New year, new expectations in New Haven schools

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The sight of buses and backpacks can only mean one thing — it’s back to school time.

“I kinda didn’t want the summer to end,” Jaya Bellamy of New Haven said. “I was excited but as soon as it got near I was just like oh, gosh, here!”

“Yeah, I wanted to come back to school,” Orlando Algarin said. “It was boring in the summer (laughter).”

It was a busy scene outside Hillhouse High School and all the other city schools Thursday morning as students and teachers arrived for their first day back.

Hillhouse High school in New Haven, Aug. 28, 2014.
Hillhouse High school in New Haven, Aug. 28, 2014.

“Summer is a time for relaxation and spending time with family and stuff,” Hillhouse teacher Joseph Daley said, “but for me it was about getting back into the classroom and having a positive impact on these kids.”

Not far down the road it was the same scene for kids at Lincoln-Bassett Community School. The new school year in New Haven is actually being called the transformation year. That’s because some adjustments have been made to the curriculum which officials say will benefit the students. Some of those changes include new academic programs, a new team of teachers, and preparing students for college and their professional careers.

“If you’ve ever been so excited for something and waiting for it to start so you can see how it works out, that’s where I am now,” said Janet Brown-Clayton, principal at Lincoln-Bassett.

“We know we are not successful until every student is going on to success in college, career and life,” Superintendent Garth Harries said. “Most students do, but we want to make sure each school is set up for every one of our students to get to that goal.”

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