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Save the Date: Parent Forum

Posted Date: 2/14/24 (7:42 AM)

SAVE THE DATE


Calling all families and concerned community members


March 7th 6-9 pm 

Wilton High School

  


Parents, Schools & Technology: Conquering Mean Behavior Together



Join us for dinner, panel presentation and breakout workshops


Sponsored by: Wilton Public Schools, Wilton Youth Council, Insight Counseling, Thrive with a Guide, and Newport Healthcare


Details and registration information coming soon!


Wilton Board of Education/Board of Finance Special Meeting - February 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Posted Date: 2/08/24 (3:45 PM)


Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, and Staff,

The February 8, 2024 Wilton Board of Education Special meeting with the Board of Finance will be held in the Wilton High School - Zellner Gallery beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting agenda can be found by visiting BoardDocs.

Viewing Option:    YouTube TV

 


Reflections Award Ceremony

Posted Date: 1/25/24 (2:39 PM)



The PTA/SEPTA Reflections Chairs would like to invite you to join us on Friday night for our district-wide Reflections Art Contest Awards Ceremony! 
Student art from all schools will be on display, and winners will be announced by Superintendent Kevin Smith. 
Friday, January 26th at 5:30pm in the Zellner Gallery at the Clune Center.



 


Community Conversation: January 25 @ 10:00 a.m.

Posted Date: 1/18/24 (4:00 PM)



WILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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


Please join us for a
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
about the
2024- 2025 
Wilton Board of Education Budget
 
Thursday, January 25, 2024
10:00 a.m.
Wilton High School, Zellner Gallery
 
All interested members of the Wilton community are invited to attend and participate in a community conversation about the education budget. Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet with Superintendent Kevin Smith to share their thoughts about the current proposed budget. 


Reminder: Dress Like A Rockstar Day is this Friday, January 19th!!

Posted Date: 1/17/24 (11:00 AM)

REMINDER that Wilton Education Foundation's 13th Annual Reading Rocks! kicks off this Friday, January 19 with DRESS LIKE A ROCKSTAR DAY!

Every student is encouraged to dress up on Friday in their favorite rockstar outfit and/or rockstar accessory(ies). They will be greeted at school with an entertaining 'rock concert' performed by their very own talented teachers!

*More details to come later this week about WEF's biggest annual fundraiser that directly benefits Wilton Public Schools along with links to create campaign pledge pages!* Reading Rocks! - Wilton Education Foundation

Thank you, 
Reading Rocks! Co Chairs: Liz Brown at eliz.wise@gmail.com, Caroline Hoffman at carolinehavlin@hotmail.com, or Sarah Rondeau at sarah.rondeau@gmail.com


Weather Announcement: Activities and Building Availability

Posted Date: 1/06/24 (7:21 AM)



Due to the forecasted weather the following plans are in effect:
  • All activities after 6:30pm today (Saturday) will be canceled. 
  • All Sunday activities will be canceled. 
  • All buildings will be closed beginning at 6:30pm today and will be closed tomorrow.
Should there be a need for modification, an updated message will be sent.


Wilton Public Schools: Two-Hour Delayed Opening - Monday, December 18

Posted Date: 12/18/23 (4:41 AM)

Wilton Public Schools will have a wo hour delayed opening on Monday, December 18


Reaffirming Our Commitment to Supporting Our Community

Posted Date: 12/13/23 (11:13 AM)



WILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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, Guardians, Caregivers, and Staff:  


I write in response to the ongoing crisis in Israel, the impact it is having on our school community, and our ongoing work as a school district.  In early November, the Anti-Defamation League reported a 388% increase in antisemitic attacks since the October 7 attack on Israel. We have witnessed violence, vandalism and intimidation on college campuses and in some schools across America.  In the days since that attack, I have heard numerous stories of families feeling unsafe, of students around the country being subjected to antisemitic and Islamaphobic comments, and of well-meaning adults wanting to foster constructive conversations and carefully considering the best way to do that in a time of considerable emotional turmoil and extreme polarization.    There are no simple answers to the complex issues we face, but I want to be clear in expressing our commitment to supporting our students and families.  


As a school system, what is our role when international issues impact our local community? This is not a question answered easily; however, I see two primary responsibilities. First, we reaffirm our values. To be clear, we condemn terrorism unequivocally. We condemn antisemitism and it will not be tolerated in our schools. We condemn Islamophobia and it will not be tolerated in our schools. We condemn hate in any of its forms and it will not be tolerated in our schools. We will not tolerate hateful conduct of any kind in our schools or at our school events. It is imperative that individuals report any instances so that we may respond accordingly.  


Second, we are firmly committed to fostering school climates that are inclusive and safe for all.  In recent years, through the efforts of our diversity, equity, and inclusion committees, we’ve sought to educate ourselves more deeply about inclusive practices, understand more completely the rich diversity of backgrounds from which our students and families come, and educate more meaningfully about the diversity present in Wilton’s school community.   I remain grateful to the students, parents, and staff members who serve on these important committees. 


Beyond being clear about our values, we also have an obligation to educate and to do so carefully and thoughtfully.  Within our obligation to instruct, we also have an opportunity to strengthen our community by supporting all of our community members and especially those that are feeling most vulnerable. We take these responsibilities very seriously. Last  month we invited colleagues from Staples High School in Westport to join us in a series of teacher workshops facilitated by Mr. Pablo Wolfe, co-author of the book, The Civically Engaged Classroom, and founder and CEO of the Coalition of Civically Engaged Educators.  Mr. Wolfe engaged with our English and social studies teachers at Wilton High School and our social studies teachers at Middlebrook focusing on how to effectively navigate charged topics, providing staff with a number of classroom discussion protocols. 


We continue to examine how our work across all grade levels can strengthen constructive civil engagement around challenging content and deepen our understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity here in Wilton.  Our humanities curriculum coordinator continues to work with our high school and middle school teachers to evaluate and curate resources that can be used in lessons with students. Our director of digital learning and library learning commons continues to work with the elementary principals and staff to identify age-appropriate books to read aloud that highlight diverse cultures and traditions.   As we move through the holiday season, we have an opportunity to continue to educate ourselves about our diverse traditions, but we must also be sensitive to and aware of practices or activities that may inadvertently exclude some. As a school community we recommit to examining all of our practices and strive to ensure that our school-based traditions and celebrations are affirming for all. 


Wilton is a welcoming community that continuously strives to be better. Our schools, in partnership with our families, can help model the way by upholding our shared values. We remain committed to working cooperatively to help our children learn the skills and develop the empathy necessary to succeed in an increasingly diverse society. Along the way we can grow in our genuine appreciation for all those who call our community home and unite to help those who are currently feeling so vulnerable. 


Sincerely, 

Kevin J. Smith, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools


Calling All Warrior Fans!

Posted Date: 12/07/23 (10:11 AM)





Calling All Warrior Fans!


The Wilton High School Varsity football team will be competing for the CIAC Class MM football championship on Saturday, December 9 at 10:30am. The game is being played at Arute Stadium, home of Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils. 
 
  • This is only the fifth time in program history that our football program will be in a CIAC championship game berth.
  • The last Warriors appearance in a State final was 28 years ago.

To celebrate our team we are inviting the entire Wilton community to wear blue and white on Friday, December 8, for a town-wide spirit day!
 
If you'd like to join the fans in the stands, you can purchase tickets to Saturday's game HERE or watch it LIVE.
 
Thank you and 
Go Warriors!    


12.7.2023


Wilton Public Schools: Community Conversation about the Budget tomorrow 6:30 p.m..

Posted Date: 11/15/23 (8:28 AM)



WILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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

Please join us for a
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION 
about the
2024- 2025 Wilton Board of Education Budget

 
 
Date:                  Thursday, November 16, 2023
Time:                  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:          Wilton High School – Zellner Gallery
 
All interested members of the Wilton community are invited to attend and participate in a community conversation about the education budget. Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with Board of Education members and administrators to share their thoughts and ideas about current budget priorities, and recommendations for moving forward.  The evening will be an opportunity for Wilton residents to become engaged at the very beginning of the budget process.