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Posted Friday, Apr 24, 2015 

WHS Renovation Project Progress - March 24th to April 23rd

http://www.wethersfield.k12.ct.us/cf_media/index.cfm?g=248

Posted Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 

This week marks a full week of on-site staff development on-site here at Charles Wright with Teacher College’s staff developers Brianna Parlitsis and Alissa Levy.  Teachers team with the staff developers to strengthen their skills in teaching literacy through the reading and writing workshop model.  This on-site training enables our teachers to meet together, gain insights and strategies, and then watch them applied or apply them themselves with our very own students within our very own classrooms.  This is a very exciting experience and has made a major impact in further developing the expertise of our teachers.

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is a research and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. The teacher-educators who staff the Project are involved in long-lasting collaborations with teachers across the world. The Project has a lasting and deep affiliation with our six hundred schools, and develops ideas that are foundational to literacy instruction across the globe. 

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project was founded and is directed by Lucy Calkins, The Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College. Lucy Calkins is the author of many books, including The Art of Teaching Writing and The Art of Teaching Reading. Project leaders bring specialized expertise to the Project's capacity, and work closely with the team of teacher-educators (staff developers) who staff the Project.

Charles Wright School

Charles Wright School

Charles Wright School


Posted Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 

Wethersfield Public Schools are looking for gently used musical instruments!  Our instrument drive will take place during the month of MAY although we will continue to accept donations on an ongoing basis! 

What we need:
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass & Bows
Band: Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone & Percussion

Wethersfield Public Schools Instrument Drive

Instrument drop off locations:
Wethersfield High School: 411 Wolcott Hill Road
Silas Deane Middle School: 551 Silas Deane Highway
Alfred W. Hanmer Elementary School: 50 Francis Street
Charles Wright Elementary School: 186 Nott Street
Emerson-Williams Elementary School: 461 Wells Road
Highcrest Elementary School: 95 Highcrest Road
Samuel B. Webb Elementary School: 51 Willow Street
WPS Central Office/Curriculum: 127 Hartford Avenue, Wethersfield, CT 06109

Questions? Contact: Emily Caravella, Instrumental Music Teacher. Email: ecaravella@wethersfield.me

Posted Friday, Apr 17, 2015 

Good Afternoon Students, Parents and Guardians,

This is Mr. Moore, the Principal at Wethersfield High School. After some discussion and reconsideration the Class of 2015 Wethersfield High School Graduation time, date and venue has been changed. The commencement exercises will take place on Friday evening June 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Cove Park. At this time we have no plan in place for inclement weather. The date, time and venue were changed to accommodate the traditional Safe Graduation event which will be held at The Pitkin Community Center later that evening. As is the tradition, the motorcade will assemble at 4:30 pm on the 19th at WHS for interested graduates and will process to the Motor Vehicle parking lot. For planning purposes there will be two graduation practices – the first practice will be held in the new WHS gymnasium at 1:00 pm on Thursday June 18th and the second practice will be held at Cove Park at noon on the June 19th, the day of graduation. Thank you and congratulations to the Class of 2015.

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Posted Friday, Apr 17, 2015 

Congratulations to the Fourth Graders at Highcrest Elementary for winning the school-wide Reading Race Across America!  Students were challenged to read a book from all 50 states based upon the setting or where the author lives.

Highcrest Elementary School

Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 

Today, at Webb Elementary School, Wethersfield Mayor Paul Montinieri visited.  Our students, and our mascot, were so excited to have him join us and talk a little bit about what he does for the town.  He had the chance to visit our second graders and he read to them in Mrs. Carlson’s classroom.  The experience was a memorable one for our kids as they were able to not only meet an important politician, but they were able to sit with him and ask personal questions.  A huge thank you to our Mayor and we want him to know that he is more than welcome at Webb any time!

Mayor visits Webb School 2015

Mayor visits Webb School 2015

Mayor visits Webb School 2015 

Mayor visits Webb School 2015

Posted Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Chef Rob and Dietitian Emily treated our students to a taste testing event of Carrot Raisin Salad! Students overwhelmingly requested this vegetable/fruit combination to be added to their salad choices! The recipe was sent home with each student.  

Charles Wright School

Charles Wright School

Posted Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 

On February 25th, 40 Wethersfield High School students attended the Connecticut DECA Career Development Competition at the Aqua Turf in Southing. Approximately 1100 students from across the state of CT participated and competed in this conference which serves as a showplace for skills learned by students in marketing education instructional programs  Twenty nine students from Wethersfield received awards and 20 earned the right to attend the national conference which will be held in Orlando, Florida (April 23 - 29) . In addition, Wethersfield Senior, Estefania Maya, won the CT DECA Leadership Scholarship and Allison Weed and Eldina Salihovic won the CT DECA Pin Design ContestThe following is a listing of the award winners.

Wethersfield High School DECA

Wethersfield High School DECA

Wethersfield High School DECA

Amanda Clark and Alexis Bourassa – 1st Place, Buying and Merchandising Business

                                                                                  Operation Research Plan

Estefania Maya, Nicole Silva and Eldina Salihovic – 1st Place, International Business Plan

Julia Martin and Leah Macfarland -  1st Place, Advertising Plan

Allison Weed –  1st place, Principles of Travel and Tourism

Frankie Barone and Kathryn Carbone - 2nd Place Fashion Promotional Plan

Haley Bresnahan, Hannah Morris and Grace Alpert - 3nd Place Fashion Promotional Plan

Cassidy Bourassa, Diana Sitnik –  Finalist, Fashion Promotional Plan

Susan Davis and Taylor Melillio – 2nd Place, Hospitality and Tourism Business

                                                                                  Operation Research Plan

Alicia Ademi and Briley Barton – 3rd Place, Hospitality Service Team Decision Making

Matthew Colangelo, Michell Marena, and Michael Trihn,  - 3nd place, Sports and Entertainment

                                                                                                              Promotional plan         

Lilly Ciarletto, Dilan Cabral and Rachel Caruk,  Finalist Entertainment Promotional Plan

Patrick Mozzicato and Patrick Murphy,   Finalists, Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making

Leah Cutkomp and Ingela Shannahan -   Finalists, Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making

Estefania Maya – Leadership Scholarship

Eldina Salihovic and Allison Weed – CT DECA Pin Design Contest Winners.

 


Posted Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 

Charles Wright students are working on having two hours or less of screen time a day as part of the 95210 program!  Filling that time with board games is a great alternative as these students found out last Friday afternoon as the entire school stopped everything to spend time in more interactive activities. 95210 stands for 9 hours of sleep, 5 fruits or vegetables a day, 2 hours or less of screen time, one hour a day of exercise, and 0 drinks with sugar. 

Charles Wright students are working on having two hours or less of screen time a day as part of the 95210 program!  Filling that time with board games is a great alternative as these students found out last Friday afternoon as the entire school stopped everything to spend time in more interactive activities. 95210 stands for 9 hours of sleep, 5 fruits or vegetables a day, 2 hours or less of screen time, one hour a day of exercise, and 0 drinks with sugar.

Posted Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 

Seventeen seventh and eighth grade Silas Deane Middle School students attended an Insurgent Party after school on Thursday, March 19 at the Wethersfield Public Library in anticipation of the movie's premiere. The Divergent trilogy, by Veronica Roth, is a popular teen series; Insurgent is the second book and second movie in the trilogy.  Students rotated through four stations including a crafts station for making bookmarks, door hangers, and backpack amulets; a trivia station asking challenging questions on the book; a "behind the scenes" DVD about the making of the movie; and a henna station where students could choose an Insurgent "faction" design done by henna artist Jameela Zebarth. A final trivia "play off" ended the event with four students winning $10 gift certificates to Barnes and Noble. This event was co-sponsored by the Wethersfield Public Library and the SDMS Literacy Committee.

Students Attend Insurgent Party in Program Co-sponsored by the SDMS Literacy Committee and Wethersfield Public Library

Students Attend Insurgent Party in Program Co-sponsored by the SDMS Literacy Committee and Wethersfield Public Library

Students Attend Insurgent Party in Program Co-sponsored by the SDMS Literacy Committee and Wethersfield Public Library

Posted Monday, Mar 23, 2015 

Photo Slideshow with descriptions -- WHS Renovation -- 88 photos -- March 5th through March 20th


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Posted Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 

Sixth grade students who continue to think beyond themselves have decorated our main entrance with their hand prints.  These prints show the importance of helping others and always being kind. We hope all guests who visit our school recognize that kindness matters! 

Webb Kindness Club

Posted Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 

Congratulations to our Kindergarteners for winning Webb’s annual Penny War!  Each penny brought in was worth one point.  Opposing grades added nickels, dimes, quarters, and bills to deduct penny points.  Altogether, the school brought in almost 35,000 pennies!  Thank you to all families that participated.  Start saving your coins for next year!

Webb Penny Wars 2015

Posted Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 

Photo Slideshow with descriptions -- WHS Renovation -- 32 photos -- February 20th through March 5th


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Posted Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 

WHS presents Seussical
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Seussical will be presented on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30pm, and on March 22 at 3:30pm, at Samuel B. Webb Auditorium, 51 Willow Street.

For more Seussical info please call (860) 721-9075 or email sblanzaco@gmail.com

Posted Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 

The Samuel B. Webb Elementary School celebrated Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, and the 100th day of school in their school-wide Town Meeting held on Thursday February 26th.  Please click to launch the photo slideshow.

http://www.wethersfield.k12.ct.us/cf_media/index.cfm?g=229

Posted Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 

Magenta Team students at SDMS did a phenomenal job with their team's community service project.  Students received a presentation about the issue of homelessness by State Representative Russ Morin and Brian Baker, Assistant Director of the South Park Inn shelter in Hartford.  Students then made 701 bagged lunches and collected numerous boxes of hygiene and health supplies for the shelter.  South Park Inn is a non-profit organization that assists homeless people in the greater Hartford area with housing, food, and supportive services.        

Magenta Team SDMS

Posted Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, seven teams of very well-prepared seventh and eighth graders gathered in the library media center after school for the 2015 SDMS Battle of the Teen Nutmeg Books. The event was sponsored by the SDMS Literacy Committee and the Library Media Center. Students formed teams and answered fifty challenging questions on ten different 2015 Teen Nutmeg Nominees. At the end of the tenth round, there was a tie between two teams so a final tie-breaking question ended the competition with a group of students from the Orange and Indigo Teams emerging victorious.

Congratulations to Clarissa Nock, Sydney Bowers, Olivia Washington, and Eden Fritz Aguiar, members of the winning team! Second place winners were Sarah Gordon and Mei Qiong Xue of the Turquoise Team.

SDMS Nutmeg Winners 2015

SDMS Nutmeg Winners 2015


Posted Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 

Produced by the Wethersfield High School "Pieces Literary Magazine" Student Club.  

Pieces Literary Magazine, 2014-2015 Fall-Winter Issue


Posted Monday, Feb 23, 2015 

WHS Renovation Progress - February 16th through February 19th - Photo slideshow with descriptions 

http://www.wethersfield.k12.ct.us/cf_media/index.cfm?g=226

Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

The members of the Wethersfield Public Schools Technology Team met on Thursday (1/12/2015) to unbox and setup the 30 iMacs that the Wethersfield Building Committee and Wethersfield Town Council approved for our new library media center. These high-quality machines will connect Wethersfield students to the Internet and to our digital learning environment for many, many years.


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Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

On February 6th, 2004 Wethersfield High school graduate, Jim Flannery, returned to WHS to present a unique and well earned award to Peter Hahn a senior WHS physics student. The national award was for a contest called "Mission Physics" created by Flantascience and organized by Flannery. In the contest students across the country were challenged to create an engaging and informative peer-to-peer teaching video to introduce and explain Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation. Combining his knowledge of physics with his enthusiasm for the subject, Peter created a two minute video complete with narration and animation, as well as clear explanations of the concept and its applications. His video was judged by a panel of physics teachers. Based on his video's engaging and educational nature, Peter was awarded 2nd place nationally in the competition. His classmates, his teacher Ms. Alyssa Khan and the WHS faculty and staff are extremely proud of Peter.

On February 6th, 2004 Wethersfield High school graduate, Jim Flannery, returned to WHS to present a unique and well earned award to Peter Hahn a senior WHS physics student. The national award was for a contest called

Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

Webb School students celebrate together the 100th day of school. Classrooms across the school are focusing on the number 100 all day. Many classrooms have decorated for the occasion!

Webb School students celebrate together the 100th day of school

Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

Hailey Oleson, a junior at Wethersfield High School, earned one of two regional awards in the Intellectual Freedom Challenge for her excellent essay on The Perks of Being a Wallflower in which she shared her ideas on the value of reading texts that some may view as controversial. The Intellectual Freedom Challenge, sponsored by the National English Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta, asks sophomore and junior members of the National English Honor Society to consider texts that might be questioned or challenged by someone and to discuss the academic merits of reading such texts. The eastern region of NEHS encompasses Connecticut, Delaware, Maine,Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington DC,and West Virginia.

Hailey submitted a regionally winning essay which will now be entered for consideration of national status in the Intellectual Freedom Challenge by the National Council of Teachers of English. The members of the Elizabeth George Speare Chapter of the National English Honor Society at Wethersfield High School wish Hailey congratulations and the best of luck. Hailey Oleson, a junior at Wethersfield High School, earned one of two regional awards in the Intellectual Freedom Challenge for her excellent essay.

 

Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

The Webb School Kindness Club took time to create "Thank you for all you do" treat bags for every staff member at Webb.  It was a small way for the children at Webb to show the staff how much they appreciate them.  The Kindness Club gave up their recess time to go around and surprise each staff member!  Special thank you to Melissa Perry and Elisabeth D'Amato for coordinating this special event. 

Special thank you to Melissa Perry and Elisabeth D'Amato for coordinating this special event.
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Special thank you to Melissa Perry and Elisabeth D'Amato for coordinating this special event.
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Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

Seventh-grader Nathan Loura won national recognition this month in the Silver Gloves National Championship held in Independence, Missouri. Nathan earned the third place medal which ranks him third in the nation. Nathan won first place at state and regional competitions to qualify for the national championships. In April, he will compete at the Junior Olympics.

Nathan has been boxing since the age of ten after he became interested in the sport from watching a Rocky movie a year earlier. His mother says he has a passion and a natural talent for the sport that many professional boxers have noticed, although she gets nervous each time he has a fight.

Nathan is a talented athlete; he currently trains six days a week for boxing as well as playing baseball and basketball.

Silas Deane Middle School Student Places Third in National Boxing Competition

(Report submitted by Cynthia Hunt; chunt@wethersfield.me; February 13, 2015.)

Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

Webb Elementary School takes the

Webb 95210 Challenge

challenge!

Students will focus on one number each week, keeping track of their progress with daily logs, & ending the week with a culminating activity that corresponds with the week’s focus.

 

February 18th to 20th Week 1: NINE (hours of sleep per night)

February 23rd to 27th Week 2: FIVE (five servings per day of fruit & veggies)

March 2nd to 6th Week 3: TWO (two hours or less of screen time daily)

March 9th to 13th Week 4: ONE (at least one hour per day of physical activity)

March 16th to 20th Week 5: ZERO (zero soda or sugary drinks)

Webb 95210 Challenge

Posted Sunday, Feb 15, 2015 

  69 photos from February, 2015


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Posted Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 
The Grades 5 & 6 Parent Program for the Growth and Development Unit that was originally scheduled for January 26 has been rescheduled and will be held this coming Monday, February 9, 2015 from 7:00pm - 8:00 pm in the SDMS auditorium.  In the event of additional inclement weather, the event will be held on Wednesday, February 11th at the same time and location.

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