Community Partners

LogoNathan Hale Arts Magnet School is proud to be a part of New London, and fortunate to have a community of resources to support the development of the school. We are grateful to the following organizations that have contributed to our school this year:

  • Garde Arts Center:  Collaborating with us to develop the K-12 arts magnet school pathway, our key partner also contributed to our development year:  Provided tickets for students who had mastered all tests to see vocal group "Take 6".  Recently, the Garde also featured Nathan Hale students when CPTV came to film their schooltime series performance of Theatreworks The Civil War.  
  • Eastern Connecticut BalletAs a community partner, Eastern Connecticut Ballet provides opportunities for students to attend ECB performances free of charge, including The Nutcracker at The Garde Arts Center.  We also perform for Nathan Hale students in the Young Person’s Concert with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.  ECB’s interactive Nutcracker assemblies are taught at Nathan Hale by ECB professionals in preparation for the children’s visit to The Garde Arts Center.  Talented students are identified by ECB faculty through an audition/selection process and are awarded scholarships to study at Eastern Connecticut Ballet full-time. Currently there are 10 Nathan Hale students enrolled at ECB.
  • Mystic Arts Center:  Through a grant from the Palmer fund, Mystic Arts Center planned and implemented our school's first full arts integration project, Book City.  Three teaching artists worked with 4th grade students to create "communities" inspired by literature.
  • Expressiones Cultural Center:  Teaching Artists-in-Residence from Latin American countries partner with Nathan Hale teachers for their 6-week visit to the U.S.  Artists from different countries and varying media partner with different grades in the school all year long.
  • Mystic Seaport:  Named Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School its Partner School for the "Year of the Morgan."  Mystic Seaport staff assisted in the planning of different units within the schoolwide theme.  In addition, funding was provided for 5th grade students to visit Mystic Seaport and be visited by teaching artist-musicians.  All of our staff and students will have the opportunity to board the Charles W. Morgan when she docks at the pier in New London.
  • Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra:   Provided opportunities for students to both attend an assembly at the school and attend a full performance, Young People's Concert by ECSO at the Garde Arts Center.
  • Florence Griswold Museum:  Offered free tickets for students to attend the Wee Faerie Village:  in the Land of Oz exhibit on a field trip in the fall.  This field trip launched and inspired the 4th grade arts integration project (the first ever at our new Arts Magnet School) with the Mystic Arts Center.
  • Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut:  Brought a STARLAB to the school so that all 5th grade students could experience the planetarium in our school.  Also provided a field trip for 4th grade students that focused on lighthouses and electricity and tied into their integration project on communities.
  • Flock Theatre:  Master Teaching Artist Derron Wood provided expertise in school and arts integration development through his 20 years of experience through Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools.
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater:  Hosted our Missoula Children's Theater tour team for their week-long residency; also organized Heather Henson's Ibex Puppetry visit to our school.
  • Lyman Allyn Museum:  Funded several field trips to their Whaling exhibit as part of our "Year of the Morgan" theme.  Hosted our art exhibit in their Glassenberg Gallery for the month of May 2014.
  • Waterford Ballroom:  Provides ballroom dance instruction to 5th grade students.
  • Arts For Learning:  Through their grant, the organization formerly known as Young Audiences provided programming to 1st and 2nd grade students to support our creative writing strand.
  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra: In 2013-2014, the entire orchestra came to Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School and put on 2 concerts for grades 1-4 that integrated with literacy ("The Remarkable Farkle McBride" and "Peter & the Wolf.")
  • United State Coast Guard Band: Students have had the opportunity to both go to the Coast Guard Academy for concerts of the entire Band, and receive in-school assemblies for sections of the Band.  In 2013-2014, one assembly was the Woodwind Quintet.
  • Salt Marsh Opera Company: Partnering with the New London Public Schools, Salt Marsh creates study guides used by schools all over the state.  Salt Marsh then brings workshops into our schools and students are invited to their full opera performance.
  • Connecticut College Music Department: In 2013-2014, students in grade 5 auditioned to be in a select choir that performed at the Inaugural Concert for the new President of Connecticut College.  One song was a collaboration with the College Chamber Singers in which 5th graders added the Gregorian chant into Duruflé's "Ubi Caritas."
  • Connecticut Ballet: Students attended an informative performance of "American History through dance" by Connecticut Ballet's company of dancers.  In spring of 2014, Connecticut Ballet did a residency at the school for a group of 14 boys in grade 3.
  • Backbeat City: Partnering to create afterschool programming for students at Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School in 2014-2015, Backbeat City is a renowned center for performing arts.
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