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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Apr 8, 2016 16:03

April 8, 2016
The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

April 8 & 9: Baily spring musical, "High School Musical Jr.," 7 p.m.

April 9: WHHS Band mattress sale fundraiser, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

April 12: Mackrille Family Literacy Night, 6:30 p.m.

April 12: Senior Night for Understanding College Financial Aid Awards, WHHS, 6 p.m.

April 13: Half-day of school (no PreK classes)

April 14: Carrigan Festival of Arts & Food Truck Event, 6:30 p.m.

April 14: WHHS Band Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m.

April 15: Great Skate free family skating, 6-8 p.m.

April 18-22: Spring recess-NO SCHOOL

News & Notes

Pagels' April math newsletter has been posted online.

Savin Rock's April math newsletter has been posted online.

Applications for the city's Summer Youth Employment Program can be found in and submitted to the WHHS Athletic Office and Bailey main office May 2-31. The program is July 5-29.

Two more choices have been added to the school district's list of cell phone app alerts: Kindergarten Registration (reminders about orientation, free/reduced lunch forms, registration paperwork that still needs to be turned in, etc.) and Special Education (updates and events for families of students in special education in our schools or out of district). To download the app, search West Haven Public Schools in your mobile device's app store.

The WHHS Band is holding its annual mattress sale fundraiser tomorrow, April 9, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in the WHHS gym. All mattresses are brand new with full warranties. All sizes are available. Click here for more info.

All school families are invited to Bennett Rink on the WHHS campus for free ice skating Friday, April 15, from 6-8 p.m. Free activities: learn to skate; practice your free-skate style; learn about local youth leagues and the WHHS hockey team; meet WHHS hockey players and the Blue Devil mascot.

West Haven Youth Lacrosse hosts its 2nd Lacrosse Day at Ken Strong Stadium at WHHS April 30. Players from the West Haven League will be playing teams from Clinton and Hamden. The event is free and from 10 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. There will be raffles and give-aways. The West Haven Blue Devil will also be at the event to cheer on our teams. It will be a great day of fast-paced lacrosse for boys and girls teams.

Carrigan is holding its Festival of Arts and food truck event on April 14. The event features artwork and projects from Carrigan students that will be displayed in "math zones," "story scenes," "hallways of history" and other special showcases.

The West Haven Land Trust is collaborating with third-grade classes at each elementary school in honor of Earth Day on the "Sound and Recycling Poster Contest." Students will present their submissions April 13 at St. John Vianney Church meeting hall. Projects will be judged by three science experts.

Student surprised by Make-A-Wish at Carrigan

Carrigan Intermediate School had a special secret to reveal to sixth-grader Angelique yesterday after school: The Make-A-Wish Foundation had granted her wish to take a vacation to Florida during April break. Students and staff gathered in the school lobby with balloons, signs and flowers to tell Angelique, who has cerebral palsy, the news and celebrate. But that wasn't the only surprise for Angelique yesterday. After she was picked up from school, she was taken to get her hair done, wear a fancy dress, and attend a "bon voyage" party at Mercedes-Benz of North Haven. Angelique, known as the "Mayor of Carrigan" who waves and chats with everyone she sees in the halls, works in the Cougar Cave school store and loves princesses and the color pink. The Carrigan community couldn't be more excited for her.

Sophomore's work goes national with STEM group
Ian Cooke
West Haven High School sophomore Ian Cooke and a team of other local students are being recognized on a national level for their work with the Ace Mentoring Program. Their revitalization and flooding mitigation design for the River Street area of New Haven is one of nine ACE projects from across the country accepted into the Construction Industry Round Table-ACE Design Competition, and is in the top three of the contest’s “Shoreline Design” category. Presentations at the competition take place at the end of the month in Washington, D.C. ACE—which stands for architecture, construction and engineering—is a nationwide program that aims to inspire students to pursue careers in those fields and provides mentors at local firms. The WHHS STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Department has been partnering with ACE for the past few years. Students who sign up meet weekly after school at local architecture offices and partner with industry professionals for a design project. The program is free of charge to students and supported by local firms. Cooke plans to remain a part of ACE next year, has also taken multiple WHHS STEM courses, and is enrolled in the Manufacturing Dual-Enrollment Program, which allows participating students to earn both WHHS and Gateway Community College credits and brings students to Gateway for classes and work on high-tech equipment. Cooke also participated last year in the Engineering Challenge Program for the 21st Century, a program held on four Saturdays at Gateway Community College and WHHS that included hands-on teamwork projects.

Families enjoy games, learning at Forest Math Night
  math night

Forest Elementary School held its Spring Family Math Night last week with more than 200 students and parents participating and more than 40 teachers and staff members coordinating activities. The families were treated to a pizza and salad dinner, followed by over a dozen activities ranging from basketball shooting, bean bag tosses, fishing for flashcards, hop scotch, and even an adaptation of “Price is Right” TV show game ‘Plinko.’ All of the games were designed or adapted to incorporate math and problem-solving skills ranging from computation to estimation to consumer math to measurement. The activities were organized for the whole family to play and work together. Students earned raffle tickets for completing each station and were able to take their chances on over 20 different prizes.

  Bailey students perform High School Musical tonight, tomorrow
The Bailey Middle School Drama Club is bringing “High School Musical Jr.” to the school stage tonight (Friday) and tomorrow at 7 p.m. Around 58 student-actors and 17 crew members will perform the teen favorite, which follows the story of Troy, a star high-school athlete, and Gabriella, a bookworm, and their auditions for their school musical, as well as an aspiring diva vying to be the star of the show. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids in advance or at the door.

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