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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Oct 24, 2014 16:49


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

UNH football players serve as guest readers
October 24: Carrigan Family Mystery Night.

October 24: Washington Elementary School Trunk or Treat, 6:30-8 p.m.

October 24: Post-football game WHHS PTSA fundraiser, Elm Diner, 9 p.m.-midnight.

October 25: Haley Harvest Festival, 11am-3pm.

October 25: WHHS Children's Theatre performances and Trick or Trunk at WHHS, 10 and 11:30 a.m.

• October 27: Savin Rock Community School Homework Diner.

• October 29: Half-day of school for students.

University of New Haven football players visited Alma E. Pagels Elementary School Friday morning to read to students, answer questions about college life, and play games with Pagels youngsters during recess. The visit was part of an ongoing partnership the team has with Pagels. Various UNH sports and campus organizations volunteer with West Haven Public Schools throughout the year. In the photo above, UNH
senior football player Anthony Greenfield, who is from New Jersey, chats with a Pagels student after volunteering in the classroom. 
 News and Notes
The district's music department is seeking donations of musical instruments. Anyone who has instruments they no longer want can make a tax-deductible donation. They will help students who can't afford to buy or purchase any to participate in music programs. Contact francine.coppola@whschools for information.

Congratulations to the WHHS fall sports teams who qualified for play-offs: boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball.

And congratulations to the WHHS Unified Sports team, which competed in the annual Unified Sports SCC soccer tournament Oct. 15.

The WHHS Counseling Dept. will be sending monthly emails with testing, scholarship, event and college/career info. Click here to sign up.

Need help registering your child on InfoSnap? Stop by the WHHS computer lab on the main floor Tuesdays & Wednesdays 2:30-8 p.m. until Nov. 10.

School Climate Surveys for Pagels; Mackrille; Forest; Haley; Savin Rock; Washington; Carrigan; Bailey; and WHHS. All answers are confidential and used to improve our schools.

  Forest School to start all-day kindergarten
The Board of Education on Monday approved a proposal that will allow Forest Elementary School to implement all-day kindergarten, a move that’s aligned with district goals of enhancing early childhood education and providing a more solid academic foundation for young students. The full-day classes are expected to start in December. The school held a meeting for kindergarten parents during Parent Visiting Day and will continue to update Forest kindergarten parents on the change. District leaders explained to Board of Education members that Forest’s lower-than-projected kindergarten enrollment numbers and Title I status contributed to the decision to bring all-day kindergarten to the school. Forest has been labeled by the state as a “review school” that needs more assistance, and it receives Title I grant funds, which are distributed to schools considered to have high needs. This will be the second district school to move to an all-day kindergarten program this year, as Savin Rock Community School began operating full-day classes when school started Aug. 27. The district has opted to begin phasing in all-day kindergarten with Forest and Savin Rock because they are “review schools” and receive Title I funding. The district hopes to expand full-day kindergarten to all schools over the next few years and has been evaluating space, financial and staffing needs at each elementary building.

WHHS culinary students take class to the cafe
culinary students
West Haven High School culinary students had class in the school cafeteria's kitchen today to work with food services Director Meg Kingston and staffer Dawn Reiss-Melillo and learn how to make butternut squash soup. The students have been educated in cooking safety and wore special cut-resistant gloves during the lesson. Kingston also solicited suggestions from the students for the WHHS lunch menu.

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