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.
  • Dear Matthew June 25, 2016
    Dear Matthew I am proud with your essay “Gary Lies "Because I loved the way you explain Gary life and when the was in school and details about the chapter. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Gary goes to church with Rick and Debra, sometimes. After a month or so Rick […]
  • Dear Raleek June 24, 2016
    Dear Raleek I am happy about you essay, “Bad Boy Gary”because the explain about the first chapter of living up the streets.You also explain that the was not a good kid when he was younger like 10 or 11. read more
  • Gary Soto is Brave, Smart, and Athletic June 16, 2016
    Fifth grade is an odd year for Gary because in the book he says that the short nuns threw chalk at him, chased him with books cocked over their heads, squeezed him into cloak closets and on slow days asked him to pop erasers and to wipe the blackboards clean. Gary Soto, the protagonist in […]
  • Mean Kid! June 16, 2016
    Now that I've made a Map from living up the street by Gary Soto, I am noticing that this book Living Up The Street is almost is like a poetry because of how he points out every single detail of his life to the book. read more
  • 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