Classroom Spotlight: Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School

A few of our NESS SEA AmeriCorps members spend their school day at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (BDJMS) helping teachers and students in many ways. Our NESS classroom at BDJMS is a donor sponsored classroom and allows for NESS members to have a space to prepare and teach programs, as well as for mentoring […]

Great Story: Changing Course

Changing Course Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Dylan Gardner At times change can happen very rapidly, like a tacking sailboat.  At other times it is slow, like a cargo ship altering its course at sea.  For students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, change in the classroom can be the same.  In the beginning of the […]

Classroom Spotlight: Winthrop STEM Elementary School

Come take a look into one of our NESS classrooms in New London! We recently visited Winthrop STEM Elementary School and observed programs for 2nd and 5th grade classes. We have four sponsored classrooms where our AmeriCorps members are stationed throughout the New London Public Schools in Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, Harbor Elementary, Nathan […]

Great Story: Not-So-Quiet Cafe

Not-So-Quiet Cafe Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Laura “Lorax” Karson “One of my favorite parts of working in Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School is being part of the Quiet Cafe program. Quiet Cafe is a space for students to eat lunch who are not as comfortable eating in the big cafeteria. When we were […]

NESS in the News: The Day “Much more than just learning to sail”

NESS was recently featured in The Day. Read more here: Much more than just learning to sail Alone on the waves in a small boat, a sailor has to be self-reliant, skillful, calculating – and knowledgeable yet humble about water and wind. The experience can be exhilarating. Traditionally, learning seamanship skills and having fun afloat […]

Great Story: Adventure Sail

Adventure Sail Written by NESS SEA AmeriCorps Member Anna “Piper” Crouser “It was the last week of dinghy sailing and the 6th graders from Bennie Dover Middle School were ready for one last Opti sail before the season was over.  We had planned a follow-the-leader style sail out to Junk Island and back to Greens […]

NESS in the News: The Day “Stonington-based NESS receives major accreditation”

NESS was recently featured in The Day. Read more here: Stonington-based NESS receives major accreditation Stonington – New England Science and Sailing has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, something never achieved before by a non-traditional school or college. The organization, which is based on Water Street in the borough, […]

3 Ways You Can #OptOutside on Black Friday!

Don’t spend your Black Friday in busy shopping malls, #OptOutside! REI began a national campaign to get people outdoors by closing their stores and giving their employees a paid day off to enjoy nature on Black Friday. REI chooses life outdoors, and so do we! Not only will you get some fresh air, but time […]

A Closer Look at Our Core Values!

NESS provides STEM-based programs year-round, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life. Our goal is to build brighter futures. From the beginning, we have been guided by four main core values. These core values are inclusiveness, experiential learning, personal growth, and stewardship. So even when our students are out powerboating, […]