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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

job fair flyer final

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. 

Early dismissal Thursday for last day of school

Waterbury publuc schools will have early dismissal on Thursday, June 21, for the last day of school. Dismissal at Woodrow Wilson School will be at noon; 11 for pre-kindergarten.

Superintendent Candidate Forum

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

Alert: New kindergarten and pre-k students need physicals, immunizations, lead screening before school year begins

All incoming pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are required to have physical examinations, including immunizations and lead screening, before the start of the school year. Children who have not completed these requirements will be excluded from school. Click on the links below to see Health Assessment Records for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten that you can print and bring to your child's doctor:

Kindergarten Health Assessment Record

Pre-Kindergarten Health Assessment Record

For information about free immunization clinics through the Waterbury Health Department, call 203-573-7895, ext 7207.

Connecticut Department of Health Immunization Program

Waterbury Public Schools Lead Screening Policy

Waterbury Public Schools Registration Information

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.  

Wilson to hold Ice Cream Social on Aug. 24

Woodrow Wilson School will hold an end-of-the-summer ice cream social on Friday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the school, at Birch and Wall Streets. Enjoy a cool treat, meet the teachers and staff, and find out about upcoming events.

Flyer in English

Flyer en Espanol

Kindergarten orientation is Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Woodrow Wilson School will hold Kindergarten Orientation for the Class of 2030 on Thursday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. in the school library. Wilson is at 235 Birch St., at Wall Street. Parents and incoming kindergarten students will meet kindergarten teachers, tour classrooms, take a bus ride and learn about Wilson School. Refreshments will be served.

To reserve your spot and/or request transportation to this event, please call Cristina Damore, Parent Liaison, at (203) 573-6664. 

Flyer in English

Flyer en Espanol

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. 

Basketball wizardry comes to Wilson


James "The Roadrunner" Tyndal of the Harlem Wizards showed off basketball tricks to Wilson students and staff members on June 7 as part of the school's annual Field Day. Tyndal engaged dozens of students of all ages in shooting contests and passing demonstrations. "I like to show kids that they're capable of accomplishing challenging things," he said afterward.

Enter Wilson's Summer Reading Challenge!

Help your child win the Wilson Reading Challenge for the most books read over the summer!

Here's how to enter:

  • Students read a book and fill out the summer reading log
  • Caregiver signs off that their child has read the books in the reading log
  • Upon returning to school in August, students hand in their summer reading log to the Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Calash
  • Winners will be announced and prizes will be given out to the top readers in each grade

For the summer reading log and more information about summer reading programs, click here

Registration is under way for Library's Summer Reading Club

Silas Bronson Library encourages children ranging from infants through eighth graders to participate in its Summer Reading Club. Registration is under way, and continues through Friday, Aug. 10. Registration forms are available at the main library and at the Bunker Hill branch. Online registration is available at bronsonlibrary.org/kids. A closing event with Ben & Jerry's ice cream will be held on Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 203-574-8213.

Summer Reading Club flier

Mayor O'Leary's Kids Marathon

kids run final mile

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. 


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. 

PreK Registration Extended

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

Wilson to have early dismissal on Wednesday, May 16

Wilson School will have early dismissal on Wednesday, May 16, for teacher collaboration. Dismissal time is noon, 11 a.m. for pre-kindergarten.

Parent/community conference set for Friday at NVCC

Naugatack Valley Community College will host a conference, “Parent and Community Engagement: What's In It For You?" on Friday, May 18, beginning with registation at 8 a.m. All families, staff, and community members who are interested in family and community engagement to improve student achievement are welcome to attend this free conference. Breakfast, lunch and parking are included.  Ann Pratt, the director of organizing at Connecticut Citizen Action Group, an agency committed to putting people first, will be the keynote speaker. The event will conclude with parent leadership awards from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Flyer in English

Flyer en Espanol

Wilson students learn value of respect, honesty in "Jungle Book" show

Shakesperience 2

Shakesperience 2 

Wilson students received a powerful lesson on the value of responsibility, respect and honesty on May 14 during a presentation of "The Jungle Book," an adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling novel about a boy raised in the wild. Three actors from Shakesperience Productions Inc., based on Bank Street in Waterbury, enthralled kindergarten- through fifth-graders with a play that featured theatre, puppetry, dance and live music.

Tonight: Wilson, Kennedy HS to collaborate on community event

Community event

Community event

Celebrating Community Through The Arts

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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. 

Sensory friendly film to be screened Saturday at 1 p.m.

Sensory friendly film

Bubble Mania comes to Wilson on Thursday, April 26

Come see a magical world of bubbles, and learn about the science behind it, on Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Wilson School gym. Presenter Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Discovery Channel, will demonstrate bubble chains, spaceships and fog-filled bubbles. Children will even be able to get inside a bubble!  Carle has taught soap bubble science to missions of viewers. Free books will be available, and participants can earn science prizes.

Watch a great video clip about the importance of good attendance

Check out this great video clip from the U.S. Department of Education about why good attendance is so important!


Staff Spirit

Staff SpiritWilson staff members recently showed off their team spirit by gathering for a group photo featuring "Teaching Is My Super Power" T-shirts. The school has embraced a Super Hero theme to encourage responsible behavior.

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.  

March 19 is new date for Testing Info Night

Testing Info Night

Black History Month Assembly set for Feb. 21

Woodrow Wilson School will hold its annual Black History Month assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 1:30 p.m. Some students will sing famous African-American songs and others will portray civil rights leaders, sharing facts about their legacy. Parents/guardians are welcome.

Testing Informational Night is Monday, March 5

Testing Informational Night

Fun Family Homework Workshop planned for Thursday

Wilson School will hold a Fun Family Homework Workshop on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Lisa Gay from the Homework Buddy will be the guest speaker. Backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be raffled off. Light refreshments will be served.

Kindergarten registration is March 26, 27

Kindergarten registration for Woodrow Wilson Elementary School will be held on Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 27, from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm. All Kindergarten registrations, for children who turn 5 on or before Jan. 1, 2019, will be processed ONLY at the Waterbury Family Intake Center at One Jefferson Square, first floor. Normal school registrations, including kindergarten, will continue to be completed during regular business hours throughout the year. The following documents are required for kindergarten registration:

  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Current Physical Examination and/or an appointment for a Physical Exam if current physical expires later in the year
  • Immunization Records and Lead Test Results
  • Legal Proof of Guardianship (if child is not your parental born child)
  • Proof of Residency (recent utility bill, Natural Gas, Electric or Cable bill, current lease, rent receipt, letter from relative or person with whom you are residing and one of their bills)
  • Copy of current IEP, if your child is receiving Special Education Services

Kindergarten Registration Letter

Spanish translation of Kindergarten Registration Letter

Friday is a PJ Day fundraiser

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School will hold a Pajama Day fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 22. Students may wear PJs to school if their families send along a $1 donation. Contributions will support the Wilson School Chronic Absenteeism Team, helping to provide rewards to students who earn perfect attendance each month.

Wilson Bingo Night is Tuesday, Dec. 19

Wilson School will hold Bingo Night on Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Parents will learn about the school’s Title 1 Parent and Family Engagement Policy, the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Title 1 reading program. Experienced Wilson staff members will answer questions and offer tips. Spanish translation will be available. Meanwhile, students will play Bingo, and some will win great prizes. Power school codes and free books will be available. 

A light dinner of Spanish rice and empanadas will be served.

Wilson Night at McDonald's

Come join Wilson School for a McEducator fundraising event at McDonald's, 325 Union St., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Free books and PowerSchool codes are available. 10 percent of the proceeds go to our school! Come see your teacher work behind the counter!

PAL Thanksgiving Dinner is Saturday

Come and join Waterbury PAL for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at 64 Division St. in Waterbury. The event is free to the community. Families are welcome!

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
235 Birch St
Waterbury, CT 06704
Phone: 203.573.6660

Fax: 203.573.6663