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9/19/2014

There will be a Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at Hill Regional Career High School.
 
Click here to view the agenda.
 
There will also be a meeting of the Board of Alders' join Aldermanic Affairs and Education Committee at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, to discuss initial steps in creating a draft proposal for districts for the elected Board of Education seats and a draft proposal for the process to select a student member of the Board of Education.
 
 
 

9/19/2014

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NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY WITH ART, MUSIC, DISCUSSION
 
Students at Wilbur Cross High School’s International Academy will engage in roundtable discussion about peace and conflict in the world
 
New Haven Public Schools students will commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace on Friday with events and programs across the district aimed at cultivating discussion among students about why peace matters.
 
International Peace Day is Sunday, Sept. 21, but schools across the district are holding programs and displaying artwork on Friday, Sept. 19, to honor the day. Each year, the district collaborates with the City of New Haven Peace Commission, the Greater New Haven Peace Council and the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities to bring peace-themed programs and activities to the schools.
 
Additionally, middle and high school students will be encouraged to participate in a social media conversation about peace by posting messages and ideas on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag, #newhavenpeace. (A flyer is attached with more information and to help spread the word about the campaign.)
 
The following list is a sampling of events happening across the district Friday. Media are welcome to attend and cover these events.
 
WILBUR CROSS HIGH SCHOOL
WHO:  International Academy students and teachers
WHEN:  10 a.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE:  Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven
WHAT:   Teachers at Wilbur Cross’ International Academy will facilitate a roundtable discussion with students regarding peace, conflict, and how students see their role in creating a peaceful school, community, and larger society. One of these discussions will be connected, by way of Google Hang Out, to a school in Cambridge, Mass., to help facilitate an exchange of ideas with students outside of the city. Also Friday, students are encouraged to wear white to raise awareness about World Peace day.  White ribbons will be distributed throughout the school. Students will be creating a mural in the lunch room that captures their unique thoughts on the subject.
 
KING-ROBINSON SCHOOL
WHO: Students in grades 1-4, art teachers
WHEN: 1 p.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE: King-Robinson School, 150 Fournier St., New Haven
WHAT: Students in grades 1-4 will be planting peace pinwheels on the front lawn of the school to commemorate International Day of Peace. The creation of pinwheels were part of a classroom exercise where students discussed positive places where they find peace in their own world and then talked about how they could spread peace throughout their community.
 
WEXLER-GRANT SCHOOL
WHO: Students
WHEN: 8:30am - 10am and 11:45am  -  2:00pm, FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE: Wexler-Grant School, 55 Foote St., New Haven
WHAT: All art classes will be working on peace-themed chalk drawing murals outside with guidance from art and music teachers.
 
FAIR HAVEN SCHOOL
WHO: Student Jean Carlos
WHEN: 2:00 p.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE: Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Ave., New Haven
WHAT: At 2 p.m., student Jean Carlos will be working on his art project to create 1,000 peace cranes before the end of the year. Additionally, classes will be working on creating peace wheels throughout the day.
 
Background on New Haven’s involvement in the International Day of Peace
 
As head of the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities, New Haven has helped to pair up 16 cities around the world and bring the children of those cities together via live-streamed peace events on the IAPMC website. The first such partnership occurred in 2011 when New Haven students connected with the children of Kragujevac, Serbia, during the International Day of Peace ceremony on the New Haven Green.
 
The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly. Schools around the world hold special events and ceremonies to mark the day.

9/18/2014

Click here to read the story in the New Haven Register.
 
Click here to read the story on the New Haven Independent.
 
Click here to view photos of the event on Flickr.
 
 
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ENGINEERING & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY MAGNET SCHOOL GETS UNDERWAY WITH GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN CAMPUS
 
New state-of-the-art facility and innovative partnership with UNH will provide strong foundation for launching ESUMS students into careers of the future
 
City, state and school district officials joined University of New Haven leaders Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction on a new state-of-the-art facility for New Haven’s Engineering & Science University Magnet School (ESUMS).
 
The ESUMS community – including Principal Medria Blue-Ellis, students, teachers and parents – came out for the ceremony and to see the site of their future home, directly adjacent to the UNH campus in West Haven. New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp and New Haven Public Schools Superintendent Garth Harries joined Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan, state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and other local, state and school officials to celebrate the breaking of ground on the new school.
 
ESUMS is a college-preparatory inter-district magnet school in the New Haven Public School system that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The school serves approximately 570 students in grades 6-12 from New Haven, West Haven and surrounding communities. Through a unique and innovative partnership with UNH, ESUMS students will be exposed to a world-class college campus while in high school and will be able to take advanced courses through the university and receive college credits. In addition, ESUMS students who graduate with a good academic record and get accepted to the university will receive a scholarship to UNH on a sliding scale up to 100 percent of their tuition.
 
“ESUMS is a school that empowers students to launch bright futures in the high-tech career fields of tomorrow. With a new state-of-the-art facility and an exciting partnership with the University of New Haven, ESUMS students will be even more prepared to achieve success in college and career and become the next generation of leaders, innovators and problem-solvers. We thank our partners and supporters for making this dream possible,” said Superintendent Harries.
 
“In public education, the benefits of collaboration are imperative in a competitive world: team teaching yields improved classroom results, internships and work/study programs provide real world lessons for students, and programs like this one give high school students early access to a host of post-secondary opportunities,” Mayor Harp said. “The exclamation point on this combined effort is a new, permanent home for New Haven’s Engineering and Science University Magnet School, right here on the campus of UNH, and I’m grateful to all whose efforts resulted in today’s ceremony.”
 
“This cutting-edge magnet school will engage students from Greater New Haven and propel them to a higher level of education or to pursue a career in a host of scientific, technological and engineering fields,” Mayor O’Brien said. “An investment in education is the most powerful tool to enrich your quality of life, and this extraordinary partnership between New Haven Public Schools and UNH is a testament to their shared commitment to reinvesting in our young people and providing them with the very best in academic resources.”
 
“ESUMS is a wonderful example of what can take place when local municipalities, the state and higher education collaborate to, in this case, create a school that is the first of its kind in Connecticut,” said President Kaplan. “This innovative school will enable generations of students to become tomorrow’s leaders in a wide array of scientific and technological fields, and it will directly benefit the citizens of our region, our state and our nation.”
 
“The ESUMS community recognizes that this day reflects our shared commitment to providing our students with a learning environment that will further stimulate and support their love of learning and STEM,” said Principal Blue-Ellis. “We are most excited about the location: being on campus will better allow students to take classes at UNH, an opportunity available to students beginning in grade 10.  It will also allow for more engagement between UNH faculty and ESUMS faculty and between all members of both schools. We are excited today because of the past challenges overcome and futures promises soon to be realized.” 

ESUMS will be the 38th school built or rehabilitated since New Haven launched its landmark $1.7 billion school construction program in 1995. The $85 million school will be 122,000 square feet and five stories high and will include state-of-the-art science, engineering and robotics laboratories. The student enrollment at ESUMS will be 65% New Haven, 20% West Haven, and 15% surrounding communities. When fully enrolled, the school will serve 616 students.
 
 
The architecture firm that designed the school is Svigals + Partners. The construction manager is Fusco Corporation and Gilbane Building Company is the manager of the School Construction Program. Demolition will happen this fall and the expected completion date is fall 2016.

9/12/2014

As part of our effort to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students we are required to conduct an annual income survey.  This year that survey is required for all newly enrolled students.  These confidential surveys are being sent home with your child and need to be filled out completely, including signature, and returned to your child’s school as soon as possible.  So please keep an eye out for the survey and contact your principal if you have any questions. All forms must be turned in by September 26. Thank you for your cooperation and welcome to New Haven Public Schools
 
Para poder servir desayuno y almuerzo a todos los estudiantes,  es requerido completar una encuesta por los padres de todos los nuevos estudiantes.  Esta encuesta es confidencial  y ha sido enviada a los hogares con los estudiantes.    Favor de llenarla, firmarla y envirarla de regreso a la escuela de su hijo/a lo más pronto posible.  Le pedimos que le pida la encuesta a su hijo cuando llegue a la casa.  Esta tiene que ser regresada a la escuela antes del 26 de septiembre.  Gracias por anticipación y bienvenidos al sistema escolar de New Haven.