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Dr. V's Weekly Update: Feb. 22-26, 2021
Dr. V's Weekly Update: Feb. 22-26, 2021
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Friday, February 26, 2021

Alison Villanueva, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Dear Watertown Faculty and Families, Friday, February 26, 2021

This week we welcomed back Swift sixth graders. It was energizing to peek into classrooms and see friends, classmates and teachers united again! And, our elementary schools were busy creating, designing, and engaging in work across the disciplines. Check out some of the pictures I snapped from around the district. Have a great weekend everyone!

Sincerely,

Dr. V

Happenings and Useful Information

School Status 

It was wonderful to have all 6th graders return to Swift this week! We are all looking forward to having our Swift 7th graders and Senior class return to WHS on Monday. If you haven’t completed your school’s survey on choosing your learning model, click the links and see the schedule below:

Click here for Swift Survey

Phase 2

Monday, March 1st

7th grade students back to Swift full in person 4 days a week.

Phase 3

Monday, March 8th

8th grade students back to Swift in person 4 days a week.

Click here for WHS Survey

Monday, March 1-March 19

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Hybrid

(A-K on Mon/Tues; L-Z on Thurs/Fri)

Can opt-in for four days per week

remain hybrid, or choose voluntary remote

Hybrid

(A-K on Mon/Tues; L-Z on Thurs/Fri)

In School 

four days per week or voluntary remote

Health and Safety

Beginning March 1, PreK-12 educators will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 Vaccine. Click here to learn more about the Covid-19 Vaccine. Torrington Health, our local health district is working closely with school districts in our area to roll out vaccines throughout the month of March. 

In case you missed it on Monday, here’s the weekly covid update for Watertown.

Board of Education Update

On Monday, February 22 at a regularly scheduled meeting, the Watertown Board of Education unanimously approved the 2021-2022 Proposed Superintendent's Budget.

I will present the 2021-2022 BOE Recommended Budget to the Town Council on March 16, 2021 at 7PM. And, as is customary, I will present the 2021-2022 BOE Recommended budget to PTOs. Link to the 2021-2022 BOE Recommended Budget Presentation

The schedule and links for the PTO Budget Presentations are listed below:

John Trumbull Primary School

March 3, 7:00 PM
https://meet.google.com/fep-vreo-aqg
 
Judson & Polk Elementary Schools
March 9, 7:00 PM
meet.google.com/gdk-gwju-uaw

Swift Middle School & Watertown High School
March 10, 7:00 PM
meet.google.com/stc-pmos-sge

2021-2022 School Calendar

Please click here to for the 2021-2022 School Calendar.

Black History Month

“This year marks the 95th anniversary of Black History Month, first proposed by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and later expanded to a month in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford. The annual celebration recognizes the role of Black Americans in U.S. history. Woodson believed that the Black experience was too important to be left to an occasional chapter in academic studies. As a result, each February, Black History Month is observed with special events, speakers, promotions and community initiatives”.

 

As we move into March, I challenge each of us to not only think of Black History during the month of February but to think about our country’s history with Black and African American people throughout the entire year and their incredible contributions to our community and the world. 

 Quote of the week

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than yourself.”