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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. 

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. 

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. 

School Finance Forum

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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

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

Substitute Teachers Job Fair

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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.

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

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.

 

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. 

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.   

M.L.K. Youth Day Summit

Youth Day Summit Flyer

TWO HOUR DELAY

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

DPAC Meeting

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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   

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.

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

Message From Deputy Superintendent

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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. 

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.  

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.   

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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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.

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

 

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. 

 

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. 

Rotella Gains New Honor

Rotella Magnet School has been named a Nationally Certified Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America, a national association of for magnet and theme-based schools. According to a press release, Rotella is one of the first 55 schools located in 12 states that successfully completed a nine-month evaluation process to demonstrate that it has established the best practices detailed in the Magnet School Standards of Excellence. 

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. 

 

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.

 
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. 

harlem

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.

CHRO Forum

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The Gathering

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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.

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.

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. 

What are the learning expectations for my child?

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Dads Matter Too

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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. 

 

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.

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.

School Readiness Seats Open

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

 

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.   

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.  

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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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. 

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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!

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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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.   

"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

 

 

 

 

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. 

Parent and Community Leadership Conference

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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.

Support Kids Marathon

On Friday, May 5, 2017, students in K-8 Waterbury Public School students will be allowed to wear their favorite colored shirt for Waterbury Kids Marathon Day.  (example,  Yankees , Mets,  Frozen, UConn).  We are asking students and staff to donate a minimum of a $1.00. All proceeds will support the Waterbury Kids Marathon to be held on May 25, 2017 at Library Park. The rain date for the event is June 1, 2017. Let’s support our students and this great event.  Parent Liaisons will collect the donations.

Thank you.

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.   

Invention Convention Winners

Students from the Waterbury Public Schools did well at the regional Invention Convention on Saturday, March 25th.  Forty students attended, and 18 from eleven Waterbury schools were selected to go on to the State Convention at UCONN. The winners are: Laniah Moffett (Bucks Hill); Nicholas Maynard (Bunker Hill); Morgan Johnson and Mia Vargas (Carrington); Joaqueline Martinez (Chase); Aslan Herrera (Duggan); Nefertiti Gaafar (Kingsbury); Yazmine Alvero and Alexia Estrada (Generali); Adorian Ricketts and Marisela Sanchez (Regan); Ahmed Aly, Grace Henderson, Justin Ibrahim, and Caleb Smith (Rotella); Marlise Sergeant (Walsh); and Arian Radovesi (Wendell Cross). The names have been posted on the following website: ctinventionconvention.org. 

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. 

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. 

Green Success!

Thanks to our Board of Education, FACE Center and the wonderful students and families of our K-8 schools the "Wear Green Day for MDA" was a huge success! A total of $4,472.85 in checks will be presented to Dakota Fortier's mother made out to MDA of CT. 

Thank you to the Board Members who donated to the schools in advance of the "Wear Green Day" our FACE Center joined in. We had a drawing and added funds to the schools that won.

 Congratulations to all the schools for such a great job! Rotella raised $555. Maloney $400 plus $20 from the BOE and Reed $383 plus $50 from the BOE. Thank you to the Parent Liaisons for all their help!

A fantastic effort from our schools. Thank you so much! - Mary Ann Marold, Education Liaison to Government, Business and Community 

Invention Convention

The second annual Waterbury Invention Convention was held this past Monday, March 13th at the Gilmartin School.  The young inventors were from 16 elementary schools that took part in the Invention Convention as part of the Extended School Hours program.  Of more than five hundred students taking part at the school level , 150 were selected for the Waterbury Invention Convention.  Fifty seven students will be going on to the Regional Invention Convention at Quinnipiac University March 25th.   Students selected at the regional event will attend the State Invention Convention April 29th.  The National invention Convention is held in Washington DC June 3rd.    

Tinker School students pictured at the Invention Convention:

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Elementary Schools to Wear Green for MD

Elementary school students may wear green on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17, to help raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy,for a suggested donation of $1. The schools will be participating in the fund raiser in honor of Dakota Fortier, who is the CT Myotonic Dystrophy Association CT Local Ambassador for the state. Dakota attends Jonathan Reed School in Waterbury. (Click here for flyer.)

Dakota is also part of a team called New American Ride. More information about New American Ride is available at http://www2.mda.org/goto/NewAmericanRideTeam or visits Dakota's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DakotaFortiersAdventures/

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Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
380 Pierpont Rd
Waterbury , CT 06705