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


Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!


I am excited to welcome students, staff, families, and the community to Totoket Valley Elementary School. We know that you will come to love this school, the dedicated and caring staff, the sense of community, and the instruction, programs, and support that will challenge each student academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally to reach his/her potential.  Please know that each member of our staff will work closely with students and families to foster personal growth and success while developing respectful and lasting relationships along the way.  We will look to balance the educational experience with challenging content, engaging experiences, opportunites for creative thought and problem solving, social skills development, 21st century skill acquisition, and fun.  Although this is challenging work, we are all up for the task and we will be looking for creative and meaningful ways to engage families and the community along the way to help us reach these goals.


We know that the grades 3-5 are important developmentally for many reasons and we will ensure that we support students as they develop and question along the way.  We will also ensure we balance our support and instruction as they transition from JHS to TVES and again from TVES to NBIS.  We do not take lightly 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.  We encourage you to reach out to us along the way through PTO, school/family opportunities, and as any other need may arise.  We are here to support you and your child throughout the process.


Again, welcome to TVES!  I look forward to working with you and please stop by or reach out at any time, I am here to help and your feedback, suggestions, ideas, and concerns are important to me so that you and your child feel as positive about this school as well all do.


2017-2018 will be an excellent school year!


Thank you,


Carter Welch, Ed.D.


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