The Roaring Brook School community is a special place where 655 students in kindergarten through grade 4 experience the challenges and joy of learning in a nurturing environment that promotes respect for self and others. Our highly talented staff works effectively and tirelessly in partnership with parents and the community to ensure that all children are successful learners. We afford students a plethora of academic experiences and character-building activities to prepare them to become tomorrow's leaders.
The school goal is that all students will demonstrate the higher level thinking required to accomplish challenging tasks in all curriculum areas. These higher level thinking skills include critical stance, prediction and problem solving, and creative expression. In order to support student achievement of this goal, teachers participate in a comprehensive training program based on the latest research and best practices in education.
Our educational program provides the opportunity for each child to progress towards the mastery of skills and competencies. Roaring Brook student performance continues to far exceed state averages in all areas of the school profile. The Connecticut Mastery Testing Program administered in grades 3 and 4 reflects very strong performances in writing, reading and mathematics.
Our school continually engages in ongoing and systematic assessment of student performance in order to inform instruction and to determine curricular areas needing revision. We recently completed a revision of the K-4 language arts program to ensure alignment with national and state standards and a comprehensive approach to balanced literacy. We also recently adopted a new K-4 mathematics program that emphasizes a problem solving approach based on everyday situations so that students learn mathematics skills in a meaningful context. This program is aligned with national and state curriculum frameworks and standards.
The school community is built upon a very strong multi-faceted collaboration between home and school. Parents participate in the everyday life of the school in support of the children's learning. The Parent-Teacher Organization is highly supportive of the school through its financial and human resources. The organization has a long standing history of providing cultural programs that enrich the curriculum, artist/author-in-residence programs, foreign and sign language programs, children's theater and others. The Publishing Center supports the school's focus on literacy through the publication of student books and storyboards.
The community is similarly supportive of the educational process. An example of community support is the Avon Educational Foundation that provides grants to teachers for innovative programs. Our staff has been awarded several grants since 2004. The awards included funding for the Lifecycle of a Frog using scientific inquiry, the use of Reader's Theatre audio books to record reading fluency, Hartford Stage Literary Connections residency program, history and culture of China, software for a student-run newspaper, exploration of the Underground Railroad through music, literacy-based phonic enrichment, and multicultural instruments.
I invite you to visit the very special school community of Roaring Brook!
Crisanne M. Colgan, Ph.D.