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.
  • 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
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  • 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 […]
  • Los cuervos de la Senora Murphy November 13, 2014
    El cuento los cuervos de la senora murphy por la autora Jasin Boland es bien porque me gusto los cuervos. El protagonista se llama la señora Murphy. El conflicto es que los cuervos tenían hambre. Los cuervos siguieron a la senora murphy y pasaron muy cerca de la cabeza de la señora Murphy. Un ejemplo […]
  • Close reading of Heartbeat November 13, 2014
    My book is about two kids, one that loves to run and one that is trying to run away from his problems. when Annie and max run they do it with no shoes they say they love the feeling of the snow, the rain, the mud and the twigs under their feet. Heartbeat by Sharon […]
  • Love November 13, 2014
    I'm a student at New Directions Secondary School in the Bronx. I am from America, my mother is from Dominican Republic and my father is from Barbados. I like to go online and play games. I also love writing songs and poetry. I am a leader and I have friends in and out of school. […]
  • Piano music November 13, 2014
    I'm a student at New Directions Secondary School in the Bronx. Hello,My name is Cindy. I like to be my own person.For example, I like to be my self and do what I most like to do. I don’t enjoy seeing people being treated like if they weren't humans. I call myself a successful young […]
  • La policía lo agarraron al monstruo November 12, 2014
    Una noche William estaba con Willy en el Bronx. Un monstruo ataco a Willy Y William porque estaban en el parke por noche. Willy Y William estaban en un parque bebiendo. Escucharon a un ruido de monstro. Fueron a ver que fue ese ruido. El monstro saco la cabeza de William y órganos. Willy fue […]
  • I am better than I think! November 12, 2014
    I'm a student at New Directions Secondary School in the Bronx. I’m Moses Ortiz and I am 15 years old in 7th grade. I got left back in school in grade first, fourth, and sixth. I love to play basketball and my favorite team in the NBA is the New York Knicks. I also like […]
  • BBoy, not robber November 10, 2014
    Hello my name is Dashawn. I’m 15 years old I’m an the 7th grade my school is called New Directions. My favorite subject is math anything with math in it I like it. I never use to go to school but I started going because I’m trying to change my life around. When I’m and […]
  • I got shot in the butt with a paintball gun! November 10, 2014
    It was Saturday morning, and my dad was waking me up so we could go paint my mother’s house. We got on the highway and I told my dad that I was going to sleep. When I woke up, we were at my brother’s house. I was thinking, "I’m at my brother’s house to do […]