Expectations and Opportunities

New School High opened in 2015 with 9th graders and a small group of 10th graders. Adding a grade level each year has allowed us to grow slowly and carefully, which means we have nurtured our culture and developed our curriculum to reflect strength, quality, and innovation. The profiles of our graduates are evidence that New School High has the …

Continuing Education

Providing information about colleges and careers is an important priority for us at New School High.  Research tells us that students need to begin exploring post-secondary educational options no later than the 9th grade; this is why all NSH students attend our college and career assemblies, where we strive to showcase a variety of schools and occupations. Last week our …

Common Greatness

I want to let you know how I continue to be impressed by the students at our school.   No doubt, the high school years can be difficult. Eventually, nearly every student will have times of discouragement, sadness, or frustration. But when one of our students is clearly struggling with a dire situation or negative emotions, I have noticed a consistent …

… and I Agree.

Last week during lunchtime, a new 9th grader stopped into the guidance office, where I have my desk. Here is our conversation: Him: “Mrs. Burnstein, I stopped in because I want you to know that I LOVE this school!! I can’t remember in my entire life getting up every morning and being happy to go to school. I just wanted …

Anticipation

Last week was a busy time for our New School High staff!  Teachers returned on Monday, August 27 to prepare for the upcoming year. Here is a sample of what we accomplished: Moved furniture and materials back into learning spaces Learned how to use the fancy new printer Re-organized staff work spaces: general office, guidance, special education, PE/Spanish, and tech …

Summer Reflections

Already August! Where has the time gone? I hope this edition of the Headlines for Parents finds you and your family well and enjoying the final month of our summer break. It is very important for us to receive feedback from our students about their school experience, so each June we ask them to complete an anonymous survey to share …

Independence

Summer means rest and rejuvenation. Our hope is that it also frees each of us to try new things, meet new people, experience new places, and see familiar things with new eyes. Happily, experiences that broaden our world need not cost one cent. How can this be? It’s easy! Put away the wooby.  For those unfamiliar with the term, a …

State Reporting

This month, Michigan schools are required to post information on a number of educational measures on their websites. Links to the MI School Data website as well as a summary of data on specific topics can be found in the AER cover letter to our Annual Education Report. For your convenience, the AER letter is attached to this edition of …