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Core Values, Beliefs, and Learning Expectations

Core Values

Westbrook High School is committed to educating all students to achieve their unique potential as 21-st century learners. Faculty and staff value collaboration and reflection in order to provide instruction that engages all students in an equitable learning environment.

Beliefs

Westbrook High School believes that students learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning experiences and encouraged by a safe, supportive school climate that nurtures social connections, emotional well-being, academic skills, and personal integrity.

Learning Expectations

Students will meet expectations by:

Academic

  1. Reading a wide variety of texts effectively
  2. Writing effectively for a variety of purposes
  3. Presenting ideas accurately with the support of engaging media
  4. Thinking critically to solve problems and reach well-reasoned judgments
  5. Working responsibly and collaboratively

Social

  1. Developing a spirit of belonging

Civic

  1. Contributing to a positive school climate by actively participating in the school community and respecting others

Recent News from Westbrook High School

  • High School Transitions to Full Remote

    January 18, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook High School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in-person at Westbrook High School on Friday, January 15th.  We are in the process of determining close contacts and anticipate an impact on staffing capacity as a result of quarantine requirements. As always, we are working closely with our local department of health. All students and staff required to quarantine will be contacted this afternoon and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing at the high school, Westbrook High School will transition to full remote learning mode for this week (1/19-1/22) and next week (1/25-1/29).  

    Tomorrow, January 19th, the high school will follow a normal B-day schedule (not the remote schedule used in November). See full schedule below for reference.  Period 5 will begin remotely at 7:50 a.m. tomorrow morning.

    Based on current information, we anticipate that the high school will return to full in-person mode on Monday, February 1st.  

    Westbrook Middle School and Daisy Ingraham Elementary School are not impacted by this case. Westbrook Middle School will return to in-person operations tomorrow as planned.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed. Principal Winch and high school office staff will be reaching out to students and staff this afternoon to provide additional instructions regarding quarantine for individuals who are identified as close contacts.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J.  Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid 19 Case- Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

    January 15, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We were notified of an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School who has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual last attended school in-person on January 12th.  After conferring with our local health department, we have determined that a small number of students and staff will quarantine in line with CT Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines.  All families and staff members impacted by this case have already been contacted.

    As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are exposed to a positive case, or are awaiting test results, please inform the school nurse as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and clarification. Most importantly, please self-quarantine and choose remote learning until these concerns and questions are resolved. 

    As always, student and staff health, safety and wellness are our highest priorities. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Positive Covid 19 case at Westbrook Middle School

    January 12, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    Early this morning, we received notification that an individual at Westbrook Middle School tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last present in person at Westbrook Middle School on Friday, January 8th. After a comprehensive review of close contacts in collaboration with our local health department, we have determined that this case requires 11 staff members and 13 students to quarantine. All students and staff required to quarantine have been contacted and provided with instructions per CDC and Connecticut guidelines for schools.

    Due to the impact on staffing at the middle school, Westbrook Middle School will continue to operate in full remote learning mode for the remainder of this week and return to in-person operations on Tuesday, January 19th.

    Westbrook High School and Daisy Ingraham Elementary School are not impacted by this case and will remain in full in-person learning mode.

    We will continue to monitor this case and provide updates as needed.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Westbrook Middle School Moves to Remote Learning - 1/12/2021

    January 12, 2021

    Due to a positive Covid-19 case at the middle school that was reported early this morning, the time needed to conduct contact tracing, and potential impact to staffing capacity due to quarantine, we have determined that all Westbrook Middle School students and staff will participate in remote learning today, Tuesday, January 12th.  I will follow-up with a communication later this morning with more details as we evaluate this case and its impact.  

    Kristina J. Martineau

    Superintendent of School

    Covid Info
  • Athletic Announcements

    WESTBROOK PUBLIC SCHOOLS ATHLETICS UPDATE: Friday, January 8, 2021

    WESTBROOK HIGH SCHOOL:

    Happy New Year!  Looking to better and greater things ahead!

    Winter Sports Registration:

    Winter Sports registration via Power School for boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls indoor track & field and winter cheerleading HARD DEADLINE is Monday, January 18th (after the last CIAC update from 1/14).   Register now to stay connected with the team, coaches and other out of season activities via emails, Google Classroom Team page, surveys etc. registrations will no longer be accepted after Monday, January 18th.

    WHS Basketball Survey: Student-athletes & parent/guardians -

    Please submit the 2021 WHS Basketball Survey sent to all registered players, former players and their parents/guardians and posted on the Team Google Classroom page to provided planning feedback to the coaches and athletic department. The due date to reply is 3:00 pm on Monday, January 11th.

    CIAC Winter Sports Update:

    The CIAC Board of Control met on January 7th. The press release/update stated:

    Posted on January 7, 2021 

    CHESHIRE, Conn –   The CIAC Board of Control met this morning to discuss recent communications with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, appraise the current level of in-person learning around the state, and review the COVID mitigating strategies contained in the CIAC Winter Sports Plan.

    With approval by the board this morning, the initial COVID mitigating strategies for winter sports will be shared with our member schools in the coming days.

    Another CIAC Board of Control meeting is scheduled for next week at which time the board anticipates reviewing updated guidance from the Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office.

    What does this mean and what do we currently know after this statement?

    • Currently the winter sports start date remains Tuesday, January 19th but could be subject to change.
    • CIAC meets with DPH on Monday, January 11th and will review with them for approval/feedback the CIAC Board of Control approved individual sport mitigating strategies as well review Covid cases and the winter sports start date.
    • The governors mandate of mask wearing while competing still stands.
    • Sports mitigating strategies including spectator info has yet to be shared with schools for districts to review and make decisions on.
    • The CIAC Board of Control is scheduled to meet again on Thursday, January 14th in hopes of finalizing a winter sports plan including start dates and mitigation strategies.
    • Until we receive all the information on the CIAC winter sports season we have left registration open until Monday, January 18th. Upon receipt of updated information from the CIAC January 14th meeting, we will provide all the necessary information provided about the season.

    Winter Out of Season Sports Programming continues! Join in!

    Our coaching staff and department are planning for the start of winter sports on Tuesday, January 19th as currently designated by the CIAC.  There are many things you can do to stay fit and prepare to be ready for the start of your season! Prepare now!

    1. Register now for your sport so you can be included on your Teams Google Classroom page for updates, meetings, information and more from your coaching staff. Stay connected with your team and coaches and build upon your culture now!
    2. Upon registration for your sport on Power School you will be invited to virtual voluntary conditioning for your team via the TeamBuildr app. Upon your invitation you are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to stay connected with your team, keep yourself active and prepared for a season via this program and the conditioning program outlined by our athletic trainer Caty Halpin! Join in with over already 30 student-athletes on board now working hard to get better each day!
    3. Check-in daily on your Google Classroom Team Page for athletics, coach and athletic trainer updates. Stay connected, stay engaged, BE ACTIVE!

    Westbrook MOVES:

    Westbrook Moves! Join in with Athletic Trainer Caty Halpin to start 2021 off right!!!! Let’s go Knights! See flyer above on webpage and sign up! WELCOME all WHS students, families, faculty & staff from Westbrook Athletics! It is a New Year!

    To submit your daily activity: Post in the classroom, email Caty at chalpin@westbrookctschools.org or use #WestbrookMoves and tag @WPSKnights on Instagram.

     Question of the week:

    Can Westbrook HS live-stream home basketball games?

    • Yes we can and will upon the start of a season. The WHS gym is equipped with the mounted HUDL focus camera providing the ability to video our games but also stream them live.

    Please continue to stay safe, stay healthy and practice all Covid 19 and Social Distancing protocols!

    Westbrook High School Athletics
  • Covid-19 Case Update 1/6/2021

    January 6, 2021

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We were informed that two individuals at Westbrook High Schools have tested positive for Covid-19.  These individuals have not attended in-person learning since early November.  There are no known exposures or contacts associated with Westbrook Public Schools associated with these cases.  

    We were also notified of an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School who has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual attended school in-person on January 4th.  After conferring with our local health department, we have determined that a small number of students and staff will quarantine out of an abundance of caution and in line with CT Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines.  All families and staff members impacted by this case have already been contacted.

    As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are exposed to a positive case, or are awaiting test results, please inform the school nurse as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and clarification. Most importantly, please self-quarantine and choose remote learning until these concerns and questions are resolved. 

    As always, student and staff health, safety and wellness are our highest priorities. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Case Update 12/29/2020

    December 29, 2020

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We were informed that an individual at Westbrook Middle School has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual was last in the school on December 23rd. After consulting with our local health director, we have determined, out of an abundance of caution, that two other individuals should quarantine per CDC and CT DPH guidelines. These individuals have already been contacted and no other action is needed at this time.

    We will continue to monitor cases of Covid-19 and update you as we receive new information. 

    We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks, and to practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, for example), please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
  • Covid-19 Update 12/28/2020

    December 28, 2020

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    This afternoon, we were informed that an individual at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual last attended Daisy in person on December 23rd.  This case is the result of a household exposure event. We have conferred with our local health director and determined that this new case does not require any student or staff at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School to quarantine.

    Additionally, we received a report of another individual associated with Daisy who also tested positive for Covid-19.  This case is also the result of an unrelated household exposure event. This individual was last in person at Daisy Ingraham Elementary School on Friday, December 18th. No students or staff members need to quarantine as a result of this case.

    We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks, and to practice social distancing per CDC guidelines. As a reminder, if you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, for example), please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
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  • Covid-19 Case Update

    Sunday, December 20, 2020

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    We were informed that an individual at Westbrook High School has tested positive for Covid-19.  This individual was last present at Westbrook High School on Tuesday, December 15th.  As always, we work closely with the Westbrook Health Department to identify close contacts and quarantine requirements.  We have determined that a quarantine period is required for high school students who may been in close contact with this individual.  All students and their families impacted by this particular case have already been contacted and instructed to quarantine.

    As always, we appreciate your efforts and support during this challenging time.  

    Sincerely, 

    Kristina J. Martineau, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Covid Info
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NEASC Accredidation Information

In October, Westbrook High School renewed its New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation.  Read the newspaper article written about the visit, as well as NEASC's final report, both available below.