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Door Decorating Contest Winners

The Special Education Department won the Door Decorating Contest held in the Chase Building. TThe Bilingual Education Department and the School Business Office tied for second place. Most offices participated in the fun, including the Superintendent's office (pictured below). 

Click here for special newsletter with photos of all of the doors. 

superintendent's decorated door

TWO HOUR DELAY

Due to the weather, all schools will have a two hour delayed opening. There will be no morning pre-kindergarten classes. 

SATURDAY PERFORMANCE RESCHEDULED

Due to the impending weather event this Saturday, the decision has been made to cancel the Saturday Performances of Kennedy High School's Seussified Christmas Carol. Friday night's performance will take place as scheduled at 7:00pm. 

To accommodate those who were planning to attend on Saturday, we have added one Sunday performance at 4:00.  Santa will be here on Sunday after the 4:00 performance.

DPAC Meeting

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Radium Girls

CROSBY HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCTION OF RADIUM GIRLS 

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

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

Book Fair

Barnes and Noble in Waterbury is hosting a Book Fair Wednesday, Dec. 13 to benefit Kennedy High School and the Eagle Flyer newspaper. Free gift wrapping is also available. A portion of every purchase will benefit the school. Just be sure to mention 'Kennedy' at the register. Get your Christmas shopping done or treat yourself: in addition to books, the store has toys, games, Lego sets, Disney items, food, and much more. Dec. 13 is also an early dismissal day for students.

Maloney/Rotella Lottery Information (Lottery Starts February 1, 2018)

 

Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School and Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School

Lottery Applications for 2018-19 school year:

Lottery application period for 2018-19 school year:

Thursday, February 1st 2018 @ 8:00 am through Wednesday, February 28th 2018 @ 3:00 pm.

Our lottery will be for Pre-K 4 (age 4) through Grade 5.

Pre-K students must have been born in the year 2014 to be eligible for Pre-K 4 classes. 

Pink Out Donation

Waterbury Public School staff donated $3,433.60 to "The Women for Women Organization" at St. Mary’s Hospital.  This is the second year that the Waterbury Public Schools participated in the annual Pink Out event, which not only raises funds to provide free mammograms for women who would otherwise be unable to afford one, but it also provides the school district with an opportunity to spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention. Deputy Superintendent Robert Henry explained, "Everyone who wore pink on Friday, October 27th, helped promote awareness of this devastating health issue that impacts one in eight women here in the United States. We hope these funds help the hospital in its mission to save lives."  Representatives of St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Ann Smith (right) and Carrie Fuller (second from left) noted that 118 women were able to obtain mammogram services through September 30, 2017 as a result of all funding last year. Pat Moran, Supervisor of Family and Community Engagement (second from right) helped coordinate the district's Pink Out event this year.

Pink Out donation   

Early Dismissal Times Changed for All Schools

The times for all categories of Early Dismissal have been changed to a single Planned/Weather/Emergency Dismissal time for each school. There is no longer a separate dismissal time for planned early dismissal days (for example, for Professional Development) versus emergency early dismissal (for example, for an impending winter storm). Please click here for view the schedule for all schools.   

Social Club's Annual Visit

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

fbsc unloads food at Duggan

Vocabulary Parade

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

vocabulary parade

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

On Friday, October 27th, students from throughout the district gathered at Wilby High School for the annual district-wide Hispanic Heritage Celebration. The event included performances by students, as well as displays of art work. Click here for photos and more information.

Below: Chase Elementary School students arrive dressed to perform. 

Chase School students arrive at Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

Vote on 2017 Title I DPAC By-Laws

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS: You are eligible to vote on the Title I District Parent Advisory Council 2017 By-Laws. Your school's Parent Liaison has a copy of the proposed by-laws and a paper ballot for your voting convenience. To be counted, your vote must be returned to your Parent Liaison no later than October 13, 2017

You may also review the by-laws by clicking here.   You may print a copy of the ballot by clicking here.   

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants 2017-2018

The Waterbury Public Schools are preparing afterschool grant applications for the 2017-18 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program.  We welcome any input you have to offer concerning those grant applications.  To share your thoughts on this please call the Competitive Grants Office at 203-346-3506, or email jcallahan@waterbury.k12.ct.us using the following subject line: 21stCCLC Community Input, by September 12, 2017.

Solar Eclipse Safety

Connecticut will experience a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. PLEASE do not look directly at the solar eclipse unless you are wearing certified solar eclipse safety glasses. Doing so will result in permanent eye damage, including possible permanent blindness. There are also several methods by which you may safely view the eclipse using indirect methods.   

For more information on how to SAFELY view the solar eclipse, visit the solar eclipse safety information on the NASA website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

Sensitivity Task Force

The Sensitivity Task Force is holding a public forum in the Aldermanic Chambers on June 20th, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for comments and questions from the public.   Information translated to Spanish / Albanian. 

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"Putting on AIRS" - May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The PUTTING ON AIRS (POA) Program is now up and running at the Waterbury Health Department. 

Parents: Is your child's asthma out of control? "Putting on AIRS" can help. Click here for more information in English or Spanish

POA english leaflet

spanish poa

 

 

 

 

Maloney Multicultural Fair

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

maloney jamaican

maloney family

 

Parent and Community Leadership Conference

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PARENTS: You are invited to attend the third annual Parent and Community Leadership Conference, to be held on Friday, May 26th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Community College. The event is free and includes workshops, lunch, and awards ceremony. To register, please click here.

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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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 .  

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.

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.   

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. 

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.  

operation warm

 

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.  

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. 

 

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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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.

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 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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.

  

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

Fax: (203) 574-8010