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New Year Begins with New Staff in Place

January 14, 2019 - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Verna Ruffin (standing) welcomed new staff to her Cabinet today, where the discussion immediately focused on student learning. New staff (or staff in new positions) include Dr. Gregory Rodriguez, Deputy Superintendent; Mr. William F. Clark, Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Tonya Biles, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel, and Jacqueline Davis, District Climate and Attendance Coordinator. Two CT State Department of Education officials helped provide guidance: Leslie Carson, Turnaround Office, and Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Bureau Chief of the Performance Office. 

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Filmmaker Documents Waterbury Students Learning to Read

Harvey Hubbell, filmmaker, is filming a documentary in Waterbury about the systems/practices we use to teach reading. This link will bring you to the first 7 episodes. They are only a few minutes each. 


Pre-K Registration Form!

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Kindergarten Registration
  • All Kindergarten registrations will be processed ONLY at the Waterbury Family Intake Center at One Jefferson Square on the first floor.
  • Registration hours are from 8:15 am until 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday for children who will be 5 years old on or before January 1, 2020.
  • If a language other than English is spoken in the home, then the child MUST be present at the time of registration.
  • Todas las Registraciones para kindergarten serán procesadas SOLAMENTE en el Family Intake Center de Waterbury localizado en el primer piso de one Jefferson Square. 

  • El horario de registración es de 8:15 hasta las 2:30 pm, lunes a viernes para niños que tengan 5 años de edad en o antes del 1ro  de enero de 2020

  • Si en su casa se habla otro idioma distinto al Inglés, su niño/a DEBE estar presente para la  Registración. 

For more information including registration dates, please click here - English / Spanish

Maloney and Rotella Lottery Information
DPAC Meeting

flyer for jan 9

Duggan Parents Needed!

Parent Flyer

WAMS PTSO Visit with Santa

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PJ Day for Elementary Schools

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Flyer in Spanish / Albanian

Open House for Prospective Students Postponed

Due to the impending weather, Waterbury Career Academy’s open house for prospective students that was originally scheduled for this Thursday, November 15, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm.  

Flu Clinic

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Community Conversation

flyer for community conversation

Parent Forum

parent forum flyer

DPAC Event

flyer for nov 14


Governance Council Training

Waterbury Public Schools Governance Council Training Module

Provided by the Waterbury Board of Education & CABE CT Association Boards of Education

  Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (Snow Date: Wednesday Nov. 28, 2018)

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Crosby High School Media Center

300 Pierpont Road Waterbury, CT 06705  

Light Refreshments Will be Served

Child Care Provided by Crosby High School Students

Module:  Basics- “What School Governance Members Need to Know”   

Attorney Rebecca Adams from CABE

Full flyer in English / Spanish / Albanian 

Input Sought on Grant Application

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant 2018-19

The Waterbury Public School District is preparing one afterschool grant application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program.  We welcome any input or suggestions you have to offer concerning this grant application.  To share your thoughts on this please call the Competitive Grants Office at 203-346-3506, or email nsteck@waterbury.k12.ct.us using the following subject line: 21st CCLC Community Input, by October 23, 2018.

WAMS Lottery
November Meeting Rescheduled

The Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at Waterbury Arts Magnet School. 

Eagle's Nest Preschool

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Staff Welcome New Superintendent



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Dr. Ruffin greets staff as they arrive at the reception to welcome her to Waterbury Public Schools. 

New Superintendent Named

Dr. Verna D. Ruffin is the new Superintendent of Schools for Waterbury. The Board of Education official named Dr. Ruffin at its meeting June 28, 2018. 

Dr. Ruffin comes to Waterbury from a position as a Chief Academic Officer for the Achievement School District in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to that position, she had served as Superintendent of the Jackson-Madison County Schools in Jackson (TN) and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Area Superintendent in Tulsa (OK) Public Schools.

Dr. Ruffin accepts position

Educators of Year Announced

Thirty-one teachers, three paraprofessionals, one administrator, and one support staff person of the year will be honored at a ceremony at Crosby High School on Thursday, June 14th, at 4:30 p.m. The Administrator of the Year and the Waterbury Teacher of the Year will be announced at that time. Continue reading this article on the next page to see the list of winners. 

Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards

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Fifty one students received recognition during the annual Superintendent's Student Awards Recognition ceremony, held May 10, 2018 at Kennedy High School. Click here for full set of photographs and student bios from that evening. 

Celebrating Community Through The Arts

*updated 20180517 -SOLD OUT-

Duggan Student of the Month Ceremony!

Congratulations to all the students who were honored at our student of the month ceremony! Keep up the great work!ceremony

Moving on to National Invention Convention

Caleb Smith, a 5th grader at Rotella, was selected to go on to the National Invention Convention in Washington DC on June 3rd.  We had 19 finalists compete at UCONN this past weekend, and we received two other awards, both to Caleb.  It was a great experience for the students, and Waterbury was well represented. 

Open House Postponed

Maloney’s 2017 Lottery Open House scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 24 at 6 pm. 



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Website of 

Duggan Elementary School

Dr. Patricia Frageau, Principal         

38 West Porter Street

Waterbury, CT 06708

203 574-8875


EGGSTRAVAGANZA Egg Hunt March 31st!

Join us Saturday, March 31st for an exciting egg hunt for children 3 to 10 years. Win prizes and giveaways! 


 Egg Hunt

New After School Program for Duggan Middle School Students!

We have been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant to offer an academic enrichment program for our 6th through 8th grade students. The program will run from 2:25 – 4:15 with transportation provided and snacks given daily. For a list of the activities that will take place, click here! For an application, please contact the school. 


PEACH Spring Break Health Exploration Camp for Free! (Available for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students)


This amazing program is available during this years Spring break and is completely free of charge! Your child will shadow several different jobs in the medical field, traveling across Connecticut to visit doctors, marine biologists, nurses, and many more exciting professionals! For an application, click here! Deadline to hand in the application is March 16th, 2018.

December Duggan School Newsletter!

School News


Read up on all the latest news and events at Duggan School! Click here for entire newsletter!  


February School Newsletter


To read the full newsletter, click here! To see all of Duggan's Newsletters this year, go to the Duggan Newsletter tab to the left!


November Newsletter Highlights!

Duggan School Newsletter

November, 2017           Dr. Patricia Frageau, Principal

Important Message from the Principal on the Importance of Attendance

  • Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days. This can be just one day every two weeks and can happen before you know it.
  • Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.
  • Excused and unexcused absences represent lost time in the classroom and a lost opportunity to learn.
  • Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school-and themselves. Start building this habit early so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day, is important.



7th No School Parent

10th No School

15th Zumba

22nd Early Dismissal

23rd& 24th Thanksgiving recess


Click here to read the entire November Newsletter!

January Duggan School Newsletter!

School News


Read up on all the latest news and events

at Duggan School! Click here for entire




Program Offered by Waterbury Hospital to Give Parents Free Training on Supporting Educational Excellence

Waterbury Hospital is accepting applications for parents who are interested in a free training program that will build leaders who want to connect  families and the community into the educational system. To fill get the application, please click here!

Duggan School Fall Canned Food Drive!


The Duggan School canned food drive was a great success! Students and staff collected 1226 cans in total. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event!


Duggan PreK-8 School
38 W. Porter St
Waterbury, CT 06708
Phone: 203 574-8875

Fax: 203.574.8877