Online Tools, Collections, and Connections

Students at New Directions Secondary School also use these sites to make connections, annotate text, and to collect and curate digital work.
Google Classroom
NDSS Student Art Albums

What’s Happening

Any Time, Any Place, Any Pace

All teachers assign, assess, and return work in Google Classroom so that students can move ahead whenever and wherever they are online. Missions and Investigations are always available for students to work through, step-by-step. Learn more by taking a look at these four resources: (1) Curriculum Guide, (2) Scope and Sequence, (3) Maps and Unit Plans, (4) "Assessment and Curriculum Design."

Open Badges for Twelve Competencies

Students present portfolios at panels four times each year, then they apply for Open Badges, one for each of our twelve learning competencies. We use six English/Social Studies competencies and six Mathematics/Science competencies to organize the curriculum, assess student work, and to promote or graduate students. Each competency is made up of sub-competencies that map to grade-level Common Core Learning Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • What does it feel like to be misunderstood? January 23, 2015
    Sometimes when I feel like I’m being misunderstood I feel like people judges me because they don’t understand my point or don’t understand what I feel or don’t have the same mind as me and also judge without knowing everything you been through. If misunderstood would’ve been a color i would’ve pick red. because red […]
  • Close Reading "No Boyz Allowed" January 14, 2015
    The book I’m reading “No Boyz Allowed” is a good book most teenagers should read. I feel this way because this book is about a 16 year old who goes through many different family and living issues that she doesn’t like. Reading this book is like your walking in somebody else’s shoes seeing the way […]
  • Cuentos de misterio January 9, 2015
    Una vez que yo fui con mi prima al cementerio estaba muy oscuro y me daba mucho miedo. Cuando estábamos caminando había un muerto que estaba vivo sentado en la tumba mirando con su ojos muy oscuro. Mi prima le daba mucho miedo porque el muerto estaba afuera de su tumba en el cementerio. Mi […]
  • La metida de pata de la policia en Nueva York en Twitter January 8, 2015
    Lei un articulo titulado “la metida de pata de la policía de Nueva york twitter.’’ LA idea central del artículo es que la policía quería fotos sonriente con los ciudadanos y le subieron foto de gente esposada. Mi opinion del artículo es que No me gusto. Porque los policía mandaron fotos de gente esposado. Una […]
  • A time when I fought January 8, 2015
    There was a girl who I'll call "Kristen." She was starting with me but I usually was ignoring her.There was one day I got tired and I confronted her. She said that she wanted to fight me so I was like alright, and we tried to fight a lot of times in one day. Her […]
  • Pueden algun dia desaparecer los examenes? December 16, 2014
    Recientemente leí un artículo titulado “Puede algun dia desaparecer los exámenes?”Los exámenes son la pesadilla de muchos estudiantes. La idea central del artículo es que algún día desaparecen los exámenes. Mi reaccion al articulo fue bueno. Por un lado que den los programas de computadora pero hay un lado de las historia que no me […]
  • Can you remember the day you felt misunderstood? December 12, 2014
    Can you remember the day that you felt misunderstood? Well I do. The day I felt misunderstood was when my mom told me that I broke her phone when I really didn't, And I was so mad because I didn't do it and I got punished. she took my phone until she could get herself […]
  • New Plays from Drama Class December 10, 2014
    External video:  Our class is working on short plays. Some of the plays are a response to the drama work that we worked on for the past few weeks. And some are original ideas. In the meantime, here are the names of the projects and actors who helped to develop the plays: Video of Hercules […]
  • Un dia mi Tia iba para Santo Domingo December 9, 2014
    Un dia mi Tia iba para Santo Domingo. Luego ella iba para la tienda a comprar una maleta. Entonces cuando ella fue alla estaba cerrada. Luego ella dijo donde yo voy a llevar esa ropa. Entonces mi abuela tenía una maleta pero era bien grande y estaba en el closet hace mucho tiempo, entonces estaba […]
  • When my mother was missing something in her room December 8, 2014
    Once there was a day my mother got home & she was looking for something but I didn’t know what was it was. It was her earrings & she started to say it was me that took it like I wear that, and I told her “wait mother you can’t say it was me. You […]
  • A Time I Felt Misunderstood December 4, 2014
    A time I felt misunderstand wa when me and my brother was arguing about basketball and I felt I was explaining my self the best I could and he still did not understand me. Where this is taking place is my house and me Bryan,Tyler.Me my brother and cousin and we were watching the basketball […]
  • ¿Pueden algún día desaparecer los exámanes? December 4, 2014
    Recientemente leí un artículo titulado “Pueden algun desaparecer Exámenes”. La idea central del artículo es que pueden desaparecer los exámenes. Mi reacción al artículo fue enojo porque si esto pasa no podemos aprender. Una oración que me llamó la atención fue “Los exámenes son la pesadilla de muchos estudiantes.” Ésta me llamó la atención porque […]
  • Next Day December 3, 2014
    One day when I was in my old school, P.S. 363 in the Bronx on Morris Avenue. I was in the 6th grade. I was working on something that my teacher, Ms. Strack, gave me. When I finished doing it, I gave it to her. I asked her if she could check it. I showed […]
  • Como agua para chocolate November 26, 2014
    Yo pienso que el libro que estoy leyendo es muy interesante porque habla del amor, habla de cocinar habla y de la familia. read more
  • R.I.P. Michael Brown November 25, 2014
    In John Eligon's New York Times essay, "Michael Brown Spent Last Weeks Grappling with Problems and Promises," (August 25, 2014), the author basically interviews certain family members gathering more information. He is telling us readers what happened before Michael Brown's death. (Here's the NowComment versions of this article that we can annotate together: read […]