Alert: Waterbury parents of preschool children ages three and four: Quality preschool education and care is available now! All children are welcome for this free or low-cost program (based on income). Openings are available in select programs close to your home. If interested, please contact the School Readiness office at 203 573-6684.
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TWO HOUR DELAYED OPENING

All schools have a two-hour delayed opening today, Monday, December 5, 2016, due to the weather. 

Bunker Hill School Reorganizes Playground

Searching for a low-cost way to make the playground safer, Bunker Hill School Principal Celia Piccochi asked staff for their suggestions as to how to accomplish that goal. Click here to see the result. 

bunker hill play

Warm Hats

A tree in the Family and Community Engagement Center of the Chase Building sports warm hats and gloves for younger children in need who visit the center (until the limited supply runs out). The FACE Center is a one-stop location for families and community members looking for information on the Waterbury Public Schools or resources that are available in the community for Waterbury area families. One of the goals of the center is to help parents become fully engaged in their child's education. The Center works closely with schools and parent liaisons to assure that all parents feel welcome in their own schools and know whom to contact if any questions arise. Research indicates that engagement in schools not only helps improve student academic outcomes but is also linked to improved behavior, attendance, graduation and college enrollment rates. 

face tree

 

Seasonal Decorations

Seasonal spirit was displayed as second graders from Rotella School helped decorate a tree in the lobby of the Chase Building downtown. 

chase building tree

Wearing Pink for a Cause

Waterbury Public Schools employees presented a check for $4,646.25 from a “Pink Out” day to St. Mary’s Hospital. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, employees were invited to wear pink on Friday, October 28th, and to donate to the hospital’s The Women for Women organization, which provides free mammograms for women who are unable to afford one. 

 

North End Middle School Cares

North End Middle School staff and students, in conjunction with the PBIS Committee and the Kindness Club, collected over 2,000 non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry to help our community at Thanksgiving.  Just another example of how teaching kindness is as important as teaching fractions.  Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Waterbury's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held in Library Park this year. Sponsored by the city and the Arts and Tourism Commission, the event starts at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27th. The rain date is the following day, Monday, November 28th, also at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Working Cities Challenge - Community Conversation Held

On November 15th, Reed School hosted the city’s second Community Conversation, just one step in the process to file for a Working Cities grant. The event was very well attended by community stakeholders, parents and district staff, with perhaps as many as 200 people present. Discussion points included education, civic responsibility, safety, and neighborhoods, with a great deal of thoughtful feedback given to the topics. Click here for a summary of the feedback given by participants. 

Preschool Openings Available

Did you know that children who attend an early childhood education program are better prepared for kindergarten? YOU want your child to do well in school; WE do too.  

Waterbury parents of preschool children ages three and four: Quality preschool education and care is available now! All children are welcome for this free or low-cost program (based on income). Openings are available in select programs close to your home. Click here to view the flyer in English or Spanish, OR Albanian. Click here for a provider list, or contact the School Readiness office at 203 573-6684. 

 

Newsletters Available

The Fall 2016 issue of the WPS News Update Newsletter is now available online, along with several special issues. Click on the links to view, or go to the district home page, click on School/Community Relations, then WPS News Update Newsletter link to view these and other newsletters. 

Fall 2016 / Walsh Spooktacular / Bucks Hill Vocabulary Parade / District Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration / Kennedy High School Ribbon Cutting

Good Luck to Jill Cipriano

Jillian Cipriano, a teacher at Driggs School, has been invited to run in the New York City Marathon, to be run on Sunday, November 6th. A veteran of 5 half marathons, one marathon, and numerous 5ks, she is doing this as a fundraiser for the Eric Trump Foundation, which fundraises for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital among others. Her fundraising page is: http://heroes.stjude.org/jilliancip .

 

Eagle's Nest Preschool Openings

The Eagle's Nest Preschool at Kennedy High School has openings for spring in its program. For more information, please click on the link for the FLYER

Student Mural Displayed

Students from Ms. Krislyn Petti's Public Speaking class at Wilby High School participated last year in Connecticut's Second Annual Social and Emotional Learning Week at Quinnipiac University’s School of Law. The students created and presented a mural with the theme “Choosing Love” to Senator Richard Blumenthal and Scarlett Lewis, the mother of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. They also shared short anecdotes about situations they had to overcome in their own lives, which prompted a standing ovation from the audience. Wilby was one of just six schools participating. Sen. Blumenthal recently brought the murals to Washington, D.C. with him to display during a meeting on Social and Emotional Learning.  Mayor Neil O'Leary provided the Wilby High School students with the money they needed to travel to Washington, D.C. last spring. 

 

 

District Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

Each year, the Waterbury Public Schools participate in a district-wide celebration  of Hispanic Heritage Month, culminating in a special performance and display of select student projects.  Once again this year, all schools had the opportunity to participate in the district-wide celebration as well as individual school activities.

We would like to thank everyone who came and made it an excellent night! 

Our top prize winner was Erika Nieves, her rice and bean dish was voted peoples' favorite!

Click here for the following: District Celebration Photos and News 

Employees Asked To Wear Pink on Friday

October 28th will be a "pink out".  Employees are being asked to come to work wearing pink on Friday, October 28th, in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer (breastcancer.org).  All participants are asked to make donations to help fund The Women for Women organization at St. Mary's Hospital, which provides free mammograms for women who are unable to afford one.  

 

Kennedy High School Addition / Fields Dedicated

The athletic fields and new addition, which includes an auxiliiary gym, science labs, and foreign language classrooms, were featured in a recent ribbon-cutting at Kennedy High School (October 15, 2016). The athletic field was named after Charles "Ripper" Donato, a long-time football coach and Athletic Director at the school who retired after 28 years of teaching and coaching. For more information and pictures, please   click on this link.  

Working Papers

Beginning November 28th, students will be able to obtain working papers directly from their high schools. 

Wingman

Wingman (Dylan's Wings of Change) is Gilmartin's new student leadership program, inspired by Dylan Hockley, one of the students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The Wingman Program for Schools cultivates a youth leadership program where students are empowered to take a lead in shaping Gilmartin's school climate. Student leaders are trained to counter root causes of rejection, exclusion, and isolation while helping peers to increase empathy and compassion.

 

Information on Coxsackie Virus
  •          Coxsackie virus is a common virus which lives in the human digestive tract.
  •          It spreads from person to person on unwashed hands and surfaces contaminated by feces. This is called the fecal-oral route. The virus can live on unwashed surfaces for several days. For example an athletic team, could spread the virus, by sharing and handling water bottles and equipment. It only takes one person who has not washed their hands thoroughly after toileting to start transmission.
  •          The fall is prime time for coxsackie as children return to school and the virus spreads quickly. In most cases the virus goes away in a few days.
  •          It is sometimes called hand, foot and mouth disease because of the appearance of  red blisters on the hands, feet and throat.
  •          As with all infectious disease-HANDWASH is the best defense. Handwashing after toileting, before and after diaper changing, and before eating is paramount.
  •          Vigilant surface cleaning in school bathrooms, classrooms ,health rooms and diaper changing areas is key.
  •          Children may have a fever and should not return to school until 24 hours after the fever is gone.

 

Attached is a fact sheet from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Special Meeting Cancelled

The Board of Education's Special Meeting scheduled for this evening at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled. 

Visit to Africa

Mrs. Jahana Hayes visited parts of Africa this summer as part of her duties as National Teacher of the Year. Please click here to see photos of her trip that she sent back to the district.  

New Backpacks for Duggan PreK Students

Every student enrolled in the prekindergarten program at Duggan School will have a nice new backpack filled with school supplies for the new school year, thanks to the generosity of Hubbard Hall. PreK parents were invited to a special orientation program on Monday, August 29th, where they had an opportunity to meet their child's teacher, visit the classroom and school, fill out required paperwork, and pick up the backpack. 

PreKindergarten teachers Mrs. Diorio (left) and Mrs. Guiffre (right) show parent Krystal Martinez the contents of the backpack while the newly appointed Chief Adviser for Early Childhood Programs, Marie Klein, looks on. 

 

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

Welcome back to all students, staff and Waterbury Public School families. 

New Propane Fleet to Debut

The Waterbury Public School district joined other environmentally-conscious school districts from around the country by switching to propane-fueled school busses to transport most students this year. The 149 new yellow Durham Transportation busses are distinguishable by white roofs and extended engine compartments, as well as “propane” markers in several locations on the sides and back of the bus. They have already begun travelling around the city of Waterbury, as drivers familiarize themselves with the busses and their new school bus routes.


Back to School Rally

All Waterbury Public School families: WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!  Preparation for Back to School began with the annual Back to School Rally on Wednesday, August 24, at Library Park. Click here for some photos of the activities. 

PD for Music Teachers

Re: music professional development scheduled for Friday. To clarify: secondary music teachers will conduct their PD on Thursday as scheduled (CHS – rooms will be clearly noted throughout the building). The Friday program will be provided – participation is voluntary. This should prove to be a worthwhile learning experience – i.e. time well-spent. Elementary music teachers will convene on Friday as scheduled (note correspondence to the dept. sent by Cathy Dwyer on Monday the 22nd).

GLI Scholars Sought

The Global Leadership Institute is seeking high school sophomores to join the GLI program. Students interested in global leadership and social entrepreneurship should consider applying. Please click here for complete list of one-hour information sessions. To apply, go to www.taftschool.org/gli

Charity Golf Outing

The Waterbury Food Service Department is holding a Charity Golf Outing on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Called the “Child Nutrition Programs Charity Golf Outing”  it will be held at Western Hills Golf Course and banquet facility.  Proceeds will be used to “wrap a truck” which will travel the city of Waterbury to places that children congregate, increasing meal participation and increasing awareness of our programs throughout the year. Letter from Linda Franzese, Waterbury Food Service Director. and brochure attached. Click here to view. .  

New Bus Routes

The new school bus routes for 2016-2017 are now available on the website. Click on School Bus Routes to view. 

Welcome Back Teachers

As the district prepares for the new school year and teachers return for professional development, School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette is looking forward to a great new year. She has issued a "Welcome Back" message for staff (please click here to read). 

Staff - Please click on the appropriate link to view the Professional Development Schedule for your grade level. 

P-K - 5 Professional Development

Middle School Professional Development

High School Professional Development

WELCOME BACK! 

ATTENTION PARENTS: Re Bussing

Alert:  If your child is going home on a different bus than they arrived on or if they will be picked-up, please send a note to the school so the staff can place your child on the correct bus or in the correct pick-up line.

Njoftim: Nëse fëmija juaj do të shkojë në shtëpi me autobus tjetër nga ai që ka mbërritur, ose në qoftë se do të merret nga ju, ju lutemi dërgoni një shënim në shkollë, në mënyrë që stafi t'a vendosë fëmijën në autobusin përkates, ose t'a vendosë atë në rrjeshtin e duhur të marrjes.

Alerta: Si sus hijos se van a casa en un autobús diferente al que llegaron o si van a ser recogidos, por favor envíe una nota a la escuela para que el personal pueda ubicar a su hijo en el autobús correcto o en la fila correcta de recogida.

 

Annual Report

Each year in August the Department of Education submits an Annual Report to the City of Waterbury. This report includes information provided by both Central Office Administrators and School Principals. Click here to view this year's report.   

Wilby New Student Orientation

All students new to Wilby High School and their families are invited to join the Wilby Staff for a formal introduction to our school on Tuesday, August 23, at 6:30 p.m. Come learn about all the programs that Wilby has to offer including the Allied Health, Manufacturing, Advanced Placement and college credit classes. See flyer for details. 

Crosby Walk for Success

Be on the lookout for Crosby High School’s 2nd Annual “Walk for Success.” Crosby High School teachers and community partners will conduct the 2nd Annual “Walk for Success” on Saturday, August 20, 2016 by visiting the homes of all incoming freshman.  Please expect a welcome visit between the hours of 9am – 1pm. This event provides a unique venue for teachers, parents, community and business leaders to unite in support of Crosby’s “College and Career Readiness” focused culture and to welcome class of 2020! 

 

Annual Notice to 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.

 

Waterbury Adult Education Registration

WATERBURY ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION FALL REGISTRATION 2016

Morning registration begins on August 17, 2016 from 8:00AM-10:30AM
Evening registration begins on August 22, 2016 from 5:30PM-7:30PM

 

 

Crosby Class of 2020 Orientation

SAVE THE DATE: August 23, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Crosby Auditorium (300 Pierpont Road).

Meet the staff and obtain class schedules. Refreshments will be served. 

Seeking Building Committee Non-Voting Members

The Building Committee of the Board of Education is currently accepting requests from members of the East Mountain Community to serve as a non-voting member on the Board of Education’s Building Committee for the proposed Wendell Cross School Extension and Alteration project.  If you are interested, please submit your name, address, contact information, and reason for wanting to serve on the Committee to the Clerk of the Board of Education via email at cswain@waterbury.k12.ct.us OR in writing to “Clerk, Board of Education, 236 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702”.  All requests must be received by Friday, August 19, 2016.  No phone calls will be accepted.

 

 

Two New Centers Opened

Two new centers that will offer enhanced services for parents and the community officially opened for business on Thursday, July 29, 2016. The new Office of Early Education, located at 30B Church Street, combines several preschool services in one location, including the district's prekindergarten program, School Readiness, and screening services for preschool children who may qualify for special assistance for learning or other disabilities. The Family and Community Engagement Center (also known as F.A.C.E.) is located on the first floor of the Chase Building (236 Grand Street). F.A.C.E. brings together services for families looking for more information about the school district. A new family room includes four computers available for parents and guardians to use to access Progress Book, the district's parent portal for individual student progress, Naviance and other resources for families.     

Board of Education Meeting (07/07/2016) Cancelled

The Board of Education’s Regular Meeting for Thursday, July 7, 2016 has been CANCELLED due to lack of quorum. (pdf)

Summer Arts Program

DANCE, MUSIC, THEATER & VISUAL ARTS! The Summer Arts Program at Waterbury Arts Magnet School

Programs run from June 20-July 1 (Monday-Friday) from 8am- 12 noon in the WAMS state of the art facilities.

The cost is $125 and it is open to 6th -12th grade students from Waterbury and the Greater Waterbury Area.

Registration forms are available at the school in the main office and online at www.waterbury.k12.ct.us/wam

For questions or more information please email Holly Gillis, WAMS Arts Program Coordinator at hgilliswaterbury.k12.ct.us

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. 

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 =  https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-honors-2016-national-teacher-year-and-finalists 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 atmcostello@nwctahec.org or by phone at (203) 758-1110 ext. 12.

LifeSmarts

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 https://youtu.be/.OwcaaRTOXjk.  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.

 

STUDENT CONTESTS

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:

ENTRY FORM—PLEASE ATTACH TO ENTRY

Name

Address

Telephone

School                                                                

Grade

 

 

 

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 lgranitto@gsofct.org 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. 

EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSAL

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 CLOSED

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

SCHOOLS CLOSED

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." 

 

Crosby Walk for Success

Thank You to all who participated in Crosby's Walk for Success recently held Below is a picture of member of the community and Waterbury Public Schools and Crosby staff who helped make this event so successful?

 

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.

 

Summer School Bus Routes for Elementary Students

Summer School Information - Elementary Schools. 

July 11th through August 4th. 8:30 to 2:30 pm. for most programs. Rotella and Maloney programs dismiss earlier. (Rotella dismisses at 12:30 p.m. Maloney dismisses at 11:30 a.m.)

Students who attend Gilmartin, Chase, Wendell Cross, or Generali will attend the Gilmartin Summer School.

Students who attend Reed, Bucks Hill, Regan or Wilson will attend the Reed Summer School.

Students who attend Carrington, Driggs, Sprague or Kingsbury will attend the Carrington Summer School.

Students who attend Duggan, Bunker Hill, Hopeville, Tinker or Washington will attend the Duggan Summer School.

Walsh students will attend the Walsh Summer School program. Click here for Summer Bus Routes. 

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.

High School Summer School

Summer school registration has been reopened as follows:

June 29th, Wednesday, 1pm-3:30 pm

June 30th, Thursday, 9am-12pm

July 1st, Friday, 9am-12pm

Location: Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Summer School Office, Room 218

Students Must Bring The Following:

1. High School Transcript (Students may not register for a class if they received below a grade of  40 for said class).

2. Attendance Record (Students may not register for courses if they have been absent for more than 27 days).

Fees

Fee per class is $160 for Waterbury students. Fee is $170 per class for students who do not attend  Waterbury Public Schools. All fees are payable by Money Order, Certified Check or Bank Check ONLY. 

"NO PERSONAL CHECKS OR CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED"

Summer School Dates / Hours:

July 11th - August 1st

8am - 12pm

Summer School Location

Waterbury Arts Magnet School

Please click here for Registration Form and Medical History Form

 

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. 

Summer Food Program

The “Free Summer Meals” are an extension of the National School Food Lunch Program when school is out. A nutritious meal composed of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and milk is served. Meals must be eaten at the site due to food safety; a piece of fruit can be taken home. It’s FREE for all children 18 and younger. Children do not need to be registered for any programs to receive a summer meal. All children and teens 18 and younger are welcome at any location. There is absolutely no cost to the child or family for the meals, there is NO paperwork or registration required. Click here for additional information.     Click here for list of food sites and times.  Breakfast and lunch menus. 

Students Win Awards at Family and Housing Expo

Waterbury students were invited to tell the organizers of this year’s Family and Housing Expo “what makes Waterbury a great place for families to live” in a new set of student contests.  There was a poster contest for elementary age students, a poetry contest and an essay contest for students in 6th through 12th grade, and a live presentation contest for students in 9th through 12th grade. The poster, poetry and essay contests each offered $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. The live presentation contest offers a $500 first place prize, with $200 going to second place, and $100 for third place. A selection of poetry, essay and poster entries were displayed at the expo, and visitors to the expo had an opportunity to vote for their favorite displayed entry in a People’s Choice Award.

For list of winners and photos, click here. To view one of two winning presentations / video on Why Waterbury Is a Great Place for Families to Live, click here.   

Important Message from Our Superintendent

The mass shootings that occurred in Orlando, Florida recently were both tragic and heartbreaking on many different levels.  We mourn with the families and friends who lost loved ones, and hope for a speedy recovery for all those injured in the attack.  We stand in solidarity with the Orlando community which is demonstrating great resilience in the wake of the senseless violence experienced there. 

The Connecticut State Department of Education is offering resources on their website at www.sde.ct.gov  to help cope with processing the emotions related to these events.

Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, Superintendent of Schools

 

Girl Scout Summer Program
Early Childhood Receives $30,000 Grant

Liberty Bank Foundation officials  awarded a $30,000 early literacy grant to the Waterbury Public Schools for its Jump Start for Kindergarten program June 16th. Early Childhood Education Supervisor Patricia Moran, Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, along with Chief Academic Officer Darren Schwartz, received the check from Liberty Bank Foundation Program Officer Toral Maher and Liberty Bank Branch Manager Dan Ruocco.

Jump Start for Learning is an intensive remediation program for pre-kindergarten children to enhance and enrich reading readiness and preparedness for kindergarten. Through whole group, small group, individual and center activities, children will develop oral language, vocabulary, comprehension and numeracy skills. As a result of increasing these skills, the students’ independence and confidence will be heightened to ensure a smoother transition to kindergarten.

 

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. 

KidsMarathon

On June 2nd, nearly 2400 Waterbury students ran the final 1.2 miles of a cumulative marathon in the KidsMarathon culminating activity.  Marathoner Rod Dixon, who originated the KdsMarathon program, was on hand to cheer students on, along with Mayor Neil O'Leary, Waterbury basketball star Ryan Gomes, and several other dignitaries and community supporters. Click here for photos of the events.  

For several weeks prior, students learned about healthy choices and goal setting while running short distances that allowed them to accumulate the distance run for a marathon, just shy the final 1.2 miles run on June 2nd. 

 

Parents Honored

Twenty nine parents were honored at this year's Parent and Community Leadership Conference, held at the Naugatuck Valley Community College on May 20, 2016. The full day conference event, which included a keynote speech byDr. Michele Femc-Bagwell Director- CommPACT Community Schools Collaborative and Faculty in the Educational Leadership Department, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut and workshops by Waterbury Public School staff, GEAR Up, the Waterbury Police Department and other community organizations. The full-day event was co-sponsored by the Waterbury Public Schools, NVCC, GEAR Up, CommPACT Community Schools Collaborative, Waterbury Hospital and Bridge to Success. Click here for more information and photographs. 

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..

Students Honored

Students were honored from throughout the district on May 17 and May 18 during the annual Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards ceremonies. Students in grades pre-K through 5th were honored the first evening. Students in 6th through 12th grade and adult education were honored on the second evening. Click here for photos and list of winners on May 17 and May 18

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.   

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

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. 

NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

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. 

SWIMMING LESSONS

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.

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. 

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.