On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, New London High School hosted its second annual "Breakfast of Champions" to recognize academic excellence found in our own eighth grade students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. The event included a breakfast for both the students and their families, followed by a presentation from Mr. Thompson, the principal of New London High School, Mr. Allen, the Director of the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut, and Mrs. Olivero, the Dean at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. The breakfast concluded with a tour of both the high school and the magnet school.
During the presentations, Mr. Thompson highlighted the recent successes of New London High School students including their performance on the Connecticut CAPT test this past year. These successes included scoring 10% better than the state average compared to other students who receive free or reduced lunch, English Language Learners outperforming their peers in every area tested, 81.3% of African American students meeting proficient or above in reading, and New London High School students scoring 13% better in math than other urban schools in Connecticut.
The reception by the students of Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School was full of excitement and anticipation. Upon their return to the middle school, the students were glowing with positivity. Students were excited and looking forward to going to New London High School and the Science and Technology Magnet School to help stake their claim in excellence and also thankful for the recognition for their hard work. As a member of the teaching staff and community here in New London, I think it is truly wonderful that we recognize these young men and women for their continued hard work and success as members of our school community.