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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Jul 8, 2016 15:20

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

July 12: Kindergarten registration sessions, Molloy School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 14: Kindergarten registration sessions, Molloy School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 15: End of WHHS summer school classes

July 18: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall

July 19-20: New student registration, grades 1-12, Molloy School

July 27-29: WHHS senior pictures, Molloy School, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

August 5: End of free summer meal program

News & Notes

Four free summer meal sites have new lunch times: WHHS hockey rink & Where Angels Play playground, 11 a.m.; main library, 11:45 a.m.; and Painter Park field, 12 p.m. The school district's free summer meal program runs through August 5 at 14 locations across the city for West Haven children 18 and under. Breakfast and lunch will be offered. Students do not need to come to a site each day or show ID. They can simply stop by and receive a meal.

The district is holding kindergarten registration Tuesday and Thursday. Families needing to register a new kindergartner for the fall should call 203-937-4300 ext. 7118 to make a registration appointment for July 12 or July 14 at Molloy School. Registration for new students in grades 1-12 does not require an appointment and is on July 19-20, August 22-24 and August 29-September 2 at Molloy School from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please make sure to bring all required paperwork and to register BEFORE school starts. (The first day of school is Monday, August 29.) Click here for all registration information.

A WHHS counselor will be available at Molloy School July 19 and July 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for any WHHS students (including Bailey students entering 9th grade at WHHS) who would like to review their tentative schedules for the fall or who have scheduling conflicts. Final schedules will be mailed in August.

Special education students born between July 1, 1988, and June 30, 1989, may pick up their school records this summer. Call Special Education/Pupil Services at 203-937-4333 to schedule a time to pick up your file. The Board of Education will be destroying special education records on August 15 for students with those birthdays if it does not receive a written request for your records. Written requests can be mailed or brought when you pick up your file. (The district keeps special education files until students are 27 years old.) Click here for more information.

Adult Education will be holding info sessions, placement tests for high school diploma and GED students, and registration for all programs (including personal hobby classes) in August and September. Click for a flyer with dates and more information.

Summer reading: book suggestions for all interests
summer reading
Students at all grade levels are encouraged to join the annual summer reading program coordinated by the district’s Reading Department and school librarians with assistance from the West Haven Public Library. The initiative also promotes participation in the Connecticut Reads 2016 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge and a theme of “On your mark, get set...read!"

Schools provided students with lists of recommended books based on grade level:

*Elementary school summer reading brochure and list

Carrigan summer reading list (please read at least one and be ready to discuss it in a book chat in September)

*Bailey book list here and here

*WHHS book list here, on a Pinterest board here, and in a list here.

Senior Showcase: Westies to pursue teaching goals near and far
senior showcase
The Senior Showcase is a series that highlights West Haven High School graduating seniors.
Their paths might be starting off worlds—or, rather, countries—apart, but new West Haven High School grads Stefania Vendrella and Krista Doherty are both gearing up for adventures that they hope will lead to fulfilling careers as teachers. Doherty will be spending a “gap year” before college in Spain, France and Italy to fully experience new languages and cultures with aspirations of becoming a teacher for students learning English. Meanwhile, Vendrella will be attending Fairfield University and volunteering in Bridgeport schools to become an elementary school teacher. Both WHHS Class of 2016 grads have already worked with young students and say that involvement cemented their plans to go into education. Vendrella joined the WHHS Washington School Mentor Program three years ago when it started and kept with it through senior year, visiting Washington Elementary School a few times a month to help students with anything they were working on in class. Seeing students make progress was one of the highlights, she said, and it inspired her to join a Fairfield University service leadership group, which will volunteer weekly in Bridgeport elementary schools. Doherty, who's long been interested in different languages, will live with a different host family in each country. Her days will center around language classes, as well as planned tours, but she’ll also have time to explore on her own. Dance is another passion for Doherty, specifically aerial silk, a type of performance involving gymnastics and dance movement while hanging from fabric. She’s taken classes in it for the past several years, and realized she wanted to be an educator when she began teaching it about two years ago. Click here to read more about these two ambitious grads.

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