NHPS Celebrations as of 5/1/15

New Haven Public Schools Celebrations:

  • New Haven School Change progress highlighted in Register - A New Haven Register article looks at progress made under New Haven School Change and discusses new goals for improving schools and raising student performance. The article also looks at the success of Youth Stat and other student engagement efforts. To read the article, click here.
  • Restorative practices work on WNPR – Superintendent Garth Harries and Metropolitan Business Academy Principal Judy Puglisi appeared on WNPR’s “Where We Live” this week to talk about restorative practices and trauma-informed strategies for handling student discipline issues. Read more here.
  • Personalized learning grant- Mayor Toni N. Harp and Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries attended a district-wide teacher-led symposium at Metropolitan Business Academy this week to announce a grant-funded initiative to create personalized learning experiences for high school students. Three hundred district teachers attended the event. Read more here.
  • ‘I Rise’ student of the month for May- Joelisha Troutman, a senior at New Horizons High School, is Supt. Harries’ ‘I Rise’ student of the month for May.  She is a student who rises above adversity and works hard to shine among her peers. You will hear Joelisha speaking about her accomplishments throughout the month on 94.3 WYBC! To learn more of this student on the rise, or to nominate a student you believe is deserving of this honor, click here.
  • Student Board Elections-NHPS is excited to be moving forward with our first election of student representatives to serve on the New Haven Board of Education. This process will strengthen youth voice in New Haven Public Schools and give students an opportunity to have a stronger impact on their own education. For information on joining the election, click here. To read an article featuring current candidates, click here.
  • National Poetry Month – The student body of New Haven Public Schools along with numerous community supporters organized The Word: A Youth Poetry Jam with the hopes of challenging the community to unite and build a brighter future through spoken word. The several nights of expression were filled with topics varying from tributes to passing students, teenage love, capitalism, and a heartfelt recitation by Supt. Harries. To read Independent article, click here.

  • Environmental Leaders- New Haven’s Third Annual City-wide Earth Day Youth Summit hosted over 100 young environmental and social justice leaders from New Haven and Hartford at the SCSU Adanti Student Center. Student projects highlighted access to nature in cities, green arts, and human rights, marine and coastal research. The students made a commitment to action and were able to connect with local organizations and leaders in green careers. Key note speaker Akiima Price, one of the nation’s leading African American Environmental Educators, addressed the students on using nature as a medium for creating social change in urban communities. To view photos, click here.
  • College Exposure- David Greco from ARTE INC. took students from Fair Haven Middle School and Columbus Family Academy participating in his SLATE Program to experience a day in a university at Southern Connecticut State University.  Board President, Carlos Torre, helped in providing lunch for the students.  To view a photo, click here.

  • High School MT Biking Teams-This past Sunday, teams from New Horizons and Common Ground High School participated in their first-ever mountain bike competition at the Kenda Cup Fat Tire Classic where they completed a 5 mile course and are headed to the next competition in May. The competition was hosted by The Outdoor Adventure Program who donated bikes, equipment and transportation, and Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) who awarded the students scholarships for training. To read the Independent article, click here.

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