Welcome toThompson Brook School (Posted 7/4/2010)

Thompson Brook School is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Our school is home to the district's approximately 600 fifth and sixth graders. It is a community dedicated to meeting the cognitive, physical and social-emotional needs of our pre-adolescent population.

Upon entering the wide, bright and welcoming hall, one feels the caring and senses the respect for the importance of the learning that takes place within. Off the main hall is a health and wellness wing: gymnasium, two well-equipped exercise rooms and health classroom. A  sun-lit library stocked with 20,000 volumes and a full complement of computers address the skills and learning levels of fifth and sixth graders. The library is flanked by two computer laboratories. The music suite consists of offices, choral room, the strings practice room, as well as the stage occupied by instrumental musicians. All classrooms meet current codes for square footage and are filled with natural sunlight.

As in any school, the real treasures are the people within. Children thrive in the student-centered environment at Thompson Brook School. Our school has adopted the CARES model for development emphasizing cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self control. Entering fifth graders from both elementary schools join together to meet those with whom they will travel to high school graduation.  Support and guidance are built in and help children navigate the somewhat turbulent waters of building new friendships and interacting with challenging content area curriculum:  traveling from learning to read to reading to learn.

Teachers are talented, skillful and dedicated professionals. New ideas are welcomed and shared through peer collaboration. Professional staff development opportunities are evident and are in line with best practices, enabling teachers to implement new programs across curricular areas. The recent addition of a literacy coach has supported the refinement of the language arts curriculum. Teachers work alongside dedicated parents to construct a safe, nurturing yet challenging environment in which students grow and learn.

Our motto: "A place to wonder, a wonderful place to learn" highlights the importance all members place on thinking, creativity and the joyful pursuit of each child's personal best.