NHPS Celebrations as of 5/29/15

New Haven Public Schools Celebrations:

  • Eagles Rugby Team- Drive 2 Succeed, known for developing rugby teams in New Haven Public Schools, partnered with ConnCAT at Lincoln-Bassett Community School’s after school program. With much success they are sending their Eagles Rugby team to play in the NYC Rugby Cup. The partnership was created to improve an underperforming school and introduce financial literacy, technology, technology, juvenile justice, entrepreneurship, arts, digital media, athletics, and science. To read an Independent article, click here.


  • Educator Honored- Congratulations to Heather Toothaker, sixth grade science teacher at Engineering, Science and University Magnet School, who was honored as the 2015 recipient of the CT Award for Excellence in Science Teaching Middle School at the CT Science Teachers Association Awards banquet. ESUMS Principal Medria Blue-Ellis spoke of Heather’s dedication to science learning and leadership in the science department. Heather was a founding teacher at ESUMS in 2008 and has served on numerous district and state committees. For photo, click here.


  • PBIS Banner recipient- Two magnet schools, Johns S. Martinez and Betsy Ross were recently recognized as two of only four schools across the state to be selected as a PBIS Banner Schools by the State Education Resource Center (SERC). The purpose of the program is to recognize schools that have effectively implemented a school-wide system for positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).  The staff at JSM has created a culture and climate where students feel safe, take ownership for learning, display a positive attitude, and demonstrate respect resulting in a decline in suspension and discipline referrals. This is Betsy Ross’ 9th year implementing PBIS.  For photos of banners, click here.


  • National Writing Project – Hill Central teachers Nicole Brown and Donna Delbasso were on NWP Radio Thursday night with Newbery Award Winning Author Kwame Alexander. The show highlighted the incredible work of Hill Central’s faculty and staff during collaboration with Connecticut Writing Project -Fairfield in 2014. To learn more of the National Writing Project, click here.


  • Student Support- Zoe Hernandez of Sound School is participating in an online contest, competing against hundreds of people across the country with disabilities. The contest is sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. The person with the most votes will win a wheelchair-accessible van. You can support and vote by this Sunday, May 31st by clicking here.


  • All City Honors Ensemble- The Final Concert of the All-City Ensembles is Saturday, May 30th @ 6pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall- 470 College St., admission is free. The All-City Honors Ensembles are comprised of a Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, String Orchestra, Camerata, Glee Club, Children’s Choir; and this year, a Guitar Ensemble and a variety of chamber ensembles were added to the lineup. For more information, click here.

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