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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

 

 

 

 

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.   

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. 

Spring Jam

Please join us for our "Spring Jam" Community Night on April 6th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chase Park House, 150 Sunnyside Ave. Entertainment provided by Prismatic Magic, Laser Programs, Information from Community Sponsors, Free Books and Free Food.

McEducators Night

On April 5th from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be an 8th Grade McDonalds Fundraiser at the Brass Mill Commons. We invite parents and students to join us in helping raise funds that will help 8th Grade students pay for end of year activities.

School Readiness Request for Proposals
West Side 8th grade to host Roller Magic trip.

WSMS 8th grade is hosting a fundraising event at Roller Magic on March 9th. The whole school and family members are invited! Hope to see you there! Click below for details.

Information

Meeting Cancelled

The Waterbury Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017, has been cancelled. 

European Conflict Exhibit

WAMS Student Council European Conflict Tours Exhibit

Mattatuck Museum will host a month long exhibit of WAMS Student Council European Conflict Tour I, II, and III, beginning Jan. 13th 2017 and ending Feb 26th 2017.

The tours took place in 2011, 2013, and 2015.  The exhibit will be featuring over 100 student photographs of World War II and Cold War sites located in, Paris, Normandy, Berlin, Munich, Warsaw, Krakow, Salzburg, Prague, Amsterdam, Dachau and Auschwitz. There will also be a student produced documentary with holocaust survivors. 

School groups are welcome to view the exhibit during regular museum/school hours.

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CT Is Standing Up for Public Schools

The National School Board Association and its state associations, including the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, have banded together to share the successes of public schools. NSBA has gathered the support of such superstars as Magic Johnson, Montel Williams and Sal Khan. As part of its efforts, Connecticut has developed a video that stars Rick Matracchio, a Waterbury native.

Click here to learn more about Stand Up 4 Connecticut Public Schools on the CABE website.

Click here to view the video of Rick Mastraccio speaking about his own public school education.

  

Maloney and Rotella Lottery Information

Lottery applications for Maloney and Rotella will be available from February 1st through February 28th, 2017. Applications will be accepted for grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Applications will be accepted online at https://Waterbury.GoodwinChoice.com (available starting 2/1/17). 

Open House for Prospective Students
Maloney -  rescheduled to January 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 
Rotella - January 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The Lottery will be held on March 8, 2017. Parents will be notified via mail of the lottery wait list numbers during the week of March 27, 2017. 

West Side winter sports schedule is up

The schedules for all winter sports are available on the West Side sports page. Please check with the Main office for cancelations and delays. 

Saturday Activities Cancelled

All Saturday activities have been cancelled (Saturday, December 17, 2016).

Concert at West Side Middle School tonight! 12/15/2016

The West Side Middle School Music Department is hosting its annual Winter Concert tonight in the Theater Arts Room in West Side. 

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
(performing students should arrive at 6:15)

Cost: $3.00 paid at the door or in advance
(performing students do not need a ticket)

Come out and support our hard working music scholars!

West Side showcases its art!

The West Side Middle School Art Department is showcasing student art on a student designed webpage! See the great talent the West Side community has to offer!

Book Fair

Barnes and Noble in Waterbury is hosting a book fair Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 from noon - 9 p.m. to benefit Kennedy High School and the Eagle Flyer newspaper, a non profit organization. A portion of all items purchased in the store and cafe will benefit the school newspaper. Be sure to mention the name Kennedy High School when you are at the register. Free gift wrapping on all purchases is also available. 

State-wide Parent Survey

State Department of Education officials are asking parents to participate in an online survey. Click here for more information in English / Spanish. Click here for a link to the survey. Information gethered from the survey will be used to guide the state department of education on developing priorities related to the new Every Student Succeeds Act. The survey must be completed by December 15th.  

TWO HOUR DELAYED OPENING

Two hour delayed opening today, Monday, December 12, 2016, due to the weather. 

Parent Teacher Conferences on 12/14/2016

West Side Middle School will be holding parent teacher conferences on December 14, 2016. Students will have a half day as a result.

Conferences will run from 5PM to 7PM.

To sign up for a conference, click on this link and follow the instructions. 

TWO HOUR DELAYED OPENING

All schools have a two-hour delayed opening today, Monday, December 5, 2016, due to the weather. 

Wearing Pink for a Cause

Waterbury Public Schools employees presented a check for $4,646.25 from a “Pink Out” day to St. Mary’s Hospital. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, employees were invited to wear pink on Friday, October 28th, and to donate to the hospital’s The Women for Women organization, which provides free mammograms for women who are unable to afford one. 

 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Waterbury's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in Library Park this year. Sponsored by the city and the Arts and Tourism Commission, the event starts at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27th. The rain date is the following day, Monday, November 28th, also at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Preschool Openings Available

Did you know that children who attend an early childhood education program are better prepared for kindergarten? YOU want your child to do well in school; WE do too.  

Waterbury parents of preschool children ages three and four: Quality preschool education and care is available now! All children are welcome for this free or low-cost program (based on income). Openings are available in select programs close to your home. Click here to view the flyer in English or Spanish, OR Albanian. Click here for a provider list, or contact the School Readiness office at 203 573-6684. 

 

Newsletters Available

The Fall 2016 issue of the WPS News Update Newsletter is now available online, along with several special issues. Click on the links to view, or go to the district home page, click on School/Community Relations, then WPS News Update Newsletter link to view these and other newsletters. 

Fall 2016 / Walsh Spooktacular / Bucks Hill Vocabulary Parade / District Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration / Kennedy High School Ribbon Cutting

Good Luck to Jill Cipriano

Jillian Cipriano, a teacher at Driggs School, has been invited to run in the New York City Marathon, to be run on Sunday, November 6th. A veteran of 5 half marathons, one marathon, and numerous 5ks, she is doing this as a fundraiser for the Eric Trump Foundation, which fundraises for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital among others. Her fundraising page is: http://heroes.stjude.org/jilliancip .

 

Eagle's Nest Preschool Openings

The Eagle's Nest Preschool at Kennedy High School has openings for spring in its program. For more information, please click on the link for the FLYER

District Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

Each year, the Waterbury Public Schools participate in a district-wide celebration  of Hispanic Heritage Month, culminating in a special performance and display of select student projects.  Once again this year, all schools had the opportunity to participate in the district-wide celebration as well as individual school activities.

We would like to thank everyone who came and made it an excellent night! 

Our top prize winner was Erika Nieves, her rice and bean dish was voted peoples' favorite!

Click here for the following: District Celebration Photos and News 

Employees Asked To Wear Pink on Friday

October 28th will be a "pink out".  Employees are being asked to come to work wearing pink on Friday, October 28th, in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer (breastcancer.org).  All participants are asked to make donations to help fund The Women for Women organization at St. Mary's Hospital, which provides free mammograms for women who are unable to afford one.  

 

Information on Coxsackie Virus
  •          Coxsackie virus is a common virus which lives in the human digestive tract.
  •          It spreads from person to person on unwashed hands and surfaces contaminated by feces. This is called the fecal-oral route. The virus can live on unwashed surfaces for several days. For example an athletic team, could spread the virus, by sharing and handling water bottles and equipment. It only takes one person who has not washed their hands thoroughly after toileting to start transmission.
  •          The fall is prime time for coxsackie as children return to school and the virus spreads quickly. In most cases the virus goes away in a few days.
  •          It is sometimes called hand, foot and mouth disease because of the appearance of  red blisters on the hands, feet and throat.
  •          As with all infectious disease-HANDWASH is the best defense. Handwashing after toileting, before and after diaper changing, and before eating is paramount.
  •          Vigilant surface cleaning in school bathrooms, classrooms ,health rooms and diaper changing areas is key.
  •          Children may have a fever and should not return to school until 24 hours after the fever is gone.

 

Attached is a fact sheet from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Special Meeting Cancelled

The Board of Education's Special Meeting scheduled for this evening at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled. 

New Propane Fleet to Debut

The Waterbury Public School district joined other environmentally-conscious school districts from around the country by switching to propane-fueled school busses to transport most students this year. The 149 new yellow Durham Transportation busses are distinguishable by white roofs and extended engine compartments, as well as “propane” markers in several locations on the sides and back of the bus. They have already begun travelling around the city of Waterbury, as drivers familiarize themselves with the busses and their new school bus routes.


PD for Music Teachers

Re: music professional development scheduled for Friday. To clarify: secondary music teachers will conduct their PD on Thursday as scheduled (CHS – rooms will be clearly noted throughout the building). The Friday program will be provided – participation is voluntary. This should prove to be a worthwhile learning experience – i.e. time well-spent. Elementary music teachers will convene on Friday as scheduled (note correspondence to the dept. sent by Cathy Dwyer on Monday the 22nd).

New Bus Routes

The new school bus routes for 2016-2017 are now available on the website. Click on School Bus Routes to view. 

Welcome Back Teachers

As the district prepares for the new school year and teachers return for professional development, School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette is looking forward to a great new year. She has issued a "Welcome Back" message for staff (please click here to read). 

Staff - Please click on the appropriate link to view the Professional Development Schedule for your grade level. 

P-K - 5 Professional Development

Middle School Professional Development

High School Professional Development

WELCOME BACK! 

ATTENTION PARENTS: Re Bussing

Alert:  If your child is going home on a different bus than they arrived on or if they will be picked-up, please send a note to the school so the staff can place your child on the correct bus or in the correct pick-up line.

Njoftim: Nëse fëmija juaj do të shkojë në shtëpi me autobus tjetër nga ai që ka mbërritur, ose në qoftë se do të merret nga ju, ju lutemi dërgoni një shënim në shkollë, në mënyrë që stafi t'a vendosë fëmijën në autobusin përkates, ose t'a vendosë atë në rrjeshtin e duhur të marrjes.

Alerta: Si sus hijos se van a casa en un autobús diferente al que llegaron o si van a ser recogidos, por favor envíe una nota a la escuela para que el personal pueda ubicar a su hijo en el autobús correcto o en la fila correcta de recogida.

 

Crosby Walk for Success

Be on the lookout for Crosby High School’s 2nd Annual “Walk for Success.” Crosby High School teachers and community partners will conduct the 2nd Annual “Walk for Success” on Saturday, August 20, 2016 by visiting the homes of all incoming freshman.  Please expect a welcome visit between the hours of 9am – 1pm. This event provides a unique venue for teachers, parents, community and business leaders to unite in support of Crosby’s “College and Career Readiness” focused culture and to welcome class of 2020! 

 

Annual Notice to 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.

 

Waterbury Adult Education Registration

WATERBURY ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION FALL REGISTRATION 2016

Morning registration begins on August 17, 2016 from 8:00AM-10:30AM
Evening registration begins on August 22, 2016 from 5:30PM-7:30PM

 

 

Crosby Class of 2020 Orientation

SAVE THE DATE: August 23, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Crosby Auditorium (300 Pierpont Road).

Meet the staff and obtain class schedules. Refreshments will be served. 

Seeking Building Committee Non-Voting Members

The Building Committee of the Board of Education is currently accepting requests from members of the East Mountain Community to serve as a non-voting member on the Board of Education’s Building Committee for the proposed Wendell Cross School Extension and Alteration project.  If you are interested, please submit your name, address, contact information, and reason for wanting to serve on the Committee to the Clerk of the Board of Education via email at cswain@waterbury.k12.ct.us OR in writing to “Clerk, Board of Education, 236 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702”.  All requests must be received by Friday, August 19, 2016.  No phone calls will be accepted.

 

 

Two New Centers Opened

Two new centers that will offer enhanced services for parents and the community officially opened for business on Thursday, July 29, 2016. The new Office of Early Education, located at 30B Church Street, combines several preschool services in one location, including the district's prekindergarten program, School Readiness, and screening services for preschool children who may qualify for special assistance for learning or other disabilities. The Family and Community Engagement Center (also known as F.A.C.E.) is located on the first floor of the Chase Building (236 Grand Street). F.A.C.E. brings together services for families looking for more information about the school district. A new family room includes four computers available for parents and guardians to use to access Progress Book, the district's parent portal for individual student progress, Naviance and other resources for families.     

Board of Education Meeting (07/07/2016) Cancelled

The Board of Education’s Regular Meeting for Thursday, July 7, 2016 has been CANCELLED due to lack of quorum. (pdf)

Summer School Bus Routes for Elementary Students

Summer School Information - Elementary Schools. 

July 11th through August 4th. 8:30 to 2:30 pm. for most programs. Rotella and Maloney programs dismiss earlier. (Rotella dismisses at 12:30 p.m. Maloney dismisses at 11:30 a.m.)

Students who attend Gilmartin, Chase, Wendell Cross, or Generali will attend the Gilmartin Summer School.

Students who attend Reed, Bucks Hill, Regan or Wilson will attend the Reed Summer School.

Students who attend Carrington, Driggs, Sprague or Kingsbury will attend the Carrington Summer School.

Students who attend Duggan, Bunker Hill, Hopeville, Tinker or Washington will attend the Duggan Summer School.

Walsh students will attend the Walsh Summer School program. Click here for Summer Bus Routes. 

Students Win Awards at Family and Housing Expo

Waterbury students were invited to tell the organizers of this year’s Family and Housing Expo “what makes Waterbury a great place for families to live” in a new set of student contests.  There was a poster contest for elementary age students, a poetry contest and an essay contest for students in 6th through 12th grade, and a live presentation contest for students in 9th through 12th grade. The poster, poetry and essay contests each offered $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. The live presentation contest offers a $500 first place prize, with $200 going to second place, and $100 for third place. A selection of poetry, essay and poster entries were displayed at the expo, and visitors to the expo had an opportunity to vote for their favorite displayed entry in a People’s Choice Award.

For list of winners and photos, click here. To view one of two winning presentations / video on Why Waterbury Is a Great Place for Families to Live, click here.   

Important Message from Our Superintendent

The mass shootings that occurred in Orlando, Florida recently were both tragic and heartbreaking on many different levels.  We mourn with the families and friends who lost loved ones, and hope for a speedy recovery for all those injured in the attack.  We stand in solidarity with the Orlando community which is demonstrating great resilience in the wake of the senseless violence experienced there. 

The Connecticut State Department of Education is offering resources on their website at www.sde.ct.gov  to help cope with processing the emotions related to these events.

Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, Superintendent of Schools

 

Summer Food Program

The “Free Summer Meals” are an extension of the National School Food Lunch Program when school is out. A nutritious meal composed of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and milk is served. Meals must be eaten at the site due to food safety; a piece of fruit can be taken home. It’s FREE for all children 18 and younger. Children do not need to be registered for any programs to receive a summer meal. All children and teens 18 and younger are welcome at any location. There is absolutely no cost to the child or family for the meals, there is NO paperwork or registration required. Click here for additional information.     Click here for list of food sites and times.  Breakfast and lunch menus. 

Summer Arts Program

DANCE, MUSIC, THEATER & VISUAL ARTS! The Summer Arts Program at Waterbury Arts Magnet School

Programs run from June 20-July 1 (Monday-Friday) from 8am- 12 noon in the WAMS state of the art facilities.

The cost is $125 and it is open to 6th -12th grade students from Waterbury and the Greater Waterbury Area.

Registration forms are available at the school in the main office and online at www.waterbury.k12.ct.us/wam

For questions or more information please email Holly Gillis, WAMS Arts Program Coordinator at hgilliswaterbury.k12.ct.us

KidsMarathon

On June 2nd, nearly 2400 Waterbury students ran the final 1.2 miles of a cumulative marathon in the KidsMarathon culminating activity.  Marathoner Rod Dixon, who originated the KdsMarathon program, was on hand to cheer students on, along with Mayor Neil O'Leary, Waterbury basketball star Ryan Gomes, and several other dignitaries and community supporters. Click here for photos of the events.  

For several weeks prior, students learned about healthy choices and goal setting while running short distances that allowed them to accumulate the distance run for a marathon, just shy the final 1.2 miles run on June 2nd. 

 

Parents Honored

Twenty nine parents were honored at this year's Parent and Community Leadership Conference, held at the Naugatuck Valley Community College on May 20, 2016. The full day conference event, which included a keynote speech byDr. Michele Femc-Bagwell Director- CommPACT Community Schools Collaborative and Faculty in the Educational Leadership Department, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut and workshops by Waterbury Public School staff, GEAR Up, the Waterbury Police Department and other community organizations. The full-day event was co-sponsored by the Waterbury Public Schools, NVCC, GEAR Up, CommPACT Community Schools Collaborative, Waterbury Hospital and Bridge to Success. Click here for more information and photographs. 

Students Honored

Students were honored from throughout the district on May 17 and May 18 during the annual Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards ceremonies. Students in grades pre-K through 5th were honored the first evening. Students in 6th through 12th grade and adult education were honored on the second evening. Click here for photos and list of winners on May 17 and May 18

Congratulations to Teachers of the Year

Twenty-nine teachers from throughout the district were honored at a ceremony at the Mattatuck Museum on May 25, 2016, and Ann Grace Spizzoucco, a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher from Wallace Middle School, was named this year's Waterbury Teacher of the Year. Click here for photos from the event.