Children's Community School (CCS) Waterbury, CT

*Names and photos are false, unless otherwise indicated, to protect the identities of these students. The stories are real. 


Another Alumni Success

When I reflect on my childhood CCS has a major impact on it. I have so many wonderful childhood memories that happened at CCS. Whether it was the field trips we went on, the performances we put on for monthly assemblies, or even just being in the classroom. CCS was a second family because I was so close with my graduating class because we were together from kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as being close with all the teachers that I had throughout my years at CCS. This school has provided me with so many amazing experiences and opportunities that I will forever be grateful for. One of my fondest memories of being at CCS was the day we created the mural in the parking lot.  To this day as I drive by I always say, “That’s me the one in the red”.

During my years at CCS I always pushed to do well in my schoolwork, making sure I completed all my homework and studied for tests. As I continued my education I wanted to do well in school just as I did at CCS. I made honor roll every marking period at North End Middle School and Wilby High School. I was placed in honor and AP courses. In high school I was qualified to become a member of the National Honor Society. I graduated from Wilby High School 3rd in my graduating class.

I attended the University of Tampa for my undergraduate degree in Public Health. In May 2015 I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science. In the fall of 2015 I will begin pursuing my Master’s in Health Care Administration at the University of New Haven. I really enjoyed how small CCS was and how I got to know my teachers, and that feeling stayed with me when I chose the schools for my degrees.     

Keneisha Rasheed, CCS Class of 2004  

(pictured at right with Phoebe Nieves, 2016 Alumni Award winner)


A Difference Noticed in Just Weeks

"Jose" had a checkup just last week and the doctor reported something unusual....The doctor noticed t hat Jose had improved noticeably on his verbal skills. Jose started preschool at CCS in September.

The same was true for "Juliana." Her mother enthusiastically told the teacher that she saw a big difference in her 3-year-old in just a few weeks.

The professionals say it's because we have a "literacy rich environment." To understand what that means, you have to know how our teachers speak to these youngsters. Questions are rarely posed that allow for a simple yes or no answer.

Instead, you hear:

Tell me about you are doing.

Why do you think that happened?

You're painting with a lot of green today, can you tell me why?

The CCS pre-K program is recognized by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood as being a program that goes above and beyond. With two teachers per classroom, only one of them is required to meet standard educational and professional development requirements. At CCS, ALL of our teachers meet of exceed the requirements.

A Story from the Principal                                                                                                                                                    

Shareanna graduated from 5th grade at CCS in 1996. She was accepted to the Montessori School as one of two scholarship recipients they sponsor from CCS each year. Shareanna had learning difficulties but the Montessori School stuck with her and even gave her a second year in sixth grade to help her catch up with the rest of the students.  I just recently ran into her mom who informed me that Shareanna went to the Waterbury Art Magnet School and had been very successful. Her mom credits the Montessori School with equipping her with the skills she needed to succeed in high school. Shareanna is currently studying to become a physical therapy assistant at Naugatuck Valley Community College.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Student "A"

It's hard to start the year out failing your spelling test when you're so young, so "A" went to his mom for help. (Our students benefit from parental involvement that goes beyond signing the contract with the school. Parents review and sign off on homework and reading assignments each day). Then "A's" teacher started working with him in the mornings, too. His grade went from the lowest to some of the highest in the class. He now is excited to take part in class spelling bees. 

Student "B" 

CCS students are known for being happy to be in school. Student "B", however, was struggling and frustrated. Her teacher emphasizes a community spirit in the classroom. "It's not just about you," as the saying goes. The students in this class are starting to live that attitude. They remind each other about proper behavior and positive approaches. It's starting to make a difference in B's demeanor as well. She's gaining confidence and becoming proud of her work. "I've seen a light go off in that child's head and it's so rewarding," says B's teacher. 


Rohan's Story

Many of our students come to us with academic challenges. They often start with deficits in reading or math, which is not unusual for children from low-income households. Rohan was one of those students. He started the fall two years behind grade level in reading. 

What we offer at CCS is the school equivalent of "intensive care" -- small classrooms, specialists in reading and learning, extra assistance with tutors, daily homework and reading requirements, and constant encouragement. It was just what he needed. According to his Fountas & Pinnell scores ( a reading benchmark assessment tool), Rohan has improved his reading so much that he is now reading at grade level!


Back For Moore

From an article originally published in the Waterbury Republican American.

"Although nearly 15 years and a college degree separates them, Ashley Moore still sees herself in the fifth-grade students she mentors at Children's Community School in Waterbury.

Moore, 24, said she loved her time at the private elementary school for economically disadvantaged youths and always knew she would come back to volunteer. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2013 and started working with CCS students in September of 2014."




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