Thursday, June 14, 2018

2018 Summer Hours for the NBEA


The NBEA office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until June 29th.


2018 Summer Hours for the NBEA

July 2, 2018 thru July 13, 2018 – Office Closed


OFFICE OPEN WEDNESDAY’S ONLY 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15

August 20, 2018 thru August 24, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Starting Monday, August 27, 2018 the office will return to normal business hours: 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


City Council wraps up budget presentations, will recommend cuts

City Council wraps up budget presentations, will recommend cuts

Friday, June 8, 2018

New Bedford Public Schools Summer Programming 2018

Elementary Programming

Power Scholars Academy:  Keith Middle School
June 25th – July 27thth Monday – Friday 8:30 – 3PM
Goals & Objectives:  To deliver small group academic instruction, role modeling, a wide range of enrichment activities and community engagement to struggling students from Parker and Hayden McFadden in current grades 2, 3 and 4. 
21st CCLC – Gomes & Jacobs
Jacobs: June 25th – July 13th Monday–Friday 8-3:45
Gomes: July 9th -August 2nd Monday-Friday 8-3
Goals & Objectives:  To provide academic enrichment to our most at-risk students in order to establish better school day experiences and stem summer learning loss for students in grades K-5.
English Learners Program:  Jacobs Elementary
June 25th –July 12th  Monday–Thursday 9AM-12PM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide academic support and language development activities to support English Language Learners currently in PreK – 4th grade, across the district, with ACCESS levels of 1, 2 and low 3.
Special Education Program: 
Carney:  ASD:  July 9th – August 9th
Roosevelt: CBIP & TR:  July 9th – August 2nd  
Monday – Thursday   8AM – 12Noon
Goals & Objectives: Remediate a lack of progress in meeting short-term goals.  Assist students with significant regression/recoupment problems. Continue the unique nature of any specifically designed instruction or related service due to disability.


Site Specific Programming
Trinity Day: Academic Remediation
Grades 6 – 12             July 9th – August 2nd        Monday – Thursday          8AM – 12Noon
Goals & Objectives:  Remediate a lack of progress in meeting short-term goals.  Assist students with significant regression/recoupment problems. Continue the unique nature of any specifically designed instruction or related service due to disability.
Whaling City: Academic Remediation
Grades 6 – 12             June 25th – July 19th         Monday – Thursday          8:30AM  – 11:30AM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide an opportunity for students who are short credit or need specific content based academic remediation to complete coursework in order to advance to the next grade or graduate. 
Community Site Outreach & Academic Support
June 25th – August 24th  
Dates and times will vary by site.
Dennison Memorial, North Star Learning Centers’ Schooner Program, YWCA at Campbell Elementary, YWCA Girls Exclusive, YMCA (students entering K), and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.                                                                                
Goals & Objectives:  Students enrolled in these community programs will receive academic support in ELA and math by NBPS teachers directly at the site. 

Middle School Programming


Power Scholars Academy:  Keith Middle School
June 25th – July 27thth Monday – Friday 8:30 – 3PM
Goals & Objectives:  To deliver small group academic instruction, role modeling, a wide range of enrichment activities and community engagement to struggling students in grades 5 from Parker & Hay Mac and grades 6&7 from the 3 middle schools.
21st CCLC – Normandin Middle School
July 2nd – July 27th    Monday – Friday 8-1PM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide academic enrichment to our most at-risk students in order to establish better school day experiences and stem summer learning loss for students who have attended the school year program.
English Learners Program:  NBHS
June 25th –July 19th  Monday–Thursday 7:30-1:30PM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide academic support and language development activities to support English Language Learners currently in grades 5,6 & 7, across the district, with ACCESS levels of 1, 2 and low 3.
Special Education Program: 
Roosevelt: ASD: July 9th – August 9th
Roosevelt: CBIP & TR:  July 9th – August 2nd  
Monday – Thursday   8AM – 12Noon
Goals & Objectives: Remediate a lack of progress in meeting short-term goals.  Assist students with significant regression/recoupment problems. Continue the unique nature of any specifically designed instruction or related service due to disability.

Middle School Programming

Academic Remediation:  Keith, Normandin and Roosevelt Middle Schools
July 2nd   – July 26th   Monday – Thursday 8-12PM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide an opportunity for middle school students who need to remediate coursework, in no more than 2 subjects, a way to get back on track by utilizing Apex Online Learning.
Summit Online Learning:  Keith, Normandin, Roosevelt, and Whaling City Middle Schools
July 2nd   – July 26th   Monday – Thursday 8-12PM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide an opportunity for middle school students to complete their Summit Learning coursework.


Art, Band, Theatre, and Sports Camps
New Bedford High School
For students entering grades 5-8 as of SY 2018-2019 July 9th   – July 26th   Monday – Thursday 8-12PM

Objectives:  Students will have the opportunity to experience Art, Band (must have prior band experience), Theatre, and Sports during a three week day-camp experience.  Each session will culminate in a display of learning. 


 High School Programming
 STEM Bridge Program
July 9th – August 9th    Monday–Thursday 8-12:30PM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide academic coursework for HS credit to our most at-risk students, specifically those who are transitioning from 8th to 9th grade, in order to establish better school day experiences and acclimate them to the HS.
Academic Remediation
July 9th – August 9th    
Monday – Thursday    8-11AM/12-3pm (2 sessions)
Goals & Objectives:  To provide opportunity for students who are short credit, specifically 11th and 12th graders, to make up coursework utilizing Apex Online Learning in order to get back on track for graduation. 
English Learners Program:  NBHS
June 25th –July 19th  Monday–Thursday 7:30-1:30PM
Goals & Objectives:  To provide academic support and language development activities to support English Language Learners currently in grades 8 - 12 with ACCESS levels of 1, 2 and low 3.
Special Education Program: 
NBHS: ASD, CBIP & TR: July 9th – August 2nd  
Monday – Thursday  8AM – 12Noon
Goals & Objectives: Remediate a lack of progress in meeting short-term goals.  Assist students with significant regression/recoupment problems. Continue the unique nature of any specifically designed instruction or related service due to disability.

Contact: 
Jennifer Ferland, Director of Supplemental Services
508-997-4511 ext. 3396

Thursday, June 7, 2018

English Learners and Students With Disabilities Two-Day PD

This is an invitation to NBPS educators who did not attend this PD last school year. “The English Learners and Special Education Strategies Fair” 10-hour face-to-face PD is designed to provide updated information on services, procedures, and learning activities to work with English Learners and Students with Disabilities in New Bedford Public Schools. It will provide you with the 30 PDPs in Special Education (15) and in English as a Second Language (15) that you will need for your re-certification licensure.  If you are interested in attending on Saturday, June 16th and Saturday, July 14th (from 9 AM-2 PM @ Jacobs Elementary School Media Center) please register on our district SMART PD System. Registration is now open!

For more information, please visit our Smart PD System Website or review the flyer at:http://www.newbedfordschools.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=12254483

Friday, May 18, 2018

Summer Conference Registration Now Open

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The 2018 MTA Summer Conference will take place August 5 through 8 at UMass Amherst- come for a day or stay for the duration to take advantage of all Summer Conference has to offer!  Summer Conference presents opportunities to learn union and leadership skills, engage in professional development, network and have fun.  A list of workshops, online registration, an online conference catalog and other helpful information is posted at http://massteacher.org/summer
This year's Conference keynote event will feature educators from West Virginia and Arizona. They will share their stories from the transformative events in their home states which continue to inspire educators and union members in every sector. 
Looking for professional development?
There are dozens of 90-minute and 3-hour workshops in a wide variety of subject areas, including English Language Learners, Special Education, Literacy, STEM, Social Emotional Learning, Cultural Competency and many more.  For PreK-12 educators, there are also six 2-day offerings to help you earn your PDPs in English Language Learners, Special Education or Media Literacy: 
  • Creating Success with English Learner Students
  • Teaching Tolerance and Addressing Diversity in Schools
  • Supporting Students with Special Needs in Your Classroom
  • Instructional Strategies and Approaches for Students with Learning Impairments K-5
  • Teaching English Language Learners Through Culturally Relevant Children's Books
  • Teacher Training in Critical Media Literacy: Principles, Practices and Case Studies  
Want to enhance your union and leadership skills?
The conference features many workshops related to core union skills including leadership practices, negotiations, organizing, diversity and cultural competence, legal and representation issues, communications, health and safety and more. It also offers sessions designed for specific union roles including building representatives, local presidents and others.  If you're a new educator, don't miss out on MTA's New Member Program, designed for educators in their first five years of practice.  This program provides an opportunity to learn more about your union and other relevant issues that impact your profession and public education.  Apply for this free program here.

"Get Ready for Janus" and attend Summer Conference at no cost
The "Get Ready for Janus" Scholarship Sessions include three workshops that are designed to help MTA members understand and prepare for the changes associated with the Janus Supreme Court decision and thrive in this new landscape.  You may then complete your conference schedule with any other workshops-union skills or professional development.  These scholarships are limited, so early registration is recommended.
Don't delay- register for Summer Conference today.  The early deadline for registration is Friday, July 20. After that date late fees will apply.   

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Diabetes Prevention Program

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, in partnership with the YMCA Southcoast, has decided offer the Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost to AN ADDITIONAL 45 eligible New Bedford municipal employees and their spouses.

Right now, 12 participants from varying city segments, including Schools, DPW & DPI have reached their 16 week milestone. Collectively, they have lost an average of 5.5% of their body weight!

Two additional classes, with 19 other employees, have kicked off since then, and those groups are seeing 100% participation rates.

If you think you’re at risk for Diabetes or are not sure, and want to know more, now is the perfect opportunity to inquire.

Employees on an HMO Blue New England, Blue Choice or Blue Care Elect plan through the City of New Bedford who think they could be at risk for diabetes are encouraged to please reach out to see if you qualify.
Contact the YMCA Southcoast at (508)996-9622 ext. 141 or send an email to ymcadpp@ymcasouthcoast.org.

The next New Bedford YDPP Session starts:
Tuesday, May 22nd 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The class will be at the New Bedford YMCA. 

There are still openings at this time and we would like invite the City of New Bedford Employees to join!

Additional class dates and times will be created based on your availability, so inquire soon!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Urgent Notice Payroll

Good morning. 

We have been informed by the City of New Bedford that an error has occurred with the Payroll File.  

The payroll for April 1st - 14th was deposited into accounts today in error.  

The City of New Bedford is currently working with your financial institution to try to reverse and reconcile this accidental deposit.

Please do not utilize these funds as they were sent in error and the City is working to reverse this amount from your account. 

Your regularly scheduled payroll for pay period April 15th - April 28th will be deposited on May 3rd as scheduled. 

We will send additional updates as the City informs us of new developments. 

Thank you,

The Business Office

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Whos of Who-cester: If you're not at the table, you're on the menu...a...

Whos of Who-cester: If you're not at the table, you're on the menu...a...: First they tried the ballot box, and that failed . Then they tried the Legislature , and so far, that's stalling ( Fingers crossed, of ...

ESL Academies Cohort 4 - ESL Licensure Opportunity!

If you have considered becoming licensed to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction or becoming an expert to support our English Learners in your content area class, this is your opportunity to join the ESL Academies (Cohort 4). As our English Learner population increases, our district will need to increase professional ESL teachers for next 2018-2019 school year. For that reason, New Bedford Public Schools will be offering our “ESL ACADEMIES” Program to help teachers to become ESL certified. This is a GREAT opportunity for educators in New Bedford! The program is at no cost for New Bedford educators and school staff and has an application process. The classes will start on June 2, 2018 and has 3 courses: ESL MTEL Test Prep, Building New Foundations in 21st Century (ESL Teaching Part I), Building New Foundations in 21st Century (ESL Teaching Part II- Focus in Literacy). If you are interested, please click on the following links to have access to a brochure with more information, the class schedule, and the application form.



If you are accepted to take this 3 course program you will need to attend all sessions. No exceptions. (There is no make-up sessions!)

Please call Betty @ ext. 3333 if you have any questions.

Friday, March 23, 2018

April Vacation PDPs: ELL, Special Ed and Engaged Classrooms

April Vacation PDPs: ELL, Special Ed and Engaged Classrooms


Registration is now open for three free two-day courses through which participants will earn 15 PDPs, meeting state requirements for either English Language Learners or Special Education:

  • April 17 and 18, Springfield Education Association: Engagement Strategies to Reach and Teach All Students (Special Education)
  • April 19 and 20, Greater Lowell Technical High School: Supporting Students with Special Needs in Your Classroom (Special Education)
  • April 19 and 20, MTA Quincy Headquarters: Supporting ELLs in Your Classroom (ELL)

Free registration for these free programs is available at: http://www.cvent.com/d/9gqjgc.

More ELL and Special Education programs will be offered this summer.

Additionally, there are still spaces available for the Engaged Classrooms Four Day Institute at MTA Quincy Headquarters, April 17-20. This program for educators in grades 7 through 12 offers the opportunity develop and improve upon structures, protocols and practices used in the classroom. Participants will earn 28 PDPs for free or can earn 2 graduate credits from Fitchburg State University at a cost of $245.