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May 14, 2017 

Greetings AMMS families!

We hope you are enjoying the spring weather emerging. Students have enjoyed being able to write haiku at the park in Mr. Tarbox’s ELA class, practicing tableau in the courtyard during Performing Arts class, and getting excited to dine outside for lunch (when the clouds pass).  The warmer weather helps us look forward to some dates:

Mark Your Calendars...

End-of-year events

Arts Magnet is growing...

We are pleased to share that word is out—we had an overwhelming amount of applications for students for next year!  As our current 6th and 7th graders become our 7th and 8th graders, we now add a new group of 6th graders, mostly from Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School (our official K-5 elementary in the Arts Magnet pathway). Fortunately, we will still be a small school at just under 200 students.

We are on track to continue expansion all the way until our current 7th graders become our first 12th grade graduating class in 2022. By then we will have moved into our own state-of-the-art facility for which construction begins next year.  In the meantime, we are looking forward to exciting developments of our magnet pathway each year.  In 2017-18, we will welcome new staff and new or expanded courses in music, visual art, theatre, media arts, and dance.  

We are honored that your child attends and is part of this journey with us.  That we have waiting lists to enroll is testament to what we are creating! We also understand that plans can change—if your child will not be attending Arts Magnet next year, please let us know at your earliest convenience so that his/her seat can be offered to an interested student.

Get in touch...

As you know, we love to hear from you!  Please reach out by email, phone, or schedule a time to come in to talk. As families in our first year, you are also "founders" of our school, so your voice is very important.  You and your children know best what is working, what could be expanded/improved, ideas, etc. We have exciting years ahead and we are glad you are part of making it the best educational years of your child's life.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!  

Warmly,

Kate


Mrs. Kate Fioravanti

Interim Director, Arts Magnet Middle School

New London Public Schools

36 Waller St. 2nd Fl. New London, CT 06320

860-271-4040 (Main) • 860-447-6032 (O) • 860-574-5904 (M)

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Arts Magnet School offers a comprehensive, integrated educational program, in and through the arts, designed to have all students reach their individual potential. Through a rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment, with mutually beneficial partnerships throughout the community, we will collaborate in developing creative global citizens who strive for excellence, communicate their talents, and establish a culture of dynamic leaders in the world.

The vision of Arts Magnet School is to unite the region in building a culturally rich, inclusive environment of learning and creating reflective of and responsive to its students, families and community partners that supports the academic and artistic development of its students into extraordinary, contributing members of a 21st century society through the performing and visual arts.



Spirit Week




March 7, 2017
Greetings AMMS families!

 

Below (and attached) is some information to share with you. We will also post some of this on our Facebook page and website for future reference.

 

LAST CALL – Students have the opportunity to design murals for our Cafeteria in a partnership with Connecticut College and Brigaid, “Food For Thought”.  The deadline to submit the application is tomorrow (though I’ll accept them on Thursday as well).  The application must include a parent signature and a drawing by the student.  See attached application. If you’re unable to print, we will accept a student drawing on a regular piece of paper with parent signature.

 

OPEN POSITION – Arts Magnet Middle School is seeking a dynamic, creative and organized secretary to help me fulfill all the needs of our school.  This is a 12-month position (salary + benefits) and available as soon as possible. Please help spread the word to any qualified candidates! To apply: https://www.applitrack.com/newlondon/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Secretarial%2fClerical&AppliTrackJobId=760&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1

 

Or shorter: http://bit.ly/2lZNuU1

Thank you for helping to get the word out!

AFTERSCHOOL ENRICH Program - We are excited to announce open enrollment for our Spring 2017 After School ENRICH program. The flyer below is an outline of what the schedule looks like each day. The attachment below includes the program application. All students are encouraged to apply and will be notified when accepted. Questions can be directed to Ed Sweeney- 860-439-7850 or sweeneye@newlondon.org.

>> Apply here:  ENRICH Application 


EVENTS…

Other dates coming up…

  • March 9:  “Wild & Wacky March Madness Dance Party” (all MS – students attending will have already turned in permission slips and money; out-of-district students may stay after until the dance, but all other students are expected to depart school at dismissal and return when the dance begins)
  • March 10:  No School (Teacher In-service day)
  • March 11:  Information table at the School Options Fair at the Groton Subbase library
  • March 15, 5:30-6:30:  AMMS Open House for Prospective Families; Student Ambassadors are asked to come provide tours (arrive by 5:00) and EVERYONE is invited to join us and bring friends who might be interested!
  • March 16, 8:30-9:30AMMS Coffee & Conversation - Join Mrs. Fioravanti for an informal discussion on various general topics related to AMMS. No RSVP necessary, but if there are topics that you’d like to focus on, please email me. (Please note:  unique issues pertaining to individual students can be discussed at a different time if you’d like to schedule that separately.)
  • March 24, 5:00-7:00:  Bee Magnet Showcase – spread the word about our annual showcase about all our magnet school options in New London Public Schools!
  • March 29, 5:30-6:30:  AMMS Open House for Prospective Families (LAST ONE!); Student Ambassadors are asked to come provide tours (arrive by 5:00) and EVERYONE is invited to join us and bring friends who might be interested!
  • April 1:  7th Annual New London Youth Talent Show – Back for its seventh run, the NLYTS, one of the Garde’s most successful affiliated programs, brings you an utterly amazing showcase of young talent from all across Southeastern CT. ALMOST SOLD OUT!
  • April 3:  Lottery Application Deadline for 2017-18 AMMS open seats for grades 6-8 http://www.bdjms.org/arts/admissions/
  • April 10-14:  No School (Spring break)
  • April 17-21:  SBAC testing for AMMS
  • April 27:  Early Dismissal; Parent/Teacher Conferences (session in afternoon, session in evening)
  • April 28:  Early Dismissal

  

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS…

Drama Club (every Thursday afterschool) – This is an exciting and fun opportunity for students through a grant with Flock Theatre! Please contact Mr. Wenc for more information. Students are to be picked up by 3:45 (NL students are provided a late bus at 4:00).

 

Logo Design Contest – Harbor Fire Norwich event (DEADLINE April 2) – Please see Ms. Pielli and/or Mrs. Fioravanti for assistance. Otherwise, send your design to NorwichRCC@gmail.com by April 2. For more information about the event in need of a logo, go to: https://www.facebook.com/HarborFireNorwich/

 

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES…

  • Niantic Bay Sailing Academy, June 22-August 14 (4 or 8 week program). Scholarships (see application attached) are available for students from New London, East Lyme, Waterford and Old Lyme, particularly students who have never (or rarely) sailed before! www.NianticBaySailing.org
  • Visual Art, July 5-7: Intensive Mini Camp for Middle Schoolers at Florence Griswold Museum
  • ArtsCamp, July 24-July 28 (Session 1) or July 31-August 4 (Session 2):  Thames Valley Music School’s ArtsCamp is open to ages 6-13 and offers a summer program in arts, music, theatre, dance and circus arts.  Attached is the brochure AND Scholarship applications! http://thamesvalleymusicschool.org/arts_camp/

 

 

REMINDERS & OTHER INFORMATION or REQUESTS…

  • New Bus App – Download SafeStop from the Apple store or Google play store. We are so excited that our transportation department has enabled us to keep track of our buses in real time!  A letter and a School Messenger about this will be going to all families from NLPS.
  • Donations for Safe Futures – Please see attached letter from the Teen Outreach Program requesting donations for Mothers Day and Spring/Easter baskets to help women and children. Donations are sought such as lotion, soap, clothes, books, toys and more. A great way to help honor Women’s History Month!
  • Community Dinners are held every Wednesday, 5:00-7:00, featuring a delicious menu from our Brigaid Chefs. $5 at the door (eat-in or take-out). Please join us if you haven’t!
  • Website & Facebook – We regularly update our website www.bdjms.org/Arts and our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/ArtsMagnet and hope you will subscribe to both as a way to keep in touch and see what is happening!
  • Uniforms – Students are required to wear a black collared shirt (without or without logo) and khaki pants.  Any outer layers worn inside must also be black, and may not have a hood.  We’ve had a number of students wearing layers of other colors, often with hoods, which both confuses the color patterns that help our unique identification in the building, and creates safety issues when students put the hoods up. To help students have more options, we’ve added to our uniform website: www.darterschools.com/nlarts
    • We are also accepting donations of black collared shirts and khaki pants for when a student has a spill or other issue in which a back up uniform is needed.  Thanks in advance!
  • Request for Suggestions – March is National Women’s History Month & Music in Our Schools Month.  We are looking for suggestions for ideas that both inspire and motivate our students--guest speakers, field trips, etc. can be a great way to both enhance the curriculum and engage students in thinking about our topics in unique and integrated ways.  Please let me know if you have ideas!

 

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to touch base, I love to hear from our families! 

 

Warmly,

Kate

 

Kate Fioravanti

Interim Director, Arts Magnet Middle School

New London Public Schools

36 Waller St. 2nd Fl. New London, CT 06320

860-447-6032 (O)  860-574-5904 (M)

Email:  fioravantik@newlondon.org

Website:  www.bdjms.org/arts

To apply:  http://www.bdjms.org/arts/admissions/

 

 

Arts Magnet School offers a comprehensive, integrated educational program, in and through the arts, designed to have all students reach their individual potential. Through a rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment, with mutually beneficial partnerships throughout the community, we will collaborate in developing creative global citizens who strive for excellence, communicate their talents, and establish a culture of dynamic leaders in the world.


The vision of Arts Magnet School is to unite the region in building a culturally rich, inclusive environment of learning and creating reflective of and responsive to its students, families and community partners that supports the academic and artistic development of its students into extraordinary, contributing members of a 21st century society through the performing and visual arts.

 




February 7, 2017

Greetings AMMS families!


 

It’s National Magnet School Month!  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for some fun pictures and activities.  It’s all about raising awareness of magnet schools as a school choice. We’re so glad you’re part of our magnet school!

 

On that note, there are a few components of our magnet school that are vital for all stakeholders to get to know. A key focus of our school is our school culture. PBIS (or Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) is a framework designed to teach students strong values and ways to be successful.  At our NL magnet middle schools, we promote these “BEST” values everywhere in our building:

  • Be Respectful
  • Exhibit Leadership
  • Stay Engaged
  • Tackle Challenges

Students will begin earning tickets when they are “caught” following one or more of these values. They can trade in these tickets for a variety of prizes from an AMMS pencil to a no-uniform pass.  However, the extrinsic rewards are meant to be a minor part of this system.  Our goal is to take care of each other, ourselves, our school, and to proactively identify ways to do that. 

 

In addition, we take a Restorative Practice approach to handling conflict. It works together with PBIS by creating an environment based in purposeful interaction, positive relationships, and problem solving skills. Essentially, this means that when issues arise between students or with negative behaviors, our goal is to educate, facilitate conversations, and provide students ownership over their actions. Instead of a more traditional punitive structure, students are enabled to “clean up” their “mess,” understand the impact their actions had, and learn more productive ways to interact in the future.

 

Finally, a key part of the entire Arts Magnet Pathway is our HOT Schools approach. HOT, or Higher-Order Thinking schools, focus on three components:

  • Strong Arts:  concentrating on various arts disciplines – instrumental and vocal music, visual art, media arts, dance and theatre—to engage every student in their unique interests and strengths
  • Arts Integration:  infusing the arts into arts and non-arts academic curricula through creative, hands-on, project-based learning that mirrors the authentic, interdisciplinary structure in the real world
  • Democratic Practice:  collaborating to support choice, participation, connection, contribution and responsibility of all members of our community that ensures a culture of self-expression, creativity, and ownership

 

While these might all seem like education “buzz” words, I’m hoping you’ll start to see that the design of our school was created thoughtfully, in a way that will help develop your whole child into a creative, successful, contributing member of our society.  You’ll also start to see how these elements are woven into what happens on a daily basis.

 

 

EVENTS…

  

THIS WEEK in National Magnet School Month… “Scream Your Theme” week   #MagMonth

 

Wednesday, 2/8

12:00-3:00 – School Improvement Team meeting (steering committee that looks at important data about how we are doing and what we need to do to improve) – parents on this team, please confirm you are able to attend; if other parents would like to attend, please let me know.

5:00-7:00 – Community Dinner with Chef Dan Giusti

 

Thursday, 2/9, 2:30-3:30 – DRAMA CLUB with Mr. Wenc & our community partner, Flock Theatre

 

Friday, 2/10, SCHOOL COLORS DAY –  As part of National Magnet School Month's "Scream your Theme" week, the Arts Magnet Middle School will have School Colors Day THIS FRIDAY! Students may wear colors from our logo-- purple, orange, green, blue—whatever shows the most school spirit! (PLEASE NOTE: Students must be in one of these colors OR they must be in uniform. If a student wears black, it must be a collared shirt as in the policy.)

While we encourage students to show off their unique style, clothing should reflect choices that are age appropriate as well as appropriate for school. This event is meant to be fun so it is completely voluntary. Students are welcome to opt out, and just wear their school uniform as usual, if they so choose. The following types of clothing are NOT allowed: pajama tops or bottoms, clothing that is revealing or offensive, hoodies or anything that covers head, coats or other outdoor attire. Footwear must be worn that encloses entire foot (e.g., no flip-flops, slides, or slippers).
Students outside of guidelines may need a parent/guardian to bring in a proper change of clothes or school uniform.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS will take place during lunch on Friday.

 

Saturday, 2/11, 11:00 AM – MEMORIAL SERVICE for STEM ELA teacher, Mr. Ernie Andrews; all are welcome. The service will be held in the BDJMS gym.

 

 

NEXT WEEK in National Magnet School Month… “Invite your Elected Officials to school” week (students are inviting various elected officials to come for a tour and lunch to see what the newest NLPS Magnet School is all about)

 

Tuesday, 2/14

8:00 AM – Coffee & Conversation – Join Mrs. Fioravanti for an informal discussion on various general topics related to AMMS. No RSVP necessary, but if there are topics that you’d like to focus on, please email me. (Please note:  unique issues pertaining to individual students can be discussed at a different time if you’d like to schedule that separately.)

 

THE LAST WEEK of National Magnet School Month… “Show Your Appreciation” week (everyone is invited to show your appreciation for the opportunity to be part of a magnet school—write a letter to the newspaper, to an elected official, appreciate a teacher/staff member, or anything else you’re moved to do.  Students will also be provided the opportunity to show their appreciation.)

 

 

Other dates coming up…

  • February 20-21:  No School (Winter break)
  • February 22:  AMMS Town Meeting in the morning; Open House for Prospective Families in the evening (5:30-6:30)
  • March 2:  End of Trimester 2
  • March 9: March Madness Dance Party (all MS)
  • March 10:  No School (Teacher In-service day)
  • April 3:  Lottery Application Deadline for 2017-18 AMMS open seats for grades 6-8 http://www.bdjms.org/arts/admissions/
  • April 10-14:  No School (Spring break)
  • April 17-21:  SBAC testing for AMMS

 

 

REMINDERS & OTHER INFORMATION…

  • Website & Facebook – We regularly update our website www.bdjms.org/Arts and our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/ArtsMagnet and hope you will subscribe to both as a way to keep in touch and see what is happening!
  • Staff Changes – We are pleased announce that a teacher has been hired for Media Arts, one key component of our program. Her name is Dr. Verna Sodano-Richards and comes with great experience. Please encourage your children to help our new teachers feel welcome to AMMS!
  • Student Information – Have you moved? Changed a phone number? Need to add an emergency contact? If there’s been any changes that we should have on record, please let us know.
  • Student Reminders:
    • Uniforms – Students are required to wear a black collared shirt (without or without logo) and khaki pants.  Any outer layers must also be black while in the building, and may not have a hood.  To help students have more options, we’ve also added to our uniform website: www.darterschools.com/nlarts
    • Candy, etc. – We are very glad we have such healthy meals provided free of charge to all students. With that and our wellness policies in mind, please remind your child not to bring in candy, gum, etc.

 

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to touch base, I love to hear from our families!  You are also considered “founders” of this school since you are here in the first year, so your feedback is taken very seriously and helps influence many priorities and changes. Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us—we are honored to have each and every one of them. We look forward to seeing their talents, interests and abilities grow well into the future!

 

Warmly,

Kate

 

Kate Fioravanti

Interim Director, Arts Magnet Middle School

New London Public Schools

36 Waller St. 2nd Fl. New London, CT 06320

860-447-6032 (O)  860-574-5904 (M)

Email:  fioravantik@newlondon.org

Website:  www.bdjms.org/arts

To apply:  http://www.bdjms.org/arts/admissions/

 





January 29, 2017

Greetings AMMS families!

 

Thanks to some feedback from some of you, we are going to start emailing some information in hopes to build our communication and increase involvement of all families.  If you did not receive this newsletter via email, please email me with the best email address to keep in touch with you. 

 


EVENTS…

 

** There had been a notice about a Parent Social this coming Monday. This event is NOT happening due to the conflict with the basketball game.

  • Monday, 1/30 – ISAAC Dragons vs. BDJMS Tigers Basketball game (Girls game- 3:30 | Boys game- 4:45) **Prizes awarded for students with the best “fan” signs. Come support the Tigers!
  • Wednesday, 2/1, 5:00-7:00 PM – Community Dinner with Chef Dan ($5 for dinner, eat-in or take-out) – No RSVP necessary
  • Thursday, 2/2, 3:00 PM – Meeting with architects for the construction of our future Arts Magnet School at Science Tech Magnet HS, 490 Jefferson Ave. New London, CT (please RSVP to me if you’d like to attend)
  • Wednesday, 2/8, 12:00-3:00 – School Improvement Team meeting (steering committee that looks at important data about how we are doing and what we need to do to improve) – parents on this team, please confirm you are able to attend; if other parents would like to attend, please let me know.
  • Tuesday, 2/14, 8:00 AM – Coffee & Conversation – Join Mrs. Fioravanti for an informal discussion on various general topics related to AMMS. No RSVP necessary, but if there are topics that you’d like to focus on, please email me. (Please note:  unique issues pertaining to individual students can be discussed at a different time if you’d like to schedule that separately.)

 

Other dates coming up…

 - February 20-21:  No School (Winter break)

 - February 22:  Open House for Prospective Families

 - March 2:  End of Trimester 2

 - March 9: March Madness Dance Party (all MS)

 - March 10:  No School (Teacher In-service day)

 - April 3:  Lottery Application Deadline for 17-18 open seats for grades 6-8

 

 

REMINDERS & OTHER INFORMATION…

  • Website & Facebook – We regularly update our website www.bdjms.org/Arts and our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/ArtsMagnet and hope you will subscribe to both as a way to keep in touch and see what is happening!
  • Staff Changes – We were sad to say goodbye to our secretary, Bianca Alexis, but wish her the best as she goes on to pursue her career working directly with children.  We are very happy to have welcomed our new art teacher, Ms. Pielli, and our new math teacher for grade 7, Mrs. Leffingwell.  Please encourage your children to help our new teachers feel welcome to AMMS!
  • Student Information – Have you moved? Changed a phone number? Need to add an emergency contact? If there’s been any changes that we should have on record, please let us know.
  •  School Closings & Cancellations – Please see attached letter from the NLPS Transportation department about weather-related school closings.

Student Reminders:

  • Uniforms – Students are required to wear a black collared shirt (without or without logo) and khaki pants.  Any outer layers must also be black while in the building, and may not have a hood.  To help students have more options, we’ve also added to our uniform website: www.darterschools.com/nlarts
  • Candy, etc. – We are very glad we have such healthy meals provided free of charge to all students. With that and our wellness policies in mind, please remind your child not to bring in candy, gum, etc.
  • Cell Phones – Officially, cell phones are not permitted in schools for several reasons. However, if a student chooses to bring the phone into the building, it must be put away. Phones or other electronics that are taken out or seen by a staff member may be taken and held until the end of the day.

  

Next year…

Believe it or not, we are already getting ready for the next few years!  The online applications are open for next fall.  Check out our promo video: https://youtu.be/MZkmcFyv1Tg

  • All students who currently attend AMMS do not need to reapply; you’re guaranteed a seat through grade 12!
  • Students who are completing 5th grade at Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School are also guaranteed seats in our 6th grade for next year. 
  • SIBLINGS of current AMMS students get preference in our admission policy, so please go to http://www.bdjms.org/arts/admissions/ and fill out the online application for your other child by the April 3 deadline so we know to reserve their seat.

Once we know who will be attending, all other applications (received by the April 3 deadline) will go into a lottery for the remaining available seats in each grade. If you know of any other children (Connecticut residents) entering grades 6-8 next year who would love AMMS, please send them to our online application, website or Facebook page.  Help spread the word about our new school!

 

 

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to touch base, I love to hear from our families!  You are also considered “founders” of this school since you are here in the first year, so your feedback is taken very seriously and helps influence many priorities and changes. Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us—we are honored to have each and every one of them. We look forward to seeing their talents, interests and abilities grow well into the future!

 

Warmly,

Kate

 

Kate Fioravanti

Interim Director, Arts Magnet Middle School

New London Public Schools

36 Waller St. 2nd Fl. New London, CT 06320

860-447-6032 (O)  860-574-5904 (M)

Email:  fioravantik@newlondon.org

Website:  www.bdjms.org/arts

 

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