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Virtual Scholastic Book Fair Now Open!

Please click on the attached link for more information on the virtual book fair. This runs through September 4, 2020.

Book Fair Link 

Hello and well wishes from WMS!

SHORELINE FOOD RESOURCES

   

 

 

A note from the WMS Office

The WMS Office Staff (Ms. Banach and Ms. Bauer) are still available to assist in any way. You can reach us at (860)-399-2010 during business hours or directly through email at bbanach@westbrookctschools.org & abauer@westbrookctschools.org 

 

                                                                                                                                  

 

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  • Connecticut State Department of Education: Moving Forward Together

    Message from the Superintendent:

    Everyone:

    The press release below is the letter that was sent to superintendents yesterday from Commissioner Cardona.  It reflects the Commissioner’s concerns and his certainty that we, as educators, may be strong voices in helping children and families process the turmoil and emotionally-charged atmosphere they are seeing and experiencing.  The Commissioner’s letter (now press release) below includes a roster of excellent resources to assist students, families and community members in dialogue around the issues of racism, hatred, and violence; now risen to frightening levels across our country.  These resources and information will be placed on our School District Home Page.  I am urging administrators to please send the Commissioner’s letter and its roster of resources to each school’s faculty and staff so that where appropriate, they may assist our students and families, as well as one another, to navigate the emotionally-charged coverage.  As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.  Thank you.

    Pat

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    860-399-6432 

     

    Message from Commissioner of Education:

    For immediate release: June 2, 2020

                                                  

     

    Dear Connecticut Education Community: 

    The protests and riots that are taking place across our country are the culmination of several tragic, high profile and disturbing acts of violence against people of color at the hands of police. It’s inescapable that our children and students have also seen and heard about the unrest and root causes on TV, on the internet or social media, in a school setting, or from their friends. Processing and making sense of the emotions that incidents of racism and violence, and the consequences, evoke can be very difficult for all of us regardless of our age. Likewise, engaging in meaningful, developmentally appropriate conversations with our children and students about these issues and events presents an understandably sensitive challenge for many parents and educators.

     

    If we are to prepare our students to become productive members of a diverse society who embrace diversity and foster school communities in which all members feel valued, respected and safe, remaining silent on these current events is not an option. As adults and educators, we must be proactive about making this a teachable moment by addressing issues of racism and inequity head-on. It starts with ensuring children and teenagers know their schools are safe places to learn and grow. It involves providing age-appropriate information to allow them to cope with and form an understanding of upsetting current events as well as asking what they may understand already about the situation and, just as importantly, listening to their perspectives. It’s also critically important that Social and Emotional Learning is implemented systematically is schools, homes, and communities and that adults and students work together to apply the five SEL competencies of: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. 

     

    As we find the academic year drawing to a close, we at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) feel a very real sense of urgency to make sure our educators and families are supported and have the necessary tools needed to have these conversations and promote anti-racist learning environments. 

     

    I am sending you the following resources to provide teachers, students and parents with insights and strategies to help engage in a dialogue about racism, hate, violence, and other tragic events that children may hear about at school and/or see on the news. Together, as leaders, as educators, as adults, we can ensure our school communities are learning environments in which all students feel valued, respected, and safe to learn and grow.       

     In Partnership, 

    Miguel A. Cardona, Ed. D.

    Commissioner of Education
    State of Connecticut 

    Written Materials

     SERC Racial Equity Online Discussions

    On the following Thursdays from 4:30–5:30 p.m., participants in these facilitated online discussions will have the opportunity to share their perspectives around a specific topic.  All are welcome! Please register separately for each session.

     CSDE Leadership Webinar

    • SCHOOLING FOR CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice

     

     

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • School Closure Information Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Dear Parent/Guardians:

    I am writing to inform you that the Westbrook Public Schools will be closed until further notice, beginning at 4:00pm today.  At this time, we are prepared to say schools will initially be closed minimally for two weeks.  Please be aware that our ongoing guidance updates will keep you apprised of any need to extend our closure time frame.

    On the advice of our local health departments, school superintendents in southeastern Connecticut have come together to make a decision to put the health of our communities (both school community and the community at large) at the center of our decisions to close schools.  We have been advised by state and local health authorities that the implementation of social distancing measures is a proven science-based intervention that has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with communicable disease outbreaks. In the past, communities in which schools were closed as preventative measures were able to positively impact and reduce the spread of disease. We felt compelled to make this decision to prevent the spread of illness among our students, staff, and our communities. 

    We also clearly heard that we cannot confirm that this illness will run its course in two weeks; in fact, it is not likely that it will.  We made the determination to make this closure “indefinite” based on that information.  This decision was made in consultation with and with the support of the health departments, elected officials and emergency management professionals.

    There has been much discussion about the concept of distance learning during prolonged absences.  At this time the Connecticut State Department of Education has discouraged districts from utilizing this approach due to concerns over instructional consistency (especially in the early grades), equity of access both intra-district and inter-district, disruption of special education services, and multiple employee contractual issues.  We will continue, during this school closing time frame, to seek ways to provide supplemental education to our students. Should we be able to utilize a distance learning model as we go forward, we will notify parents, students, and staff members of how this will be implemented and when it will be initiated, if at all.

     

    At this time, please be advised that you will be updated on relevant information that is received and vetted from our public health directors, the CDC, and other state officials.  Please continue to monitor our district website and email to ensure receipt of the most current information.  My next official School Closure Update will come to you by end of day (4:00pm) on Friday, March 20th.  Of course, should relevant information be made available sooner, I will update you as needed. 

     

    Thank you for your consideration of this important information.  As our public health depts. have reminded us, it is important to remain calm and informed.

     

    Sincerely,

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Parent and Guardian Survey Related to Distance Learning

    The link below will open a survey that has been designed to give you a chance to provide valuable input toward improving our distance learning education program.  Specifically, we are seeking your feedback (and that of your student(s) in a separate survey) in areas of curriculum delivery, ongoing interactions with school staff, as well as special education and social/emotional support.  Our goal to improve our continuity of education program starts with our commitment to engaging all of our stakeholders.  Please take a moment to fill out this very brief survey to help us pinpoint areas that can be retooled to more adequately meet everyone’s needs.

    Your privacy is of the utmost importance.  All response information will not be linked to the responder and will be kept confidential in any aggregate data reporting.

    Link to parent and guardian survey:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdM-FRX3msxmG28fB6U343nnf_dzz7ycyo7uBOwg1aGcQRrOw/viewform

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  • Coronavirus/Influenza Information

    Westbrook Public Schools

    Health Information & Guidance

    March 9, 2020

    Today’s Coronavirus (also known as COVID 19) updates issued by the Governor, the CT Dept. of Public Health, CT Dept. of Education and the CT Dept. of Public Safety and Homeland Security have prompted this informational memo. The purpose of this message is to share current advisement for schools and our Westbrook compliance including our preventive measures and future planning.

    Today’s Coronavirus (also known as COVID 19) updates issued by the Governor, the CT Dept. of Public Health, CT Dept. of Education and the CT Dept. of Public Safety and Homeland Security have prompted this informational memo.  The purpose of this message is to share current advisement for schools and our Westbrook compliance including our preventive measures and future planning. 

    At our COVID 19 planning meeting today, we cleared all of our cleaning products, which include sanitizers and disinfectants, with the Director of Public Health.  In addition, we discussed our daily and nightly cleaning protocols.  Both our practices and our products were approved as effective against this virus.  Further, we have placed significant product replacement orders with our vendors in order to keep our school supplies available for daily and nightly use and to replenish more frequently as we have stepped up our cleaning frequency.  Cleanings since the start of the flu season in January include wiping doorknobs/handles, desks, chairs, handrails, computers, keyboards, telephones and other common items.  Bathroom fixtures, doors, floors, etc., switch plates and other frequently touched items and equipment are washed, disinfected and sanitized nightly (additional wipe downs daily as needed). 

    The above state agencies are in agreement with the Governor that all events such as athletic competitions, plays, concerts, etc. that may generate large audiences or participation rates of 100+ attendees should be cancelled going forward.  Events that do occur should be reduced by live streaming and multiple locations to ensure crowds do not form and that participants are not in close proximity to one another.  We will be reviewing all previously approved events that might expose our students, staff and the public to large gatherings.  Further, field trip requests, that might also expose students and staff to crowds will be reviewed for the threat level that exists at the destination (e.g. numbers of presumptive or confirmed cases of the virus).

    In the event the COVID 19 virus is identified within our schools or community, we will follow the recommendations of our local Dept. of Public Health, with whom we are conferring regularly. If school closure is recommended, it will come from the Dept. of Public Health and will include a time limitation (likely to begin with 2 weeks).  Let me be clear, we have no school closure recommendations at this time.  In all of the above information, an important reminder from our Director of Public Health is to remain calm.  Stay connected to our school district website for updated information on our routine school processes.  Should you wish to contact the Westbrook Health Dept. for more information, you may reach our Westbrook Public Health Director, Zachary Faiella at zfaiella@westbrookct.us.  He may also be reached at 860-399-9869.

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    Westbrook Public Schools

     Coronavirus and Flu Update 3-9-20.pdf

     

    Westbrook Public Schools

    Health Information & Guidance

    February 28, 2020

    Since our last updated guidance on precautions to avoid the flu and other seasonal illnesses, school district administration and health care professionals have been monitoring best practice guidance regarding the Coronavirus.  I want to assure you that while we have no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in our schools, we continue to stay close to state and local health dept. updates in our planning and preparation for Coronavirus detection. Symptoms of Coronavirus may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.  As these symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of flu, we are encouraging everyone to continue to follow the protocols and best practices on our website and always refer to your primary care physician if you or your children are experiencing the aforementioned signs of illness.  Remember that for the general public who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from Coronavirus is considered to be low especially if we practice good illness prevention as a first line of defense. Recommended measures that lower risk of contracting any flu, including Coronavirus are:

    • Frequently wash hands with soap and water.
    • If soap and water are not available, use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol is recommended.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid sharing drinking cups, food, and other personal items.
    • Stay at home if you are ill to minimize any transmission of illnesses.

     

    Stay connected to this website for updated health information and information on any changes in our routine schooling processes and schedules.  We will continue to monitor both state and local health department advisories as they have the primary jurisdiction over town and school responses to public health matters.  Should you wish to contact the Westbrook Health Dept. for more information, you may reach our Westbrook Public Health Director, Zachary Faiella at zfaiella@westbrookct.us  He may also be reached at 860-399-9869.

    Patricia A. Ciccone, Superintendent of Schools

    **************************************************

    Schools are a prime location for the flu virus to spread. It is hard to prevent kids from getting the flu this time of year for various reasons. The flu virus is spread by respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking.  Droplets can spread up to six feet away and land in the mouths or noses or people who are nearby. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose. 

    • Children are three times more likely to get sick with the flu
    • Children can pass the flu virus to others for a period of more than seven days after the symptoms start
    • On average, one-third of family members in families with school age children are infected with the flu each year.

    The flu is different than a cold. Both a cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by different virus’s and have different symptoms.  The flu normally comes on suddenly.  An easy way to recognize the flu symptoms are to remember the FLU FACTS.

    (Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness, and Sudden onset)

    Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea are seen with children.

    Complications of the flu virus can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Key points to remember:

    Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. Good hand hygiene is the first line of defense against the flu. Hand sanitizer is acceptable if your hands are not visibly dirty.

    Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If they don't have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, not their hands.

    Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

    Don't send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick at school will be sent home. Keeping your child home when sick will allow them to rest and also allows you to monitor their health closely. Keeping your sick child home is the responsible thing to do. It protects fellow students and school staff, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

    Remember- if you are sick, please STAY HOME!  Please be vigilant of others and aware of the serious risk to students and staff when coming to school with flu-like symptoms. Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our schools healthy! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Superintendent Patricia A. Ciccone Announces Retirement

    Superintendent Ciccone has announced her retirement.  Please visit the district homepage for an announcement from the Westbrook Board of Education.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Ticket Reservations for "The Little Mermaid"

    Fancy Little Mermaid Text

    Be sure to reserve your tickets for the Westbrook High School's production of "The Little Mermaid."  Tickets can be reserved by using the following link:

    Ticket Reservations

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Town of Westbrook Public Meeting

    The Town of Westbrook is updating the plan of conservation and development.  See attached flyer for more details.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration For 2020-2021 School Year

    Registration for Kindergarten and Preschool students begins the week of February 3, 2020, at Daisy Ingraham School and will be ongoing.

    Parents/Guardians may register their child(ren), who must be a resident of Westbrook and five years old by December 31, 2020, for Kindergarten. Children who will be four years old by December 31, 2020, and have already participated in a preschool screening at Daisy Ingraham, are eligible to enroll for Preschool.  Parents/Guardians who have children who will be three or four years old by December 31, 2020, and who have not already participated in a screening, should call the elementary school office at 860-399-7925 to set up an appointment for a preschool screening. Three- and four-year-old students must participate in a screening prior to registration and will be admitted to the Integrated Preschool Program as space permits.

    Registration packets are available on the elementary school website at https://dis.westbrookctschools.org or may be picked up in the school main office.  The registration packet contains specific details about documents required to establish proof of residency, age, etc. The main school office is open daily from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.  There will be extended hours for registration on Tuesday,  February 4, and Thursday, February 6, until 7:00 pm.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Core Values Community Survey Letter

    WESTBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL

    154 MCVEAGH ROAD • WESTBROOK, CT 06498 • 860-399-6214

    Taylor P. Wrye, Principal

     

     

    September 17, 2019

     

    Dear Westbrook Middle School,

     

    One of the goals of the 2018-2019  and 2019-2020 school years is to define the WMS core values.  Our staff brainstormed on what makes WMS unique and what defines us as a middle school.  We began this journey by asking our students to design “the most exceptional middle school in the whole world.”  What would this school look like to them?  As a staff, we identified the purpose of public middle schools and the values of the Westbrook community.

     

    Below are words that we have identified throughout this process that best represent Westbrook Middle School.  Please take a moment and click on each word to view a document created collaboratively by WMS staff members.  Each document is broken down into WHY, HOW, and WHAT.  The WHY is our core value, the HOW identifies how we achieve the WHY, and the WHAT outlines what students can expect and experience in our school relating to that core value.

     

    Collaboration                                                   Enjoyment

     

    Innovation                                                       Inspiration

     

    Integrity                                                           Reflection

     

    Relationships

     

    We want all stakeholders to have a voice during this process, and are asking for your contributions as WMS parents.  Use the following link to submit your vote on which values best represent WMS, or on which values you would like the middle school to focus.  We will continue to focus on more than just the listed values but will start with your four top choices.  These core values are meant to be fluid and that we will revisit them when we feel the need.

     

    SURVEY LINK; https://forms.gle/9XPu1FsKtDwcVbXv9

    Thank you for the time you have taken to complete this survey. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Taylor P. Wrye, Principal

     

    Westbrook Middle School
  • DPH Advises CT Residents to Take Extra Precautions to Prevent Contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis

    The Connecticut Department of Public Health today is urging residents to continue personal preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the chance of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Residents are advised to protect themselves and their children by minimizing outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. The mosquitoes that carry the virus are active until the first heavy frost.


    The EEE virus has been identified in mosquitoes in 12 towns and in horses in two other towns. Westbrook has not been identified and no cases have been reported in Westbrook.  Information shared herein comes as a result of talking with the First Selectman and the Executive Director of the Public Health Dept. in Westbrook.  All are working diligently and preventively to limit town-wide exposure to mosquitoes.  Please see the attached flyer from the CT State Dept. of Public Health.  These are precautionary best practices that the schools follow for any outdoor activities including athletic competitions.  Further, we monitor the condition of our outdoor facilities to spot and eradicate puddles or other standing water sources.

    Thank you.

     Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    860-399-6432

    Westbrook Public Schools
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