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.



Relay Information Session

A Relay Information session will be held on March 19th, from 4:30-5:30 PM at the Media Center at John F. Kennedy High School, which is located at 422 Highland Ave , Waterbury, Connecticut 06708. The Relay program offers an alternative route to teacher certification.  


Day On Hill

Several Waterbury Public School students participated in this year's Annual Day on the HIll in Hartford. The event, sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, provides an opportunity for local Board of Education Commissioners, students, and other advocates to attend a program on the legislative process and then meet with individual legislators to encourage support for public education. Show below with the students are Waterbury Commissioners Charles L. Stango, Elizabeth C. Brown (president), Juanita P. Hernandez and Ann M. Sweeney. 

day on hill

Robotics Teams Do Well

March 15, 2018 - This past weekend Wilby High School hosted a FIRST New England Division Robotics Competition. Thirty four teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey competed. The Crosby High School BullBots, led by coaches Theresa Gionfriddo and Angela Munoz, scored 4th overall and made it to the final round. The Kennedy High School Nuts and Bolts of Fury also put in a very good showing.  The high ranking BullBots are now eligible to move on to the New England District Championship, to be held at Boston University April 11th through the 14th.  To register the BullBots must raise $4,000 in the next few weeks.  The school has set up a GoFundMe page at


Invention Convention

For the past several years, Waterbury students have participated in a district-wide Invention Convention competition as preparation for competing at the Connecticut Invention Convention. This year, 131 students participated in the district competition, with a group of these students going on to compete this Sunday in the Southern Connecticut Regional Competition at Hamden Middle School. Winners at this competition will be selected to compete at the state finals later this year.  

Middle School Robotics

Our middle school students are also learning to compete in robotics. Two teams from each middle school recently held a competition at West Side Middle School. At the end of the morning, North End Middle School was the winner, Wallace placed second, and West Side placed third, but all students had the opportunity to practice and learn valuable skills that will help them in all academic classes, especially STEM classes.middle school robotics

North End Tops for Vocabulary

North End Middle School was named a “Top 10” school for the second month in a row for its participation in the national Vocabulary Bowl program for middle school students. North End was the winner of the Connecticut division for the month of February. The Vocabulary Bowl collects information on the number of new vocabulary words that students learn through an adaptive learning game. Link to video announcement.

Jahana Hayes on CBS Morning Show

Jahana Hayes was on the CBS Morning Show Wednesday, March the 14th, discussing the national student walk-out.

Jahana Hayes on the CBS Morning Show discussing the national student walk-out.

National Day of Activism

Students in all Waterbury Public Schools high schools as well as comprehensive middle schools participated in activities observing the March 14, 2018 National Day of Activism Against Gun Violence. Each school had an opportunity to develop its own activity, with some choosing indoor activities while others allowed students to briefly exit the school. "It was a great day for student engagement and activism based on a great desire to change gun laws and remember the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting, and to express kindness to one another, explained Paul Whyte, Instuctional Leadership Director. 

2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes spoke on the topic on CBS This Morning. Click here for a link to this interview. 

walk in planning

School administrators and police officials met prior to March 14 to discuss how school staff could allow students to express their opinions but yet assure the safety of all students on the day.  

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