DOMUS Celebrates Fifth Academy Graduation

Contributed by Garland Walton, DOMUS chief of staff:

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Domus Academy celebrated its fifth graduating class since opening in 2010 as a small, supportive middle school program for struggling New Haven middle schoolers.

A program of the NHPS, Domus Academy is operated by Domus, a Stamford nonprofit that works with vulnerable children with the goal of creating the conditions and opportunities necessary for them to get on a path toward health and achievement so they can engage and succeed in school and ultimately, have satisfying and productive lives. Small class sizes of around seven students per classroom; family advocates who help with behavior, social/emotional growth, and attendance; and a rigorous academic program tailored to each child’s needs and strengths enable students to make significant progress from their entry point into the school.

Says Juanita Stafford-Hill, mother of graduate James Neely III, about Domus Academy: “I didn’t think he was going to make it. He had such…a lot of anger in him, behavior issues, he felt no one cared…he gave up. When he came [to Domus Academy], he didn’t want to get suspended from school: He wanted the education, but he just needed some help. He needed the teachers to understand him instead of just saying ‘go home.’ I’m glad I brought him here…I would recommend any kid who’s having trouble in a regular school and teachers who don’t understand him to come here, where they can get time out, feel like someone cares about them, feel like someone’s listening…they need somebody to hear them.”

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS on June 24, 2015  4:20pm

I wonder how many students were Counsel out?

posted by: Conscience on June 24, 2015  4:47pm

Three-fifths, the Grinch that stole joy. Does anyone in this world do anything right? Where were you last night when they held the prayer vigil at Bethel? Get in the game and stop yapping so much. I know, you are going to criticize the preacher, rabbi, priest, iman, and other spiritual leaders who showed up to offer support to the AA community. Nelson would have been there, so would Abraham, Martin, and John. Where were you?

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on June 24, 2015  8:52pm

posted by: Conscience on June 24, 2015 4:47pm

Three-fifths, the Grinch that stole joy. Does anyone in this world do anything right? Where were you last night when they held the prayer vigil at Bethel? Get in the game and stop yapping so much. I know, you are going to criticize the preacher, rabbi, priest, iman, and other spiritual leaders who showed up to offer support to the AA community. Nelson would have been there, so would Abraham, Martin, and John. Where were you

I was hear listen to the person who said this

After the flag is removed, After all the prays, long after the dead bodies are buried, that still won’t change the fact that there are 988 known KKK and neo-Natzi groups in America. Its estimated that each group has over 100 members, and 700+ supporters, some of which are financial backers. Where is and where has the backlash been. Where are both black and white leaders.what are they going to do when the media goes away,wait until another mass murder??? By the way, New York State, the so called most liberal State in the nation has 53 hate groups.

I was hear listen to the person who said this.

Where were you?

When you go to a church and you see the pastor of that church with a philosophy and a program that’s designed to bring black people together and elevate black people, join that church! If you see where the NAACP is preaching and practising that which is designed to make black nationalism materialize, join the NAACP. Join any kind of organization—civic, religious, fraternal, political or otherwise—that’s based on lifting… the black man up and making him master of his own community.”

Malcolm X

Name Ten Churhes that are doing this in New Haven.

My Bad Dr.king said this.

The contemporary church is often a weak ineffectual voice, with an uncertain sound. It is so often the supporter of the status quo. The power structure is consoled by the church’s silence, but the judgment of God is upon the church as never before———DR. KING

posted by: GarlandWalton on June 24, 2015  9:49pm

Threefifths, I regret that you have been misinformed. We do not counsel students out—in fact, our agreement with the district is that we want to work with the most behaviorally challenged, traumatized young people. Our passion is working with youth who have not found success in other environments. Students are placed at Domus Academy by NHPS staff.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on June 25, 2015  8:57am

posted by: GarlandWalton on June 24, 2015 9:49pm

Threefifths, I regret that you have been misinformed. We do notposted by: GarlandWalton on June 24, 2015 9:49pm

Threefifths, I regret that you have been misinformed. We do not counsel students out—in fact, our agreement with the district is that we want to work with the most behaviorally challenged, traumatized young people. Our passion is working with youth who have not found success in other environments. Students are placed at Domus Academy by NHPS staff.out—in fact, our agreement with the district is that we want to work with the most behaviorally challenged, traumatized young people. Our passion is working with youth who have not found success in other environments. Students are placed at Domus Academy by NHPS staff.

You have never counsel out students. I would love to see proof of this.I spoke to parents who children went there.

posted by: Hill Resident on June 25, 2015  11:25am

Congratulations to the students who graduated from DOMUS. I am excited about your future, and extremely thankful for the paths that you have chosen, and grateful for those who supported you in your journey! I am looking forward to the continued positive contributions that you bring into this world and pray that your future endeavors will in some way help another young person to find their way. Congratulations again!!!

posted by: Hill Resident on June 25, 2015  11:43am

I didn’t want to take the emphasis off the accomplishments of these students by muddying up my congratulations with addressing the comments of and to ‘Three fifths’.

Is it that difficult for you to see good in anything? These young people have just accomplished something that many would not have believed was possible. And although YOU may not have found the challenges they face in life as difficult or overwhelming in your own life (though I doubt it), they have won a hard fought fight ... they pulled thru challenging circumstances ... they overcame daunting hardships ... they made it over difficult hurdles. How about uplifting a child? How about a word of encouragement? How about a ‘job well done’? It is a simple thing to do.  There are good things that happen in this world you know, and this story is about one of the good things .... or by the count in the picture I see at least FIVE good things called graduates! THEY GRADUATED!!!! Someone took the time to show they cared about them and their education. And it made a difference.

If you can find a way to shine the light on the good in some situations, your may be able to dispel the darkness and chase away the vampires!

posted by: GarlandWalton on June 25, 2015  2:39pm

Hill Resident, thank you for your good wishes and warm words—I will pass them on to our staff and young people. We appreciate your kindness.

Threefifths, we do not kick kids out for behavior—that’s the whole reason our school exists. If a young person isn’t in class, he isn’t learning. The only reason a young person would be removed from our school is if he or she needs a much higher level of care, such as an in-patient mental health facility. We do understand other schools counsel/kick kids out. That isn’t how we operate.