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


As we head into the warm weather and the busy finish to our school year, please know we are hard at work planning for class placement, scheduling, and transition planning to serve families and students.  Through all these efforts, it remains our goal to include you in making this a collaborative environment where children thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.  As I reflect on this year, I have enjoyed our ROCKS assemblies, Dream Team, academic opportunities, enrichment program and efforts to build students' social and emotional awareness and learning throughout the year.  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.  As you know students are also very hard at work in our testing through Smarter Balanced and the Next Generation Science Standards Field Test, and I am proud of their efforts and perserverance.  I continue to be impressed with our climate and community building efforts and have been equally impressed with our student involvement in their school community through service projects, enrichment clubs, academic success, music/band efforts, arts projects, and in our Trotters Program.  


As we move forward we will continue to focus on the importance of the developmental needs of our 3-5 students and we will look to support academic and social growth as they transition to new grades or a new school in the spring.  We 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.  Additionally, we thank you for your participation and feedback in our annual school climate survery. 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.  If you should have additional feedback or questions, please reach out to me at any time.


I look forward to these last months and the many experiences planned for students including field trips, assemblies, school visits/programs, transition activities and end of year celebrations.  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.


Best wishes for a positive and rewarding finish to the 2017-2018 School Year!


Thank you,


Carter Welch, Ed.D.


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