Avg. Class Size: 20
Total Teacher FTE: 41
Avg. Teacher Experience: 14.5
Teachers with Master's Degree: 90%
Student-Teacher Ratio: 15:1
Per Pupil Expenditure: $14,219
Griswold 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 Griswold School work to achieve these outcomes in many ways, including:
Our work is focused on the Pillars of Character: caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, and responsibility. A staff committee meets to plan and implement various classroom lessons throughout the school year. Teachers also implements character lessons in various ways, including morning meeting and other responsive classroom strategies.
Have you filled a bucket today? All 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 alouds, role-playing, filling a classroom bucket, certificates, and creating classroom rules.
All students and staff are members of various School Families, which are mixed groups of kindergarten through grade 5 students. Each year, these families remain the same, which helps to carry student and teacher connections through many years at Griswold School. We believe that students benefit from multiple connections beyond their classroom teachers and students; the more teachers and students they can talk to and rely on, the better their experiences - socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically - at Griswold School.
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.
These awards are a school-wide effort to promote student success in academics, behavior, and social interactions. Teachers give out perseverance awards throughout the year to recognize students for trying their best in these areas. The awards are announced during our morning announcements and are hung up on a bulletin board outside of the library.
Griswold 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.
Griswold 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
Griswold 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 Association 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