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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Jul 24, 2015 15:16


Mark Your Calendar

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

All-day K coming to all district schools
• August 6: College Financial Aid info session for college freshmen; Public Library, Elm Street; 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• Aug. 7: Last day of free summer meals for West Haven children

• August 17: Westies on Wheels school bus neighborhood visits

• August 17: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall

• August 18 & 20: New student registration, all grades; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Molloy School

• August 19: WHHS College Application Kick Start program

• August 21: WHHS new student orientation at WHHS

• August 26-28: New student registration, all grades; 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Molloy School

All six district elementary schools will have full-day kindergarten starting this fall on the first day of school (August 27, which will be a full day for all grades). The program was approved as part of the school system's Alliance District grant plan for the 2015-2016 school year by the Board of Education Monday night. The grant came with $500,000 in extra state money this year. As the curriculum in older grades has changed and become more advanced, the same thing has happened in kindergarten. This new schedule will give kindergartners more time to connect with the curriculum and receive support and resources if they need it. More information will be distributed to kindergarten parents as we get closer to the new school year.
 News and Notes
The city's annual Savin Rock Festival started Thursday and continues through this Sunday with bands, food, a craft fair, rides and more.

The Westies on Wheels school bus is visiting city neighborhoods August 17 to hand out information on special education and ELL services and community resources, school climate surveys and school supplies. Donations of school supplies are needed. To donate, contact melanie.deninger@whschools.org or lauren.kozlowski@whschools.org.

The Yale Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Program was featured in a New Haven Register article. WHHS students have a chance to participate in this program each summer and take classes on topics like neurobiology, sensory physiology and introduction to animal behavior, while also living on the Yale campus.

You may have caught some of our WHHS students and teachers on the afternoon news yesterday, thanks to their involvement with a University of New Haven summer engineering academy. Some of our students are awarded scholarships for UNH summer sessions thanks to the school district's partnership with the college. Two of our teachers were also selected to work with students at the engineering camp. WHHS junior Adnan Sumra was interviewed in the News 8 segment, and senior Marquis Lockhart can be seen in the Fox CT piece.

  Bailey reading program deemed success

Independent reading time introduced in English language arts periods at Bailey Middle School last fall proved to be a successful addition to the classes and will return to Bailey this year. Educators set up “classroom libraries” last September with books of all genres that were available to students for the 15- to 20-minute sustained silent reading sessions, which were held three to five times per week. Students could read books of their choosing from home or school. Teachers also distributed a survey in the beginning, middle and end of the year to see how students' attitudes toward reading changed, what their favorite books were, and how they described their own reading habits. This spring, 71 percent of Bailey kids said in the survey they felt the program made them better readers. Survey results also showed that more than half of Bailey students share what they read with their parents, highlighting the important role parents play in students' reading routines.
Summer school welcomes special visitor
ronald mcdonald
The school district's special education summer school program, which is being held at Savin Rock Community School, welcomed Ronald McDonald this week for a presentation on friendship and bullying. The show incorporated student and teacher participation, magic tricks, skits and more. The students have also participated in hip hop, Zumba and karate lessons this summer.

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