Congratulations to Forest Elementary School
A 2018 Blue Ribbon School 

 

On Monday, October 1, 2018, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos named Forest School one of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Forest is being honored for its work with all students, including special needs students and students who are not native English speakers. Forest has shown great improvement in test scores for all students.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools is an annual award bestowed on schools across the nation for high academic performance or greatest progress in achievement gap closure among subgroups, the governor’s office said in a news release.

“Every student from every background and every walk of life deserves a quality education that allows them to succeed,” Malloy said. “With exemplary schools like this year’s Blue Ribbon award winners, it’s no wonder that we have record-high graduation rates and students who are among the best in the nation.

“We congratulate these schools and their teachers, students, and families for their collective efforts to nurture positive school communities — they are all helping to shift the growing possibilities for our next generation in a positive direction,” Malloy said.

“We are excited to celebrate four Connecticut schools that are transforming the futures of students by delivering a top-quality education in the classroom,” Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell said in the release. “Congratulations to our Blue Ribbon Schools on the collective effort and hard work by students, parents, educators and community partners to earn this prestigious honor.”

To select and nominate schools for the National Blue Ribbon School award, the Connecticut State Department of Education uses data from the Next Generation Accountability System, the release said.

Nominated schools complete an application process and must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the release said.

All selected schools in Connecticut demonstrated outstanding overall achievement in 2016-17 and were identified as “Schools of Distinction,” the release said.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are identified in two categories — “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing” and “Exemplary High Performing.”

Forest School teaches students in pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade. As a school in an Alliance District, the majority of students — 76 percent — are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Additionally, 23 percent of students at Forest School are “English learners” with over 16 different languages spoken at home, the release said.

“Forest prides itself on its model of layered shared leadership designed to support teachers to ensure learning for their diverse student body,” the release said. “ The instructional team at Forest includes a mathematics coach and reading consultant as well as a special education team and an English learner team.

“Collectively, and with strong district support and coordination, these educators work closely with classroom teachers, providing model lessons, research-based instructional strategies, and other key resources to realize their foundational principle that “all students can succeed,” the release said.

“Forest is a school demonstrating success in terms of strong academic growth in mathematics and ELA for high needs students, leading to its nomination as an Exemplary Gap Closing school,” it said.


Welcome to THE WEST HAVEN BOARD OF Education


Welcome to the West Haven Board of Education’s website. The West Haven Public School District is composed of nine schools: Alma E. Pagels Elementary School, Edith E. Mackrille Elementary School, Forest Elementary School, Savin Rock Community School, Seth G. Haley Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Carrigan Intermediate School, Bailey Middle School and West Haven High School.

We invite you to learn more about our schools, which currently accommodate around 5,900 students, and the countless programs that help enrich each child’s education.

We are fortunate to have a school system brimming with bright and ambitious students, resourceful and innovative teachers, and staff members who work tirelessly to keep the district running. We see our teachers and staff members truly putting students first in everything they do and making strategic decisions to help our youngsters advance in their academic careers.

We are developing more opportunities for kids each year. Course selections are growing, and schools continue offering new programs that help create well-rounded and inquisitive students. Meanwhile, administrators are strengthening partnerships with outside institutions, such as the University of New Haven and Yale University, to give children a leg up in learning about career and college paths.

Teachers and staff members are recognizing their students’ strengths, while encouraging them to take on new challenges, and we’re seeing the positive effects of this approach every day.

Be sure to visit this site frequently, as events, announcements and school and district news will be updated nearly every day. To contact the district or webmaster, click here.


 
       

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At the New Haven Country Club On Thursday September 13th, the students and staff of Carrigan Intermediate School were honored by the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet program.  For the past seven years, Carrigan students have donated busloads of new toys for the patients of the Children’s hospital.  Student council representatives and their advisors deliver the toys during the holiday season in an ongoing effort to keep the toy closet stocked.  Every child who is a patient of YNH Children’s Hospital receives a toy upon discharge.


Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet program
 
Pictured in the photo from left to right are:  Principal Rich Weber, school secretary Chris Kehoe, teachers and student council advisors Kate Coldren – Mona Solano – Christine DeCrescenzo, and Assistant Principal Alicia Limosani.    
 

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet program

For more information on the toy closet program, please see the below link.
 
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