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Wilby Winners

Congratulations to  2017 Connecticut Association of Schools Honorees representing Wilby High School for Excellence in Music and Art are:

Jaylen Lee- Excellence in Visual Arts

Carlos Velez- Excellence in Music


Elementary Schools to Wear Green for MD

Elementary school students may wear green on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17, to help raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy,for a suggested donation of $1. The schools will be participating in the fund raiser in honor of Dakota Fortier, who is the CT Myotonic Dystrophy Association CT Local Ambassador for the state. Dakota attends Jonathan Reed School in Waterbury. (Click here for flyer.)

Dakota is also part of a team called New American Ride. More information about New American Ride is available at or visits Dakota's Facebook page at


Meeting Cancelled

The Waterbury Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017, has been cancelled. 

European Conflict Exhibit

WAMS Student Council European Conflict Tours Exhibit

Mattatuck Museum will host a month long exhibit of WAMS Student Council European Conflict Tour I, II, and III, beginning Jan. 13th 2017 and ending Feb 26th 2017.

The tours took place in 2011, 2013, and 2015.  The exhibit will be featuring over 100 student photographs of World War II and Cold War sites located in, Paris, Normandy, Berlin, Munich, Warsaw, Krakow, Salzburg, Prague, Amsterdam, Dachau and Auschwitz. There will also be a student produced documentary with holocaust survivors. 

School groups are welcome to view the exhibit during regular museum/school hours.

wams pic


The Key to Any Door: From Struggle to Success

For 8th to 12th grade students and their parents/guardians. Erik Clemons presents the story of his transformation from struggle to success. Grade level breakout session. Light dinner and refreshments. Please register in advance: Ann Marie Brites, parent liaison at Kennedy. 203 574-8150, then press 8, then request X119.

Held at Kennedy high School, February 28, 6:00 p.m. 

Wilson School Shout Out

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School was honored to wake up with  NBC CT viewers on Thursday, December 21st. Our student, Christopher Sheppard,  enthusiastically led our school in the morning greeting to CT viewers in the “SHOUT OUT” section of the morning  programming.“We are Woodrow Wilson Elementary School  connecting you to Waterbury, and we’re waking up with NBC Connecticut.”

Click here to view news story. 

New Playground Celebrated

Woodrow Wilson School's new playground was officially celebrated on Monday, December 19, 2016. Staff from the school joined with staff from NEJ, cut a red ribbon near the new playscape. Earlier that morning, NEJ helped provide students at the school with a visit from Santa. Each student went home with a stuffed toy beagle, with many of the younger students instantly naming and cuddling the life-sized toys.

NEJ is the school's community partner. The company, founded by Ed Mascolo twenty-five years ago, works with retailers and factories to market excess inventory. The company adopted the school several years ago and has since funded many improvements at the school,

beagles .  

Saturday Activities Cancelled

All Saturday activities have been cancelled (Saturday, December 17, 2016).


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

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.

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: .


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 (  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.  


Working Papers

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


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 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

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



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


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


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 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

For questions or more information please email Holly Gillis, WAMS Arts Program Coordinator at

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 = Starts at 4:30 p.m. 

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. 

Maloney and Rotella Lottery Information

Lottery applications for Maloney and Rotella will be available from February 1st through February 28th, 2017. Applications will be accepted for grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Applications will be accepted online at (available starting 2/1/17). 

Open House for Prospective Students
Maloney -  rescheduled to January 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 
Rotella - January 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The Lottery will be held on March 8, 2017. Parents will be notified via mail of the lottery wait list numbers during the week of March 27, 2017. 

Free Family and Housing Expo Saturday

expo flyer

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).


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. 


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


Support Kids Marathon

On Friday, May 5, 2017, students in K-8 Waterbury Public School students will be allowed to wear their favorite colored shirt for Waterbury Kids Marathon Day.  (example,  Yankees , Mets,  Frozen, UConn).  We are asking students and staff to donate a minimum of a $1.00. All proceeds will support the Waterbury Kids Marathon to be held on May 25, 2017 at Library Park. The rain date for the event is June 1, 2017. Let’s support our students and this great event.  Parent Liaisons will collect the donations.

Thank you.

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. 

MLK Youth Explosion

Eight Waterbury students were presented with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards and Crosby High School teacher Sean Mosley was presented with a Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. Leadership Award during the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Summit on Saturday, January 14, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Concerned Black Clergy Council of Waterbury and the Waterbury Public Schools. 

The students who received awards were: Ama Frimpong-Ansah (Crosby), Evelyn Lopez (Kennedy), Daivayannah Taylor (Enlightenment), Carolyn Kleinschmidt (Waterbury Arts Magent), Breanna Madison (Waterbury Career Academy), Jayden Mobley (Wilby), Solmina Darko (Holy Cross) and Jasmine Williams (Sacred Heart). 

Click here for special newsletter on event. 

sean mosley mlk event

Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to all of our Teachers of the Year. All will be honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony, to be held Wednesday, May 31st, at 4:30 p.m. at Crosby High School. Family, friends, and colleagues are all invited to attend and help celebrate. See list by clicking on the "read more" tab.   

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.   

Woodbury Ballet Performs for Kingsbury Students

woodbury ballet

A select group of performers from Woodbury Ballet performed a shortened version of The Nutcracker for Kingsbury Elementary School students on Monday, December 5, 2016. The Woodbury Ballet was scheduled to perform the classic ballet in its entirety - with a full cast - on December 17 at the Palace Theater. 

Third, fourth and fifth graders from Kingsbury who had earned PBIS rewards sat enthralled at the live performance and were eager to ask questions of the artistic director afterwards. Many students raised their hands when asked if they took dance class themselves, and others wished to know how long it takes to get ready for a performance this large. 



Book Fair

Barnes and Noble in Waterbury is hosting a book fair Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 from noon - 9 p.m. to benefit Kennedy High School and the Eagle Flyer newspaper, a non profit organization. A portion of all items purchased in the store and cafe will benefit the school newspaper. Be sure to mention the name Kennedy High School when you are at the register. Free gift wrapping on all purchases is also available. 

Operation Warm Comes to Driggs School

Local firefighters, with the support of MacDermid and Cigna, provided warm winter coats for selected students at Driggs School on Friday, January 13th, as part of an Operation Warm project. Each year, local firefighters donate their time and fund-raise to purchase coats for elementary-age children in Waterbury, selecting a new distribution site each year. Both MacDermid and Cigna contributed additional funds for this year's project.  Operation Warm is a national program that assists local non-profit organizations to provide brand-new coats for elementary age children.  

Fire Chief David Martin, School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Ouellette and Joe Geary, representing the Mayor's office, along with numerous firefighters, local and school officials, Frank Monteiro from MacDermid and Michael Donnelly from Cigna, were on hand to see the joy the children had at receiving the coats.  

operation warm


Students Help Stock Trout

Regan School students helped stock trout at Fulton Park Friday, April 7th in time for fishing season. The students were excited to participate during an official Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Trout Stocking by dumping buckets of trout into the water.  

DEEP has partnered with Regan for several events which have brought the students an opportunity to see science and education in action:

•        Family Outdoor Discovery Program which had 4th graders boating, partiicpating in science experiments with a National Geographic author, attending an Animals of the Night program and creating campsites with their families

•        Families were offered transportation to the DEEP No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival at Burr Pond in February

•        ESH after-school program students built air quality particle sensors using Arduino boards

In May, students will participate in an Art in the Park adventure at Topsmead State Park with DEEP wildlife staff, National Park Service staff, and the school's art teacher.

(Information provided by Kim Williams, Library/Media Center, Regan School) 

regan trout

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  to help cope with processing the emotions related to these events.

Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, Superintendent of Schools


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

State-wide Parent Survey

State Department of Education officials are asking parents to participate in an online survey. Click here for more information in English / Spanish. Click here for a link to the survey. Information gethered from the survey will be used to guide the state department of education on developing priorities related to the new Every Student Succeeds Act. The survey must be completed by December 15th.  

Kindergarten Registration Announced

All Kindergarten registrations will be processed ONLY at the Waterbury Family Intake Center at One Jefferson Square on the first floor. Registration hours are from 8:15 am until 2:45 pm, Monday through Friday for children who will be 5 years old on or before January 1, 2018. If a language other than English is spoken in the home, then the child MUST be present at the time of registration.

Please click here for scheduled registration days for your child's school, as well as additional important information you will need prior to registering: English / Spanish. 


Invention Convention Winners

Students from the Waterbury Public Schools did well at the regional Invention Convention on Saturday, March 25th.  Forty students attended, and 18 from eleven Waterbury schools were selected to go on to the State Convention at UCONN. The winners are: Laniah Moffett (Bucks Hill); Nicholas Maynard (Bunker Hill); Morgan Johnson and Mia Vargas (Carrington); Joaqueline Martinez (Chase); Aslan Herrera (Duggan); Nefertiti Gaafar (Kingsbury); Yazmine Alvero and Alexia Estrada (Generali); Adorian Ricketts and Marisela Sanchez (Regan); Ahmed Aly, Grace Henderson, Justin Ibrahim, and Caleb Smith (Rotella); Marlise Sergeant (Walsh); and Arian Radovesi (Wendell Cross). The names have been posted on the following website: 

Girl Scout Summer Program
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


Board Receives Recognition

Waterbury, CT (December 5, 2016)– The Waterbury Board of Education was presented with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Level One Leadership Award during the annual CABE / CAPSS (Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents) Convention held at the Mystic Marriott on Friday, November 18 - Saturday, November 19. 

wtby boe award

Photo Caption (from left to right): Commissioner Thomas Van Stone Sr., Commissioner Jason Van Stone, Commissioner Ann M. Sweeney, Dianna R. Wentzell (Commissioner of Education),  Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette (Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools), Elizabeth C. Brown (Board President) and Commissioner Charles L. Stango. 

Kennedy Students Compete

The Kennedy High School robotics team, the Nuts and Bolts of Fury, will be competing at the FIRST National Robotics Championship in St. Louis on April 26th to the 29th, after qualifying earlier this year at two regional competitions. The students have set up a GoFundMe page and will be conducting fundraisers at Amalfi’s on April 10 and Texas Road House on April 18, in addition to two car washes, a dunk tank at the school, and a paint night. Kennedy teacher George Flaherty works with the students. 

Twenty-six Kennedy High School students recently spent five days in New Orleans, helping construct a Habitat for Humanity home and seeing the sights. The members of the HOPE  (Helping People Everywhere) and YES (Young Educators Society) clubs were accompanied by Jahanna Hayes and Cassandra Fann Peirce. 

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.


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

Crosby Students Do Well in State Competitions

The Crosby High School LifeSmarts team will be representing the state of Connecticut at the National LifeSmarts competition in Pittsburgh the week of April 20th to the 24th. The Crosby students have won the state championship before, with coach Donna Mancuso winning Coach of the Year honors last year.

The Crosby High School Mock Trial Team made it to the semi-finals and lost by one point to Trumbull who ended up being the state champion. The students displayed great professionalism and knowledge of their assigned case.  Coach Donna Mancuso learned that Trumbull High has Mock Trial as a 45 minute class every day whereas the Crosby students practice only one night a week and occasional Sundays at my attorney's office.   My Vice Principal actually had to take the team to the last two trials as I was in Washington on another program.  She was impressed by what she saw as well. 


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. 


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. 

Green Success!

Thanks to our Board of Education, FACE Center and the wonderful students and families of our K-8 schools the "Wear Green Day for MDA" was a huge success! A total of $4,472.85 in checks will be presented to Dakota Fortier's mother made out to MDA of CT. 

Thank you to the Board Members who donated to the schools in advance of the "Wear Green Day" our FACE Center joined in. We had a drawing and added funds to the schools that won.

 Congratulations to all the schools for such a great job! Rotella raised $555. Maloney $400 plus $20 from the BOE and Reed $383 plus $50 from the BOE. Thank you to the Parent Liaisons for all their help!

A fantastic effort from our schools. Thank you so much! - Mary Ann Marold, Education Liaison to Government, Business and Community 

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. 

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. 



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

Invention Convention

The second annual Waterbury Invention Convention was held this past Monday, March 13th at the Gilmartin School.  The young inventors were from 16 elementary schools that took part in the Invention Convention as part of the Extended School Hours program.  Of more than five hundred students taking part at the school level , 150 were selected for the Waterbury Invention Convention.  Fifty seven students will be going on to the Regional Invention Convention at Quinnipiac University March 25th.   Students selected at the regional event will attend the State Invention Convention April 29th.  The National invention Convention is held in Washington DC June 3rd.    

Tinker School students pictured at the Invention Convention:


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


Two hour delayed opening today, Monday, December 12, 2016, due to the weather. 

Crosby LifeSmarts Team State Champions

Crosby High School has been named State Champions for LifeSmarts. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Participants focus on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology. This year's team is made up of team captain, Alyssa Simoes, Klajdi Gjonaj, Megan Holland and Jason Margison.  These students have won the right to represent the state of Connecticut at Nationals on April 21- 25 in Pittsburgh PA.

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.   

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.  

CT Is Standing Up for Public Schools

The National School Board Association and its state associations, including the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, have banded together to share the successes of public schools. NSBA has gathered the support of such superstars as Magic Johnson, Montel Williams and Sal Khan. As part of its efforts, Connecticut has developed a video that stars Rick Matracchio, a Waterbury native.

Click here to learn more about Stand Up 4 Connecticut Public Schools on the CABE website.

Click here to view the video of Rick Mastraccio speaking about his own public school education.


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. 

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. 


School Calendar for Next Year is Updated

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

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. 


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. 

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

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