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
Genius.com
NowComment.com
learn.outofedenwalk.com
GooruLearning.org
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 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 […]
    gvillanueva
  • 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 […]
    gvillanueva
  • My interview with Anthony about games December 3, 2015
    gvillanueva
  • 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
    gvillanueva
  • 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 […]
    gvillanueva
  • 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
    gvillanueva
  • 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
    gvillanueva
  • Gary helps his mother October 29, 2015
    Gary Soto, the protagonist in living up the street, has a few traits that influence his relationships with others. One, he is helpful. Two, he is poor. Three, he is surprised. read more
    gvillanueva
  • Easy Surprised October 16, 2015
    Chapter 5 of Living Up The Street by Gary Soto, "Deceit" is about fifth grade is an odd year for Gary. Fifth grade is an odd year for Gary because nuns threw chalk at him. According to the book it states: "For four years I attended St. John's Catholic School where nuns threw chalk at […]
    zbrown
  • Gary Lies October 16, 2015
    Fifth grade was an odd year for Gary because he went to a Catholic school named St. John’s. He was chased by nuns and got chalk thrown at him and was squeezed in a cloak closet. Gary met his teacher Mrs. Sloan who had a weird habit of chewing tar. Gary goes to church with […]
    mhernandez
  • Braly Street, 1957 October 8, 2015
    Now that I've made a map about "Being Mean" by Gary Soto, I am noticing that industrial Fresno was very busy because there many factories around Gary's house. read more
    gvillanueva
  • Bad Boy Gary October 8, 2015
    Now that I've made a map about Living Up The Street by Gary Soto I am noticing that I had a lot of fun places ,that are across where they live at but I think these places are working places because they had to get up every morning to do work and chores. The issues […]
    rwynn
  • People are being mean October 7, 2015
    Now that I have made a map about living up the street by Gary Soto ,I am noticing that Gary Soto has a sister and a brother. They live in Bradly street in Fresno. Also one day the police was looking for his uncle Leonard because the had a fight in a bar. Also his […]
    fcastaneda
  • Winnie is a good person October 5, 2015
    Winnie Foster has owned property near Treegap for a long time. Mae wanted to go see her sons but she let them go to the Treegap. She shouldn't let them go to that Treegap if she didn't trust them. I know that she is mad because she only could see them every ten years. Sometimes […]
    jhostos
  • Fried Oreos September 30, 2015
      I picked fried oreos because it taste good and I love it.   Ingredients 1.Oil 2.Pancake mix 3.Powdered sugar   Steps 1.Put the Oreo in the Pancake batter 2.Put it in the Oil for 15 seconds read more
    mkirkaldy