News & Announcements
December 10 Board of Education Meeting Posted: Thu, December 5, 2013
November 12th Board of Education Meeting Posted: Tue, November 12, 2013
Community Health Center Mobile Dentist Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013
October 8th Board of Education Meeting Posted: Fri, October 4, 2013
September 10th Board of Education Meeting Posted: Tue, September 10, 2013
TL Students Present about
On November 22 – 23, 2013 Mr. Bialicki accompanied five Advanced Teen Leadership Students to the Connecticut Association of Schools Fall State Leadership Conference at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. The students presented to an audience of 270 individuals on their work back at Westbrook High School with the National School Climate Center. Westbrook Public Schools is the first high school in the country to adopt the NSCC standards and the students have been working with our Superintendent Patricia Ciccone and the NSCC in regard to the community surveys they administered last spring. On December 6th they will be traveling the National School Center in NYC to meet with officials and prepare a videotaping to share with other schools and students in the country. Pictured are: Caroline Labriola, Lauren Cyr, Annie Raunikar, Sara Faucher and Erik Simon-Vuoritie.
WHS Theatre Production
Audiences "Like It!"
Congratulations to the entire Westbrook High School Theatre company on an excellent performance of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Special thanks to Mr. Bill Fredrickson for supervising set design and construction, Mrs. Sara Stevens for costume assistance, and Mrs. Pauline Homesy for production assistance. Extra special thanks to director Ms. Nancy Malafronte whose vision and creativity brought this production to life!
Sisters Make a Splash in
Congratulations to Coral McNary and Caitlin McNary for their performance in the Class S Swim Meet. Coral placed 3rd in the 100 yd. backstroke and 5th in the 200 yd. medley. Caitlin earned the top spot in both the 100 yd. and 200 yd. freestyle events. Based on these results both girls will earn All State honors! At the state open on Nov. 16th Caitlin placed 2nd in the 200 yd. freestyle and 4th in the 100!
Caroline Labriola and Morgan Wilderman were honored at the November board of education meeting with the Superintendent's Award. Sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, the award recognizes students for academic prowess, leadership, and service to school and community.
Teen Leaders promote
Teen Leadership students Sara Faucher, Caroline Labriola, Annie Raunikar, Erik Simon Vuoritie, and Bryce Cassista have been working with Mr. Bialicki on a project in association with the National School Climate Center. They have been piloting the center's first community survey of school climate issues and will be presenting about their work at a CT Student Leadership conference this month. The group will also be travelling to New York City to meet with the National School Climate Center staff. The students updated Board of Education members on their activities at a recent meeting.
Model UN Visits NYC
Members of the WHS Model UN group along with their teachers Brian Dailey, Angelo Saba, and Lindsay Stopa visited the UN Missions of their assigned countries of Spain and the United Kingdom in New York City. The visit was in preparation for the Connecticut Model UN Mock Assembly in December.
Great Turnout for
It was an amazing day at the inaugural Daisy Ingraham PTO Trick-or-Trot! 255 runners/walkers, 50 fun runners, good food, great raffles, a wonderful community promoting an active lifestyle!! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the event successful.
NHS Members Support Cancer Cure
Eight members of the National Honor Society, along with advisor Mr. Bob Synott, represented the WHS chapter at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Hartford last Sunday. Thirteen of the seventeen NHS members raised $2,092.00 to donate to the American Cancer Society. The entire NHS would like to thank the students, faculty, and community for their strong show of support! See you next year!
Middle School Students
Carve to Support
In preparation for the Annual PTO Harvest Festival’s Pumpkin Carving Contest, students from Westbrook Middle School created all sorts of pumpkin creatures. The Harvest Festival is Friday, October 18 from 5 – 7 pm. There will be games, prizes, food and entertainment.
Twelve fifth grade students and two of their teachers from Daisy Ingraham School's sister school in Linzi, China visited Westbrook from October 5-9. They stayed with families and spent time in the Middle School and at Daisy. Mrs. Bishop and members of her staff have created an ongoing partnership with the school that has created visits from both sides as well as an extended faculty visit by Linzi teacher Mr. John Du last year. Plans are underway for another trip for Westbrook students (and families) to visit there this spring. For more information please contact Mrs. Bishop.
WHS Senior earns
Morgan Wilderman, a senior at Westbrook High School was awarded the “Youth Leadership Award” by the Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council (MCSAAC) at their annual meeting held at the Middletown Inn on October 11, 2013. This annual award goes to a student from Middlesex County who has demonstrated a commitment to community and civic engagement.
Morgan gave an exceptional speech to a packed house, highlighting her prevention activities in the Westbrook Community. She joined speakers Dr Jeffery Finkelstein, Chief of Harford Hospital’s ER who spoke on youth binge drinking and Larry Freundlich who coordinates the Early Intervention Program for Middlesex County. Pictured from left to right are; Lyn Connery, Noel Bishop, Morgan Wilderman and Betsey Chadwick.
Teachers Earn Tenure
Vice Chair of the Westbrook Board of Education, Marti White, congratulates MaryJo Noonan (Daisy), Patricia Goad ( WMS), Shannon Cost (WMS) on earning tenure in the Westbrook Schools. Also earning tenure, but not pictured are Amory Blackwell (Daisy) and William Gombos (WMS). Congratulations all and thanks for your dedicated service.
UConn Stars hold clinic in
Over 130 girls attended a clinic presented by members of the UConn Women's Basketball Team held at Westbrook High School. Special thanks to WMS coach Kelly Landino for helping to bring the event here. Pictured below is WMS student Savannah Marshall with UConn standouts Stefanie Dolson and Breanna Stewart.
Freshmen make connections at Camp Hazen
The class of 2017 spent the day at Camp Hazen working on a variety of team-building activities and making stronger connections among members of their class. Special thanks to Ms. Lyn Connery who arranged the program and the United Way for providing funding to make this happen! — at Camp Hazen in Chester. For more pictures visit the school Facebook Page
Mrs. Murray's Garden
On September 11, 2013 at the Daisy Ingraham School a greenhouse was dedicated in honor of the late Mrs. Joanne Murray, a former distinguished teacher at Daisy Ingraham School.. At the dedication ceremony were members of the Daisy Ingraham School, students, Board of Education members, Superintendent Pat Ciccone, members of the Westbrook Foundation, which provided funding for the project, and many friends and family members. Pictured above are volunteers who made a significant contribution to the project completion and below are members of Mrs. Murray's family who were in attendance at the ceremony.
Teacher of the Year Honored
Mrs. Maureen Westbrook, chair of the Westbrook Board of Education, presented the Teacher of the Year plaque to Theresa Paulsen, a first grade teacher at Daisy Ingraham School. Mrs. Paulsen was also honored at the annual district convocation by first selectman Noel Bishop where he read a proclamation in her honor and designated the day as Theresa Paulsen day in Westbrook. Congratulations!
Students Excited for the
Start of School
WHS Students were excited to return to school today, August 28th, and even sported some snazzy new backpacks!
Teachers Prepare for
New School Year
On Tuesday, August 27th, the day before school starting, Westbrook teachers gathered at the middle school to hear Dr. Jane Bluestein, a nationally recognized author and speaker, talk about The Core of the Matter, explaining ways to enhance the climate for learning in our classrooms. In the afternoon teachers worked together as administrators led them through elements of the new educator development and performance evaluation plan.
Westbrook Welcomes New
Special Services Director
Westbrook Schools are glad to welcome Mrs. Madeline Illinger as the new Director of Special Services. Prior to this she served in a similar role with Griswold Public Schools. She is also an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart and Southern CT Universities. She formerly taught special education at Woodstock Academy and in Boca Raton Florida. She and has earned degrees from Florida Atlantic University, the University of CT and Sacred Heart.
Mrs. Illinger lives with her husband in Griswold and is the proud parent of two children ages 21 and 27. In her spare time she is active at her church and also enjoys golfing.
New Teachers prepare
for School Start
Administrators welcomed a cadre of new teachers for a day of orientation to the district prior to the return of all teachers on Monday, August 26th. In addition to introductions, procedural issues, etc. everyone enjoyed a presentation by Dr. Jane Bluestein, author of The Win-Win Classroom, who spoke about creating classroom environments to promote learning.
Daisy Greenhouse Ready to
Plant Seeds for a New Year
The new Greenhouse at Daisy Ingraham School is up and the beds have dirt. Following the visitation on Monday, August 26 from 2:00-3:00, you can see the wonderful addition and help us plant. The Greenhouse was made possible by the Westbrook Foundation and the Daisy PTO. It will be dedicated in memory of Joanne Murray at the Family Picnic on September 11. Our thanks go to Sylvia Guinan who organized the project, Dwayne, Devin, and Jack Xenelis who did all the site work, Alec Orlowski and his crew who put the Greenhouse together and built the beds, Dawn and David Hendrixson who without their garden expertise we would not be ready to go. Jim Keating did the plumbing and Acorn Electric helped with electrical work. Connecticut Irrigation is donating a sprinkler system. Ray Hayes and Larry Dinger have also helped out. This is a major project and we will need help from many families. If any of you have gently used small garden tools and would like to donate them, please feel free to send them into school.
Students attend LEAD Conference
Accompanied by advisor Lyn Connery, Twelve WHS Students spent their third day of summer vacation by attending the LEAD Conference (Leadership Encourages Asset Development). State Senator Art Linares joined them at the meeting. Students spent the day engaged in leadership development activities. They plan to bring back what they learned to school in the fall.