Avg. Class Size: 18
Total Teacher FTE: 20
Avg. Teacher Experience: 12.8
Teachers with Master's Degree: 65%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 14:1
Per Pupil Expenditure: $14,219
Hubbard School is committed to maintaining a school climate and culture that promotes high academic expectations, as well as positive social and behavioral outcomes for students. Our Safe School Climate Plan details the current status and goals related to our school climate. Both students and staff at Hubbard School work to achieve these outcomes in many ways, including:
Character Education for K-5 students is embedded throughout the course of the year based upon the identified Husky Pride character traits of respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, and citizenship. Teachers and support staff work to develop an appropriate social skills curriculum that is offered via a series of lessons throughout the year. Additional character ed instruction is provided by staff to address presenting social, emotional, and behavioral issues within small groups, or as a whole-class or full grade level.
Have you filled a bucket today? Classrooms use the bucket filling philosophy to promote respect and empathy towards others, as well as positive self-esteem. As students move through different grade levels, activities may include: read aloud, role playing, filling a classroom bucket, certificates, and creating classroom rules.
The Code of Conduct hangs proudly throughout our school. As it is introduced to students, teachers discuss what each expectation of conduct looks like throughout different aspects of the school day.
Hubbard Husky Pride Character Student of the Month Awards Program:
This program is based on the foundational aspects of character that define “Husky Pride”. These include respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, and citizenship. The program places additional focus on 1 specific character trait each month, resulting in two complete cycles for the school year. For example, respect would be a focus for September and February, responsibility for October and March, and so on. A K-5 common vocabulary concerning these traits has been developed and implemented throughout the course of the year. Staff educates students and reinforces understanding and skill application of each trait. Every month, each classroom selects one student as the Character Student of the Month relevant to the specific trait of focus. The principal presents selected students with their awards in front of their classes. Every month, award winners have their pictures taken and displayed in the front of the building within our Husky Pride Character Students of the Month recognition display.
Hubbard School's curriculum encompasses various research-based learning programs. The goal of our academic programs is to provide experiences which enable children to meet academic and social challenges and develop their potential as life-long learners. These programs include:
- Columbia Reading Workshop- a model focused on helping students become avid and skilled readers and inquirers
- Columbia Writing Workshop- a model focused on helping students become authentic and skilled authors
- Words Their Way- a hands-on approach to word study that teaches students to look closely at words to discover the spelling patterns, syllable structures, and spelling-meaning connections needed for reading and writing
- Investigations ©- supports students to make sense of mathematics with a focus on computational fluency and reasoning and communicating mathematical ideas to become mathematical thinkers
Different grade levels utilize additional research-based programs throughout the curriculum.
Hubbard School uses various forms of standardized testing throughout the school year. The goal of standardized testing is to create a picture of student growth, as well as to inform instruction in academic areas. The following standardized tests are integrated into our program:
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) - Language Arts and Math assessments for grades 3, 4, and 5
- Northwest Educational Assessment (NWEA) - Language Arts and Math assessments for grades 3, 4, and 5
- Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment (BAS) - Reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension assessments for grades K-5
- Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) - Science assessment for grade 5
Hubbard School recognizes teachers, students, and parents throughout the school year for various achievements. Recognitions include:
- Berlin Bravos
- Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Student Award (CAPSS)
- Connecticut Assocation of Schools Celebration of the Arts Award
- Connecticut Association of Schools Parent Volunteer Award
- Connecticut Association of Schools Student Leadership Award (CAS)
- Friends of Berlin Schools
- Non-Certified Staff Member of the Year
- Teacher of the Year