Samuel B. Webb Elementary School
51 Willow Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Michael P. Verderame, Principal
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.
Dear Webb Students and Parents,
Welcome to the Webb Elementary School Website! The 2013-2014 school year promises to be an exciting and busy year. Our goal is to provide the highest quality education in a safe and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to reach their full potential.
As your new principal, I have been busy learning all about the school, the staff, thecommunity and, most importantly, the students. Webb Elementary School is certainly a great place to learn and grow.
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.
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. 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.
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
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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.