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New Year Begins with New Staff in Place

January 14, 2019 - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Verna Ruffin (standing) welcomed new staff to her Cabinet today, where the discussion immediately focused on student learning. New staff (or staff in new positions) include Dr. Gregory Rodriguez, Deputy Superintendent; Mr. William F. Clark, Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Tonya Biles, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel, and Jacqueline Davis, District Climate and Attendance Coordinator. Two CT State Department of Education officials helped provide guidance: Leslie Carson, Turnaround Office, and Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Bureau Chief of the Performance Office. 

cabinet meeting 


Filmmaker Documents Waterbury Students Learning to Read

Harvey Hubbell, filmmaker, is filming a documentary in Waterbury about the systems/practices we use to teach reading. This link will bring you to the first 7 episodes. They are only a few minutes each. 


Kindergarten Registration
  • 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 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday for children who will be 5 years old on or before January 1, 2020.
  • If a language other than English is spoken in the home, then the child MUST be present at the time of registration.
  • Todas las Registraciones para kindergarten serán procesadas SOLAMENTE en el Family Intake Center de Waterbury localizado en el primer piso de one Jefferson Square. 

  • El horario de registración es de 8:15 hasta las 2:30 pm, lunes a viernes para niños que tengan 5 años de edad en o antes del 1ro  de enero de 2020

  • Si en su casa se habla otro idioma distinto al Inglés, su niño/a DEBE estar presente para la  Registración. 

For more information including registration dates, please click here - English / Spanish

Youth Summit


Maloney and Rotella Lottery Information
DPAC Meeting

flyer for jan 9

Crosby Soccer Player

Anthony Orellana is currently a senior at Crosby High School and has been a member of the Bulldog soccer team for four years.  Anthony is arguably the best soccer player to ever don a Crosby uniform and his astounding career on the pitch has not gone unnoticed as evidenced by his numerous awards and accolades.  Anthony has led the Crosby soccer team to two NVL and state tournament berths during his playing days.  Anthony's fierce competitiveness, skill, speed and tenacity on the soccer field has been unparalleled in the annals of Crosby High's soccer history.  Anthony's historical extraordinary achievements are unmatched by any other Waterbury Public School student-athlete soccer player that has ever played the game at the high school level. 

Anthony has attained the following:

4-year Varsity starter

Captain (11, 12)

All NVL Brass Division (10)

All NVL (11,12)

NVL Player of the Year (12) (first Waterbury Public School student-athlete to receive this honor)

Pedro DeBrito Award (12) (given to the best player in city)

Class L All-State (11,12)

United Soccer Coaches Boys Soccer All New England Regional Team (12) (first Crosby player ever to receive this prestigious selection)

Anthony has a plethora of colleges recruiting him presently and he will make a decision in the spring as to where he will attend.


Lightbulb Activity

Fourth grade students at Sprague School enjoyed learning during a hands-on lightbulb activity. 

lighthouse activity

Chase Holiday Tree

Students from Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School decorated the holiday tree in the Chase Building with the assistance of Principal Robin Henry. School Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin stopped by to admire the tree and the many handmade ornaments. 

students decorate tree


group stands around tree


WAMS PTSO Visit with Santa

WAMS santa

PJ Day for Elementary Schools

pj day flyer


Flyer in Spanish / Albanian

Input Sought on Grant Application

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant 2018-19

The Waterbury Public School District is preparing one afterschool grant application for the 2018-19 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program.  We welcome any input or suggestions you have to offer concerning this grant application.  To share your thoughts on this please call the Competitive Grants Office at 203-346-3506, or email nsteck@waterbury.k12.ct.us using the following subject line: 21st CCLC Community Input, by October 23, 2018.

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. 

Superintendent's Student Recognition Awards

superintendent with student


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. 

Celebrating Community Through The Arts

*updated 20180517 -SOLD OUT-

Breast Cancer Awareness

Waterbury Public School students and staff raised $10,205 for St. Mary's Hospital Foundation's Breast Cancer Screening Fund during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Shown in the photos below are:

1st: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Janice Epperson, WAMS Principal Lauren Elias, WAMS students Sofia and Vincent Dadamo, and Carrie Fuller and Allison Blancato, representing the Foundation. 2nd: Dr. Epperson, Carrington School Principal Karen Renna, Carrington students Layla Wiggins, Alyysa Stack and Trevor Stellmach, and Ms. Fuller and Ms. Blancato. wams breast cancer   

carrington breast cancer

Parent Forum

parent forum flyer

Former Student Donates

Julian Adorno, who graduated last year from Wilby's Special Ed program, came back to visit three schools September 24th bearing gifts for those schools' special education programs. Utilizing funds he raised during several fundraisers over the past year, Julian utilized his passion and talent to raise funds for different autism local and national organizations, including the purchase of OSMO interactive programs for the special education students for use with IPads for Wilby, North End and Crosby.  

With the assistance of his family, Julian did paint night fundraisers that he taught himself. Julian is a very talented artisit,a nd he also created and sold notecards for different occasions with his own art as well.

Julian is the son of Commissioner Melissa Serrano Adorno. 

donation to crosby

Left to right: Special education teacher Marie Calma (Crosby), Julian Adorno, School Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin, Commissioner Adorno and her husband, Victor Adorno. 


Wendell Cross Seasonal Concert

Wendell Cross students performed favorite songs for their parents during the school's annual Seasonal Concert. 

w cross students perform

Open House for Prospective Students Postponed

Due to the impending weather, Waterbury Career Academy’s open house for prospective students that was originally scheduled for this Thursday, November 15, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm.  

Community Conversation

flyer for community conversation

Chase Hispanic Holiday Event

Chase School students performed traditional Spanish dances for their parents during the Chase School Hispanic Holiday event on December 13th. chase students dance

Flu Clinic

flu clinic flyer

DPAC Event

flyer for nov 14


Staff Welcome New Superintendent



dr ruffin greets


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

Seasons Greetings

Chase Building staff celebrated the season with a door decorarting contest, a breakfast, and carolers from Crosby High School and Walsh School on December 19th. Areas of the Chase Building, 236 Grand Street, look very festive with the decorations. The decorations will be staying up through the week. Click here for eight pages of photos!

crosby carolers

Governance Council Training

Waterbury Public Schools Governance Council Training Module

Provided by the Waterbury Board of Education & CABE CT Association Boards of Education

  Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (Snow Date: Wednesday Nov. 28, 2018)

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Crosby High School Media Center

300 Pierpont Road Waterbury, CT 06705  

Light Refreshments Will be Served

Child Care Provided by Crosby High School Students

Module:  Basics- “What School Governance Members Need to Know”   

Attorney Rebecca Adams from CABE

Full flyer in English / Spanish / Albanian 

PreK Registration


                                                                      8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. 









  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Address
  • Updated Health Physical and Immunization record including Lead with result
  • Flu shot
New Interactive Playgrounds

Interactive playgrounds are a new trend, and Waterbury Public Schools now have three, with more on the way. The recently installed playgrounds at Walsh, Chase and Generali schools feature areas where parents can use a smartphone app to access games small groups of children can play with each other while using the equipment. To see more photos and learn more about these playgrounds, please CLICK HERE. 

new playground

Student Selected for Honor

Waterbury Arts Magnet School is pleased to announce that Ms. Kaira Springer, grade 11, has been accepted into the 2019 All-Eastern Honors Ensemble Honors Treble Chorus. The 2019 NAfME All Eastern Honors Ensembles Group Managers received applications from the finest student musicians of the NAfME members throughout the Eastern Division. It is a highly competitive and difficult selection process, and Kaira will be among several hundred high school students chosen from high schools in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The treble Choir will be conducted by Sandra Snow, from Michigan State University. The other groups will include an all Honors Concert Band, Mixed Choir, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. The 2019 NAfME sponsored festival will take place in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Congratulations and Best Wishes, Kaira!

WAMS Lottery
November Meeting Rescheduled

The Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at Waterbury Arts Magnet School. 

Eagles Nest Preschool Accepting Applications

eagles nest flyer

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

Waterbury Public Schools
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