Student and Staff Achievements

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

Graduation Ceremony

Tribute to the Senior Class

Recent News from Westbrook High School

  • Re-Opening Presentation and Survey

    Dear Parents,

    As we get closer to the start of school on September 1st, I am certain there are questions you have about the opening of Westbrook Public Schools.  As you know the plans are evolving based on local needs, the spread of COVID-19, and data that is updated constantly.  The district plan is posted on the home page of our website at www.westbrookctschools.org. It is a broad plan that addresses three different scenarios based on the level of threat from the virus. 

    An informational broadcast will be held on Wednesday, August 5th at 6:00 PM to discuss the district plan.  The administrators and I welcome your questions and will answer them based on our most current information.  Please complete the form available at the following link to submit your questions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwJ1OnhkrEMVYuGzprjPneYuYU15TV39b1diVPWXLnQoo-Ag/viewform.  It is also available on our Covid 19 page at https://www.westbrookctschools.org/covid19 in the link titled "Public Feedback for Re-Opening".

    The webinar will be broadcast on the district YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHi6y2EA0g-bsJmypyAxnbQ

    Follow up informational sessions will be held by school principals with specific details about how each level will respond to reopening its doors.  An invitation will be sent within the next two weeks.  Additionally, an informational program from the Athletics Department is scheduled for August 11th at 5:00.  The link will be sent out in a separate email.

    We look forward to getting back to school and the opportunity to work with you and your children.

     

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Charles 

     

    Covid Info
  • Letter to Parents

    Dear Parents,

    As we prepare for students to come back to school on September 1, the principals and I will be communicating frequently with you about the changes your child will experience upon their return.  Below is a checklist from the CDC that has been tailored for Westbrook that outlines some of the precautions and procedures we will be following. By working together, we can ensure the best possible health, safety and academic outcomes:

    *Before school each day you will be asked to record on an electronic form the following:

    • Check in with your child each morning for signs of illness. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they should not go to school.
    • Make sure your child does not have a sore throat or other signs of illness, like a cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting, or body aches.
    • If your child has had close contact to a COVID-19 case, they should not go to school. Follow guidance on what to do when someone has known exposure.

    When your child is sick please contact the school office:

    Daisy Ingraham 860-399-7925  Westbrook Middle 860-399-2010  Westbrook High 860-399-6214

    *Be familiar with local COVID-19 testing sites in the event you or your child develops symptoms. These may include sites with free testing available.

    Local Testing Options:  CVS Guilford and CVS East Lyme for adults.  Children must go through their pediatrician, your local hospital or Community Health Center in Middletown or New London - 475 -241-0740.

    *Make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended vaccines, including for flu. All school-aged children should get an influenza flu vaccine every season, with rare exceptions. This is especially important this year because we do not yet know if being sick with COVID-19 at the same time as the flu will result in more severe illness.

    *Review and practice proper hand washing techniques at home, especially before and after eating, sneezing, coughing, and adjusting a face cover. Make hand washing fun and explain to your child why it is important.

    *Pack a water bottle for your child each day.  Water fountains will not be used, except at the middle school where there are water bottle filling stations.

    *Develop daily routines before and after school—for example, things to pack for school in the morning (like hand sanitizer and an additional (back up) cloth face covering) and things to do when you return home (like washing hands immediately and washing worn cloth face coverings).

    *Talk to your child about precautions to take at school. Children may be advised to:

    • Wash and sanitize their hands more often.
    • Keep physical distance from other students.
    • Wear a cloth face covering.
    • Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments, and books.
    • Use hand sanitizer (that contains at least 60% alcohol.) Make sure you’re using a safe product. FDA recalled products that contain toxic methanol.
    • Monitor how they feel and tell an adult if they are not feeling well.

    *Develop a plan as a family to protect household members who are at increased risk for severe illness

    *Make sure your information is current at school, including emergency contacts and individuals authorized to pick up your child(ren) from school. If that list includes anyone who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, consider identifying an alternate person.

    *Be familiar with Westbrook’s plan for communicating with families when a positive case or exposure to someone with COVID-19 is identified.  Student confidentiality will be maintained.  Students and staff who become sick at school or who arrive at school sick will be sent home as soon as possible. We will keep anyone sick separate from well students and staff until the sick person can be sent home. The Health department will assess students and staff who have been sent home due to suspected symptoms.

    If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the cohort or school will most likely be dismissed for a time determined by the health department.  The superintendent will immediately call Health Director Zachary Faiella and the school will be cleaned and disinfected. The Westbrook Health Department will follow up with the student/staff member and their family to provide additional guidance.

    *Plan for possible school closures or periods of quarantine. If transmission is increasing in our community or if multiple children or staff test positive for COVID-19, the school building might be closed for an extended period of time. Similarly, if a close contact of your child (within or outside of school) tests positive for COVID-19, your child may need to stay home for a 2-week quarantine period. You may need to consider the feasibility of teleworking, taking leave from work, or identifying someone who can supervise your child in the event of school building closures or quarantine.

    Students who are out of school for quarantining can participate in distance learning.

    *Plan for transportation:

    • If your child rides a bus, your child must wear a cloth face covering on the bus and talk to your child about the importance of following bus rules and any spaced seating rules. Students of the same family will sit together.  The bus will load from back to front. Changing seats will not be permitted. 
    • If carpooling, plan on every child in the carpool and the driver wearing cloth face coverings for the entire trip. Each school will use grade level cohorts to the extent possible to reduce exposure to other people. Consider finding families within your child’s group/cohort at school to be part of the carpool.

    * If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan or receives other learning support (e.g., tutoring, speech, OT, PT, counseling), ask your school principal or the Director of Special Education, Madeline Illinger, how these services will continue.

    * Consider limiting your child’s in-person out-of-school interactions to children in the same cohort where possible or to activities where physical distancing can be maintained.

    * Reinforce the concept of physical distancing with your child.

    * Plan for increased outdoor opportunities in gym by sending them with a hat, wear shoes conducive to the outdoors, encourage staying a minimum of 6 ft apart.

    Parents who temporarily choose not to send their child to school should contact the school if you have not communicated your decision or want to change your decision at any time.

    We look forward to seeing our students in September and appreciate your partnership as we work together to establish protocols to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.  I will continue to keep you updated on our school opening plans.  For more information visit the district website to view Westbrook’s Reopening School Plan.

     

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Charles

    Interim Superintendent

     

    Covid Info
  • Westbrook Public Schools Re-Opening Plan

    Please find attached the re-opening plan for Westbrook Public Schools.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 860-399-6432

    Covid Info
  • Practice Wearing Your Face Mask

    We're looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on September 1st.  Please know that we have been working all summer developing plans to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
     
    One of the new health protocols that all students and staff members will need to adjust to is the wearing of face masks.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends face coverings to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the State of Connecticut is requiring the wearing of masks by all students and adults in school as part of our Reopening Plan.  
     
    In order to be more informed on the proper use of face masks and also for tips on helping your child adjust to wearing face masks, please check out the following helpful links from the CDC:
     
    How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings:
     
    Helping Students Wear Face Masks:
     
     Please be assured that our students will get "mask breaks" throughout the day and we will utilize outside spaces as much as possible, where students will be able to social distance and enjoy some fresh air without a facial covering.  Our Reopening Plan recommends mask breaks during outside recess; physical education outside; lunch and water breaks.
     
    One of the best ways to encourage students' appropriate use of facial coverings is for the adults around them to model this. We intend to model the appropriate use of face masks at school and we ask parents/guardians and other adults in the family to do the same with your children when you are in public places.  Please develop the practice of wearing a mask now with your child so it is not as such an adjustment when they get back to school and must wear them for an extended amount of time.
     
    As always, thanks so much for your support during these challenging times.
     
    Patricia Charles, Ed.D
    Interim Superintendent
    Westbrook Public Schools
    860-399-6432
    Covid Info
  • Changes to District Calendar

    Dear Westbrook School Community,

    Last week the State Board of Education passed a resolution offering flexibility to the 180 day school requirement for students to allow teachers additional professional development to prepare for return to school as a result of the coronavirus. Last night the Westbrook Board of Education voted to revise the school calendar to allow for three additional professional development days. Teachers will be engaged in workshops that will help them address new health and safety protocols, adapt to new instructional strategies, and plan for social and emotional considerations in our schools.

    A revised 2020-21 calendar may be found on the district website at https://www.westbrookctschools.org/20202021_school_year_calendar.  The first day for staff is August 24.  The first day for students is September 1.  September 1st and 2nd will be early dismissal days.

    I will continue to keep you informed of the work we are doing to open our schools.  

     

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Charles, Ed.D

    Interim Superintendent

    Westbrook Public Schools

    860-399-6432

    Covid Info
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Upcoming Events

  • Re-Opening Broadcast

    An informational broadcast will be held on Wednesday, August 5th at 6:00 PM to discuss the district plan.

     

    If you have any questions, please fill out the survey available at https://www.westbrookctschools.org/covid19 using the link labeled "Public Feedback for Re-Opening".

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  • BOE meeting @ 7:00 pm

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  • Teacher PD

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  • First Day of School for Students - half-day all schools

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  • half-day for students - all schools

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  • Labor Day - Schools Closed

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  • BOE meeting @ 7:00 pm

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Tara Winch, Principal

 twinch@westbrookctschools.org

860-399-6214

twinch@westbrookctschools.org

(860) 399-6214 

Principal's Acknowledgments

 

Congratulations to Our Underclassmen Award Recipients!

We are so pleased to recognize, honor, and celebrate your academic achievements and efforts! 

Much continued success!

 

Please click on the link below to view the video:

2020 Underclassmen Awards Video

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.

WHS School Climate Survey Results