skip to main content
Letter from the Superintendent: Principal Search at OE
Letter from the Superintendent: Principal Search at OE
May 3, 2019

Dear Oliver Ellsworth School Community,

As you may know, Virginia Hoerle has resigned effective June 30th. We wish her well in her next endeavor and thank her for her dedicated service to Windsor Public Schools and Oliver Ellsworth School.

This creates our need to find the next Principal for Oliver Ellsworth. Ideally we will identify a new candidate in May/June and have that person available to begin their role on July 1st. As we begin this process, Dr. Terrell Hill, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, will be conducting two focus groups to receive input from families regarding the next Principal. These focus groups, combined with previously received input from the school community and input from staff, will help form our candidate profile for the position. Typically the community focus groups will be planned with one group during the day and one group after school hours. Please watch for an announcement regarding dates for the focus groups in the Friday newsletter update and through School Messenger.

Our process for filling the Principal position will include at least two structured interviews which will include a panel of teachers, staff, district administrators and Principals from other buildings. Several OE parents and family members will be invited to participate in the first round interview. If you are interested, please share that interest with Dr. Terrell Hill through his email, thill@windsorct.org, or at a forum. Following interviews, finalists will meet with the Superintendent and other cabinet members. Eventually, the Board of Education interviews a finalist for the position.

Thank you for your support of Oliver Ellsworth School. I look forward to sharing information on the next Principal with you following his/her appointment by the Board of Education.

Sincerely,
Craig A. Cooke, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Current HS Juniors, apply to SWEAT this July
Current HS Juniors, apply to SWEAT this July
Current HS Juniors, apply to SWEAT this July. http://bit.ly/whssweat

To learn more, please watch this 2-minute student video that describes the SWEAT experience: https://youtu.be/XS3RZfJhJlA

The SWEAT program (Senior Workshops Enabling a Smooth Academic Transition) is series of workshops focused on helping incoming seniors take a weight off their shoulders and get their post-secondary materials completed or started prior to entering into senior year. The three workshops offered to students are The College Application Process, The College Essay, and Resume Writing and Letters of Recommendation. Each workshop also involves SAT prep to help students boost their scores, as well as a crash course in college jargon to help students become aware of the financial aid, admissions, and academic language of the college world. Attendance for each day of the workshop you are enrolled in is mandatory.

Each workshop will also award one student a scholarship of $250 based on consistent attendance, participation, merit, and need.

Add your voice. We want to hear from you.

20 days ago

 

What are the most important skills and attributes Windsor students need to develop in order to ensure success in learning, life, and work beyond school?

 

The Windsor Public School District is seeking your input on an important endeavor of developing A Profile of a Graduate for Windsor Public Schools. A Profile of a Graduate is a process whereby Windsor Public Schools will identify key skills, competencies, and abilities that we would want to develop in our Windsor graduates over their entire time with us. We are seeking input from many different groups including families, students, faculty, and corporate and civic partners. The results of this exchange will assist the district in creating a roadmap as to how we will develop these attributes in our students from pre-kindergarten through graduation. 

 

We need your input on what qualities you feel a Windsor Public Schools’ graduate should possess in order to succeed beyond high school. To gather your feedback, we’re using a tool called Thoughtexchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued. 

 


The Thoughtexchange process has 3 steps: Share, Star and Discover


Share: share thoughts to open-ended questions, independently and confidentially

Star: read thoughts shared by you and other participants, and rate thoughts out of 5 stars

Discover: learn what matters to the group by exploring the thoughts and how they were rated 

 

Click Here to Participate

 
Letter from the Superintendent regarding Felipe Lopez
Letter from the Superintendent regarding Felipe Lopez
April 24, 2019

Dear Windsor Community,

It is with deep sadness that I must share the news of the death of Windsor Student, Felipe Lopez, who passed away from a serious injury in Hartford, CT early this morning. Felipe has been a member of the Windsor school community for a few years and will be remembered fondly by his friends and fellow students.

Losing a member of the school community can be quite devastating for students and staff as well as the greater Windsor community. We have grief counselors available at Windsor High School and the L.P. Wilson Community Center today and continuing through the week as needed. Discussing thoughts and feelings about this event is important in helping students work through their grief.

We send our sincere sympathies to Felipe’s family and friends. Please contact the high school’s main office with questions.

Sincerely,

Craig A. Cooke, Ph.D.
Superintendent
How will the 2019-20 Budget affect my child's school?
How will the 2019-20 Budget affect my child's school?
To learn how the 2019-20 budget will affect your child's school, please attend the Joint PTO Budget Meeting. This meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, has been moved to Monday, May 6 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Sage Park Middle School Library.

The WPS PTO and Community Budget Meeting includes Oliver Ellsworth, Poquonock, JFK, Clover Street, Sage Park Middle School and the WHS School Governance Council. Come hear information and ask questions regarding the 2019-20 budget and how it will affect your child's school and the Windsor community. Superintendent Dr. Craig Cooke, BOE President Leonard Lockhart, BOE Finance Chair David Furie, and Director of Business Services Danielle Batchelder will discuss the budget and answer questions.

If you need childcare, please contact Betsey Lepak at 860-687-2000 ext. 1272.

Presentation will be shown on YouTube Live. http://bit.ly/WPS-Budget
Last Day of School and Graduation
Last Day of School and Graduation
Windsor Public Schools' Community,
It is time to update your calendars.

The last day of school for students is Friday, June 14, 2019. All students will be dismissed on an early dismissal schedule.

Windsor High Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be held the night before, Thursday, June 13, 2019, at The Bushnell in Hartford.
Area senior citizens invited to breakfast. Register by May 6th.
Area senior citizens invited to breakfast. Register by May 6th.
Windsor’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig Cooke will host the 13th Annual Senior Citizens Month Breakfast to offer Windsor’s senior residents the opportunity to learn more about programs and initiatives underway at Windsor Public Schools. Presentations from Dr. Cooke, Board of Education President Leonard Lockhart, WHS Principal Uyi Osunde, Mayor Donald Trinks, Windsor Town Manager Peter Souza and WHS several students.

This is a free event, but reservations are required. Please call the Superintendent’s office
at 860-687-2000 ext. 1236 by Monday, May 6th.
Windsor Public Schools To Offer Evening Registration Hours
In order to better serve families in need of registering their children for kindergarten or applying for preschool, the Windsor Public Schools Registration Office will offer evening hours on selected Thursdays. In addition to being open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the office will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on every Thursday in March and on April 25, May 9, and May 23.

Families are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity in order to ensure that their children are registered for kindergarten in time to receive important program information and participate in orientation activities. Families wishing to apply for the 2019-2020 preschool program are also encouraged to complete this process as soon as possible.

Both kindergarten registration and preschool applications may either be completed online at www.windsorct.org or by visiting the Registration Office.

The Registration Office is located in the Windsor Board of Education Offices in the L.P. Wilson Community Center at 601 Matianuck Avenue in Windsor. Additional information about the registration process can be found at www.windsorct.org or by calling 860-687-2000 extension 1263.
WPS Kindergarten Registration for 2019-2020 School Year is Now Open
Windsor Public Schools is beginning Kindergarten registration on Monday, March 4, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Children five years old on or before January 1, 2020 are eligible to register for Kindergarten. Families are encouraged to register during the month of March to be included in orientation and welcoming activities.

Full day Kindergarten classes are located at Oliver Ellsworth and Poquonock Schools in Windsor, Connecticut.

Families may register their children online at www.windsorct.org (Departments > Registration) or by visiting the Registration Office at 601 Matianuck Avenue weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Beginning on March 7th, the Registration Office will also be open from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm on selected Thursday evenings: March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 25, May 9, and May 23. For more information, please visit www.windsorct.org or call 860-687-2000 ext. 1263.
WPS Accepting Preschool Applications for 2019-2020 School Year
Windsor Public Schools is accepting applications beginning on Monday, March 4, 2019 for the 2019-2020 preschool program. Children who will be three or four on or before January 1, 2020 are eligible to apply for preschool.

Half day and full day preschool classes are located at Oliver Ellsworth and Poquonock Schools in Windsor, Connecticut. Families must provide transportation for their students to and from school.

Preschool applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The selection process for 2019-2020 openings will begin in April and families will be notified by May 10 regarding the status of their applications.

Families may apply online at www.windsorct.org (Departments > Registration) or by visiting the Registration Office at 601 Matianuck Ave weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Beginning on March 7th, the Registration Office will also be open from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm on selected Thursday evenings: March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 25, May 9, and May 23. For more information, please visit www.windsorct.org or call 860-687-2000 ext. 1263.
WPS Family Resource Centers Encourage Residents to Participate in Free Playgroups
The Windsor Public Schools Family Resource Centers encourage Windsor residents to participate in their free playgroups. Playgroups provide Windsor parents/caregivers and their young children (birth - five years old) with stimulating age-appropriate activities and the opportunity for positive socialization. Research has shown that children who attend programs such as playgroups develop essential social-emotional skills. These skills form the foundation that allow traditional school skills, such as literacy and numeracy, to develop.

Playgroups follow the Windsor Public Schools' calendar, and are not held during vacation, snow days, or other non-school days.

Playgroup Schedule:
Mondays at John F. Kennedy School from 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Tuesdays at Poquonock School from 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center from 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Thursdays at Oliver Ellsworth from 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Fridays at Clover Street School from 9:30 - 10:30 AM

For more information, please call
JFK Family Resource Center: 860-687-2060 x 5166
Poquonock Family Resource Center: 860-6872080 x 7131
Oliver Ellsworth Family Resource Center: 860-687-2070 x 6229
Clover Street Family Resource Center: 860-687-2050 x 4102
WinCal.org -- Windsor Online Community Calendar
WinCal.org -- Windsor Online Community Calendar
Please visit WinCal.org -- Windsor’s new online community calendar where you can find everything there is to do in Windsor, all in one place!
Looking for before or after school care? Register for Tree House
WPS Families: If you are looking for before or after school care for your elementary school-aged child, please call the Tree House office (687.2000 x 237) for more information. Registration is ongoing. However, families must register by August 22nd in order to be enrolled on the first day of school.

Our Tree House before and after school care program is conveniently located at each school for children in grades PreK-5 enrolled in Windsor Public Schools. Open Monday- Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The mission is to provide a high quality, recreational enrichment program that supports social, emotional and cognitive development.
Archived News
  • Windsor Student Heads to White House to Represent CT In 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
    Windsor Student Heads to White House to Represent CT In 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
  • Interested in substitute teaching this fall?
  • Dr. Santosha Oliver Named Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services
  • Legal Opinion on Release of Directory Information
  • Russell Sills Named Director of School, Family, and Community Partnerships at WPS
  • WHS Music Education Program Receives National Recognition with SupportMusic Merit Award
  • WHS Video Productions Program Wins National NASA HUNCH Video Challenge
  • Windsor High School Welcomes New Assistant Principals
  • Windsor Lions Club Donates Welch Allyn SPOT Vision Screener to School District
  • Windsor Public Schools Receives $390,000 Grant from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • WPS Thanks Community for Providing Scholarships to Graduating Seniors
  • Windsor High School Class of 2016 Graduation
  • Businesses Fueling Minds Through Books
    Businesses Fueling Minds Through Books
  • Windsor Chamber of Commerce Large Employer Breakfast
    Windsor Chamber of Commerce Large Employer Breakfast
  • WPS Office of Family and Community Partnership Family Pep Rally
    WPS Office of Family and Community Partnership Family Pep Rally
  • Board of Education Meeting Recognitions
    Board of Education Meeting Recognitions
  • WPS Announces CAPSS Student  Leadership Award Recipients
    WPS Announces CAPSS Student Leadership Award Recipients
  • 10/19/16 Re: Free and Reduced Meals from Windsor Food Services
  • WHS Girl's Bball Team Invites All Female Students To
    WHS Girl's Bball Team Invites All Female Students To
  • Calling All Fathers -- on Monday, September 19
  • Daddy-Daughter Dance: February 11th
  • Family PEP Rally, Fri., 11/4. Register by 11/1.
  • Homework Survey Results: K-5 Families
  • How to receive text messages from your student's school
  • Jennifer Tigre Recognized as 2016-2017 Windsor Teacher of the Year Recipient
  • Joint Elementary and Middle School PTO Meeting: April 26
  • New Student Registration for WPS 2016-2017 School Year
  • Notice of Destruction of Student Records - 2016
  • Proclamation Commemorating Teacher Appreciation Week: May 1-5
  • Register For Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (PSEE)
  • Register for the 11th Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast: May 5, 2017
  • Sign up for SBAC / STAR Night for K-2 on 10/25
  • Steve Songs Concert for Families - April 20th
  • Student Transportation for 1st Day of School, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
  • Support Windsor Food and Fuel Bank: Donations needed April 24-28
  • Take A Drum Ride: Saturday, March 11
  • Veterans Day (11/11) Schedule for Windsor Public Schools
  • Virginia Hoerle Named New Principal of Oliver Ellsworth School
  • WEF Awards Grants to WPS to Fund Innovative Learning Programs
  • WHS Alumnus Develops Math Program & Teaches Students to
  • Windsor Education Foundation Awards Grants to WPS to Help Further Student Achievement
  • WPS Elementary Schools' Family Yoga Night: April 25th
  • 12th Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast: May 4
  • 2018 Teacher Appreciation Week Proclamation
  • Asbestos Abatement Activities at LP Wilson: July 24 - Aug 4
  • Asbestos Abatement at JFK Nov. 22-24
  • Back To School Packet for Families
  • Changes to District and School Phone Extensions
  • Windsor Chamber Cares Benefit Auction 4.6.18
    Windsor Chamber Cares Benefit Auction 4.6.18
  • BOE Meeting District Recognitions 2.21.18
    BOE Meeting District Recognitions 2.21.18
  • McDonald's Donates $3,000 to WHS Air Force JROTC Program
    McDonald's Donates $3,000 to WHS Air Force JROTC Program
  • BOE Meeting District Recognitions 4.17.18
    BOE Meeting District Recognitions 4.17.18
  • Community Event: Debby Irving Workshop
    Community Event: Debby Irving Workshop
  • BOE Student Representative Fall 17
    BOE Student Representative Fall 17
  • BOE Meeting District Recognitions 1.15.19
    BOE Meeting District Recognitions 1.15.19
  • Board of Education Meeting 10.16.18
    Board of Education Meeting 10.16.18
  • BOE Meeting District Recognitions 11.21.17
    BOE Meeting District Recognitions 11.21.17
  • Adult Learner Success Stories - Andrea Gamble
    Adult Learner Success Stories - Andrea Gamble
  • Convocation
    Convocation
  • Businesses Fueling Minds Through Books
    Businesses Fueling Minds Through Books
  • Community Block Party
    Community Block Party
  • Windsor Students Receive CABE Student Leadership Awards
    Windsor Students Receive CABE Student Leadership Awards
  • School Starts Tuesday, Sept. 4. Message from Dr. Cooke
  • Kelly Educational Staffing Recruiting Event
    Kelly Educational Staffing Recruiting Event
  • Board of Education Meeting Recognitions 5.15.18
    Board of Education Meeting Recognitions 5.15.18
  • WPS Parent/Family Instructional Services Literacy Resources Survey
  • Windsor's FIRST TECH Challenge Team Hosts Robotics Competition - Saturday, January 26
  • Notice of Destruction of Records 2018
    Notice of Destruction of Records 2018
  • BOE Meeting District Recognitions 6.20.17
    BOE Meeting District Recognitions 6.20.17
  • Windsor BOE Holding Special Meeting Tuesday December 4
  • Registration Office to Offer Evening Hours
    Registration Office to Offer Evening Hours
  • Superintendent's Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast
    Superintendent's Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast
  • Last day of school for students (K-11): June 19
  • Kelly Services Holds Recruiting Open House: Nov 14
    Kelly Services Holds Recruiting Open House: Nov 14
  • A Message from Superintendent Dr. Craig A. Cooke
  • Changes in Lunch Menu Due to Snow Day
  • Windsor High School Graduation: June 13
  • BOE Offers Community Forum on Tues. Feb. 27
  • Bullying Workshop for Community: Jan 9
  • Calling All Windsor Men - Fri. Sept. 21
  • Calling All Windsor Men Video
  • Class of 2018, List of Graduates
  • Collaborative Conference to be Conducted by the Commission on Public Schools
  • Community Read-In Event - Thurs. Sept. 20
  • CTSAB Advisory: The Blue Whale Challenge App
  • Daddy Daughter Dance - February 9th
  • Food Services Memo 2018-2019
  • Free Summer Meals
  • Grade K-8 Assessment Workshop for Families Oct 30
  • How to Find Your Child's Bus Route
  • Internet Safety Presentation for Families Grades 5-12 on February 22
  • Internet Safety Workshop: Wed. Oct 10
  • Joint PTO Community Budget Meeting: 4.25.18
  • Kelly Educational Staffing Hiring Event - Dec. 17
  • Kelly Educational Staffing Hiring Event: Nov. 21
  • Kelly Educational Staffing Honors Michelle Pendleton as CT Substitute Teacher of the Year
  • Kristina Wallace Recognized as 2017-18 Educator of the Year
  • Liana Jorgensen Named New Principal of Sage Park Middle School
  • List of Scholarships Awarded To The Class of 2018
  • Memo from Dr. Cooke to BOE regarding School Safety Initiatives
  • Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records 2017
  • O’phir Bullock Recognized as 2017-2018 Paraeducator of the Year
  • Steve Songs Family Concert: April 19
  • Student Forum: Dialogue with school administrators and politicians 3.29.18
  • Summer Fun Outdoor Playgroup / Activities (Deerfield Apartments Courtyard)
  • Summer Learning Book Fair for Windsor Families: May 23-25
  • Superintendent Statement Regarding Parkland FL
  • Text of Graduation 2018 Speeches - Class President, Salutatorian, and Valedictorian
  • Top Students Celebrated for Academic Excellence By John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
  • WEF Awards Grants to WPS to Fund Innovative Learning Programs
  • WHS Graduating Class of 2016
  • WHS Senior Awarded First Place in Global Film Festival
  • WHS Video Productions Program Wins National NASA HUNCH Video Challenge
  • Windsor BOE Offers Community Forum on December 12
  • Windsor High School Class of 2017
  • Windsor High welcomes two new Assistant Principals
  • Windsor Public Schools First Day of School 2017-2018
  • Windsor Public Schools Give Back This Holiday Season
  • Windsor Schools Youth Survey 2017
  • Windsor Superintendent's letter on
  • WPS Humanities Dept. Seeking Local Businesses For Industry Partnership Activity
  • WPS Receives $334,690 Grant from HFPG During Third Year of WPS Family and Community Partnership Plan
  • WPS Receives $393,100 Grant from Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • WPS Superintendent to Present 2017-2018 Budget on January 18
  • WPS Superintendent to Present 2018-2019 Budget on January 17
  • WPS Thanks Community for Providing Scholarships to Graduating Seniors
  • WPS Veterans Day Events: Fri. Nov. 10
  • WPS Veterans Day Events: Mon. Nov. 12