by Michael Shulansky
Charter students, parents, and educators from the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC) met with city elected officials to familiarize them with the school and its community.
Attendees included State Senator Cathy Osten, State Senator-elect Paul Formica, State Representative Kevin Ryan, State Representative Elects Andre Bumgardner, Mike France, and Kathleen McCarthy, City Councilman Martin Osten and Board of Education member Mirna Martinez.
At the meeting, the elected officials heard from ISAAC’s students, parents, and educators, as well as from Representative-Elect Andre Bumgardner, an ISAAC alum.
ISAAC students took a photo with NECSN State Director Jeremiah Grace.
ISAAC has been educating students in the New London area for 17 years, according to Principal David Howes.
The school, which is built on an expeditionary learning model, serves all types of students, including a number of special education and ELL students. “Though a majority of our students are from New London, we serve students from over 20 communities.”
Liz Quinones, an ISAAC parent and local teacher, spoke proudly of her daughter, Taina, and the school overall. “I'm a fifth grade teacher, and whenever parents ask me where to send their kids, I say ISAAC,” said Quinones. “I really love their expeditionary learning, and as a teacher, I believe in it.”
Former ISAAC student and newly elected official Andre Bumgardner speaks at NECSN’s New London legislative breakfast.
Taina and another 7th grader at the school, also praised ISAAC, saying, “Through ISAAC, I'm able to express my uniqueness, and share my passion for music and art.”
Newly elected State Representative Andre Bumgardner, an ISAAC alum, also shared a few thoughts on his alma mater.
“ISAAC, every single year, has a track record of providing a quality education to every individual,” said Bumgardner. “And ISAAC is run by people who live here in this community; it’s community driven.”
“ISAAC is a model school in our state,” said NECSN State Director Jeremiah Grace. “We look forward to the school’s continued success as a great option for New London parents and students.”
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