Celentano Museum Academy hosted a Scholastic Book Fair in March. After a few years without holding a fair, we were able to share the joy found in reading with each Celentano student! Every classroom, pre-Kindergarten through grade 8, came to the book fair twice throughout the week. The first time, students browsed the shelves and wrote their favorites on a wish list. The second time classrooms came to the fair, students located the precise books they planned to buy and checked out at the register.
On April 5, Strong Elementary School became the first Connecticut school to open a Ben Carson Reading Room. The room is designed to promote recreational reading in students. Ben Carson, a celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon, and his foundation, The Carson Scholars Fund, have opened Reading Rooms all over the country.
All students from Mrs. Bealer's and Mrs. Hardy’s kindergarten class recently invited their parents for a celebration of learning. Students read aloud with their parents and guardians to show how far they have come this school year.
The following report was written by Cara Rosner, external affairs officer at United Way, one of the organizers of Parent University, and appeared in the New Haven Independent.
Her daughter is only in kindergarten, but Tawana Grant has her eyes on the prize: college.
She already is taking steps to instill a college-going attitude in her young daughter, who attends L.W. Beecher Interdistrict Museum Magnet School of Arts and Sciences.
To promote the Elm City’s college-going culture, nearly 200 parents enrolled in “Parent University,” a semiannual program intended to increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education.
Local parent Kimberly Streater was among the hundreds of parents who attended the New Haven Public Schools’ Parent University Saturday.
Streater attended a workshop on dealing with bullying, as she said some of her children have been victimized. According to Streater, when a student threatened to punch her daughter, school administration stepped in to address it right away, and there were no more incidents.
“Celentano gets a Boost!”
The popular Parent University New Haven, a free day of workshops for parents and guardians of New Haven Public School students, will return to Gateway Community College from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6
The day will include workshops on a variety of topics - including the importance of male involvement, paying for college, talking to kids about trauma, nutritious foods on a budget, and different routes to high school completion, among others. Many sessions will be offered in English and Spanish. The event also will include a college fair.
United Way is seeking applicants through AmeriCorps VISTA to join the Boost! Service Corps Team.
United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) is in partnership with the City of New Haven and the New Haven Public Schools to coordinate wraparound services to support young people’s overall development and enhance their ability to learn in the classroom. The initiative, called Boost!, is a component of New Haven’s School Change Initiative (to learn more, visit www.NewHavenSchoolChange.org). Boost! addresses wraparound services that fall into four broad domains which have been demonstrated to contribute to young people’s ability to succeed in school and in life: physical health, social and behavioral health, family support and engagement, and extended learning opportunities.
Last Thursday, February 28, 2013, Yale students brought the StarLab Program to Celentano Museum Academy. StarLab is an inflatable planetarium that teaches astronomy to young students. Two people from Yale came with a portable bag, from which they unrolled a large piece of plastic, attached a fan, and blew air inside, raising a planetarium to eleven feet in the air!