District News

Input Sought on Grant Application

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant 2018-19

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

DPAC Meeting for Parents

The Title I District Parent Advisory Council is meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in the 2nd floor training room of the Chase Building, 236 Grand St. from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WAMS Lottery
November Meeting Rescheduled

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

Waterbury Students Participate in Granville Academy Event

granville reception

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Verna Ruffin greets author Dr. Karl Reid (center) and Judge Maurice Mosley (Granville Academy) at a reception for Dr. Reid in Veteran's Hall on Friday, September 28th. Dr. Reid's book, Working Smarter, Not Just Harder, was the subject of a student book panel earlier that day at Waterbury Career Academy. It is also the topic for an essay contest for Granville Academy students, an after-school program run by volunteers.For further information about Granville, please contact Judge Mosley at attymauricebmosley@gmail.com.    

book panel

Eagles Nest Preschool Accepting Applications

eagles nest flyer

Trunk or Treat

trunk or treat

Meet And Greet

flyer for meet and greet

Election of Officers

Waterbury Schools

Title I District Parent Advisory Council DPAC

Special Meeting

Election of Officers

Date:  Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time:  5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Location:  Jonathan Reed Elementary School

33 Griggs Street

Your VOTE Counts!

Notice in English / Spanish / Albanian

Meeting Relocated

The Board of Education Workshop scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2018 has been relocated to Carrington School. 

Meet and Greet

flyer for meet and greet

Freshmen Orientation Date Change

flyer for date change

Crosby Walk for Success

Crosby High School
4th Annual
“Walk for Success”

You are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Crosby High School, “Walk for Success” on Saturday, August 11, 2018.  This event provides a unique venue for teacher, parents, students, community and business leaders to unite in support of Crosby’s “College and Career Readiness” focused culture.

Saturday, August 11, 2018
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Crosby High School
300 Pierpont Road, Waterbury

 

PreK Registration Extended

"Applications for Pre-K will be accepted through August 3rd. Please come in and enroll today." This registration is for prekindergarten classes offered through the Office of Early Childhood and does not include any magnet school choice (e.g. Maloney or Rotella, Waterbury Career Academy). 

Education Job Fair

job fair flyer final

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. 

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.  

High School Summer School Registration

High School Summer School Registration is as follows:

June 25th - 29th 8:30 - 2:30

July 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th 8:30 - 2:30

Location:    Waterbury Arts Magnet School

                    16 Elm Street South

                    Waterbury Ct.

Session Dates: July 9th - July 30th

High School Summer School Brochure / Registration Form / Student Medical History Form

Questions: Contact Raymond Irrera: Rirrera@Waterbury.k12.ct.us (High School Only)

 

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. 

Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards

superintendent with student

 

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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First Day of School
Former Student Donates

Julian Adorno, who graduated last year from Wilby's Special Ed program, came back to visit three schools September 24th bearing gifts for those schools' special education programs. Utilizing funds he raised during several fundraisers over the past year, Julian utilized his passion and talent to raise funds for different autism local and national organizations, including the purchase of OSMO interactive programs for the special education students for use with IPads for Wilby, North End and Crosby.  

With the assistance of his family, Julian did paint night fundraisers that he taught himself. Julian is a very talented artisit,a nd he also created and sold notecards for different occasions with his own art as well.

Julian is the son of Commissioner Melissa Serrano Adorno. 

donation to crosby

Left to right: Special education teacher Marie Calma (Crosby), Julian Adorno, School Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin, Commissioner Adorno and her husband, Victor Adorno. 

 

Invention Convention

For the past several years, Waterbury students have participated in a district-wide Invention Convention competition as preparation for competing at the Connecticut Invention Convention. This year, 131 students participated in the district competition, with a group of these students going on to compete this Sunday in the Southern Connecticut Regional Competition at Hamden Middle School. Winners at this competition will be selected to compete at the state finals later this year.  

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!

Meet & Greet

School and city staff, as well as parents and community members, turned out to meet the new Superintendent of Schools Dr. Verna Ruffin, at a special reception on August 24th. Click here for more photos and information on this event. Below: Dr. Ruffin and Deputy Superintendent Robert Henry greet well-wishers. 

dr ruffin greets

Personnel Director Retires

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Verna Ruffin pinned Director of Personnel / Interim Chief Operating Officer Robert Brenker with a special congratulatory ribbon during a surprise retirement gathering on September 11. Mr. Brenker is retiring after serving the director in a dual capacity for several years. 

retirement party 

Supplies Donated

Walmart donated 26 boxes of school supplies to seven schools: Chase, Driggs, Kennedy, Kingsbury, Maloney, Rotella and Tinker. Aldermen George Noujaim assisted with the donation. 

supplies

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

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). 

Staff Welcome New Superintendent

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dr ruffin greets

 

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

Safety First

Dear Waterbury Community Members:

Students will be returning to Waterbury Public Schools on Monday, August 27, 2018. Please be aware that students will once again be walking to and from school and that school busses will be transporting students out on our roads. State law requires that you must stop for your vehicle at least ten feet from the front or rear of a school bus until it no longer displays its stop signals. Crossing guards will be assisting students at main intersections but there are other intersections where students may be crossing on their own.  Please remember that the safety of our students should be paramount to all. Thank you.  

DPAC Meet & Greet

pinning

 

Supervisor Patricia Moran gets a hug from DPAC member Shakirah Howard following a pinning ceremony at the Title I District Parent Advisory Council Meet & Greet on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. New representatives from each school were welcomed and had an opportunity to network with each other as a group. 

 

 

Officers Elected

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Title I District Parent Advisory Council. Officers will be installed at the October 3 Title I Annual Meeting and will hold office through September 2020. 

Click here for list of officers. 

 

Eligible Students May Register

The Waterbury Registrars of Voters has set up various dates in May to visit all of our high schools to enable eligible students to register to vote.  As part of the process, one Republican and one Democrat representative will be at each school session.

Students born before November 6, 2000 can register to vote now, as they will be 18 on Election Day.  If registered, they may vote in the August primaries even if they are not yet 18.  Students can register as a member of a political party or as an unaffiliated voter.

  • WCA               Thursday,  May 3, 2018        
  • Crosby            Friday,  May 18, 2018           
  • WAMS            Tuesday,  May 22, 2018        
  • Kennedy         Wednesday, May 23, 2018    
  • Wilby              Thursday, May 24, 2018

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

Information Session

The Special Education Department in collaboration with the Special Education Advisory Council is hosting a Middle School Transition informational session on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 in the Chase Building Training Room, second floor.  Refreshments will be served.

 

Back to School Rally

A few rain drops did not deter families from visiting the Back to School Rally being held at Library Park from noon to 3 p.m. (August 22nd). Board of Education President Elizabeth Brown provided a rousing welcome, and school staff visited with families. New School Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin visited the park and personally welcomed both families and community members in attendance. Pictured below: Waterbury staff and parent members of the Title I Disrict Parent Advisory Council prepare to welcome families as the gates opened for the event. 

waterbury booths 

Career Fair

granville flyer

Earth Day Flowers

Michele Parks' Kindergarten class at Tinker school helped to plant some flowers in honor of Earth Day! 

earth day

School Physicals

Dear Parent/Guardian,  

It is very important for us to work together to protect all the children in our care.

  • School physicals performed by authorized medical providers in Connecticut need to be on file prior to student entering Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 10.
  • If your child is entering Grade 1, 7 or 11 and still has no physical or immunization on record, please provide the school nurse with all required medical documents prior to August 27, 2018 or your child will not be allowed to attend school.
  • There are exceptions to this rule that recognize your rights as parents. Please see the district website www.waterbury.k12.ct.us for full information.
  • You may also click on this link to the School Nursing website for more information. 
SGC Back to School Breakfast

Waterbury Public Schools' School Governance Councils Annual

Back To School Breakfast on Thursday, September 27, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at Gilmartin  School (Café). 

Flyer in English / Spanish / Albanian

Workshop Series Offered

A Family's Guide to Supporting the Racial and Ethnic Identities of Black and Brown Kids - 
Chemay Morales-James of My Reflection Matters will provide families with tools and strategies you can use to raise liberated youth. 
Four Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Silas Bronson Library
September 15, 22, 29 and October 6.
Waterbury Bridge to Success - To register, click here. 

Granville Academy

Granville Academy Career Fair is Sept. 28 & 29 at Waterbury Career Academy. 
Dr. Karl Reid is the Keynote Speaker.  
For more information, contact Granville Academy. 

Essay Contest open to all high school students. 
Contact Granville Academy for more information. 
Entry Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018 

 

First Day of School

REMINDER: The first day of school for Waterbury Public School students is Monday, August 27, 2018. Bus routes are posted here on the website. Additional information for parents is available under the link "Parents" on the top right of this page. Lunch menus will be posted when they become available.  WELCOME BACK!

school bus photo

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. 

Girls Who Code

Teach a girl to code & she'll change the world. 

Girls Who Code is a free after-school program for Waterbury high school girls aimed at teaching participants about computer science in a fun and safe environment.

To sign up for this program, contact Olivia Dudley at Waterbury Youth Services 203-573-0264. Click on this link for more information. 

Over the course of 35 weeks, club members will learn computer software on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab of WYS. In addition to learning code, club members will participate in field trips, team projects, and hear from multiple guest speakers in IT. The first club meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2018.

Bus Routes

Bus Routes now finalized and available, except for Brass City Charter and Yeshiva (revisions pending). Links available under Parents or Staff - or click here for direct link to page. 

Robotics Teams Do Well

March 15, 2018 - This past weekend Wilby High School hosted a FIRST New England Division Robotics Competition. Thirty four teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey competed. The Crosby High School BullBots, led by coaches Theresa Gionfriddo and Angela Munoz, scored 4th overall and made it to the final round. The Kennedy High School Nuts and Bolts of Fury also put in a very good showing.  The high ranking BullBots are now eligible to move on to the New England District Championship, to be held at Boston University April 11th through the 14th.  To register the BullBots must raise $4,000 in the next few weeks.  The school has set up a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/CrosbyBullbots

 

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. 

Annual Report

The complete 2017-2018 Education Department Annual Report is available by clicking 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.

 

Health Careers

To help young adults jump start their careers in health care, Waterbury Youth Services recently launched Career Builders in Health. Supported by the Northeast Regional Workforce Investment Board, this new program is designed to help young adults 16-24 years of age earn a CNA certificate, secure a job, and receive on-going support to further their career in health care.

Waterbury Adult Education will be a leading partner in this program. Their curriculum will incorporate classroom learning with clinical experience in a local nursing home.

WYS has begun the recruitment phase of Career-Builders in Health, which is completely free of charge to eligible participants but limited to eight young adults. To qualify, participants must be 16 to 24 years old, not enrolled in an educational program and unemployed or underemployed in minimum-wage jobs.

Click here for more information. 

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. 

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

Waterbury Public Schools
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Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203) 574-8000

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