OUR MISSION

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.

 

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer School Bus Routes for Elementary Students

Summer School Information - Elementary Schools. 

July 11th through August 4th. 8:30 to 2:30 pm. for most programs. Rotella and Maloney programs dismiss earlier. (Rotella dismisses at 12:30 p.m. Maloney dismisses at 11:30 a.m.)

Students who attend Gilmartin, Chase, Wendell Cross, or Generali will attend the Gilmartin Summer School.

Students who attend Reed, Bucks Hill, Regan or Wilson will attend the Reed Summer School.

Students who attend Carrington, Driggs, Sprague or Kingsbury will attend the Carrington Summer School.

Students who attend Duggan, Bunker Hill, Hopeville, Tinker or Washington will attend the Duggan Summer School.

Walsh students will attend the Walsh Summer School program. Click here for Summer Bus Routes. 

Summer Food Program

The “Free Summer Meals” are an extension of the National School Food Lunch Program when school is out. A nutritious meal composed of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and milk is served. Meals must be eaten at the site due to food safety; a piece of fruit can be taken home. It’s FREE for all children 18 and younger. Children do not need to be registered for any programs to receive a summer meal. All children and teens 18 and younger are welcome at any location. There is absolutely no cost to the child or family for the meals, there is NO paperwork or registration required. Click here for additional information.     Click here for list of food sites and times.  Breakfast and lunch menus. 

Students Win Awards at Family and Housing Expo

Waterbury students were invited to tell the organizers of this year’s Family and Housing Expo “what makes Waterbury a great place for families to live” in a new set of student contests.  There was a poster contest for elementary age students, a poetry contest and an essay contest for students in 6th through 12th grade, and a live presentation contest for students in 9th through 12th grade. The poster, poetry and essay contests each offered $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. The live presentation contest offers a $500 first place prize, with $200 going to second place, and $100 for third place. A selection of poetry, essay and poster entries were displayed at the expo, and visitors to the expo had an opportunity to vote for their favorite displayed entry in a People’s Choice Award.

For list of winners and photos, click here. To view one of two winning presentations / video on Why Waterbury Is a Great Place for Families to Live, click here.   

Girl Scout Summer Program
Early Childhood Receives $30,000 Grant

Liberty Bank Foundation officials  awarded a $30,000 early literacy grant to the Waterbury Public Schools for its Jump Start for Kindergarten program June 16th. Early Childhood Education Supervisor Patricia Moran, Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, along with Chief Academic Officer Darren Schwartz, received the check from Liberty Bank Foundation Program Officer Toral Maher and Liberty Bank Branch Manager Dan Ruocco.

Jump Start for Learning is an intensive remediation program for pre-kindergarten children to enhance and enrich reading readiness and preparedness for kindergarten. Through whole group, small group, individual and center activities, children will develop oral language, vocabulary, comprehension and numeracy skills. As a result of increasing these skills, the students’ independence and confidence will be heightened to ensure a smoother transition to kindergarten.

 

KidsMarathon

On June 2nd, nearly 2400 Waterbury students ran the final 1.2 miles of a cumulative marathon in the KidsMarathon culminating activity.  Marathoner Rod Dixon, who originated the KdsMarathon program, was on hand to cheer students on, along with Mayor Neil O'Leary, Waterbury basketball star Ryan Gomes, and several other dignitaries and community supporters. Click here for photos of the events.  

For several weeks prior, students learned about healthy choices and goal setting while running short distances that allowed them to accumulate the distance run for a marathon, just shy the final 1.2 miles run on June 2nd. 

 

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. 

Students Honored

Students were honored from throughout the district on May 17 and May 18 during the annual Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards ceremonies. Students in grades pre-K through 5th were honored the first evening. Students in 6th through 12th grade and adult education were honored on the second evening. Click here for photos and list of winners on May 17 and May 18

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