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.
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Who's There? November 19, 2014
    My story is about “ Who there?” . He trying to figure out who’s there, and the men is in the hospital and he kept saying who’s there. And basically it’s about the station. And how the got to work together as a teamwork and how they have to trust each other. And they was […]
  • Three of My Best! November 14, 2014
    My Lost Dog read more
  • I was five. I got attacked. November 14, 2014
    I'm a student at New Directions Secondary School in the Bronx. My name is Destiny Henson, I'm in the sixth grade and I like to be to myself a lot. When I get mad I do not talk to no one and when I get angry like really angry I cry. On Saturdays I go […]
  • 6-word memior November 14, 2014
  • 6 word memoir November 14, 2014
  • Never Give Up in Basketball November 14, 2014
    I am a student at New Directions Secondary school from the Bronx. My name Is Isaiah P. and there are many things are special about my name and one special fact is that it comes from the bible. Also my name is very famous. I’m from the Bronx NY. Also, I really don’t like the […]
  • A Better Life November 13, 2014
    One day , when I was 4 years old, my mom went to pick me up from the Dominican Republic with my big sister. I was so happy because it was going to be my first day in New York. My mom brought me to New York to have a better life and a better […]