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    Dear Friends:

    In a clear sign that New Haven’s School Change is succeeding, New Haven public school students posted significant gains in overall Connect Academic Proficiency Test (CAPT) and Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs) test scores.

    The goal of School Change is to make New Haven the best urban school district in America by raising test scores and closing the achievement gap, reducing the dropout rate, assuring all students are academically and financially able to attend college and improving learning climates at all city schools.

    For the CAPT test, this year’s results continued an overall upward trend with scores in all areas -- math, reading, writing and science – improving since 2008. The biggest gains during that time have come in math, writing and science. Overall, the district improved proficiency across all subjects 3.8 percentage points, more than its goal of 3.4 percentage points. Students meeting goal went up 1.8 percentage points.

    CMTs scores showed broad and significant improvement in overall Connecticut Mastery Test scores, as well as in all four subjects, at most schools and in most grades.

    The overall scores as well as the district-wide math, reading, writing and science results are at their highest levels since 2008. The district effectively met its goals for the first year of School Change. CMTs performance across all subjects and grades at goal increased 3.5 percentage points, 0.1 percentage points above the district’s target. Proficiency went up 3.2 percentage points, just 0.2 percentage points below the system’s goal.

    No other school district in America has undertaken the types of reforms that New Haven has. We have reconstituted schools, instituted a groundbreaking teacher evaluation system, provided new supports for teachers and administrators, launched wraparound services through Boost!, and guaranteed eligible students free college tuition to any State of Connecticut university or college through New Haven Promise.

    Despite the worst economic downturn in a generation, we have not lost focus on what is important: raising test scores and closing the achievement gap, reducing the dropout rate, assuring all students are academically and financially able to attend college and improving learning climates at all city schools.

    These scores meet some new aggressive goals demonstrating School Change is working. Yet, our ultimate goal as a community must be to provide positive choices for kids to work hard, succeed and lead productive lives.

    I’d like recognize Dr. Mayo and the district’s teachers and administrators whose hard work and dedication allowed these positive results to be a reality.

    The announcements of this year’s CAPT scores and CMT results are a great first step, and I look forward to even greater improvement in the future.

    Reminder Notice to City of New Haven Taxpayers:

    The first installment of Real Estate, Personal Property and Special Services District Tax and the total Motor Vehicle Tax on the Grand List of October 1, 2010 are now due and payable during the month of July, 2011. Unpaid taxes will be considered delinquent as of August 2, 2011. The Tax Office will have extended hours the week of July 25, 2011 through Friday, July 29, 2011, as well as on Monday, August 1, 2011 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. On Saturday, July 30, 2011 the Tax Office will be open from 9:00 AM – 12 Noon. Taxpayers who have not received a bill should visit the City of New Haven Tax Collector website or contact the Tax Office as failure to receive a bill does not invalidate the tax and respective penalties should the account become delinquent.

    Heath Matters!

    The risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke rises along with the temperature and humidity. When the heat starts to rise - slow down. Drink more fluids - avoid liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. Stay indoors or in shaded locations; wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; and limit your outdoor activity to morning or evening hours when it is cooler outside.

    Green Tip of the Week:

    To complement Air Conditioning, try installing ceiling fans. They circulate air in high ceilings. Heat naturally rises; therefore cooling the air from the ceiling to the floor will help keep the lower part of the room cool and refreshing.

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

    Jul. 18. Mariachi Concert: "Los Trovadores de America". Mitchell Library lawn. Rain or shine. 203-946-8117. Free. For all ages.

    Jul 19. Twilight Tuesdays: NMS Ragtime Ensemble. Neighborhood Music School. $20-40. 6pm.To order tickets or dinner, call (203) 624-5189. http://neighborhoodmusicschool.org.

    Jul 20. Arts Council of Greater New Haven 47th Annual Meeting. 70 Audubon St. 5th Floor Terrace. 5pm. 203-772-2788

    Jul 20. Elm Street Book Group: FOOD. Main Library. 6-7 pm.

    Jul. 21. Exhibition Reception: Palette. Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, Arts Council of Greater New Haven. 5-7pm. Exhibit on display thru September 16, 2011. www.newhavenarts.org

    Jul. 21. The Poetry Institute New Haven Third Thursday Open Mic. Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Reading starts at 7pm. http://thepoetryinstitute.com

    Jul. 22. Project Storefronts Open House. 55 Church St. A variety of fun activities including a bike-building workshop, talent mic, crafting, food, and fun.7-9pm.

    Jul. 22. Friday Flicks: Back to the Future. New Haven Green. Free. 8:30pm. www.cityofnewhaven.com/CulturalAffairs/Events/fridayflicks.html

    Jul. 23. Music on the Green Series: Robert Cray with opener Furious George. New Haven Green. 6pm. www.infonewhaven.com

    July 24. Schooner Brunch Sail. Long Wharf Pier. 11am-1pm. www.schoonerinc.org.

    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

    [7/18/2011]


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