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.
  • Better than everybody in the fifth grade July 6, 2015
    I'm a student at New Directions Secondary School in the Bronx. What makes me unique is that don't care what people say about me. Also when I do something I do it for a reason because I want it to happen. What I like to do in school is I sometimes like to fool around. […]
  • My Nick and My Real Name July 6, 2015
    My name is Raleek. I hate my name, because people make it sound like a British name. I tell everybody to call me Rah or Rahh Rahh. I tell them, "Don't call me Raleek because people make it sound British and I'm not British!" When I was five years-old, I told my mom and my […]
  • Scary stories July 2, 2015
    Long ago, there was this kid named Charley. He was a normal kid like the others. He liked to play with his friends all time. One day, he came late to his house and his father Alex who was always on the couch drunk got up and got in a fight with Charley. He then […]
  • Drowning July 2, 2015
    A broken heart can be fixed, but let me drown in my own pain and tears, let me mend my wounds from lost battles before, bleeding from an empty space where my heart once belonged. Dark rooms filled with dark faces, grey shadows all around holding me down to torment, let me fall into a […]
  • The rainbow factory July 2, 2015
    Now a rainbow's tale isn't quite as nice As the story we knew of sugar and spice But a rainbow's easy once you get to know it With the help of the magic of the Pegasus Device Let's delve deeper into rainbow philosophy Far beyond that of Cloudsdale mythology It's easy to misjudge that floating […]
  • Confused June 13, 2015
    'The 48th Precinct area can be described as economically depressed insofar as many of the residents are in the middle to lower income strata with a multifarious ethnic make-up. At the same time it can be considered vital, where new businesses are moving in. Also, many abandoned buildings have been or are in the process […]
  • The Way I Feel May 19, 2015
    Now I'm leaving, deceiving, looking at people thinking I'm beasting, cheating, completing slap that brother till he's bleeding. Now I'm running from the cop. I pop a shoot, going back to swinging a mop. I be making money nonstop brother have that shotty in my walking like a stick figure I get girls watch this. […]
  • Bored April 1, 2015
    It has two x's on the eyes and has a tongue out. It has green and red hair, because It's bored.
  • Born A Monster, Incapable of ever Changing March 27, 2015
    My heart is impure like the ocean in its entirety.. Born a demon but hated by society.. Not one to brag or speak very much.. Cowards make a fuss and go grab that clutch.. I should have killed them when I had the chance.. Death from above like love at first glance.. read more
  • Mercy Is For The Weak March 27, 2015
    Forgiveness is for the weak. If I choose to I will hurt you. I gave mercy to nobody, I spared no one. Yet my life is still unsteady. Evil runs through my veins like water down a stream. The end result is the same even if I'm not mean. What you don't perceive is sometimes […]
  • 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 […]