New Haven Public Schools Celebrations:

  • Title I Awards- On May 20th, the Title I Parent Advisory Council recognized students in Title I schools who have been exemplary in attendance and citizenship, and demonstrated most improvement in reading and math during the 2014-15 school year. The dinner ceremony was held at Wilbur Cross High School and reflected the districts dedication to celebrating the growth our students make. The ceremony for grades 5-12 will be held on June 11th 4:45 p.m. at Wilbur Cross High School Auditorium. For photos, click here.  


  • Student Board Elections- Students running for two seats on the New Haven Board of Education spoke at a forum at Conte West Hills on May 19th. The students voiced their reasons for running and opinions on questions posed from the election team and audience members. To read an Independent article, click here. To read Register article, click here.  


  • College Summit Awards- Congratulations to two students from ESUMS, who were awarded the only two College Summit Peer Leader Awards in Connecticut. Edgar Diaz who will be attending the University of New Haven was awarded the College Summit Peer Leader of the Year Award and was gifted with a laptop. Elliot Rivera Rodriguez was awarded the College Summit Peer Leader’ first ever Half Scholarship to Quinnipiac University totaling $80,000 by the completion of his four years. For photos of the award ceremony, click here.


  • Sigma Pi Phi Scholarship- Two James Hillhouse High School students - Ashanti Smith who will be attending Hampton University and Janelle Cooper who will attend Tuskegee University - received a $30,000 scholarship from the New Haven chapter of Sigma Pi Phi an African American Greek letter fraternity. To read the Register article, click here.


  • Excellence in Education Award- Nathaniel Bradshaw, teacher of Wilbur Cross High School ProStart Program was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Golden Corral Restaurant for his dedication to his students and countless hours spent creating summer and after-school programs. To read Register article, click here.  


  • Strong Discovery Labs- City and school leaders gathered at Strong 21st Century Communications Magnet Lab School this week to announce an exciting partnership with the Connecticut Science Center to promote STEM and to create discovery labs in schools. The lab promotes hands on learning and opens a creative gateway for students to explore their scientific curiosity. Students learn to construct airplanes, magnetic science, and the beginnings of electronic communications tools. To read Independent article, click here. 


  • NHPD Student Forum- A conversation aimed to build relationships in a comfortable setting was a beneficial experience for both the New Haven Police Department and the students of Wilbur Cross High School as they discussed tensions between law enforcement and the community. To view a video by NBC CT, click here. 

If you have good news to celebrate, please email Latrice Hampton
For more celebrations visit the NHPS Celebrations Page


We would like to proudly announce the beginning of New Haven Public Schools latest resource, Immigrant Children & Youth Program. The purpose of this program is to promote family literacy, parent outreach and create programs that will assist immigrant children and youth to achieve in elementary and secondary schools. As a result on Tuesday, May 12th Fair Haven K-8 School provided us with a prime location to target our intended population for an afterschool multi-cultural music workshop. 
Darrell Syria musician and founder of the band Conga Se Menne, whose musical talents have taken him and his band to Canada, Finland and all over the United States, graciously gave of his time to perform many of his personal hits in Finnish Reggae and some American Classics like Hotel California by The Eagles. Additionally, primary focus of this workshop was to promote integration between cultures, Fernando Lara a local musician from Ecuador, also showed his multi-faceted inclination into the music world by playing a couple of salsa and bachata hits while also striking chords to The Beatles and The Eagles, alongside Derrell Syria. 
New Haven Public Schools had a strong presence at this workshop, announcing their free activities for all our NHPS families and signed up more than a fourth of our attendees for library cards. 
We hope to see you at our next workshop!


New Haven Public Schools Celebrations:

  • New Haven Science Fair- Hundreds of students from New Haven Public Schools gathered on Tuesday, May 12th to show off their science projects at the 21st Annual New Haven Science Fair at Woosley Hall. Projects covered a wide variety of subjects from environment to health and technology. For complete project list of Science Fair Awardees, click here. To access coverage from attending media, click here.


  • NAACP Freedom Fund- The greater New Haven 98th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner on Thursday, May 14 at the Omni Hotel at Yale acknowledged members of our community who share the NAACP’s vision of a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race and serve accordingly, and celebrating college-bound young people who are succeeding against the odds. ESUMS Principal, Medria Blue-Ellis received the Educators Award. College scholarships went to Jayla Manning, a senior at Hill Regional Career; Michaela Mathis, a senior honor student at Hill Regional Career; Jessica Simone Bromwell, of  Hill Regional Career; Jamir Doc Esdaile, who attends Wilbur Cross High School; Moshema Hull, a senior at Common Ground High School; Shannon Miller, a student at Hill Regional.  To read the New Haven Register article and view photos, click here. To read Independent article, click here.


  • Best Ranked H.S- The U.S. News & World Report Best Connecticut High Schools list ranked two New Haven Public Schools among the top 40. Hill Regional Career High School ranked #38 and Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School ranked #39. The report measured each school’s student teacher ratio, college readiness, and mathematics and reading proficiency average. To view list, click here.


  • CT Pre-Engineering Program-On On May 2nd  the Engineering and Science University Magnet School’s 8th grade CPEP team won 6 medals at the capstone event held at Western Connecticut State University’s. Of the team of 15 students; Amir-Hizami Anuar won first place for Math and third place for chess, Prastik Mohanraj won second place Math. Luca Coletta, Justin Duprey and Diego Roseta (all three in one team) won first place in the Egg Drop contest. To learn of all the competing students, click here. For competition information, click here.


  • Student BOE Elections- Students campaigning for a seat on the Board of Education attended the Board Meeting on May 11th to discuss methods for improving bilingual education and to witness the agenda of the meeting. The students are being engaged and mentored to serve as a leading voice for the student body. To read the Independent article, click here.


  • International Honors- Thomas Mitchell, an Administrative Intern at Clinton Avenue School and Doctoral Candidate at Southern CT State University, was recognized and validated by SCSU to be on the Golden Key International Honour Society, given his 3.90 gpa, community service in churches, schools. This prestigious honor reflects the top 15% of academicians’ worldwide. To view certificate, click here.


  • NHPS Alumni- 2014 NHPS graduate of Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School Rachel Zwick is working as Production Assistant for the Shubert Theater Musical, “Matilda”.  She is a passionate about the performing arts previously serving as an intern, and counselor for two theater summer camp. To read an article, click here.


If you have good news to celebrate, please email Communications Dept
For more celebrations visit the NHPS Celebrations Page 


Hundreds of students from New Haven Public Schools gathered on Tuesday, May 12th to show off their genius at the 21st Annual New Haven Science Fair at Woosley Hall. Projects covered a wide variety of subjects from environment to health and technology. The students of NHPS did well and we are proud of their accomplishments, to access a list of awardees, click here. To access coverage from attending media click links below:
News Channel 8 video coverage, click here
New Haven Register photo slideshow, click here
New Haven Independent article, click here
Fox 61 video coverage, click here
Galleries of pictures from Yale, click here 


This is a reminder that there will be a Board of Education meeting followed by a meeting of the Teaching & Learning Committee at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, at John Martinez School.
Click here for the BOE meeting agenda.
Click here for the Teaching & Learning Committee meeting agenda.