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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Jan 8, 2016 15:45


The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

January 12: Carrigan 5th and 6th grade band winter concert

January 13: Half-day of school (no-preK classes)

January 14: Bailey 7th grade band and choral winter concert

January 15: Forest winter concert-grade 3

January 15: Washington winter choral concert

January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day; no school

January 19: Board of Education meeting, City Hall, 7 p.m.

January 20: West Haven Public Library FAFSA financial aid application workshop, main branch, 5-7 p.m. Click here to register (then scroll down to the specific event).

January 22: PTSA Tip-A-Teacher fundraiser, Duffy's

News & Notes

WHHS School Counseling is hosting a free day trip on Feb. 26 to Monroe College (in New Rochelle, NY) where students will attend an info session, chat with current students, and have lunch on campus. The trip lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and will take students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must sign up on Naviance under the "Colleges" tab by February 12.

Washington's math newsletter for January is now online. Click here to view it.

Adult Education registration for spring 2016 courses is now open. Click here to register online and learn more about classes. Click here to learn more about the entire Adult Education program.

Each Carrigan 6th-grade student is required by state law and Board of Education policy to complete a physical exam and submit it to the Carrigan nurse's office by Feb. 1, or the child will be excluded from school. If you do not have a health care provider or have no insurance, please call the West Haven Health Department at 203-937-3660, and someone in that department can help you. If you have any questions, call the Carrigan nurse's office at 203-931-6867.

The WHHS School Counseling January email update was sent this week. To view it, click here. To subscribe, sign up here.

Forum to focus on school climate, student wellness
A pair of city officials hope to put the spotlight on emotional needs and welfare of Connecticut’s students at a forum
Jan. 14 at the Savin Rock Conference Center. The “Inaugural Educational Leadership Series: School Climate and Public Policy” forum is being coordinated by West Haven Board of Education member Pat Libero and State Rep. Charles Ferraro. Their goal is to facilitate an in-depth dialog with leaders of the state’s school districts, legislators, state education officials and others involved in shaping school policy about including social emotional learning programs in schools. Libero and Ferraro agree there is a need to encourage tolerance and inclusivity to improve school and community climates and to empower students to recognize their emotions and cultivate healthy methods of expressing and managing them. Attendees will hear about a social emotional learning program called RULER, and about the Pop Culture Hero Coalition anti-bullying group founded by Chase Masterson, who is from West Haven and best known for her role on “Star Trek.”
WHHS grads return for Alumni Day Q & A sessions
alumni day
West Haven High School welcomed back recent grads for its annual Alumni Day, an event sponsored by WHHS School Counseling. WHHS grads (who are now at schools like the University of New Haven, UConn, Wesleyan, Gateway Community College, Springfield College and the University of Hartford with majors in computer science, marine biology, accounting, acting, biology/pre-med, pre-law and more) gave tips to current WHHS seniors about college life, classes and professors, dorm roommates, scholarships, commuting to school and time management.

Here are some of their tips for our seniors:

--If you do well in community college, you can earn automatic acceptance at a state school (and some private), depending on your major and GPA.
--Come to the WHHS Scholarship Club to learn about and apply to new scholarships. Every little bit of money helps.
--Have a back-up plan for classes you hope to take in college in case your first choices fill up too quickly.
--General education requirement classes in college may help you choose a major if you're undecided.
--You need to take charge of own education and prioritize classwork.
--Get a part-time job on your college campus to have some spending money or to use for tuition.
--Some dorms group students by major, while others have housing based on interests, like community service.

Students treated to 'fine dining' experience 
fine dining

The school district's Food Services Department provided a "fine dining" lunch for an Edith E. Mackrille Elementary School class this afternoon, teaching students about table etiquette and manners and providing a multi-course meal. The class earned the opportunity by winning a reading challenge at the school. Students ate off of formal plates that had been stored at WHHS and that were previously used for the high school's lunch waves decades ago. They had a salad as the first course, followed by lemon chicken, a baked potato and green beans as the main course, and mini pies for dessert. Other schools will also soon have a chance for a "fine dining" lunch.

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