What's Right at Westbrook High School

Westbrook High School Open House

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

  • Covid-19 Update from Westbrook Health Department

    To Westbrook High School Parents/Guardians:

    On Sunday, September 13th, in accordance with the policy of Westbrook Public Schools' Reopening Plan, the Westbrook Public Schools community was notified of a positive COVID-19 case associated with Westbrook High School. The three-day closure of Westbrook High School and the advisement of class cohorts to quarantine for 14 days was conducted out of an abundance of caution in consultation with the Westbrook Health Department and Connecticut Department of Public Health.

    Proper mask-wearing and social distancing protocols were followed during school, however, students who were in the identified class cohorts on Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th were advised to quarantine for 14 days, again, out of an abundance of caution.

    If you or your child were not contacted as being a part of the affected class cohorts, your child may return to school on Thursday, September 17th.
    Due to privacy reasons, personal and identifiable information related to case investigations will not be disclosed by Westbrook Public Schools and Westbrook Health Department.

    The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance. The Westbrook Public Schools and Westbrook Health Department will continue to work cooperatively to assess and investigate COVID related events in Westbrook Public Schools.
     
    Sincerely,
    Zachary Faiella, MPH, RS
    Director of Health
    Westbrook Health Department
    866 Boston Post Road
    Westbrook, CT 06498
    Tel: (860) 399-9869
    Fax: (860) 399-5661
    Email: zfaiella@westbrookct.us
     
    Covid Info
  • Positive Covid 19 Case at Westbrook High School

     

    September 13, 2020

     

    Dear Staff, Parents, and Guardians,

    This afternoon I became aware of a positive case for COVID-19 at Westbrook High School.  While we are unable to identify the individual due to the confidential nature of the medical information, we can share the steps we will be taking to respond to this information.

    What This Means for You and Your Child

    If your child was in the same class cohort, or in close contact with the confirmed positive individual, you will be contacted by the school and/or Westbrook Health Department and your child will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days since last class cohort or close contact with the confirmed positive individual, per Addendum 9 of the Connecticut State Department of Education School Reopening Plan. Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The school and/or local health department will notify you if this action is necessary.

    If your child is sick, stay home and contact your healthcare provider. We encourage you to continue social distancing, washing your hands, avoiding gatherings, and monitoring symptoms. If at any time, you or your child begin to develop symptoms of COVID-19 (such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), please keep your child home from school and call your healthcare provider for next steps. It is recommended that you call ahead to your healthcare provider before going to the physician’s office, clinic, urgent care, or emergency room so they can be prepared for your arrival. They may also refer you to a testing clinic. For the most up to date testing information, call 2-1-1 or visit the United Way of Connecticut website: https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

    What This Means for Our School

    The Westbrook Health Director, Zachary Faiella, has determined that the Westbrook High School facility needs to be closed for three days, September 14, 15, and 16.  These three days will enable the school to be thoroughly cleaned and to conduct the necessary contact tracing. The students will participate in distance learning during this period. Pending further information on this investigation, students and staff who have not been identified as either being close contacts or in the same class cohort as the confirmed positive individual will be allowed to return to school this Thursday, September 17. Please note reopening may be subject to change if additional positive cases are identified.

    The Westbrook Middle School will remain open due to the separate nature of that building and student traffic.

    Children may worry about how COVID-19 may impact them, their family, and friends. Parents and guardians can help children navigate this experience in an honest and accurate way to help minimize anxiety or fear. The CDC created recommendations to assist with these conversations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html.

    Thank you for your support in these efforts and your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we work together to promote the health and well-being of our community.

     

    Sincerely,

    Zachary Faiella

    Westbrook Director of Health

     

    Patricia Charles

    Interim Superintendent

    Covid Info
  • Message From the Board Of Education Chairman

    Dear Westbrook Schools Community,

     

    The Westbrook Board of Education has been made aware of the resignation of Lee Bridgewater, a longstanding Board of Education member for the past 12 years and a former Chair of the Board of Education. The Board is grateful for Mrs. Bridgewater’s exceptional service to the town and the students of Westbrook. She served on countless committees and led the Board from 11/2015-7/2020. Her commitment to the Town of Westbrook will be sorely missed.

     

    This vacancy provides a new opportunity for leadership within our community. The Board of Education is seeking candidates to join the Board of Education. If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the Westbrook Board of Education, please send a resume, letter of intent, and information regarding your party affiliation by August 30, 2020 to Cecilia Lester in the Board of Education office at clester@westbrookctschools.org.

     

    A special meeting is set for 09-01-2020 at 7:00 PM for interviews and to select the candidate who will serve on the Board until the next regular town election in 2021. The Board will interview the candidates in executive session for discussion of the appointment of a public officer. The vote will be held in public session.

     

    We urge all interested community members to apply for this very important work with the Westbrook Public Schools.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Zachary Hayden

    Chairman, Westbrook Board of Education

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Athletics Update

    Good afternoon Westbrook Public Schools Families,

    This note is to provide updates on the status of sports programming at our schools. At this time the concept of public school sports in Connecticut is on hold until further guidance is provided to us by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).  At this time we encourage our high school student athletes to work virtually with their coaches via their team Google Classroom, to register for their Fall Sport via Power School if they have yet to do so, so that they are prepared if the opportunity to play presents itself.

    Below please find information via a letter early this afternoon to athletic directors on our next steps. Per this update please note that CIAC has extended the August 24th revisit date to:

    ***The CIAC will delay the first date for all fall sports to Saturday, August 29, 2020.***

    CIAC High School Athletics Update – Friday, August 21st:

    The CIAC Board of Control met this morning to review last night’s discussion with the DPH and establish a timeline for decisions on the start of fall sports. The CIAC has requested that the DPH consider allowing our member schools to resume the non-contact conditioning workouts which they have been conducting since July 6, 2020 as early as Monday. Additionally, the CIAC understands that, at today’s ReOpen CT Rules Committee meeting, consideration will be given to the inconsistent guidance issued for CIAC interscholastic athletics versus non-CIAC youth sport opportunities. The CIAC and the DPH will continue our collaborative work once an update from those discussions is available, either later today or over the weekend.

    For our member schools’ planning purposes, the CIAC Board of Control has established the following timeline:

    • The CIAC Board of Control will meet again at 7:00PM Sunday.
    • The CIAC Board of Control will submit modified fall sport plan options to the DPH for consideration, which it has indicated it would welcome for review.
    • The CIAC will delay the first date for all fall sports to Saturday, August 29, 2020.

    This timeline will allow the DPH adequate time to consider CIAC’s revised fall sports plans, which it will submit early next week, and athletic directors the time necessary to begin a sports season. The CIAC will update member schools on the return to conditioning workouts as soon as more information becomes available.

     

    Article:  GameTimeCT article on Fall Sports 8-21-2020

     

    WMS Interscholastic Sports and Intramurals:

    At this time, all after school activities, including athletics, are on hold at the middle school.  This hold will allow the middle school to evaluate the effectiveness of the strict cohorting model before beginning any expansion. We will revisit the possibility of after school activities, including sports, the week of September 21st.    

    In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns related to athletics please do not hesitate to contact me via email at tcosgriff@westbrookctschools.org or the office at (860) 399 – 6214.

    Please know many people are advocating for our student-athletes at all levels for a safe and healthy return to sports when and where appropriate.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    GO KNIGHTS!

    Teg

    Teg Cosgriff, CMAA

    Director of Athletics

    Westbrook Public Schools

    156 McVeagh Road

    Westbrook, CT 06498

    (860) 399 - 6214 (O)

    Covid Info
  • Westbrook Middle School Parent Meeting Regarding the Re-Opening of Schools

    On August 18, Westbrook Middle School Interim Principal Dr. Susan Miller hosted a parent meeting to help answer questions regarding the re-opening of Westbrook Middle School.  The presentation was recorded and is available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8L9pbRxhvI

    Covid Info
  • Athletics & CIAC Update: August 14, 2020

    Dear Parents, Guardians, Student-Athletes, and Coaches,

    The CIAC, following the recommendation from the Department of Public Health (DPH), made the decision today to immediately pause all in-person interscholastic fall sports activity, including conditioning programs and football OTA’s. This decision will be re-evaluated on August 24th, following further information from the DPH. As of the end of the day today, August 14th, all Westbrook Public Schools athletics activities are paused until further notice, with the earliest possible return being Monday, August 24th. Communication will come directly from the district once more information is received.

    Here is a link to a CIAC video statement from Executive Director Glenn Lungarini:

    CIAC Fall Sports Statement Aug. 14th

    High School coaches may continue to meet with their teams virtually to discuss best individual conditioning activities. We encourage each of our student-athletes to continue with individual, safe conditioning methods throughout this pause period.

    Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate the fluidity of the status of high school athletics at this time.

    Covid Info
  • Westbrook High School Parent Meeting Regarding the Re-Opening of Schools

    On August 13, Westbrook High School Principal Tara Winch hosted a parent meeting to help answer questions regarding the re-opening of Westbrook High School.  The presentation was recorded and is available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy_7HPRhLBA.

    Covid Info
  • Daisy Ingraham Parent Meeting Regarding the Re-Opening of Schools

    On August 12, Daisy Ingraham Principal Ruth Rose hosted a parent meeting to help answer questions regarding the re-opening of Schools.  The presentation was recorded and is available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM7hOGhFEeM&feature=youtu.be.

    Covid Info
  • 8/11/20 Athletic Meeting Postponed

    August 11thChanging Today’s Athletics Meeting

    Due to recent dialogue this week in CIAC sports committees the Westbrook Athletics Virtual session scheduled for 5:00 pm this evening will be moved into the Westbrook High School session scheduled for this Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m.

    The CIAC yesterday directed all CIAC Fall Sports committees to meet today and report back on the opening plan. The CIAC Football committee made a recommendation yesterday about their season. With the CIAC Board of Control meeting tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, August 12th to hear feedback and any proposals from the CIAC Fall Sports committees where they may or may not make further decisions on the Fall Sports season we thought it prudent to delay our information session.  With the ongoing dialogue early this week it was deemed best to see what new information we may have on Thursday as it relates to Fall Sports.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you Thursday evening!

    Westbrook High School
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Re-Opening

    Please review some of the most common questions we have heard regarding the Westbrook Public Schools re-opening at https://www.westbrookctschools.org/covid_faq.

    Covid Info
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Upcoming Events

  • WHS School Picture Day

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  • Daisy - Early Dismissal for Conferences - MS/HS Full-day

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  • Music Boosters Zoom Meeting

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  • Early Dismissal - All Schools Daisy(Conf.) MS/HS (P.D.)

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  • Columbus Day - Schools Closed

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  • BOE Meeting @ 7:00 pm

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  • Virtual Athletic Boosters Meeting

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  • MS/HS - Early dismssal for Conferences: Daisy - Full-day

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  • Early Dismissal/All Schools: Daisy (PD) MS/HS (Conf.)

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  • WHS School Picture Make-Up Day

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  • Schools closed for students/PD for Teachers

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  • Music Boosters Zoom Meeting

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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