Welcome to Latimer Lane School, a character-driven community of excellence! The students, staff, and parents of Latimer Lane School are committed to seeing every child achieve their fullest potential, in a socially, emotionally, and academically supportive environment. As stated in the Simsbury District Vision statement, we seek to “cultivate the mind, body and character of each student.” We present our students with daily opportunities to stretch and grow as learners, develop creative problem solving skills, and work collaboratively. We prepare our students to be meaningful contributors to a global and ever-changing society.
Each year, our faculty and administration engage in a process of continuous improvement. In the fall, goals and priorities are developed based upon data collected from district and state assessments. Using these identified school goals, each grade level and department team develop action plans to move our work forward. Collaboration is critical in this process and is an essential component of a successful plan. As a result, collaboration is a high priority among the faculty, staff and administration at Latimer Lane School. Teacher teams meet as part of the district’s commitment to developing Professional Learning Communities. These teams focus on using student work and assessments to adjust instructional practices and improve student learning.
Our six character ideals: respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, honesty and good citizenship guide our instructional practices at Latimer Lane School and are the foundation of our character education program, “Great Achievement Today and Everyday” (G.A.T.E.). We gather frequently, as a community, throughout the year for G.A.T.E. assemblies to celebrate the end of school-wide projects. They often start with recognition of individual classes or grade level contributions to the service project. Additionally, teachers use these assemblies as an opportunity to recognize students who have consistently demonstrated the six character ideals. The students being honored pass, ceremoniously, through the “Gate of Good Character.”
At Latimer Lane School, the home-school partnership is a highly valued, integral part in meeting the needs of our students. Numerous opportunities exist for parents to volunteer and be active members of the school community. Classroom teachers rely on parents for a variety of programs within the classroom. The PTO, fueled by parent volunteers, works to support the existing programs of the school while also bringing new and exciting ideas and opportunities to the Latimer Lane community.
I am honored to be the new principal of Latimer Lane School and to be working with such an eager group of students, a dedicated faculty and staff, and a supportive and encouraging group of parents. I look forward to engaging the Latimer Lane community in the 2014-2015 school year.