Summer 2012 Letter
Welcome to Colebrook Consolidated School. Colebrook is a small rural community with a big sense of pride in our school. A staff consisting of 32 full and part-time employees implements high quality educational programs for 105 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade six. .
At Colebrook Consolidated School we challenge our students with a comprehensive curriculum that provides them with the skills necessary to achieve. We use a variety of assessment tools to assist us in focusing instruction and utilizing available resources. Students in grades three through six take the Connecticut Mastery Test every March. Generally the percentage of students performing at goal or above goal on the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) exceeds the state average. For students who do not achieve the established goals, extra support is available both in and out of the classroom.
The strong commitment to work together by the Board of Education, the town and Colebrook parents brought our kindergarten program from an extended day to a full-day program in September, 2008. Our youngest students are able to further excel in all academic subjects and develop socially at a more relaxed pace and at a deeper level of experience than before.
Technology education and up-to-date learning tools are priorities at CCS. We have two mobile labs that contain a total of 30 laptop computers. These mobile labs are brought into classrooms for whole class instruction and also are available for staff professional development. Students use the computers for research, word processing, and creating projects to represent their learning. Two mobile SMARTBoards have also been purchased to assist in instruction and learning. This technology is being utilized at all grade levels.
Colebrook students and staff are T.e.R.R.i.F.i.C.C. We practice the character traits of trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, faithfulness, caring, and citizenship. Students are recognized for demonstrating good character as part of the morning announcements. Opportunities to practice these traits are provided through the recycling program, duties raising the flag, serving lunch, making announcements, assisting with younger students, and in all facets of our school day.
Parents are important members of the Home-School Partnership. We celebrate First Day each year with a coffee, a school-wide assembly and then offer time for parents and community members to visit classrooms. Volunteer opportunities exist in the art room and library. Each classroom is encouraged to provide parents with an opportunity to visit the classroom to engage in a project with their child or to view students showcasing their learning at the end of a project. We work very closely with our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to provide curriculum and cultural enrichment for our students. PTO support makes it possible to bring musical performances to our school and for teachers to purchase equipment needed to enhance instruction. A large, handicap accessible playground was built for student use through a comparative effort between the PTO and the Town of Colebrook. A hundred volunteers worked tirelessly to build the play-scape over two days. It was an incredible sight and an example of the value placed on children and community in Colebrook.
We highly value effective communication at CCS so please feel free to contact me by phone (860-379-2179)or email (email@example.com) if I can be of any further assistance. Colebrook Consolidated School is a great learning community, and we invite you to come be a part of it.