Partnership to help student transition


NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck Public Schools is partnering with the Rise Network, a non-profit organization, to help make the transition from middle school to high school easier for students.

Under the agreement, the Rise Network will work with students transitioning from eighth-grade to ninth-grade.

Superintendent of Schools Sharon Locke said the organization will provide two coordinators that will help students stay on track toward graduation. The coordinators will work with teachers to design a program and help identify high-risk students, she said.

The program is funded through the Rise Network and doesn’t cost the district any money, Locke said. She estimated annual value of the grant-partnership is about $200,000.

The program will run alongside programs the district already has in place, such as the freshman orientation and bringing high school students to the middle school to talk with incoming students.