Gobble Gobble-It’s that time of year again! This Thursday, November 20, 2014, elementary, middle, and high school students “gave thanks” for a healthy and hearty turkey lunch! Warm turkey with gravy, scratch made mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, whole grain biscuits, and a mixed roasted vegetable medley was provided. Students at WHS stated they “LOVED the mashed potatoes!” Superintendent Emmett and Assistant Superintendent Howes stopped by to celebrate Turkey Day with students. We at Wethersfield Foods and Nutrition Services wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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Emerson-Williams School had 2 assemblies on Monday, Nov 10 to celebrate Veterans Day. The students and staff invited relatives and friends who are veterans to be their honored guests. There were over 100 Veterans, from WW II through Iraq and Afghanistan. Along with all students and staff attending an assembly, Representative Russ Morin, BOE member Elaine Steinmiller-Paradise and Superintendent Emmett were there to offer their thanks to our Veterans.
NBC 30 will feature tonight's football game at 7PM on Cottone Field between Wethersfield and East Hartford. The Eagles look to go 10-0 and move closer to a playoff berth with a victory. Come and support WHS as we will also honor and recognize seniors on the Dance team, Varsity Cheerleading, Sparkle Squad, Marching Band, and Football team.
Look for additional coverage on NBC 30 newscasts at 11 AM, 5PM, and 11PM.
These pictures are from the Emerson Williams school-wide Town meeting, held on Friday, Oct 24. It was hosted by the 3rd grade and focused on Fire Prevention. The 3rd graders shared posters on the 7 fire prevention rules, presented The Fire Prevention Rap, were visited by Wethersfield Fire Commissioner Dignati and one of Wethersfield's finest and ended the event with a school wide fire drill from the gym.
It is official! The Webb School Hall of Fame has arrived. The plaques located above our entry doors are the 2014- 2015 Hall of Fame Award winners. They were just recently recognized at our Town Meeting and received their recognition. Please take a moment when you visit Webb to see our Hall of Famers!
Check out this short introduction to our October Town Meeting Slideshow. Our theme was role models and RE2PECT based on the Derek Jeter Campaign. The clip mirrors a recent commercial to honor Derek Jeter. At our meeting we recognized all kinds of role models who positively impact all of society. Enjoy!
The WHS Boys Soccer team defeated Glastonbury Wednesday night 1-0 and outright won the CCC North divisional title. The Eagles finished the regular season with a 10-3-3 overall record and a 9-1-3 divisional record. WHS will host E.O. Smith in a CCC tournament game Saturday at 3:00 on Cottone Field and will play in the CIAC State Tournament on November 3rd.
The Lady Eagles Swimming and Diving Team captured their sixth straight divisional title with a victory over Bulkeley High. The Eagles will try to repeat as invitational champions next week at the conference meet and will compete in the CIAC meet later in November.
Award winning young adult author Padma Venkatraman visited Silas Deane Middle School on Monday, October 20th , courtesy of Dr. Lynda Valerie of the Central Connecticut Writing Project and in collaboration with the Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center. Dr. Venkatraman spoke to both seventh and eighth grade students in separate assemblies and shared her experiences as a young girl growing up in India who survived a nearly deadly snake bite, her life as a scientist and oceanographer in charge of research vessels in a mostly male-dominated field, and how these experiences have shaped and influenced her as a fiction writer. Her books Island’s End, Climbing the Staircase, and most recently, A Time to Danceexplore themes of harmony with the environment, non-violence and social justice, and overcoming obstacles. Copies of her book are available for students to borrow in the SDMS Library Media Center, seventh and eighth grade language arts teachers’ classrooms, and the Wethersfield Public Library.
Wethersfield School District is celebrating the nutritious benefits of a balanced school lunch with events all week long! What’s a KEEN-WA? That’s the question we heard during our interactive and tasty recipe sampling this October 16, 2014 at Wethersfield High School. To encourage our students and faculty to try a ”new” ancient whole grain, we sampled a cold quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and crisp Granny Smith Apples. Students and faculty learned about the grain’s Peruvian origins and how they could incorporate more whole grains like quinoa in their diet. Wethersfield High School students evaluated our recipe, and over 90% of students liked this ancient grain, and would love to see it added to our school menu. Wethersfield Foods and Nutrition Services proudly serves whole grain breads, wraps, pastas and snacks every day. Come on into the café and try some today!
Webb Elementary School students were asked to take the "kids against bullying!" pledge in support of Anti-Bullying Awareness. In addition to participating in multiple activities for Anti-Bullying during the month of October, students made a promise to speak up, reach out, and be a friend when they see bullying. Students signed the pledge board in the cafeteria committing to making the Webb community a bully-free zone!
On Friday, October 17, 2014, Rob Buyea visited Emerson-Williams School. For those of you who have not lived on planet Earth for a few years, Mr. Buyea is the author of “BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT” (“Nutmeg Book Award winner for 2013) and “MR. TERUPT FALLS AGAIN”. To our delight, Mr. Buyea revealed a new book, “SAVING MR. TERUPT”, which will be released in July 2014.
At the end of the last school year, Declan Hallinan wrote Mr. Buyea a letter of invitation to Emerson-Williams. Mr. Buyea responded favorably and Declan’s mom and the E-W PTO took over from there. The E-W community is very lucky and appreciative. Declan and his friend, Stephen Byzko, were the students lunching with Mr. Buyea. After lunch and a plethora of questions, there was a photo-shoot. From left to right: Stephen Byzko, Rob Buyea, and Declan Hallinan.
Wethersfield High School School 411 Wolcott Hill Rd. Wethersfield, Ct 06109
There will be removal of asbestos & PCB containing materials (floor tile, carpet, related mastic, caulking, paint, etc;) from the Wethersfield High School for the purpose renovation of the school building. The process will begin on OCTOBER 10, 2014 AT 1O:OOPM and completed by OCTOBER 13, 2014. During this time period, there will be no one under the age of 19 permitted in the building. This letter will be posted at all entryways to the building.
The contact person for this task will be Mr. Fred Bushey, Director of Maintenance & Operations for the Wethersfield Public Schools. Mr. Bushey can be reached at (860) 250-7087. All environmental services will be provided by Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. They can be reached at (800) 286-2469.
Mr. Michael T. Emmett Superintendent of Schools 127 Hartford Ave. Wethersfield, Ct. 06109
October is National Farm to School Month. Wethersfield Public Schools Foods and Nutrition Department hosted a live “farmer’s market” at Silas Deane Middle School on October 9. Students and faculty were encouraged to sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including sweet cantaloupe, colorful pepper strips, crisp apples, and cherry tomatoes from farms located in the Northeast. Principal Sierakowski and Vice Principal Fries liked the cantaloupe best! Over 500 middle school students enjoyed the local produce and a variety of nutrition related puzzles, word games, and stickers. Encourage your student to enjoy the fresh fruit and vegetable selections offered with every meal daily in their school cafeteria!
The new USDA breakfast and lunch regulations have required an increase in the variety and types of nutritious foods offered to students. There has also been a national push to increase breakfast consumption in children, such as through programs like breakfast in the classroom. Wethersfield Public Schools Foods and Nutrition Services Department is interested in studying what we can do to improve student school meal participation and increase student consumption of the healthy foods being offered to them. To accomplish this, we have partnered with the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (the B.E.N. Center) in their initiative called the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.
The B.E.N. Center has found that certain point of sale product identifiers may have an effect on student choice. They have also found that allowing students the ability to choose, even from a limited selection of foods, may improve consumption and hence nutritional status. Only by measuring what foods are wasted can we truly determine what foods are most and least consumed by students.
This fall, Wethersfield School District’s resident dietitian and dietetic intern will collect plate waste measurements in Wethersfield High and School and Charles Wright Elementary lunchrooms. Plate waste in this study is defined as the quantity of edible portions of food served through the National School Lunch Program that students discard daily. The team will study waste compared to the impact of posting nutrition information on the serving line; displaying cards that contain basic nutrition information for fruit and vegetable menu items in one school, while the other school in the study will serve as a control. Look for the enlightening results of this study this December! For more information regarding the Smarter Lunchrooms movement, visit www.smarterlunchrooms.org.
Photo: Fruit and Vegetable offerings at Webb Elementary School 9/24/14
Students in Grade six at Webb Elementary School have volunteered to be part of the Webb Kindness Club. Our club will focus on caring beyond themselves and will run under the direction of Mrs. Elisabeth D'Amato and Mrs. Melissa Perry.
Throughout the year, our club will hope to touch the lives of many students at Webb. Please take a moment to view the video our team watched this week as motivation.
The Wethersfield High School track and DiCicco soccer field will be closing as of Monday October 6, 2014. The purpose of this closure is to facilitate the installation of the new rubberized track surface.
It is critically important that the surface have enough time to set up and cure. Therefore there can be no pedestrian or vehicular traffic on the track during this process.
Fencing and signage will be in place during this task. It is understood that many in the community use the track, and that the resurfacing will create a temporary inconvenience. Please understand that using the track prior to the surface being appropriately cured may result in the surface failing. This is a circumstance that would be costly.
The resurfacing project is expected to take approximately five weeks from surface application, to curing, to lane striping.