Skip to main content

Summer Reading/Learning 2024

Posted Date: 6/12/24 (10:02 AM)

Digital News & Updates - Summer Learning Parents Edition
Wilton Public Schools Digital Learning News & Updates

June 2024

Summer Learning/ Reading 2024

Wilton Public Schools are delighted to offer students a chance to immerse themselves in reading and learning all summer long through our Summer Learning program. This program, consisting of both print and online resources, can be accessed via our Sailing into Summer Website, readily available from our district website's home page (  We hope you'll have a delightful summer.

Summer Reading Lists:  We've curated a K-12 Summer Reading Booklet featuring a variety of titles. The direct link to our summer reading page is: Additionally, we've compiled a district-wide collection of eBooks accessible through Overdrive/Sora, ideal for students on-the-go this summer. Do check out the offerings at the Wilton Library as well.  Our e-books can be accessed through the Sora App (eBooks, Audio Books). Directions for eBooks Access - Sora App (eBooks, Audio Books) (SORA FAQs).  

Wilton Public Schools Summer Reading 2024 comes with some essential notes. Ensure you confirm with each school for any specific requirements.



Summer Reading Resources

Math, Science, STEM Practice

Miller Driscoll & Cider Mill

For Miller Driscoll & Cider Mill students, you are encouraged to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Have fun with reading! 
K-12 Summer Reading Booklet (pp 1-6)

Keep an eye out for a Summer Learning letter from the Cider Mill staff and administration.

Link to Math Summer Work for CM


Middlebrook students, while you don't have specific title requirements, we encourage you to read at least three books over the summer. 

K-12 Summer Reading Booklet (pp 7-9)

Middlebrook Summer Reading (Visual w/QR Codes!)

This summer math practice is designed to be flexible and student-driven, allowing learners to explore math at their own pace and on their own schedule. The links are provided for practice but are not mandatory.

Math Summer Work 


Summer Reading: 

 Link to recommended reading list

For WHS students, please consult with individual departments/teachers for your required reading.

K-12 Summer Reading Booklet (pp 10-12)

For WHS students, please consult with individual departments/teachers for your summer work assignments.


WHS Summer Work Information

Rainy Day Activities - Any Grade

Rainy Day & Fun Activities 

Check out the Family Resources Website for Live Events, Virtual Field Trips, Author Read-Alouds, Making Activities & Fun.

Anyone interested may also participate in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge:  The link with resources for this challenge can be found at:  

For those with District-Provided Devices (Chromebooks), we encourage you to keep them over the summer. They'll be a valuable tool in accessing the eBooks and online resources featured on our website. Instructions for returning these devices will be issued at the start of the new school year.

Caring for the Chromebook:  The following contains a checklist titled “Caring for your Chromebook” to guide you on maintaining your device over the summer.

As you embark on your summer learning adventure, it's crucial to maintain your Chromebook's health and safety:

  • Avoid exposing it to heat, direct sunlight, and water, 

  • always plug it into a surge protector when not in use. 

  • Families should continue to supervise home use as during the school year, 

  • Remember that Gaggle monitoring  persists over the summer.

  • If your Chromebook requires repair, contact the receptionist at the BOE office at 203-762-3381 to coordinate an exchange of the device during the summer.  Please do not attempt any repairs yourself. If your device is lost or damaged beyond repair, consult our replacement costs information on our website.

Practicing Digital Wellness During the Summer

Summer is a wonderful opportunity for students to embrace digital citizenship by finding a balance between online and offline activities. We encourage families to promote reading, engage in offline hobbies, and use this time to disconnect from screens more often and enjoy the summer!

We'd like to acknowledge the collaboration of our Library Learning Commons staff, the Wilton Library Teen and Children's Librarians, and our teachers of reading, writing, and English for curating the list of eBooks and resources. Should you have any queries, feel free to contact Lori Ellis, 

Wishing you a fantastic summer!

Best regards,

Fran Kompar
Director, Digital Learning & Instructional Technology

Wilton Public Schools Shine at the A9CC Video Awards

Posted Date: 6/12/24 (9:09 AM)

Wilton Public Schools have once again demonstrated their prowess in digital media and video production, securing numerous accolades at the prestigious A9CC Video Awards, sponsored by Altice. This year's competition saw exceptional performances from Wilton students across various categories, celebrating their creativity and storytelling skills.

Highlighting the achievements, Wilton High School's Danielle Westgate clinched the coveted John M. Repicky Award for her outstanding stop-motion animation, "The Sentence." This award, named in honor of former Wilton High School film teacher John Repicky, recognizes the best overall project among all first-place winners. Westgate's triumph marks the first time a high school student from Wilton has received this honor, continuing the legacy of excellence inspired by Repicky.

In addition to the John Repicky Award, Wilton Public Schools garnered several other awards:

High School - News Show

  • Second Place: "Morning Warrior" by the Morning Warrior Club, Instructor: Donald Allers

High School - General Interest Story

  • Second Place: "Wilton High Fire Department" by Henry Mangum, Instructor: Maria Breece

Elementary School - Adult Assisted News Show

  • First Place: "Miller Driscoll Morning Show" by Miller Driscoll TV Club, Instructors: Bryan Ennis and Tim Ley

Elementary School - PSA

  • Second Place: "Be Quiet in the Halls" by Amy McCabe, Aleena Gill, Keira Wax, and Hailey Kazen, Instructors: Nicole Ryan and Joseph Pullia

  • Third Place: "Kids Need to Share" by Joann Vincent and Evan Twinker, Instructors: Nicole Ryan and Joseph Pullia

The success of Wilton's digital media programs can be attributed to the dedication of its instructors and the hard work of its students. "We have built an award-winning, robust program that improves every year. This year was no exception," said Fran Kompar, Wilton’s Director of Digital Learning. The A9CC Video Council's regional competition continues to inspire students to produce high-quality video content, with Wilton Public Schools leading the charge.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants for their remarkable achievements and contributions to the school's rich tradition of excellence in digital media.

For more information on the A9CC Video Awards and to view the winning entries, visit A9CC Ed Access.

Middlebrook School Secure Protocol - Update

Posted Date: 6/03/24 (3:19 PM)

June 3, 2024

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, and Staff, 

As you may know, Middlebrook School was placed into a secure protocol today due to an object that was found in the batting cages behind the building.  At approximately 1:05 p.m., a staff member became aware of an object that appeared to be a hand grenade.  The staff member did not touch the object and noted that it appeared to be hollow based on a visible hole in the bottom of it.  It was unclear as to whether this object was real or a facsimile. The staff member promptly alerted an administrator to this finding. The administrator immediately initiated a secure protocol and notified the Wilton Police Department.  Any students and staff outside the building at that time were ushered inside as the school moved into the secure protocol.  Students whose classrooms were in close proximity to the fields moved to a separate part of the building as per the Wilton Police Department.  The Wilton Police Department assessed the situation, determined that a secure protocol continued to be appropriate, and out of an abundance of caution, enlisted the support of the Stamford Bomb Squad.  Upon closer examination, the Stamford Bomb Squad determined that the object was empty and posed no threat. The object was removed and the secure protocol was lifted at approximately 2:15 p.m.  Students resumed their typical day and moved to their last period class.  While we recognize that such a finding may be unsettling, we want to highlight the quick response of the Middlebrook staff, the Wilton Police Department, and the Stamford Bomb Squad, all of which acted quickly out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of students and staff.  

Thank you, 

The Wilton Public Schools 

Middlebrook School In Secure Protocol Due to Coyote

Posted Date: 5/06/24 (12:45 PM)

May ​6, 2024

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Staff:  

Today at approximately 1:35 p.m. a coyote was seen near the softball fields behind Middlebrook School.  Students who were outside were immediately ushered inside as the school activated a secure protocol.  Animal control is on its way, and the secure will be released once animal control gives the all clear. We will not send further communication on this matter unless there are other developments.  

Thank you, 

Jory Higgins


Middlebrook School

Canceled: Thursday, April 11 - Wilton Board of Education Meeting

Posted Date: 4/11/24 (8:57 AM)

The Board of Education Meeting scheduled for this evening has been canceled.  
The next meeting will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2024 beginning at 7:00 p.m.


DBT Wellness Series for Parents of Children in Grades 8-12

Posted Date: 4/08/24 (9:06 AM)

DBT Wellness series Starting April 22nd
Parents/caregivers of 8th - 12th graders, please join Tanya Leonard in a four-part wellness series learning about the evidence-based curriculum that introduces and dives deeper into four specific Modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills help everyone improve and regulate their emotions, allow for more tolerance of distress and negative emotion, to be mindful and present within the moment, improve communication, and the ability to interact with others better.
  • 4 Sessions: April 22nd, (no workshop on April 29th) , May 6th, 13th, 20th. Attendees are asked to attend all sessions. 
  • 7-8:30 pm, Q&A 8:30-9 pm
  • Location: Middlebrook School, 131 School Rd, Wilton, CT 06897. (Room 156 - across from the Guidance Office and attached to the LLC) & Zoom
    Click Here to sign up
    This program was made possible through a Wilton Education Foundation Grant and sponsored by Wilton Public SchoolsWilton High School PTSA, & Middlebrook PTA.

Earthquake Felt by Students and Staff in Wilton

Posted Date: 4/05/24 (9:47 AM)

395 Danbury Road
Wilton, Connecticut 06897

Kevin Smith, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Charles Smith, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction
Andrea Leonardi
Assistant Superintendent
Special Services
Maria Coleman
Director, Human Resources and General Administration
Dawn Norton
Chief Financial Officer

Dear Parents, Families, Caregivers, and Staff, 

We write to inform you that, according to the US Geological survey, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in New Jersey at 10:23 this morning.  Due to our close proximity, we felt tremors within the school buildings for several seconds.  No injuries or damage have been reported, and students and staff are safe. 

Administrators made announcements in each building to allay any concerns students had about the event, and instruction continues.  We do not anticipate any disruptions to our school day but will keep you apprised should there be any further updates. 


Kevin J. Smith, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

WPS: Solar Eclipse 2024

Posted Date: 4/02/24 (2:07 PM)

395 Danbury Road
Wilton, Connecticut 06897

Kevin Smith, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Charles Smith, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction
Andrea Leonardi
Assistant Superintendent
Special Services
Maria Coleman
Director, Human Resources and General Administration
Dawn Norton
Chief Financial Officer

April 2, 2024

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers: 

As you may be aware, next Monday, April 8th, we will have the opportunity to experience a rare solar eclipse (the next solar eclipse Connecticut will occur on May 1, 2079!). The moon will start to move in front of the sun at approximately 2:13pm and maximum coverage (for our region about 92% of the sun will be covered by the moon) will occur around 3:27pm. At the peak of the eclipse, light levels will be comparable to dusk. 

In recognition of this unique event, lessons will be presented to students at each of our schools including information about safe viewing.  The district has purchased and will distribute on Monday solar eclipse glasses for all students and staff at Miller-Driscoll, Cider Mill, and Middlebrook, and a limited number for staff and students at Wilton High School. These are specialized glasses that meet the transmission requirements of ISO 12312-2 to enable safe viewing. 

The timing of the eclipse makes it difficult to accommodate viewing at all of our schools. The eclipse will occur during dismissal at Cider Mill. Staff members at Miller-Driscoll and Middlebrook will bring students outside so they may view the eclipse using the glasses we are providing. Wilton High School science teachers are excited to teach about this event and will also take their classes out to experience it. 

Please join us in reinforcing the message for students that the only safe way to view the eclipse is through specialized glasses or a handheld solar viewer. 

We have no plans to alter our after school schedules and encourage you to reach out to building administrators with any specific questions. 

Below please find some additional resources about solar eclipses. We hope that you will also be able to take some time from your busy schedules to observe and appreciate this special phenomenon. 


Kevin J. Smith, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Darshana - A Glimpse into Hindu Civilization" Exhibition on Saturday 6th April at Comstock Community Center

Posted Date: 3/27/24 (8:00 AM)


Wilton Youth Council: Mattering Movement Parent Dialogue Series

Posted Date: 3/22/24 (7:19 AM)

on behalf of Wilton Youth Council

Were you excited by the conversation on Mattering when Jennifer Wallace came to Wilton during the fall? Join Wilton Youth Council for this important follow-up series about incorporating matting into your life! 

Wilton Youth Council is excited to partner with The Mattering Movement on a first of its kind 6-session parent discussion series diving into select aspects of their Parent Toolkit weekly. This interactive program will be open to a limited number of participants and will be led by Chandra Ring, MEd, Wilton Youth Council's Executive Director. Participants will consider the concepts of Not Worrying Alone, Making Your Home a Mattering Haven and Generating Gratitude.

This 6-week program will meet on April 2, 9, 23, 30; May 7 and 14 all from 10-11 am at Comstock Community Center. This program is open to parents and caregivers of children of all ages. Register at and please direct questions to Chandra Ring at