NHPS Celebrations!

Click here to view a PDF of the past week's 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 show that New Haven Public Schools is making progress toward school change goals. School Change is about creating a college-going culture, not just allowing our students to simply pass through the schools. To read the Register article, click here.


  • Restorative Practices - The Hechinger Report​ writes about the impact of trauma-sensitive student discipline practices told through the lens of work happening at Metropolitan Business Academy. NHPS is moving toward restorative practices as a more holistic way to engage and support students. Click the link to read the story on the Hechinger Report: How can high schools lower suspension rates and raise graduation rates? 


  • World Autism Awareness Day- Staff from Lincoln Bassett, Helene Grant, Barnard, Bishop Woods, Quinnipiac, and Brennan-Rogers marked World Autism Day by wearing T-shirts that read, “Together we can do so much.” The shirts are designed to engage people in dialogue and promote unity, understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness that students with autism bring to New Haven Public Schools. On Sunday May 3rd the staff will participate in the ASRC Walk in Wallingford. For information on how to join, click here. To view photos, 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.

To learn of student aspirations and view pictures, click here.

  • Finalists Team Robo Squad 558 (STEM)-The U.S. First FRC Team Robo Squad 558 from Hill Regional Career High School is headed to the New England District Championship. This extraordinary team were finalists and won the Team Spirit Award in a Waterbury Competition, and the most prestigious Chairman’s Award in Rhode Island  for embodying the purpose and goals of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and representing a model for other teams to emulate. To view the Robo Squad 558, click here. To learn about competition, click here.

·         Science Slammers (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 the list of awardees, click here.

  • World Language Poetry Winners - 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.

  • Celebrating Latino Leaders- Evelyn Robles-Rivas, principal of Hooker K-2 School, was honored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven as part of their “Celebrating Latino Leaders” series. To learn about this distinguished leader, click here.


  • Academic Innovation and Leadership Award- Principal of ESUMS, Medria Blue-Ellis, received the Academic Innovation and Leadership award from The Connecticut Technology Council for her curriculum expertise, creative thinking, mentorship, and encouragement of female students to excel in STEM manifests such as the 2014 Verizon App Challenge State Finalist. For more information, click here.


  • Educator Talent- 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