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Dear JCD Families and Community,

Please take a moment to read the below message:

During the past 5 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to teaching your child/ren physical education and/or health education. I have been blessed with opportunity to create learning experiences to allow your child to begin to understand and explore why health, wellness, and physical activity are fundamental to their success as students and individuals. We have laughed and learned in class, creating countless learning experiences that I know that I will cherish always.

Your child/ren have taught me endless lessons on culture, community, empathy, autonomy, and seeing life through their eyes. I have grown in countless ways as a teacher and as person, I am thankful for all that our school community at John C. Daniels has given me. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to teach within this unique and diverse learning community.

With that said, I have been speaking to each of my classes regarding me resigning my position here at John C. Daniels, for a new opportunity that is closer to my home and my children. I have explained this change to them and have allowed them to ask questions that are relevant or important to them. I have explained that Mr. Casella will still be here and physical education/health will go on. I will officially be resigned from my position at JCD on October 24, 2019. If you/family have any questions please reach out to myself or administration.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you and your children for allowing me the opportunity to teach, learn, and grow within John C. Daniels, I am eternally grateful.


Mrs. Darcy Blaszczyk-O’Shea

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As our school year starts, we would like to set-up clear classroom expectations for all our students K-8! During the first few classes we will be discussing/reviewing our expectations.

We also would like to have you spend a few moments with your child to complete a quick form reviewing & accepting our Physical Education expectations/policies.

**Please complete a seperate form for each child that attends our school. 


We ask that you submit this form by Wednesday, Septemeber 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O'Shea or Mr. C, via our school email. 

 The form has been update in English and Spanish! 

**NEW** JCD Physical Education Expectations


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Welcome Back to School! 

I am looking forward to a great year in physical education. As you are getting ready for the school year remember your child will need: 


JCD Gym Uniform (Navy Blue T-Shirt & Navy Bottoms)*


Students will be able to order JCD PE T-Shirts and Spirit Wear, so please stay tuned for more info!


I hope you all had a wonderful summer and I am looking forward to hearing about how you had an ACTIVE summer break.


Mrs. O’Shea



*Students do not need a PE Uniform for the 1st day of physical education. A PE uniform will be needed starting September 3rd!


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Beginning to Prepare for Spring Fitness Testing!

Students in grades 4, 6, & 8 are beginning to prepare for the mandated Physical Fitness Testing in the Spring Testing window.  Testing will begin during the month of April.

Students are tested on 4 areas of fitness: 

Cardio Respiratory Endurance: How much stamina/endurance do they have to run for an extended period of time

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Upper Body Strength & Endurance: How long can they preform proper pushups

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Abdominal Strength & Endurance: How much stamina do they have to complete curl-ups (abdominal style sit-up)

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Flexbility: How flexible is the student's lower body (hamstrings/lower back)

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As we begin to prepare for these tests, your child can also practice them at home! Please follow the link to the State of Connecticut's website. This website will show you and your child videos of the test being performed correctly, plus you can download the cadence for each of the tests that require audio prompts. 

Physical Fitness Test Manual (All Grades 4, 6, 8)  

We are looking forward to a great testing season! If you have questions please contact either Phys Ed Teacher!


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Hockey is Happening in Mrs. O'Shea's Phys Ed Classes!

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Students in Grades K-5 are learning the basics of hockey.

All students are learning how to stick handle, dribble, and pass the puck!

Students in grades 3-5 will be quizzed on the charts below! Please share with your child so they can "study"! 


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Our Mission

At John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communication students are taught to be creative thinkers who understand and appreciate the diversity in their communities and in the world. Students learn to communicate in different languages enhanced by technology and infused with the arts.  Students are inspired to excel in their studies, to be healthy and active and to contribute to a global society.


New Haven Public Schools' Nondiscrimination Statement:

It is the policy of the New Haven Public Schools district that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment. Protected classes include Age, Ancestry, Color, Gender Identity or Expression, Genetic Information, Learning Disability, Marital Status, Mental Disability, Intellectual Disability, National Origin, Physical Disability, Race, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, equal access school facilities and school premises to Boy Scouts for America and other designated youth groups.




Contact Us

Interim Principal: Mrs. Tina Mitchell
Assistant Principal: Ms. Yesenia Perez

569 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

Main Office: 475-220-3600
Magnet Office: 475-220-3604
Fax: 475-220-3605


School Hours: 8:35am - 2:50pm

Pre-K Program: 7:30am - 5:30pm