Weekly Announcements, February 25

The next midterm report card night is Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Be sure to put this on your calendar. PTSO will meet a half an hour before conferences begin at 5:30.

The second quarter of the academic year is over.  The marking period closed on January 25, 2013 and report cards should have arrived in your mailboxes.  Please let us know if you did not receive the report card or if you have any questions about your student’s mastery levels. Call Marylou Battista at 203-946-7022. If you have any questions about graduation requirements, please contact Diana Hernandez-DeGroat or Chris LeSieur at 203-946-7022.

Come and Join us on Saturday, March 2nd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for our second Parents and Students and Teachers Read event.  Breakfast will be served to those who attend.  Read to Grow donated 250 books for parents and students to take home and keep. This is the second of three events in which parents and students are invited to HSC to share a light breakfast, and spend an hour reading. Prizes will be awarded to the three teams that complete the most books between January and May.  The next Saturday morning event will be May 4th from 10 to 12.

SATs will be administered to all juniors at HSC during school on February 27th.   The College Board will provide the juniors with access to the College Board website and free online access to the College Board SAT course for a full year.   Please encourage your student to take advantage of this offering.

CAPTbegins on Monday March 4th.  In preparation for the CAPT (Connecticut Academic Performance Test) HSC will host the CAPT Academy for all sophomores and juniors who may need to retake the test. Connecticut requires students to reach proficiency in all areas on the CAPT exam as a graduation requirement. Students who do not reach proficiency must take additional coursework in order to graduate. It is critical that all students perform well on this test.

CAPT ACADEMY: Begins Wednesday, February 6th and continues through the last week of February. A separate mailing was sent home with a schedule. 

CAPT –You and your student can access more information including practice tests developed and released by the State Department of Education at http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/assessment/capt/released_items.htm#7   Take a look at these materials with your student and ask him/her to explain the answers to you.  This will help your child learn to organize his/her thoughts about the subject material and help identify areas that your student may need to focus on with his/her teacher during CAPT Academy.

Naviance is a college and career readiness software program that makes the connection between academic achievement and students’ postsecondary goals and success.  It is an electronic tool for creating student success plans for students in New Haven Public Schools.  The program is being introduced to school staff and students and in the future parents will have access as well. If you have any questions about this program, you may call Diana Hernandez-DeGrout or Chris Lesieur.  See contact information on the second page.

2012-13 Parent Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, March 6, 2013  6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013  6 to 8 p.m.

PTSO meets monthly in the HSC library. The meeting dates are:

Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. (followed by midterm progress reports at 6 p.m.)                               Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m.                     Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.                      Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m.


The Blood Drive was canceled due to the blizzard. When we reschedule please consider donating.  In the past HSC students have received scholarships for organizing award winning blood drives. Please help our students reach their goals.


HSC in the News

HSC proudly celebrates the acceptance of two of our current seniors into the University of New Haven Outstanding High School Senior Program. Solanlly Canas and Chastity Berrios were both chosen to enter UNH as full time college students for the spring semester.  This honor is annually offered to 15 high school students in the New Haven area.  It is an honor to be chosen and HSC is proud to have given these young women the foundation to be successful as they enter college a semester early.

The New Haven Independent has been covering many HSC events: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/category/schools/

Read along with the authors in our Journalism class by visiting www.newhavenpulse.com

The seniors took the NAEP exam on Feb 6. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and beginning in 2014, in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL).

Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time. This information is then used to produce The Nations Report Card.