School News

School Bus Routes

School bus routes for summer school program offering free bus transportation are available under the Parents link - or click here.

Swimming Lessons Offered

The City Recreation Department is offering free swimming lessons this summer to Waterbury children.  Click on the link below for more information:

 

http://www.waterburyct.org/controls/NewsFeed.aspx?FeedID=1629

 

Dance / Shake / Donate

Sunday, June 14th, 2015, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Raymour and Flangan - "Shake it off" for Parkinson's Disease. More information.

Summer Programs 2015

Parents, staff and students: We now have a page entitled 2015 Summer Programs. This page will include links to brochures, applications, and other information related to Waterbury Public School summer programs, as well as programs offered by local community agencies. The page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please click here to access.

Dash and Bash

The DASH is a 5K run to benefit the youth programs at PAL, Waterbury YMCa and the Boys and Girls Club. One mile walkers are also welcomed. The BASH follows at Pies & Pints on Leavenworth Street. See flyer for details.  Registration begins at 9:00 AM, race at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 30th, in Library Park.

Annual Parent Survey

The annual Parent Survey is now available online in English, Spanish and Albanian. Please click on 2014-2015 Parent Survey [link removed]This will remain open until May 14th, please complete if you have not already done so.

Prom Dresses Available

 The Ungroup Society Prom Dress Give-Away is taking place this Saturday, April 18th, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on Grand Street. Students who might not otherwise be able to afford a prom dress may attend and select a high quality prom dress or gown absolutely free. The group has at least fifty dress available. Students must show student ID to attend.

Crosby Walk for Success

Thank You to all who participated in Crosby's first Walk for Success held Saturday May 30, 2015!

Click here to read the article in the Rep-Am

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.

 

FREE Folklore Interactive Workshop

Please join the Waterbury Parent Academy as they sponsor an extraordinary interaactive experience for parents and students performed by Shakesperience Productions at Kennedy High School on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. See attached flyer for more information.

GEAR UP Summer Academy

Spend your summer learning Math, English, and exploring career choices with the GEAR UP Summer Academy for current 9th grade GEAR UP students. July 6th - July 31st; 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Enroll now at gearup10thgradesummer.eventbrite.com. Find us on Facebook at Waterburygearup.

Parent and Community Leadership Conference

Come join us in a celebration of parent and community leadership, including parent recognition awards, display of student logo contest art work, student jazz performance, informative workshops, and lunch served by the Culinary Arts students of Crosby and Wilby High Schools. Featuring Guest Speaker Elizabeth Williamson, Northeast Communications Director for the U.S. Department of Education. Free parking, continental breakfast, best practices in parent engagement displays, and an opportunity to meet and network with other engaged parents, along with a free gift bag for each participant and a chance to win great prizes. Pre-registration required. Contact Gladys Wright at gwright@waterbury.k12.ct.us 0r 203 574-8044 for more information. Registration form will be available at this link after April 13, 2015.

 

Juvenile Review Board Needs Volunteers

 A new initiative to reduce student arrests needs volunteers from the community to sit on Juvenile Review Boards. This new program will allow students who commit misdemeanor offenses to avoid arrest. Students will be required to perform community service and / or receive counseling. Any adult who wishes to learn more about serving on a Juvenile Review Board, which meets once each month to hear and review cases, may contact the Waterbury Youth Services System, Inc. at 203 573-0264.

Board of Education Reschedules Meetings

The Board of Education workshop scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2015, has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Career Academy, 175 Birch Street. Further, the Board of Education's regular meeting for Thursday, April 16, 2015, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Maloney Magnet School. 

Craft Fair and Quarter Auction

Wendell Cross’s First Annual Craft Fair & Quarter Auction will be held March 28, 2015, from 3:00- 6:00PM In the W.Cross Gym 1255 Hamilton Avenue. Avon, Jewelry, Jamboree Nails, Mary Kay, Candy, Copper art, photography, flowers, Easter goodies & so much more!!!! Come and check out all of our vendors. Adult only Quarter Auction to start at 6:00 PM in the Gym. Gift baskets provided local merchants and vendors such as: Timex, Coco Key, Peachwave, Frankies, Join us for an evening of fun and prizes to benefit the 5th Grade Committee!

Contact Kathy Maheu at 203-918-2803

Latest Newsletter Available

The latest district newsletter is now available on the website. To see this newsletter, click on the link above or to see older, archived newsletters, go to the School/Community Relations link on the main district webpage, then click on newsletters. The newsletter includes several color photos, so it may take several  seconds to download to your computer, depending on your internet speed.

Proposed Budget

The Waterbury education department proposed budget, as under consideration by the Board of Education.

Pages 1-41

Pages 42-83

Pages 84 on to end.

Education Budget Mill Rate Analysis

Science Testing Postponed Today

Due to the delayed opening today, NO CMT/CAPT SCIENCE TESTING WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY.  All CMT/CAPT Science testing scheduled for today is now moved to Tuesday March 10, 2015.  All paper/pencil supplemental testing will take place the following day, Wednesday March 11, 2015. All online supplemental testing may begin Wednesday March 11, 2015 (to be completed by April 2, 2015).

 

Two Hour Delay

Waterbury schools will have a two hour delayed opening this morning, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. 

Weather Alert

Due to the anticipated winter weather today, all after-school programs and the high school's night school have been cancelled. Other activities, such as meetings, will continue as scheduled unless you are notified otherwise by the individual school. .

Reminder: Lottery Ends Today at 3 PM

Parents: Just a reminder that the lottery for Waterbury magnet schools ends today at 3:00 p.m.

Honorees

Waterbury Public Schools is excited to announce the several educators and students being acknowledged at the 15th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet for the Rivera Memorial Foundation, Inc. 

  • Juan Mendoza (Reed) will be receiving the Inspiring Educator Award

  • Jeff Hunter (Central Office) will be receiving the Community Service Award

  • Anthony Azzara (Sacred Heart) will be receiving the Inspiring Educator Award

    Students:

  • Sohan Aziz (Kennedy) will be receiving the Rivera Memorial Foundation Scholarship

  • Alegra Hilyard (WAMS) will be receiving the Rivera and Hughes Memorial Scholarship

  • Amber Craig (Sacred Heart) will be receiving the Joseph Cortes Memorial Scholarship

    The awards ceremony will be on Thursday, April 23 at Coco Key Water Resort Hotel & Convention Center and will begin at 6:00pm.  If you are interested in attending, please visit the following website: http://www.rmfinc.org/

Mind-Blowing Beethoven

WSO favorite and Waterbury resident Andrew Armstrong returns to the Main Stage for Beethoven's epic Emperor Concerto.  Yale University School of Music Faculty member Thomas C. Duffy will premiere a New Commission for "Side by Side" Orchestra and will feature the young talent of over 25 string students from the Inter-District Strings Project performing alongside our musicians onstage.  Sonic bubbles fill the air as maestro Bjaland and the WSO will uncork Beethoven's musical bottle of Champaign, his effervescent 4th symphony.  NVCC Fine Arts Center, March 14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Testing Windows Announced

We are beginning our test period for the Smarter Balanced test in our schools. Each school has received information about the district’s testing window for each test and will create a building schedule based on that testing window.

 

Power Outage and School Dismissal

Due to a power outage in area, Gilmartin School will be dismissing at 1:00 p.m. today. Also, the School Governance Council training module scheduled for today at Gilmartin School has been postponed to Thursday, February 26, 2015, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Activities Cancelled

All activities have been cancelled for Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Special Announcement

All after school programs and the high school evening school have been cancelled for Thursday, February 12, 2015. Other school activities will still be held, including the Board of Education workshop and athletic events.

Waterbury K-8 Girls

Come participate in Girl Scout activities and learn about Girl Scout adventures. Adults, learn how you can make a difference in a girl's life. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at West Side Middle School (Cafeteria) 483 Chase Parkway, Waterbury , at 6:30 p.m. A parent/guardian must attend with their child. (if school or after-school programs are canceled this program will not be held). If you have questions or would like to volunteer please contact: Lydia at (203)757-1340 ext. 3501 or lgranitto@gsofct.org

Delayed Opening

All Waterbury schools will have a 90 minute delayed opening today, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. 

Schools Closed

All Waterbury schools will be closed on Monday, February 9, 2015, due to the winter storm. 

90 Minute Delay

Waterbury schools will have a 90 minute delayed opening. 

Schools Closed.

Due to extreme weather conditions and ongoing clean-up from the winter storm, all Waterbury schools are closed on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. 

Mayor O'Leary and Rod Dixon's Kids Marathon

See the video reviewing Mayor O'Leary & Rod Dixon's Kids Marathon from June 4, 2014 in Waterbury CT. #winning

90 Minute Delay

There will be a 90 minute delayed opening for all schools this morning. 

Invitation to Join Girl Scouts

Please join us on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Waterbury Girl Scout office (171 Grandview Avenue, Waterbury) at 1:00 p.m.  A parent/guardian must attend with their child. Come learn about the adventures in Girl Scouting and how you can help make a difference in a girl's life! For girls and their adult who are not already participating in Girl Scouts. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please contact: Lydia at (203)757-1340 ext. 3501 or lgranitto@gsofct.org

Schools Closed.

Due to the ongoing clean-up operations, Waterbury Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. 

 

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES CANCELLED

Notice of Weekend Activity Cancellations

Due to anticipated inclement weather, SAT exams scheduled for Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at Crosby High School are cancelled.  The SAT exams have been rescheduled to Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Crosby High School. 

 

The Waterbury Arts Magnet School Lottery Open House scheduled for this Saturday, January 24th, 2015 has also been cancelled.  The Lottery Open House has been rescheduled to next Saturday, January 31st, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

 

All Waterbury School District activities scheduled for Saturday, January 24th, 2015 and Sunday, January 25th, 2015 are cancelled. 

 

Governance Council Training Module Two

The second in a series of four training modules offered to members of School Governance Councils will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Gilmartin School. See flyer for more details.

Special Meeting

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, January 22, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Chase Building, 2nd floor training room, 236 Grand Street, for the purpose of an EXECUTIVE SESSION for self-evaluation as referenced in Section 1-200(6)(A) of the Freedom of Information Act.

Logo Contest for Students

STUDENTS:  HELP US DEVELOP A LOGO FOR THE 2015 “PARENT AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE” -- What does Parent and Community Leadership mean to you? How would you represent that in a logo*?

Create your own logo/design  representing parent and community leadership and submit it to your teacher by Friday, January 23, 2015. Your design will be considered and may be selected for use on materials associated with the conference, scheduled for May 1, 2015.  The top selection in each grade level (elementary, middle and high school) will receive a prize 

($100 gift card for the winning logo, $25 for each of the two runners-up).

We ask that your logo be simple in design and restricted to two contrasting colors, such as blue and white, green and white, yellow and red or something similar.  This contest is sponsored by the 2015 Parent and Community Leadership Conference Committee. 

Flyer with entry form

 

GEAR UP Parent Survey

To all 8th and 9th grade families, the GEAR UP Program is requesting your assistance in completing our biannual parent/guardian survey.  Please follow the link below to access the survey.  The results will be reported to the US Department of Education later in the year.  We thank you for your time and continued support of the program.   

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/36GDXCJ

 

When to Keep Your Child Home From School

The Waterbury Health Department has issued guidelines for parents and guardians as to when a child should be kept home from school. Click here to view these guidelines.

Kindergarten Registrations

Registrations for kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year will be processed at the Waterbury Family Intake Center, One Jefferson Square, first floor, beginning February 17. Each school is assigned a specific date or dates. Please see flyer for additional information. 

Pre-Kindergarten Registrations

Registrations for the public school pre-kindergarten classes will be accepted January 7, 2015 through May 29, 2015. Click here for more information.

Wallace Ribbon Cutting

School and city officials dedicated the new Wallace Middle School addiiton with a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to  Board of Education workshop on Tuesday, November 25th. During the workshop, the Board listened as Staywell School Based Health Center officials spoke about the great success of the new Crosby/Wallace health clinic, then toured that facility during a brief break in the meeting. Click here for photos of the event, the addition and the clinic.  

Fall District Newsletter Posted

The fall issue (September - November) of the district newsletter is now available for viewing on the website - 12 pages of news and photos from throughout the district. This is a big file size (35 mb) so it may take a minute to load on your computer.

Magnet School Lotteries (updated)

Waterbury Arts Magnet School (6th - 12th), and Maloney and Rotella Interdistrict Magnet Schools (preK-5th) have announcd their lottery application dates for the 2015-2016 school year as well as Open House dates for prospective students and their families. The application system is online and will be available from 8:00 a.m. February 2, 2015 through 3:00 p.m., February 27, 2015. No applications will be accepted before or after those dates.

 

 

NEMS Band Performs

Watch the NEMS Band play the Star Spangled Banner and Blue Rock and the NEMS Chorus sing Frozen at the Hartford Wolf Pack Game! Click the links below to view:

Star Spangled Banner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH7DkNRHFXM

Blue Rock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7_9NFp3_Gk

Frozen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX4E56_w27U



 

Videos on Website

We now have video on our website! Check out "Videos" under the School / Community Relations quick link (district home page). We will be posting a selection of the videos that have previously run on Channel 16 in Waterbury. These videos should open and run from your computer with a single click of the mouse. Please note that in order to keep the video to a manageable length, it may have been edited from the original broadcast version and / or it may be broken up into several segments. If it is broken into segments, it will be noted as Part I" "Part II" etc.  

Dear Soldier Letters

Waterbury Public School students wrote a total of 2,334 letters to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Military Medical Center or Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia as part of the Teamsters Dear Soldier campaign.  Participating schools included: Bucks Hill, Bunker Hill, Carrington, Chase, Wendell Cross, Driggs, Duggan, Gilmartin, Hopeville, Kingsbury, Reed, Regan, Rotella, Tinker,Walsh, Washington, and State Street. For more information on the Dear Soldier program, the web site is http://teamsterslocal769.org/power/h-r-c/dear-soldier-campaign/

Post Secondary Training Available

The Waterbury Adult Education Technology Center offers programs for parents and students in  

Manufacturing/Technology Training

CNC Level 1 Machining course

Swiss CNC course

Tooling U

Apprenticeship Opportunities

NIMS Certification

 

 

Info Session for Parents

Dear Parents,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 1st for our SAT Information Night at Kennedy High School. During the evening you will hear from district leaders regarding SAT Day and how you can further support your child’s success.

In addition, Mr. Allan Bernstein from College Board will join us to share the benefits of district wide SAT DAY.  Thank you.

 

Change in Early Dismissal Day

Please be advised that our October 22nd half day has been moved to October 15th to accommodate for our first district wide SAT DAY. 

All students in the 12th, 11th, 10th, 9th and 8th grade will be taking the SAT, PSAT or ReadiStep exam.  These exams are essential for college and career readiness and can take up to 4.5 hours for 12th graders. 

Please take this opportunity to make adjustments to your schedule to accommodate for the half day for all students on SAT DAY - October 15th.  October 22nd will be a ful day of school for all students.

 

Phlebotomy Classes

Waterbury Adult Continuing Education is now accepting applications for its nationally certified Phlebotomy Program. Program begins on Tuesday, October 14, with morning and evening class schedules available. Call 203 574-8038 or stop by new location at 11 Draher Street to apply or obtain additional information. 

WOW/NRZ Community Learning Center Programs

WOW/NRZ Community Learning Center is offering an after-school academy for students in elementary, middle and high school and a robotics program for middle and high school students, as well as an Urban Youth Violence Prevention Program for middle and high school students. See FLYER for more details.

SAT DAY

On OCTOBER 15TH – ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, GRADES 9-12 WILL BE INVOLVED IN EITHER AN SAT OR SAT PREPATORY ASSESSMENT. This exam is essential for admission to college, and has been paid for by the Waterbury Public Schools district.

On Wednesday, October 1st, we will have a formal presentation at Kennedy High School at 6pm. Please visit our SAT information table at your child’s OPEN HOUSE this  Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (high schools, WAMS or preK-8ths) or Wednesday, September 24, 2014  (middle schools) for more information to reserve your space.

Refreshments will be served! FLYER

 

Workshop Time Changed

The Board of Education's workshop scheduled for Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Sprague School has been RESCHEDULED to 6:30 p.m. at Sprague School.

Smile Builders Schedule

Smile Builders is an organization that comes into our schools and provides on-site dental care for our students. Please see the attached letter for more information. If you are interested in having your child recieve dental work as part of this program, you will need to fill out the attached form and return it to your child's school.

Letter to Parents English / Spanish

Application / Permission Form English / Spanish

Smile Builders visits each participating school twice per year:

Dates of Program English / Spanish

School Lunch Menus

School Lunch Menus may be found under the Parents or Students links top right side of the welcome page.

School Bus Routes

School bus routes are now available on the page labelled school bus routes under the "Parents" and "Students" links at the top right hand side of the district website landing page. This page is updated periodically when routes are changes throughout the year to accomodate new students. The page will note the latest update.

School Bus Routes

School Bus Routes

School bus routes are now available on the page labelled school bus routes under "Parents" or "Students" on the top right section of the district web site.

School Bus Routes

Attendance Matters

From the Bridge to Success e-newsletter:

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences - excused as well as unexcused - can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence-missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month-can translate into:

  • third graders unable to master reading
  • sixth graders failing courses and
  • ninth graders dropping out of high school

The good news is that chronic absence can be reduced when schools and communities partner to build a strong culture of attendance and work with students and families to identify barriers to getting to school. This work starts by helping everyone in a community recognize that they have a stake and a role in ensuring that students are in school every day so they can learn. 

 

Reminder- Back to School Rally

Welcome Back. The first day of school for students is Monday. August 25th but before the summer vacation ends, families are invited back to celebrate the return to school at the annual Back to School Rally, which will be held on Wednesday, August 20th, from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm in Library Park, 267 Grand Street, Rain or Shine. All Waterbury families are invited to come and join the fun and watch Mayor O’leary and others participate in the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE to support efforts and awareness in fighting A.L.S. The Back to School Rally is a partnership of the Waterbury Youth Services System, Waterbury Department of Education, The Mayor’s office, and other community agencies.

Letter to Community
Special Permissions on Hold

Effective August 18, 2014 there is a hold on Special Permissions.  This will allow our schools to begin the new year and account for all students.  There will be a new Special Permission System in effect for the 2014-2015 school year. Thank you. Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, Superintendent of Schools

Spanish / Albanian

 

 

Notice of Intent to Apply

The Waterbury Public Schools has an intent to apply for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool Grant Program through the CT State Department of Education. If you wish to provide input or to learn more about Waterbury's proposal for additional after-school programs, please contact Margaret Cherubini at 203-574-8004.   

Back to School Rally

Join in the city-wide celebration of the 17th annual Back to School Rally on Wed., Aug. 20, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Library Park, 267 Grand Street, Rain or Shine!  Police Chief Vernon Riddick will be the keynote speaker!  Come join the fun!  

The Back to School Rally is a partnership of the Waterbury Youth Service System, Waterbury Department of Education, the Mayor's Office, and other community agencies.

Professional Development for Special Ed and Paraprofessionals

Special Education staff and paraprofessionals: please click here to view the schedule for professional development:

August 21, 2014 /  August 22, 2014.

SCHOOL ATTIRE POLICY CHANGE REMINDER

ATTENTION STUDENTS AND PARENTS:

The Waterbury Board of Education revised the School Attire policy on May 7th, 2015 and again on May 21st, 2015 for the 2015/16 school year.  The revisions mainly impact high school students at Crosby, Kennedy, Wilby, Enlightenment, and Waterbury Arts Magnet School, as well as middle school students at Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Please see the copy of the Board of Education policy under Board of Education link for additional information and for policy specific to elementary and other middle schools.

Board of Education Videos

Videos of recent Board of Education meetings are now available on the website under the Board of Education link. Videos will be added as they become available.

Adult Education Registration

WATERBURY ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION FALL REGISTRATION 2015

Morning registration begins on August 10, 2015 from 8:00AM-10:30AM

Evening registration begins on August 17, 2015 from 5:30PM-7:30PM

For more information contact the Waterbury Adult Education office at (203) 574-8038.

Art Gala Opening

The afterschool arts program that was funded by a state mini-grant and held at Bunker Hill, Carrington, Washington and Wilson Schools,  hosted an Opening Night Exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum on Wednesday, June 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Special guests included State Education Commissioner Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell, Waterbury Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, and Instructional Leadership Directors Pamela Baim, Kevin Walston and Darren Schwarz. About two hundred students and parents crowded the auditorum of the Mattatuck Museum to celebrate the after school arts program. The event was covered by GGPS photographer Robert Goodrich.  You may view his story and photos here  http://wp.me/p4oYp0-W2 .

Teacher of the Year

This year's Waterbury Teacher of the Year is Jahana Hayes, a social studies teacher from John. F. Kennedy High School.

Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards

Each year the Superintendent and her staff honor a select group of students from across the school district who have demonstrated a willingness to go above and beyond by helping out in their school or community, by serving as leaders in their classrooms, and by working hard to achieve their academic goals.  Designed to allow the Superintendent and Principals to move beyond the academic achiever who routinely receives recognition, these awards seek out the well-rounded student who serves as a role model for others to follow. 

This year two students received the Bright Futures Awards for pre-kindergarten, 21 students in the fifth grade, 40 students in middle or high schools and one student representing adult education received Certificates of Excellence. Photos are available in the Photo Gallery (quick links, left side of web page)

Revised Dress Code

The Board of Education voted to adopt changes to the district's dress code.  Click here for new policy.

Smile Builders Spring Schedule

Parents: Smile Builders is a program that provides dental cleaning services to students during the school day. It is available to all students, including those with private dental insurance, HUSKY plan, or uninsured. Check the attached calendar for more information as well as dates when Smile Builders will be visiting your child's school. Flyer with calendar.

BOE Approves 2015-2016 School Calendar

The Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year at its meeting of February 5, 2015. School will begin August 26, 2015 for students. Staff will be returning for professional development on August 24 and August 25. New teacher orientation is August 17 - 19.