone frequencies, and much more. To read the New Haven Register article, click here.


  • Career STEM course-  Career Regional High School  teacher, Peter Dimoulas, will be honored by the New Haven Manufacturers Association for creating a new fall course that will provide students valuable first-hand experiences in some of the fastest growing STEM related occupations. To read the press release, click here.


  • Summer Meals Program- The staff of Central Kitchen are on a mission to ensure that children of New Haven have a healthy meal to eat during the summer. The demand for the summer meals is abundant as they feed around 7,000 daily.  To see Channel 8 coverage, click here. To learn about the Summer Meals Program, click here.


  • Title 1 Parent Summer Training- Superintendent Harries visited the Title I summer parent training academy and engaged parents in a discussion about the new vision, goals, priorities and core values of School Change 2.0. Parents came out all week for workshops on common core, math and reading, community partnerships and more. The training was held at Lincoln Bassett School. To view photo, click here.


  • Backpack Ambassadors- The NHPS Backpack Ambassadors stopped at the Truman School Open House to provide parents with free books and information on the NHPS App. The goal is to encourage summer reading with children to ensure they are prepared and on target to start the school year. To view the ambassadors’ Instagram coverage, click here

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NEW HAVEN – Peter Dimoulas, science teacher at Hill Career Regional High School will be honored by the New Haven Manufacturers’ Association in helping students investigate careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields as part of a new course this fall.
The class, STEM Careers, is a half-year program for sophomores, juniors and seniors that will provide students with valuable first-hand experience in some of the fastest growing STEM-related occupations in Connecticut. They will work with local businesses to see what life is like as a professional in an array of STEM-related jobs, such as a chemist, biologist, machinist, and engineer.
The new course is one of several initiatives in which New Haven Public Schools is teaming up with other community organizations, such as the New Haven Manufacturers’ Association (NHMA), the Office for STEM Innovation and Leadership (STEM-IL) at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), CONNSTEP and the New Haven Science Fair. SCSU and the City of New Haven also recently announced a BioScience Pathway partnership.
“We are proud to be working with our community partners to ensure that our students are not only aware of exciting career and educational opportunities available to graduates among the local business and educational community, but also that they possess the skills and knowledge required to be successful,” said Peter Dimoulas, coordinator of the Career High School program. “These collaborative efforts simultaneously address the needs of local businesses and contribute to the greater community by elevating student success.”
Dimoulas will be honored with an award from NHMA later this month for his role in developing cutting-edge STEM opportunities and programs at Career, such as this new course. The award will be made at the July 28 Manufacturing and Materials Summer Institute at Southern Connecticut State University, at which Connecticut Department of Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell will speak (11:30 am at the SCSU School of Business) 
“At Southern, one of our goals is to assist area schools in the development of courses and programs that will bolster the sciences in Connecticut,” said Christine Broadbridge, director of STEM initiatives at SCSU and a coordinator of the summer institute. “Since participating in the Institute’s first offering, Peter has worked tirelessly to promote STEM at Career, and more broadly, throughout the region. His work with the local business community is a stellar example of the kind of teamwork that we are trying to achieve. The promotion of STEM is becoming increasingly important as jobs in the STEM fields are projected to grow dramatically in the decades ahead.”
Richard Therrien, science supervisor for the New Haven Public Schools, agreed. “Peter richly deserves this award for taking the initiative to make sure our students have the opportunity to explore the STEM fields,” Therrien said. “We want to increase the number of students selecting STEM careers and develop programs in the schools to help them do so.” 
Other recent partnerships involving Career include working with the CRISP (Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena) Collaborative Science for All, a team of educators and researchers who seek to provide STEM opportunities for students, as well as professional development programs for teachers and administrators.


To access the New Haven Independent coverage, click here.


To access News 8 coverage, click here.


On the agenda for a Special Board Meeting held on Monday, July 20th two students, rising senior Kimberly Sullivan of Sound School and rising junior, Coral Ortiz of Hillhouse High School were sworn in by Mayor Toni Harp to formally take their seats on the Board of Education.

In 2013 New Haven voters decided on a citywide charter revision referendum to create two student seats for student representatives on the Board of Education with the goal of strengthening youth voice in New Haven Public Schools and providing students an opportunity to have a stronger impact on their own education.

To read the Independent article, click here.