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First Day of School

REMINDER: The first day of school for Waterbury Public School students is Monday, August 27, 2018. Bus routes are posted here on the website. Additional information for parents is available under the link "Parents" on the top right of this page. Lunch menus will be posted when they become available.  WELCOME BACK!

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Bus Routes

Bus Routes now finalized and available, except for Brass City Charter and Yeshiva (revisions pending). Links available under Parents or Staff - or click here for direct link to page. 

Annual Report

The complete 2017-2018 Education Department Annual Report is available by clicking HERE. 

Staff Welcome New Superintendent



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Dr. Ruffin greets staff as they arrive at the reception to welcome her to Waterbury Public Schools. 




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.


PreK Registration Extended

"Applications for Pre-K will be accepted through August 3rd. Please come in and enroll today." This registration is for prekindergarten classes offered through the Office of Early Childhood and does not include any magnet school choice (e.g. Maloney or Rotella, Waterbury Career Academy). 

Education Job Fair

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New Superintendent Named

Dr. Verna D. Ruffin is the new Superintendent of Schools for Waterbury. The Board of Education official named Dr. Ruffin at its meeting June 28, 2018. 

Dr. Ruffin comes to Waterbury from a position as a Chief Academic Officer for the Achievement School District in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to that position, she had served as Superintendent of the Jackson-Madison County Schools in Jackson (TN) and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Area Superintendent in Tulsa (OK) Public Schools.

Dr. Ruffin accepts position

Summer School Programs

We have several different summer school programs to meet the needs of our students, including some programs that are enrichment programs. Dates, times, and locations vary.

Click here to view a listing of programs or continue reading. 

Superintendent Candidate Forum

Video of the Superintendent Candidates Forum held on June 19, 2018 is now available on YouTube. Click here to view. 

Summer Resources

Click here for Math, Reading and Educational Website resources for summertime learning and fun!

Summer 2018

Back to School Rally

The 21st Annual Back To School Rally will be held on August 22, 2018 at Library Park from 1:00pm-3pm. 

Public Forum for New Superintendent Candidates

The public is invited to attend a special forum to meet the two candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools. The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19th, at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Candidates will be introduced separately to the public, with Pamela Brown, who currently serves as chief of elementary schools in the Fontana Unified School District in California, speaking first at 7:00 p.m. and Verna Ruffin, current chief academic officer for the Achievement School District in Tennessee, speaking second at 8:00 p.m. Those members of the pubic wishing to submit a question must do so in advance prior to the forum between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.  

Educators of Year Announced

Thirty-one teachers, three paraprofessionals, one administrator, and one support staff person of the year will be honored at a ceremony at Crosby High School on Thursday, June 14th, at 4:30 p.m. The Administrator of the Year and the Waterbury Teacher of the Year will be announced at that time. Continue reading this article on the next page to see the list of winners. 

Jr. Acheivement Day


Thank you to all the volunteers who made Jr. Achievement Day a wonderful learning experience!

Mayor O'Leary's Kids Marathon

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For the past few months, over 2500 students in several Waterbury schools have been running parts of a marathon before or after school. In addition to practicing how to run  efficiently and how to eat healthy foods, students learned about setting and working toward goals.  The experience culminated in a “Final Mile” event held on Wednesday, May 31st. That day students came to Library Park  then paraded to the area on Grand Street between City Hall and the Chase Building, the starting point for a run  through downtown streets that finished back at Library Park.  In all, students ran the full marathon distance over the course of the program. Click here to see more photos from the event. 


Kingsbury in Bloom



Mrs. Gauvin and her Garden Club have been busy planting and tending to the vegetables in the Kingsbury Garden.  Great job!

Click here for the Summer Gardening Schedule

Talent Showcase

student perform

Waterbury Public School students displayed their talent on May 18th during the district-wide talent showcase, "Celebrating Community Through the Arts," at the Palace Theater. Please click here to see photos of the event, along with the names of students who participated. 


Click here for information on a Girl Scout STEM program

Jump Rope for Heart


Thank you Mr. Larkin and all our students for raising money for healthy hearts!!

New Pool Registration Process

There is a new Pool Registration Procedure. Every child who is going to use the pool must be registered and then have a photo taken at River Baldwin Recreation Center starting June 4, 2018 Hours for photos are 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.   Monday - Friday and Saturday  10:00 a. m.  - 3:00 p.m.  There is a also a pre-registration process online at www.waterburyparksrec.com. Click on the link to create an account with all the household information.

Information in English / Spanish. 

May Happenings at Kingsbury!

May has been a busy month at Kingsbury!  Students have been singing, appreciating art and jump roping for hearts!  Please click below for photos and video of the latest happenings at Kingsbury:



Thank you to all the families who attended our Kingsbury Louvre and Concert! Special thanks to our wonderful art teacher, Mrs. VanAmburg for organizing and displaying our students art work!

Crosby High School visited Kingsbury with their band and dancers.  Our students LOVED their performances and included some of them in the fun! Thank you!

Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards

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Fifty one students received recognition during the annual Superintendent's Student Awards Recognition ceremony, held May 10, 2018 at Kennedy High School. Click here for full set of photographs and student bios from that evening. 

PreK Registration Extended

the Pre-K registration will continue through June 21st.  Enrollment and placement will be determined by June 30th.

Kingsbury School Superintendent's Recognition Award


Congratulations, Randy Ramdin!  Randy is Kingsbury School's recipient of the Superintendent's Award.  A model student from Miss Dibella's 5th grade class, Randy is kind, respectful and helpful to everyone at Kingsbury. Way to go, Randy!!

Kingsbury Teacher of the Year


Congratulations, Mrs. Caligiuri, for being named Kingsbury School's teacher of the Year!

We are proud of you!

Celebrating Community Through The Arts

*updated 20180517 -SOLD OUT-

Roller Magic Family Night

Thanks to all of the Kingsbury families who participated!

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten Orientation will be June 7, 2018 at 9:15 in Kingsbury School's gym.

May Newsletter

Please click for Kingsbury's May Newsletter

Heroin Education Action Team (H.E.A.T.) Presentation

Parents and friends are cordially invited to attend an evening presentation at Wilby High School on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm:

The opioid epidemic is a national crisis that has hit Connecticut hard.  Over 900 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016 in Connecticut and in 2017 the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office reported a total of 1038 opioid overdoses.  In response, the Waterbury Board of Education, the Waterbury Department of Public Health, the Mayor’s Task Force Against Substance Abuse and the Central Naugatuck Valley Opioid Workgroup have teamed to invite the United States Attorney’s Office to present an educational event for our entire school community offered by the Heroin Education Action Team (H.E.A.T.).

The program will discuss the statistics and the serious problem with abuse of prescription painkillers, which many times leads users to purchase the cheaper alternative, heroin.  However, the heroin seen on the streets now is almost always laced with fentanyl, an even more potent and lethal drug which is prevalent in most overdose deaths.  In response to the spike in the number of overdose deaths in Connecticut, in 2016 the United States Attorney’s Office began prosecuting drug dealers whose drugs contributed to the death of the victim(s). 

Teacher Projects Funded

Twenty-four Waterbury Public Schools teachers had their Donors Choose projects funded in full recently, through the generosity of Ripple, a San Francisco-based technology company who donated $29 million to DonorsChoose.org., funding every single classroom project request across the U.S. requested at that time. Here in Waterbury, 28 projects were funded, totaling $19,856. Donors Choose allows those who would like to support education on a classroom level to donate funds to projects that interest them.

Three Waterbury Public Schools teachers have been awarded grants for summer projects through Fund for Teachers.  Alison Kirchberger (Hopeville) and Doreen Lawson (Wilby) will travel to Crete, Greece (click here for their blog) to study storytelling and memoir writing, while Matthew Weiner (Enlightenment) will travel to Thailand to study meditation in a Buddhist monastery. The national Fund for Teachers granted awards to 487 teachers this year, with 149 of those teachers being from Connecticut. The Dalio Foundation funds the Connecticut projects. 

WH Summer Bridge Program

Applications are now available for students interested in Waterbury Hospital's Summer Bridge Program. The program runs from June 25 - July 27. A Maximum of 30 students will be accepted. Click here for more information. 

Parent Survey

Kingsbury Families,

Please take this short survey regarding school improvement planning.  Your opinions are important in going forward for the students of Waterbury.

Thank you!

Parent Survey

Kingsbury Community Days

Thank you for attending Kingsbury Community Days!


Kingsbury Guests

Please visit our new link "Kingsbury Guests" to find the awesome people sharing wonderful programs with Kingsbury.


Smarter Balanced Testing Calendar

Smarter Balanced Testing has begun at Kingsbury.  Please click here for the testing calendar:

SB Calendar

Kingsbury Graduate Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe, a 1974 graduate of Kingsbury, visited our school on March 29.  Mr. Rowe is now a comedy writer and producer in California.  He recounted how Kingsbury shaped his comic abilities and the students were fascinated by his experiences from being a stand up comedian to representing Waterbury in Star Search.  Thanks, Mike Rowe for sharing some time with Kingsbury!






Honoring Important Women

During the month of March, Kingsbury students learned about notable women in history and celebrated the important female role models  in their lives.  Activities culminated in a door decorating contest honoring many wonderful women.   Thank you to all who participated!



April Newsletter
Invention Convention

For the past several years, Waterbury students have participated in a district-wide Invention Convention competition as preparation for competing at the Connecticut Invention Convention. This year, 131 students participated in the district competition, with a group of these students going on to compete this Sunday in the Southern Connecticut Regional Competition at Hamden Middle School. Winners at this competition will be selected to compete at the state finals later this year.  

Garden Club

We would like to thank the families who came out to help us plant seeds for our garden! We would also like to thank Schmidts and Serafines for their generous seed contributions! 

Our children are enjoying watching the seeds sprout.

We look forward to planting in mid-May! 

The Kingsbury Pape


March Newsletter
     In celebration of African American History Month, Kingsbury students were treated to an awesome performance by "Mikata".  Mikata is a program of powerful rhythmic music and dance that carries you to the cultures of Nigeria, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and the U.S.
     In the Ewe language of Ghana, Mikata translates to ‘all of us.”  As the show progresses, the colorfully dressed Mikata ensemble takes the audience on a musical journey from West Africa, to the Caribbean, and to Brazil.  Winners of two state-wide awards for their contribution to the arts, Mikata has performed at over 500 public schools, festivals, colleges and universities around the country.

Literacy How

Thank you for participating in Literacy How activities at Kingsbury!

Click for photos





Please enjoy an excerpt from the Third Grade "STOMP" concert conducted by Mr. Andre Foote, music education.



Kingsbury Celebrates 100 Days of School

The Kingsbury Kindergarten Team organized a great "Dress Like You're 100 Years Old Day" to celebrate the 100th day of school!  Click for photos


February Book of the Month


"My Brother Martin"

Written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister, Christine King Farris, this book is a loving memoir of their childhood together with thoughts of what life was like for them growing up with segregation.

Click on the book to hear Mrs. Farris read.

Order Your Kingsbury Yearbook Online!

For online orders, click here and enter Code: 13117518


Yearbook orders are being taken in school and online. They are a wonderful way to share and keep memories of Kingsbury!

Cost: $15.00

Deadline for ordering: April 6, 2018

Order yours soon before we run out!


Silly Sweater Day at Kingsbury!


December Newsletter
Winter Art

Students created Model Magic "Additive Sculptures" of pandas and polar bears with Mrs. Van Amburg in art classes. Great Job!


Kingsbury November Newsletter
Kingsbury Garden Club


Click here for Garden Club news.  Thank you, Mrs. Gauvin for organizing these great activities!


Kingsbury Book Fair Website


In addition to our in-school Book Fair, we have an online webpage through Scholastic.  All sales made through this website benefit our school.  Items will be delivered to Kingsbury after the fair has closed. Thank you for your support!

Pumpkin Patch


5th grade students unload pumpkins for the Kingsbury Fall Festival. Great job!

Literacy Night November 2


This is Snowy, our special guest reading pal for Literacy Night. Please join us Thursday, November 2 from 5-6:30 for reading activities and Book Fair in the library media center.

Jungle Book comes to Kingsbury

Waterbury's own "Shakesperience" brought "The Jungle Book" to Kingsbury on October 17.  The students enjoyed it and learned to sign many words in  American Sign Language. We are fortunate to have such a talented group of actors in our community!



Hispanic Heritage Celebration!

 Thank you to everyone who attended Kingsbury's Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 11!


Fall Festival and Pumpkin Raffle

On October 25, Kingsbury students will enjoy a Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, games and fun activities including a pumpkin raffle.  Thank you, Mrs. VanAmburg for such a beautiful job decorating them!



Kingsbury Summer Readers

Congratulations to Aiyanna Rentas, Isabella Munoz-Chavarnia,Yasline Brisita and Jade Cunningham for spending so much time reading this summer!  Students were rewarded with a pizza party, new books and the pleasure of reading.



Flag Folding

Kingsbury 5th Graders are in charge of lowering the flag each day and Mr. Brown requested a veteran teach them the proper way to fold it.  Mr. John Kenneson is a Viet Nam veteran and volunteered for the task.  Mr. Kenneson is also the grandfather of two Kingsbury students, Jamaal and Isabella Jackson.  We thank him for his service and for his assistance!

Book Fair Coming!

Kingsbury's annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair will run October 30-November 3 during library media classes.  Literacy Night will be held on Thursday, November 2 from 5-6:30 and we invite you to visit the Book Fair during that time.  A portion of the Book Fair profits will be donated to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.  We appreciate your support! More information to come...




Kingsbury Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Thank you, Ms. Krystle Langone for the beautiful display of Hispanic countries!  Ms. Langone has two children at Kingsbury and worked very hard to showcase the amazing contributions of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala. This is a wonderful addition to all the Hispanic Heritage Month activities and lessons going on at Kingsbury.



Kingsbury Meet and Greet

On Thursday, September 7, the Kingsbury family met at Fulton Park to enjoy an ice cream social.  It was a time for students, families and staff to spend a relaxing afternoon getting to know each other.  Thanks to all who attended!






Kingsbury Calendar of Events
Welcome to Kingsbury School!

Let's have a wonderful 2017-2018 school year!

Please see Mr. Brown's message here

F.J Kingsbury Elementary School
220 Columbia Blvd
Waterbury, CT 06710
Phone: 203.574.8172

Fax: 203.573.6644