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Positive Approaches to Substance Abuse Posted: Tue, April 8, 2014

The "Positive Approaches to Substance Abuse" session originally scheduled for April 10th will be rescheduled for a date in May....

Superintendent Lauds District Performance Posted: Wed, December 18, 2013

Westbrook Superintendent Patricia Ciccone is proud to inform the entire community about the State of Connecticut data that ranks all...

November 12th Board of Education Meeting Posted: Tue, November 12, 2013

The agenda for the Westbrook Board of Education meeting on November 12th is available for download on the BOE Minutes and Agendas page.

Community Health Center Mobile Dentist Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013

The Community Health Center Mobile Dentist will be at the Westbrook Middle and High School on Wednesday November 13, 2013....

October 8th Board of Education Meeting Posted: Fri, October 4, 2013

The agenda for the Westbrook Board of Education meeting on October 8th is available for download on the BOE Minutes and Agendas page.
News Archive

Summer Youth Job Fair 5/1
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This is the second year for the Youth Job Fair.  It will be held at the Westbrook "Mulvey" Town Hall on May 1st from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.  Youth from the region are encouraged to attend and find a summer job.  Currently we have 27 employers confirmed and are expecting at least 10 more.  Among our committed employers are Walgreens, Marquee Cinemas, Payless, Old Navy, Marshalls, TJMaxx, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Levi Outlet, Nautica, Nike, Sketchers, Nine West, Zumies, Crazy 8, Sunglass Hut, Lindt and Hollister. We hope to see you there!

Light It Up Blue
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WHS Staff and Students partnered with Vista to celebrate Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd by participating in the Light It Up Blue campaign. Thanks to all who participated and especially Lyn Connery for coordinating the project on our end.  

Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.

Juniors Prepare for SAT
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Members of the WHS Junior class are working this week with Mr. Sam Rosensohn of College Planning Partnerships on using effective strategies to approach questions on the SAT. 

Climate Forum
Well Attended
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An impressive crowd of parents and educators filled the Daisy Ingraham cafeteria to learn about school climate.  Dr. Jo Ann Freiberg, a consultant with the CT State Department of Education and co-chair of the National School Climate Council, reviewed Connecticut legislation regarding school climate and helped members of the audience better understand the National School Climate Standards, which Westbrook has adopted, as a means of ensuring a quality experience for all students and as a way to make continuous improvement.

French Students
Visit Paris and Marseille
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An enthusiastic group of students, accompanied by WHS French teacher Lisa Finnegan and Business teacher Sue McManus visited France over February break.  The group visited our sister school in Marseille, staying with families there, and then travelled to Paris to see some of the cultural sites there.

Students Prevail in Annual
Faculty-Student Contest
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Westbrook Middle School Students cheered on their classmates as they eked out a victory over the faculty team during the annual Faculty-Student basketball game held on Friday, Feb. 14th.

Students Investigate
Health Careers
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On February 11, 2014 a group of WHS Students interested in a career in medicine Attended Career Day hosted by the Middlesex Shoreline Clinic in Essex.

 

Westbrook takes a leadership
role at Climate Conference
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Westbrook Superintendent of Schools, Patricia Ciccone, presented at the Statewide Middle School Leadership Conference on 1/31/14 where 300 students attended from over 70 school districts in Connecticut. The event was sponsored by the Connecticut State Department of Education along with the Mandell JCC in West Hartford. The conference came in the context of a visit by best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman, whose books Queen Bees and Wannabees and Masterminds and Wingmen have been recognized internationally for their insights into ethical leadership, bullying, social justice, creating respect and safe uses of social media. Pictured is Superintendent Ciccone leading a fishbowl discussion with 70 students.  WHS students also helped facilitate the conference and will be producing a video of the event. Click here for more.

 

Music Faculty Recital - Postponed

Because weather issues have impacted rehearsal schedules the Westbrook District Music Faculty Recital originally scheduled for February 7th is being postponed - Stay tuned for a new date!

School Climate Training
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Westbrook hosted two days of school climate training provided by the Connecticut State Department of Education on January 28 and 29.  Other school districts joined in the training but about half of the 40 member cohort were from Westbrook.

Oratorical Contest
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WHS Sophomore Arno Utegg participated in the first round of the American Legion Oratorical Contest on January 27th.  He is pictured here with contest judges and American Legion post commander Tammy Morgan.  Arno will go on to compete at the regional level in February.

WMS Award Winners
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Superintendent Patricia Ciccone, Middle School Principal Cori DiMaggio, and Board of Education Chair Maureen Westbrook congratulate the Westbrook Middle School winners of the Superintendent’s Award.  Halle Barron and Victoria Koplas were honored for their scholarship, leadership, and service which are the criteria for the award selection.  The Superintendent’s Award is sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

MxCC to Offer Courses at WHS
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Superintendent Patricia Ciccone and Middlesex Community College president Anna Wasescha recently ratified an agreement that will allow MxCC to hold classes at Westbrook High School.  First Selectman Noel Bishop and State Senator Art Linares joined members of the Middlesex and WHS staff to celebrate this new partnership.

Starting in January, Middlesex Community College will offer college courses at Westbrook High School, perfect for shoreline residents seeking an affordable education close to home.  Six evening courses will be available Monday through Thursday.  Students can take a full semester of courses at Westbrook or just take a few courses there to ease their commute.  Additionally, high school students who meet the prerequisites of the courses can get a head start on their college education.  “Westbrook is centrally located on the shoreline and in MxCC’s service area and is an ideal location,” said Mensimah Shabazz, director of academic initiatives. “The facilities are state-of-the-art and are similar to what a student can expect at the main campus in Middletown.  For more information or to register for courses visit mxcc.edu/shorelineWestbrook High School students who are considering taking one or more MxCC courses (which can earn high school credit as well) should talk with their guidance counselor.

 

WHS Holiday Video
Happy Holidays from everyone at Westbrook High School. Thanks to Ms. Giangreco and her video classes for putting this together!

WHS Students find Spirit of
Giving at the holidays
Our school "giving tree" sponsored by the Interact club resulted in gifts for two families.  Students and teachers chose ornaments off of the tree in the main lobby and purchased the gift listed.  Two local families will be receiving lovely gifts as a result!

Mr. Bialicki's Teen Leadership classes collected $200.00 for the Southeastern Connecticut Battered Women’s Shelter which is now called Safe Futures! During the collection the Westbrook Youth & Family Services called and they had extra toys so they were delivered as well (at least 70). The donated funds were used to purchase gift cards that were dropped off at the program as well.  They were so happy at the shelter and we were told that in one of the safe houses there were 8 moms with 15 of their children all who needed help this season.

Congratulations to all our our generous students and staff!

 

FCS Students Create
Holiday Architecture
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WHS students in Mr. Becker's culinary classes are working on all variety of gingerbread houses as a way to combine their baking and decorating skills with the holidays. Here you can see that Josh Thomas takes a minimalist approach while Jeremy Deniger added a Victorian Portico!

NHS Inducts New Members
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The Westbrook High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 35 new members at a ceremony held on Sunday, December 8th.  As a short bio was read describing each inductee a family member pinned them, they lit a candle, and signed the membership book.  Chapter Adviser Mr. Bob Synott addressed the group and thanked the members of the NHS Faculty Committee Ms. Rachael Allen, Mr. Derek Hanssen, Mrs. Heidi Joslyn, Mr. Kenneth Savage, and Mrs. Kathleen Womer-Zocco.  Mr. Hale spoke to the new inductees and their families about the transformational power of the 4 pillars and illustrated the concept magically.  Special congratulations to Mr. Ken Savage who was inducted as an honorary chapter member.

All State Athletes Honored
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On Tuesday, December 3rd six WHS athletes were honored for being selected for All State honors.  Coral and Caitlin McNary were honored for swimming and Lili Dickey, Annie Raunikar, Caroline Labriola, and Ari Tomassetti were honored for Field Hockey.  Congratulations on a great season girls!
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TL Students Present about
School Climate
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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!"
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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
State Meets
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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!

Seniors earn
Superintendent Award
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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
School Climate
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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
UN Missions
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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.

Daisy Trick or Trot web.jpgGreat Turnout for
Trick-or-Trot
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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
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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
Harvest Festival
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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.

Chinese Students
Visit Westbrook
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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
Leadership Award
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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
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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
Westbrook
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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.
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Freshmen make connections at Camp Hazen
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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
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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.
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Teacher of the Year Honored
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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
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WHS Students were excited to return to school today, August 28th, and even sported some snazzy new backpacks!

Teachers Prepare for
New School Year
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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.
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Westbrook Welcomes New
Special Services Director
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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
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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.
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Daisy Greenhouse Ready to
Plant Seeds for a New Year

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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
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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.

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