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  • 2024 Westbrook Hall of Fame Award Honorees Announced

    Press Release from Dr. Kristina J. Martineau, Westbrook Superintendent of Schools

    Westbrook Public Schools is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Westbrook High School (WHS) Hall of Fame Award to honor WHS graduates who have excelled in their careers and serve as role models for the children of Westbrook and future generations of graduates.

    This year, the new WHS Hall of Fame Committee reviewed more than 30 nominations from its school and alumni community. After careful consideration, the committee selected two distinguished graduates who are both role models through their success in their chosen careers: Ms. Bernadette Carver (Class of 1977) and Ms. Heather Vogell (Class of 1992). Carver was also selected for her extensive and ongoing commitment to community service in Westbrook.

    The 2024 WHS Hall of Fame honorees were recognized by the Westbrook superintendent of schools, Dr. Kristina Martineau, at the WHS Class of 2024 graduation ceremony on June 14.

    Bernadette A. (Pagano) Carver—WHS Class of 1977

    Ms. Carver began her career with Essex Savings Bank as a high school junior through an internship program. After high school, Carver attended The Stone School of Business in New Haven and completed the accounting program, graduating early with honors. In 1978, she accepted a job with Essex Saving Bank as a teller and has been with the bank for 45 years, holding many positions, including high level leadership and management positions. Currently, she holds the position of vice president, corporate secretary & compliance officer. She was instrumental in implementing the Operations and Lending departments at the bank. While working at the bank, Carver also attended the Connecticut School of Finance and Management and The National School of Banking.

    Carver has always been very loyal and involved in her community. Her current involvements include the Bankers Compliance Association of Connecticut, Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Club of Old Saybrook/Westbrook, Westbrook Daisy Dash, Beach Jam for Cancer Patient Care, Shoreline Soup Kitchen, and Connecticut River Museum. Carver has been an active volunteer in the community of Westbrook in many ways, with the Westbrook tree lighting, Westbrook Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Vista Life Innovations to name just a few. As a result of her loyalty and service to her small town and surrounding areas, she is a pillar in these communities, earning an award from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County as a “Behind the Scenes Unsung Hero.”

    Heather Vogell—WHS Class of 1992

    Ms. Vogell is an investigative reporter at Pro Publica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Vogell has had a highly successful and award-winning career in journalism. She has exposed abuse at group homes for the developmentally disabled and high schools which push out low achievers to raise their graduation rates. A series she co-authored, “Cheating Our Children,” which examined suspicious test scores in public schools across the nation, was a 2013 finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She has also received several other prizes.

    After attending WHS, Vogell attended Georgetown University, where she received a BA in English. Vogell continued her education and earned two graduate degrees from prestigious programs in her field: an MS degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a second MS degree in public administration from the CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Inspector General program.

    Nominations for the 2025 Westbrook Hall of Fame Award will open in the fall of 2024. Honorees will be selected in the spring of 2025 and then be recognized at the WHS Class of 2025 graduation ceremony in June.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments at Daisy

    Dear Families of Third- and Fourth-Grade Students,

    I'm reaching out to notify you that our students in grades 3 and 4 will be participating in Smarter Balanced Assessments over the next two weeks at Daisy.

    These standardized assessments are not something that your child needs to prepare for as they are simply a check on instruction that students have been involved in all throughout the school year.  We just ask that you help your child to be best prepared by being fully rested; on time to school each morning; and fueled for the day.  It's helpful, always, to get a good night's sleep and students will do well to have breakfast--either at home or on arrival at school--each day.

    The assessments are scheduled for mornings and there are five sessions (split between Reading and Mathematics) over the next two weeks for each class.

    Thanks so much for helping your child to be ready for school--and on time each day--in order to do their best.


    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham School

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Westbrook High School Hall of Fame Award Nomination

    Nominations and applications are now open for the Westbrook Hall of Fame  Award.  Westbrook Public Schools is looking to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates as a model for our current and future students. We are proud of our graduates and look forward to sharing and honoring their accomplishments with our community as well as with our graduating Class of 2024 as they consider their own future after graduation and how they will contribute to their profession and community. 

    Please consider nominating a Westbrook High School alumnus who has excelled in their career, vocation, business, community service, sport, performing arts, or other interests that would serve as a model for our students to aspire to on their own journeys in the future after high school graduation. 

    Anyone may nominate a Westbrook High School graduate who has graduated at least ten years prior to the nomination.  All nominations will be reviewed by the Westbrook High School Knights Hall of Fame Committee.  One alumnus will be selected each year and will be publicly recognized at the graduation ceremony at Westbrook High School on Friday, June 14, 2024.

    Nominations are made in one of the following ways:

    1. Email Dr. Kristina J. Martineau, Superintendent of Schools, at with the following information: name of the candidate, year of graduation, candidate’s contact information, your name and contact information, and the reason why you believe this candidate should be recognized as an alumnus who has excelled in career, vocation, business, community service, sport, performing arts, etc.


    1. Complete the online application form that can be found here


    Nominations are due no later than Friday, March 1, 2024, to be considered for June 2024 recognition.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Westbrook Board of Education Receives Leadership Award 2nd Year in a Row at Major Education Convention in Connecticut

    For the second year in a row, the Westbrook Board of Education was presented with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Leadership Award.  This award was presented during the annual CABE / CAPSS (Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents) Convention held at the Mystic Marriott. “CABE believes that Boards of Education which exhibit the most effective leadership are characterized by their ability to work together as teams.” The CABE Board of Education Leadership Awards are designed to recognize boards which work effectively in this manner. In order to be considered for this award, boards had to fulfill 22 of 30 criteria in four areas; community relations, board operations, policy and board member professional development. A minimum of three criteria in each area had to be met in order to receive the award. 

    As part of the nomination and application process, the Westbrook Board of Education reflected on their collaborative work to continually grow as community leaders and in service to the children and Town of Westbrook:

    “The Westbrook Board of Education is a more effective board of education than it has been in previous years due to its commitment and deliberate attention to professional growth as both individual members of the board and as a cohesive, collaborative governing body.  The Board is actively engaged with professional development and highlights the importance of these opportunities every Board of Education meeting as a standing agenda item.  This dedicated time in each meeting to share new learning and to promote future professional development opportunities continues to strengthen the collaborative, active growth mindset and the relationships of the Board members to act as an informed and unified governing body in the best interest of students, families, and staff.

    The Westbrook Board of Education is a very active Board with the school community. It is a standing agenda item at every board of education meeting to provide members with an opportunity to share recent school events and activities that they have participated in to promote our schools and to encourage membership ongoing participation in our schools. The majority of the Board attend school events and activities on a regular basis, which is valued and appreciated by staff, school leadership, and families.  The presence of the Board at school events has created a culture of mutual respect, support, and collaboration.  The Board is also highly visible in the community at major Town events, such as the Tree Lighting- providing access to families and a clear commitment to serving as community leaders.”

    Dr. Kim Walker, Westbrook Board of Education shared, “I am so proud of the work and ongoing commitment of my board members on behalf of our students and our Westbrook community. Our board works smoothly together as a team that focuses on student achievement for ALL students.”

    Westbrook Board of Education
  • PowerSchool Maintenance 11/22/2023 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

    PowerSchool will be updated between 8:00am and 12:00pm this Wednesday, November 22nd. Access to PowerSchool Admin, PowerTeacher, and PowerSchool's public portal for students and parents will be unavailable.

    As always, scheduled maintenance and updates and known outages are posted at

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Making a Child's Birthday Special

Recognizing a child's birthday is a very special part of growing up and this can be done in a thoughtful way in school, without the need for sugary treats to be sent in from home.  We will help our students celebrate their special day in a variety of ways, which may include:
  • Giving the birthday child a special responsibility or classroom job that day.
  • Having birthday stickers or crowns for the birthday child, as is age appropriate.
  • Recognizing the child with thoughtful messages from peers and teachers during Morning Meeting and/or illustrating and writing special messages, etc.
  • Gifting the birthday child with a choice of a "Birthday Book" from the office.
  • Any other special ideas to help the child feel extra-special on that day that teachers may devise.
Please note that:
  • Edible treats cannot be sent in from home.
  • We don't expect families to send in any items, but some may choose to send in individual bubble containers, stickers, pencils or other inedible items that children can enjoy.
  • Our school cannot send home birthday invitations to families for events that may be planned outside of school.

Parents/Guardians, thank you so much for trusting our Daisy Educators to make every day special for our children!

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Principal: Ruth W. Rose


105 Goodspeed Drive, Westbrook, CT 06498

(860) 399-6432