Birks Gets Warm Welcome

by Christopher Peak | Mar 21, 2018 8:10 am | Comments (2)

Christopher Peak PhotoOn her second day in the job, Carol Birks received a “superintendent survival kit” with thank-you cards as a symbol for gratitude, rubber bands for flexibility, coloring pencils for creativity, an aromatherapy candle for serenity, and a bag of jewels for the precious heart of her work — the kids.

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Youth Stat Reaches Out To Frosh

by Christopher Peak | Mar 19, 2018 7:55 am | Comments (5)

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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