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    Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ celebrates its 188th Anniversary

    Congratulations to this dedicated congregation as it celebrates its 188th year in New Haven! Enduring and lively institutions such as Dixwellís help preserve New Havenís history and unity. I had the pleasure of attending their celebration yesterday and wish the Dixwell Avenue Congregation the best of luck and many more successful years to come.

    Bronze School Awards at City Hall

    On Wednesday we will recognize the achievement of two of our high schools: the Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School and Hill Regional High Career High School. The two high schools were among 1,086 high schools in 40 states that qualified as "bronze medal" high schools according to the standards set by the 2008 U.S. News & World Report America's Best High Schools. We honor these two schools this Wednesday at 1pm here in City Hall. The achievement of Coop High and Career High underscores our commitment to increased academic success and intellectual intensity in our public school system. Please join us for this event at 1pm in the City Hall Atrium.

    Third Downtown Crossing Community Meeting

    This Wednesday marks the third of our series of community meetings about the future of New Haven. These meetings address our plan of action as a community for improving downtown New Haven in the next decade and serve as an opportunity for all of us to continue our discussion on New Havenís most pertinent and pressing economic, social, political, and cultural matters. Please join me at:

    6:30pm at the Edgewood School Library at 747 Edgewood Ave.

    We also hope to see you at our fourth meeting:

    Tuesday, March 18th at the Martinez School Library at 100 James St. at 6:30pm.

    Budget Community Meeting

    Please join me this Thursday, February 28th at 6pm at the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library on Elm Street. This will be the first of four community meetings focusing on the budget. The presentation touches on our most recent local economic concerns such as taxes, city resources, services, shared responsibilities the Stateís role in our budget and more. We encourage you to attend and voice your questions and opinions about the fiscal topics that concern you most.

    If you canít make it to this Thursdayís meeting, please join us at one of the following:

    March 27 at 6pm, St. Aedanís Church Hall

    April 9 at 6pm, Pilgrim Congregational Church Hall

    April 24 at 6pm St. Bernadette Church Hall

    Hereís whatís happening in New Haven Public Schools this week:

    ROBERTO CLEMENTE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY will launch the 2008 Awesome Authors Series. Acclaimed African-American author/illustrator Bryan Collier will conduct a writer/illustrator workshop with Grades 6 and 7 and will meet with young authors from grades 2 and 3. RCLA parents and stakeholders are invited to meet the author and have books signed during an Author Breakfast and Bagels. For more information contact Ms. Blue on 946-8886.

    MONDAY, February 25, 2008, 6:00 P.m.: BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING, 54 Meadow Street, 2nd Floor: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and the New Haven Board of Education will honor students and media partners for two programs that showcase student excellence. Both programs recognize and reward students for their leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability and service to others in the community. The board will honor Students of the Month featured on 94.3 WYBC's Student of the Week radio campaign, co-funded by Community Health Network and New Haven Public Schools' Office of Communications. The board will also recognize students who are being featured each month in Registro, the Spanish language newspaper published by the New Haven Register.

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008, 6:00 - 7:30 P.M. ROSS/WOODWARD SCHOOL, 185 Barnes Avenue, Bishop Woods School will have Boys Night Out for male students in grades 3-6. Coach Sean Doherty and members of the Quinnipiac University basketball team will speak to the boys about the difference between behavior on court and off the court, the fact that they are student athletes and that academic achievement is just as important as athletic achievement and it takes hard work to be good at anything. The evening will end with a basketball clinic run by Bishop Woods physical education teacher, Ray Pompano. The event will be at Ross Woodward as Bishop Woods is in swing space.


    Information about the CMT-"How to encourage your child to do their best and boost confidence in the test through the following: 1. Study Skills 2. Positive Self Talk 3. Organizational Skills will be held, sponsored by the social workers from Truman, Betsy Ross, Hill Central, John C. Daniels, and Vincent Mauro.

    THURSDAY, FEB. 28, ROBERTO CLEMENTE, 1:30-2:30 P.M.: Pep rally to motivate students for the CMTs.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008: Sony Wonder Laboratory, 56th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City, Sheridan Magnet School Science teacher Sue Brown won a $1,000 grant through the Target Field Trip Grant program. Ms. Brown and her students will visit the Sony Lab which features hands-on interactive science programs for students to experience first hand, in the state of the art science laboratory museum.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2008: JEPSON MAGNET SCHOOL, 15 Lexington Ave., 2 p.m.: It's that time of year, when schools across the state are preparing to take the Connecticut Mastery Test, administered to students in grades 3-8. Jepson and John S. Martinez schools are combining efforts to rally students for the CMT. Students will perform a CMT 'rap' song under the direction of Music Teacher Joseph Collette and they will perform it at this assembly. Also, three students have choreographed a cheer to showcase the event. The song contains inspirational and motivational content about 'what it takes' for students to do their best on the CMT test.

    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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