United In Excellence
To educate and graduate students who specialize in one of three themed magnet pathways: International Education, STEM and Visual & Performing Arts, who are well versed in the academic knowledge and practical experiences necessary to succeed beyond high school; who are critical thinkers and innovators; who are courageous and self-reliant; and who challenge the status quo while enriching their community, country and global society.
Welcome to Kindergarten
A wonderful team of volunteers worked together to host our district's first Welcome to Kindergarten Event. The event aimed to bring new families into the district to learn more about our district's programs, unique pathways, and to assist with helping parents learn how to navigate the district's information and registration process. Over 100 families came out to the event. I wish to thank all of the elementary school leaders, teachers and support staff who came out to support this event. Also thank you to our fabulous community partners-New London Public Library, Mystic Aquarium, Children's Museum, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, NESS (New England Science and Sailing) and staff from the School Based Health Centers. We also thank Brigaid for the delicious breakfast and lunch provided for the event. The event, coordinated by Angela Rasmussen, was wonderful! We continue to encourage families of incoming kindergartners to come into the district's Welcome Center to register their student for kindergarten. Now is the time to register for a fall start time for your student.
The elementary and middle school are developing their testing schedules for the spring administration of state assessments. The purpose of these online assessments is for students to be able to "show what they know" after a purposeful school year of learning. We look forward to seeing and celebrating students' successes through this measure as well as through a variety of other activities, products and results collected and measured throughout the district.
The district will be hosting a variety of summer programming this summer. There will be two three-week sessions of summer school for the elementary level. Session one, for grades K-2, will be held from July 8th-July 26th. Session two, for grades 3-5, will be held July 29th-August 16th. Both programs will run from 8:30am-12:30pm and will be Monday-Friday at Jenning's School. For more information please contact Lisa DeMaio in the Academic Office.
Middle School students will be invited to partake in summer programming from June 24th through August 9th. The program will be divided to include both academic support as well as enrichment programming. Students will participate in a variety of day trips throughout the program. These hands-on experiences will aim to foster teamwork and experiential learning. For more information please contact Angela Rasmussen at 860-447-6013 or email email@example.com.
The high school level will also be hosting summer programming for students. Freshman Academy is one event that will occur from June 17th to June 28th. Here, all incoming grade 9 students will participate in a variety of informational, team building, academic and enrichment programming to acclimate and welcome them to the high school campus. A traditional summer school academic program will also be offered, starting July 9th. This program will also offer credit recover courses for students in need. For more information about high school level summer programming, please contact New London High School at 860-437-6400 or Science & Technology Magnet High School at 860-437-6496.
What are the differences between ESOL, Bilingual, and Dual Language?
The main differences are:
ESOL Classroom: All English learners speak various languages and come from different backgrounds. The teacher only uses English in instruction.
Bilingual Classroom: All English learners speak the same native language (in NLPS traditionally the language is Spanish) and the teacher speaks both languages as a means of content instruction.
Dual Language Classroom: A type of Bilingual program in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages (Spanish/English). There are many models of Dual Language programs. At NLPS, our Dual Language classrooms consist of native speakers of Spanish and native English speakers with the goal of having classrooms that are composed of 50% native English speakers and 50% native Spanish speakers. NOT ALL students in a Dual Language classroom are identified as English learners.
Gearing Up For The Seal Of Biliteracy
World Language teachers strive to promote learning a foreign language and enable students to communicate effectively in the target language (Spanish, French, or Arabic). At the high school level, students are eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy based on evidence of achieving the designated level of language proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes a student’s academic efforts and the value of biliteracy. New London Public Schools is home to over 3500 students representing more than 25 language backgrounds. We are proud to have awarded the Seal of Biliteracy to 46 graduating seniors in 2018 who demonstrated proficiency and biliteracy in Spanish, French, and Tagalog.
We are gearing up for the 2019 assessments and like last year, plan to have many high school students show us their language skills.
Colt Poetry Contest Winners
Students worked hard for months in order to memorize their poems and improve their public speaking skills. Look at those proud faces!
A special thank you to the teachers who supported the COLT (CT Council of Language Teachers) Poetry Contest and the students; Melissa Castro-Holland (NLHS), Salwa Elsayed (NLHS), Amalia Stavrou (NLHS), Edith Main (BDJMS), and Mark Foster (BDJMS).
As a district, we know and understand how beneficial it is to a child's success to have parents/caregivers working in conjunction with school personnel to support a student's learning and success. NLPS' Parent University is a great avenue we offer to invite parents to engage in learning alongside us. Parent University workshops have been created by New London staff who are passionate about building tools, resources and collating information to help parents/caregivers be able to best navigate technical and educational avenues throughout the district. Workshops are offered twice per month; once on a weeknight and once a month on a weekend. Current workshop titles are featured below. A light dinner is served and childcare is provided. As you can see from the pictures below, it is an engaging and fun event for all!
Please join us for our next Parent University event. Email Kristea Francolino at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
- Tuesday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
Student Achievement Meetings
Multi-Magnet Secondary School
New London’s Multi-Magnet Secondary Magnet School enrolls students in grades 6-12 and includes three learning pathways focused on STEM, International Education (IB candidate) and Visual and Performing Arts.
We are on track to transition the district to a Multi-Magnet Secondary Plan, developed in conjunction with Connecticut State Department of Education. The former, middle school Leadership Academy is transitioning to International Education (IB Candidacy) and our middle school staff will be launching our Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program (IB Candidacy) for students in 6th - 8th grades.
The BDJMS Campus, Science & Technology Magnet High School and New London High School will join to become the new Multi-Magnet Secondary School. The new Multi-Magnet Secondary School includes the BDJMS Campus and NLHS Campus and will house all secondary 6th - 12th grade International Education, Arts, and STEM Pathways.
New Menus & Student Taste Tests
The New London Food Service Department is committed to providing a variety of appealing and nutritious meals at no cost to our students through the Community Eligible Provision (CEP). All of our meals meet or exceed USDA guidelines and the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act nutrition standards. In partnership with families, the community, and our city, our food service program strives to provide fuel to learn, assisting students in achieving their maximum potential.