Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Manuel J. Rivera
Dear New London Public Schools Families,
The Spring is my favorite time of year when we celebrate the many accomplishments and recognitions that our students, staff and school have garnered. There is much to celebrate and below are a few highlights:
- Our magnet school recruitment continues and many families from more than 34 communities throughout the region have applied for placement in our magnet schools that offer Arts, Science, Technology, engineering and Dual Language & International Studies, all providing choice, diversity, and high quality programming.
- The Nathan Hale Arts Magnet Elementary School held its first ever, highly successful, full-scale musical, The Lion King. Their hard work and dedication came through with flying colors, as they performed to a sold out crowd two nights in a row.
- Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School students have competed and excelled in Hour of Code and Wonder League Robotics competitions.
- Five of the Arts Magnet Middle School and Renzulli Academy students were recognized for their efforts in the development of the Renaissance City Development Association logo. The RCDA was so impressed with the skills and efforts of these young artists they brought together city, school, and community leaders to officially thank them in an award ceremony.
- Students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School are thriving and leading the way in an innovative new Teach to One math model. Performing 1.68 times better than students nationally on the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Map Test, schools from around the country are coming to learn from the example we are setting. Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School hosted the People's Law School program, to inform the community of their rights under the law presented by Chief Peter Reichard and volunteer attorneys.
- Our High School students are actively involved in a variety of academically oriented competitions, such as; the Quahog Bowl, State Science Fair, Math Team Competition, Robotics First Competitions, the Health Careers (HOSA) competition and more. One highlight is the New London Robotics team took sixth place in the Northeast Regional Competition and will be attending the World Championships in St. Louis.
- The New London High School Girls Basketball team won the ECC Division 1 tournament for the first time since 1998 and they won the Class LL State Championship for the second time in three years.
- Our students are continuing their education at many different colleges across America. Some examples are, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, Colby College, Lynn College, Pennsylvania State University, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Maine College of Art, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Central Connecticut State University, Rhode Island College, Pace University, Long Island University and Roger Williams University.
- Several student athletes have committed to play sports in college including Yale, United States Coast Guard Academy, University of Hartford, Stony Brook, American International College, Western Connecticut State University, and Plymouth State University, just to name a few.
With great attention, thought, and many hours of hard work, the Board of Education approved our recommended 2017-2018 school budget. The recommended budget has been transmitted to the Mayor for approval and is now under review by the New London City Council. We hope and expect to have their support, so that we can build upon our work and maintain those successful programs and services that are so essential to providing the high quality of education that must exist in New London.
The education of our students must be the number one priority for our entire community, and we ask for your continued support and participation in making New London the “Education Destination” with magnet schools of excellence serving the New London region and ensuring our students’ success beyond high school and preparing them to be contributing members of our regional community and economy.
Manuel J. Rivera, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools