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PreK Registration Extended

"Applications for Pre-K will be accepted through August 3rd. Please come in and enroll today."

Education Job Fair

job fair flyer final

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

Summer School Programs

We have several different summer school programs to meet the needs of our students, including some programs that are enrichment programs. Dates, times, and locations vary.

Click here to view a listing of programs or continue reading. 

Superintendent Candidate Forum

Video of the Superintendent Candidates Forum held on June 19, 2018 is now available on YouTube. Click here to view. 

Back to School Rally

The 21st Annual Back To School Rally will be held on August 22, 2018 at Library Park from 1:00pm-3pm. 

Public Forum for New Superintendent Candidates

The public is invited to attend a special forum to meet the two candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools. The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19th, at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Candidates will be introduced separately to the public, with Pamela Brown, who currently serves as chief of elementary schools in the Fontana Unified School District in California, speaking first at 7:00 p.m. and Verna Ruffin, current chief academic officer for the Achievement School District in Tennessee, speaking second at 8:00 p.m. Those members of the pubic wishing to submit a question must do so in advance prior to the forum between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.  

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. 

Mayor O'Leary's Kids Marathon

kids run final mile

For the past few months, over 2500 students in several Waterbury schools have been running parts of a marathon before or after school. In addition to practicing how to run  efficiently and how to eat healthy foods, students learned about setting and working toward goals.  The experience culminated in a “Final Mile” event held on Wednesday, May 31st. That day students came to Library Park  then paraded to the area on Grand Street between City Hall and the Chase Building, the starting point for a run  through downtown streets that finished back at Library Park.  In all, students ran the full marathon distance over the course of the program. Click here to see more photos from the event. 

 

Talent Showcase

student perform

Waterbury Public School students displayed their talent on May 18th during the district-wide talent showcase, "Celebrating Community Through the Arts," at the Palace Theater. Please click here to see photos of the event, along with the names of students who participated. 

New Pool Registration Process

There is a new Pool Registration Procedure. Every child who is going to use the pool must be registered and then have a photo taken at River Baldwin Recreation Center starting June 4, 2018 Hours for photos are 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.   Monday - Friday and Saturday  10:00 a. m.  - 3:00 p.m.  There is a also a pre-registration process online at www.waterburyparksrec.com. Click on the link to create an account with all the household information.

Information in English / Spanish. 

May Students of the Month

The PBIS Committee, and the staff at Wallace, would like to congratulate the following students on being nominated for student of the month for the month of May!

May 2018 sotm

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. 

PreK Registration Extended

the Pre-K registration will continue through June 21st.  Enrollment and placement will be determined by June 30th.

Celebrating Community Through The Arts

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April Students of the Month

The PBIS Committee and the Staff At Wallace would like to congratulate the following students for being named Student of the Month, for the month of April!

 

April 2018 SOTM

Heroin Education Action Team (H.E.A.T.) Presentation

Parents and friends are cordially invited to attend an evening presentation at Wilby High School on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm:

The opioid epidemic is a national crisis that has hit Connecticut hard.  Over 900 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016 in Connecticut and in 2017 the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office reported a total of 1038 opioid overdoses.  In response, the Waterbury Board of Education, the Waterbury Department of Public Health, the Mayor’s Task Force Against Substance Abuse and the Central Naugatuck Valley Opioid Workgroup have teamed to invite the United States Attorney’s Office to present an educational event for our entire school community offered by the Heroin Education Action Team (H.E.A.T.).

The program will discuss the statistics and the serious problem with abuse of prescription painkillers, which many times leads users to purchase the cheaper alternative, heroin.  However, the heroin seen on the streets now is almost always laced with fentanyl, an even more potent and lethal drug which is prevalent in most overdose deaths.  In response to the spike in the number of overdose deaths in Connecticut, in 2016 the United States Attorney’s Office began prosecuting drug dealers whose drugs contributed to the death of the victim(s). 

Stock Market Game Winners

Two of the Wallace Middle School after-school teams that participated in the Stock Market Game placed First and Second in the region. Congratulations!

Teacher Projects Funded

Twenty-four Waterbury Public Schools teachers had their Donors Choose projects funded in full recently, through the generosity of Ripple, a San Francisco-based technology company who donated $29 million to DonorsChoose.org., funding every single classroom project request across the U.S. requested at that time. Here in Waterbury, 28 projects were funded, totaling $19,856. Donors Choose allows those who would like to support education on a classroom level to donate funds to projects that interest them.

Three Waterbury Public Schools teachers have been awarded grants for summer projects through Fund for Teachers.  Alison Kirchberger (Hopeville) and Doreen Lawson (Wilby) will travel to Crete, Greece (click here for their blog) to study storytelling and memoir writing, while Matthew Weiner (Enlightenment) will travel to Thailand to study meditation in a Buddhist monastery. The national Fund for Teachers granted awards to 487 teachers this year, with 149 of those teachers being from Connecticut. The Dalio Foundation funds the Connecticut projects. 

WH Summer Bridge Program

Applications are now available for students interested in Waterbury Hospital's Summer Bridge Program. The program runs from June 25 - July 27. A Maximum of 30 students will be accepted. Click here for more information. 

The Addams Family

Play 2018

Book Fair!

book fair april 2018

 

Please also visit this link to purchase books online through May 3rd, 2018:  


Book Fair

 

Students of the Month - March 2018

The PBIS Committee and the Staff at Wallace Middle School would like to congratulate the following students for being nominated for March Student of the Month. 

 

March 2018 SOTM

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

Kindness Door Decorating Contest

The PBIS Committee hosted their Annual Kindness Door Decorating Contest during the month of February here at Wallace. The committee would like to thank all students and staff who participated in the event, and would like to congratulate this year's winners!

 

Doors can be seen in the following PowerPoint Presentations

Winners

Doors part two

Doors part three

Doors part four

PBIS Students of the Month For February 2018

The PBIS Committee and the staff at Wallace would like to congratulate the following students on being nominated for Student of the Month in February. Students will be invited to a breakfast in May to celebrate their accomplishments. 

sotm march 2018

Letter Home to Parents and Families

Please see attached letter that discusses our School Safety Policies in the Waterbury Public School District.

The letter is provided in multiple languages for your convenience. 

If you do have further questions, please reach out to the staff at Wallace or Mr. Schwartz, Chief Academic Officer of the Waterbury Public School District. 

January 2018 Students of the Month

The PBIS Committee would like to congratulate the following students for being nominated Student of the Month by their team of teachers, or the Unified Arts staff! 

 

sotm jan 2018

 

School Governance Council Survey

The Wallace School Governance Council Wants to hear from you!

School Flash Store Is Open

Our School Flash Store is now open until January 10th for students and families to purchase Wallace Wear. Students can wear their Wallace Wear on designated school days!!

Please visit: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/

Password: Wallace17

Here is a link to what can be purchased: flyer

December Students of the Month

The PBIS Committee, and the entire staff at Wallace, would like to congratulate the December 2017 Students of the Month!

december 2017 sotm

Book Fair!

book fair 2017

 

 

Check out some of the books that will be available by visiting the

Interactive Book Flyer:  http://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/flippingbooks/F17-MS-booklist/F17-MS-booklist.html#p=1  

SEE YOU AT THE BOOK FAIR!

PBIS Announcements - December 2017

Here is the December 2017 PBIS Newsletter: Click Here

The PBIS committee and the staff at Wallace would also like to congratulate the following students on being nominated for Student of the Month in November. 

nov sotm

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day will be held January 12th from 8 to 12pm. 

Directions for Power School Parent Accounts

Parents and Guardians, please click the Parent Portal Access directions link, to sign up for Power School.

Parent Portal Access Directions 

Please make sure to contact your child's house secretary, guidance counselor, house principal or our parent liason if you have issues registering for Power School!

November 2017 PBIS Newsletter

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October 2017 Students of the Month

The PBIS Team and the staff at Wallace wanted to congratulate our October Students of the Month for 2017!! 

SOTM Oct 17

Fitness Center Renovations Completed!

The Fitness Center has undergone renovations over the last year. Pictures of the renovations may be seen here.

 

Today, construction was completed, and our school's logo, painted by Ms. Zareck, was mounted today. Thank you to Ms. Zareck for her painting! And thanks to Mr. Irrera for taking pictures of the Fitness Center!

 

Fitness Center Lion

 

September 2017 Students of the Month

The PBIS Committee and the staff at Wallace would like to congratulate the following students on being nominated for Student of the Month for the Month of September. 

SOTM sept17

PBIS Poster Contest

PBIS Poster Contest Oct 2017

StayWell Registration Form

Here is the link to the 2017-2018 StayWell Center Registration form

If families would like to register their students, please complete the registration packet, and have your student return it to Wallace Middle School. 

Thank You!

PBIS Incentive

Backpack

The Art Department Wants Your Help!

The Art department is in need of supplies that you may have laying around at home.  Below is a list of items that we are looking for. If there are any other items that you think we could possibly use, let us know! You can drop off supplies at any time in room 129 (Ms. Zareck's Room).  

Thank you!

 

Newspaper

Markers

Egg Cartons

Cotton White T-Shirts

Graph Paper

Tape (Any)

Fabric Scraps

Wall Paper Books

Glue (Any)

Hot Glue Guns/ Refills

Magazines

Craft Supplies

Wire

Wood Scraps (Mr Kowalski :p)

PBIS Welcome Back Letter

PBIS Welcome Back Letter

 

Click here to download the letter.

Wallace Middle School
3465 East Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06705
Phone: 203.574.8140

Fax: 203.574.8141