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    Dear Friends:

    About two weeks ago, all NHPS parents received School Climate Surveys in your home mailboxes. These surveys are part of the district’s ongoing School Change Initiative and seek input from parents about your children’s learning environments. If you haven’t filled out and mailed back your survey yet, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Community-wide engagement in our children’s education, especially parent involvement, is a key component of the School Change Initiative. If you did not receive a survey in the mail or lost your survey or access code, please call: 203-903-1453. You can also fill out your survey online by clicking here.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    NIXLE Launch

    On Tuesday, New Haven Police will introduce its partnership with NIXLE providing a vehicle for improved access to valuable community information to residents using the latest technology. A press event to launch this program will be held at 2 p.m. on the 4th floor of the New Haven Police Department (1 Union Avenue) on Tuesday. New Haven Police will provide a demonstration of this new technology at this event. The New Haven Police Department is unveiling this new system in an effort to increase resident access to important community alerts and news about crime and safety in their neighborhoods.

    Beauty and the Beast at Shubert Theater

    Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to the Shubert Theater for a limited engagement, May 14-16. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

    Green Tip

    With warm weather approaching, make sure to clean and maintain your A/C units before using them. Clogged filters and other maintenance issues can reduce the efficiency of your unit, raising your energy bill.

    The following events are taking place in the New Haven Public Schools this week:

    New Haven Academy’s 6th Annual School-wide Project

    At least once a year, the school stops their regular curriculum to explore a topic of interest as a whole community. On Tuesday, May 11th, the school will be exploring natural disasters and the ways society responds to them on. School-wide projects allow teachers and students to work collaboratively as they think critically about genuine issues, reflect on deep questions and take action. Students will spend the day in seminars designed by NHA teachers and students on various topics related to recent natural disasters. Seminars will include work with the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) that will explore possible links between climate change and hurricane intensity and a presentation by NHA Senior Katherine Podgwaite, who recently returned from Haiti, where she completed her Social Action Project on Health care and relief.

    Yale Tango Orchestra Benefit Concert

    The Yale Tango Orchestra is performing a benefit concert at John Daniels, sponsored by Gateway Community College, to help raise funds to purchase instruments for musicians at Daniels. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11th.

    National School Nurses Day

    On Wednesday, May 12th, NHPS will be recognizing the district’s nurses with a celebratory breakfast event at the Central Office (54 Meadow Street, 2nd floor board room). Speakers will include NHPS Chief of Staff, Leida Pacini; NHPS Medical Advisor, Steve Upgrove; and Dr. Chisara Asomugha, New Haven's Community Service Administrator.

    16th Annual Citywide Science Fair

    NHPS students will be presenting their cutting-edge science projects to the judges at the 16th Annual Citywide Science Fair on Wednesday, May 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woolsey Hall. Interviews and assistance navigating newsworthy projects are available at the registration desk from Jack Crane, Science Fair Project Director and Richard Therrien, NHPS Science Supervisor. The public is welcome to view the projects on Wednesday, May 12th from 1 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 13th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Thank You Reception for Afterschool Programs

    On Wednesday, May 12th from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a reception at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School (150 Kimberly Avenue) to celebrate afterschool programs. The National Afterschool Alliance Ambassador’s reception will include legislators, community members, educators, program staff members and students celebrating the success of afterschool programs. There will be a generous display of student’s work, performance(s) and interactive lessons. Keynote speakers will address the important issues surrounding afterschool offerings and opportunities.

    Head Start Pre-Registration Rally

    New Haven Public Schools will host a Pre-Registration Head Start Rally on Wednesday, May 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John S. Martinez School (100 James Street). This is an opportunity for families to pre-register their pre-schoolers for Head Start programs for the upcoming school year. Free dental, vision testing and hearing screenings will be offered to NHPS Head Start children.

    Band Adjudication Festival

    On Wednesday, May 12th and Thursday, May 13th, twenty New Haven Public School bands will be playing for regional adjudicators in the district's first band only festival at the New Haven Field House. The feedback given to the band directors and student musicians will be used as a formative assessment of their ensemble's musicianship skills and then used to improve the quality of their performances.

    ACE (Architecture Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program

    On Thursday, May 13th, the ACE Mentor Program will present final projects of the three New Haven ACE teams. The students have been working on their projects since October with the assistance and guidance of professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. This event is open to the public and will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dodd Auditorium at the University of New Haven.

    Young Audiences of Connecticut presents “Shakespeare: the Remix”

    On Friday, May 14th at 9:30 a.m., Bishop Woods School sixth through eighth grade students will explore the world of Shakespeare through the eyes of Shayla, a teenage girl. In this presentation, original text from Shakespeare's plays collides with original rhymes. The Remix is an introduction to all that is good, relevant and irrelevant in Shakespeare and in hip-hop. Courtesy of the Comprehensive Arts Program.

    West River Memorial Park Clean-Up

    On Saturday, May 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., students from Barnard along with the West River Community will hold the annual park clean-up sponsored by Save the Sound and 94.1 WYBC Radio. Dr. Dora Pinou of Western CT State University and students from Ms. Hebert and Ms. Evanko-Weber's classes will be doing water quality testing as part of the Toyota Tapestry Grant Project, “Ecology through Environmental Stewardship.” The project focuses on the impact of the upcoming work on Tide Gates along the river.

    Are you interested in receiving newsletters, like the Mayor’s Monday Message, from the City of New Haven? If so, please click here, select “My New Haven” then click on “Message Center.” Once you register your email address, you will have the option to select which newsletters you’d like to receive.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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