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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Sep 8, 2016 14:33

Sept. 9, 2016
The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

September 13: WHHS Open House Night, 6 p.m.

September 14: Bailey Open House Night

September 15: Carrigan Open House Night, 6 p.m.

September 15: College Saving Options info session, West Haven Public Library main branch, 5:30 p.m.

September 18: Pagels PTA Food Truck Festival at WHHS, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

News & Notes

WHHS seniors may sign up for Common Application workshops at WHHS for Sept. 22 and 27 and Oct. 6 and 18. The Common Application is a universal application used by colleges across the country. Students will receive assistance filling out the application. Once it is completed, copies can be sent to participating colleges. Interested students should sign up on Naviance under the “colleges” tab and the “view all upcoming college visits" link.

The 2016-17 WHHS School-Parent Compact for College/Career Readiness is now online.

ailey soccer schedules have been posted online. Click here for the girls soccer team 2016-2017 schedule. Click here for the boys soccer team 2016-2017 schedule.

An info session called "After the Cap and Gown," sponsored by the West Haven Parent Support Group, is being held Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall basement for parents of students with special needs. The group will talk about what services are available after your child transitions out of school, when you should start planning, what you should apply for and when, and funding for adult services when your child turns 21. RSVP to Bob Morton at 203-937-3633 or morton@westhaven-ct.gov

A letter from Superintendent Cavallaro was sent home with students regarding the importance of students being on time and in school every day and the district's full-year focus on improving attendance. Click here to view the letter.

All students must submit two proofs of residency to school, as per the district requirement. (Accepted documents include a recent mortgage statement, lease, and utility, cable or phone bills.)

Students will be receiving paper copies of your registration information to update. Do not fill out Infosnap online.

The West Haven Public Library is holding numerous events over the next few weeks, including pajama story time, afternoon story time, drop-in craft sessions, a Halloween event, and a sneaker drive. Click here to see the full list and register.

Schools celebrate rising state test scores

Amid the excitement of the new school year, the West Haven Public School District has a special reason to celebrate: Recently released state test scores show significant improvement across all grades tested last spring in both English language arts and mathematics. Of the six grades tested on the Smarter Balanced exams—grades three through eight—every single one showed progress in mathematics when compared to results of the year before. Meanwhile, five showed growth in ELA, while one maintained the same level as the year before. Most grades significantly outpaced state growth in both subject areas. West Haven also ranked in the top 10 percent in the entire state when it came to amount of growth shown over the previous year’s scores. In the area of ELA, Alma E. Pagels Elementary School showed the most growth of district schools at 13.4 percent, with Savin Rock Community School coming in at a close second at 11.7 percent. Regarding mathematics, gains were even higher: Washington Elementary School scores were 24.4 percent higher than the previous year, while Pagels’ were up by 21.6 percent. Edith E. Mackrille Elementary School, named a “School of Distinction” by the state for its 2014-2015 test scores, saw additional success last year. It had the highest percentage in the district of students scoring as “proficient” or “advanced” in both ELA and mathematics, at 75.5 percent and 67 percent, respectively. The results were presented at Monday's Board of Education meeting and highlighted in a New Haven Register article.

New student rep appointed to BOE
david o'brien
WHHS junior David O'Brien is the Board of Education's newest student representative. He joins the two existing student reps, WHHS seniors Evelyn Fabian and Andrew Gordon. David is fully immersed in the WHHS community. He is on the tennis and cross-country teams; holds a leadership position in the Marching and Concert Band; represented WHHS at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference last spring; and is a Washington School Mentor and member of the WHHS Mock Trial Team. This year, he is enrolled in Children’s Theater as well. Student reps serve as the student voice at BOE meetings, updating board members and the audience on WHHS initiatives and events. They also give feedback as students during board meeting discussions on academics and programming and assist peers at school with questions or concerns on board and school policies. WHHS appoints one or two new members each school year, depending on the number of seats vacated by graduating seniors. That means at least one existing student representative returns each year, which provides for continuity.

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