Youth Stat Reaches Out To Frosh

by Christopher Peak | Mar 19, 2018 7:55 am | Comments (4)

Christian Tabares PhotoChristopher Peak PhotoBenjamin’s teachers at Hillhouse High School hadn’t seen the ninth-grader in class for more than five months —  until a new Youth Stat program intervened.

Marked absent since August, practically right after the school year started, Benjamin started showing up again in recent weeks, after youth workers showed up at his house and caught him up.

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Welcome To A Mess, Superintendent Birks

by Liam Brennan | Mar 15, 2018 12:13 pm | Comments (11)

Christopher Peak PhotosLiam Brennan is the father of two current and two future NHPS students.

(Opinion) March roars into New Haven bringing not only spring but a new superintendent. Carol Birks, the victor of the Board of Education’s controversial hiring-by-fire process, faces an uphill battle as she takes the reins of Elm City public schools this coming Monday. City and state officials have bequeathed to her a system afflicted with deep challenges and left parents wondering whether she is a remedy to — or just a product of — a negligent government.

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Student Walkout Cry: “Enough Is Enough!”

by Thomas Breen | Mar 14, 2018 12:52 pm | Comments (15)

Nearly 600 students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School walked out of their classes and onto the streets of downtown New Haven — with permission — to add their voices to a national day of student protest against gun violence.

Thousands of students throughout the country, including students at other New Haven high schools including Wilbur Cross and Hillhouse, participated in the national day of school walkouts, which was held one month to the day after a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida murdered 17 students and teachers with an assault weapon. At least 5,000 New Haven high school and middle school students participated, according to Board of Education Chief Operating Officer Will Clark.

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August Wilson Mined For Comedy, Turns Up Gold

by Brian Slattery | Mar 12, 2018 7:50 am

Brian Slattery PhotoFifteen New Haven high-school students brought playwright August Wilson’s characters to life in an August Wilson Monologue Competition on Friday evening. Before they started, James Bundy, artistic director at the Yale Repertory Theatre, reminded the audience that a little bit of themselves might be in Wilson’s plays.

The self-taught playwright, Bundy said, spent a lot of time just listening to people talk. “The people who are in his plays are people he heard from sitting in coffee shops.” In town, that meant Atticus and especially Book Trader on Chapel Street. If you stop into Book Trader, Bundy said, “You’re sitting where he listened to New Haven.”

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