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Flag Day

Today, June 14th, is Flag Day. The date corresponds to the date in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress resolved that the new government would have an official flag.  

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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Great DASH & BASH

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Reading Workshop

HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD READ: Tuesday May 30, 2017, Family & Community Engagement Center, Chase Building Room 104, 236 Grand St., 1st Floor. 5 – 7pm

Speaker:  Roberta Abell, MA, CCC-SP

Mrs. Abell is a speech and language pathologist with over 30 years of experience working with students.  She is a special education supervisor with the Waterbury Public Schools.

Please register by calling 203-346-3505

Pizza will be provided.  Babysitting and interpreting services are available upon request.

 

"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

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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.

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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.

School Readiness Request for Proposals
Wilby Winners

Congratulations to  2017 Connecticut Association of Schools Honorees representing Wilby High School for Excellence in Music and Art are:

Jaylen Lee- Excellence in Visual Arts

Carlos Velez- Excellence in Music

 

Elementary Schools to Wear Green for MD

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

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

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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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The Key to Any Door: From Struggle to Success

For 8th to 12th grade students and their parents/guardians. Erik Clemons presents the story of his transformation from struggle to success. Grade level breakout session. Light dinner and refreshments. Please register in advance: Ann Marie Brites, parent liaison at Kennedy. 203 574-8150, then press 8, then request X119.

Held at Kennedy high School, February 28, 6:00 p.m. 

Wilson School Shout Out

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School was honored to wake up with  NBC CT viewers on Thursday, December 21st. Our student, Christopher Sheppard,  enthusiastically led our school in the morning greeting to CT viewers in the “SHOUT OUT” section of the morning  programming.“We are Woodrow Wilson Elementary School  connecting you to Waterbury, and we’re waking up with NBC Connecticut.”

Click here to view news story. 

New Playground Celebrated

Woodrow Wilson School's new playground was officially celebrated on Monday, December 19, 2016. Staff from the school joined with staff from NEJ, Inc.to cut a red ribbon near the new playscape. Earlier that morning, NEJ helped provide students at the school with a visit from Santa. Each student went home with a stuffed toy beagle, with many of the younger students instantly naming and cuddling the life-sized toys.

NEJ is the school's community partner. The company, founded by Ed Mascolo twenty-five years ago, works with retailers and factories to market excess inventory. The company adopted the school several years ago and has since funded many improvements at the school,

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Saturday Activities Cancelled

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

TWO HOUR DELAYED OPENING

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

North End Middle School Cares

North End Middle School staff and students, in conjunction with the PBIS Committee and the Kindness Club, collected over 2,000 non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry to help our community at Thanksgiving.  Just another example of how teaching kindness is as important as teaching fractions.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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.

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 .

 

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.  

 

Working Papers

Beginning November 28th, students will be able to obtain working papers directly from their high schools. 

Wingman

Wingman (Dylan's Wings of Change) is Gilmartin's new student leadership program, inspired by Dylan Hockley, one of the students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The Wingman Program for Schools cultivates a youth leadership program where students are empowered to take a lead in shaping Gilmartin's school climate. Student leaders are trained to counter root causes of rejection, exclusion, and isolation while helping peers to increase empathy and compassion.

 

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. 

Visit to Africa

Mrs. Jahana Hayes visited parts of Africa this summer as part of her duties as National Teacher of the Year. Please click here to see photos of her trip that she sent back to the district.  

New Backpacks for Duggan PreK Students

Every student enrolled in the prekindergarten program at Duggan School will have a nice new backpack filled with school supplies for the new school year, thanks to the generosity of Hubbard Hall. PreK parents were invited to a special orientation program on Monday, August 29th, where they had an opportunity to meet their child's teacher, visit the classroom and school, fill out required paperwork, and pick up the backpack. 

PreKindergarten teachers Mrs. Diorio (left) and Mrs. Guiffre (right) show parent Krystal Martinez the contents of the backpack while the newly appointed Chief Adviser for Early Childhood Programs, Marie Klein, looks on. 

 

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

Welcome back to all students, staff and Waterbury Public School families. 

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.


Back to School Rally

All Waterbury Public School families: WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!  Preparation for Back to School began with the annual Back to School Rally on Wednesday, August 24, at Library Park. Click here for some photos of the activities. 

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).

GLI Scholars Sought

The Global Leadership Institute is seeking high school sophomores to join the GLI program. Students interested in global leadership and social entrepreneurship should consider applying. Please click here for complete list of one-hour information sessions. To apply, go to www.taftschool.org/gli

Charity Golf Outing

The Waterbury Food Service Department is holding a Charity Golf Outing on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Called the “Child Nutrition Programs Charity Golf Outing”  it will be held at Western Hills Golf Course and banquet facility.  Proceeds will be used to “wrap a truck” which will travel the city of Waterbury to places that children congregate, increasing meal participation and increasing awareness of our programs throughout the year. Letter from Linda Franzese, Waterbury Food Service Director. and brochure attached. Click here to view. .  

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.

 

Annual Report

Each year in August the Department of Education submits an Annual Report to the City of Waterbury. This report includes information provided by both Central Office Administrators and School Principals. Click here to view this year's report.   

Wilby New Student Orientation

All students new to Wilby High School and their families are invited to join the Wilby Staff for a formal introduction to our school on Tuesday, August 23, at 6:30 p.m. Come learn about all the programs that Wilby has to offer including the Allied Health, Manufacturing, Advanced Placement and college credit classes. See flyer for details. 

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)

Crosby Walk for Success

Thank You to all who participated in Crosby's Walk for Success recently held Below is a picture of member of the community and Waterbury Public Schools and Crosby staff who helped make this event so successful?

 

The Walk for Success is a collaborative partnership between Project GRAD and Crosby High School.  The Walk for Success (WFS) is a campaign that conducts door-to-door home visits for incoming Crosby students.

 

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. 

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. 

Free Family and Housing Expo Saturday

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Summer Meals Program

The “Free Summer Meals” program begins on Monday, June 26th.  Once again, we will be serving free breakfast and lunch throughout Waterbury to all children 18 years and younger. The informative flyer and menus provide contact information as to where families can find a feeding location near them.  Click jhere for flyer / breakfast menu / lunch menu

High School Summer School

Summer school registration has been reopened as follows:

June 29th, Wednesday, 1pm-3:30 pm

June 30th, Thursday, 9am-12pm

July 1st, Friday, 9am-12pm

Location: Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Summer School Office, Room 218

Students Must Bring The Following:

1. High School Transcript (Students may not register for a class if they received below a grade of  40 for said class).

2. Attendance Record (Students may not register for courses if they have been absent for more than 27 days).

Fees

Fee per class is $160 for Waterbury students. Fee is $170 per class for students who do not attend  Waterbury Public Schools. All fees are payable by Money Order, Certified Check or Bank Check ONLY. 

"NO PERSONAL CHECKS OR CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED"

Summer School Dates / Hours:

July 11th - August 1st

8am - 12pm

Summer School Location

Waterbury Arts Magnet School

Please click here for Registration Form and Medical History Form

 

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.

Updates to Board Schedule

The Board of Education has scheduled a Special Meeting on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Further, the Board of Education has cancelled its June 29, 2017 workshop and its July 6, 2017 meeting. 

MLK Youth Explosion

Eight Waterbury students were presented with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards and Crosby High School teacher Sean Mosley was presented with a Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. Leadership Award during the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Summit on Saturday, January 14, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Concerned Black Clergy Council of Waterbury and the Waterbury Public Schools. 

The students who received awards were: Ama Frimpong-Ansah (Crosby), Evelyn Lopez (Kennedy), Daivayannah Taylor (Enlightenment), Carolyn Kleinschmidt (Waterbury Arts Magent), Breanna Madison (Waterbury Career Academy), Jayden Mobley (Wilby), Solmina Darko (Holy Cross) and Jasmine Williams (Sacred Heart). 

Click here for special newsletter on event. 

sean mosley mlk event

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.   

Summer School Registration Information

Attention High School Students

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION

Your Guidance Counselor has all the information needed (brochure and forms)  to register for the high school summer school. You can also obtain a copy using the following link(s)

Summer School Brochure / Registration Form / Student Medical History Form

Registration Dates:

Monday June 26th – Friday June 30th

At Waterbury Arts Magnet School (16 South Elm Street).

Class Dates:

July 10th – July 31st 8am -12pm

Waterbury Public Schools’ dress code will be in full force and effect.

Telephone = The summer school office phone number is 203-573-6327.

 

Woodbury Ballet Performs for Kingsbury Students

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A select group of performers from Woodbury Ballet performed a shortened version of The Nutcracker for Kingsbury Elementary School students on Monday, December 5, 2016. The Woodbury Ballet was scheduled to perform the classic ballet in its entirety - with a full cast - on December 17 at the Palace Theater. 

Third, fourth and fifth graders from Kingsbury who had earned PBIS rewards sat enthralled at the live performance and were eager to ask questions of the artistic director afterwards. Many students raised their hands when asked if they took dance class themselves, and others wished to know how long it takes to get ready for a performance this large. 

VIDEO OF PERFORMANCE: 

 

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. 

Operation Warm Comes to Driggs School

Local firefighters, with the support of MacDermid and Cigna, provided warm winter coats for selected students at Driggs School on Friday, January 13th, as part of an Operation Warm project. Each year, local firefighters donate their time and fund-raise to purchase coats for elementary-age children in Waterbury, selecting a new distribution site each year. Both MacDermid and Cigna contributed additional funds for this year's project.  Operation Warm is a national program that assists local non-profit organizations to provide brand-new coats for elementary age children.  

Fire Chief David Martin, School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Ouellette and Joe Geary, representing the Mayor's office, along with numerous firefighters, local and school officials, Frank Monteiro from MacDermid and Michael Donnelly from Cigna, were on hand to see the joy the children had at receiving the coats.  

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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

Bunker Hill School Reorganizes Playground

Searching for a low-cost way to make the playground safer, Bunker Hill School Principal Celia Piccochi asked staff for their suggestions as to how to accomplish that goal. Click here to see the result. 

bunker hill play

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.  

Kindergarten Registration Announced

All Kindergarten registrations will be processed ONLY at the Waterbury Family Intake Center at One Jefferson Square on the first floor. Registration hours are from 8:15 am until 2:45 pm, Monday through Friday for children who will be 5 years old on or before January 1, 2018. If a language other than English is spoken in the home, then the child MUST be present at the time of registration.

Please click here for scheduled registration days for your child's school, as well as additional important information you will need prior to registering: English / Spanish. 

 

Invention Convention Winners

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

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. 

pet zoo

Warm Hats

A tree in the Family and Community Engagement Center of the Chase Building sports warm hats and gloves for younger children in need who visit the center (until the limited supply runs out). The FACE Center is a one-stop location for families and community members looking for information on the Waterbury Public Schools or resources that are available in the community for Waterbury area families. One of the goals of the center is to help parents become fully engaged in their child's education. The Center works closely with schools and parent liaisons to assure that all parents feel welcome in their own schools and know whom to contact if any questions arise. Research indicates that engagement in schools not only helps improve student academic outcomes but is also linked to improved behavior, attendance, graduation and college enrollment rates. 

face tree

 

Board Receives Recognition

Waterbury, CT (December 5, 2016)– The Waterbury Board of Education was presented with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Level One Leadership Award during the annual CABE / CAPSS (Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents) Convention held at the Mystic Marriott on Friday, November 18 - Saturday, November 19. 

wtby boe award

Photo Caption (from left to right): Commissioner Thomas Van Stone Sr., Commissioner Jason Van Stone, Commissioner Ann M. Sweeney, Dianna R. Wentzell (Commissioner of Education),  Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette (Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools), Elizabeth C. Brown (Board President) and Commissioner Charles L. Stango. 

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. 

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.  

Seasonal Decorations

Seasonal spirit was displayed as second graders from Rotella School helped decorate a tree in the lobby of the Chase Building downtown. 

chase building tree

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. 

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)

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Working Cities Challenge - Community Conversation Held

On November 15th, Reed School hosted the city’s second Community Conversation, just one step in the process to file for a Working Cities grant. The event was very well attended by community stakeholders, parents and district staff, with perhaps as many as 200 people present. Discussion points included education, civic responsibility, safety, and neighborhoods, with a great deal of thoughtful feedback given to the topics. Click here for a summary of the feedback given by participants. 

Green Success!

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

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

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

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

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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Student Mural Displayed

Students from Ms. Krislyn Petti's Public Speaking class at Wilby High School participated last year in Connecticut's Second Annual Social and Emotional Learning Week at Quinnipiac University’s School of Law. The students created and presented a mural with the theme “Choosing Love” to Senator Richard Blumenthal and Scarlett Lewis, the mother of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. They also shared short anecdotes about situations they had to overcome in their own lives, which prompted a standing ovation from the audience. Wilby was one of just six schools participating. Sen. Blumenthal recently brought the murals to Washington, D.C. with him to display during a meeting on Social and Emotional Learning.  Mayor Neil O'Leary provided the Wilby High School students with the money they needed to travel to Washington, D.C. last spring. 

 

 

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

Invention Convention

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

Tinker School students pictured at the Invention Convention:

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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 

TWO HOUR DELAYED OPENING

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

Crosby LifeSmarts Team State Champions

Crosby High School has been named State Champions for LifeSmarts. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Participants focus on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology. This year's team is made up of team captain, Alyssa Simoes, Klajdi Gjonaj, Megan Holland and Jason Margison.  These students have won the right to represent the state of Connecticut at Nationals on April 21- 25 in Pittsburgh PA.

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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Kennedy High School Addition / Fields Dedicated

The athletic fields and new addition, which includes an auxiliiary gym, science labs, and foreign language classrooms, were featured in a recent ribbon-cutting at Kennedy High School (October 15, 2016). The athletic field was named after Charles "Ripper" Donato, a long-time football coach and Athletic Director at the school who retired after 28 years of teaching and coaching. For more information and pictures, please   click on this link.  

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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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. 

 

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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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. 

 

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). 

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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

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.   

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 

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).  

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Students Help Stock Trout

Regan School students helped stock trout at Fulton Park Friday, April 7th in time for fishing season. The students were excited to participate during an official Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Trout Stocking by dumping buckets of trout into the water.  

DEEP has partnered with Regan for several events which have brought the students an opportunity to see science and education in action:

•        Family Outdoor Discovery Program which had 4th graders boating, partiicpating in science experiments with a National Geographic author, attending an Animals of the Night program and creating campsites with their families

•        Families were offered transportation to the DEEP No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival at Burr Pond in February

•        ESH after-school program students built air quality particle sensors using Arduino boards

In May, students will participate in an Art in the Park adventure at Topsmead State Park with DEEP wildlife staff, National Park Service staff, and the school's art teacher.

(Information provided by Kim Williams, Library/Media Center, Regan School) 

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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.