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.
  • How did corn take over America? May 12, 2016
    I'm learning more about where my food comes from in The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan right now, and in particular, what I'm wondering about is: Why do we use more corn than any other crop? As a matter of fact, it's the most used ingredient in the United States. Just look a the shelves […]
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma Journal May 12, 2016
    I just started reading ” The Omnivore’s Dilemma “ by Michael Pollan, and my first impression about this book is that it really change peoples life with everything like their weight, food choices, and also their whole career too. One question I have is: “ How does one single book change someone's life ? “ […]
  • News Flash: The World Doesn't Revolve Around You, Michael Pollan May 12, 2016
    I just started reading The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, and my first impression of the book is that it talks a lot about how this book could change your life. I really hate it when people make such BOLD comments for two reasons. First--news flash-- the world doesn't revolve around you. Secondly, I just […]
  • A Neighbor Full With Nightmares May 10, 2016
    Well how can I tell this story without feeling sick inside but what i'm about tell you might change the way you look at your neighbor but I’m going to tell you the story anyway because the neighbor I had was a nightmare that I will never forget. read more
  • Racism is not worth dying for April 11, 2016
    Racism has been going on for so many years but still continues but in different ways. It’s not even the color of your skin or how you look. Racism even happens because of your culture. We have been dealing with this ever since the 9/11 attack in New York City when two planes crashed right […]
  • Which minecraft mode is better? March 16, 2016
    In Sean C.Duncan essay, “Minecraft, Beyond Construction and Survival,”from, the author wrote an essay about minecraft and all its features. read more
  • My before and pixel art in minecraft February 25, 2016
    This is my mew pixel art that I did in Minecraft. Minecraft is a game about surviving but you can also create pixel art. In the future, I would like to make a pixel Snivy because it is one of my favorite Pokemon. I built this pixel mew because I wanted to test the ropes […]
  • Gabriel's Mansion in Minecraft February 12, 2016
    Hello My name is Gabriel Villanueva. I am a video gamer. I'm currently playing Minecraft if you don't know already Minecraft is, it's probably the craftiest game ever because your only objective is to build whatever anything you want. You have two choices in this game, build with friends or by yourself. You can obviously […]
  • How addicting are video games? February 1, 2016
    My name is Gabriel Villanueva and I am interested in the negative and positive effects in playing video games.I am interested in this topic because I am curious to know what are both positive and negative effects video games cause.I am interested in this topic because I am curious to know what are both positive […]
  • why i say games don't get respect they deserve December 16, 2015
    The reason I say why do most people don't give respect to video games they deserve. Most of the time I feel like adults hate on players and they hate even more the games these players play.In my opinion if adults got to play games they might even like it.Don’t get me wrong game can […]
  • My interview with Anthony about games December 3, 2015
  • Thanksgiving for the Villanuevas November 25, 2015
    vocaroo_s0z5uvqzgpxs.mp3 A thanksgiving for the villanueva’s is bacon mac & cheese cake pie chicken steak veal rice and beans mash potatoes grilled chicken soup cream pies tacos muffins cupcakes pumpkin pies my family new games extra data attack on titan season 2
  • Freedom Portals November 17, 2015
    I am thrilled by this object, because as a gamer this could one object could transport you to another world to slay dragons, live a life of a pirate, and exciting battles with friends this is why games provide so much freedom to players. One part of this object that stands out for me is […]
  • Gary hangs out with Jackie November 13, 2015
    Gary Soto, the protagonist in Living up the street, has a few traits that influence his relationships with others. One, he is sneaky. Two, he is cowardly. Three, he is childish. read more
  • Gary all grown up November 6, 2015
    Gary Soto, the protagonist in living up the street, has a few traits that influence his relationships with others. One, he is sleepy. Two, he is lazy. Three, he is friendly. read more