Webb students took part in their annual Penny War to help raise money for the PTO. Each grade competed to collect the most pennies (each worth 1 point). Opposing grades added nickels, dimes, quarters, and even $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills to deduct from the penny points! It was a fierce competition. The winner and total amount raised will soon be announced.
Geoff Skowronek, a senior at Wethersfield High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Geoff has been with the football program at WHS for four years and is a two-year letter winner, earning all-conference honors as a senior. Geoff also served a a captain during the 2013 season and was named to the CCC All-Academic team during his junior and senior years. Geoff has earned high honor roll status throughout his years at WHS and is a proud member of the WHS DEKA Marketing team. He will represent his school for the second time at the international competition this spring. Geoff plans to major in Business Marketing while at Assumption College.
On Thursday, February 6, 2014, four teams of very well-prepared eighth graders gathered in the library media center after school for the 2014 Battle of the Teen Nutmeg Books. Students answered fifty challenging questions on ten different 2014 Teen Nutmeg Nominees. Ultimately, a group of students from the Turquoise Team, coached by language arts teacher Mrs. Perez, emerged victorious. Congratulations to Tommy Dowd, Matt Bielenda, Lily Gaunt, and Kendall Cathcart, members of the winning team! They received gift certificates to Cherry Berry. The event was sponsored by the SDMS Literacy Committee, a group of SDMS staff who love reading, writing and books!
THEY WON!!! WHS Jets Team has placed first in the national AbilityOne Design Challenge in Virginia! Press release follows:
High School Students Win National Assistive Technology Design Challenge: CT Team Wins Best Overall Design with The Path
Vienna, VA, February 28, 2014 — Wethersfield High School of Wethersfield, CT, placed first in the national AbilityOne® Design Challenge, winning Best Overall Design for their device called The Path (Preview) . This assistive technology was created to allow employees with limited dexterity or no use of their hands to package metal chains used for military ID tags in small envelopes.
The annual AbilityOne Design Challenge competition encourages students to develop technologies that empower people with disabilities to break through barriers to employment. SourceAmerica, a national nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for nearly 125,000 people with significant disabilities, sponsors the competition.
The Wethersfield High School students worked directly with individuals who have intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries and who are employed at CW Resources, a nonprofit organization in New Britain, CT, which employs and provides services to people with disabilities. "We are proud of the team," said Wethersfield co-advisor Sue Fennelly. "This is the best of the STEM challenges because it couples the innovation and people with disabilities.”
“The motivation of the team was impressive. They spent hours of after-school time, even vacations, to achieve this,” said Joseph Kess, Wethersfield’s other co-advisor.
“We are very proud of the inventiveness and originality of all of our finalists,” said SourceAmerica President and CEO Bob Chamberlin. “Their creative thinking and talents, as well as the remarkable efforts of all the entrants, led to real-world contributions that empower individuals with disabilities in workplaces around the country.” The five finalist teams were presented trophies, and the teams, coaches, and schools were awarded cash prizes.
Best Engineering Design recipient: Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Md., The Nexus (Preview)
Best Use of Assistive Technology recipient: Poolesville High School, Die Cast Guide (Preview)
Poolesville High School, Multipurpose Sealing Device (Preview)
Concord High School, Wilmington, Del., Magnet Assembly
The AbilityOne Design Challenge is a competitive process that requires students to build a functioning prototype of their assistive technology device in order to be considered for contention. Submissions for the Design Challenge must create greater access to employment for people with disabilities in one of the following areas: Computer Access, Environmental Accommodations, Functional Control and Access, Transportation/Mobility, Communication Assistance, Cognitive Accessories; or any device or system that gives access or improved earnings to people with disabilities. To ensure that these devices meet the workforce needs of people with disabilities they must be developed in collaboration with a person with a disability.
By applying their talents, knowledge, innovation and technology to workplace barriers, students demonstrate their dedication to increasing employment opportunities, productivity and earnings for people with disabilities. Previous award-winning devices reflect exemplary application of engineering and design to a workplace challenge, as well as consideration of additional factors encountered by people with disabilities in today’s society—economics, ease of use, safety, universality and availability of technology.
Parents of Seniors: The deadline for handing in the public display of affection parent recognition advertisement (also known as Baby Ads) has been extended to Friday March 14, 2014. If you have any questions please call Christine Falana at 860 571-8259.
SBAC Community Forum Monday, March 10, 7- 8:30 pm Silas Deane Middle School Auditorium
The Wethersfield Schools Parent Council is pleased to present a Community Forum on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Testing that will be taking place this spring. Sally Dastoli, Wethersfield’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Wethersfield Reading Consultant Pauline Greer will be guiding parents through a presentation which will include: • Why the “new” CMT/CAPT assessment now called the SBAC? • What does the new SBAC assessment look like? How is it different from the CMT and CAPT? • View sample SBAC questions and see how district curriculum and technology tools must align with the new SBAC assessment
A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Questions? Please contact WSPC Chair Martha Conneely at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Tapia placed fourth at the state open track meet, beating his own school record in the shot put with a distance of 49-01.5. In addition, the sprint medley team of Connor Jones, Troy Stegman, Eric Wright, and Lorenzo Burgos also finished fourth at the state open.
Congratulations to our athletes! John will compete next at the New England Championships in Boston in March.
Please join us for dinner and a movie (Happy Feet) on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Open seating and the cost is $20 per family. You can mail your payment to: AFC, PO Box 370162, West Hartford, CT 06137.
Payment will NOT be accepted at the door.
RSVP by February 16 to Rebecca at 860-747-5422 or email@example.com
This fun-filled evening will be held at the Wethersfield United Methodist Church 150 Prospect Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.
AND...Gluten free pasta will be available. We hope to see you there!
As you may have heard, the Wethersfield JETS (engineering) Team has placed in the top 5 nationally in the Source America / Ability One Design Challenge, and will be travelling to Virginia to compete in the national finals Feb 26-28.
Did you know that all Wethersfield Public Schools students have access to an online library of over 2000 eBooks & audiobooks that they can download for FREE -- 365 days per year from school or from home? Students simply need to remember the username and password they use to login to our computer network on campus. Our high school and middle school students should have no trouble remembering their login information because they use it every day. Elementary school students can ask their classroom teacher if they forget their username and/or password. These eBooks & audiobooks can be downloaded to multiple types of electronic devices (Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPod Touch, computer, cell phone, Mp3 player, other). This FREE service is called OverDrive. Please click the link below to learn more about OverDrive.
Welcome to the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition-Grades K-12
Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more. One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.
Wethersfield High School is going to Yellowstone and Grand Teton Nation Park!!! The trip is scheduled for June 28 –July 2, and the registration deadline is February 7. For more information or to register online for this amazing adventure that includes the opportunity to earn independent study credits visit the Grand Classrooms webpage at https://trips.grandclassroom.com/Trip/Index/wethersfield2014
On January 31, 2014, second grade student Mackenzie Mori served as the leader of Webb Elementary School. Mackenzie was selected at random for this position because of her participation in the Box Top Fundraiser.
During her time as the building administrator, Ms. Mori visited classrooms, participated in physical education class, organized information, and created a bulletin board. Mackenzie also made important decisions related to indoor/outdoor recess, extra recess for the kids, and was the first person to greet visitors as they entered Webb. Without a doubt, she has a future in leadership!
On Saturday, February 1st, members of the 5th and 6th grade choirs at Webb sang at the XL Center in Hartford during a Wolfpack hockey game. The students sang “God Bless America” beautifully; their sound was projected throughout the stadium and they were also featured on the Jumbotron after the second period of the game. Members of the Webb community who attended agreed that it was a fantastic experience and are looking forward to this event becoming a yearly tradition!
Senior Jessica Gray was inducted into the Elizabeth George Speare chapter of the National English Honor Society on January 30, 2014 in the WHS Media Center. The society endeavors to enhance the study of literature and share in the pursuit of the written word. She proudly joins 43 other members at Wethersfield High School.
The WHS Indoor Track Team turned in strong performances Saturday at the CCC Championship Meet. The Sprint Medley Relay team posted a first place finish behind Lorenzo Burgos, Eric Wright, Connor Jones, and Troy Stegman. Congratulations as well to Faith Burnett for setting a school record in the shot put (30'-00.5") and to Troy Stegman who also set a school record in the 1000 meter run, completing the race in 2:38.41.
The WHS JETS team, a group of students taking part in an engineering design challenge, has created another piece of assistive technology. This year's creation, the PATH, was designed to improve the working life of a Connecticut resident living with traumatic brain injury. Please take a few minutes to view the team's video (use the link below). I think you'll be impressed with what our kids have done. (Mr. Joseph Kess, JETS Club Advisor, WHS Science Teacher)
"Congratulations!!! What a phenomenal job, I am always so proud of our students, thank you for sharing and for being part of this great team! GO JETS!!!"
"This is an amazing program and a great opportunity for these students to get connected to their community and give back- love it!"
"This is amazing…Great Job!"
"It is quite amazing what the students accomplish for these employees and how much it means to all involved!!!! The JETs always do such an incredible job and the video perfectly captured the pride of the employees and staff. It means so much to them!"
"Congratulations to the JETS team once again! We are all so proud of you!!!"
"Thanks for sharing. It was great to see the process and the appreciation Mooch showed. Go JETS!"