Check out this short introduction to our October Town Meeting Slideshow. Our theme was role models and RE2PECT based on the Derek Jeter Campaign. The clip mirrors a recent commercial to honor Derek Jeter. At our meeting we recognized all kinds of role models who positively impact all of society. Enjoy!
The WHS Boys Soccer team defeated Glastonbury Wednesday night 1-0 and outright won the CCC North divisional title. The Eagles finished the regular season with a 10-3-3 overall record and a 9-1-3 divisional record. WHS will host E.O. Smith in a CCC tournament game Saturday at 3:00 on Cottone Field and will play in the CIAC State Tournament on November 3rd.
The Lady Eagles Swimming and Diving Team captured their sixth straight divisional title with a victory over Bulkeley High. The Eagles will try to repeat as invitational champions next week at the conference meet and will compete in the CIAC meet later in November.
Award winning young adult author Padma Venkatraman visited Silas Deane Middle School on Monday, October 20th , courtesy of Dr. Lynda Valerie of the Central Connecticut Writing Project and in collaboration with the Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center. Dr. Venkatraman spoke to both seventh and eighth grade students in separate assemblies and shared her experiences as a young girl growing up in India who survived a nearly deadly snake bite, her life as a scientist and oceanographer in charge of research vessels in a mostly male-dominated field, and how these experiences have shaped and influenced her as a fiction writer. Her books Island’s End, Climbing the Staircase, and most recently, A Time to Danceexplore themes of harmony with the environment, non-violence and social justice, and overcoming obstacles. Copies of her book are available for students to borrow in the SDMS Library Media Center, seventh and eighth grade language arts teachers’ classrooms, and the Wethersfield Public Library.
Wethersfield School District is celebrating the nutritious benefits of a balanced school lunch with events all week long! What’s a KEEN-WA? That’s the question we heard during our interactive and tasty recipe sampling this October 16, 2014 at Wethersfield High School. To encourage our students and faculty to try a ”new” ancient whole grain, we sampled a cold quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and crisp Granny Smith Apples. Students and faculty learned about the grain’s Peruvian origins and how they could incorporate more whole grains like quinoa in their diet. Wethersfield High School students evaluated our recipe, and over 90% of students liked this ancient grain, and would love to see it added to our school menu. Wethersfield Foods and Nutrition Services proudly serves whole grain breads, wraps, pastas and snacks every day. Come on into the café and try some today!
Webb Elementary School students were asked to take the "kids against bullying!" pledge in support of Anti-Bullying Awareness. In addition to participating in multiple activities for Anti-Bullying during the month of October, students made a promise to speak up, reach out, and be a friend when they see bullying. Students signed the pledge board in the cafeteria committing to making the Webb community a bully-free zone!
On Friday, October 17, 2014, Rob Buyea visited Emerson-Williams School. For those of you who have not lived on planet Earth for a few years, Mr. Buyea is the author of “BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT” (“Nutmeg Book Award winner for 2013) and “MR. TERUPT FALLS AGAIN”. To our delight, Mr. Buyea revealed a new book, “SAVING MR. TERUPT”, which will be released in July 2014.
At the end of the last school year, Declan Hallinan wrote Mr. Buyea a letter of invitation to Emerson-Williams. Mr. Buyea responded favorably and Declan’s mom and the E-W PTO took over from there. The E-W community is very lucky and appreciative. Declan and his friend, Stephen Byzko, were the students lunching with Mr. Buyea. After lunch and a plethora of questions, there was a photo-shoot. From left to right: Stephen Byzko, Rob Buyea, and Declan Hallinan.
Wethersfield High School School 411 Wolcott Hill Rd. Wethersfield, Ct 06109
There will be removal of asbestos & PCB containing materials (floor tile, carpet, related mastic, caulking, paint, etc;) from the Wethersfield High School for the purpose renovation of the school building. The process will begin on OCTOBER 10, 2014 AT 1O:OOPM and completed by OCTOBER 13, 2014. During this time period, there will be no one under the age of 19 permitted in the building. This letter will be posted at all entryways to the building.
The contact person for this task will be Mr. Fred Bushey, Director of Maintenance & Operations for the Wethersfield Public Schools. Mr. Bushey can be reached at (860) 250-7087. All environmental services will be provided by Fuss & O'Neill, Inc. They can be reached at (800) 286-2469.
Mr. Michael T. Emmett Superintendent of Schools 127 Hartford Ave. Wethersfield, Ct. 06109
October is National Farm to School Month. Wethersfield Public Schools Foods and Nutrition Department hosted a live “farmer’s market” at Silas Deane Middle School on October 9. Students and faculty were encouraged to sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, including sweet cantaloupe, colorful pepper strips, crisp apples, and cherry tomatoes from farms located in the Northeast. Principal Sierakowski and Vice Principal Fries liked the cantaloupe best! Over 500 middle school students enjoyed the local produce and a variety of nutrition related puzzles, word games, and stickers. Encourage your student to enjoy the fresh fruit and vegetable selections offered with every meal daily in their school cafeteria!
The new USDA breakfast and lunch regulations have required an increase in the variety and types of nutritious foods offered to students. There has also been a national push to increase breakfast consumption in children, such as through programs like breakfast in the classroom. Wethersfield Public Schools Foods and Nutrition Services Department is interested in studying what we can do to improve student school meal participation and increase student consumption of the healthy foods being offered to them. To accomplish this, we have partnered with the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (the B.E.N. Center) in their initiative called the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.
The B.E.N. Center has found that certain point of sale product identifiers may have an effect on student choice. They have also found that allowing students the ability to choose, even from a limited selection of foods, may improve consumption and hence nutritional status. Only by measuring what foods are wasted can we truly determine what foods are most and least consumed by students.
This fall, Wethersfield School District’s resident dietitian and dietetic intern will collect plate waste measurements in Wethersfield High and School and Charles Wright Elementary lunchrooms. Plate waste in this study is defined as the quantity of edible portions of food served through the National School Lunch Program that students discard daily. The team will study waste compared to the impact of posting nutrition information on the serving line; displaying cards that contain basic nutrition information for fruit and vegetable menu items in one school, while the other school in the study will serve as a control. Look for the enlightening results of this study this December! For more information regarding the Smarter Lunchrooms movement, visit www.smarterlunchrooms.org.
Photo: Fruit and Vegetable offerings at Webb Elementary School 9/24/14
Students in Grade six at Webb Elementary School have volunteered to be part of the Webb Kindness Club. Our club will focus on caring beyond themselves and will run under the direction of Mrs. Elisabeth D'Amato and Mrs. Melissa Perry.
Throughout the year, our club will hope to touch the lives of many students at Webb. Please take a moment to view the video our team watched this week as motivation.
The Wethersfield High School track and DiCicco soccer field will be closing as of Monday October 6, 2014. The purpose of this closure is to facilitate the installation of the new rubberized track surface.
It is critically important that the surface have enough time to set up and cure. Therefore there can be no pedestrian or vehicular traffic on the track during this process.
Fencing and signage will be in place during this task. It is understood that many in the community use the track, and that the resurfacing will create a temporary inconvenience. Please understand that using the track prior to the surface being appropriately cured may result in the surface failing. This is a circumstance that would be costly.
The resurfacing project is expected to take approximately five weeks from surface application, to curing, to lane striping.
As you may be aware, enterovirus D68 has been confirmed in the state. At this time, we know of no confirmed cases within our district. Nonetheless, we are continuing to monitor attendance and promote universal precautions as means of prevention. These universal precautions include:
Avoid close contact with sick people.
Wash your hands often with soap & water.
Cover a cough and a sneeze.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect surfaces.
Stay home when you’re sick.
Our custodial staff has increased wipe downs of frequently touched surfaces and has ensured that each school has ample cleaning supplies. Nurses in each building are tracking student visits to the Nurse’s Office.
Information about enterovirus D68, including a link to the CDC, is currently available on the district website on the main page under Health Alert. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse for assistance.
Evidence of oil in the waterway in Wintergreen Woods has been discovered. DEEP was contacted and has responded. Following the DEEP’s recommendation, a licensed environmental contractor has set up containment, and sourcing the origin of the oil is currently in progress. It was determined that two types of oil were present. These oils were diesel/#2 fuel oil as well as a heavier hydraulic-like oil.
Investigation of the flow appeared to place origin on the high school site.
A buried fuel oil tank in the front of the building was suspected as a possible source. This tank was slated for removal as part of the renovation project. The DEEP ordered its immediate removal. The tank was removed and found to be structurally sound and in good condition. There is another buried oil tank located on the school property. Contractors are currently looking at this tank to determine if this may be the source of the diesel/#2 fuel oil.
The other type of oil present was determined to be consistent with cooling oil from an electrical transformer. This oil was sourced to a failed transformer at Wethersfield High School that was replaced by CL&P on Sunday. The oil from the transformer was tested and found to contain no PCBs.
The DEEP continues to work with town, school, and construction officials to monitor the site.
Silas Deane Middle School had an 80% participation rate in its 2014 Summer Reading Program, which was organized in collaboration with the Wethersfield Public Library staff. Congratulations to the top six Silas Deane Middle School Summer Readers--Alyssa Pearce (23 books), Tea Hima (20 books), Katie Ginter (23 books), Kacia Claffey-Hesseltine (20 books), Arden Adamo (33 books), and Morgan O'Donnell (48 books)--who read a combined total of 167 books this summer!
Wethersfield Dollars for Scholars officially launched a new website on August 1, 2013 through a new software tool provided by Scholarship America, Dollars for Scholars’ parent organization.
This new website will allow Wethersfield Dollars for Scholars to help students in the community access more scholarships. Through the website, students will have the ability to create an online profile, which allows them to apply for and be matched to multiple scholarships – on both the local and national level – in just a couple of clicks. Keep in mind that everything on the profile and website is completely secure and anonymous!! The student profile information becomes the students’ universal scholarship application – students only need to provide the information ONE TIME to apply for multiple opportunities to earn scholarships for college. We encourage students to begin developing their online profiles now, to assure they are alerted about scholarship opportunities in advance of deadlines.
Please visit our chapter website www.wethersfield.dollarsforscholars.org Scholarship opportunities through our chapter are listed. Complete a FREE online profile to find out for which chapter scholarships you are eligible AND as a bonus, you’ll receive a list of additional scholarships from across the nation that you may also be eligible for.
To qualify for a one time scholarship, the student must be a Wethersfield resident who will be a graduating senior from any high school by the spring of 2015, who plans to pursue an education at a 2 or 4 year college/university or vocational school. College prep schools do not qualify.
A broad range of awards exist, including general citizen’s awards, memorial awards, and other awards to recipients who meet the distinct requirements of specific donors. Awards are given on the basis of financial need, scholastic achievement, community service, and educational goals.
Students of all scholastic achievement and family income levels are encouraged to apply.
Students – Sign in to the website listed below and begin your profile today.
Parents – You will receive an email with login information to finish your portion of the process.
Counselors – You will be notified by email when a student has finished their profile and what you need to submit for the process to be complete
Instructions are posted on our website www.wethersfielddollarsforscholars.org for students, parents and counselors when you login. We can also be reached at WethersfieldDFS@gmail.com. You may also call either of our co-presidents Lori Willin at (860) 563-6929 or Audrey Saharek (860) 508-6999.
In an effort to promote reading, and provide additional funds to the library media center, Silas Deane Middle School Library Media Center began its annual fall Scholastic Book Fair on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The book fair ends on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The book fair will be open from 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair through their language arts classes. In addition, parents are encouraged to shop either during the school day or prior to Open House Nights from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11th or Thursday, September 18th!
The book fair is going more “high tech” this year with online sales and a book fair app for mobile devices. Parents who are unable to visit the book fair in person or who want to find a greater selection of books can shop online from September 10 - September 25. In addition, students and parents may download a free book fair app so they can see book summaries, reading levels, watch video trailers, or listen to podcasts for featured books.
Six lucky SDMS students from each of the six teams received gift certificates to the book fair--their names were drawn from a raffle of students who turned their summer reading in completely done and on time. In addition, six additional SDMS students also received gift certificates for being the top summer readers --for a combined total of 187 books!
The book fair also offers volunteer opportunities for current and former students as well as parents. A volunteer student crew from SDMS and WHS has been trained to learn valuable retail skills like helping “on the floor” --so shoppers can find books easily-- as well as operating the cash register. Several parent volunteers are also volunteering their time to make this book fair a success.