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WISHFest – the partnership between UConn Waterbury and the City of Waterbury that promotes innovation, sustainability, and health – returns on Tuesday, April 23 with a program structured around the promotion of diversity as a vital source for creativity and development.

Four Waterbury Public Schools Seniors to Receive Awards from Exchange Club of Waterbury

Four Waterbury Public Schools high-school seniors – Chase Beck and Hauwa Mukhtar of Crosby High School, Arianna Ceballos-Pena of Waterbury Career Academy (WCA) and Grace Henderson of Waterbury Arts Magnet School (WAMS) – will be honored at the upcoming Dr. Lawrence J. Shea Memorial Awards Dinner, hosted by the Exchange Club of Waterbury.

Waterbury Public Schools Youth Masterpieces to be Showcased at the 2024 Artrageous

Waterbury Public School is hosting its annual art showcase, Artrageous– an art exhibit held at the Mattatuck Museum showcasing the fine artworks of its students. The 2024 Artrageous opening night will be Tuesday, April 9, 2024, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Mattatuck Museum. Artrageous Exhibit will continue until April 22, 2024.  

Wallace Middle School Girls’ Basketball Goes Undefeated in Junior NVL Action

The Wallace Middle School (WMS) girls’ basketball team went undefeated in Junior Naugatuck Valley League play this season, sporting a 14-0 won-lost record against league competition. The 2023-24 Lions captured the Waterbury city championship and claimed Junior NVL regular-season and tournament titles and finished with an overall record of 16-1.

Three Waterbury Career Academy Seniors Advance to EdRising State Competitions

Three Waterbury Career Academy (WCA) seniors – Alivia Afable, Craig Hunte, and Madeline Molina – have qualified for the Connecticut 2024 Educators Rising Conference Competitions. The students will compete at the 2024 Educators Rising State Conference hosted by Central Connecticut State University on Friday, March 8, 2024.

Cadets Earn Citation from Connecticut's Attorney General

Connecticut Attorney General (AG) William Tong awarded citations to the Colorguard of  Wilby High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) on February 2nd, 2024. The students received the citations after presenting the national colors at the Fifth Annual State of Connect-icut Attorney General’s Office Awards Ceremony. They also discussed career opportunities, both civilian and       military, with several veterans currently serving on the AG’s staff.  These discussions also amplified several of the MCJROTC program focus areas, including citizenship, public service, and career exploration.

The Rivera Memorial Foundation Awards Over $10,000 in Scholarship Funds to Waterbury Student


The Rivera Memorial Foundation, Inc., is proud to announce that 10 Waterbury Public School students are recipients of the 2024 Rivera Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, established in memory of Firefighter Heriberto “Eddie” Rivera and fellow firefighter Howard Hughes by Maritza Rivera, family, and friends of Eddie, aims to give back to the youths, Latinos, and the general community of Waterbury for the purpose of maintaining and continuing the memory and spirit of Eddie and Howard. 

Waterbury Arts Magnet School Educator Recognized as Outstanding Music Educator by the National Federation of State High Schools

Waterbury Arts Magnet School (WAMS) is thrilled to announce that Marianna Vagnini Dadamo, a distinguished faculty member, has been honored with the prestigious title of Outstanding Music Educator by the National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS). The Outstanding Music Educator Awards began in 1989, and 213 individuals have received section awards and another 394 have been honored with state awards. This recognition is a testament to Dadamo’s unwavering commitment to excellence in music education and her profound impact on the lives of students and her community.

Waterbury Public School Announces New Website Launch

Today, Waterbury Public Schools announced the launch of its newly revamped website. The website redesign offers users ease in navigation, quick access to essential information and features that offers a more comprehensive look at all the work and success here at Waterbury Public Schools.

Milken Family Foundation, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, Commissioner Russell-Tucker Surprise Elaine Hill with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Fourth grade teacher Elaine Hill was surprised this morning with one of the nation’s top education awards – the Milken Educator Award – and a check for $25,000 to spend however she wishes. In front of a vibrant school assembly earlier today, Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Connecticut Commissioner of Education Charlene M. Russell-Tucker presented Hill with the prestigious recognition and the unrestricted cash prize.

Waterbury Public Schools Partners with Varsity Tutors to Connect All Students with Tutors 24/7

Waterbury Public Schools launched a new tutoring program with Varsity Tutors for students of all levels within the district. WPS developed the program in partnership with Varsity Tutors, a leading platform for live online learning, whose breakthrough products offer personalized live instruction via a customizable, all-in-one platform. The new program will enable students to access on-demand academic support 24/7.