District Calendar:

April 2014
SMTWTFS
1
April 01, 2014

SHS First Day, Qtr 4 (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

2
3
April 03, 2014

7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
Coleytown Middle School Auditorium
Add to your calendar

4
April 04, 2014

All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
Add to your calendar

7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
Add to your calendar

5
April 05, 2014

All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

All-State Music Festival/Eastern Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

1:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
Add to your calendar

2:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
Add to your calendar

7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
Add to your calendar

7:00p.m. Coleytown Company Shrek CMS
Add to your calendar

6
April 06, 2014

2:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Play
Add to your calendar

7
April 07, 2014

3:30p.m. Spring Choral Festival Rehearsal
Add to your calendar

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
Add to your calendar

8
April 08, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

1:30p.m. Spring Choral Festival Rehearsal
Add to your calendar

7:00p.m. Spring Choral Concert
Staples High School
Add to your calendar

9
April 09, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

10
April 10, 2014

Elementary Parent Conference - Shortened Day (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

11
12
April 12, 2014

ACT - SHS is NOT a site (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

13
14
April 14, 2014

School IS in session for ALL Staff and Students (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

15
April 15, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

16
April 16, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

17
April 17, 2014

Spring Recess - No School (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

18
April 18, 2014

Good Friday - No School (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

19
20
21
22
April 22, 2014

6:00p.m. GFS, LL & SES grade 5 to 6 BMS Transition Presentation
Bedford Middle School
Add to your calendar

6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. CES & KHS Grade 5 to 6 Transition Presentation
Coleytown Middle School
Add to your calendar

23
April 23, 2014

7:00p.m. Dallas Brass Concert
Staples High School Auditorium
Add to your calendar

24
April 24, 2014

7:30a.m. Sophomore Parent Coffee SHS
SHS Cafeteria
Add to your calendar

3:15p.m. World Language Honor Society Awards
Staples High School Library
Add to your calendar

6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. Coleytown Middle School Art Show
Add to your calendar

25
April 25, 2014

8:30a.m. Sophomore Parent Coffee SHS
SHS Cafeteria
Add to your calendar

26
April 26, 2014

One Act Festival SHS (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

27
April 27, 2014

One Act Festival SHS (All Day Event)
Add to your calendar

28
April 28, 2014

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
Add to your calendar

29
April 29, 2014

6:30p.m. Staples High School High Honors Dinner
Staples High School
Add to your calendar

30
April 30, 2014

7:30p.m. SHS Grades 11 & 12 Spring Concert
Staples HIgh School
Add to your calendar

Curriculum and Program Information

THE CURRICULUM:The curriculum includes rigorous academic requirements: foreign language starting in kindergarten; and outstanding music, art and drama programs. The entire curriculum has been reformatted to show desired results. The staff is uses authentic, hands-on assessments, in addition to traditional tests, to measure achievement.

The district is in the process of moving all of the curriculum into a digital program, called Atlas.  Atlas allows the district to display the curriculum in a consistent format to stakeholders, called a curriculum map.  A curriculum map is a tool for organizing what Westport students are explected to know and be able to do in each subject each year.

Curriculum maps are created by the teachers, who spend many hours reaching consensus about the curriculum that is essential for students. The content of the maps includs and often exceed state standards.

The Westport Public Schools curriculum maps show the following information:

  • Enduring Understandings – core concepts and processes that are the focus of the curricular unit
  • Essential Questions – what teachers want students to think about relative to the content area
  • Content – what teachers expect students to know as a result of studying a unit
  • Skills and Application – what teachers expect students to be able to do as a result of the knowledge gained from what is taught in the unit/course.

Curriculum maps are not lesson plans. Rather, they are broad outlines of what students need to know and be able to do each year.

When viewing the maps, please keep in mind the ongoing nature of the work. Teachers continuously revise the curriculum as appropriate based on the latest research, and therefore, continuously revise the maps. Teachers will differentiate the curriculum and adjust as necessary for students. 

This is the first year in providing maps to parents and the public in general. Maps in most subjects in K-5 are available. 

COMPREHENSIVE PUPIL SERVICES:The pupil services staff includes school psychologists, school social workers and school counselors. Staff members assist student in their development as emotionally healthy, socially competent, productive members of society. They provide such services as assessment, counseling, developmental counseling, consultative services, and workshops for staff and parents. Through various specialists, the school system provides early intervention and prevention services, crisis intervention, and referral to community resources. Each school team of pupil service providers collaborates with parents, teachers, and the community in assisting children with the learning process. 

GIFTED PROGRAM:We have a gifted resource teacher at each elementary school and middle school. High school students have Advanced Placement opportunities.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:We have in-building services for most students with mild to moderate disabilities, and programs for students with more severe handicaps. Pre-school handicapped youngsters whose PPT requires a nursery school program are served in an inclusive setting at an elementary school. The program is open to the general population on a fee basis. The high school includes a regional Life Skills program serving students from 15 area communities (on a tuition basis) as well Staples.

TECHNOLOGY:Electronic capabilitiesare are continually being expanded as the school system implements its strategic technology plan. Computer access to the Internet is available at all schools. Teachers are collaborating to use the rich resources of the Internet to expand and enrich instruction. Student use of electronic resources are supervised at all levels. Students and their parents are required to sign an "Acceptable Use Agreement" before gaining access to electronic resources.

Elementary (Grades PreK-5)

Our pre-K program , Stepping Stones, is open to the general population on a fee basis. Students identified as having special needs attend at Board expense, as required by law. For information about registration, call 341-1715.

Starting with our full-day kindergarten, elementary schools provide an enriched, hands-on curriculum using a balanced approach to reading and writing which stresses both skill development and use of real literature. Students in grades K-5 are also taught Spanish, art, music, P.E. Technology skills are co-taught be a computer teacher and the classroom teacher. Every elementary school has a full-time, certified librarian and a school psychologist.

 

Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)

Our two Middle schools use a team-teaching approach so that specific groups of teachers get to know the same groups of students. Each middle school has a student advocacy program. Activities include intramural sports, clubs, and co-curricular music, drama and literary activities. Each school has a full-time, certified librarian and school psychologist. Each middle school also has an after-school program operated by the Department of Continuing Education.

Staples High School (Grades 9-12)

Graduation Requirements: Students must take 25 credits during their four years (7 in grade nine, 6 in each of the others).

Administrative Staff: Teachers are supported by four assistant principals and department chairs. Counselors, social workers and school psychologists, as well as special education teachers, are supervised by a full time coordinator of pupil services.

Activities: Participation in co-curricular activities is high, and through the years, Staples has won many accolades for scholastic competition drama and music productions and student literary works. The school has been honored for having the state's best athletic program, and has repeatedly won good sportsmanship awards. Staples teams win Division and State championships with regularity. Students spear-headed drives to end hunger and won four Governor's Awards.

Facilities: Library Media Center, student-operated FM radio station, TV studio, field house, track. and pool. The auditorium is a fitting back-drop for top notch music and drama performances.