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Special Meeting Cancelled

The Board of Education’s Special Meeting for 7:00 p.m. tonight has been cancelled.  Their

Workshop for 5:30 p.m. is still scheduled.

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

Board Schedule Revised

The Board of Education will hold a Special Workshop on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., Wallace Middle School, Media Center, 3453 East Main Street, Waterbury, 

Connecticut. 

Further, the Board of Education’s Regular Meeting for Thursday, November 16, 2017

 has been RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Waterbury Arts Magnet 

School, Atrium, 16 South Elm Street, Waterbury, Connecticut. 

Waterbury Autism Safety and Registry Day

autism flyer

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.

Harlem Globetrotters To Visit

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Neighborhood Support

Support counselors will be available at Hopeville and Duggan Elementary Schools on Monday August 21st, 2017 from 9am-12pm to support our neighborhood communities.

Hoop to Help Event

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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.

Crosby 3rd Annual Walk for Success

ATTENTION CROSBY HIGH SCHOOL INCOMING FRESHMEN: Be on the lookout for Crosby High School's 3rd Annual Walk for Success! Crosby High School teachers and community partners will conduct the 3rd Annual Walk for Success on Saturday, August 12, 2017 by visiting the homes of all incoming freshmen. Please expect a welcome visit between the hours of of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 2021.   

Summer School Bus Routes (2017)

Click here to see the Summer School Bus Routes for 2017.

Carrington

Duggan

Gilmartin

Maloney

Reed 

Rotella

Wallace - 21st Century - listed as pages 31-36 in the full bus routes above. 

 

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

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.

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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,

beagles .  

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.

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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Message From Deputy Superintendent

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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. 

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

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 = UPDATE

"Summer School Registration times have been modified as follows:

Registration will take place on Thursday June 28th and Friday June 29th from 9am - 2pm.  Registration will continue on Wednesday July 5th thru Friday July 7th. From 9am - 2pm.

Registration takes place at Waterbury Arts Magnet School.  Detailed information and necessary forms required for registration can be found on the Waterbury Public Schools' Website"

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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. 

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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Celebrating Back to School

Hundreds turned out for the annual Back to School Rally in Library Park (August 23rd, from noon to 3:00 p.m.).  After checking in, guests mingled around the numerous information booths, picking up brochures, information packets, and school supplies given out by several of the vendors. Guests also enjoyed a hot dog from Frankies and a cold water from Waterbury Youth Services, who coordinates the event each year with several sponsors. bts rally 2017 targetbts rally 2017 face

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.  

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. 

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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. 

 

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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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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. 

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.

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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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

 

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 

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 Summer Meals location near them.  Click here for flyer / breakfast menu / lunch menu / list of sites available with times.

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. 

 

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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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. 

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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. 

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.

 
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. 

 

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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School Readiness Seats Open

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

 

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.   

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.