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Common Ground Has A New Mission Statement

By Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement Nearly 30 years ago, when a group of educators, environmental activists, and city residents were dreaming of the organization that has grown into Common Ground, they wrote the following words to guide their work: Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practices within a diverse community

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Welcoming Gioia Connell to Common Ground

  Common Ground is thrilled to welcome Gioia Connell to our Board of Directors. Gioia is a New Haven based sustainability specialist and design professional with deep experience bridging systems thinking, urban ecology, and interdisciplinary

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There’s Always More to Learn

By Monica Maccera Filppu What I thought I knew About a year ago, Common Ground put out a call for people to apply to be the next Executive Director. It looked like this: Executive Director Position

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Meet Ms. Jacobs, Common Ground’s New School Counselor

Ms. Tashida Jacobs joined Common Ground this Fall as our school counselor! While Common Ground has always supported students in traveling paths to college success, meaningful careers, powerful leadership, and happy healthy lives, this is

Common Ground is Seeking an English Language Arts Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time English Language Arts Teacher (1.0 FTE) About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students

Common Ground is Seeking a Part Time After School Partner

Part Time After School Partner Immediate opening for SY 22-23 Job Description  About Common Ground High School Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students

Meet the Chefs of Feast 2022!

  At Common Ground, we deeply value everyone who makes up our local food ecosystem. These community partners hold the same beliefs that we do - that food can be a celebration, rooted in culture

CGHS 2022-23 COVID & Health Update from Nurse Keith

Hello Common Ground Students and Families, This is Keith Riley, Common Ground's School Nurse, and I would like to give everyone some updates from the health office. Health Documents: We are still missing many documents, including

Common Ground is Seeking an Environmental Educator

Job Title: Environmental Educator  Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock

Common Ground is Seeking A Student Affairs Manager

Common Ground Is Seeking A Manager of Student Affairs About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive,

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking A Full Time Health Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time Health Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking Summer School Teachers

Common Ground Is Seeking Summer School Teachers in Science About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive,

Common Ground is Seeking a Kitchen Assistant

Vacancy Announcement Kitchen Assistant Part Time: Monday - Friday 10a - 2pm (10 month position) Start Date: August 1, 2022 Application Deadline: July 15, 2022 Salary: $17.50 per/hr Location: New Haven, CT About Common Ground

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking a School Counselor

Common Ground Is Seeking a School Counselor: College & Guidance About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an

Common Ground is Seeking a History Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time History Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful

Meet Ms. Busby, Common Ground Special Educator

An interview with Jayla Turner, Educational Change Intern, and Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement Ms. Darlitha Busby joined Common Ground’s special education team early in the school year, but she’s the kind of

Common Ground is Seeking a Mobile Market Assistant

Mobile Market Assistant  Part Time Seasonal Position, Early July-Mid November 2022 About Common Ground: Common Ground is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20

Common Ground is Seeking a Reading Interventionist

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time Reading Interventionist About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful

Meet Your College Access Advisor, Danielle Dixon 

Interview by Liliana McIntosh, Mikela Jones, and Jayla Turner, Education Change Interns At Common Ground, we believe that EVERY student can & should graduate college ready, with admissions to colleges that match their passions and

Common Ground Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: Dec. 20, 2021

Link to: Zoom Recording Password:  Fl%Na8Y&   New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Minutes December 20, 2021   Board Members present:  Bob Parker, Charles Negaro, Christopher Hayes, Joseph Melendez, Kyeen Andersson, Beth Klingher, Terri Snell,

Common Ground Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: Nov. 22, 2021

Link to: Zoom Recording New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Minutes November 22,2021 Board Members present:  Bob Parker, Peter Ludwig, Errol Saunders, Christopher Hayes, Charles Negaro, Terri Snell, Kyeen Andersson, Carly Osburne, Deloris Vaughn, Joseph

Common Ground Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: Sept. 27, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: In order to comply with adjusted CT Open Meeting laws, this Zoom meeting will be recorded and posted on the Common Ground website Zoom Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/GkJ9SRU4F2ripZULgdWzaFW5eJri5NTrGUCrDb0Qv3V5GT9IOH8SXI9Skj3W9E2m.ndKwRO1xIx37GJFS Passcode: D#dR5NH@ New Haven Ecology Project Board

Welcoming Gioia Connell to Common Ground

  Common Ground is thrilled to welcome Gioia Connell to our Board of Directors. Gioia is a New Haven based sustainability specialist and design professional with deep experience bridging systems thinking, urban ecology, and interdisciplinary

Common Ground is Seeking a P/T Compost Program Coordinator

Job Title: Common Ground (CG) Compost Program Coordinator (Temporary; P/T) Organization Overview Common Ground (CG) is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on CG’s 20 acre campus

Meet the Chefs of Feast 2021!

  At Common Ground, we deeply value everyone who makes up our local food ecosystem. These community partners hold the same beliefs that we do - that food can be a celebration, rooted in culture

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking a Part Time Spanish Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Part-Time Spanish Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking a Support Educator

Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful community of learners and leaders. These students benefit from a unique learning environment:

Common Ground is Seeking a Special Education Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time Special Education Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive,

DRAFT Board of Directors Minutes- May 24, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: In order to comply with adjusted CT Open Meeting laws, this Zoom meeting will be recorded and posted on the Common Ground website New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Minutes May 24, 2021

Nature Notes 6/1/21

In our last Nature Notes of the spring, we discuss lady's slippers, picnics, and fireflies. Happy summer!

Nature Notes 5/24/21

This week, we learn about the short-lived mayfly, plant seeds, and visit Gilette Castle!

Common Ground is Seeking a Math Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time Math Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful

Nature Notes 5/17/21

Baltimore Orioles are nesting, make leaf and flower prints, and visit our baby goats!

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking an Art Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time Art Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking an English Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking A Full-Time English Language Arts Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an

Nature Notes 4/5/21

Robins are back! Bird watching, tree buds, and chicks round out this spring edition.

Keeping summer safe

  By Melissa Spear Executive Director This summer at Common Ground, our staff’s ability to handle emergencies has been put to the test. And I have observed them passing with flying colors. Common Ground staff

Nature Notes 3/29/21

Purple leaves, painting with soil, and checking out the animals who live at Common Ground!

Sugarin’ at Common Ground

By Mark Loalbo - Site and Facilities Manager Before we begin...it is important to recognize that maple sugaring is an indigenous tradition that precedes the colonization of North America. We are grateful to the people

Nature Notes 3/23/21

This week, we're learning about vernal pools and salamanders emerging for spring! Also, make seed balls for some guerrilla gardening and visit the Giant Steps at East Rock Park!

Nature Notes 3/15/21

This week, learn about red-bellied woodpeckers, try some sun and shadow art, and take a tour of our sugar shack!

Nature Notes 3/8/21

Did you know that, besides being stinky, skunk cabbage blooms at this time of year because it can actually melt the snow? Plus, plant seeds and explore caves!

Nature Notes 3/1/21

In this week's Nature Notes: winter insects, flower dissection, and NatureYear students discuss the tools of maple sugaring

Nature Notes 2/22/21

Walking around Common Ground this week, you'll see blue bags hanging on some of the trees. What are they? They're collecting maple sap, to be made into syrup! Learn more about maple sugaring here!

Nature Notes 2/16/21

In this week's Nature Notes, learn about smelly foxes and how to identify a maple tree in the winter!

What You Need Wednesdays: High School Innovation

Reflecting on Wednesday, January 13th: By Joel Tolman A screen shot from a recent virtual workshop on comic book character drawing by CG alumn Marcel Farrel In December, CGHS recognized that our students

Nature Notes 2/8/21

This week is all about snow and winter - different textures of snow, a science experiment, winter at the wetland!

Nature Notes 2/1/21

In light of the weather today, this week is all about snow! Learn about animals sheltering in the subnivean layer (what on earth is that?), snow ice cream, and being a nature detective!

Nature Notes 1/25/21

In this week's nature notes, weeds in winter, praying mantis eggs, staying warm (as a bird), and art in the snow!

Nature Notes 1/19/21

In this week's Nature Notes, the chickadee's song announces spring, fire building, and a Sleeping Giant adventure!

New Year Nature Notes

What's happening in nature this week? Animals are adapting for winter - did you know frogs can freeze? Plus, ideas to get you and your children outside this winter!

Solstice Nature Notes 12/21/20

This week's Nature Notes are all about the Winter Solstice and the Great Conjunction! Learn what these two astronomical events are and how we can celebrate them!

Nature Notes 12/14/20

This week, Common Ground NatureYear and High School students visit the poultry yard together. Plus, needle ice, a shape hunt, and some gift ideas!

Nature Notes 12/7/20

We know bees make honey, but how do we get it out of the hive? Plus, why birds fly south for the winter - and why they don't - and some bird-friendly holiday decorations!

Common Ground is Seeking a Horticulturist/Groundskeeper

Job Description and Responsibilities: Horticulturist/Groundskeeper Common Ground -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, part of a community organization that also operates a community environmental education center and urban farm. Located at the base

Nature Notes 11/30/20

Have you ever wondered what chipmunks do in the winter? Learn what goes on in their burrows, discover the beauty of mushroom spore prints, and take a visit to the beach in winter!

Nature Notes 11/23/20

Let's talk turkey! Learn about wild turkeys and visit the turkeys in our poultry yard. Plus, Alexa teaches us how to make a rose out of maple leaves!

Nature Notes

This week is all about worms! Check out Common Ground's worm bin with Tim, try some worm-y activities and learn how worms survive the winter.

Common Ground is Seeking An Environmental Science Teacher

Common Ground Is Seeking An Environmental Science Teacher About Common Ground High School  Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful

DRAFT- Board of Directors Minutes: Oct. 26, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: In order to comply with adjusted CT Open Meeting laws, this Zoom meeting will be recorded and posted on the Common Ground website New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Minutes October 26, 2020

Nature Notes 10/26/20

Learn about Witch Hazel and Virginia creeper, do some apple activities, check out what's going on under a log, and even watch a magic show!

Reflections, Recipes and More from Feast 2020

photo: chef kevin of KAWIT! filipino bbq, taken by joel callaway Dear Friends of Feast, If you attended Feast, you ate locally sourced and grown food, learned alongside talented local chefs, and hopefully

Nature Notes 10/19/20

This week's Nature Notes are all about acorns! Plus, learn about honey production and visit Gillette Castle!

Common Ground is Seeking a Full Time Development Associate

The New Haven Ecology Project/Common Ground Database and Research Development Associate – full time position Target Start Date: October 15, 2020 Location: New Haven, CT Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for learning and

Common Ground Board of Directors: August 13 Meeting Minutes

**For the full recording of this meeting please CLICK HERE, Password: cPp60S#M** New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors Special Meeting August 13, 2020 Board Members Present:  Kyeen Andersson, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Monica Maccera-Filppu,

Alumni Interview: Catching up with Charlie Dow

We recently caught up with Charlie Dow -- CG ‘14, University of New Haven Masters in Environmental Engineering ‘20 -- soon after he defended his thesis research, focused on a new process for dewatering algal

Board of Directors Minutes- June 2020

This is a draft edition of the Board of Directors Minutes to be approved at the Aug. 24th board meeting. **For the full recording of this meeting please CLICK HERE** New Haven Ecology Project Board

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes: May 2020

**Please click here for an audio recording of this meeting** New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Agenda May 26th Board Members Present:  Errol Saunders, Monica Maccera-Filppu, Bob Parker, Beth Klingher, Michael Doolittle, Deloris Vaughn, Brian

Common Ground High School is Seeking a Full Time Nurse

Common Ground High School seeks a full time School Nurse, Monday through Friday.  Overall responsibilities include the following: Facilitate routine health screenings Maintain student health records Provide student consultations while on campus. Other duties as

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- April 2020

New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Minutes  April 27, 2020 (Conducted online by Zoom Meeting) **Please click here for a link to the audio recording of this meeting** Board Members Present: Wendy Battles, Errol Saunders,

Request for Bids: Park-Style Classroom Pavilion

New Haven Ecology Project is accepting bids until 3pm on Friday, May 15 for construction of a basic park-style classroom pavilion. All bids should be sent in PDF format to bids@nhep.com, and should include “Pavilion

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- March 2020

New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Minutes  March 23rd (Conducted online by Zoom Meeting) Board Members Present: Kyeen Andersson, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Monica Maccera Filppu, Beth Klingher, Charlie Negaro, Bob Parker, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Errol

Common Ground’s Inspiring Response to Covid-19

By: Audrey Nefores, Development Manager for Supporter Engagement Common Ground Student enjoying our East Asian and Chinese solidarity cafeteria lunch! Staff at Common Ground began responding to COVID-19 and its impact on the

Learn More: 2020 Census

The Census is an extremely important endeavor for our City and our country. Not only does the Census generate important statistics that communities and businesses rely on in day-to-day operations and strategic planning, but Census

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- January 2020

Minutes of the Board of Directors January 27, 2020 Meeting called to order by Wendy Battles at 5:36 Board Members Present: Bob Parker, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Charles Negaro, Brian Springsteen, Kyeen Andersson, Monica Maccera

Common Ground is Seeking Environmental Educators

Job title: Environmental Educator Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock

Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda: Jan. 27, 2020

New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Agenda January 27, 2020 Welcome Public Participation Business Requiring Approval (5:40) Minutes of the December 16th Board meeting (Secretary) Revised bylaws with changes required by SDE 19-20 Employee Handbook

Three Reasons to Attend the CG Farm & Garden Conference

Every Summer, Fall and Winter The Common Ground Farm and Schoolyards Program hosts a day of learning perfect for the School Educator, Backyard Gardener, small scale Farmer, curious Food Explorer or Food Justice Activist! We

Spending Time In Nature Is Good For You

By Rebecca Holcombe, Director of Community Programs Yale recently published an article that surveyed research concluding that spending just two hours per week in nature can result in feeling physically and mentally healthier. This winter,

Common ground Board of Directors Minutes: Dec. 16, 2019

Minutes of the Board of Directors Dec. 16 2019   Meeting called to order by Bob Parker at 5:38.    Board Members Present: Kyeen Andersson, Bob Parker, Michael Doolittle, Beth Klingher, Monica Maccera Filppu, Charles

Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda: Dec. 16, 2019

New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Agenda December 16th Welcome Public Participation Business Requiring Approval (5:40) Minutes of the November 25th Board Meeting (Secretary) Invoices Needing Approval Thurston Foods ($7,879.72) Finance Committee Report (Treasurer) (5:45)

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes: Nov. 25, 2019

Minutes of the Board of Directors Nov. 25, 2019   Meeting called to order by Wendy Battles at 5:35   Board Members Present: Bob Parker, Wendy Battles, Charles Negaro, Michael Doolittle, Beth Klingher, Ilene Crawford,

There’s Always More to Learn

By Monica Maccera Filppu What I thought I knew About a year ago, Common Ground put out a call for people to apply to be the next Executive Director. It looked like this: Executive Director Position

FILLED: Common Ground is Seeking a Certified Biology Teacher

Common Ground -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders -- is seeking a passionate, creative, outstanding certified Biology teacher. This

Common Ground is Seeking a CT Schoolyards Program Manager

Job title: CT Schoolyards Program Manager Program Description Common Ground’s CT Schoolyards Program supports teachers in integrating outdoor learning and play into their school. Core CT Schoolyards activities include: Consultation, design, installation, and ongoing maintenance

How does Common Ground matter to you?

Aeryn Boyer at Open Farm Day By Kimball Cartwright, Director of Development A generous anonymous supporter will match, up to $10,000, 1:1, all individual gifts of up to $1,000 that come in between

A November Day at Common Ground High School

by Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement What’s a typical day like for the 224 students at Common Ground High School? This time of year at Common Ground, as the weather snaps cold … 

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes: October 2019

Minutes of the Board of Directors October 28, 2019 Board Members Present: Beth Klingher, Ilene Crawford, Michael Doolittle, Babz Rawsl Ivy, Wendy Battles, Monica Maccera Filppu, Kyeen Andersson, Errol Saunders, Charlie Negaro, Brian Springsteen Staff

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking an Assistant Chef

Job Title: Assistant Chef (Full-time, Temporary, with benefits, November 15-March 31) Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build

I/We love Common Ground because . . .

By Kimball Cartwright, Director of Development Kimball Cartwright loves Common Ground Your (un)selfie, this November, can help Common Ground leverage $10,000 for all its amazing programs! Monica Maccera Fillpu loves Common Ground

Charter School Renewal Update

By Monica Maccera Fillpu On Thursday, October 10th, the CT State Department of Education (SDE) hosted a public hearing at Wilbur Cross High School for the purpose of hearing testimony relevant to Common Ground High

What makes a leader a leader?

An interview with Elaine Blanck, by Kimball Cartwright, Director of Development Elaine Blanck, CG Outdoor Leadership Teacher "Ever wonder why Fortune 100 corporations send their executives on survival trips into the woods?" Elaine

Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda- October 2019

New Haven Ecology Project Board Meeting Agenda October 28, 2019 Welcome Public Participation Business Requiring Approval                       Minutes of the September 23rd board meeting (Secretary) Code of Conduct Finance Committee  Report (Treasurer) Finance Report Summary Sheet

Calling All Artisans and Crafters 2019

The Winter Festival is coming up on Saturday, December 14 from 10am-2pm. We are currently accepting crafters who’d like to table at this event. To register, please complete this form and then use the PayPal

Common Ground is Seeking a Full-Time Special Education Teacher

Common Ground -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders -- is seeking a full-time Special Education teacher. This teacher will

Common Ground’s Board of Directors Minutes- August 2019

Board of the New Haven Ecology Project August 26, 2019 Welcome Board: Bob Parker, Wendy Battles, Monica Maccera Filppu, Brian Springsteen, Charles Negaro, Kyeen Anderson, Ilene Crawford, Beth Klingher, Jane Lee, Michael Doolittle, Terri Snell,

Executive Director Reflections – September 2019

by Monica Maccera Filppu, Executive Director Transitions are hard. They take you out of your comfort zone and throw off your balance. I’m reminded of this every fall, when the new school year starts and

Common Ground Board of Director’s Agenda- August 2019

Board of the New Haven Ecology Project MEETING AGENDA August 26, 2019 Welcome Public Participation Business Requiring Approval                       Minutes – June 24, 2019 Revised NHEP Board Bylaws Student Confidentiality Policy   Accounting Manual Employee Handbook

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- June 2019

June 24, 2019 Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes   Present: Wendy Battles, Beth Klingher, Michael Doolittle, Jane Lee, Brian Springsteen, Errol Saunders, Kerry Lord, Charles Negaro, Terri Snell   Regrets: Bob Parker, Kyeen Anderson,

What do you do with a School Garden in the summer?

Suzannah Holsenbeck, CT Schoolyards Program Manager The CT Schoolyards Program frequently hears the question: what do you do with school gardens in the summer when schools aren’t in session? It’s an excellent question and points

Teaching Our Cities 2019

Expertise comes from everywhere By Kimball Cartwright, Director of Development School officially closed in mid-June but for many Common Ground educators and peers from three other schools across the Northeast U.S., the summer was a

CG Grad is back to lead the next generation!

By Halima Flynn, Development Associate Recent hire Crystal Fernandez is no stranger to Common Ground, she’s a 2005 alumnae who brings eleven years of non-profit community based experience working with youth. Her focus? Youth Leadership,

The Mobile Market is Back!

By Halima Flynn, Development Associate Alonzo gets help selecting his scallions. In 2012 a team of Common Ground high school seniors focused their senior project on food insecurity for the elderly.  After surveying

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- May 2019

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors May 20, 2019 Present: Bob Parker, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Brian Springsteen, Errol Saunders, Jane Lee, Terri Snell, Charles Negaro, Beth Klingher, Ilene Crawford, Kyeen

This is Shakespeare……CG Style!

By Halima Flynn, Development Associate This past semester, as we reported in a previous blog post, Common Ground students took a college level Shakespeare course.  They studied Julius Caesar, and in true thespian fashion, took

Welcoming Common Ground’s new Executive Director

On July 15, Monica Maccera Filppu will join Common Ground as our Executive Director -- leading the community nonprofit organization that operates Common Ground High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center. Monica will steer

Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda- April 2019

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors April 22, 2019 Agenda Welcome Public Participation Business Requiring Approval Minutes - March 25, 2019 Finance Committee Finance Dashboard HR Report Organizational Updates Program Dashboard

Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda- May 2019

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors  May 20, 2019 Agenda Welcome Public Participation Business Requiring Approval Minutes – April 22, 2019 Minutes, Executive Session – May 6, 2019 Finance Committee Finance

Common Ground Board of Directors Agenda- June 2019

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors  June 24, 2019, Room 103 5:30-7:30pm Agenda Welcome Public Participation Business Requiring Approval                       Minutes – May 20, 2019 Limited English Proficiency Program polic Individualized Education

Common Ground is Seeking an Environmental Educator-FILLED

Job title:Environmental Educator Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for environmental learning in New Haven, Connecticut. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge.

FILLED-Common Ground is Seeking a School Social Worker

Common Ground -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders -- is seeking a full-time passionate, creative, and certified School Social

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- April 2019

New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors April 22, 2019 Present: Kyeen Andersson, Wendy Battles, Mike Doolittle, Jane Lee, Kerry Lord, Charles Negaro, Bob Parker, Errol Saunders, Terri Snell, Brian Springsteen Regrets: Ilene Crawford, Babz

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- March 2019

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors March 25, 2019 Present: Wendy Battles, Robert Parker, Beth Klingher, Michael Doolittle, Kerry Lord, Charles Negaro, Kyeen Andersson, Errol Saunders, Babz Rawls Ivy, Terri Snell,

How do you get from Philly to Common Ground?

By Halima Flynn, Development Associate for Special Events and Communications When you first meet Brother Tommy (or Tommy Joshua Caison as he’s also known), you’re welcomed with an enigmatic smile and a generosity of

Dual Enrollment (1+1= more than 2)

By Brian Kelahan, College and Career Teacher Common Ground’s population of “Dualists” is growing, representing more than 15% of the student population! Of course, a “dualist” is not a misspelling of a different word

Common Ground in the News!

Common Ground's Schoolyards Program and Beecher School were in the New Haven Register today. Great photos and article on the importance of combining outdoor exploration and education! Read the full article at this link.

It’s Spring! And it’s time to Re-Awaken your Garden

By Halima Flynn, Development Associate for Special Events and Communications Spring is Here!! And that means it’s time for Common Ground’s Annual Seedling sale!  Common Ground grows nearly 10,000 lbs of fresh produce annually, including

CG Students are Mixing it Up!

By Halima Flynn, Development Associate for Special Events and Communications Once a semester, CG mixes it up and students get to design their day with the help of facilitators like Z Bell and Disha

Common Ground Has A New Mission Statement

By Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement Nearly 30 years ago, when a group of educators, environmental activists, and city residents were dreaming of the organization that has grown into Common Ground, they wrote

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- February 2019

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors February 25, 2019 Present: Robert Parker, Beth Klingher, Michael Doolittle, Charles Negaro, Wendy Battles, Errol Saunders, Kyeen Andersson, Brian Springsteen, Ilene Crawford Staff: Betsy Sneath,

Common Ground is Seeking a Camp Nurse

Common Ground Camp is a farm and nature based day camp in New Haven, CT. Campers ages 4 – 13 enjoy games, cooking, hiking, imaginative play, art, music, and outdoor adventures! We serve approximately 300

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- January 2019

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors January 28, 2019 Present: Wendy Battles, Charles Negaro, Brian Springsteen, Errol Saunders, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Michael Doolittle, Beth Klingher Staff: Liz Cox, Elena Augusewicz, Deborah Greig,

Common Ground is Seeking a Part Time School Nurse

Common Ground High School seeks a part time School Nurse, 4-5 hours/day, Monday through Friday.  Overall responsibilities include the following: Facilitate routine health screenings Maintain student health records Provide student consultations while on campus. Other

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- Dec. 2018

Meeting of the Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes Dec. 17, 2018   Board members: Bob Parker, Wendy Battles, Kyeen Andersson, Charles Negaro, Kerry Lord, Jane Lee, Ilene Crawford, Beth Klingher, Mike Doolittle, Errol Saunders,

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking a Certified English Teacher

Common Ground -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders -- is seeking a passionate, creative, and certified English teacher. This

The best of…the CT Schoolyards Program 2018

Suzannah Holsenbeck and Kendra Dawsey CT Schoolyards Program The year is winding down and we're looking back and some of the best moments from the year. Below you'll find shorts stories and photos from some

Common Ground Board of Directors- Nov. 26, 2018 Minutes

Meeting of the New Haven Ecology Project Board of Directors November 26, 2018 Present: Wendy Battles, Bob Parker, Beth Klingher, Charles Negaro, Michael Doolittle, Brian Springsteen, Jane Lee, Staff: Kimball Cartwright, Deborah Greig, Henry Chisholm,

Join us for our Nature Playdate!

Rebecca Holcombe Director of Community Programs Join us December 30 for our Nature Play Date! Come play outside - science says it is good for you! Children who play in nature have reduced

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- October 2018

October 25, 2018 Present: Ky Anderson, Wendy Battles, Ilene Crawford, Mike Doolittle, Beth Klingher, Jane Lee, Kerry Lord, Charles Negaro, Bob Parker, Errol Saunders, Terry Snell, Melissa Spear Staff: Kimball Cartwright, Liz Cox, Deborah Greig,

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- September 2018

September 17, 2018 Minutes Present: Ilene Crawford, Bob Parker, Mike Doolittle, Melissa Spear, Brian Springsteen, Errol Saunders, Jane Lee, Kerry Lord, Kyeen Andersson, Babz Rawls-Ivy Staff: Z Bell, Joel Tolman, Elena Augusewicz, Stefan Christiansen, Henry

Give to Common Ground this Giving Tuesday

By Henry Chisholm Development Associate Helps us keep our Free Family Weekend Events free and offer more financial aid in our community programs by giving to CG this Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is

What are Common Ground staff thankful for?

We’ve all got something to be thankful for. Regardless of the season, it’s always good to reflect on the good in our lives. Check out what CG staff are thankful for below! So much

CG Seeks an Environmental Educator

Program Description Common Ground offers children in grades K – 8 the opportunity to learn, explore, have adventures, and make friends on our urban farm and forest site, located in West Rock Park. Activities include

Position FILLED- CG Seeks a Support Educator

Common Ground High School -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders -- is seeking a Support Educator. The SUPPORT EDUCATOR

Farm Share program thrives

Adam Kelley Interim Farm Manager The Farm Share Program concludes Thursday, Oct. 25. Through our student Farm Share Program, we're currently serving 15 families who receive 2-3 bags of fresh produce, herbs, and

Common Ground 10th Graders Break New Ground

by Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement The school year has just started, but Common Ground 10th grader Anthony Mitchell has already left the classroom behind. On the very first day of class, Anthony

Common Ground Board of Directors- June 2018 Minutes

Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting June 25, 2018 Present: Ky Andersson, Wendy Battles, Ilene Crawford, Mike Doolittle, Beth Klingher, Jane Lee, Kerry Lord, Frank Mitchell, Charles Negaro, Bob Parker, Errol Saunders, Melissa Spear,

Henry Chisholm

Henry joined Common Ground in the Spring of 2018 as the Development Associate in charge of communications and special events. He spent the last 10 years as a reporter, covering stories for the Connecticut Post,

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- Jan. 2018

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes Jan. 8, 2018 Present: Melissa Spear, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Kerry Lord, Bob Parker, Beth Klingher, Claudia Merson, Jane Lee Staff: Elena Augusewicz, Joel Tolman, Kimball Cartwright, Rebecca Holcomb, Liz

CG Crews get the job done, have fun in the process

Henry Chisholm Development Associate  Back-to-school commercials are on full rotation, stores are putting out their fall displays and that glorious two and half month period known as summer vacation is almost over. Bummer.

Common Ground students work with artist Roberto Lugo on mural

Henry Chisholm Development Associate  Every Thursday the students in the Artspace Apprenticeship Program participated in “Thankful Thursdays.” The students lock arms and talk about what and who they’re thankful for. Artist Roberto Lugo was

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- May 2018

Board of Directors Meeting 5/21/18 Present: Bob Parker, Wendy Battles, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Claudia Merson, Joel Tolman, Jane Lee, Beth Klingher, Monique Frasier, Michael Doolittle, Melissa Spear, Kerry Lord, Frank Mitchell Staff: Elena Augusewicz, Brian Springsteen,

July Recipe of the Month: Shredded Beet and Kale Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 6 servings Author: Krissy Allori Ingredients   1 bunch of kale stems removed and leaves sliced thinly 5 small or 2 large red beets, peeled and grated 1 red onion peeled and sliced paper thin  1/4 teaspoon sea salt

FILLED- Common Ground seeks part-time Grants Associate

Organization Overview Common Ground is an educational center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut, and dedicated to a more socially and environmentally sustainable society. Common Ground is uniquely positioned to do this.

Campus safety and security at Common Ground

Melissa Spear Executive Director  Spring is a busy time at Common Ground.  From my desk every morning I watch students arriving to school; NatureYear kids pass by as they skip up the hill to start

The Summer Farm and Garden Institute is June 23rd!

Suzannah Holsenbeck Schoolyards Manager Stop by Common Ground Saturday, June 23rd and you will find teachers, farmers, childcare providers, backyard gardeners, community members, school garden coordinators and Common Ground staff spread out around campus, learning

Position FILLED-Common Ground Seeks a Part-Time School Nurse

Common Ground High School seeks a part time School Nurse, 4-5 hours/day, Monday through Friday. Overall responsibilities include the following: • Facilitate routine health screenings • Maintain student health records • Provide student consultations while

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- April 2018

April 23, 2018 Present: Bob Parker, Wendy Battles, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Betsy Sneath, Michael Doolittle, Melissa Spear, Liz Cox, Beth Klingher, Monique Frasier, Joel Tolman Staff: Brian Springsteen, Henry Chisholm, Elena Augusewicz Regrets: Claudia Merson, Frank

Free Summer Meals! Comidas De Verano Gratis!

Free Summer Meals! Comidas De Verano Gratis! For Sites near you call 211 Text "CTmeals" to 877877 www.CTSummerMeals.org Childhood food insecurity remains at unacceptable levels across the country and children are most acutely at risk

The Great Give is on!

Henry Chisholm Development Associate Common Ground is participating in The Great Give and could really use YOUR help. Click on the link here and to get to our Great Give page. A small gift makes

FILLED- Common Ground is Seeking a Part-time Science Teacher

Common Ground -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful community and environmental leaders -- is seeking a passionate, creative, part-time science teacher -- certified

FILLED- Common Ground Seeks Environmental Leadership Manager

Common Ground -- the nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, part of a community organization that also operates a community environmental education center and urban farm -- is seeking a passionate, creative, effective, inclusive Environmental

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- March 2018

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes March 26, 2018 Attending: Wendy Battles, Jane Lee, Michael Doolittle, Bob Parker, Monique Frasier, Melissa Spear, Kerry Lord, Beth Klingher, Babz Rawls-Ivy Staff: Rebecca Holcombe, Deborah Greig, Brian Springsteen,

Common Ground Podcast club has a lot to say!

 Henry Chisholm Development Associate The Podcast Club has a lot to say! Some interesting things are said in the attic of the high school when Common Ground students are working on their

Common Ground Dance Team wows crowds at Southern

 Sierra Vasquez CG Dance Team member The Common Ground Dance Team has the moves! The Common Ground dance team usually practices every Thursday after school and we create and practice the dance

Open Farm Days are underway!

Rebecca Holcombe Director of Community Programs Open Farm Day season is upon us! Join us for spring on the farm and in the forest! Did you know that Common Ground is open every

Common Ground Board of Directors Minutes- Feb. 2018

2/26/18 Present: Frank Mitchell, Wendy battles, Kerry Lord, Monique Frasier, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Jane Lee, Michael Doolittle, Claudia Merson, Beth Klingher, Melissa Spear Staff: Kimball Cartwright, Betsy Sneath, Joel Tolman, Liz Cox, Deborah Greig, Rebecca Holcomb,

When you sponsor Feast from the Fields…

 YOU make a difference in your community... Ihsan Abdussabur, senior Ihsan is a jack-of-all-trades. He plays piano, recites poetry and cares about the environment. He goes by “Black Root” when he’s on stage reciting

Your Gratitude Report – because you deserve it!

by Kimball Cartwright, Development Director You provide the resources that keep us humming. And hiking. And teaching. And learning. Click here for a Gratitude Report - a sampling of the life-changing stories you made happen!

The Maple Syrup Festival is March 24!

Alexa Fiszer Lead Environmental Educator Winter is ending and Spring is near, it's maple sugaring time, the best time of the year! It has been an amazing winter season for children's and community programs, and

Welcome to NatureYear!

By Rebecca Holcombe Director of Community Programs This is a newsletter article from 2018. Current program information is HERE!   Each weekday in the woods at Common Ground, you can find children ages 5 -

Farming for farmers by farmers

By Kimball Cartwright, Director of Development Mark Palladino - Irrigation Systems for Small Farms Training (at Common Ground in 2017) “After air and water, our relationship with food is the most important relationship

What should every 10th grader experience?

By Joel Tolman, Director of Impact & Engagement What should every Common Ground 10th grader experience next year? Catherine John -- parent of a CG alumni and activist with Unidad Latina en Accion --

How do you like your veggies?

By Kimball Cartwright Director of Development Hardly a day goes by without hearing that eating fruits and vegetables means better health. Who hasn't heard someone sing the praises of whole grains over processed grains? So

Farming in a Winter Wonderland

The ducks have a warm coop to sleep in but still enjoy venturing out into the snow while their food is refilled and eggs are collected by farm staff. One of the most

Common Ground Is Looking for Board Members!

Common Ground's Board of Directors -- which serves as the governing board for our community non-profit, and as the board of education for Common Ground High School -- is opening a public call for potential

FILLED- Common Ground Seeks Farm Based Education Coordinator

Farm Based Education Coordinator 2018 Job Description   Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut where a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate

FILLED- Common Ground Seeks Interim Farm Manager

Interim Farm Manager Spring-Fall 2018   Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut where a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate habits of

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes Nov. 2017

Board of Directors Meeting November 20, 2017  Present: Melissa Spear, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Bob Parker, Claudia Merson, Frank Mitchell, Beth Klingher Staff: Elena Augusewicz, Joel Tolman, Kimball Cartwright, Liz Cox Regrets: Babz Rawls Ivy,

ED Reflection: CT’s Budget

By Melissa Spear Executive Director With the season’s first snow this past weekend, our site is covered in a cold blanket of white. Temperatures are frigid, and the sun is setting behind West Rock ridge

A Parent’s Perspective: A Day of NatureYear

NatureYear parent Tim Sway is an artist and upcycler, and one of his many hobbies includes making things and having adventures with his son Vance, some of which he documents on video. Tim made a video about

Green Jobs Corps Alumni Profile: Jesus Reyes

Jesus Reyes, Common Ground Class of 2015, worked with the School Garden Resource Center and with the site crew as part of Green Jobs Corps. Jesus is now a junior at the University of Maine

Green Jobs Corps Alumni Profile: Elmer Galvez

Elmer Gálvez, Class of 2015, worked many Green Jobs Corps placements, including on the farm, with site crew, and with CitySeed. He is now a “student worker” in the counseling office at Gateway, where he

Green Jobs Corps Alumni Profile: Sam Torres

Samantha Torres, class of 2014, did maintenance at the Common Ground site, worked as a camp counselor, planted trees with the Urban Resources Initiative, worked for CitySeed, and interned with The Nature Conservancy in Vermont.

Green Jobs Corps Alumni Profile: Carlos Granda

At Common Ground, Carlos Granda (Class of 2014) worked with the Urban Resources Initiative and as an environmental educator in afterschool programs. After graduation, Carlos went to college for one semester but could not take

CG Staff Recipe: Elena’s Taco Stuffed Portobellos

Over the next few months we will be featuring recipes written or much-loved by staff and community members. If you have a great recipe that's always a hit, let us know! Email me at elena.augusewicz@commongroundct.org

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes Oct. 2017

Board of Directors Meeting 10/23/17 Present: Melissa Spear, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Kerry Lord, Bob Parker, Beth Klingher, Monique Frasier, Claudia Merson Staff: Elena Augusewicz, Joel Tolman, Kimball Cartwright, Rebecca Holcomb, Liz Cox Regrets: Jane

Warm, Dry and Ready to Play- All Winter Long!

By Rebecca Holcombe Director of Community Programs Fresh air, time in nature, and active play are still essential for children even as the days turn colder and darker. Children at Common Ground enjoy lots of

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes June 2017

Board of Directors Meeting 6/26/17 Present: Melissa Spear, Jane Lee, Frank Mitchell, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Kerry Lord, Monique Frasier Staff: Betsy Sneath, Elena Augusewicz, Joel Tolman, Kimball Cartwright, Rebecca Holcomb Guests: Cornell Wright Public

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes Sept. 2017

Board of Directors Meeting 9/18/17 Present: Melissa Spear, Jane Lee, Frank Mitchell, Wendy Battles, Michael Doolittle, Kerry Lord, Bob Parker, Beth Klingher, Claudia Merson, Babz Rawls Ivy, Monique Frasier Staff: Elena Augusewicz, Joel Tolman, Kimball

FILLED- Common Ground Seeks an Assistant Facilities Manager

Organization Overview Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut where a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice. 

Calling All Artisans and Crafters!

Winterfest is coming up on Saturday, December 8. from 10am-2pm. We are currently accepting crafters who'd like to table at this event. To register, please complete this form and then use the PayPal link below to pay for

DACA News and Resources

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has played an important role for 800,000 people brought to the United States as children. DACA is an Executive Order issued by then-President Obama, meant to provide some relief

The SFMNP Crisis: A Letter to the Public

To: Residents of CT From: Aziz Muhammad, a Student of Common Ground High School A question that was posed to me and fellow members of a farm crew I worked on followed as, "What is

Seasonal Recipe: Roasted Garden Tomato Sauce

The tomatoes here at Common Ground are as big as softballs and we're scrambling to use them all before the Autumn cold sets in. I've been making different variations of this sauce over the past

Summer Camp Slideshow

If a picture is worth a thousand words, consider yourself well read in adorable adventure! Summer Camp 2017

When to Plant Veggies for Fall Harvesting

By: Deborah Greig Farm Manager In the heat of the Summer, when the tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and squash start spilling out of your garden and fridge, it’s actually time to start thinking about what you

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes May 2017

Board of Directors Meeting 5/22/17 Present: Bob Parker, Melissa Spear, Cornell Wright, Deb, Jane Lee, Claudia Merson, Frank Mitchell Staff: Betsy Sneath, Elena Augusewicz, Joel Tolman, Kimball Cartwright, Liz Cox, Jesse Delia Guests: N/A Public

Growing lettuce and leaders

We are thrilled to welcome our summer farm interns, including Madison, a former camper who is coming home to the farm! She is joined by three others new to Common Ground: Haley, Marisa, and Sierra.

Student Work: Biology & Society, Spring 2017

By Kevin Sinusas, Biology Teacher & CGHS Introductory Bio students Students in Common Ground's introductory biology course ended the semester by conducting a set of extended investigations related to energy use in New Haven. They

Born to Float

By Ihsan Abdussabur CGHS Class of 2018 I was born by the river in a little tent Oh and just like the river I've been running ev'r since It's been a long time, a long

ED Reflection: Reaching Through The Divide

My Melissa Spear Executive Director A couple of weeks ago Kate Cebik, Common Ground’s Development Associate, forwarded an email she received in response to our most recent newsletter. The email lamented at how my recent

APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED: Environmental Educator

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION. PLEASE SEE OUR JOIN OUR STAFF PAGE FOR CURRENT OPENINGS. Program Description Common Ground offers children in grades K – 8 the opportunity to learn, explore, have adventures,

Honoring a Founder: Joanie Gillette

By Melissa Spear Executive Director These remarks were delivered at a ceremony honoring Joan Gillette which took place at Common Ground on May 8, 2017. Thank you all for being here today as we honor

To My Mother and First Teacher

By Cory Gillette Rinzler Daughter of Joan Gillette These remarks were delivered at a ceremony honoring Joan Gillette which took place at Common Ground on May 8, 2017. At this time of year when the

Poetry, Politics, and Passion

by Valerie Miller Joan Gillette's sister Note: These remarks were delivered at a ceremony honoring Joan Gillette which took place at Common Ground on May 8, 2017. Jack originally asked us both if we would like

Honoring Joanie Gillette: Environmental Justice

By Susannah Gillette Joanie's Daughter These remarks were delivered at a ceremony honoring Joan Gillette which took place at Common Ground on May 8, 2017. I'm awestruck and a bit emotional standing here and witnessing

Spring Farm Update & Gardening Tip

By Deborah Greig Farm Manager It has felt like a very cold and long Spring on the farm. For me, this time of year is always a bit of a struggle. My mind is picturing

Common Ground Board of Directors – Minutes March 2017

Present: Wendy Battles, Mike Doolittle, Monique Frasier, Beth Klingher, Jane Lee, Kerry Lord, Frank Mitchell, Bob Parker, Melissa Spear Staff: Kimball Cartwright, Liz Cox, Deborah Greig, Rebecca Holcombe Wendy called the meeting to order

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes April 2017

Common Ground Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting April 24, 2017 Present: Wendy Battles, Mike Doolittle, Monique Frasier, Beth Klingher, Jane Lee, Kerry Lord, Frank Mitchell, Bob Parker, Melissa Spear, Babz Rawls Ivy Staff:

Cell Biology & Society

By Kevin Sinusas Science Teacher At the end of the fall semester, students investigated a series of historical and current social issues related to cell division. In traditional biology curricula, this topic can often

Seasonal Recipes: Quinoa Pizza Egg Muffins

Each month we will be providing you with a great recipe that utilizes the farm fresh ingredients that are in season on our Urban Farm. This month's Seasonal Recipe is a simple option for a

ED Reflection: The Power of Food and Farming

By Melissa Spear Executive Director Volunteers at the Rock to Rock Day of Service plant across our campus. I am experiencing my 8th spring here at Common Ground. It is always a very

Guidance: The Heart of CGHS

How does a group of young people and a teacher who can’t stand one another  find a way to build trust, come together, and weather the tragic loss of a student? Mr. Dome tells the

Classes I Wish I took

By Kate Cebik Development Associate There are days when it is hard to get out of bed. And it's not just the thermometer reading twelve. Lately it feels like every morning I awaken to another decree

Meet Our New Farm Director, Deborah Greig

By Deborah Greig Farm Director When I was first learning to farm, I met a seasoned farmer who gave me some advice: Even if you’ve been farming for thirty years, you’ve only really done it

After-School Programs On the Line

by Ashton Killilea, Student Affairs Manager This month, the Connecticut General Assembly considers Governor Malloy’s proposal for a new state budget. One thing that’s on the line: the State After-School Grant Program, which funds opportunities

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes February 2017

Common Ground Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting February 27, 2017 Present: Wendy Battles, Mike Doolittle, Monique Frasier, Beth Klingher, Jane Lee, Claudia Merson, Frank Mitchell, Bob Parker, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Melissa Spear Staff: Kimball

Common Ground Supports the LGBTQ Community

Common Ground is committed to the fundamental right of the LGBTQ community to marry, work, and to live their lives with respect and with dignity, and without being subject to discrimination. Common Ground stands in

Learning and Leadership

Presentations of Learning and Leadership (PLL) happen at the end of each semester and are an opportunity for students (and staff!) to share what they’ve learned with our community. Most sessions are student-led and focus

Maxed Potential Leaving Minor Suspensions

Ihsan Abdussabur CGHS, Class of 2018   It's not a sudden surprise to me That reaming of the majority of the minority Have some type of history story To tell about their pass About how

ED Reflection: Combatting Misinformation

By Melissa Spear Executive Director On Monday Common Ground posted the following statement to its website in response to several of the Executive Orders recently signed by President Donald Trump: Common Ground stands firm in

The Construction Specifier: Cross-laminated Timber

The 1300-m2 (14,000-sf) addition to the Common Ground High School (New Haven, Connecticut) is one of the first buildings in the country to employ cross-laminated timber (CLT) as the primary structural material. Gray Organschi Architecture's

On Being Famous

by Jesse Delia Environmental Leadership Manager POWER Assembly at Common Ground, Jan 18, 2017 So today we’re going to talk about being famous. Jesse, center, with some of her "famous" friends, Diane Litwin (left)

New Haven Independent: Gertie Gets an Interpreter

by LUCY GELLMAN | Jan 30, 2017 12:23 pm, New Haven Independent Gertie the Common Ground Rooster was nervous about his first trip to the New Haven Free Public Library. Until he arrived, spread out on

Common Ground Board of Directors- Minutes January 23, 2017

Present: Wendy Battles, Mike Doolittle, Monique Frasier, John Jessen, Beth Klingher, Jane Lee, Kerry Lord, Claudia Merson, Frank Mitchell, Bob Parker, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Melissa Spear. Staff: Kimball Cartwright, Liz Cox, Rebecca Holcomb, Diane Litwin, Joel

What Now? Community Conversations at Common Ground

by Joel Tolman and Kimball Cartwright Keeping democracy alive means having conversations.  When New Haven activists Greg Grinberg  and Aly Heimer asked if they could use Common Ground to host a community conversation with New

Anti-Racism, at any age

By Rebecca Holcombe Director of Community Programs Our Environmental Educator team meets monthly to plan programs and do ongoing professional development. This team works with children ranging in ages from toddler and preschool (Seedlings, Field

Red, White, Don’t Shoot

By Ihsan Abdussabur CGHS Class of 2018 Another vicious gang seem to make an outburst An outburst in unlawful homicides That spread like damaging pesticides And because of the popularity of the clean color It

Untitled

by Nathaniel Dymond, Class of 2018 Rap & Poetry Club The love the energy in the movements that I see But the downside would be they don’t connect to me I feel pretty awkward with