District Calendar:

May 2015
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May 01, 2015

All-State Music Festival & Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
Hartford
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May 02, 2015

SAT Exam - SHS IS a test site (All Day Event)
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All-State Music Festival & Conference @Hartford (All Day Event)
Hartford
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May 04, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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May 05, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. CMS 6th Grade Concert
Coleytown Middle School
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May 06, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. BMS 6th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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May 07, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. BMS 8th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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7:00p.m. CMS 7th & 8th Grade Concert
Coleytown Middle School
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May 08, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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Staples High School Freshman Adjudication Festival (Band, Orchestra, Chorus) (All Day Event)
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6:00p.m. KHS Museum Night
Kings Highway Elementary School
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May 11, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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May 12, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. BMS Specialty Concert
Bedford Middle School
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May 13, 2015

LLS Mini-K (All Day Event)
LLS
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AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:30p.m. SHS 9th & 10th Grade Spring Concert
Staples High School
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May 14, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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SES Mini-K (All Day Event)
SES
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7:00p.m. BMS 7th Grade Concert
Bedford Middle School
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May 15, 2015

AP Exams (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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May 16, 2015

7:00p.m. Staples High School Junior Prom
Staples High School
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May 18, 2015

7:30p.m. BOE Meeting
Staples High School Cafeteria
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May 19, 2015

LLS Mini-K (All Day Event)
LLS
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7:00p.m. College Panel Night SHS
Staples High School Auditorium
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May 20, 2015

CES & GFS Mini-K (All Day Event)
CES & GFS
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7:00p.m. SHS w/CMS & BMS Chamber Orchestra Concert
Staples High School
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May 21, 2015

SES Mini-K (All Day Event)
SES
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7:30p.m. SHS Choral Concert
Staples High School
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May 25, 2015

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL (All Day Event)
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Memorial Day Parade CMS, BMS & SHS Bands (All Day Event)
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May 26, 2015

KHS Mini-K (All Day Event)
KHS
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5:00p.m. Staples Science Symposium
Staples High School Library Media Center
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May 27, 2015

CES, GFS & KHS Mini-K (All Day Event)
CES & GFS
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7:00p.m. Long Lots 4th Grade Orchestra & Specialty Concert
Long Lots Elementary School
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May 28, 2015

Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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7:00p.m. KHS 4th Grade Orchestra/4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert
Kings Highway Elementary School
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7:00p.m. SES 5th Grade Orchestra & Band Concert
Saugatuck Elementary School
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7:00p.m. GFS 5th Grade Orchestra/Band Spring Concert
Greens Farms School
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7:00p.m. CES 5th Grade Band & Orchestra Concert
Coleytown Elementary School
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May 29, 2015

Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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May 30, 2015

Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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Staples Players Production (All Day Event)
Staples High School
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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 203-341-1712.

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.