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Irving School is one of two elementary schools located in Derby, CT and home of the Wildcats. Our diverse school community serves approximately 350 children in grades K-5. The school was built in 1953 and underwent additions and major renovations in 1995 to accommodate the growing school population. Irving school consists of 21 classrooms, an art room, music room, library, media/technology lab, cafeteria, gymnasium, and 2 children's playgrounds.

We celebrate the diversity and culture of our students. At Irving, we have over 20 different countries proudly represented at our school. We are intentional about developing an appreciation and awareness of the many different cultures in our global society by hosting monthly performances, presentations and puppet shows, providing a rich selection of multicultural texts, and celebrating our annual International Night where students dress in their native heritage and share songs and dances from their country.


  • Regular School Hours 9:00 A.M. -- 3:25 P.M.* Doors open at 8:30 for breakfast

  • Delayed Opening 11:00A.M. -- 3:25 P.M. Doors open at 10:45 for breakfast

  • Early Dismissal Days 8:00 A.M. -- 12:55 P.M. Doors open at 8:30 for breakfast

*Students may not be dropped off prior to 8:45 A.M. as there is no adult supervision. (With the exception of those having breakfast.) *Students will not be dismissed prior to 3:25 P.M. without a written note from parents or guardians.


When students arrive late or leave early, they miss critical learning opportunities. (Please see article attached.) Throughout the remainder of the year, Irving School students:

  • Should not be dropped off prior to 8:45 a.m., as there is no supervision until that time.

  • Must be in their classrooms by 9 a.m., the start of school.

  • Are marked tardy after 9 a.m. and miss important instruction.

  • Will need a written note to be dismissed early. Students will not be released to anyone other than the parent/guardian/authorized individual.

  • Are dismissed from school at 3:25 p.m. unless for emergencies.


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We are proud of the many accomplishments of our teachers and staff. Each year, every school in Derby selects one Teacher of the Year and Paraprofessional of the Year to celebrate the great work happening in our schools. Below are the teachers and paraprofessionals from Irving who were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee to represent our school (and in many cases, our district!)

You will find that Irving School's teachers and staff are a group of engergetic, bright, talented and dedicated individuals who care deeply about our students. We are proud of every member of our team and extend a sincere congratulations to our Teachers and Paraprofessionals of the Year! #WeAreTeamIrving

Jennifer Lucas

2017 Irving School Teacher of the Year:

Mrs. Jennifer Lucas, Music Teacher

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Elise Campbell

2017 Irving School Paraprofessional of the Year

2017 Derby Public School's Paraprofessional of the Year

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Mrs. Elise Campbell, Grades 3-5


Teachers: Heather Landolfi, Grade 1; Kailee Hyde, Grade 1; Candy Lebel, Grade 2; Holly Smith, Grade 4; Jori Pirritino, Grade 5; Elise Chambers, Grades 3-5 LC; Karen Szilvasy, Grades 3-5 Resource; Christine Ortiz, Physical Education/Health.

Paraeducators: Bonnie Tillotson, Grade K; Missy Calvert, Grade K; Stephanie Melendez, Grades 1 & 2; Sherry Lia, Grades 3 & 4; Virginia DiPaola, Grades 3-5

Frank Briganti

2016 Irving School Teacher of the Year

2016 Derby Public School's Teacher of the Year:

Press Release

Mr. Frank Briganti, Grade 4 Math

MaryLou Victor

2016 Irving School Paraprofessional of the Year

Mrs. MaryLou Victor, Grades K-2

Christina Guerra

2015 Irving School Teacher of the Year

2015 Derby Public School's Teacher of the Year:

Press Release

Mrs. Christina Guerra, Grade 5

Maria Bowers

2015 Irving School Paraprofessional of the Year

2015 Derby Public School's Paraprofessional of the Year

Press Release

Mrs. Maria Bowers, Grade 1

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