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    Nicola Davies

    Regarding a social media post that has lead to a police investigation.

    Dear Wilton High School Students, Staff, and Families,

    I am writing to share information about a matter that the Wilton Police Department investigated early this morning.  While this information may cause some alarm, I want to reassure you that the Wilton Police Department responded immediately and determined that at no time were the safety and well-being of our school community at risk.    

    At approximately 5:45 a.m. this morning, the Wilton Police Department became aware of a social media post involving a possible threat to Wilton High School.  Specifically, the post contained a photo of a male wearing a Wilton Warriors shirt holding a firearm with the caption, “Don’t come to school Monday.” The Wilton Police Department immediately commenced an investigation that engaged the efforts of the New Canaan Police Department and the Facebook Law Enforcement Response Team.   By 6:30 a.m., a police officer had communicated with the superintendent of schools to apprise him of the situation. By 6:50 a.m., the Wilton Police Department had made contact with the student pictured in the photo and the student’s parent, and deemed that there was no credible threat to the school community. The photo is believed to have been taken two weeks ago, was reposted over the weekend using a fake Instagram account, and was not accessed by a large number of people.  Officers seized a BB gun and believe that was the gun shown in the post. The Wilton Police Department continues to investigate the matter, but they have determined that there is no active threat to the school community. Rest assured that our school district will follow its protocols and procedures as we respond to this disturbing incident.

    This incident serves as a reminder that all members of our community should remain aware and vigilant in our common effort to promote the safety and security of our community.  As part of that effort, we remind all members of our community that if they, “see something, [they should] say something.” Doing so can have a profound positive impact on the lives of all members of our school community.

    I would like to extend my gratitude to the Wilton Police Department, the New Canaan Police Department, and the Facebook Law Enforcement Response Team for their responsiveness in this matter.  As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

     

    Robert William O’Donnell, Ed.D.
    Principal
    Wilton High School

    James Hunter

    As we look toward the end of the first semester, we will be making a slight modification to the midterm exam schedule.  The current schedule lists 1/18 as an "M" day.  Martin Luther King Day is 1/21.  Midterms would then start on 1/22.

     

    Our of respect for the Martin Luther King holiday we will modify the exam schedule as follows:  1/18 will be a typical day C.  1/22 will be an "M" day.  Midterms will run from 1/23-1/28.

     

    Please understand this could change if we have snow days.  In the event of weather related closings, we will likely add one day for each day missed.  We will formally revise the schedule and re-publish it when we get closer to the event.  Thank you for your support.

     

     

    Robert William O'Donnell, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Wilton High School

    Wilton Schools Launch Speak Up
    Nicola Davies

    A new service to ensure students share safety concerns.

    Students are encouraged to raise concerns about classmates or school safety with an administrator, teacher or other trusted adult at their school. We recognize that sometimes students are reluctant to speak directly to an adult. SpeakUp allows a student to use email as a way to communicate their concerns.  Emails are monitored at all times by trained Gaggle Safety Representatives who evaluate SpeakUp tips and send an email regarding non-life-threatening items to designated school staff. They will also call school officials or local law enforcement if an emergency situation arises.  Read more here.    

    MB News

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    Nicola Davies

    The Annual Middlebrook bake sale is underway.

     

     

    Students at the bake sale

    The annual Middlebrook bake sale is underway.  It is an important tradition for the students and staff.  Working in close collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Middlebrook is spreading holiday joy to the local foster care children. The money the students raise will be turned into gift cards that are given to DCF. Last year over $5,000 was raised and that is our goal again this year. 

    As well as organizing the bake sale, teacher Mrs. Leonard has been collecting extra Halloween candy to create individual holiday candy treat bags that will be handed out to the children over the holiday season.

    A group of our 7th and 8th graders will be taking an all-day field trip in December to wrap presents for the DCF case managers.   "It is truly a day of giving back as we busily wrap presents for the younger children.  It's my favorite day of the year" said Mrs. Leonard "We work together to do something special for our surrounding community."  

    The sale runs each day until the Thanksgiving break.
     

    Wilton Schools Launch Speak Up
    Nicola Davies

    A new service to ensure students share safety concerns.

    Students are encouraged to raise concerns about classmates or school safety with an administrator, teacher or other trusted adult at their school. We recognize that sometimes students are reluctant to speak directly to an adult. SpeakUp allows a student to use email as a way to communicate their concerns.  Emails are monitored at all times by trained Gaggle Safety Representatives who evaluate SpeakUp tips and send an email regarding non-life-threatening items to designated school staff. They will also call school officials or local law enforcement if an emergency situation arises.  Read more here.    

    Welcome - The class of 2025
    Nicola Davies

    Incoming 6th Graders being welcomed into the Middlebrook Family.

    6th Graders on the bleachers at WEB orientation day

    Although school doesn't officially start for another week. Middlebrook welcomed around 300 incoming 6th Graders today through a new program called Where Everyone Belongs (WEB).  The children enjoyed a morning of team building activities and games culminating in a tour of the school. Each WEB group is a small group of eight 6th graders with two 8th Grade WEB leaders. Each group will meet and connect  throughout the school year to help 6th graders feel attached and at home in their new school.

    WEB kicks off at Middlebrook
    Nicola Davies

    Where Everyone Belongs kicks off at Middlebrook School. 

    8th Grade Students Prepare to check in 6th Graders at WEB

    WEB, which stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains 8th Grade mentors to be WEB Leaders. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate 6th grade success.  Picture shows four of our 8th grade Mentors waiting to check in the new 6th Graders.

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    CM News

    Jason Greasley

    To support our "Reading Rocks" school wide reading event- students, teachers and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite rockstar!

    Let Grow Project-Round 2 starts now!
    Jason Greasley

    Have your child log into their Google Classroom account and enter the CODE: 3C65FNP to join Cider Mill’s Let Grow ClassroomOn the site, you will find a place to upload video clips, a photo, or your child can create a reflection on FlipGrid. Learning to do this can be a #LetGrowMoment itself! Be sure to share stories on social media by including the tag #LetGrowMoment on CM’s Twitter Page (@WPSCMSocial) or the Cider Mill FaceBook Parent Community discussion page. We can't wait to see what our students do next!

    Jason Greasley

    We are pleased to announce that our some of our third grade students will be presenting their transdisciplinary learning on Native Americans to the Board of Education this Thursday night at 6:30p.m.   

    Annual Holiday Basket Event
    Jason Greasley

    For more than 25 years, Cider Mill School has worked with Wilton Social Services during the holiday season, with the help of Parks and Recreation and the Cider Mill PTA, to help several local families that receive assistance from the town. For more information on specific donations for this year, see the attached handout.

    MD News

    Lenore Skenazy speaking at Miller-Driscoll
    Nicola Davies

    Wilton Public Schools adopt 'Let Grow Project' this fall.

    Lenore Skenazy speaking at Miller-Driscoll

    Lenore Skenazy returned to Wilton last night to to talk about the "Let Grow Project" which will be adopted this fall in Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill schools.  The two prongs of the project are Let Grow Free Play groups and the Let Grow Homework Project. 

    Wilton schools are committed to the social and emotional well-being of students and recognize how important unstructured play and increased opportunities for independence are to the developing brain.

    The Let grow homework project seeks to foster independence in children. Students are encouraged by teachers, to go home and ask their parents if they can do one thing on their own that they have never tried before (for example walk the dog, go to the store, cook something), the student feels proud of accomplishing something new and parents let go of the fear associated with letting their child become a little more independent.

    Skenazy said "Our kids aren't in constant danger.  We want to make it easy, legal and normal to give our kids some freedom again."

     

    Richard Ploss

    Miller-Driscoll Holds Open Houses on September 12th and 17th at 7:15pm.

    Arial drone shot of Miller-Driscoll School
    Miller-Driscoll Open Houses are September 12th (1st and 2nd Grades) and September 17th (PreK and Kindergarten) at 7:15pm both days.

    The students and teachers of Miller-Driscoll School invite their parents/guardians to come and see their classrooms and some work and projects that they've already completed this year.

    Here's a link to the Open House Flyer (updated) with more information about these events.

    And here is a link to the video explaining an exciting new program coming to both Miller-Driscoll and Cider-Mill Schools this year!

    See you at Open House!

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