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    Dear Friends:

    Today, I joined with members of the Board of Education, College Summit and New Haven Promise to announce the full launch of "Pathway to Promise," a new preK-8 college-focused curriculum.

    Pathway to Promise, coupled with the expansion of College Summit in the NHPS high schools, creates a comprehensive preK-12 college-going program designed to ensure that students hear about college early and often.

    By fostering a college-going culture at an early age, Pathway to Promise seeks to motivate students and inspire them to start thinking early about college and their future careers. This partnership is another component of the School Change initiative aimed at making college the next step in the academic lives of New Haven Public School students.

    Pathway to Promise consists of goals, key milestones and curricular activities. Pathway to Promise is a feeder program to College Summit in the high schools. In both Pathway to Promise and College Summit each school and teacher has the latitude to implement the program in the way they best see fit. Both programs are based on the same five core understandings: self-advocacy, financial awareness, academic excellence, the college-to-career connection and college 101.

    According to a survey completed after a pilot of Pathway to Promise last May, 89 percent of teachers surveyed say they "agree" or "highly agree" that continual conversations about college will have a positive impact on students. According to the same survey, 75 percent of teachers agreed or highly agreed that students were receptive to the college-going message.

    College Summit is a nationally recognized nonprofit that implements college readiness programs in high schools. College Summit helps high school students connect the dots between college and career goals and the academic decisions they make each day. College Summit has been working in Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School since 2009.

    This year College Summit is active in Metropolitan Business Academy and James Hillhouse High School. Hill Regional Career High School, Hyde Leadership

    Academy and New Haven Academy will begin their planning phases this year; the program will be implemented in those schools next school year.

    Over the next three years, College Summit will be phased in to all New Haven Public

    School high schools thanks to funding from New Haven Promise.

    Pathway to Promise and College Summit are part of New Haven Promise: Partnership, the support program designed to create a college-going culture in New Haven Public Schools and in the community. New Haven Promise: Partnership is funded by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Wells Fargo.

    To learn more about New Haven Promise visit: www.NewHavenPromise.org

    Checkout the New York Times Editorial on New Haven’s Groundbreaking Teacher Evaluations:

    The City of New Haven took a big step in school improvement last year when they put in place a teacher evaluation plan that rewards excellent teaching and remove those who perform at a poorer level. The new system has led to vast improvement in schools and students overall work in them.


    44 new fruit trees were planted in Edgewood Park:

    A big thank you to Friends of Edgewood Park and URI for the “fruitful” amount of trees that will provide fruits for years to come and will beautify our park!


    New Haven is now home to an Apple Store:

    A new Apple Store opened up on Broadway on Saturday. The long anticipated opening of the store was a welcoming sight to Yale students and business owners who hope the store draws in shoppers from all over.


    Health Matters!:

    Five servings per day of Fruits and Vegetables combined protects against High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and even some Cancer.

    Green Tip of the Week:

    Later this week the City of New Haven will announce an electronic recycling contest.

    Here’s what else is happening in the Elm City…

    Tuesdays thru Dec 13. Scottish Country Dancing in New Haven. Whitney Arts Center. Wear soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. $8. 7:45pm - 10:00pm. 203-281-6591

    Sept. 28. Fall Opera Scenes. Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. $10-$15; $5. 7:30pm.


    Sept. 30. Salsa outdoors. Artspace Lot, 812 Chapel St. 6-7 pm (weather permitting). $10/$5 12 & under.

    Sept. 30. Amina Claudine Myers Trio. Firehouse 12. 8:30pm & 10pm. $18/$12.firehouse12.com.

    Oct. 1. Family Art and Science Workshops. Columbus Family Academy. 11am-3pm. www.arte-inc.com

    Oct. 1. Family Pirate Sail. Long Wharf Pier. 4-6pm. www.schoonerinc.org.

    Oct. 1. Adult Pirate Sail. BYOB. Long Wharf Pier. 7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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