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School Year 2020 -21 News!


School began on August 19th for staff, and on August 20th for students.  After several months of not seeing each other "live", we were able to meet in person again.  We have followed all safety guidelines put forth from the CDC and the State of Connecticut Department of Education.  These include daily temperature and symptom checked prior to entering the building.  We are following social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing practices, and disinfect the school daily.  Our students and staff have been amazing in regards to following all mitigation techniques. 

This school year, we have vastly improved our technology resources. We've added access points, improved our internet speed, and secured computers or tablets for all students.  About half of our students are attending in person, while the parents of the other half of our students have opted for a virtual model.  

For staff development this school year, we had a combination of activities regarding using Google for Education and focusing on Social Emotional Learning as these have been trying times for all of us.  For more information about Social Emotional Learning, you can visit www.jesselewischooselove.org.  Staff also will engage in further training in Dr. Ross Greene's "Collaborative and Proactive Solutions" program, which fits beautifully into our strength based philosophy.

 Past Celebrations!
  • We had one graduate this past year whose celebration was done via a drive by.  Congratulations, Michael on your graduation and on the upcoming Step Forward Program at Gateway Community College.

  • We had two graduates the prior year and sent warm congratulations to John and David.  We also wish Ben the best in his new program..

  • Victor, Journi, and Paul are all actively engaged in school and/or jobs and doing well


 Congratulations to all of our students for a fine year!


Past Graduates

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Capstone Projects is intended to be an enriching activity which engages each student in a personalized learning experience. The project can take many shapes and should be driven by the student’s interest and abilities.  Each project will need to meet specific academic expectations and the established timeline. Past Projects included ​working to collect food for the poor and homeless as well as a "Take Back the Night" project dedicated to keeping our children safe.


  • Develop a project that meets your skills and interests as an independent learner and meets a community need.

  • Demonstrate the ability to present final projects

  • Demonstrate the ability to research and organize materials and resources

  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively use interpersonal skills and time management to solve problems

  • Write a reflective piece on the project and process

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Each month, we have a themed Community Day Meeting that is based upon a predetermined theme.  We have done science day and had a giant blow up planetarium brought to the school, we've done Holidays Around the World, we've done Recycling, Kindness, Supporting Our Community, an Annual Gratitude Day, and more.
In addition, we hold an annual Ives School Peace Prize ceremony, where students and staff vote on a student who has consistently demonstrated caring and kindness to others at the school.
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