Bethel Public Schools. Bethel, Connecticut

Bethel Public Schools Newsletter 1-11-13

Superintendent’s News

Kevin J. Smith, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents, Care Givers, and Community Members:

Last night the Board of Education hosted a special meeting to solicit input from the community regarding the 2013-2014 budget. I realize that many were unable to attend because of the early hour. If you would like to share any thoughts or recommendations please email them to boe@bethel.k12.ct.us.

There were many good recommendations shared last night. A fair amount of the conversation focused on school safety and security. This area has been a significant focus of ours since December 14th. Below is a timeline that outlines some of our efforts since the massacre in Newtown.

12/14/12 – Senior administrative staff met to debrief events of the day, review existing procedures, make necessary changes and plan for a security audit.

12/15-16/12 – Pupil Personnel staff met to plan response strategies for students and faculty.

12/17/12 – Individual school faculties met to coordinate responses within each school.  Implemented revised security procedures, instituted a strong police presence on campus, began a security audit with our security contractors.

Week of 12/17 - Continued with the safety and security audit, corrected security hardware issues, compiled recommendations for safety and security upgrades. Met with Police Chief Finch to plan Bethel Police deployment on school campus.

12/20/12 - Bethel Board of Education established special sub-committee on School Safety and Security.

Week of 12/24 - Installed a camera and buzzer system on the main entrance at BHS

12/27/12 - Met with Mr. Knickerbocker, Police Chief Finch and other local officials to review procedures, recommendations, and security measures.

 Weeks of 12/31 and 1/7 - Continued to meet with contractors to examine security hardware upgrade options.

Week of 1/7 – District Administrators required to take online FEMA course on Emergency Planning in Schools. Letters sent to CT’s senators requesting funding from Office of Homeland Security to support the expense of security upgrades.

1/7/13 - Team from Bethel attends School Safety Symposium featuring national experts.

1/8/13 - District team was convened to review practices and procedures utilizing a national “all hazards” approach.

1/11/13 District officials attend legislative breakfast to provide input to local legislators regarding safety and security needs.

As you can see, our district staff has been as proactive as possible to ensure that we are providing safe and secure environments. Our efforts will continue as we move through the winter and into spring. I would like to thank our parents and other community members for the many recommendations and resources they have forwarded over the last several weeks. As we move forward in recovery efforts it is key that all voices are represented in the conversation about safety.

In response to the tragedy in Newtown, our Selectmen have proclaimed Monday, January 14th as an “Act of Kindness Day” in Bethel. The school leadership will be working with staff to plan activities for this day. We join them in their recognition that a “small beginning can make a big difference” and join them in their resolve to “do better in all ways to improve our living environment.” You can find the full text of the proclamation below.

Students in every school will participate in activities to honor this day. For parents of young children, there is a wonderful book that I read to my own children that captures beautifully the sentiment expressed in our Selectmen’s proclamation. It is entitled “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” If you have small children or grandchildren and are unfamiliar with the book, I recommend it.

This is a very busy time in our schools with many great events taking place. I encourage all to get out and partake in some of the many activities scheduled. I remind readers of a couple of significant events coming up in the next few months. Our Parent University is scheduled for February 5th at 6pm at BMS. You can find information below. The NJROTC Military Ball is scheduled for February 17th. There are not many more impressive sights than 200+ high school students ballroom dancing!  The Bethel Education Foundation’s Barnum Ball will take place on Saturday March 2nd. The Bethel Education Foundation has provided over $80,000 in grants to our staff to support the high level of innovative practice taking place in our schools. Please give every consideration to buying a ticket – it is a truly fabulous community event.

Due to the storm we have revised our district calendar to accommodate for the 4 days lost due to Hurricane Sandy.  The revisions are as follows:

*School was in session on Monday, November 12th

*School will be in session on Friday, January 18th.

*School will be in session on Monday, February 18th & Tuesday, February 19th.

Click here for the REVISED 2012-2013 school calendar. 

Follow me on Twitter @DrKevinJSmith95

 

 

Tip o’ the Cap

This week’s Tip o’ the Cap goes to all of our district teachers who are participating in our pilot coaching program. This is a voluntary professional development opportunity designed to provide training to teachers in assisting colleagues’ instructional improvement through peer coaching. The experience is very powerful and is leading to an even greater strengthening of our teaching force in Bethel. The effort requires much time, thought, commitment and courage. I am proud of all those staff participating.

 

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following wrestlers who placed at last weekend’s tournament in Southington!

 

1st

Spencer Hoch

Andrew Sayers

Breno DeOliveira

2nd

PJ Brown

Jerry Hill

Alex Hoch

Frankie McNeary

Jack Morris

3rd

Max Lynch

Jack Robinson

Jason Robinson

Clay Thunhorst

4th
Tyler Cole

Max Khoshabo

Bobby Roda

Vito Romano

 

 

 

Kindergarten Registration Information

 

If your child will be five years old on or before January 1, 2014, he/she is eligible to start kindergarten in August, 2013 in the Bethel Public Schools. To begin the registration process, we ask that you call Sue White at 203-830-7355 any week day between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We will ask you for some basic contact information so that we can provide you with further information prior to the formal registration early next spring.

 

Elementary School Lunch News

 

Elementary Menu for 1/14/13 – 1/18/13

 

Monday –  Oven-Baked Coleman’s All-Natural Chicken Nuggets, Rice & Beans, Peaches, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

Tuesday -  Meatball Sub, Peas & Carrots, Chilled Apple Juice, Fresh Fruit Basker

 

Wednesday –  Beef-a-Roni, Steamed Green Beans, Apple, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

Thursday –   Hamburger or Cheeseburger on a Bun, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

Friday -  Freshly-Baked Cheese Pizza with Tossed Garden Salad, Chilled Mandarin Oranges, Fresh Fruit Basket

 

LUNCH PRICES –

Elementary - $2.50

Secondary - $2.90


Each lunch includes a minimum selection of three components, two of which must be a fruit or vegetable.

 

BREAKFAST IS NOW BEING SERVED AT ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Students can get off the bus and go to the cafeteria to purchase and eat breakfast.

Breakfast Price - $1.95

STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FORFREEOR REDUCED LUNCH QUALIFY FORFREEOR REDUCED BREAKFAST.

Reduced Breakfast - $.30/day

 

Brown Bag Lunch or Morning Coffee

                                            If anyone would be interested in talking about some of these                                                  items in person, I invite you to contact my office and join me for a                                       brown bag lunch or morning coffee.  Please contact Susan Paré,                                                      Executive Assistant, or call (203)794-8601.

 

 

Circle of Friends Pre-School

 

Pre-School Screening

 

Are you concerned that your child might be experiencing developmental delays?

 

If so, you and your child (3-5 years old) are encouraged to participate in a Circle of Friends screening.  While meeting the staff to discuss concerns or ask questions regarding your child’s development, your child will take part in informal play activities that include songs and motor activities. 

 

The preschool team includes the Supervisor of Special Education, Preschool Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and School Social Worker.

Screening date:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

 

Pre-registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcomed.

For more information please contact Katharine MacDonald at 794-8679.

 

The Pre-school screen is open to Bethel residents only

 

Berry School News

 

Berry School Newsletter – Dandy Lines (Look in News & Announcements)

 

Rockwell School News

 

Rockwell School Newsletter – Peek at the Week  (Look in News & Announcements)

 

Johnson School News

 

Johnson School Newsletter – Weekly Bulletin  (Look in News & Announcements)

 

Middle School News

 

Middle School Newsletter – Tiger Times  (Look in News & Announcements)

 

Mr. Muharem’s  Principal’s BlogThis blog will offer another means of communication to you throughout the school year.  

 

High School News

 

High School Newsletter – BHS Newsletter  (Look in News & Announcements)

Published quarterly. 

 

Curriculum Night at Bethel High School

We are pleased to invite you to a special “Curriculum Night” at Bethel High School on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  This year, we have changed the format for the evening and we think you’ll be pleased with the new schedule.  The evening will begin with a short presentation from Mr. Troetti in the auditorium. Then, you’ll be able to choose six sessions that you’d like to attend throughout the evening. All parents will have an opportunity to attend presentations from the core and elective departments.  Parents of current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be invited to a special presentation on the BHS Advanced Placement Program. Parents of current 8th grade students will attend a seminar given by the School Counseling Dept. to learn more about the course offerings and programs at Bethel High School.

 

During the departmental presentations, teachers will share important information about their curriculum and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak directly with teachers and department chairpersons/coordinators about the courses and programs offered at Bethel High School. 

 

In addition, you are invited to visit the BHS Media Center and the College and Career Center.  There you can sign out career, college planning, and postgraduate materials including videos and test preparation materials for the SAT, ACT and AP exams. And don’t forget to attend the special presentation about our Advanced Placement Program and offerings at BHS.

 

Prior to this evening students will have received the BHS Program of Studies.  Please be sure to bring this booklet to the Curriculum Night.  We also encourage you to bring your child with you since the selection of courses directly impacts his/her future.

 

We hope that you will be able to attend the 2013 “Curriculum Night”. We know that the information obtained from staff members will be helpful to you as you advise your son or

 

 

daughter in the selection of courses. The staff and I look forward to seeing you at this important and informative event.

 

Sincerely,

 

Christopher M. Troetti                  Gary M. Lawlor                  Mari Lerz

Principal                                             Associate Principal          Assistant Principal

 

 

BETHEL HIGH MID-TERM EXAMINATION SCHEDULE – JANUARY 2013

 

 

Thursday

Jan. 24, 2013

Friday

Jan. 25, 2013

Monday

Jan. 28, 2013

Tuesday

Jan. 29, 2013

7:35 - 9:35

Exam

Period 1

Exam

Period 3

Exam

Period 5

Exam

Period 7

 

9:35 - 9:40

Passing Time

Passing Time

Passing Time

Passing Time

9:40 - 11:40

Exam

Period 2

Exam

Period 4

 

Exam

Period 6

 

Exam

Period 8

 

11:40

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

12:20 - 2:00

Make-Ups

Make-Ups

 

Make-Ups

 

Make-Ups

 

The BHS Key Club will be showing the film Happy Feet on January 18th, at 7 p.m. in the BHS cafeteria.  Admission is free and concessions will be sold.  Get ready to tap dance along with your favorite feathered friends.  We hope to see you there!

 

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at the Bethel Cinema

 

Bethel Cinema

269 Greenwood Avenue

Monday, January 21, 2013 10:00 a.m.

$10.00 admission, tickets sold at the door, all ages are welcome!

 

Please join the cast and crew of the BHS Musical as we watch and sing a long to the wonderful story of Beauty and the Beast.  For more information please contact Pegeen Newman at pegeennewman@aol.com

 

 

Yearbooks are now on sale for $75. Please go to www.jostens.com or contact Ms. Lacey at laceyr@bethel.k12.ct.us. The holiday sale ends January 31st. This is your last opportunity to order personalization. Any seniors interested in personalization, please contact Ms. Lacey.

 

Attention families of BHS Seniors: If you did not yet submit information for a recognition advertisement in the 2013 yearbook, and are still interested in purchasing one for your graduate, please contact Ms. Lacey for more information. Forms are also available in the BHS main office.

Click here for Personal Ad Form.

 

Bethel High School ALL-SPORTS BOOSTER CLUB seeks new officers!

Join the Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club at their meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 at BHS. We are looking for new parents to become involved. We are actively seeking those who are interested in board positions (especially President) for the next school year!

 

The Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club was organized to ensure ongoing support for the athletic programs at BHS and to foster school spirit.  Our members strongly believe that the lessons student athletes learn, such as teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship, from participating in well-organized athletic programs will benefit them in all areas of their lives.

 

The funds raised each year from events such as the annual Ralph J. DeSantis golf tournament,  the operation of the snack shed, the sale of spirit wear, etc. enable the club to provide the following in support of our athletics program:

 

* $10,000+ in annual scholarships to student-athletes

* Improvement of BHS athletic facilities

* Improvement and purchase of athletic equipment

* Annual Senior Athlete Banquet

* Championship gym banners and plaques

* Fan buses to championship games

* and much, much more!

 

Contact Information:

Dana Eaton:  eaton.dana@gmail.com

Facebook page: Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club

 

Ready for the Superbowl?  Need some pizzas to keep the fans happy either during the game or just anytime in the house?  Well, check with a BHS Softball player to order some delicious Little Caesars  pizza, cookie and snack  kits to keep frozen until you need them!  Sales from December 19 through January 21st.  Delivery is January 31st.   Thanks for your support!      

 

Brown Bag Lunch or Morning Coffee

                                            If anyone would be interested in talking about some of these                                                  items in person, I invite you to contact my office and join me for a                                       brown bag lunch or morning coffee.  Please contact Susan Paré,                                                      Executive Assistant, or call (203)794-8601.

 

 

Did you get a new hand-held electronic recently?

Again this year, the BHS Band Boosters are happy to announce our collection of hand-held electronics. We will ensure all of your items are properly disposed of and kept out of our landfills.

 

Please send or bring your used/broken cell phones, iPods, game boys, DS etc. – (any hand-held electronic items) - to your school office and drop them in the collection boxes that will be set up by the boosters. That’s all there is to it!

 

Get rid of the clutter in your home and make room for new items that might be on their way for the holiday season! Help to support our BHS Band programs! Protect the Earth! It’s all good - so please take a moment to collect your items and dispose of them in a way that will protect our planet.  Questions? Send us an email @ parenthelp@bethelband.com

Thank you for your Support!

BHS Band Boosters

 

Dear Bethel families, faculty and administrators,

 

I am happy to announce that the Bethel High School Band Boosters are selling discount cards once again. These cards support all the Band programs at the High school. We hope that you will help support this great cause by purchasing one or more. Each card is $10.00. 

 

This year we have 13 local Bethel merchants and 3 Danbury merchants, each having given a continuous discount for one year. The cards expire September 30, 2013. 

 

Click here to find the card with the merchants and their discounts. To place your order, just fill out the form below. 

 

You can turn your order forms in at the front office of your child’s school or the Superintendent’s office. All orders will be filled by the end of the week they are turned in. Keep an eye on your children’s backpack.  

 

Family Name:_________________________________

   Please print

 

Child Name:____________________________________

   Please print

 

Phone:____________________________________________

 

School  and Teacher:_________________________________

 

___________________________________________________

 

Number of cards __________  $ amount Due (enclosed)___________

 

 

Thanks in advance for your support!!!  Please email parenthelp@bethelband.com with any questions or concerns.

 

Parent University

 

What is Parent University?

Parent University is a FREE educational program, offered by Bethel Public Schools, for parents and caregivers. Parent University provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to gain a better understanding about what their children are learning and become a full partner in their child's education. 

 

The Parent University workshops will educate, involve, and empower Pre-Kindergarten thru Grade Twelve parents and caregivers. They will focus on well-being and social issues, curriculum, instruction and assessment.

 

How does Parent University work?

Parent University offers a three hour evening event in February and additional workshops throughout the year at our schools. 

At the event in February, Parent University offers four workshops and a featured guest speaker. Attendees will be able to attend the guest speaker’s presentation and two of the workshops offered that evening.

What workshops are offered?

 

Parent University Event - February 5, 2013

 

~Parents, Caregivers, Professionals and Community~

 

You are cordially invited to the 1st Annual Bethel Public Schools Parent University Event.

 

These free workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 5 from 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at

Bethel Middle School, 600 Whittlesey Ave, Bethel.

 

Refreshments and free childcare will be provided.

 

Featuring Guest Speaker - Jonathan Costa

 

                                                                               

 

Jonathan Costa is the author of Digital Learning for All NOW. He is the Director of School and Program Services for Education Connection, a regional education service center in Lichfield, CT.  A former public and private school social studies teacher, educational consultant, and Board of Education member, his current responsibilities include supervision of the highly regarded "Center for 21st Century Skills."  Jonathan has done extensive work with districts on strategic and technology planning, and he is now deeply involved in preparing districts for the major changes in teacher and administrator supervision and evaluation.  He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, and he has published articles in Educational Leadership as well as diverse publications such as Runner's World.  Jonathan is a lively and very knowledgeable speaker who challenges parents, teachers, and administrators to envision instructional in which technology transforms the classroom! 

 

Event Schedule

 

5:30-6:00

Registration/Refreshments/Child Drop-off in BMS Gym

 

6:00-6:15

Welcome

BMS Auditorium

Dr. Janice Jordan, Associate Superintendent of Bethel Public Schools

 

6:15-7:00

Transformational 21st Century Digital Learning

BMS Auditorium

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Costa, Author of Digital Learning for All NOW

 

~

7:00-7:15 Refreshments

~

 

7:15-8:00

Building Your Child’s Confidence Workshop

(Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 3)

 

Enabling vs. Empowering Workshop

(Grades 4-8)

 

Smarter Balanced Assessments Workshop

(Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 12)

 

~

8:00-8:15 Refreshments

~

 

8:15-9:00

Blended Learning Workshop

(Grades 4-12)

 

Course Specific Tips Workshop

(Kindergarten-Grade 12)

 

If you are interested in attending, please register online at http://www.doodle.com/8tqbzth2prfct77b

 or contact Karen Alongi at alongik@bethel.k12.ct.us or (203) 794-8613.

 

Parent University Event is sponsored by: Bethel Public Schools Central PTO

 

Families of Kindergarten-Grade 3 Students

 

This year we will be offering a series of parent workshops coordinated by our School Social Worker, Katharine MacDonald, along with some of our specialists such as our Behavior Analyst, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists. 

 

These workshops will provide opportunities to meet with other parents and some of our district specialists in order to learn new strategies, ask questions, and take part in discussions about how to successfully navigate the developmental issues faced by parents with young children. 

 

  • Teaching Children Positive Social Skills - February 7th @ 9:15am in the Rockwell  School Cafeteria

 

  • Encouraging Effective Communication at Home - March 21st @ 9:15am in the Berry School Cafeteria

 

  • Facilitating Good Eating Habits - May 21st @ 9:15am in the Rockwell  School Cafeteria

 

If you are interested in attending, please contact School Social Worker, Katharine MacDonald, to sign up at macdonaldk@bethel.k12.ct.us or (203) 794-8679.

 

 

Families of Bethel Middle School Students

 

  • Avoiding Summer Fever…The Fourth Quarter Dip - 4th quarter (date tbd) at Bethel Middle School

 

If you are interested in attending, please contact Heather Michalski to sign up at

michalskih@bethel.k12.ct.us or (203) 794-8670.

 

Families and Students of Bethel High School

 

  • Curriculum Night - January 17, 2013 at Bethel High School

 

  • Junior Next Step Meeting - January 29, 2013 at Bethel High School

 

  • College and Career Readiness: What every student and family needs to know -  March 7, 2013 at Bethel High School

 

You do not need to sign up to attend these workshops.

 

 

Bethel Education Foundation

The Bethel Education Foundation's 7th Annual Barnum Ball is just around the corner!  Get a table of your friends together and join us Saturday, March 2nd at the Ethan Allen Hotel.  The event includes open bar from 6:30 – 8:30pm, your choice of four entrees, dancing and live and silent auctions.  We've got some exciting auction items this year and all proceeds benefit education in Bethel.  Tickets are now available for $75 per person and can be purchased in two easy ways:

 

1.  Click here to use our secure online ticket order form to make an online reservation;

2.  Click here to print the ticket order form and return it to school with your child, drop it off at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce or mail it to us at P.O. Box 92, Bethel, CT 06801.

Do you know an educator who uses creativity and innovation to improve student achievement in his/her school?  The Bethel Education Foundation's Excellence in Education Award recognizes and honors superior educators whose creativity and innovation within the classroom, school, or district have had a significant impact on student performance and achievement and provide an ongoing model of excellence  in encouraging all learners and educators to excel. These qualities are all aligned with the Foundation's mission to promote innovation, creativity and excellence in learning for our children and the community.

The Bethel Education Foundation invites you to nominate a candidate for the Excellence in Education Award. Please complete the Nomination Form and provide specific details supporting how your nominee is a model of excellence through his or her use of innovation and creativity to improve student achievement.  Nomination applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of school administrators, teachers, parents and community members.

The educator selected for this award will be notified when directors from the BEF, school officials, and colleagues visit the educator unannounced to offer congratulations and two tickets to the Barnum Ball. The winner will also be publicly recognized at Bethel Education Foundation's Annual Barnum Ball on March 2, 2013 and presented with a commemorative plaque and a $500.00 grant.

Click here for the Bethel Education Foundation Newsletter.

 

Pro Access Teen Center

 

Friday night we're open from 6 - 9PM for pizza, games and hanging out.  Cost: $5

 

Open Gym Friday night from 9-11PM in the municipal center from 9-11PM.

 

Saturday morning "PIT STOP COFFEE CART" at the municipal center from 8-noon.  Get your volunteer hours through this fun project and help raise money for Pro Access at the same time.  Email Hilda for more information. 

 

LOCKIN-IN - on Jan. 25 from 9PM to 7AM.  Glow in the dark dodge ball, midnight manhunt, movies, scavenger hunt and more!!!  RSVP needed by Feb. 22  Cost: $15. 

 

Community News & Events

 

BETHEL SOFTBALL EARLY REGISTRATION:  Take advantage of discounted registration fees by registering for the Spring 2013 In-town season by January 19, 2013.

 

Please go to www.leaguelineup.com/bethelsoftball to learn more about playing in

the spring and to download the Early Registration Form.  Email questions to

bethelsoftball@sbcglobal.net. 

 

Where you eat, shop, and play all make our community our home!  When you shop locally you are making an investment in Bethel, in your schools, in your neighbors, and yourself.  

Shopping local is a great opportunity for you to support the merchants that support our schools, our sports, and other school clubs and organizations.  

 

The chamber is also excited to announce our new Bethel Bucks program.  Bethel Bucks are gift certificates that can be used to purchase many products like groceries, toys, gifts, premiums, photography, they are even redeemable at the Bethel Park and Rec. department. They are available in $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, and $50.00 denominations.  They make great teacher gifts too!  Purchase Bethel Bucks at the Chamber Office or by emailing contactus@bethelchamber.com

 

 

2012 - 2013  Family- Friendly  Hikes  &  Activities,  Sponsored by The  Bethel  Land  Trust

All activities will be held on the 2nd Sunday of the month and start at 2:00 pm.   If it rains or snows, the event may be rescheduled.  Check our Facebook page (Bethel Land Trust) for updates.   Refreshments will be served after the hike.

 

February 10, 2013 @ 2:00  -  SNOWSHOE  AT TARRYWILE MANSION

Meet at the upper parking lot of the mansion for some vigorous winter exercise.  Hikers and cross-country skiers are welcome too.  Who knows what the weather will be.  Tarrywile Park is located off Southern Blvd. in Danbury.

 

MARCH 10, 2013 @ 2:00 -  PRE-EARTH DAY PRESERVE CLEAN UP 

This is the time of year when the discarded bottles and cans that disfigure our preserves are easiest to spot.  Earth Day, on April 22nd, is too late to clean up in this area because the invasive plants have already leafed out.  Meet at the Rockwell School Parking lot and we’ll break down into smaller work parties and go to the preserves that need to be picked up, or have brush cut back.  Wear gloves.

 

Reminder – Check Facebook (Bethel Land Trust) for updates.

 

BEtv Schedule

 

Here's what's on BEtv this weekend.   BMStv has been busy making TV shows! Check out their installment of Sports Time - Find out how well they are predicting the Football Playoffs right up to the Super Bowl outcome. Remember you can always check our schedule at http://www.bethel.k12.ct.us/subsite/bhs/page/betv-schedule-1308 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

2012-2013 School Calendar/School Time Schedule

 

2012-2013 School Calendar

 

2012-2013 School Time Schedule

 

School Closing/Delay Information

 

When it is necessary to close school due to inclement weather or have an unscheduled early dismissal due to forecasted inclement weather for the afternoon, the “Schools Closed” or “Early Dismissal” announcement will be made over the following radio and television stations and websites in the morning:

 

                WLAD                   AM         Danbury               800 on the dial

                WINE                    AM         Brookfield          940 on the dial

                WICC                     AM         Bridgeport          600 on the dial

                WEBE                    FM         Bridgeport          108 on the dial

                WEZN                   FM         Bridgeport          100 on the dial

 

TV Channel 3, TV Channel 8, & TV Channel 6.

 

Bethel Public Schools Website – www.bethel.k12.ct.us

Connecticut Weather Website – www.ctweather.com

 

In the case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to operate schools.  However, in our judgment, whenever it is not safe to operate the buses, schools will be closed. 

 

In the event that weather conditions worsen after pupils have arrived at school, it may be necessary for an unscheduled early dismissal (click for times).  Should this occur, you will be notified by telephone by our automated voice message system and appropriate announcements will be broadcast over the above media.

 

You may also sign up to receive text or email notifications on your cell phone when weather related cancellations, announcements, or other notifications have been posted from the following media:

(Text messaging rates may be applied by your carrier.)

 

CT Weather.com

Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone

http://www.ctweather.com/e-notifications.php

 

WFSB – Channel 3

Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone

http://www.wfsb.com/category/211195/school-closings

Bethel Schools are listed under Fairfield County

 

WNBC 30 – Channel 6

Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/school-closings/

Click on Get Text or Email Alerts

 

WTNH Channel 8

Click here to sign up for storm closing text alerts sent right to your phone

http://www.wtnh.com/subindex/weather/storm_closings

Click on Alerts on Your Phone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Bethel Board of Education does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  The Bethel Board of Education does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction.  The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding the non-discrimination policies: 

 

Dr. Janice Jordan, Associate Superintendent, Bethel Public Schools, P.O. Box 253, 1 School Street, Bethel, CT  06801 – (203) 794- 8613.