Samuel B. Webb Elementary School
51 Willow Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Michael P. Verderame, Principal
Webb School Newspaper - Issue No. 5
January 23, 2015
Dear Webb Wildcat Families,
I hope you and your family are settled in after the holidays. This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.
These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.
There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.
1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.
2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.
Above all, let us know how we can help because all of us at Webb want your children to succeed. We feel a key ingredient to success is attending school every day possible. We look forward to continuing our work with you during the remainder of the school year.
December 4, 2014
Dear Webb Wildcat Families,
I just wanted to keep you up-to-date on some recent and upcoming events here at Webb. As you know many of our children recently celebrated Thanksgiving with friends and family. This year, we continued our tradition of a Webb School Food Drive. I am delighted to inform all families that we collected over one ton of food to share with not only Webb families, but also others in town. Our Kindness Club delivered this food to the Town Hall on Tuesday, November 25th. On behalf of all of us at Webb, I’d like to personally thank those who donated this year!
In continuing our Webb School tradition, we also had our Holiday Shop here on December 3rd and December 4th. As always, this was a huge success and an enormous thank you goes out to our PTO. Parent volunteers make this event not only happen, but make it the success that it is. There was such a sense of community in our gymnasium during this Holiday Shop and this was due to the tireless effort of our parent community.
Also, this month parents should be expecting their child’s report card to come home on December 15th. This is their first report card of the year and we are excited to share with you the progress that your child has made. We are hopeful that with our constant communication you will receive a report card that you are familiar with. If for any reason you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher or myself.
Finally, we are all overly excited to celebrate together our student success with our annual Winter Concerts. This year, our K- 3 concert will take place on December 16th at 1:30 and our 4-6 concert will take place on December 18th at 10:00. The entire music department has worked very hard and I am delighted to invite all of you to come see the amazing work happening here at Webb during this holiday season.
I want to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season. This time of year allows us to enjoy family and friends while we reflect on all that we have. Happy Holidays!
Samuel B. Webb Elementary School
Samuel B. Webb Elementary School was re-opened as a Pre-school through Grade 6 school during the 2005-2006 school year. The community members of this school came together to create a dynamic school with a positive culture for learning and risk taking for all students. The school has been developed over the past six years to provide students with opportunities for growth and development in areas such as academic and social and emotional growth.
The Mission of the Samuel B. Webb Elementary School community is to maximize the potential of our students and help them to become lifelong learners. The School Community will do this by:
- Providing a variety of learning and enrichment experiences
- Balancing programs to create balanced children
- Integrating core academic skills
- Building character to create strong citizens
- Supporting our children as they grow and develop as individuals
The Webb faculty and staff are committed to providing students with a quality education. Each year the administrative and teaching staff review students’ academic strengths and weaknesses based on an in-depth review of CMT results and other assessment data, and establish school-wide goals for the following year. Once the school goals are established, the school-based teams work together to review students’ progress regularly.
Here at Webb, Wednesday afternoons have been busy with deadlines and interviews! Some students in 6th grade have been working on developing meaningful stories related to school events. Using the writing process, journalists have been brainstorming, interviewing, drafting, editing, and publishing headline stories for our first issue! We hope you like it!
Webb Newsletter - Issue 1
October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month - Parent Information Flyer
As many know, there is a challenge happening across the nation to fight ALS. Here at Webb, everyone is open game. Click the link attached and see our school Principal participate in the challenge. The "skit" is planned for comedy, but the fight is serious and Mr. Verderame has donated on behalf of his staff.
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Dear Webb Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!
This promises to be a very exciting, challenging, educational, and busy year. Our goal as a staff at Webb School is to provide the highest quality education in a safe and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to reach their full potential.
As your school principal I spent the majority of the summer collaborating with district administration to research ways to improve our schools. I am excited about some of the new initiatives that are taking place at Webb to improve student achievement. Our teachers will continue to enhance their craft in the area of Reading and Writing Workshop. They will also continue to collaborate to analyze data, create meaningful assessments, and plan quality instruction. We also will be focusing on infusing math workshop into our daily instruction.
In addition to improving reading, writing, and math skills, our students will continue learning about the Webb Way To Be. The four components to this are: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Productive, and Be Safe. Teachers will devote time during their morning meetings to explore these four principles while emphasizing the importance of good character. At Webb students will always be reminded to treat others the way they would want to be treated.
Within this website, you will be able to stay current on up-to-date events that are taking place at Webb. You will also be able to view our staff directory so that you are able to communicate frequently with your child’s teacher. Please take a few moments to browse this informational site and become more familiar with Webb Elementary School.
I would like to thank the entire Webb community for the opportunity to work with you and your children. I am honored to be the principal of Samuel B. Webb School.
The Webb Elementary School community is: students, parents, teachers, staff, and friends working together to provide the best learning environment possible. As a school community we put children first. Please stop by and visit Webb often so we can share the love of learning and strong values instilled here.
Michael P. Verderame
Supporting Argument/Opinion Writing Newsletter
SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Greetings Webb families! It is with great excitement that I post today on the district/school website.
The team at Webb has been working diligently to prepare all students for the roll out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), the new state standardized measure being utilized this spring across the district. Students will be taking the SBAC for reading, writing and mathematics (in grades 3-6) and will continue to also take the CMT Science Assessment in grade 5. There are many new pieces that are worthy of discussion, the focus of today's communication is to summarize changes with accommodations.
Perhaps one of the most important new pieces to note is that the SBAC includes guidelines for accommodations that are "Universally Embedded" and available to all students. Some examples of these include: taking breaks, extended time, use of a calculator when appropriate, use of scratch paper and spell check. In the past some of these accommodations have only been available to 504 and special education students under the old CMT assessment tool.
In addition to Universal Tools all students have access to "Designated Supports." These accommodations do require paperwork completion as they are determined on an individual basis. Some examples of Designated Supports include: color contrast, masking, and text-to-speech. It is important to note that these accommodations are available based on team discussion of student need and will be based on data that indicates that the student has already been using this accommodation and that it is in fact appropriate.
It may seem like a great idea to allow a student to use an accommodation that seems like it would be helpful, however if a student has never tried out this "tool" it could actually inhibit their success. I love to use the analogy that a figure skater never skates in new skates the day of competition; they skate in the skates they have been practicing in. Similarly, the team will recommend accommodations that students have already been using with success.
Finally, students with 504 plans and those identified as special education students, may be eligible for "Documented Accommodations." These are also determined by the team, paperwork is necessary and the accommodations and recommendations will need to be documented in the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. Examples of Documented Accommodations include: closed captioning, Braille and American Sign Language. As with all other accommodations these will be recommended by the team if the team has data that provides evidence that this is an accommodation that the student has been using throughout the year and that it is appropriate. If you are the parent of a special education student, you will be receiving a phone call from your student's case manager in order to amend the current IEP to reflect the most recent recommendations. We know that this is all new and we are here to help as we all adjust to new language, terminology and procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact your school team if you have questions or concerns.
Thank you for the opportunity to post for all of you, please continue to enjoy the holiday season!
Emily C. Daigle, Director of Special Services, Wethersfield Public Schools.
Webb Faculty/Parent Basketball Game