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.
English Language Arts and Mathematics
Highlighted first in our District Improvement Plan is Focus Area #1: Student Achievement. Students achieve when there is a focus on high-quality curriculum and instruction, that is aligned to CT Core Standards and delivered in differentiated ways to meet students’ unique learning needs.
Elementary and middle school English Language Arts classrooms (K-8) are in the process of adopting a Reading/Writing “workshop” approach to the delivery of instruction. This means that lessons are balanced with a mini-lesson aligned to curriculum standards and pacing, time for students to participate in guided and independent reading and writing experiences and time for students to communicate, collaborate, share and present their thinking within a safe and nurturing classroom. New leveled books, that feature high-interest topics and that come written in various independent reading levels (and in Spanish), have recently been purchased.
The district is continuing to utilize the core mathematics program from Pearson, entitled enVisionmath 2.0, as its core mathematics program in grades K-5. Like English Language Arts, the expectation is that mathematics instruction is delivered in a variety of ways utilizing a workshop approach to instruction. Students need to be exposed to a mini-lesson and then be given time to actively problem solve utilizing a variety of tools including hands-on manipulatives to get to various solutions. enVisionmath 2.0 offers students opportunities to utilize a variety of on-line technical resources as well. Parents are invited to learn more about the enVisionmath 2.0 parent connection pieces. Please contact your child's math teacher for information.
The middle school is in the process of reviewing and researching various mathematics programs for possible adoption in the near future.
The high-school level is implementing recently adopted English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics curriculum, which is offered to students in a variety of academic levels.
This fall, the district worked to research and adopt a robust variety of research-based intervention and enrichment programs to assist students with their individualized learning needs. These K-12 programs are new, are high-interest to students and will allow both educators and parents additional data points on how each child is progressing through various stages of academic proficiency in a variety of skills in the areas of ELA and mathematics.
2019-2020 6th - 12th grade lottery results will be released to families by late January. Make sure to keep an eye out for emails and text messages from SchoolMint with your student's results. Families can still submit applications for the Applicant Pool.
Open enrollment is currently underway for Kindergarten - 5th grade applicants for the 2019-2020 school year. To enroll new students or to request a pathway change, make sure to submit your Kindergarten - 5th grade applications for the 2019-2020 school year lottery by February 22nd. Families must submit applications for siblings to attend. Computer access is available in the Welcome Center and at some of the schools. Please contact us at 860-447-6000 for more information.
Magnet Pathway News
In alignment with the district's transition to a Multi-Magnet Secondary Plan, developed in conjunction with Connecticut State Department of Education, our former middle school Leadership Academy is transitioning to an International Baccalaureate (IB Candidacy). Our middle school staff will be launching our Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program (IB Candidacy) for students in 6th - 8th grades.
In addition to this transition, we look to highlight our three distinct, comprehensive magnet pathways - International Education (IB Candidacy), Arts, and STEM - to offer students and families high quality programs and unique learning opportunities. Over the next few months, Harbor School will make the transition to provide students with a comprehensive STEAM program. STEAM joins Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Families will be updated as STEAM implementation progresses.
BDJMS Campus, Science & Technology Magnet High School and New London High School are also preparing for a transition to become the new Multi-Magnet Secondary School. The new Multi-Magnet Secondary School will house all secondary 6th - 12th grade International, Arts, and STEM Programs and students will attend at two secondary campuses - BDJMS Campus and NLHS Campus. Campus construction is already underway and began with the renovation of the high school track. Keep an eye out for more info to come!
Two New Campus Construction Projects
Construction is underway! In preparation for the transition to the new Multi-Magnet Secondary School, and after years of planning, New London Public Schools and the City of New London broke ground on the first phase of the multi-phase North Campus (NLHS) Construction Project. North Campus Construction commenced with the new track at the New London High School Athletics Facility on July 2, 2018. The South Campus (BDJMS) Construction project kicked off with the selection of an owner representative.
The New London Multi-Magnet Secondary School will provide programing across two campuses. The future South Campus construction site (BDJMS Campus) will house STEM 6th-8th grades and International Education International Baccalaureate (IB) 6th-8th grades Pathways, and the future North Campus construction site (NLHS Campus) will house the International Education International Baccalaureate (IB) Pathway 9th-12th grades, STEM 9th-12th grades and Visual & Performing Arts 6th-12th grades Pathways.
The district will keep families and the public updated on the multi-phase secondary construction projects via our district website. Make sure to visit our district website for important updates.
The PowerSchool and District Attendance Teams attended their first Peer Learning Network Meeting, held by the State of Connecticut. The NLPS' Team discussed the ongoing work with attendance data and showed other Connecticut districts how displaying attendance data on our PowerSchool dashboards, and creating custom reports, has helped to lower the chronic absentee rate in New London. Schools mail weekly attendance letters, in both English and Spanish, to parents of the chronically absent students. This aids the district in tracking students' chronic attendance and has helped to dramatically reduce absenteeism in the district.
PowerSchool accounts are now set up for all district parents to complete the 2018-2019 Student Update Re-Enrollment Forms. Families can log into PowerSchool and update their student's information via a single sign-on process that connects PowerSchool and SchoolMint.
In line with our goals, as listed in NLPS 2021, the district is making great efforts to communicate frequently and regularly with all in a variety of venues. Effective communication is two-way communication that should allow for the open exchange of information-both listening and sharing- from all parties.
Our New Communication Avenues
Bi-monthly Community Coffee Hours with Superintendent Ritchie
Monthly Community Dinner Hours with Superintendent Ritchie
Online Community, Staff, Students Input cards
New Monthly Podcasts
Bi-monthly written reports and Monthly Informational Presentations to the Board of Education
New District Logo and Website in 2019!
1:1 and small group meetings with the Superintendent and other Central Office department leaders.
All are invited to request a meeting at any time. To request a meeting please contact The Superintendent's Office at 860-444-3187.
Join our new district Twitter account: NLPS2021
Our new, district-wide comprehensive newsletter, “Our Schools At A Glance” (3 issues per year) You are reading our first edition! ☺︎
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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.
After All, Healthy Children Are The Best Learners!
50 Mercer Street, New London, CT 06320
CB JENNINGS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Alanis Rodriguez Carela, Nathaniel Ortiz, Jowell Toro
Candidate School for the Primary Years (IB Candidacy) Programme
CB Jennings School is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
CB Jennings 5th graders will be guaranteed seats in the 6th grade International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Candidacy) for the 2019-2020 school year, as the district makes the transition to three secondary magnet pathways.
Fiesta at CB Jennings
432 Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320
HARBOR STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Teairra Waugh, Daniel Shpak, Jayda Morin
Harbor School Making the Transition to STEAM
Harbor Elementary School is making the move to STEAM! Starting in the Fall of 2019, Harbor School will bring together the best of the Arts and STEM into one comprehensive learning experience for its Kindergarten through 5th grades. The STEAM focus is set to spark Harbor students' imaginations and exploration skills. Harbor students will get hands on instruction in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Arts, as creativity builds the groundwork for scientific study.
Harbor 5th graders will be guaranteed seats in the 6th grade International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Candidacy) for the 2019-2020 school year, as the district makes the transition to three secondary magnet pathways.
We look forward to working with parents, staff and students to implement our new magnet focus!
37 Beech Drive, New London, CT 06320
NATHAN HALE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Momin Rafique, Madelyn Jones, Ahmad Jacob Venturini
74 Grove Street, New London, CT 06320
WINTHROP STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Jayna Fleischmann, Emmy Hallisey, Jailene Baltimore
36 Waller Street, New London, CT 06320
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Joarys Cruz Gonzalez, Miliangely Ramos, Nayeliz López Santos
International Education & Dual Language Full Program
International Education & Dual Language (IEDL) is a full program this year and our students are enjoying the opportunity to switch classes among the IEDL teachers. This year, we will graduate our first 8th grade class.
Latinos in Action New Elective
LEADERSHIP STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Owen Griswold, Williany Diaz, Maria Serrano
STEM 6-8 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Addison Muggeo-Taggart, Annalia Benitez, Sarai Rezendes
STEM 6th-8th grade students were recognized for their academic achievement of showing their B.E.S.T. Expectations for their outstanding efforts and community service during trimester 1. We are proud to announce that over 100 awards have been given out to students.
STEM 6-8 After School
STEM 6th-8th grade students are currently participating in many after school activities, including the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS). NESS is an ocean adventure nonprofit that provides STEM-based education programs, on and off the water using sailing, marine science, power boating, and adventure sports as teaching platforms.
Students also participate in the Black Engineering Council (BEC) Mentoring Program to help students strengthen their personal and academic development by building character, promoting successful decision making, and increasing students’ exposure to engineering principles.
ARTS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Alina Skrabacz, Nevaeh Suarez, Iris Regan
490 Jefferson Avenue, New London, CT 06320
NLHS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Olivia Wells, Iyana Gills, Rockenson Charles
490 Jefferson Avenue, New London, CT 06320
STEM 9-12 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Noah Lucien, Justin Lamoureux, Shannon Huang
STMHS Nationally Certified As Magnet
The Science & Technology Magnet High School has been designated as a NATIONALLY CERTIFIED MAGNET SCHOOL BY MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA after a two-year intensive process of self-assessments, action planning, gathering evidence and demonstrating accomplishments in the vital areas of: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high quality instructional systems and family and community partnerships. We congratulate STMHS on this very prestigious honor.
Making An Educated Choice
After multiple school visits and the many “Making-an-Educated-Choice” Guided Tours, the 2019-2020 application process for Science and Tech closed on January 4th. Families will be notified of their lottery results by the end of January.