North Branford Public Schools
Totoket Valley Elementary School
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Principal's Message


As we head into the second half of the year I hope your students have been encouraged by the changes in place this year at TVES including the enrichment program, the specials courses in Social Emotional Learning, Health/Wellness, and MakerSpace, the whole school Community Days around Habits of Mind, and our efforts to be more Globally Minded.  I am also encouraged by the collective growth our students have shown on our i-Ready benchmarks and in the Connecticut Core Standards from September to now.  Our staff has also been very hard at work this year implementing our Writer's Workshop Program through Teacher's College at Columbia, and this has resulted in students building writing stamina and choice in their writing on a daily basis.  We are encouraged by these results and look forward to building on this success next year while also implementing Reader's Workshop through Columbia University.   


As we move forward we will continue to commit to our deep responsibility to foster a love for learning, a safe and positive school climate, and a co-learning community that recognizes the student academically, socially, and emotionally.  If you have not done so, we encourage you to reach out to us in the coming weeks/months through PTO, school/family opportunities, and as any other need may arise.  We also hope that as we move to the spring you will consider participating in our annual school climate survery, which will be shared with all families.  Your feedback is listened to and appreciated through this survey. We look forward to sharing these results with you as well as other performance measures so that you can be fully informed about how our school is doing.  As always, please stop by or reach out at any time; I remain here to help.  Your feedback, suggestions, ideas, and concerns are of great value to me so that you and your child contine to feel as positive about this school as all the staff and I do.


Thank you,


Carter Welch, Ed.D.


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