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The Addams Family

Crosby High School presents “The Addams Family” April 27 at 7PM and April 28th at 2PM and 7PM.Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.

Synopsis: In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family: the Addams kids are growing up. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
 

MDA Fundraiser

Students and staff raised $2,683.92. for Muscular Dystrophy! Thank you to all who were able to contribute to the worthy cause. 

DPAC Meeting

Come experience the magic of Cyril the Sorcerer and learn about recycling and the Next Generation Science Standards too at the April 24th Waterbury District Parent Advisory Council Meeting (Tuesday, April 24th from 5:00-6:30 pm at Reed Elementary School Cafeteria, 33 Griggs St. Waterbury, CT. 

Click here for more information - flyer in English / Spanish / Albanian

Paraprofessional Transfers

Click here to see information about paraprofessional clean openings.  These are paper transfers that will take effect for the 2018/2019 school year.  

 

 

Kennedy Community Day

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Great Dash and Bash

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Free Dental Clinic

There will be a free dental clinic for uninsured or underinsured CT residents on April 20 and 21 at Torrington High School. Doors open at 8 a.m. For more information, please go to http://www.cfdo.org/ctmom.html 

DPAC Meeting

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Relay Information Session

A Relay Information session will be held on March 19th, from 4:30-5:30 PM at the Media Center at John F. Kennedy High School, which is located at 422 Highland Ave , Waterbury, Connecticut 06708. The Relay program offers an alternative route to teacher certification.  

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Aladdin Jr.

Wallace MS students will be performing Aladdin JR at 7PM Friday, Feb. 2nd and 6PM Saturday, Feb. 3rd. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

DPAC Meeting

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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.

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   

Social Club's Annual Visit

Members of Waterbury's FB Social Club visited Duggan School on Sunday, November 3rd, roaring into the bus  driveway on dozens of motorcycles. Each year, members of the club donate Thanksgiving holiday dinners to selected families at the school and at other locations in the Greater Waterbury area, turning the deliveries into an organized ride, complete with police escort. Santa even joins the club to hand out treats to students. When the club arrives, members line up to help unload the food, passing the bags and boxes along to a table in front of the school. 

fbsc unloads food at Duggan

Vocabulary Parade

Students at Bucks Hill School participated in the third annual Vocabulary Parade on Tuesday, October 31st.  Based on the book Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier, students selected, designed and showcased a Tier 2 or Tier 3 vocabulary word that fit into a theme chosen by the class.  To see more photos, click here. 

vocabulary parade

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.

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.   

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.

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.

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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"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

 

 

 

 

Maloney Multicultural Fair

Maloney hosted its Second Annual Multicultural Celebration on Friday, April 21st, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the school. There were samples of food from around the world as well as some cultural activities.

maloney jamaican

maloney family

 

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.

Free Family and Housing Expo Saturday

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Message From Deputy Superintendent

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Schools Closed

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

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.

Free Citizenship Classes offered Tuesday afternoons at Wilson

Literacy Volunteers is offering Free Citizenship Classes at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, located at 235 Birch St. in Waterbury, every Tuesday afternoon from April 10th through June 5th,  from 3:15 pm-5:15 pm. (The class will resume in the fall if needed) in the Enrichment Room on the 2nd floor. 

If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Damore, Parent Liaison, 203-573-6664, Mon-Fri 8am-2pm; cdamore@waterbury.k12.ct.us.

Los Voluntaries Literarios están ofreciendo clases gratis de Ciudadanía en Escuela Elemental Woodrow Wilson, localizada en 235 Birch St. Waterbury cada Martes, Abril 10- Junio 5  de 3:15 pm-5:15 pm (Clases continuaran en el otoño de ser necesario) en el Enrichment Room En el segundo piso

Por favor contácteme de estar interesado: Mrs. Damore, Parent Liaison 203-573-6664, lunes-viernes 8am-2pm; cdamore@waterbury.k12.ct.us,

Flyer in English

Flyer en Espanol

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.

Four Schools Awarded Grants

Four Waterbury schools were recently awarded grants from the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Improving Student Achievement in Low-Performing Schools (1003(a)) Grant Program. The first year amounts are as follows: Gilmartin ($199,986), Wilby ($199,994), Sprague ($108,071), and Washington ($135,607). Year two awards in the same amounts are possible based upon year one progress. Each school has developed a plan to utilize the funds.

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

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

PTA Training for Parents

pta training flyer

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.  

MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITY OPEN HOUSE

 

Manufacturing Alliance Service Corporation (MASC) of Connecticut provides nationally certified training. MASC offers complete Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist certification or individual machining training courses. All courses are State of Connecticut approved for Apprenticeship. Fall 2018 MASC is offering a CT Manufacturing training program for Waterbury Public High School Seniors and includes a paid internship at a local manufacturing company. Open House is Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for additional information. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Workshop Cancelled

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

Substitute Teachers Job Fair

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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

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. 

Superintendent Search

The city is currently seeking a new Superintendent of Schools. Individuals wishing to apply must do so online at www.rayassoc.com. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 23, 2018. Please click here for information on the requirements and the application process. All applications must go through Ray & Associates, Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

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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

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. 

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.  

School Finance Forum

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Community Meeting

Chase, Generali, Hopeville, Wallace M.S., Washington & W. Cross Schools together with the Bureau of Recreation present 6th Annual Community Meeting Day on Thursday, February 22, 2018  at Washington Park House at 6:00 PM. Click here for more information in English / Spanish. 

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.

North End Tops for Vocabulary

North End Middle School was named a “Top 10” school for the second month in a row for its participation in the national Vocabulary Bowl program for middle school students. North End was the winner of the Connecticut division for the month of February. The Vocabulary Bowl collects information on the number of new vocabulary words that students learn through an adaptive learning game. Link to video announcement.

Artrageous Reception Shows Student Talent

The 4th annual Waterbury Public Schools art showcase, "Artrageous 2: A Season of Many Colors,"  included a public reception at the Mattatuck Museum for parents, students, staff and members of the community on Tuesday, March 21st. Art teahcers presented crtificates to participating students, whose art work has been on display at the museum since earlier this month. The exhibit continues through April 22nd. 

student art exhibit

Farm Visitors Delight

What could be more fun than petting a mini-horse or a donkey? How about petting a small pen-full of sheep, a rabbit, ducks, a pig and a calf? Students in kindergarten and first grade at Tinker School had the opportunity to meet all of these animals June 14th as "Farm on Wheels" came to visit. Many Waterbury children never even have the chance to catch a glimpse of a cow or sheep, so they were absolutely delighted when they were allowed to go inside the small pen, a few at a time, and touch or pet each of these animals. 

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What are the learning expectations for my child?

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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. 

 

Jahana Hayes on CBS Morning Show

Jahana Hayes was on the CBS Morning Show Wednesday, March the 14th, discussing the national student walk-out.

Jahana Hayes on the CBS Morning Show discussing the national student walk-out.

Memphis

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Maloney Named Certified Magnet School

Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School has been named a Nationally Certified Magnet School

by Magnet Schools of America. In a letter of commendation, MSA leaders

wrote: "As a Nationally Certified Magnet School, your school has demonstrated 

through evidence, reflection, and strategic action, that you have established the 

Standards of Excellence in your school and fulfilled a commitment to your community 

stakeholders."  

Maloney joins Rotella Magnet School, which was certitied earlier this year. 

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.  

Dads Matter Too

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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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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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M.L.K. Youth Day Summit

Youth Day Summit Flyer

Recognition Given

Solita Billups, secretary, was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by Deputy Superintendent Robert Henry (right) and Security and School Safety Coordinator John Herman (second from left) for "Extraordinary Personal Action" in support of the well-being of a colleague.  Also present were: Interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff Robert Brenker (left) and Chief Academic Officer Darren Schwartz (center). 

solita billups honored 

 

Revised Mid-Term Exam Schedule
Waterbury Night at Sound Tigers

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Future School Calendars

The Board of Education approved School Calendars for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. These are available on the district homepage under Quick Links (left side of page) or by clicking here

CHRO Forum

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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.

Operation Warm

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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.

 

DPAC Meeting

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Day On Hill

Several Waterbury Public School students participated in this year's Annual Day on the HIll in Hartford. The event, sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, provides an opportunity for local Board of Education Commissioners, students, and other advocates to attend a program on the legislative process and then meet with individual legislators to encourage support for public education. Show below with the students are Waterbury Commissioners Charles L. Stango, Elizabeth C. Brown (president), Juanita P. Hernandez and Ann M. Sweeney. 

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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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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.

The Gathering

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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

 

Radium Girls

CROSBY HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCTION OF RADIUM GIRLS 

JAN. 5 AT 7 PM; JAN 6 AT 2 PM

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

MDA "Wear Green" Day

On Friday, March 16, 2018 all Waterbury Public School PreK- 8 students will be allowed to wear a green shirt or a green item with their uniform for Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day. We are asking students and staff to donate a minimum of $1.00. All proceeds will support the New America Ride Team. The Parent Liaisons will collect each school’s donations.

Dakota Fortier from North End Middle School is the CT Myotonic Dystrophy Association CT Local Ambassador.  Mr. Robert Henry, Deputy Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools, supports this effort.

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

 

Teachers Appreciated

Washington School teachers were among those who were honored for Teacher's Appreciation Week by the WFSB TV-3 Liberty Bank Surprise Squad. The Channel 3 team, which features newswoman Nicole Nalepa, provided boxes of Dunkin Donuts coffee and donuts to the grateful  staff. was surprise 

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.

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. 

 

Door Decorating Contest

The Central Office staff celebrated the holidays with a staff breakfast and a door decorating contest. The staff breakfast was hosted by Deputy Superintendent Robert Henry, who donned a Christmas theme apron and Santa Clause hat while helping serve such breakfast favorites as French toast and breakfast burritos. The Special Education Department won the door decorating contest, with the Bilingual Education department and the School Business Office tying for second place/honorable mention. To see more photos of the breakfast, click here. To see the many beautifully decorated doors, click here.    

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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

Board Honored

March has been designated as Connecticut Board of Education Member Recognition Month. This gives the community an opportunity to officially thank its Board of Education Commissioners for all the work they do on behalf of its students. 

Waterbury honored its Board at a workshop at Chase School on Thursday, March 1st.  Deputy Superintendent Robert Henry presented each Board Commissioner with a certificate, and Chase School students gave each flowers and a small gift. 

students present flowers

  

 

National Day of Activism

Students in all Waterbury Public Schools high schools as well as comprehensive middle schools participated in activities observing the March 14, 2018 National Day of Activism Against Gun Violence. Each school had an opportunity to develop its own activity, with some choosing indoor activities while others allowed students to briefly exit the school. "It was a great day for student engagement and activism based on a great desire to change gun laws and remember the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting, and to express kindness to one another, explained Paul Whyte, Instuctional Leadership Director. 

2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes spoke on the topic on CBS This Morning. Click here for a link to this interview. 

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School administrators and police officials met prior to March 14 to discuss how school staff could allow students to express their opinions but yet assure the safety of all students on the day.  

Wilby Students Help Plant Garden

Several Wilby High School students helped plant a vegetable garden on North Main Street for Brass City Harvest. According to its website, "Brass City Harvest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Community Development Corporation whose focus is on transforming the local and regional food system so that everyone has equitable access to fresh Connecticut grown food.  Creating new markets also benefits our state's agricultural producers by allowing them to scale up their farm businesses."

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Soldier Visits Tinker Students

June 15, 2017 - Throughout the school year, fifth graders in Miss Ouellette's class at Tinker School have been writing to a soldier stationed overseas, sending him letters and cards to express their gratitude for his service and to give him a small sense of home. Now home, Technical Sargent Dan Pittari visited the students in their classroom this morning to thank them for their year-long correspondence.

Sgt. Pittari explained he was unable to send letters back to the students while deployed but that he greatly appreciated all of their notes and cards, and that he shared them with other soldiers. He was stationed in the United Arab Emirates but was sent out to work in several other Middle Eastern countries. His job was repairing generators and motors for equipment used by our troops. 

soldier at Tinker

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.   

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.

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. 

LifeSmarts Champions!

lifesmarts champions flyer

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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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!

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.

 
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

Community Night

community day flyer

NEMS Students Honored

Five North End Middle School students from the Red House (8th graders) were honored with Waterbury Youth Services awards recently. From left to right, Adrianna Ortiz for leadership, Lyric Goodman for initiative, Tamara Sanchez for community service, Jada Cordero for citizenship, Allan Reidel-Morillo for initiative.

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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. 

 

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. 

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. 

Art Rageous

flyer for student art exhibit and reception

College Acceptance Celebrated

One hundred fifty Crosby High School students were honored May 17th for their acceptances to college during the school's second annual College Acceptance Day. Family and fellow students cheered them on during a ceremony held in the school's gym, followed by a reception in the cafeteria. 

Principal Jade Gopie addresses the students (below). 

crosby college

School Readiness Seats Open

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

 

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.   

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.   

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. 

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

Prom Giveaway

prom dress giveaway flyer

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.   

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

Fax: (203) 574-8010