Mrs. Britchi wins UConn ECE Teaching Award

Congratulations to Alina Britchi, Westbrook High School Science Teacher, who was one of four recipients to receive the UConn Early College Experience Instructor Award for Excellence in Course Instruction at a reception hosted by UConn on April 26, 2019. Mrs. Britchi was recognized for her enthusiasm in finding new and exciting ways to teach physics using real life situations and experiences, leading by example, and her involvement with students. Under Mrs. Britchi’s leadership, the Westbrook High School Physics Team won the 8th Annual UConn ECE Cardboard Boat Race at Avery Point in Groton, and competed in the Northeast Regional Science Bowl hosted by UConn’s School of Engineering in which students designed, constructed, and raced a galvanic cell car, and won first place in the 3D printing design competition. We are proud of you Mrs. Britchi, and appreciate all you do!

Student and Staff Recognition

Superintendent

Contact Information

Patricia A. Ciccone
Superintendent

pciccone@westbrookctschools.org

860-399-6432

News and Anouncements

  • Wishing You a Wonderful Summer, Full of Reading and Math Games!!!

    Daisy Families,

    We are extremely proud of how much our students have accomplished this school year, with incredible growth academically, socially, emotionally and physically!

    We wish you a wonderful, safe summer and hope that you will take time to read with your children and to play math games with them.  Please check out the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge and the Commissioner's Summer Math Challenge at:

    https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/CTRead/Connecticut-Reads

    https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Math/Summer-Math-Challenge

    Our school office is open throughout the summer and we look forward to hearing from you.  In the meantime, please enjoy a most fabulous summer and we look forward to seeing you in the 2019-2020 school year!

    Warmly,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • IMPORTANT DATES!

    Daisy Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    Please save the following dates and join us for:

    ---Tuesday, June 11, 3:15-4:45 pm: Third & Fourth Grade Talent Show

    ---Wednesday, June 12, 8:30-9:30 am: Volunteer Breakfast & Parade

    ---Friday, June 14, 9:15-10:15 am: Fourth-Grade Promotion

    Please remember that school dismisses at 1 pm on June 13, 14 and 17.

    The last day of school for students is June 17.

    Wishing all a safe and wonderful summer!

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal, Daisy Ingraham School

     

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Health and Safety Tip

    Dear Westbrook Families:

    A very recent sighting of a small bat in the lower parking lot of Daisy Ingraham reminds us that there are simple steps to follow to be safe when any small or large animals or birds are found to be out of their habitat, sick or infirmed.  The first step is never to approach or touch any unfamiliar animal or bird and to report its presence to the authorities. While we have had no reports of any children or parents touching the bat in the parking lot, the potential for any safety concerns prompts us to share the information that our medical professionals would advise.  For more information regarding keeping yourself or your children safe when in the vicinity of any unfamiliar animals during the day or at night, please click on the link recommended by our medical professionals .  Thank you.

    https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html  

     

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    860-399-6432

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • PLEASE JOIN US FOR DAISY'S ANNUAL ART SHOW, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 5:30-7:30 pm

    Please join us TONIGHT, Friday, April 26, for Daisy's Annual Art Show, at any time between 5:30 and 7:30 pm.  It is a drop-in, open house format with art available for viewing any time during that time period.

    The Ice Cream Social will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm.  This is sponsored by the Daisy PTO and donations will be gratefully accepted.  A basket raffle will also be featured at this year's event.

    Come one, come all to enjoy the fabulous artistry of our students!!!

    Many thanks to Joe Biegaj, our incredible Art Teacher, for encouraging our students' talents every day and for making this event possible!

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

    Kindergarten Registration is currently underway for the 2019-2020 School Year!

    All children who reside in Westbrook and who will be five years old by the end of the 2019 calendar year are eligible for entry into Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 School Year.

    Parents/Guardians, please call the Daisy office to set up an appointment to register your child.  Please also let your neighbors of Kindergarten-age children know about registration, which is ongoing.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call our school office at 860-399-7925.

    Thank you,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Performing Arts Trip to New York City

    This past weekend, 49 WHS performing arts students traveled to New York City for three days of arts and culture. Among the highlights were an organ demonstration at St. John the Divine Cathedral, Mozart's Requiem performed by the NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the 9/11 Museum and Freedom Tower Observatory, "Dear Evan Hansen" on Broadway, and a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall.  View the photo gallery at https://whs.westbrookctschools.org/2019_music_trip?fbclid=IwAR1_Wm4-lSWUC3-iv47lQRdJ-_wezz8tRtlw-QSgCD1A1b6Wu8bLR_0bneI.

    Students on stage

    Westbrook High School
  • 2019-2020 Calendar

    The 2019-2020 School Year Calendar has been published.  It is available at https://www.westbrookctschools.org/20192020_school_year_calendar or by clicking the "2019-2020 School Year Calendar" link in the calendar menu on the district website.

    Daily Planner

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • March Parent Conferences - School Appointments Portal Now Open

    The School Appointments portal is now open to schedule parent conferences with your child's teachers.  The conferences are in ten minute increments and run from 1:00 - 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2019.   If you are unavailable to attend, please feel free to call or e-mail your child's teachers to make alternate arrangements.  Attached are directions to assist you in maneuvering the portal.  

    Westbrook High School
  • Science Bowl Success!

    Westbrook High School students recently competed in the Northeast Regional Science Bowl hosted by the University of Connecticut's School of Engineering.  The 3-D printing design competition was won by Jackie Grace and Ian Whitehouse.  What an accomplishment!  Students also designed, constructed, and raced a galvanic cell car.

    Winners of 3d printing contest

    Students working at science fair

     

    Westbrook High School
  • Heaven Can Wait

    Join the Westbrook High School Theatre for their production of "Heaven Can Wait" on March 7th, 8th, or 9th.

    Reserve your tickets on the Westbrook High School Theatre Page.

    Westbrook High School

District Events

  • HS Room 226

    Athletic Boosters Meeting

    Westbrook High School
  • WHS Room 226

    WPS - Athletic Boosters Meeting

    Athletic Boosters Meeting, 6:30 - 8:30

    Westbrook Middle School
  • WMS

    WMS - MOVING UP MONDAY

    School Tour for upcoming 5th grade students

    Westbrook Middle School
  • WMS CAFETERIA

    WMS PTO PASTA DINNER/TALENT SHOW

    WMS PTO PASTA DINNER & TALENT SHOW

    Westbrook Middle School
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    WMS Logic Block

    Westbrook Middle School
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    WMS LOGIC BLOCK

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National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development recognizes Westbrook

Nation at Hope

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Westbrook Public Schools and its work to support the whole student is included as an exemplary approach to supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic development in a report released today by a prestigious national commission.

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope” asserts that our nation is at a turning point, understanding that social, emotional, and cognitive development underpins children’s academic learning. This breakthrough understanding about how people learn is fueling a growing movement to educate children as whole people, with social and emotional as well as academic needs, the report says.

Westbrook has espoused the integration of multidimensional skill development to optimize learning.  We believe that social, emotional and cognitive skills can be taught, that learning happens in the cultivation of positive relationships and that social, emotional and cognitive development offsets the effects of stress and trauma; adverse childhood experiences.  In that work, we have seen the increase in academic proficiency and less disciplinary exclusions.  See the work noted in the Aspen Institute feature entitled Caring Communities: Linking School Culture and Student Development p. 9-10 and in the Practice and in the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Practice Agenda in Support of How Learning Happens, p. 39. 

Westbrook thanks the commission for recognizing our school district and the students who are emerging as our strongest resource.  In pledging to continue this work, we have made a commitment to work with our students as resources, true partners in setting the climate of our schools and district, so that students can emerge as leaders on the importance of empathy and kindness.  From her unprecedented step of asking high school students to collect and analyze school and community climate survey data, the superintendent commented that “our students are transforming their school and the district (Pre-K – 12) and inspiring others across the state to do the same.”

“A Nation at Hope” emphasizes that translating knowledge about how people learn into practice and helping students develop skills like collaboration, empathy, and perseverance requires systemic change. It offers specific actions in research, practice, and policy to fundamentally shift how we teach children, with the understanding that the social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of learning are mutually reinforcing rather than distinct.

The report recommends taking these key steps:

  • Set a clear vision that broadens the definition of student success to prioritize the whole child.
  • Transform learning settings so they are safe and supportive for all young people.
  • Change instruction to teach students social, emotional, and cognitive skills; embed these skills in academics and school-wide practices.
  • Build adult expertise in child development.
  • Align resources and leverage partners in the community to address the whole child.
  • Forge closer connections between research and practice to generate useful, actionable information for educators.

Nearly 100 organizations that have signed on in support of the report’s conclusions and recommendations as part of an ever-widening coalition committed to advancing the work. This groundswell of support that has surged over the course of the Commission’s work, and now supports action across communities following its release, sets the report apart and offers promise for the movement to grow nationwide.

As Chet Bialicki, Teen Leadership teacher/mentor, has noted that his, “priority to give Westbrook students  increasing opportunities to respond to invitations from organizations such as CEA, the Community Coalition on Children, National School Climate Center, FaceBook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to present their leadership in setting a climate conducive to social, emotional and academic development.”

Drawing on input from more than 200 scientists, youth and parent groups, educators and policymakers, the report seeks to accelerate and strengthen efforts in local communities. These recommendations are especially pertinent as states and communities continue to leverage their increased authority on education policy under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The report includes specific strategies that schools, districts, and communities can pursue related to each recommendation and examples of places that are engaged in these efforts.

The report also outlines evidence that confirms that supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development has a positive impact on their attendance, test scores, success in college and careers, and overall well-being. This approach also improves students’ feelings about school and makes schools safer.

More information is available at NationatHope.org.

 Read the Full Press Release

Immigration Resources: Connecticut Family Preparedness Plan

For your convenience, the State of CT has developed a resource toolkit for individuals and families with immigration concerns. Please read CT's description of the resource tools and go directly to the state website by clicking on the Plan version of your choice or the hyperlink below.

"To assist families who have concerns about immigration enforcement, particularly in regards to to the possibility of the deportation or detainment of guardians and the impact that it could have on their children, the State of Connecticut has developed a useful toolkit that people can utilize.  There is no cost to utilize any of the documents contained in the toolkit, and neither attorneys nor court action are needed.  If you are worried about what will happen to your children if you are detained or deported, you should make a family preparedness plan.  We hope that you never have to use your plan, but having one may help reduce the stress of the unexpected."

Family Preparedness Plan

Plan de preparacion familiar

State of CT link to the Resource Toolkit

For additional information on preparing your family, knowing your rights and finding legal representation, visit http://ctheretostay.org