School News

Congratulations to Teachers of the Year

Twenty-nine teachers from throughout the district were honored at a ceremony at the Mattatuck Museum on May 25, 2016, and Ann Grace Spizzoucco, a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher from Wallace Middle School, was named this year's Waterbury Teacher of the Year. Click here for photos from the event.   

Dash and Bash

Come join the fun for the Great Dash and Bash, Saturday, June 11, in Library Park. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m.. Race begins at 10:00 a.m.. Both 5K runners and one mile walkers are welcome. The scenic downtown course starts at Library Park and ends at Pies And Pints on Leavenworth Street. Awards will be given to top age group finishers and all top overall finishers. Post race festivities and music at Pies And Pints, Click here for additional information.

Sponsored by School Administrators of Waterbury, Waterbury Teacher's Association and the Office of the Mayor.  

Parent and Community Leadership Conference

“Excellence Happens Here”    Come join us in a celebration of parent and community leadership, including parent recognition awards, student jazz performance, informative workshops, and lunch. 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.  May 20, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708

For program and workshops, click here. 

You may click here to order tickets through eventbrite. 

Shutterfly Gives $40,000

Shutterfly donated $20,000 to 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes and $20,000 to her school, John F. Kennedy High School. The donation was announced during Mrs. Hayes' guest appearance on the "Ellen: the Ellen Degeneres Show." See article from show website for more details.  Click here for youtube video of Mrs. Hayes' appearance. 

School Calendar for Next Year is Updated

Get the latest version of the 2016-2017 school calendar, updated May 9, 2016 by clicking here

Watch Live!

Watch live as 2016 National Teacher of the Year JAHANA HAYES is honored at the White House - Click on this link to view = Starts at 4:30 p.m. 

Board Meeting Cancelled

The Board of Education Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 21, has been cancelled. 

Workshop Cancelled

The Board of Education workshop scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, has been cancelled. 

Health Explorer Program

Northwestern CT AHEC, in conjunction with Waterbury Hospital and the Boy Scouts of America, is establishing a Health Explorer program for students in the city of Waterbury. The program is designed to provide students aged 14-20 with tangible, hands-on experience in the health field. Explorers will have the opportunity to shadow medical staff, learn from professionals in the medical field, and acquire skills and knowledge needed to establish a career in the health sector.  We are currently looking for students interested in joining this new Health Explorer post. Meetings will take place on Thursdays from 5:00-6:15 PM at Waterbury Hospital. The first meeting will be held March 31st.  For more information regarding the program and the application process, please contact Matt Costello, Health Explorer Advisor and AmeriCorps member at NWCTAHEC. He may be reached by email or by phone at (203) 758-1110 ext. 12.


As part of competition for ranking, students had to create a one minute video using a rubric.  What we need help with is having people view for points at nationals.  We only have until this Thursday, March 31st.   The site is  It you can’t locate it search Connecticut LifeSmarts PSA 2016.  Just watch and we will get a view.   Thanks so much.  It is greatly appreciated.  Crosby LifeSmarts Team

Parents: Support other parents. Help local parents leann to read, write, speak and understand English. Literacy Volunteers Orientation: Tuesday, March 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Community Outreach and Grants Dept., 140 Grandview Ave., Suite LL02. Click here for more information. 

Career Fair

Certified teachers: Waterbury Career Fair is Tuesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rotella Magnet School. Click here for detailed information.  

Futures In Reach at Wilby

The School Governance Council of Wilby High School is sponsoring Futures in Reach on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wilby cafeteria. This event is open to all Parents/Guardians of a current Wilby student. This event will present information on the post-graduation learning opportunities available in Connecticut for our students. Various local colleges, training facilities and academies will be on-hand to answer questions, discuss financial aid and the application process. In addition, there will be representatives from Wilby High School and the community to discuss GEARUP, Credit Retrieval, SAT/ACT, high school graduation requirements, FAFSA and scholarship opportunities. Refreshments will be served by the Wilby Culinary Arts program.



Students: Tell us what makes Waterbury a great place to live and you might win up to $500 in the Waterbury Family and Housing Expo Student Contest. The contest is open to all students attending Waterbury schools, kindergarten through 12th grade. Deadline for entries is April 8, 2016. See attached flyer for details and entry form. 

If you wish to enter by email, please include the following:










Girl Scouts Community Troop Meetings

Come Join the Fun and Become a Girl Scout!

Waterbury Community Troop Meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at West Side Middle School Cafeteria. 

First Meeting and Registration - March 22, 2016. (A parent/guardian must attend this meeting to complete paperwork). There is a $30 Registration fee - financial assistance is available. 

The Community Troop is for girls who are not currently participating in Girl Scouts.

Meeting Schedule: March 22nd, April 5th, 26th, May 3rd, 17th, 31st

For further information contact, Lydia at or 203-757-1340


Ice Cream Social

Waterbury Public Schools Governance Councils’ Café & Ice Cream Social, provided by the Waterbury Board of Education. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:00-7:30pm 

Gilmartin School, 94 Spring Lake Road, Waterbury, CT. 06706

An opportunity for all 19 Waterbury Public School Governance Councils’ to get together and exchange ideas! Parents/Guardians, teachers, students, community members and administration are all welcome!      


Wear Blue Day

On Friday,  April 1, 2016 all Waterbury Public School students will be allowed to wear their favorite blue shirt for Light It Up Blue/World Autism Awareness Day.  (example,  Yankees Mets,  Frozen, UConn).  We are asking students and staff to donate a minimum of a $1.00. All proceeds will support Team Waterbury in the Autism Speaks walk on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Library Park. Parent Liaisons will collect the donations. The elementary and middle schools that raise the most money will be awarded a special surprise from Dr. Ouellette, Superintendent of Schools. 


There will be an emergency early dismissal today due to the weather. 

African American Mayor for the Day

CONGRATULATIONS to Jahana Hayes, 2016 African American Mayor for the Day. Friends, family and community members gathered together in City Hall to celebrate as Mrs. Hayes was sworn in as the African American Mayor for the Day for Wednesday, February 17th. The Oath of Office was administered by the Reverend Chanita Thompson. Citations were presented by representatives of Senator Murphy and Congresswoman Esty, as well as by State Representative Larry Butler, on behalf of the Waterbury delegation. Mayor Neil M. O'Leary presented a proclamation honoring Mrs. Hayes.  

Grant Winners

Laure-Lyne Mancini and Karen Sullivan, teachers from Bucks Hill Pre-K at the Annex, applied for and won the Margaret Generali Education grant to increase technology within their classroom. 


With the grant, the teachers hope to increase the students' understanding of technology, enhance their literacy skills and broaden their students' minds with experiences from around the world. 


To learn more, click here. 

DPAC Meeting Cancelled

The Title I District Parent Advisory Council / School Family Community Partnership meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016, has been cancelled. 


Schools are closed today, due to the weather. Monday, February 8, 2016. 


Schools are closed today, Friday, February 5, 2016, due to weather conditions. 

"Mayor O'Leary's National Mayor's Conference Presentation".

Mayor O'Leary's National Mayor's Conference Presentation:

Power Point / PDF version (for those who cannot open Power Point files)

All Weekend Activities Are CANCELLED.
Jahana Hayes One of Four Finalists for National Teacher of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS TO JAHANA HAYES who was just officially named one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award.  See press release from CCSSO for details.   Click here to learn why CCSSO selected her as one of four finalists. 

GOOD LUCK Mrs. Hayes!

Lottery Announcement for Maloney and Rotella.
M.L.K. Youth Day Explosion

Holiday Spectacular

Wendell Cross School's annual holiday concert was packed with family members.


Holiday Concert

The West Side Chorus and C & C Players performed a holdiday concert for fans at the Raymour & Flanagan Store in Waterbury on Friday, December 18th. 

Know Your Numbers

School staff were invited to a special Health and Wellness Event on Tuesday, December 8th, at Kennedy High School. The official Kick-Off to the city's "Know Your Numbers" program, the event featured a health fair and a keynote address by Jay Jacobs, from the NBC-TV show "The Biggest Loser." 



The Board of Education's workshop rescheduled to Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Crosby High School has been cancelled. 

Free Computer and Training

Through Walsh Family Community Center in collaboration with Concepts for Adaptive Learning (Tech 4 All CT). Click here for information. Restrictions apply. Parents or guardians must complete training and sign letter of agreement.

Jahana Hayes Named CT Teacher of the Year

WATERBURY (October 9, 2015) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy named Jahana Hayes, a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, the 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year at a special ceremony at the school this morning. The event was attended by family, colleagues, state and local dignitaries, and several hundred Kennedy High students, who loudly cheered when Mrs. Hayes entered the room and again when the formal announcement was made.   

SAT Day Information for Parents

On Wednesday, October 14th our students, grades 8, 9-11 will take PSATs and grade 12 will take SATs.  The College Board's SAT Day program enables our district to create a unique opportunity for all of students (grades 8, 9-12) to take the PSAT/SAT in their home schools. Click here for more information.

Kennedy Cheers On Mrs. Hayes

Waterbury Teacher One of Four Finalists

Congratulations to Jahana Hayes, John F. Kennedy High School teacher and current Waterbury Teacher of the Year - for being named a FINALIST in Connecticut's Teacher of the Year program. Great article by Michael Puffer in Sunday's Waterbury Republican-American. The CT Teacher of the Year committee will be making a site visit on September 28th, speaking to staff, parents and students.

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Lottery Information for WAMS 2016-2017

The deadline for the Waterbury Arts Magnet School lottery has been extended. Lottery applications for students interested in attending the Waterbury Arts Magnet School in the 2016-2017 school year were available online beginning October 1st at 8:00 AM. NEW DEADLINE is Friday, November 13th, at 2:00 PM. The lottery drawing will take place on November 16th at 1:00 PM.

See original FLYER for more information.

Click on Waterbury Arts Magnet School link (under schools, then high schools or middle schools above) and view WAMS Lottery Information (left side links) to view additional information and to find link to application.

OR, click here for direct link to application.

Asbestos Management Statement

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires schools to ensure that workers and building occupants or their legal guardians are informed at least once each school year about inspections, response actions, and other activities related to asbestos in the school: For more detailed information about asbestos, asbestos management, and the steps taken each year by the Waterbury Public Schools, please click on the link below:

Asbestos Policy

Early Dismissal

Due to the heat, Waterbury Public Schools will dismiss early on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. 

Global Leadership Institute Scholars

The Global Leadership Institute (GLI) will be seeking a new cohort of Waterbury Public School sophomores to participate in this year's program with Taft School. There will be a general information session for Waterbury students and their families on Thursday, September 17th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. The closing date for this year's applications is October 17th. Applications and addiitonal information may be downloaded from The Taft School's GLI page at . Ten students will be selected from Waterbury and ten students from Taft.  

Smile Builders Dental Program

SmileBuilders is coming to YOUR school! Click here for schedule.

Our skilled Dental hygienists from StayWell Health Center are going to schools in Waterbury and Naugatuck to provide dental services for your children throughout the year. We provide services such as cleanings, dental screenings, fluoride treatments, and sealants to prevent decay on adult molars. These services are provided for your convenience, so that means NO missed work and NO missed school days for your kids!

 We work with your insurance and for those who are uninsured; we offer our services at a LOW and affordable cost. Any further treatment needed can be followed up at StayWell in order to give your child the care that they deserve. Forms will be given out in the beginning of the school year and are also available in the nurses’ office. If you have any questions please call 203-756-8021 ext. 3815. 

Free School Breakfast Available

"The School Breakfast Program is available to all students every weekday morning. You do not have to register your child in advance.  Your child can eat breakfast at school every day or only occasionally." Linda Franzese, Food Services Director -  Click here for additional information. 

Waterbury Public Schools will be participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2015 - 2016 school year.  In a CEP school, ALL students will receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of family income.

Notice to Parents of Students New to the District: To ensure that your child continues to have access to the free breakfast and lunch program, the Waterbury Public Schools is requesting that parents of students new to the district complete a financial surveyThe information provided will help ensure that your child continues to benefit from such a great program. If you receive such a request, please complete the form and return it to your child’s school by September 15th, 2015.  This financial form will be distributed as soon as it becomes available over the next couple of days.Your assistance in maintaining current funding levels is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Office at 203 574-8195.  Forms available on School Lunch Menu tab under Parents or Students link.


School Bus Routes Now Posted for New Year

School bus routes are now available on the website under both the parents and students tabs at the top of the page.

New Vendor Announced

Socks and Tops Outlet 

72 South Main St

Waterbury, CT  06792

Phone (203) 597-9719

E-mail:  socks and


Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m until 5 p.m.

Saturday : 12 noon until 4 p.m.


Work done on premises.  Polo shirts in store or bring your own.   

Payment options: cash, credit cards.


Jersey Knit Polo Shirts:  White $8.99, Colors are $10.99.  

Size Small thru X-Large. Additional for embroidery or decal.

Traffic and Parking Concerns

Welcome back to the start of school on August 26th.  Our goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, staff and our visitors.  The Waterbury Police Department has requested us to please remind all parents and visitors that the Police Department will be monitoring parking and traffic at and around all schools. Everyone should follow the rules of the school’s traffic pattern and the motor vehicle laws to avoid enforcement action by the Police Department.


New Teacher Orientation Information

New Teacher Orientation will be held at the Waterbury Career Academy from 8:00-4:00, August 17-19.

Visit the New Teacher Links page (also available on the 'Staff' dropdown) for more information.

Annual Statement Posted



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.


Orientation Event for New Wilby Students

Wilby High School will host a New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wilby Auditorium. All new students and their families are invited.


· Receive your schedule

· Meet our Staff

· Tour the building

· Learn about the new Dress Code

· Hear about ATOMS and Advanced Placement


New Chief Academic Officer Appointed

The Board of Education approved several appointments at its July 30, 2015 special meeting, including Darren Schwartz as Chief Academic Officer. He replaces Anne Marie Cullinan, who retired in June. Darren has served as an Instructional Leadership Director for the past three years.

Other appointments were: Joanna DiManno Crudele and Cathleen Newmark as Crosby Vice Principals, Jennifer McAloon-Egan as North End Middle School house principal, Michael Harris as Waterbury Career Academy Vice Principal, and Talisha Foy as Wilson Elementary School Vice Principal.

School Bus Routes

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



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.

Hayes Honored at White House

May 3, 2016: Mrs. Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year, was honored today at the White House, along with other state teachers of the year from around the country, Washington, D.C. and the American territories. Click here for the official video the event. 

Paraprofessional Transfers

PARAPROFESSIONAL - transfer openings only - see memo and building based transfer openings

Request for transfers are due no later than 4 PM, May 26, 2016.

You will be notified in writing by June 1, 2016 if your request is approved.

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


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.

2015-2016 Parent Survey

Click on this link: 2015-2016 Parent Survey - to complete this year's parent survey. Your opinions and feedback are very important to us. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey. 

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 .


April 28, 2016 -  Waterbury's very own Jahana Hayes was named NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR during a broadcast of CBS This Morning. Congratulations go to Mrs. Hayes, along with best wishes for a wonderful reign as National Teacher of the Year. To view additional information about Mrs. Hayes' journey, please click on 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes. 

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.


The Waterbury Recreation Department and P.A.L. are offering free swim lessons for Waterbury children five years or older.  Registration must take place in person at Chase Park House, 150 Sunnyside Avenue, beginning April 25th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  For further information please call 203-574-8292.

Crosby Principal Honored



Crosby High School Principal Jade Gopie was honored by the Exchange Club as Educator of the Year on March 30, 2016.  Superintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette is shown offering her congratulations. 

Great Debate

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 over 200 Waterbury Public School students attended the 8th Annual Great Debate sponsored by the CT NAACP at The First Cathedral in Bloomfield, CT. Over 3,000 students were able to participate and learn from Howard University and Morehouse College Debate Teams, representing two of our outstanding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Debate was moderated by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

Earth Day Cleanup

Saturday, May 7 (Rain date May 14), meet at Sears Automotive lot on Union Street at 8:30 a.m. Click here for more information. 

Board Approves Calendar for 2016-2017

The Waterbury Board of Education has approved a calendar for the next school year: 2016-2017.  Click here for the 2016-2017 school calendar. 

Smile Builders Dental Program

SmileBuilders is coming to YOUR school!

Our skilled Dental hygienists from StayWell Health Center are going to schools in Waterbury and Naugatuck to provide dental services for your children throughout the year. We provide services such as cleanings, dental screenings, fluoride treatments, and sealants to prevent decay on adult molars. These services are provided for your convenience, so that means NO missed work and NO missed school days for your kids!

 We work with your insurance and for those who are uninsured; we offer our services at a LOW and affordable cost. Any further treatment needed can be followed up at StayWell in order to give your child the care that they deserve. Forms will be given out in the beginning of the school year and are also available in the nurses’ office. If you have any questions please call 203-756-8021 ext. 3815.  

For spring schedule, click here..

Kindergarten Registrations

Parents of Children Who Will Enter Kindergarten in 2016-2017:

The Waterbury Public Schools hold registration sessions for each school on specific dates. All kindergarten registrations take place at the Family Intake Center, One Jefferson Square. Please see attached notice for information. / Spanish version.

Student Working Papers

Beginning Monday, June 20th, students will be able to obtain required working papers from their school's guidance office. Please see the link "Student Working Papers" under the Student link (above right) for more information. Until then students should continue coming to the 3rd floor Board of Education office in the Chase Building, 236 Grand Street.