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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. 

HUMAN GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION POLICY

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.

 

Girls Who Code

Teach a girl to code & she'll change the world. 

Girls Who Code is a free after-school program for Waterbury high school girls aimed at teaching participants about computer science in a fun and safe environment.

To sign up for this program, contact Olivia Dudley at Waterbury Youth Services 203-573-0264. Click on this link for more information. 

Over the course of 35 weeks, club members will learn computer software on Fridays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab of WYS. In addition to learning code, club members will participate in field trips, team projects, and hear from multiple guest speakers in IT. The first club meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2018.

Health Careers

To help young adults jump start their careers in health care, Waterbury Youth Services recently launched Career Builders in Health. Supported by the Northeast Regional Workforce Investment Board, this new program is designed to help young adults 16-24 years of age earn a CNA certificate, secure a job, and receive on-going support to further their career in health care.

Waterbury Adult Education will be a leading partner in this program. Their curriculum will incorporate classroom learning with clinical experience in a local nursing home.

WYS has begun the recruitment phase of Career-Builders in Health, which is completely free of charge to eligible participants but limited to eight young adults. To qualify, participants must be 16 to 24 years old, not enrolled in an educational program and unemployed or underemployed in minimum-wage jobs.

Click here for more information. 

Granville Academy

Granville Academy Career Fair is Sept. 28 & 29 at Waterbury Career Academy. 
Dr. Karl Reid is the Keynote Speaker.  
For more information, contact Granville Academy. 

Essay Contest open to all high school students. 
Contact Granville Academy for more information. 
Entry Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018 

 

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. 

Graduation To Be Streamed Live

The Kennedy High School graduation ceremony will be streamed live via youtube.  The ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 20th.  The live stream will be found on the KHS Blue and Yellow youtube page at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66-HL3KPUG4

Superintendent Candidate Forum

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

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. 

High School Summer School Registration

High School Summer School Registration is as follows:

June 25th - 29th 8:30 - 2:30

July 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th 8:30 - 2:30

Location:    Waterbury Arts Magnet School

                    16 Elm Street South

                    Waterbury Ct.

Session Dates: July 9th - July 30th

High School Summer School Brochure / Registration Form / Student Medical History Form

Questions: Contact Raymond Irrera: Rirrera@Waterbury.k12.ct.us (High School Only)

 

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. 

Talent Showcase

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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. 

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. 

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. 

Today's Announcements

Please click HERE for Today's Announcements

 

 

Scholarships Available
Annual Parent Survey

Parents are asked to complete the annual parent survey by clicking on the link below.  Your feedback is very valuable as we plan our improvement efforts.

Parent Survey

(Click Here)

 

 

CHECK OUT THE MAY EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Click on the image of the front page to see the entire newspaper.

PreK Registration Extended

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

Celebrating Community Through The Arts

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Eligible Students May Register

The Waterbury Registrars of Voters has set up various dates in May to visit all of our high schools to enable eligible students to register to vote.  As part of the process, one Republican and one Democrat representative will be at each school session.

Students born before November 6, 2000 can register to vote now, as they will be 18 on Election Day.  If registered, they may vote in the August primaries even if they are not yet 18.  Students can register as a member of a political party or as an unaffiliated voter.

  • WCA               Thursday,  May 3, 2018        
  • Crosby            Friday,  May 18, 2018           
  • WAMS            Tuesday,  May 22, 2018        
  • Kennedy         Wednesday, May 23, 2018    
  • Wilby              Thursday, May 24, 2018

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

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. 

CHECK OUT THE APRIL EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Click on the image of the front page to see the entire newspaper.

Robotics Teams Do Well

March 15, 2018 - This past weekend Wilby High School hosted a FIRST New England Division Robotics Competition. Thirty four teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey competed. The Crosby High School BullBots, led by coaches Theresa Gionfriddo and Angela Munoz, scored 4th overall and made it to the final round. The Kennedy High School Nuts and Bolts of Fury also put in a very good showing.  The high ranking BullBots are now eligible to move on to the New England District Championship, to be held at Boston University April 11th through the 14th.  To register the BullBots must raise $4,000 in the next few weeks.  The school has set up a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/CrosbyBullbots

 

CHECK OUT THE MARCH EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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National Student Walkout - March 14, 2018

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Walk Up Not Out

Walk Up Not Out

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"Two Teams, One Dream. Cure MS"

More than $500 was reaised for the Connecticut MS Society at the boys basketball game between Kennedy and Waterbury Career Academy on February 12th at Kennedy High School.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support the cause.

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CHECK OUT THE FEBRUARY EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Student, Family, & Faculty Surveys for Our NEASC Accreditation Self-Reflection

In preparation for the upcoming Self-Reflection that Kennedy High School will be completing as part of the NEASC Accreditation process, all students, families, and faculty are encouraged to complete surveys designed to provide the school with important feedback on our work.  We hope to learn more about what is working well for our students and identify areas for growth and improvement.  We ask that parents follow the link below to complete the family survey, as your input and feedback is greatly valued and essential to our accreditation process.  If you print out the final page of the survey thanking you for completing it, write your name on it, and retruen it to the school, we will enter your name in a raffle of a 40" flat screen television.

NEASC Family Survey

 

CHECK OUT THE JANUARY EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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Midterm Exam Schedule

Midterm Exams will take place from January 12th to January 19th.  Please click on the image below for the entire exam schedule.

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CHECK OUT THE NOVEMBER EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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CHECK OUT THE OCTOBER EDITION OF OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE EAGLE FLYER

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SOAR Application Now Available

The SOAR application for students seeking admission for the 2018-2019 school year is now available by clicking HERE.  Applications are due no later than December 18, 2017.  There will be an open house for the SOAR program at Kennedy High School on October 26th at 6:00 pm.

SOAR Open House

An Open House for students and families interested in the SOAR Program at Kennedy High School will be held on October 24th at 6:00 pm.  Please note that this is a new date for the open house.

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Introducing Kennedy High School's Monthly Newsletter: Kennedy Connection

Please take a moment to check out our new monthly school newsletter, Kennedy Connection.  Click on the image to see the entire newsletter.

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Open House

Open House will take place on Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity for parents to learn about their child's classes and meet their child's teachers.  Parents will follow their child's class schedule throughout the evening:

Period 1: 7:05 – 7:17

Period 2: 7:22 – 7:34

Period 3: 7:39 – 7:51

Period 4: 7:56 – 8:08

Period 5: 8:13 – 8:25

Period 6: 8:30 – 8:42

Period 7: 8:47 – 8:59

 

 

College Preparation Night College Preparation Night

Parents of Grade 12 Students:  Please join us on Wednesday, September 20th, just prior to Open House, at 6:00 pm, in the Media Center, for a presentation on the college application process, the Common Application, & the financial aid application process.

Kennedy High School
422 Highland Ave
Waterbury, CT 06708
Phone: 203.574.8150

Fax: 203.574.8154