Chase Building, Spring 2015


The mission of the Waterbury School System is to establish itself as the leader in Connecticut for urban education reform in partnership with the State Department of Education and the entire Waterbury community.   The school system will provide opportunities for all students to maximize their skills and talents in an atmosphere where teaching and learning flourish under the never-wavering belief that all students can be exemplary students, while becoming respectful, responsible, productive citizens vital to our community.



Working Papers

Beginning October 31st, students will be able to obtain working papers directly from their high schools. 


Wingman (Dylan's Wings of Change) is Gilmartin's new student leadership program, inspired by Dylan Hockley, one of the students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The Wingman Program for Schools cultivates a youth leadership program where students are empowered to take a lead in shaping Gilmartin's school climate. Student leaders are trained to counter root causes of rejection, exclusion, and isolation while helping peers to increase empathy and compassion.


Information on Coxsackie Virus
  •          Coxsackie virus is a common virus which lives in the human digestive tract.
  •          It spreads from person to person on unwashed hands and surfaces contaminated by feces. This is called the fecal-oral route. The virus can live on unwashed surfaces for several days. For example an athletic team, could spread the virus, by sharing and handling water bottles and equipment. It only takes one person who has not washed their hands thoroughly after toileting to start transmission.
  •          The fall is prime time for coxsackie as children return to school and the virus spreads quickly. In most cases the virus goes away in a few days.
  •          It is sometimes called hand, foot and mouth disease because of the appearance of  red blisters on the hands, feet and throat.
  •          As with all infectious disease-HANDWASH is the best defense. Handwashing after toileting, before and after diaper changing, and before eating is paramount.
  •          Vigilant surface cleaning in school bathrooms, classrooms ,health rooms and diaper changing areas is key.
  •          Children may have a fever and should not return to school until 24 hours after the fever is gone.


Attached is a fact sheet from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Parents Honored

Twenty nine parents were honored at this year's Parent and Community Leadership Conference, held at the Naugatuck Valley Community College on May 20, 2016. The full day conference event, which included a keynote speech byDr. Michele Femc-Bagwell Director- CommPACT Community Schools Collaborative and Faculty in the Educational Leadership Department, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut and workshops by Waterbury Public School staff, GEAR Up, the Waterbury Police Department and other community organizations. The full-day event was co-sponsored by the Waterbury Public Schools, NVCC, GEAR Up, CommPACT Community Schools Collaborative, Waterbury Hospital and Bridge to Success. Click here for more information and photographs. 

Congratulations to Teachers of the Year

Twenty-nine teachers from throughout the district were honored at a ceremony at the Mattatuck Museum on May 25, 2016, and Ann Grace Spizzoucco, a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher from Wallace Middle School, was named this year's Waterbury Teacher of the Year. Click here for photos from the event.   


April 28, 2016 -  Waterbury's very own Jahana Hayes was named NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR during a broadcast of CBS This Morning. Congratulations go to Mrs. Hayes, along with best wishes for a wonderful reign as National Teacher of the Year. To view additional information about Mrs. Hayes' journey, please click on 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes. 

Student Working Papers

Beginning October 3, students will be able to obtain required working papers from their school's guidance office. Please see the link "Student Working Papers" under the Student link (above right) for more information. Until then students should continue coming to the 3rd floor Board of Education office in the Chase Building, 236 Grand Street.

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Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203) 574-8000

Fax: (203) 574-8010