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ISSUE NO. 2 June 2019


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.




NLPS' Sports Spring Season

Is your student interested in joining a club at school? If so, please contact your school’s main office to get more information!

Congratulations to the New London High School Girls' Basketball Team!

The Lady Whalers finished second in the state in the CIAC Class LL division. With their 3rd trip to the state championship in the past 6 years they have been a model of consistency in excellence. Playing in the state championship game at Mohegan Sun Arena they showed their grit and determination that lead them to a 25-3 record for the season. Keep up the hard work and we’ll see you again next year competing for another state championship.


Key Returnees

Sr. O-IF Robert Otanez, Jr. OF-IF Noah James, Sr. P-IF Zane Mikula, So. P Luis Diaz, So. C-IF Kenny Miller, Sr. IF Connor Surprenant.

Top Newcomers

Jr. P-IF Jesus Escarraman, Jr. IF Giovani Galatioto, So. P-IF Ryan Gardner, So. IF-OF Anthony Germoso, So. OF Courtney Hamilton, So. OF-IF Garret Matson, Jr. OF Jatheon Nazario, Fr. OF-IF Sean Raymond, Jr. P-IF Gerjuan Tyus, Sr. P Elijah Goode.


The Whalers are coming off a 10-10 regular season in 2018 and must replace Elijah Martinez, an All-Area infielder, among others. But Zane Mikula was an ECC Division I All-Star who will help lead New London in the new Division II setup this spring.

Boys' Tennis

Roger Desir (6th Season), Coach

Key Returnees

Sr. Zack Skrabacz, Sr. Charles Rockenson, Jr. Giuseppe Conte.

Top Newcomers

So. Wesly Paulo, So. Sebastian Jan Michel.


Skrabacz, who reached the ECC tournament singles quarter-finals last season, returns to lead the Whalers, who are coming off a solid 10-9 season and expect to remain competitive in Division I.

Boys' Golf

Chris Perras (2nd Season), Head Coach

Key Returnees

Sr. Andre McClain, Sr. Mekih Rodriguez.

Top Newcomers

So. Zach Stock, So. Zach Verraneault, Jr. Kiera Burlingame-McCord, So. Brendan Rideout, Sr. Sean Slusarz, So. Zach Bachofner.


Perras begins his second season with a pair of veterans back (McClain and Rodriguez) and a talented group of newcomers, particularly in the sophomore class. There will be more growing pains for the Whalers, but the future looks bright. New London plays its home matches at Great Neck Country Club, which is hosting this year's ECC tournament.

Outdoor Track

Samantha Wasilefsky, Girls' Head Coach; Jevon Elmore, Boys' Head Coach

Mike Stroneski, Lacy Johnson, and Joe Toledo-Quinones, Assistant Coaches

Top Female Returning Athletes
  • Anissah White (9th) Sprinting
  • Akheena Farrior-Parcak (9th) Sprinting
  • Araya Munoz (12th) Sprinting and Hurdles
  • Marissa Parker (12th) Throwing
  • Eliza Brown (11th) Throwing
Top Female Newcomers
  • Jaden Burns (10th) Sprinting
  • Gillian Melville (10th) Distance


Missy Parker (8th Season), Coach

Key Returnees

Sr. 2B-P Joe Potter, Sr. OF Bria Fielding, Sr. OF Elizia Malloy, Jr. 3B-C Jaelynn Potter, Jr. OF Anaya Vega, So. P-1B Caylee Parker, So. C Finella Smith, So. 1B Ella Cook, So. OF-2B Alexia Liriano, So. OF Princess Hernandez.

Top Newcomers

Fr. SS Cassandra Roman, Jr. Utility Andrea Kitchens-Walker, So. OF Shylin Rock.


The Whalers, despite fielding a young team, went 6-14 while competing in the highly competitive Division I. New London is still young, but the experience gained in 2018 will help them immensely as they move down in the newly realigned Division III in 2019. The Whalers will be led by captains Fielding and Joe Potter, while the sophomore battery of Parker and Smith continues to develop and will make New London competitive in the division and a threat to qualify for the both postseason conference and state tournaments.

NLHS Girls' Lacrosse

The New London High School Girl's Lacrosse team is off to a great start of their first season as a Varsity program. Their record is 2-2 with the most recent game being a 15-2 win over Killingly. Junior, Desiree Johnson has 9 goals, 5 assists, 21 ground balls, Emilia Skrabacz has 9 goals, Olivia Yard has 5 goals, and Anya Boyd has 4 goals. The defense is led by freshman Nadya Murphy and sophomore goalkeeper Cheryann Lubin. The team captains are Desiree Johnson, Olivia Yard, and Anjelica Hitchins.

The girls have a strong bond and always show up with a positive attitude. The team goes beyond lacrosse to help each other in other aspects of their lives whether it's tutoring or emotional support; they're a family. Although most of the team is new to lacrosse, they're incredibly hardworking and coachable which has allowed them to progress quickly.

Succeed Beyond High School

Board of Education Recognizes District Students of the Month

CB Jennings International Elementary PS-5

50 Mercer Street, New London, CT 06320


Ahnalee Smith-Singleton, Brandon Hodor, Mckaylie Francis, Aries Marquis Santiago, Vaneshda Rivera

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
PBIS Student vs Staff Basketball Game

Fifth grade students took on staff members in a basketball game. Staff members took home the victory.

Jennings After School Program (Grades 3-5)

Jennings School is offering an after school program that began on April 1st and runs every day except Wednesdays, from 3:00-5:00pm. This program provides one hour of academic and one hour to focus on fitness or an enrichment activity.

Jennings Spring Concert

Jennings welcomed spring on April 12th with singing, drumming and more. Music performances were held from Kindergarten – 5th grades. Parents and guardians are always welcome to attend!

Principal Breakfast

Parents and guardians are invited to sit down with the Principal to help establish an open line of communication to discuss school matters, provide ideas and connect with community providers who are invited to provide information about their services.

Harbor Elementary School PS-5

432 Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320


Bella Vittone, Elijah Waring, Zahra Fatima, Ryley Venturini, Jerome Pittman

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
Classroom Visit

Many students have recently had a classroom visit by our service dog, Duke. Duke comes into our classes and reads with students. His presence helps improve focus and provides a sense of calm. Students lie near him and pet him during class. He says hello with his paw and loves to have his belly rubbed!

Morning Announcements

During the week of March 25th - March 29th, Mr. Foster and Mrs. Hanrahan filmed morning announcements Carpool Karaoke style . Here is a sample of Harbor's own Carpool Karaoke.

Town Hall

Harbor held a town hall on March 29th celebrating many student accomplishments. Perfect attendance for trimester 2, CREW behavior, Most Improved Performance and Academic awards were handed out and celebrated. What is Crew?

C- Cooperation

R- Respect


W- Wise Choices

Viking Invasion
The Marketplace

Harbor fourth graders spent the last six weeks with visiting artist Ramon Ostolaza from Peru. They created Viking necklaces, shields and masks, designed clothing and wrote traditional Viking Rune. On Friday, March 22 the fourth graders created a Viking Marketplace.

Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School K-5

37 Beech Drive, New London, CT 06320


Silver Montieth, Evelyn Mello, Janyia Harrigan, Chanelle Arteaga, Jocelyn Carter

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
Magnet School of Excellence

After an extensive application process, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School was selected as a 2018 Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the highest award category. Science & Technology Magnet High School also was selected and an article featuring both schools was covered by The Day: “Two New London Magnet Schools Honored with National Award”.

Congratulations Principal Leal
Principal Leal

Principal Carlos Leal is the 2019 CALAS Exceptional Principal Award Winner!

Congratulations to our very own Principal Carlos Leal from Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School. He has been selected as the 2019 CALAS Exceptional Principal Award winner!

CALAS is the acronym for the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Its mission is to foster quality and equitable public education for Latino Connecticut students as it seeks to inspire, cultivate, develop, and support Hispanic/Latino educational leaders and talent. CALAS is committed to supporting the professional growth of Hispanic/Latino talent through professional learning and networking opportunities.

Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School K-5

74 Grove Street, New London, CT 06320


Braylon Cruz, Mestiza Boyd, Anne Gaudard, Vanessa Colla, Chloe Labrecque

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
Planting With FRESH New London

Winthrop students had the opportunity to do some planting with FRESH New London. Some planting occurred in the garden and these plants will be transferred to the school garden by students in June. Others were planted in raised garden beds.

Persuasive Writing

Students have been working on opinion and persuasive writing. Some fifth graders have even had letters published in The Day and in the Norwich Bulletin.

School-wide March Madness

Winthrop had a school-wide March Madness competition and Ms. Shannon's fifth grade class won!

Essentials Night

Essentials Night was held on March 14th. Essentials teachers had different activities for families to participate in together!


Multi-Magnet Secondary School: BDJMS Campus - International Education 6-8; STEM 6-8; Visual & Performing Arts 6-9

36 Waller Street, New London, CT 06320



Andy Garcia, Deshaun Phillips, Shaina Jean-Francois, Gabriella Santiago, Taylor Sanders, Andre Morales Soto, Mi-Na Bonterre, Cristina De La Cruz, Ernsly Joseph, Jarielys Escolastico

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
Latinos In Action (LIA) Highlights

The 6th grade LIA group planned and carried out a visit to Huntington Towers and played lots of games with the elderly. The elderly also spoke to our students about their stories and how they came to live in New London. The 7th grade LIA group planned and carried out a carnation sale for Valentine's Day and sold over 200 carnations to students and staff at BDJMS.

International Baccalaureate (IB Candidacy) Update

In our International Education and Dual Language Programs, the teachers are beginning to take the necessary steps to implement the IB Learner Profiles in classrooms with students. Students have been taking the Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) in Math, Science and Language Arts and feel prepared to take on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in the Spring.

Engineering Design Challenge
Fantastic Bridge Creations!

In Ms. Johnston's Science class, 8th grade students recently completed a bridge-building Engineering Design Challenge. Students worked in groups of two to design and build bridges constructed of no more than 200 popsicle sticks, that met the criteria of 12-inches in length and could support a minimum of 5 lbs of weight. The majority of groups met the criteria, but the bridge designed by the team of Anastacia Charron and Jose Garcia held the most weight: 100 lbs!

March Mammal Madness

This month, students are participating in March Mammal Madness, a simulated, single elimination tournament where instead of basketball teams, students complete brackets to determine an animal champion from 64 mammal and non-mammal combatants. To choose which animal reigns supreme, students must research the ecology of each animal, including physical attributes, adaptations, diet, and habitat to assist in selecting their champion. March Mammal Madness was created by Katie Hinde, a professor of Evolutionary Biology at Arizona State University, with participants from the world wide scientific community. We will be tracking the tournament action on Twitter: #2019MMM.

STEM 6-8


Tyree Barnes, Sienna Montanari, Nathan Concepcion, Janiellys Morales, Gabby Carroll

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
STEM Students Create

Students in Ms. Carrier’s grade 7 Science class have been working together to create Rube Goldberg machines. A Rube Goldberg machine is an invention or device that is over-engineered to perform a very simple task in a very complex way, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after an American cartoonist and inventor named Rube Goldberg. This task applies the Engineering Design NGSS unit (MS-ETS1-1) where students define the criteria and constraints of a design problem to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts that may limit possible solutions.

Periodic Table Presentations

In February, grade 6 students began to present information about an element on the Periodic Table. Students began the science part of their research project by using non-fiction books and the Internet as research tools to learn about an element of their choice. Afterwards, students wrote a summary and presented their information to the class. In Math, students calculated the cost of their element per pound and converted it to four different country’s global currencies. This Interdisciplinary Research Project is part of an NGSS unit on Matter MS-PS1 where students explored the structure and properties of matter.

Womens' History Month

To recognize Women’s History Month, grade 6 Science students conducted research about women who have made contributions to the STEM field. Students created informational posters detailing at least three facts about each woman. Some notable women reflected on their posters are Katherine Johnson, Ada Lovelace, Jane Goodall, May Chinn and Grace Hopper.



Alex Kexel, Danny Morocho, Johnathan Smith, Jazmin Hall, Antonio Carmona

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
Collaboration with Mystic Seaport Museum

The New London Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School has begun working with Mystic Seaport Museum to offer our students a unique educational experience. The collaboration will be over the span of two years and will include events such as a hands-on field trip with rigging, climbing and “harpooning” activities, to an overnight on the 1882 training ship Joseph Conrad where students will focus on sailing, navigation, and problem solving.

Arts Students Are Busy!

Arts students have been busy this trimester! Some of our chorus and band students participated in the CT Eastern Region Music Festival and others are practicing for the Band/Chorus concert with Ms. Stillman and Ms. Natter. Visual + Multimedia Art class students are working on beautifying the courtyard and prepping for the art show with Mrs. Zacarelli. We will also be hosting our first Dance Concert with Ms. Cook and we hope you will join us for these events at New London High School and the Art Show which will be held at BDJMS Campus. Check the calendar for dates and times!

Arts Student Achievement

We are also proud to announce that 25% of our 9th grade class made the honor roll this year. Well done, Freshman! Keep up the good work.

Multi-Magnet Secondary Campus: New London High School Campus - NLHS 9-12; STEM 9-12

490 Jefferson Avenue, New London, CT 06320

NLHS 9-12


Lauren Lee, Nikeila Thompson, Jazmine Silva, Eliezer Melendez, Jessica Garcia

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
NLHS Has Been Very Busy This Spring!

Campus Cleanup

Physical Education Fitness Test

Opioid Awareness Partnering with Community Speaks Out


NLHS 1st Annual Job Fair

Award Winning

Connecticut Organization of Language Teachers Poetry Contest Award Winners

Kudos to all of our students that represent NLHS proudly!

STEM 9-12


Carlos Silva, Alexandria DeGunia, Pedro Camacho-Leon, Renandy Ledoux, Thomas Statchen

January, February, March, April, May Students of the Month
Magnet School of Excellence

After an extensive application process, STMHS was selected as a 2018 Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the highest award category. Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School also was selected and an article featuring both schools was covered by The Day: “Two New London Magnet Schools Honored with National Award”.

From among the schools selected nationwide as Magnet Schools of Excellence, STMHS was in the TOP TEN IN THE NATION! A team from Magnet Schools of America came to visit our school for a day in March for consideration for some of their top awards at their upcoming National Conference.

21st Century Grant

STMHS completed the comprehensive application process and was awarded a 21st Century Grant from the State of Connecticut, which provides nearly $250,000 for robust after-school programming for our students.

Ocean Bowl

After competing in the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) for 6 years, Science & Technology Magnet High School earned its first "First Place" ranking in February in the 2019 Quahog Bowl at Avery Point. Under the guidance of faculty advisor, Chuck Mulligan, their focus and diligence prepared them for fierce competition. Captain Alex Matthews, Mike Reilly, Derek Raymond, Chris Bowens and Aidan Desjardins brought home the trophy and headed to Washington D.C. for the National competition April 11. Major praise as well to the second STMHS team comprised of Captain Bryson Doughty, Adam Bryant, Sara Beth Bouchard, Jane Statchen and Sophie Holdridge. This accomplishment was covered by The Day: “Team for STEM High School in New London Wins Quahog Bowl”.

Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair

Eighteen STMHS students were selected to present 16 outstanding projects at the state level in March with great success: freshman, Laurelou Doyonnes received the Botany Award; sophomore, Jaylen Callender received a free course paid for at Tunxis Community College for his work on energy efficiency; sophomore, Skyler Hatter, who metaled in both Sustainability and Environmental Science, claimed an ECE student excellence award. Junior, Sara Beth Bouchard, who medaled in Environmental Science and Urban Challenge claimed the Project O award, Fox Pest Control Award, the Peabody Award, the Equine Club Excellence Award, and then proceeded to claim 5th place in the Urban Challenge and 2nd place in the State in Environmental Science which earned her a spot at Genius Olympiad later this spring to present her work on the international stage. In addition, Sara also claimed a renewable scholarship to Quinnipiac University.

Hospital Occupation Student Organization (HOSA)

The Hospital Occupation Student Organization (HOSA) team, with their advisor Dr. Josh Beebe, attended the State HOSA conference in Waterbury in March. Nine of the sixteen students placed in the top three in their events, qualifying them to go to NATIONALS in June!

2019 UCONN Marine Scholars

Three STMHS students were recognized for this honor and have been offered a Project O research experience this summer.

CAS High Schools Arts Awards

Two STMHS students were selected as the New London winners of the 2018-19 CAS High School Arts Awards by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS): Performing Arts – Jason Jones (nominated by music teacher, Jon Gworek) and Visual Arts – Hayden Doughty (nominated by art teacher, Sydney Dean).

New London Adult & Continuing Education

Shaw's Cove Three, New London, CT 06320

Adult Education Student Spotlight
Betty Ambroise, NL Adult Education Student

Betty Ambroise arrived in New London from Haiti in the fall of 2015 and began attending Basic ESOL class at New London Adult Education. Within a year, she was participating in the Intermediate ESL class and enrolled in the I-BEST CNA program in the fall of 2016. Through her perseverance, Betty became a Certified Nursing Assistant. Currently Betty works full-time in the Alzheimer’s Memory Care Unit at Fairview, where she was recently recognized with the Excellence in Caregiving Award presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter. Betty has also been chosen 2019 Learner of the Year by the Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education (CAACE). She was honored at a luncheon at the Mystic Marriott on March 29, 2019. Upon completion of her studies at New London Adult Education, Betty plans to further her education by applying to the nursing program at Three Rivers Community College.

Newly Naturalized United States Citizens
LEFT: Celina Gengler and Blanca Rojas; RIGHT: Islande Jean

Bienvenidos, Bienvenue and WELCOME! New London Adult Ed’s newest United States citizens: Celina Gengler from Mexico, Blanca Rojas from Ecuador and Islande Jean from Haiti, all students in the Citizenship Preparation class, successfully passed their Naturalization interviews. After taking the Oath of Allegiance, a U.S. Federal judge swore them in as United States Citizens at Hartford’s Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse this March.

Meeting Representative Courtney

As part of a Civics lesson, New London Adult Education students met with U.S. Representative Joe Courtney.

United in Excellence

ISSUE NO. 2 June 2019

134 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320


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