Israel Putnam Elementary School
Israel Putnam Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut (CT)
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Israel Putnam School in Meriden, CT

Israel Putnam
Elementary School

133 Parker Ave
Meriden, CT 06450
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Meriden Public Schools

General Information

Israel Putnam's success rests largely on a well-developed sense of community. Students, staff, and community members work together to help all students achieve in a safe and orderly environment. Student achievement has been supported through sound instructional practices and special activities to motivate and enrich our students' academic lives.

Literacy instruction is the cornerstone of our academic initiatives. In order to support the reading achievement of all students, an early literacy initiative has improved on-going assessment of all students at the primary level so that we may provide instruction for each student's specific needs. In addition, specialized programs of Reading Recovery and TLC (Teaching for Literary Competency) provide one-on-one instruction for our neediest learners at the first and second grade levels, so that all students leave the primary grades reading to succeed. Because of our comprehensive approach to literacy instruction our program was recognized by the International Reading Association as an Exemplary Reading Program.

In addition to our academic initiatives, there is an emphasis on the social curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate respect for themselves, their peers, and their environment. This is supported through clear school and classroom rules with logical consequences. It is also maintained through classroom morning meetings, through which we model and practice appropriate social behavior.

Our parent community supports our initiatives by providing funds and the "helping hands" needed to implement programs. The CPTO (Concerned Parents and Teachers Organization) contribute funds to allow all students to participate in field trips, appropriate to their grade level. Programs provided by the school system to enrich our integrated curriculum were supplemented by CPTO funds and included a range of information from puppetry to dinosaurs.

The helping hands of parents and teachers allow us to provide clubs for special interests, special programs, and the opportunity for our students to practice and reinforce independent reading and writing skills in the classroom.

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