Alert: Waterbury schools will have a two hour delayed opening today, Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

School News


Waterbury schools will have a two hour delayed opening today, Tuesday, February 9, 2016. 



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

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.

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.

Student Working Papers

Beginning Monday, February 15th, 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.

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.

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:


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 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 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.


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


  • 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:

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

Delayed Opening

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



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


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 .

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.