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  • Our Music Programs- District Highlights and Celebrations

    Westbrook Music Programs and Experiences PK-12

    Dear Westbrook Schools Community,

    It is with great excitement that we share our love of and commitment to music education in all three of our wonderful schools.  In this edition of Westbrook School Community: Highlights and Celebrations, we introduce you to our amazing music educators, share our music experiences PK-12, and celebrate our students’ growth and learning.

    We take pride in our music programs here in Westbrook. Music education is a critical part of the high-quality educational experiences for our students- learning so much more than how to sing and how to play an instrument throughout their musical experiences in Westbrook.  The National Association of Music Education (NAFME) highlights the key areas we value as a school community and how our students benefit throughout their journey in music classes, ensembles, clubs, and activities PK-12 that transcends the music program to positively impact all areas of their educational experiences: language and reasoning; self-management and improvement through personal growth and goals; increased coordination; a sense of achievement; engagement; success; emotional development; fine-tuned auditory skills; pattern recognition; imagination and intellectual curiosity; creative economy; creative thinking; spatial intelligence; teamwork; responsible risk-taking; and improved self-confidence.

    We celebrate our music educators- their commitment and passion- and share with you our music learning experiences and programs here in our schools PK-12.

    With much appreciation and gratitude,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Westbrook Public Schools

    To view our music curriculum and PK-12 Music Philosophy Statement, please visit www.westbrookctschools.org and click on Departments and then click on the Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning) section.  The curriculum is organized by content area and then grade level.   

     

    Westbrook High School

     Principal: Tara Winch

    Principal’s Message

    The Westbrook High School Music Program continues to thrive. We have an active and robust program that offers a diverse selection of vocal and instrumental opportunities for our students. We value music as a central component of a student's education and believe that exposure to and participation in some aspects of music education promotes academic skills, self-confidence, and creativity.

    Our Music Staff at Westbrook High School

    Mr. Frederick “Eric” Gerhardt has been the Instrumental Music Director at Westbrook High School for 22 years conducting the Concert and Jazz Bands.  Additionally, Mr. Gerhardt teaches Acoustic Guitar, UCONN ECE Music Theory, UCONN ECE Music Appreciation, and The History of Jazz and Rock & Roll.  He has previously served as Chairman for CMEA Southern Region and All-State Jazz Ensemble.  Mr. Gerhardt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College ‘95, and his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music ‘98. Mr. Gerhardt’s freelance music career enabled him to work with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, and more. He has performed with such groups as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Westchester Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Bronx Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony.  He also has recorded for TV and radio and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and on Broadway.  In Connecticut, he has performed with the New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, Bridgeport Symphony, Stamford Symphony, the Goodspeed Opera, the Mohegan Sun Casino Orchestra, and the Shoreline Jazz Collective. Mr. Gerhardt received numerous honors and awards as a performer and educator including the 1995 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, 1998 John C. Clark Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Brass Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, three-time Finalist in the New York Brass Conference Quintet Competition, Finalist for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Finalist in the National Trumpet Competition.

    Our new Choir Director, Anastasia Littlefield, comes to WHS with over 25 years of piano and voice experience. She is an award-winning music director, music teacher, and professional pianist. At Connecticut College she studied music education and specialized in keyboard instruments, studying piano, harpsichord, and organ. She performed her senior recital on all three instruments, performing works by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Bach, Shubert, and an original piano composition. She has worked in both MA and CT as a high school choral director, private piano, voice teacher, and pit pianist for local theaters and high school productions. As music director for Belmont High School’s musical productions, she music directed 9 to 5 and Little Shop of Horrors, during which the ensemble earned Best Choral Ensemble for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Awards in 2019 for their performance in Little Shop of Horrors. Anastasia is the choral director at Westbrook High School and is thrilled to be music directing and conducting their upcoming musical, Theory of Relativity, opening in March. She loves getting to share her love of music every day with the students in Westbrook. Currently, she is earning her Masters in Music Education at the University of Florida.

    Recent Music Events and Concerts at Westbrook High School  

    This fall the WHS Music Department had its first in-person Band/Choir Concert: The Fall Festival

    Select Singers and Jazz Band added holiday music to the Tree Lighting Festivities.

    Music Performances in Late Winter/Spring 2022

    Tuesday, February 15th, the WHS Music Department presented its Small Ensemble concert to include Jazz Band, Select Singers, and Voice class.

    Wednesday, March 16th, the WMS/WHS Combined Concert will take place in the WHS Gymnasium

    This is an opportunity for 8th grade music students to experience music at the WHS and work with upperclassmen and the WHS Music Staff.

    Music Program at Westbrook High School 

    Music courses include individual and group instruction in performance courses such as Band, Choir, Jazz Band, Beginning Band, Select singers, Voice, Keyboarding, and Acoustic Guitar. In addition, the non-performance courses include UCONN Music Appreciation, UCONN Theory 1 and 2, and the History of Jazz/ Rock and Roll.

    The WHS Music Department also promotes participation in the CMEA Southern Regional Competition for both Band and Choir.

    Arts, Business and Communications Career Cluster- Music Pathway at Westbrook High School

    The Music Pathway provides a combination of academic and elective courses to provide the appropriate education foundation for students pursuing a career in music.  The pathway provides students with a recommended pathway for course selection, clubs and activities, and possible internship opportunities before graduation with local and regional area businesses and industry leaders. Pathways are flexible and personalized to meet individual student needs and interests over four years at Westbrook High School.

    Westbrook Middle School

     Principal: Matthew Talmadge

    From the Principal

    As a former music teacher and a musician, I deeply appreciate the value of a fine arts education and the quality it can add to the lives of our students.  I always say that students only have one chance at middle school education, and we aim to make it the best experience possible.  Music is one area where we endeavor to live that philosophy.  We have highly trained, professional musicians who are engaging your children in a rigorous, comprehensive musical experience.  It is amazing to see and hear the growth in music literacy and capacity in students’ four short years here.  Of course, it all starts with the wonderful individuals that are in front of your kids daily.

    Our Teachers

    Kayla Pardue (WMS Instrumental Specialist)

    This year, we welcomed a new music faculty member, Miss Kayla Pardue, into the fold.  Miss Pardue earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Connecticut in 2019.  Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut in 2020.  She comes to us as an experienced educator from Pleasant Valley and Phillip R. Smith elementary schools in South Windsor where she taught both general and instrumental music classes.  Prior to that, she had exciting musical opportunities that ranged from rehearsing the University of Connecticut concert band to being named Drum Major for the prestigious "Pride of Connecticut" (The UConn marching band).  Miss Pardue mentioned in her letter of introduction to WMS that she believes that "bringing communities and citizens together through compassion and music aligns greatly with Westbrook School District’s goals to provide a safe and supportive learning environment to educate, challenge, and inspire all students to achieve their potential and follow their artistic and intellectual curiosity."  Miss Pardue is made to measure for Westbrook Middle School, and we are thrilled to have her on board.

    Lynne Floyd (WMS Choral Specialist)

    We are so fortunate to have Lynne Floyd heading our vocal music department and, this year, working with our instrumentalists as well. Ms. Floyd has been a staff member at Westbrook Middle School since 2018 and has taught chorus, piano keyboard, general music, band lessons and directs the middle school musical. She is a Summa cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, from which she received dual degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. After teaching public school music for two years, Ms. Floyd moved to Phoenix to pursue a Masters degree in Vocal Performance at Arizona State University.  While in Arizona, she performed extensively throughout the southwest with both the Royal Renaissance Singers and “Opera-tunity,” a company specializing in introducing opera to children and the general public.  She has performed many roles in opera and musical theater. As a concert soloist, Lynne has sung with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona State Chamber Orchestra, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the American Institute for Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. An accomplished recitalist, Lynne has performed wide varieties of repertoire in many parts of the country.  Ms. Floyd is the Music Minister and Handbell Choir Director at Niantic Community Church. 

    Music At WMS

    Choir

    Students in the choral classroom are working with the S-Cubed curriculum for Sight-reading created by Dale Duncan.  Daily activities include a forbidden pattern game, various ear training exercises, work with Kodaly solfege syllables and Curwen Hand Signs, all with the focus of music reading and literacy.  Additionally, we work to identify symbols that help us follow the road map that is music notation. Music of varied styles is chosen and prepared for performance at concerts and community events.

    Band

    This year at WMS, the students have been finding their groove again when it comes to practicing and performing with others. All WMS bands grades 5-8 meet every other day and have been learning different skills and techniques that balance individual responsibility with group effort. Whether it's learning our first notes in 5th grade, playing faster tempos in 6th grade, experiencing altered scales and pitches in 7th grade, or even playing an exposed solo in front of their peers in 8th grade, our students are realizing how important each and every musician is to the whole group. This year has helped us set goals when it comes to individual preparation of music so that the team of musicians can be successful. We have so much to look forward to in the area of performance for every group at WMS, and the students are putting their new tools to work to achieve (and exceed) even their own expectations! To walk by the music room at WMS is to hear cheering, clapping, and celebrating when the music starts to come together. As American musician Mike Dirnt once said, "music is the closest thing we have to magic," and it certainly feels that way in the presence of our young Westbrook musicians. 

    Students at Westbrook Middle School get a comprehensive music education where they learn music through performance in choir and band.  Students have music in their schedule all year long for four years.  This enables students to follow an uninterrupted multi-year music curriculum where they will gain valuable skills and learn critical knowledge to be able to flourish as budding musicians.  All students in fifth grade (and next year, fifth and sixth) are exposed to band and chorus for a full year.  We feel it is important to develop the entire musician prior to their choosing to specialize in either choir or band in later grades.  Students have ample opportunity to pursue advanced musical venues as well.  Advanced musical ventures include signing up for the Jazz Band, the Advanced Instrumental Music elective, or the Piano elective.  Many students who wish to push themselves in music performance choose to audition for the CMEA southern region music ensembles.  Some of our students took advantage of this opportunity this year, and we have a few to congratulate.

    Congratulations are in order for four students who have been accepted into the Southern Region Middle School Chorus and Band. Students all had to submit video auditions and were adjudicated by professional musicians and music educators.  Katie F (Chorus)., Natalia L.(Chorus), Cooper W. (Chorus) and Reagan Z. (Band) will all be working hard to learn their music for the festival in March. 

    Additionally, congratulations to Madigan K. who was selected to perform with the Connecticut Honors Band at the Connecticut Music Educators Conference in late March. This performing ensemble is made up of young musicians from around the state in grades 4-6. These students were chosen by demonstrating excellent musicianship, a passion for learning, and dedication to advancing on their instrument. 

    What is Coming Up at WMS?

    The music department is gearing up for our 8th Grade Band and Chorus students who will be performing in March with the High School Band and Chorus.  They have begun music preparation and are looking forward to this event.  More details about the concert will be released closer to the date, so look for messages from Miss Pardue and Ms. Floyd.

    Finally, the music department has begun the process of choosing and learning music for the spring concerts in the 6th and 7th Grades.  5th Grade students are playing music from their lesson book, and their musicianship is growing by leaps and bounds.  Ask any of your students to play for you.  We are certain you will be impressed with their growth.

    Students at WMS, do only have one chance at a middle school experience.  Music is a shining example of how we aim to make it the best experience possible.

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    Principal: Ruth W. Rose

    Principal’s  Message 

    We are so pleased to offer a robust music curriculum to all students in Grades Pre-K through Grade 4, through our daily “Specials” rotation.  Students have the opportunity to learn about music and to make music, both vocally and through the use of instruments.  Our children experiment with instruments including: “Boom Whackers,” xylophones, recorders, ukuleles, drums, etc., and also create music electronically.  Students learn to sing and hear music effectively through the Solfege system, which uses neutral syllables for every pitch like “do, re, mi.”  Our Music Room is a busy, happy, wonderfully noisy section of our building and is a bright spot in the day for many of our students!

    Our Music Staff at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    We are very fortunate to have Jennifer Bellizzi Kowalski with us as our Music Teacher at Daisy. Mrs. Kowalski earned a B.S. in Music Education in 2012 from Central Connecticut State University. While she was there, she specialized in the alto saxophone and participated in many musical ensembles such as the CCSU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Choir.  Mrs. Kowalski was also a member of the CCSU Blue Devils Marching Band where she was Drum Major for three years.  Mrs. Kowalski returned to her alma mater in 2016, where she earned her M.S. in Educational Technology. Mrs. Kowalski enjoys making music outside of the classroom whenever she can. She’s been teaching herself to play the ukulele for the past few years and still enjoys playing her alto saxophone with the Waterford Community Band. 

    Music Experiences in the Classroom PK-4

    Preschoolers in the Daisy music room work on exploring the basic elements of music. They’ve been enjoying activities centered around finding and practicing using a singing voice, moving to music, and keeping a steady beat. 

    Kindergarteners work hard to build on the knowledge they gained in preschool music. They participate in game-based activities where they can use their singing voices, practice steady beat and simple rhythms on percussion instruments, and of course–dance!

    In first-grade music, students begin reading and writing simple music notation using notes and rhythms on the music staff. They apply their new music literacy skills to read and write down songs they know and love. Some first-grade favorites include Lemon Store and Hot Cross Buns!

    Second graders at Daisy are currently working on a World Music unit that involves dancing, singing, and playing percussion instruments. They’ve learned about the music and cultures of far-away countries such as Ecuador, Russia, Denmark, and more!

    Students in third-grade music get the opportunity to dive deeper into instrumental music. Traditionally, third graders have learned to play the recorder along with ukuleles and various percussion instruments. In lieu of recorders this year, students have been learning a variety of songs on xylophones instead.

    Fourth graders have the opportunity to combine many of the music skills they’ve been working on since they were small preschoolers and kindergarteners. They apply their music literacy skills in a composition unit, combining singing and instrumental music with the use of ukuleles, xylophones, and other percussion instruments, and traditionally have the opportunity to showcase their hard work and talents at a spring concert. 

    Music Events and Concerts at Daisy Ingraham

    We moved our famous Winter Sing-Along outside this year and this amazing concert took on a life of its own!  Our students and staff enjoyed welcoming in the winter season with songs and dances that many have asked that this outside venue become a new holiday tradition.  All students and staff were involved in the vocal concert with students dancing with colorful scarves and adults demonstrating the “five golden rings” in the Twelve Days of Christmas.

     

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Westbrook is a Michaels Cup Award Winner

    Congratulations to all Westbrook athletic teams, athletes, and coaches for achieving The Michaels Cup Award for the 2020-2021 school year. 
     
    "The Michaels Cup honors exemplary athletics programs for their willingness to subscribe to the Class Act Sportsmanship standards, empowering students to take an active role in their school climate and their continued support for community service." 
     
    This is the fifth year in a row Westbrook Athletics has earned this prestigious award. We are so proud of our athletes, coaches, and our entire athletic department. Our sportsmanship committee continues to meet monthly and we look forward to continuing to meet the high standards this award encompasses. 
    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Our Music Programs- District Highlights and Celebrations

    Westbrook Music Programs and Experiences PK-12

    Dear Westbrook Schools Community,

    It is with great excitement that we share our love of and commitment to music education in all three of our wonderful schools.  In this edition of Westbrook School Community: Highlights and Celebrations, we introduce you to our amazing music educators, share our music experiences PK-12, and celebrate our students’ growth and learning.

    We take pride in our music programs here in Westbrook. Music education is a critical part of the high-quality educational experiences for our students- learning so much more than how to sing and how to play an instrument throughout their musical experiences in Westbrook.  The National Association of Music Education (NAFME) highlights the key areas we value as a school community and how our students benefit throughout their journey in music classes, ensembles, clubs, and activities PK-12 that transcends the music program to positively impact all areas of their educational experiences: language and reasoning; self-management and improvement through personal growth and goals; increased coordination; a sense of achievement; engagement; success; emotional development; fine-tuned auditory skills; pattern recognition; imagination and intellectual curiosity; creative economy; creative thinking; spatial intelligence; teamwork; responsible risk-taking; and improved self-confidence.

    We celebrate our music educators- their commitment and passion- and share with you our music learning experiences and programs here in our schools PK-12.

    With much appreciation and gratitude,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Westbrook Public Schools

    To view our music curriculum and PK-12 Music Philosophy Statement, please visit www.westbrookctschools.org and click on Departments and then click on the Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning) section.  The curriculum is organized by content area and then grade level.   

     

    Westbrook High School

     Principal: Tara Winch

    Principal’s Message

    The Westbrook High School Music Program continues to thrive. We have an active and robust program that offers a diverse selection of vocal and instrumental opportunities for our students. We value music as a central component of a student's education and believe that exposure to and participation in some aspects of music education promotes academic skills, self-confidence, and creativity.

    Our Music Staff at Westbrook High School

    Mr. Frederick “Eric” Gerhardt has been the Instrumental Music Director at Westbrook High School for 22 years conducting the Concert and Jazz Bands.  Additionally, Mr. Gerhardt teaches Acoustic Guitar, UCONN ECE Music Theory, UCONN ECE Music Appreciation, and The History of Jazz and Rock & Roll.  He has previously served as Chairman for CMEA Southern Region and All-State Jazz Ensemble.  Mr. Gerhardt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College ‘95, and his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music ‘98. Mr. Gerhardt’s freelance music career enabled him to work with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, and more. He has performed with such groups as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Westchester Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Bronx Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony.  He also has recorded for TV and radio and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and on Broadway.  In Connecticut, he has performed with the New Haven Symphony, Orchestra New England, Bridgeport Symphony, Stamford Symphony, the Goodspeed Opera, the Mohegan Sun Casino Orchestra, and the Shoreline Jazz Collective. Mr. Gerhardt received numerous honors and awards as a performer and educator including the 1995 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award, 1998 John C. Clark Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Brass Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, three-time Finalist in the New York Brass Conference Quintet Competition, Finalist for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Finalist in the National Trumpet Competition.

    Our new Choir Director, Anastasia Littlefield, comes to WHS with over 25 years of piano and voice experience. She is an award-winning music director, music teacher, and professional pianist. At Connecticut College she studied music education and specialized in keyboard instruments, studying piano, harpsichord, and organ. She performed her senior recital on all three instruments, performing works by Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Bach, Shubert, and an original piano composition. She has worked in both MA and CT as a high school choral director, private piano, voice teacher, and pit pianist for local theaters and high school productions. As music director for Belmont High School’s musical productions, she music directed 9 to 5 and Little Shop of Horrors, during which the ensemble earned Best Choral Ensemble for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Awards in 2019 for their performance in Little Shop of Horrors. Anastasia is the choral director at Westbrook High School and is thrilled to be music directing and conducting their upcoming musical, Theory of Relativity, opening in March. She loves getting to share her love of music every day with the students in Westbrook. Currently, she is earning her Masters in Music Education at the University of Florida.

    Recent Music Events and Concerts at Westbrook High School  

    This fall the WHS Music Department had its first in-person Band/Choir Concert: The Fall Festival

    Select Singers and Jazz Band added holiday music to the Tree Lighting Festivities.

    Music Performances in Late Winter/Spring 2022

    Tuesday, February 15th, the WHS Music Department presented its Small Ensemble concert to include Jazz Band, Select Singers, and Voice class.

    Wednesday, March 16th, the WMS/WHS Combined Concert will take place in the WHS Gymnasium

    This is an opportunity for 8th grade music students to experience music at the WHS and work with upperclassmen and the WHS Music Staff.

    Music Program at Westbrook High School 

    Music courses include individual and group instruction in performance courses such as Band, Choir, Jazz Band, Beginning Band, Select singers, Voice, Keyboarding, and Acoustic Guitar. In addition, the non-performance courses include UCONN Music Appreciation, UCONN Theory 1 and 2, and the History of Jazz/ Rock and Roll.

    The WHS Music Department also promotes participation in the CMEA Southern Regional Competition for both Band and Choir.

    Arts, Business and Communications Career Cluster- Music Pathway at Westbrook High School

    The Music Pathway provides a combination of academic and elective courses to provide the appropriate education foundation for students pursuing a career in music.  The pathway provides students with a recommended pathway for course selection, clubs and activities, and possible internship opportunities before graduation with local and regional area businesses and industry leaders. Pathways are flexible and personalized to meet individual student needs and interests over four years at Westbrook High School.

    Westbrook Middle School

     Principal: Matthew Talmadge

    From the Principal

    As a former music teacher and a musician, I deeply appreciate the value of a fine arts education and the quality it can add to the lives of our students.  I always say that students only have one chance at middle school education, and we aim to make it the best experience possible.  Music is one area where we endeavor to live that philosophy.  We have highly trained, professional musicians who are engaging your children in a rigorous, comprehensive musical experience.  It is amazing to see and hear the growth in music literacy and capacity in students’ four short years here.  Of course, it all starts with the wonderful individuals that are in front of your kids daily.

    Our Teachers

    Kayla Pardue (WMS Instrumental Specialist)

    This year, we welcomed a new music faculty member, Miss Kayla Pardue, into the fold.  Miss Pardue earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Connecticut in 2019.  Additionally, she earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut in 2020.  She comes to us as an experienced educator from Pleasant Valley and Phillip R. Smith elementary schools in South Windsor where she taught both general and instrumental music classes.  Prior to that, she had exciting musical opportunities that ranged from rehearsing the University of Connecticut concert band to being named Drum Major for the prestigious "Pride of Connecticut" (The UConn marching band).  Miss Pardue mentioned in her letter of introduction to WMS that she believes that "bringing communities and citizens together through compassion and music aligns greatly with Westbrook School District’s goals to provide a safe and supportive learning environment to educate, challenge, and inspire all students to achieve their potential and follow their artistic and intellectual curiosity."  Miss Pardue is made to measure for Westbrook Middle School, and we are thrilled to have her on board.

    Lynne Floyd (WMS Choral Specialist)

    We are so fortunate to have Lynne Floyd heading our vocal music department and, this year, working with our instrumentalists as well. Ms. Floyd has been a staff member at Westbrook Middle School since 2018 and has taught chorus, piano keyboard, general music, band lessons and directs the middle school musical. She is a Summa cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, from which she received dual degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. After teaching public school music for two years, Ms. Floyd moved to Phoenix to pursue a Masters degree in Vocal Performance at Arizona State University.  While in Arizona, she performed extensively throughout the southwest with both the Royal Renaissance Singers and “Opera-tunity,” a company specializing in introducing opera to children and the general public.  She has performed many roles in opera and musical theater. As a concert soloist, Lynne has sung with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona State Chamber Orchestra, The Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the American Institute for Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. An accomplished recitalist, Lynne has performed wide varieties of repertoire in many parts of the country.  Ms. Floyd is the Music Minister and Handbell Choir Director at Niantic Community Church. 

    Music At WMS

    Choir

    Students in the choral classroom are working with the S-Cubed curriculum for Sight-reading created by Dale Duncan.  Daily activities include a forbidden pattern game, various ear training exercises, work with Kodaly solfege syllables and Curwen Hand Signs, all with the focus of music reading and literacy.  Additionally, we work to identify symbols that help us follow the road map that is music notation. Music of varied styles is chosen and prepared for performance at concerts and community events.

    Band

    This year at WMS, the students have been finding their groove again when it comes to practicing and performing with others. All WMS bands grades 5-8 meet every other day and have been learning different skills and techniques that balance individual responsibility with group effort. Whether it's learning our first notes in 5th grade, playing faster tempos in 6th grade, experiencing altered scales and pitches in 7th grade, or even playing an exposed solo in front of their peers in 8th grade, our students are realizing how important each and every musician is to the whole group. This year has helped us set goals when it comes to individual preparation of music so that the team of musicians can be successful. We have so much to look forward to in the area of performance for every group at WMS, and the students are putting their new tools to work to achieve (and exceed) even their own expectations! To walk by the music room at WMS is to hear cheering, clapping, and celebrating when the music starts to come together. As American musician Mike Dirnt once said, "music is the closest thing we have to magic," and it certainly feels that way in the presence of our young Westbrook musicians. 

    Students at Westbrook Middle School get a comprehensive music education where they learn music through performance in choir and band.  Students have music in their schedule all year long for four years.  This enables students to follow an uninterrupted multi-year music curriculum where they will gain valuable skills and learn critical knowledge to be able to flourish as budding musicians.  All students in fifth grade (and next year, fifth and sixth) are exposed to band and chorus for a full year.  We feel it is important to develop the entire musician prior to their choosing to specialize in either choir or band in later grades.  Students have ample opportunity to pursue advanced musical venues as well.  Advanced musical ventures include signing up for the Jazz Band, the Advanced Instrumental Music elective, or the Piano elective.  Many students who wish to push themselves in music performance choose to audition for the CMEA southern region music ensembles.  Some of our students took advantage of this opportunity this year, and we have a few to congratulate.

    Congratulations are in order for four students who have been accepted into the Southern Region Middle School Chorus and Band. Students all had to submit video auditions and were adjudicated by professional musicians and music educators.  Katie F (Chorus)., Natalia L.(Chorus), Cooper W. (Chorus) and Reagan Z. (Band) will all be working hard to learn their music for the festival in March. 

    Additionally, congratulations to Madigan K. who was selected to perform with the Connecticut Honors Band at the Connecticut Music Educators Conference in late March. This performing ensemble is made up of young musicians from around the state in grades 4-6. These students were chosen by demonstrating excellent musicianship, a passion for learning, and dedication to advancing on their instrument. 

    What is Coming Up at WMS?

    The music department is gearing up for our 8th Grade Band and Chorus students who will be performing in March with the High School Band and Chorus.  They have begun music preparation and are looking forward to this event.  More details about the concert will be released closer to the date, so look for messages from Miss Pardue and Ms. Floyd.

    Finally, the music department has begun the process of choosing and learning music for the spring concerts in the 6th and 7th Grades.  5th Grade students are playing music from their lesson book, and their musicianship is growing by leaps and bounds.  Ask any of your students to play for you.  We are certain you will be impressed with their growth.

    Students at WMS, do only have one chance at a middle school experience.  Music is a shining example of how we aim to make it the best experience possible.

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    Principal: Ruth W. Rose

    Principal’s  Message 

    We are so pleased to offer a robust music curriculum to all students in Grades Pre-K through Grade 4, through our daily “Specials” rotation.  Students have the opportunity to learn about music and to make music, both vocally and through the use of instruments.  Our children experiment with instruments including: “Boom Whackers,” xylophones, recorders, ukuleles, drums, etc., and also create music electronically.  Students learn to sing and hear music effectively through the Solfege system, which uses neutral syllables for every pitch like “do, re, mi.”  Our Music Room is a busy, happy, wonderfully noisy section of our building and is a bright spot in the day for many of our students!

    Our Music Staff at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    We are very fortunate to have Jennifer Bellizzi Kowalski with us as our Music Teacher at Daisy. Mrs. Kowalski earned a B.S. in Music Education in 2012 from Central Connecticut State University. While she was there, she specialized in the alto saxophone and participated in many musical ensembles such as the CCSU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Choir.  Mrs. Kowalski was also a member of the CCSU Blue Devils Marching Band where she was Drum Major for three years.  Mrs. Kowalski returned to her alma mater in 2016, where she earned her M.S. in Educational Technology. Mrs. Kowalski enjoys making music outside of the classroom whenever she can. She’s been teaching herself to play the ukulele for the past few years and still enjoys playing her alto saxophone with the Waterford Community Band. 

    Music Experiences in the Classroom PK-4

    Preschoolers in the Daisy music room work on exploring the basic elements of music. They’ve been enjoying activities centered around finding and practicing using a singing voice, moving to music, and keeping a steady beat. 

    Kindergarteners work hard to build on the knowledge they gained in preschool music. They participate in game-based activities where they can use their singing voices, practice steady beat and simple rhythms on percussion instruments, and of course–dance!

    In first-grade music, students begin reading and writing simple music notation using notes and rhythms on the music staff. They apply their new music literacy skills to read and write down songs they know and love. Some first-grade favorites include Lemon Store and Hot Cross Buns!

    Second graders at Daisy are currently working on a World Music unit that involves dancing, singing, and playing percussion instruments. They’ve learned about the music and cultures of far-away countries such as Ecuador, Russia, Denmark, and more!

    Students in third-grade music get the opportunity to dive deeper into instrumental music. Traditionally, third graders have learned to play the recorder along with ukuleles and various percussion instruments. In lieu of recorders this year, students have been learning a variety of songs on xylophones instead.

    Fourth graders have the opportunity to combine many of the music skills they’ve been working on since they were small preschoolers and kindergarteners. They apply their music literacy skills in a composition unit, combining singing and instrumental music with the use of ukuleles, xylophones, and other percussion instruments, and traditionally have the opportunity to showcase their hard work and talents at a spring concert. 

    Music Events and Concerts at Daisy Ingraham

    We moved our famous Winter Sing-Along outside this year and this amazing concert took on a life of its own!  Our students and staff enjoyed welcoming in the winter season with songs and dances that many have asked that this outside venue become a new holiday tradition.  All students and staff were involved in the vocal concert with students dancing with colorful scarves and adults demonstrating the “five golden rings” in the Twelve Days of Christmas.

     

    Superintendent's Office
  • Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate Survey #2

    Dear Westbrook Community,
     
    We thank you for your input on our last Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate survey.  We very much appreciate and value the strong community participation and perspectives about what should be the educational priorities and community aspirations for all students PK-12 in our Westbrook schools.  
     
    Based on survey results and community conversations, we have narrowed down our community priorities for the Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate to 21.  We need your input again to further prioritize this list to the most important attributes, skills, and qualities that will become part of our day to day educational experiences and expectations.  Please review the community survey results below and choose what you consider to be the most important attributes, skills, or qualities for Westbrook graduates that all students must demonstrate before graduating high school.  
     
    The survey link can be accessed here.  Please complete the survey by Friday, February 18th.  I encourage you to share this message and survey link with Westbrook community members to ensure that we include as many voices and perspectives as possible.
     
    Thank you for your time and participation in this important work for our students and for our community.
     
    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.
    Westbrook Superintendent of Schools
    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Welcome Back to the New School Year 2021-2022

    August 16, 2021

    Dear Westbrook Families,

    The start of the new school year is just a few weeks away. Our staff eagerly await the first day of school on Monday, August 30th when we will welcome back our students in grades PK-12. We have an exciting year ahead. We will continue to focus on high quality, student-centered learning experiences and embedded social and emotional learning practices in all three schools. At the secondary level, we also have new courses in grades 7-12 that were created in response to student and family interest in developing programming in animation, robotics, and computer science. This new school year, we will also offer additional Advanced Placement courses and we will formally launch college and career pathways.

    In the coming months, we will engage in community conversations about what we value and should prioritize as essential 21st-century skills and attributes for all Westbrook students PK-12. There are many skills to choose from as we determine together what is most important for our students, including but not limited to: critical and creative problem solving; collaboration; global mindset; empathy; financial literacy; communication; innovation; creativity; critical thinking; adaptability; flexible thinking; perseverance; growth mindset; citizenship; technology; self-direction; leadership; and resilience. Your experiences, perspectives, and voices are an essential part of this process to truly create the Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate that will reflect our community values and beliefs about education for the children of Westbrook now and in the future. The Portrait of a Graduate is often referred to as the north star for a school community. The Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate will guide our way beyond a focus on standardized test scores and Common Core Standards by prioritizing our focus areas and leveraging the highest quality instructional practices in all classrooms for all students. The Westbrook Portrait of a Graduate will guide our work for years to come PK-12 as it relates to teaching and learning; social and emotional learning and wellness; equity and access; blended learning and technology innovation; and college and career readiness. We look forward to partnering with our families to make this a meaningful and genuine reflection of our community’s commitment to all students.

    As the start of the 2021-2022 school year nears, my family is also preparing for the transition from summer days to action-packed school days, after school activities, and sports. My oldest begins 11th grade and my youngest is a rising 6th grader. As a family, we enjoyed the beautiful New England summer days outdoors reconnecting with cousins and close friends.  As we prepare to return to full, in-person learning for the new school year, my own children have many questions about what it will look like and what to expect. They are excited about meeting their new teachers, taking new courses, and seeing their friends again on a more regular basis. They also wonder how school will operate this year and if it will feel more normal than it has over the last two school years. I know that you have many of those same questions in your own homes. While I cannot predict with certainty what the coming months will look like, we are working closely with the Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, and the Connecticut River Area Health District to plan and will continue to do so to ensure the health and safety of our school community. We will be flexible and responsive to any changes in health metrics.  We have a full schedule of classes and courses planned for our students, including after school activities and a full sports season at both the middle and high schools. In addition, we have a comprehensive support plan and resources for any student who needs additional academic, social and emotional support during the school day or after school. We are ready and excited to welcome back our students for the new school year!

    For the start of the new school year, the following mitigation strategies will be in place:

    COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

    The following COVID-19 mitigation protocols are in place for the start of the new school year:

    • All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask inside all school buildings and on school transportation. We will continue to provide as much time outside as possible and to schedule mask breaks throughout the day.
    • Families are encouraged to transport their children to school, if possible, to reduce the number of students on individual buses. Bus seats will be assigned to promote social distancing and to assist in contact tracing situations to minimize the number of students required to quarantine.
    • Social distancing will be maximized whenever possible; classroom desks will be set up at least 3 feet apart per CDC and CT DPH recommendations.
    • Daily cleaning procedures will continue to follow CDC and CT DPH recommendations.
    • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged.
    • In the event of a confirmed positive case, unvaccinated students and staff identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine per CT DPH guidance. Asymptomatic vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine under current guidance.

    In-Person Instruction and Remote Learning

    All students are expected to return to In-Person Instruction for the new school year. Although remote learning is not an option for the new school year, we will continue to support our students who may need to temporarily quarantine due to COVID-19. This support plan will be developed and individualized to best support the academic, social, and emotional needs of each student. This plan will be developed in collaboration with the school principal, parents and/or guardians, classroom teachers, and other support staff, as needed. 

    The health and safety of our students, families, and staff will always be the highest priority. If conditions change, as it relates to COVID-19, we will continue to work closely with the Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, and the Connecticut River Area Health District, to guide any changes in protocols or school operations to keep our school community safe.  

    We are excited and eager to welcome back our students PK-12 to the new school year. We look forward to sharing their school experiences with you throughout the year and working with you to create the highest quality educational experiences and opportunities for all of our students.  

    Enjoy the gorgeous New England summer days ahead. We look forward to seeing all of our students in two weeks!

    Your partner in education in service to the students and families of Westbrook,

     

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Westbrook Superintendent of Schools

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Covid-19 Case- Westbrook High School

    April 1, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that one individual at Westbrook High School has tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person on Wednesday, March 31st.

    A small number of students at the high school will need to quarantine as a result of this case.

    All close contacts have been identified and contacted with instructions to quarantine per CDC and CT DPH guidelines. 

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Remote Learning Day on Monday, April 5th

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    More than 65 staff members, including our bus drivers and substitute teachers are scheduled to receive their 2nd dose of the Moderna vaccine this Saturday.  After discussions with our local health director and the well publicized experiences of many school districts in the state, we are concerned about staffing capacity on Monday, April 5th.

    A last minute call on Monday would be a significant disruption and hardship for many of our families.

    While we hope that our staff do not feel unwell after the 2nd dose, the reality is that many of them will not feel well this weekend and on Monday. 

    In anticipation of staffing capacity issues for our schools and buses, all schools will operate in Remote Learning mode on Monday, April 5th. Teachers have been asked to prepare asynchronous lessons (a combination of direct instruction and independent work) and lesson plans for Monday in the event they are unable to teach remotely.  

    As always, thank you for your flexibility, understanding, and continued support.

    We all look forward to the time when we no longer need to message out anything related to Covid-19.

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Westbrook Public Schools

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Two Covid Cases- Daisy Ingraham Elementary and WHS

    March 28, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that two individuals have tested positive for Covid-19.  One individual was last present in person at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School on Friday, March 26th. The second case is associated with Westbrook High School and that individual was also last in person on Friday, March 26th.

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    All close contacts have been identified and contacted with instructions to quarantine per CDC and CT DPH guidelines. 

    Mrs. Tomek’s preschool class will transition to Remote Learning effective Monday, March 29th until Monday, April 5th. The class will return to In Person Learning on Tuesday, April 6th.

    Westbrook High School

    A small number of close contacts have been identified.  These individuals have already been contacted with instructions to quarantine and monitor symptoms.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Westbrook High School Theatre Production

    Westbrook High School Theatre's production of A Chorus Line will be available virtually from Friday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, March 28 at 9:00 p.m. Gain access by buying a ticket HERE:

    https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/48074 

    Tickets are $10 each. Thank you for your patronage and enjoy the show!

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Covid Case - Westbrook High School

    March 15, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Westbrook High School tested positive for Covid-19.  

    This individual last attended in-person on March 10th.

    There are no close contacts or quarantine requirements associated with students or staff.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    March 13, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19.  

    This individual last attended in-person on March 3rd.

    There are no close contacts or quarantine requirements associated with students or staff.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Case at Daisy Ingraham

    March 7, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19.  

    This individual last attended in-person on Friday, March 5th.

    We are in the process of identifying close contacts and will reach out to families and staff this morning.

    Mrs. Fischer’s 3rd grade class will transition to Remote Learning effective Monday, March 8th until Monday. March 15th.  The class will return to In Person Learning on Tuesday, March 16th.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Community Message from First Selectman Noel Bishop

    Dear Westbrook Schools Community,

    We received notification this morning of two positive Covid-19 cases at Westbrook Middle School.  One individual was present in-person on Tuesday, March 1st.  The other individual was present in-person on Friday, February 26th.

    The families of all students who have been identified as close contacts have been notified with instructions to quarantine and monitor symptoms. 

    These cases also impact staffing capacity due to the number of staff members required to quarantine.  

    Grade 6 will continue to operate in Remote Learning mode until Thursday, March 11th.  

    Grade 5 will transition to Remote Learning starting tomorrow until Thursday, March 11th. 

    There is no school on Friday, March 12th.  It is a professional development day for staff.

    Grades 5 and 6 will return to In-Person mode on Monday, March 15th.

    Grades 7 and 8 will continue to operate In-Person. 

    Over the last few weeks, we have had to make difficult decisions about transitioning classes and entire grades to remote learning due to required quarantines that impact students, staff, and staffing capacity.  In school, we continue to follow CT DPH and CDC guidelines regarding frequent hand washing, masks, and social distancing. These mitigation strategies have been highly effective in preventing in-school transmission of Covid-19.  

    We need community support and assistance to reduce community cases and household exposures. We have seen an increase in community cases over the last few weeks, including cases associated with students in our three schools. 

    Please see the community message below from First Selectman Noel Bishop and Westbrook Health Director Zachary Faiella. 

    Thank you for your continued partnership during this challenging time,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Westbrook Public Schools

     

    To All Westbrook Residents:

    We are all aware that the State has begun vaccinating for Covid-19 based upon age categories.  With the exceptional support of our Regional Health District, Zachary Faiella our Director of Health, Courtney Burks, Senior Center Director and staff, we have collectively reached out to all of our residents 65 and older (over 2,000 telephone calls) to assist them on the process of registering and receiving the vaccine.  As vaccine demand has outweighed supply, residents are encouraged to have patience in scheduling their vaccine.

    It is important that we continue to be ever vigilant regarding this Pandemic.  This is not the time to be complacent and we urge your review and cooperation on the following procedures.  We are all eager, with the coming of Spring, to socialize and engage in other activities with the assumption that because we have been vaccinated, we can be more relaxed about our personal responsibilities to each other.  Our Health Director and I however, must continue to remind everyone that these basic, simple procedures should be adhered to even though you have been vaccinated:

    *    Wear a mask to protect yourself and others (completely over the nose and mouth).

    *    Social distance from others who don’t live in the same household.

    *    Do not gather in large groups. Avoid crowds. The more people someone is in close contact with, the more likely they are exposed to COVID-19.

    *    Wash hands often with soap and water.

    *    Get vaccinated when you are eligible (Eligibility determined by the State of CT https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---Phases).

    *    If you have been tested for COVID-19, stay home and away from others while awaiting results of your test. In the case of a potential positive result, staying home and away from others while waiting for your test results will reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, if positive. 

    *    If someone in your household is positive or contagious with COVID-19 and you have been exposed to that person, please stay home for a proper amount of quarantine. Residents are encouraged to visit the CDC website relative to quarantine guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

    *    Remember, those with COVID-19 can be contagious 2 days prior to symptom onset/positive test date, and until 10 days or more have passed since symptom onset/positive test date. It’s critical to stay away from COVID-19 positive individuals during this time frame. 

     

    Thank you.

    Noel Bishop, First Selectman

    Zachary Faiella, Director of Health

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Case- Grade 6 Moves to Remote Learning

    March 2, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Thursday, February 25th. 

    We are in the process of determining close contacts and anticipate an impact on staffing capacity as a result of quarantine requirements. As always, we are working closely with our local department of health. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing capacity at Westbrook Middle School, all 6th grade students will transition to remote learning.  Grade 6 will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 8th.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed.  As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid Cases- Daisy and WMS

    February 27, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    Earlier today, we received notification that two additional individuals at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School and an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. 

    Case #1 at Daisy: This individual was last present in-person on February 24th.  As a result of this case, Ms. Cote’s preschool class will transition to remote learning effective March 1st-March 5th.  The class will return to in-person mode on Monday, March 8th.

    Case #2 at Daisy: This individual was last present on February 25th. As a result of this case, Ms. Fair’s 4th grade class will transition to remote learning effective March 1st-March 5th. The class will return to in-person mode on Monday, March 8th.

    Case #1 at WMS: This individual has not been in-person in our district for an extended period of time. There are no close contacts or quarantine requirements associated with students or staff.

    We are in the process of determining close contacts. As always, we are working closely with our local department of health. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    An update in other recent cases: The quarantine period ends this weekend for students and staff associated with the 7th grade case and the 3rd grade case.  The 7th grade will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 1st.  Ms. Fischer’s 3rd grade class will transition back to in-person learning on Monday, March 1st.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.  

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid Update- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    February 26, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that three individuals at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19.  All three individuals have not recently attended school in person due family exposures and quarantine requirements.  We have carefully reviewed each case.  In consultation with our local department of health, we have determined that there are no close contacts associated with students or staff per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.  

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    February 25, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Wednesday, February 17th.  In consultation with our local department of health, we have determined that there are no close contacts associated with students or staff per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    February 24, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Wednesday, February 17th. In consultation with our local department of health, we have determined that there are no close contacts associated with students or staff.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Cases: WHS and District

    February 23, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We received notification that two individuals have tested positive for Covid-19. Both individuals were last present in-person on Thursday, February 18th. One individual is associated with Westbrook High School.  The other individual is a district employee.

    A small number of students at the high school will need to quarantine as a result of one of the cases. There is no anticipated quarantine impact associated with the other case. All close contacts have been identified and contacted with instructions to quarantine per CDC and CT DPH guidelines. 

    We will continue to monitor these cases and provide updates as needed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Case: Westbrook High School

    February 21, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook High School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at school on Thursday, February 18th. 

    We are in the process of determining close contacts. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and evening with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
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