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Waterbury Schools Celebrate Black History

Black History is infused in our curriculum throughout the year, however, special emphasis is being placed during the month of February. Click here to read more.

Happy Valentine's Day!

valentines day

TWO HOUR DELAY

Due to the weather, Waterbury Public Schools will have a two hour delayed opening, Tuesday, January 30, 2018. There will be no morning preK. 

Flu Shots for Preschool Students Only

The Health Dept is offering flu shots for WPS Pre K children. Health Dept is providing a walk in flu clinic Tuesday and Wednesday at the Health Department, 2nd floor, 9-3, and Thursday at Bucks Hill School, 9-3. 

All walk in flu clinics. All open to WPS pre K children from any of the WPS pre k programs only.

Letter to Parents from BOE in English / Spanish / Albanian. Letter from Health Department. Religious Exemption Form / Medical Exemption Form in English / Spanish

Workshop Cancelled

The Board of Education's Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2018, has been cancelled. 

Schools Closed

Due to the storm, Waterbury Public Schools will be closed on Friday, January 5, 2018. 

TWO HOUR DELAY

Due to the weather, all schools will have a two hour delayed opening. There will be no morning pre-kindergarten classes. 

SATURDAY PERFORMANCE RESCHEDULED

Due to the impending weather event this Saturday, the decision has been made to cancel the Saturday Performances of Kennedy High School's Seussified Christmas Carol. Friday night's performance will take place as scheduled at 7:00pm. 

To accommodate those who were planning to attend on Saturday, we have added one Sunday performance at 4:00.  Santa will be here on Sunday after the 4:00 performance.

Book Fair

Barnes and Noble in Waterbury is hosting a Book Fair Wednesday, Dec. 13 to benefit Kennedy High School and the Eagle Flyer newspaper. Free gift wrapping is also available. A portion of every purchase will benefit the school. Just be sure to mention 'Kennedy' at the register. Get your Christmas shopping done or treat yourself: in addition to books, the store has toys, games, Lego sets, Disney items, food, and much more. Dec. 13 is also an early dismissal day for students.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants 2017-2018

The Waterbury Public Schools are preparing afterschool grant applications for the 2017-18 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program.  We welcome any input you have to offer concerning those grant applications.  To share your thoughts on this please call the Competitive Grants Office at 203-346-3506, or email jcallahan@waterbury.k12.ct.us using the following subject line: 21stCCLC Community Input, by September 12, 2017.

Boys Basketball Class LL Quarterfinal Game Rescheduled

The Boys Basketball Class LL Quarterfinal game between Danbury and Kennedy has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 11th, at noon, at Kennedy.  Come out to support the boys.  Tickets available at the door.

9th Grade Orientation

All incoming 9th grade students and parents are invited to attend our annual orientation program on Thursday, August 24th.  Learn about expectations for the year and the wide variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities at Kennedy High School.  Tours of the building will  take place and staff will be available to answer all of your questions in anticipation of the beginning of the new school year.

Introducing Kennedy High School's Monthly Newsletter: Kennedy Connection

Please take a moment to check out our new monthly school newsletter, Kennedy Connection.  Click on the image to see the entire newsletter.

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"Two Teams, One Dream. Cure MS"

More than $500 was reaised for the Connecticut MS Society at the boys basketball game between Kennedy and Waterbury Career Academy on February 12th at Kennedy High School.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support the cause.

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Bus Routes

Morning and afternoon school bus routes are now available under the Parents link (see either School Bus Routes or 2017-2018 School Information) or click here. 

College Preparation Night College Preparation Night

Parents of Grade 12 Students:  Please join us on Wednesday, September 20th, just prior to Open House, at 6:00 pm, in the Media Center, for a presentation on the college application process, the Common Application, & the financial aid application process.

School Finance Forum

finance forum flyer

Student, Family, & Faculty Surveys for Our NEASC Accreditation Self-Reflection

In preparation for the upcoming Self-Reflection that Kennedy High School will be completing as part of the NEASC Accreditation process, all students, families, and faculty are encouraged to complete surveys designed to provide the school with important feedback on our work.  We hope to learn more about what is working well for our students and identify areas for growth and improvement.  We ask that parents follow the link below to complete the family survey, as your input and feedback is greatly valued and essential to our accreditation process.  If you print out the final page of the survey thanking you for completing it, write your name on it, and retruen it to the school, we will enter your name in a raffle of a 40" flat screen television.

NEASC Family Survey

 

Football Tryout & Practice Dates

Fall Sports

Beginning of Season Practice Dates

***ALL PLAYERS, NEW AND RETURNING, MUST HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL ON FILE WITH THE NURSE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT OR PRACTICE***

Football:

August 14th – 18th, 2-5 pm

Players should report to the varsity locker room by 1:45 pm

 

August 19th, 9 am – 12 pm

Players should report to the locker room by 8:45 am

 

August 21st – 25th, 2 pm – 5 pm

Players should report to the locker room by 1:45 pm

 

August 26th, 9 am – 12 pm

Players should report to the locker room by 8:45 am

 

August 28th, 2 pm – 5 pm

This will be the normal schedule every day after school.

 

Open House

Open House will take place on Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity for parents to learn about their child's classes and meet their child's teachers.  Parents will follow their child's class schedule throughout the evening:

Period 1: 7:05 – 7:17

Period 2: 7:22 – 7:34

Period 3: 7:39 – 7:51

Period 4: 7:56 – 8:08

Period 5: 8:13 – 8:25

Period 6: 8:30 – 8:42

Period 7: 8:47 – 8:59

 

 

Scholarships Available
Superintendent Search Forums

The Human Resources Department – Civil Service is in the process of searching for the next Superintendent for Waterbury Public Schools.

The City is inviting the public to participate in this process by providing their input about the profile for this position in order to choose the best person. 

In an effort to collect input from parents, students, employees and business community, the City will host a series of meetings on Jan. 24, 2018.  The meetings will be managed by Ray & Associates, the search firm hired by the City to locate prospective candidates for the position.

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Chase Building, BOE Training Room 2nd Floor, 236 Grand Street, Waterbury CT  06702 (by invitation)

09:30 AM       Waterbury Teachers’ Association (WTA) and School Administrators of Waterbury (SAW)

10:30 AM       BOE Central Office Staff

11:30 AM       Student Council Members for each of our High Schools – Seniors and Juniors

01:30 PM       Hispanic Coalition

02:30 PM       School Governance Council

03:30 PM       Waterbury Neighborhood Groups

04:30 PM       NAACP

Waterbury Arts Magnet School, 16 S Elm Street, Waterbury CT  06706

6:30 PM         Open to all

Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to all of our Teachers of the Year. All will be honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony, to be held Wednesday, May 31st, at 4:30 p.m. at Crosby High School. Family, friends, and colleagues are all invited to attend and help celebrate. See list by clicking on the "read more" tab.   

Soccer Tryout & Practice Dates

Fall Sports

Beginning of Season Practice Dates

***ALL PLAYERS, NEW & RETURNING, MUST HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL ON FILE WITH THE NURSE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT OR PRACTICE***

Soccer:

August 24th & August 25th, 10 am, at West Side Middle School

 

August 28th, 2 pm – 4:30 pm, at West Side Middle School

This will be the normal schedule every day after school.

 

SOAR Open House

An Open House for students and families interested in the SOAR Program at Kennedy High School will be held on October 24th at 6:00 pm.  Please note that this is a new date for the open house.

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M.L.K. Youth Day Summit

Youth Day Summit Flyer

TWO HOUR DELAY

Due to the weather, Waterbury Public Schools will have a two hour delayed opening today, Friday, February 2, 2018. There will be no morning pre-K. 

CHECK OUT THE FEBRUARY EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Click on the front page above for the entire newspaper.

 

 

Kennedy Students Compete

The Kennedy High School robotics team, the Nuts and Bolts of Fury, will be competing at the FIRST National Robotics Championship in St. Louis on April 26th to the 29th, after qualifying earlier this year at two regional competitions. The students have set up a GoFundMe page and will be conducting fundraisers at Amalfi’s on April 10 and Texas Road House on April 18, in addition to two car washes, a dunk tank at the school, and a paint night. Kennedy teacher George Flaherty works with the students. 

Twenty-six Kennedy High School students recently spent five days in New Orleans, helping construct a Habitat for Humanity home and seeing the sights. The members of the HOPE  (Helping People Everywhere) and YES (Young Educators Society) clubs were accompanied by Jahanna Hayes and Cassandra Fann Peirce. 

Parent Conferences

Parents are invited to meet with teachers on Wednesday, April 19th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Volleyball Tryout & Practice Dates

Fall Sports

Beginning of Season Practice Dates

***ALL PLAYERS, NEW AND RETURNING, MUST HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL ON FILE WITH THE NURSE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT OR PRACTICE***

Volleyball:

All returning 10th, 11th, & 12th grade players will attend varsity tryouts in the Main Gym on the following dates:

August 24th, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

August 25th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

All returning J.V. players, 9th grade students, and any other new players will attend tryouts on the following dates: August 29th & 30th, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

 

 

SOAR Application Now Available

The SOAR application for students seeking admission for the 2018-2019 school year is now available by clicking HERE.  Applications are due no later than December 18, 2017.  There will be an open house for the SOAR program at Kennedy High School on October 26th at 6:00 pm.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

On Friday, October 27th, students from throughout the district gathered at Wilby High School for the annual district-wide Hispanic Heritage Celebration. The event included performances by students, as well as displays of art work. Click here for photos and more information.

Below: Chase Elementary School students arrive dressed to perform. 

Chase School students arrive at Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

MLK Youth Summit Transportation Schedule

MLK Youth Summit Transportation Schedule

January 13, 2018

 

Transportation of the children and their parents will be provided by the Police Athletic League. The pickup locations and times are as follows:

South End Recreation Center

135 E Liberty St, Waterbury, CT 06706

Pick Up Time: 8:00am

Drop Off Time: 3:00pm

North End Recreation Center

268 N Main St, Waterbury, CT 06702

Pick Up Time: 8:15am

Drop Off Time: 2:45pm

Jonathon Reed Elementary School

33 Griggs St, Waterbury, CT 06704

Pick Up Time: 8:30am

Drop Off Time: 2:30pm

For more information about this and other events during the MLK weekend, visit us online at:

www.cbccw.org

College Financial Aid Informational Session

The Kennedy High School Guidance Department would like to invite parents of grade 11 students to attend a College Financial Aid Informational Session presented by AAA.  The presentation will take place prior to parent conferences, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, on April 19th, in the Library Media Center.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Summer Arts Program

The Summer Arts Program at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School is now accepting applications from students in grades 6-12 in Waterbury or the Greater Waterbury area. The dates of the program are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., July 3rd through July 14th (excluding the July 4 holiday). For more information, please click here.  

Girls Swimming Tryout & Practice Dates

Fall Sports

Beginning of Season Practice Dates

***ALL PLAYERS, NEW AND RETURNING, MUST HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL ON FILE WITH THE NURSE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT OR PRACTICE***

Girls Swimming:

First Day of Practice: August 28th, 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

 

Normal schedule:

Monday-Friday: 2:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturdays: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

 

Message From Deputy Superintendent

opening statement

DPAC Meeting

dpac flyer

Revised Mid-Term Exam Schedule
Sensitivity Task Force

The Sensitivity Task Force is holding a public forum in the Aldermanic Chambers on June 20th, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for comments and questions from the public.   Information translated to Spanish / Albanian. 

taskforce

 

2500 Students Run Marathon

Over 2500 students participated in this year's Mayor Neil O'Leary's Waterbury Kids Marathon program, running short distances each week that added up to the full marathon distance by the end of the program. The culminating activity took place on June 1st, with students parading to a starting line in front of City Hall and running a little over a mile through downtown streets back to Library Park, where they had a healthy snack and water. Mayor O'Leary was on hand to personally encourage students in their endeavors, including this group from Bucks Hill School. 

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Cross Country Tryout & Practice Dates

Fall Sports

Beginning of Season Practice Dates

***ALL PLAYERS, NEW AND RETURNING, MUST HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL ON FILE WITH THE NURSE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT OR PRACTICE***

Cross Country:

First Day of Practice: August 25th, 10 am

 

Normal schedule:

Monday-Friday: 2:00 pm

Midterm Exam Schedule

Midterm Exams will take place from January 12th to January 19th.  Please click on the image below for the entire exam schedule.

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Superintendent Search Surveys

Please take the Superintendent of Schools Survey.  The community is encouraged to participate in superintendent search!
Process kicks off with surveys - now available here.

DPAC Meeting

DPAC meeting flyer

Solar Eclipse Safety

Connecticut will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. PLEASE do not look directly at the solar eclipse unless you are wearing certified solar eclipse safety glasses. Doing so will result in permanent eye damage, including possible permanent blindness. There are also several methods by which you may safely view the eclipse using indirect methods.   

For more information on how to SAFELY view the solar eclipse, visit the solar eclipse safety information on the NASA website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

CHRO Forum

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Students Participate in The Gathering

bunker hill gathering 2017Waterbury Public School students and staff enthusiastically participated in The Gathering on Saturday, September 23rd, the city's fifth annual celebration of its multicultural diversity. All schools marched in the opening parade, walking behind banners with the school name and logos. 

 

Vote on 2017 Title I DPAC By-Laws

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS: You are eligible to vote on the Title I District Parent Advisory Council 2017 By-Laws. Your school's Parent Liaison has a copy of the proposed by-laws and a paper ballot for your voting convenience. To be counted, your vote must be returned to your Parent Liaison no later than October 13, 2017

You may also review the by-laws by clicking here.   You may print a copy of the ballot by clicking here.   

Pink Out Donation

Waterbury Public School staff donated $3,433.60 to "The Women for Women Organization" at St. Mary’s Hospital.  This is the second year that the Waterbury Public Schools participated in the annual Pink Out event, which not only raises funds to provide free mammograms for women who would otherwise be unable to afford one, but it also provides the school district with an opportunity to spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention. Deputy Superintendent Robert Henry explained, "Everyone who wore pink on Friday, October 27th, helped promote awareness of this devastating health issue that impacts one in eight women here in the United States. We hope these funds help the hospital in its mission to save lives."  Representatives of St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Ann Smith (right) and Carrie Fuller (second from left) noted that 118 women were able to obtain mammogram services through September 30, 2017 as a result of all funding last year. Pat Moran, Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement (second from right) helped coordinate the district's Pink Out event this year.

Pink Out donation   

Substitute Teachers Job Fair

job fair flyer

Superintendent Survey Results

Ray and Associates, Inc., consultants, presented the results of the Superintendent Search Surveys completed by staff, parents, students and community members during the month of January to the Board of Education at a Special Workshop on Monday, February 5, 2018. Please click here to review the survey report.   

The Gathering

gathering

Fundraising for Hurricane Relief

We will be raising funds as a district in support of hurricane relief efforts. Students, parents and staff can purchase a yellow wrist band for $1.00 (but larger donations may also be accepted) and then they can wear the wristbands to show their support of all the victims. Funds will be donated to one of three organizations: JJ Watts Foundation, Red Cross or Unicef. Each person can choose to which foundation he/she would like the money be directed. The campaign will begin as soon as the bracelets arrive. Parent Liaisons will spearhead the drive in all schools. They will collect all monies and then deliver them to the office of Family and Community Engagement, 236 Grand Street, Room 104 by 1:30 on that final day. 

Power School

The PowerSchool Student and Parent portals are now active and ready for use…

Students are able to log into PowerSchool to view their schedules and grades with the same credentials that they use to access district computers.

Parents will need to reach out to the Parent Liaisons for login information and instruction. The Parent Liaisons were trained and were provided the parent lists and log on information earlier this year. 

An IRIS notification will be sent to parents regarding notifying them of their access to PowerSchool.  

The link listed below is for access to the parent/student portal:

https://waterbury.powerschool.com/public/home.html

 

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Click on the front page to see the entire issue.

Kennedy High School Community Day

Please join us for our first Community Day at Kennedy High School, Saturday, May 13th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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Blue Whale Challenge

Parents: When it comes to the well-being of our students, we can never be too careful. Therefore, it's important to inform you of a new "game" on social media...

Please click here to view letter from Chief Academic Officer Darren Schwartz that explains what the game is and why it may be dangerous for students to start playing. Letter is in English, Spanish and Albanian.   

Harlem Globetrotters Perform

The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center sponsored a fun evening for families on Wednesday evening, September 6th, with two of the Harlem Globetrotters, “Showboat” Jackson and “Blenda” Rodriguez, who not only engaged the audience with their tricks on the court but also spoke to students about staying safe and being kind to each other. The pair enlisted student and parent volunteers to come down on the court for some up-close demonstrations. 

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Services for Those Who Become Homeless

If you become homeless, the McKinney-Vento Act provides special services for your child to address the special needs he or she may have while displaced. The McKinney-Vento Act defines "homeless children and youth" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes those who are sharing housing with others (doubled up with a friend or relative), living in motels or camp grounds, or living in emergency shelters, as well as those having no address because they are living in a car, public space or abandoned building.

McKinney-Vento provides transportation from the temporary residence to school and back, school uniforms and basic school supplies, tutors, and tools for school. Please click here to view a brochure with more details on the law and how you may access services.  Please click here for Spanish version of brochure.  Please click here for Albanian version of brochure. 

You may also contact your school's Parent Liaison for more information on how to access these services and to set up transportation for your child if needed.  

CHECK OUT THE NOVEMBER EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Click on front page to view the entire issue.

 

 

 

Parent Survey

Parents are invited to complete the annual parent survey.  Parent feedback is greatly valued in our continual improvement efforts.  Complete the survey HERE

 

HUMAN GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION POLICY

Parents:

 

1.HUMAN GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION POLICY

 

Any parent or legal guardian of a Waterbury Public School student may exempt his/her child from any or all lessons dealing with Human Growth, Development and Family Life portions of the Health and Wellness Education Curriculum.  This may be done by written notification to the Principal of the building that the child attends.  Copies of the curriculum are available at the school for parent review.  If you would like to read the curriculum, please call the school and make an appointment to go in and review the material.

Click to continue article in Spanish and Albanian. 

 

Dads Matter Too

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Community Eligibility Provisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Waterbury Public Schools is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, which provides free breakfasts and lunches for school year 2017-2018.  All students enrolled at the schools may participate in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program at no charge.   Household applications are not required to receive free meals, but the school will distribute applications to collect household income data for other programs that require this information and these forms must be returned to the Food Service Department.

All students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge at all the Waterbury Public Schools.

Teachers Honored

Yolanda Lee, our current Waterbury Teacher of the Year, has been named a semi-finalist for this year’s Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Michael Clark, a teacher at Kennedy High School, and Mr. David Basile, a teacher at Wilby High School, have been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as recipients of the 2017 Yale Educator Award. According to a press release, this program “recognizes outstanding educators who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.” This year, 58 teachers and 30 counselors were selected out of 411 nominations. Matriculating students are invited to nominate the high school educators, and Yale admissions staff reviews the nominations and selects recipients. 

United Way Bed Races

Two Waterbury schools participated in the United Way’s Bed Race October 14th. Hopeville School and West Side Middle School had the highest level of participation in the recent employee fundraising campaign for the United Way, and the reward was representing the school district in the races. Both schools presented colorfully decorated beds, with West Side adopting a “West Side Warios” theme, dressing much like the video game character Mario, and Hopeville donning pink clothes in a “Hopeville Goes Pink” theme for breast cancer awareness. Darren Schwartz raced alongside the Hopeville team, and Board President Liz Brown was on hand to cheer on both schools.  Hopeville advanced to the second round despite losing a wheel off its original bed during its heat. Click here to view more photos from the event. 

Hopeville lost wheel

CHECK OUT THE OCTOBER EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Operation Warm

operation warm coat distribution

Deputy Superintendent Robert Henry helped Waterbury Public Schools students select warm winter coats as part of Operation Warm. The Waterbury Fire Department, through the national organization Operation Warm, distributed 300 brand-new winter coats to students at Bucks Hill, Walsh and Hopeville, as well as to students in several other schools. This is the fifth year that members of the Waterbury Fire Department have partnered with Operation Warm, a non-profit organization that has provided coats to over two millions children. The local fire department helps raise funds, and firefighters volunteer to help distribute the coats. A representative group of students from Walsh and from Hopeville were bused to Bucks Hill for a special assembly December 21st that included Mayor Neil M. O’Leary and representatives from Cigna, MacDermid, Brass Axe Capital, and Durham School Services.   

Radium Girls Postponed

The performance of Radium Girls at Crosby High School has been rescheduled to 

January 19 at 7PM and January 20 at 2PM.

 

No School Today - Committee Meeting Cancelled

Due to the weather, Waterbury Public Schools will be closed today, Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 

Also, the Board of Education's Policy Committee, scheduled for this evening, is cancelled. 

Check Out The Latest Edition of Our School Newspaper, The Eagle Flyer

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Durham Bus Tracker App

Parents and guardians please be reminded there is a free app: m.durhambustracker.com that allows you to view your students’ current school bus location and information about the route in near real time including the scheduled arrival time to your home.

You can download the app to your phone at no cost. For more information, please click here.

Board Commissioners Certified

Congratulations go out to President Liz Brown, and Commissioners Ann Sweeney and Jason Van Stone, upon receiving CABE’s Certified Board of Education Member designation. To achieve this designation, Board members are required to earn a total of twenty credits in the areas of Board Relations, Policy, Curriculum, School Finance, School Law, Labor Relations, and Board Operations. This represents knowledge, skills and ability which can then be used here in Waterbury to help advance school and district improvements and policy. According to CABE, very few Board members earn this designation. 

 

WAMS Lottery

The Waterbury Arts Magnet School lottery is now open. Please click here for the link to the WAMS online lottery application. Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, November 13th, at 9:00 a.m. The lottery drawing will be conducted on Monday, November 27th. Parents/guardians will be notified of the results by mail following the lottery.

There will be two Open House/Tours:

Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.*

Saturday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. *

* Free parking in the Scovill Street Garage for these events. 

Parent and Community Leadership Conference

student logo 

PARENTS: You are invited to attend the third annual Parent and Community Leadership Conference, to be held on Friday, May 26th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Community College. The event is free and includes workshops, lunch, and awards ceremony. To register, please click here.

Financial Reality Fair

Crosby High School hosted a Financial Reality Fair for high school students yesterday. Students listened to a presentation on what choices they would need to make as they started their first “job” and moved into their first “home.” Students then visited tables set up in the gym where they had to decide how much money to spend on basics such as housing and transportation and extras such as ”night life.” The goal was stay within their budget and hopefully have money left over at the end of the month.  

The tables included a spin on the "Wheel of Reality" where students could win (e.g. money from a tag sale) or lose (e.g. replacement cost for a lost cellphone).  

wheel of reality

New Interim Supervisor

Amy Simms has been named Interim Early Childhood Education Supervisor.  She will oversee all of the Waterbury Public School preschool programs and will continue to be the point person for Bucks Hill Annex.  If you need to contact Ms. Simms, she is best reached at the Office of Early Childhood located at 30B Church St.  The phone number to that office is 203-574-8024.

Cheerleading Practice Dates & Times

Fall Sports

Beginning of Season Practice Dates

***ALL PLAYERS, NEW AND RETURNING, MUST HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PHYSICAL ON FILE WITH THE NURSE IN ORDER TO TRYOUT OR PRACTICE***

Cheerleading:

Practices will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 2:30 - 5:00 pm

 

 

Parent Notification-Parent Right To Know

The district will notify the parents of each student attending any Title I school through our website that the parent may request and the district will provide (in a  timely manner) information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teacher, including, at a minimum, the following:                                                           

Whether the student's teacher    

- has met the state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

- is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and 

- is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.  

Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so, their qualification. ESSA qualification of teachers and paraprofessional is attached.

 
Title I DPAC Meeting

Families gathered Wednesday, October 4th, for the Annual Title I District Parent Advisory Council Meeting. In addition to learning about programs and services offered through Title I funding in both public and non-public schools, parents and guardians also had the opportunity to speak directly to content area supervisors and other district program providers for tips on how to help their children succeed in school. Dr. Marcy Kane, Vice President for Children's Services at Wellmore Behavioral Health, also spoke to families about the importance of the social emotional well-being development of their children and the impact that has on academics. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FLU

To Parents of Waterbury School Children:

As you may know, the H3N2 Influenza virus season is a current topic of concern all across the country. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SEVERE FLU SEASON AND STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP PROTECT YOUR FAMILY. 

INFORMATION IN SPANISH / ALBANIAN. 

"Putting on AIRS" - May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The PUTTING ON AIRS (POA) Program is now up and running at the Waterbury Health Department. 

Parents: Is your child's asthma out of control? "Putting on AIRS" can help. Click here for more information in English or Spanish

POA english leaflet

spanish poa

 

 

 

 

Openings for School Readiness

WATERBURY SCHOOL READINESS

Waterbury Office of Early Childhood is currently accepting applications for the School Readiness Program.

 Full Day, Part Day and School Day options are available for 3 & 4 year old children. 

Call the School Readiness office at 203-573-6684 for more information.

Magnet School Lotteries

MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY INFORMATION for 2018-2019 School Year

Informational Open Houses for Prospective Students and their Families

 

Maloney:       Thursday, January 18, 2018          2 Sessions:  9:30 am and 6:30 pm
                        (Snow Date:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 9:30 am & 6:00 pm)

Rotella:          Thursday, January 25, 2018          2 Sessions:  9:30 am and 6:00 pm
                        (Snow Date:  Monday, January 29, 2018 – 9:30 am & 6:00 pm)

Application Period:             Begins Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 8:00 am
                                              Ends Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm

 

All applications must be submitted online at:  http://waterbury.novuschoice.com

Waterbury Night at Sound Tigers

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Crosby Students Do Well in State Competitions

The Crosby High School LifeSmarts team will be representing the state of Connecticut at the National LifeSmarts competition in Pittsburgh the week of April 20th to the 24th. The Crosby students have won the state championship before, with coach Donna Mancuso winning Coach of the Year honors last year.

The Crosby High School Mock Trial Team made it to the semi-finals and lost by one point to Trumbull who ended up being the state champion. The students displayed great professionalism and knowledge of their assigned case.  Coach Donna Mancuso learned that Trumbull High has Mock Trial as a 45 minute class every day whereas the Crosby students practice only one night a week and occasional Sundays at my attorney's office.   My Vice Principal actually had to take the team to the last two trials as I was in Washington on another program.  She was impressed by what she saw as well. 

Waterbury Student Publishes Book on Amazon

Chase Taylor, a Waterbury student, recently published a book on Amazon to help young children learn the alphabet. He weas recently interviewed on Fox 61 news about his book,The Letter Critters. Chase is the son of Alan and Helen Taylor, who are strong advocates for Autism Speaks, in large measure because of Chase. Helen and Alan are responsible for bringing the Autism Speaks Walk to Waterbury eight years ago.   

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Early Dismissal Times Changed for All Schools

The times for all categories of Early Dismissal have been changed to a single Planned/Weather/Emergency Dismissal time for each school. There is no longer a separate dismissal time for planned early dismissal days (for example, for Professional Development) versus emergency early dismissal (for example, for an impending winter storm). Please click here for view the schedule for all schools.   

School Readiness Seats Open

“NOW ENROLLING 3 AND 4 YEAR OLDS IN SCHOOL READINESS! CALL 203-573-6684 TODAY!”

 

Kindergarten Registration Dates Announced.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for parents of children that will be attending kindergarten next year (2018-2019):

Click here for registration information in English / Spanish

Pre-School Registration Opening

We will begin preschool registration on January 8, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be closed on January15th in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

Once the registration packet is received including the Income Verification, an appointment will be made in order for your child to be screened.  At this time, any missing documents need to be provided in order for your child's registration to be considerate complete. Enrollment will be determined by the end of June, where at this time a confirmation will be mailed to you regarding the placement of your child. 

 

*REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Address
  • Income Verification- Paystubs / W2 /1040FORM/ DSS / SSI-WORK SHEET/STATE BENEFIT LETTER/CHILD SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION.
  • Updated Health Physical and Immunization record including Lead

Click here for additional information. 

Photo Newsletters Released

Several end of the year activities are being highlighted in photo newsletters, including

Teacher of the Year

Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards (elementary schools)

Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards (secondary schools) 

Keep checking back for more!

Maloney/Rotella Lottery Information (Lottery Starts February 1, 2018)

 

Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School and Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School

Lottery Applications for 2018-19 school year:

Lottery application period for 2018-19 school year:

Thursday, February 1st 2018 @ 8:00 am through Wednesday, February 28th 2018 @ 3:00 pm.

Our lottery will be for Pre-K 4 (age 4) through Grade 5.

Pre-K students must have been born in the year 2014 to be eligible for Pre-K 4 classes. 

Check Out The May Issue of Our School Newspaper, The Eagle Flyer

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Teacher of the Year Announced

Waterbury's newest Teacher of the Year is Yolanda Lee-Gorishti, a science teacher at Crosby High School. 

Just a few of the highlights from her career:

She has completed her coursework for a PhD. .

She teaches grade 9 Physical Science and Grade 11 and 12 Human Biology. She has previously taught Biology, and Meteorology and Astronomy.

She is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut (2003 to present) and in the Earth Science Department at Southern Connecticut (2004 to present).

She started Crosby’s branch of the Science National Honor Society, and the organization is thriving. Students do community-service work, including tutoring other students at Crosby twice each week.

She organized the STEM Fair at Crosby for the past four years.

She supervises the Environmental Science Club at Crosby.

She serves on the Science District Curriculum Committee and has helped write district assessments for science (mid-terms, final exam, and CFA’s).

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Check Out The Latest Edition of Our School Newspaper, The Eagle Flyer

Please click on the image of the front page to see the entire April issue.

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Phone: 203.574.8150

Fax: 203.574.8154