Welcome to Weston Intermediate School. WIS prides itself on being a caring community of learners that fosters pride in each student’s developing abilities while promoting social development. We build the essence of community each day in every classroom touching all of our students. We know that no meaningful learning can happen unless students feel safe. Building on where Hurlbutt left off, we use the Responsive Classroom approach to teach children to act responsibly, take responsibility, and treat each other with respect.
Our teachers use a variety of innovative instructional approaches such as Workshop to instill a love of learning and build confident, competent students. This approach naturally differentiates the learning for all students, to meet the individual needs of each child, and to challenge them to be their best. Our goal is not only to promote literacy, but more importantly, to inspire our students to read and write as part of daily life. We focus on enhancing students’ ability to think critically and creatively, and to be innovative problem solvers and proficient communicators; to speak and write effectively and clearly – across all subjects. Indeed, it is a foundation of the district’s AIM (Academic Innovation & Measurement) initiative, to go beyond core academics. We are excited that all of our students will be able to participate in this initiative this year, so we can help insure our students develop skills and capacities that contribute to making them successful citizens, and more effective communicators and collaborators to become truly successful in the 21st century.
WIS students also have a wealth of programs that we believe will enrich their appreciation of the arts, music, physical well-being, science, and sports. For example, we have a program teaching students how to use and not abuse technology, and a musical that draws over 130 students to the stage. As we teach our students how to become successful citizens, they learn that we do not tolerate bullying at any level on the school grounds, the bus, or any school related activity, nor do we look the other way. You will see that not only do we want our students to feel safe and their parents to know they are safe, we want all of our students, teachers, parents, and community to take pride in all we do each day.
At WIS we are fortunate to have a strong, active PTO and we encourage all parents to participate. I also urge you to take an active part in what your child is required to do at home and to support independent reading. The road to a successful adulthood starts early. We strive every day to make sure that while the path may not be easy at times, what is learned at WIS will inspire a student to do the best work possible at every stage.
There is a lot of information contained in this website and more will come each month from our school newsletters. In addition, you should always know that all of us at WIS believe in open communication. We are here for your students and for you.
Weston Intermediate Principal
Assistant Principal's Message
Welcome to WIS! Here at WIS we are dedicated to student achievement and meeting the individual needs of all our students academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally. Our district focus this year is on the teaching of math and developing students’ conceptual understanding as mathematicians using problem solving and perseverance. We will continue to focus on growing our readers and writers through a balanced literacy curriculum using Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops to increase the volume and stamina of our students’ reading and writing.
Our social curriculum draws from the best practices of PBIS, Responsive Classroom, Emotional Intelligence and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Our school motto is WIS PRIDE; Personal accountability, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, Effort. We have monthly assemblies where the whole school focuses their efforts into developing our community as well as ourselves as members of a larger, global community. We pride ourselves in partnering with our students’ families to provide the best possible educational experience for each of our students. We see mistakes as opportunities to learn and we acknowledge our emotions as a way to be our best selves.
This is the beginning of my ninth year at WIS as the Assistant Principal. Before coming to Weston I was a teacher in Westport for 11 years. I have two children: a 12 year old son who is beginning 7th grade this year and a 10 year old daughter entering her last year of elementary school as a 5th grader. We live in Fairfield and are involved in travel soccer, hockey and lacrosse.
I am looking forward to another wonderful year as part of the WIS community and as a member of the Weston Public Schools. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.
If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose being kind and you will always be right. ~Unknown
Weston Intermediate Assistant Principal
As a caring community of learners, Weston Intermediate School fosters pride in developing abilities, promotes positive social development, and encourages an appreciation of individual differences. Our dynamic program builds a foundation for success by providing a balanced learning environment, which supports problem solving, creativity, and independent thinking.
Weston Public Schools Pre-K-12 Learning Expectations
By successfully meeting the Weston Public Schools’ graduation requirements, students will demonstrate proficiency in the following foundational, academic, personal and social competencies:
Visual, Verbal, Aural and Written Language
Comprehension and analysis of visual, verbal, aural and written language necessary for adult learning.
Communication Through the Written Word
Clear and effective communication through the written word.
Preparation and delivery of clear and effective presentations to a variety of audiences.
Quantitative Problem Solving
The ability to use quantitative methods for problem solving.
Critical and Creative Thinking
The ability to think critically and creatively: assess, interpret, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information.
The ability to research, apply knowledge and skills across disciplines and synthesize information in order to solve authentic problems.
The ability to effectively apply technological skills to effective communications and authentic problem solving.
Integrity in Identity and Community
The development of a commitment to act cooperatively, responsibly, and with civility and integrity.
Health and Well Being
The ability to make positive decisions related to physical and emotional wellness.
Main Office & Staff Info
Our main office staff members are the first people you speak to on the telephone or meet when you visit. They support the educational mission of our school by ordering supplies, maintaining records, and assuring that our school runs smoothly each day.
The main office is accessible to the school community between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Recent News Items
Dear WIS Families, I hope everyone has been having a good summer. We are looking forward to welcoming our students back on Tuesday, September 8th. Now that the Board of Education has officially endorsed the Superintendent’s recommendation that the schools will reopen...
Late last week, I shared the Governor’s announcement regarding the plans for reopening public schools across Connecticut in Fall 2020. I promised to send you additional information as it is received from the Governor or Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)…
As you all should be aware, the Board of Education (BOE) charged the WPS administration to
actively consider a change to School Start/End Times for Fall 2020. At the heart of the work is a broadly representative Task Force, including administrators, teachers, parents, community leaders, with targeted outreach to high school students.
Each student of the Weston Intermediate School community has the right to:
- Participate in worthwhile learning activities at school
- Freedom from cruel teasing and put-downs
- A safe, calm, clean, and orderly learning and playing environment
- A fair turn in the classroom and on the playground
- Make mistakes without being ridiculed by others
- Seek help from adults who are here to help you
- Dignity and respect from others
Each student of the Weston Intermediate School community is responsible to:
- Come to school prepared with necessary tools, completed homework, and a willingness to learn
- Avoid fights or verbal abuse of other students
- Be fair and accepting of others
- Work and play safely
- Work to the best of your ability, taking pride in your effort
- Use appropriate and acceptable language
- Be kind, courteous, helpful, and respectful of others
- Share equipment and materials fairly, and use them properly
- Respect property, especially things that do not belong to you
- Cooperate with your schoolmates and adults who want to help you
- Speak out when you witness unfairness or offensive language or behavior of others
- Be a good sport whether you win or lose
- Be truthful with everyone