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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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.
New Haven Public Schools Celebrations:
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.
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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.”
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