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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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Keeping Fit Through February Break 

Winter break is here! Keep your keeps busy, happy, and entertained with some of these fitness based activities! When you are done, complete the writing prompt to bring back to Mrs. O'Shea! Have a fun and fitness filled February break! 







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Come Say to Your JCD Phys Ed. Teachers

Phys Ed. Teachers, Mrs. O'Shea & Mr. C will be downstairs at the gym during Parent-Teacher Conferences, Wednesday 1/30 from 1:30-5:30! 


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Pickleball is BACK at JCD! 

This week, Mrs. O'Shea's Grades 3-8 and Mr. C's 6-8 Phys Ed classes started their pickleball unit!

Pickleball is a racquet sport, played with a paddle and wiffle style ball. 

Students learned this week about the history of pickleball and some basic skills.

Students have been challenged to think deeply, investigate, and report back to Mrs. O'Shea to answer 2 burning questions! 

1) What breed of dog was Pickles?

2) Why does the pickleball paddle have holes in it? 

The 1st class to tell Mrs. O'Shea the ANSWERS to BOTH questions will earn extra time in the gym! 

Have a great weekend! 

Mrs. O'Shea 


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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.

Family-School Compact for Achievement


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.

Title IX Coordinator:   Vallerie Hudson-Brown,  54 Meadow Street, New Haven,  Telephone#203-497-7014 504 Coordinator:  Delores Garcia-Blocker,  54 Meadow Street, New Haven,  Telephone # 203-946-8982


Contact Us

Interim Principal: Mr. Pedro Mendia-Landa
Assistant Principal: Ms. Tianko Ellison

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