|Grace Morris, Principal
Welcome to Latimer Lane School, a united community of life-long learners dedicated to developing the mind, body and character of each of our students. At Latimer Lane School, we believe that all students can achieve at high levels. As stated in the Simsbury District Vision Statement, "We provide our students with a rich and rigorous academic foundation designed to stimulate the skills necessary to thrive in an ever changing global society." We continuously present our students with opportunities to think critically, problem solve strategically, and work cooperatively with peers. In this way, our students leave Latimer Lane School with a strong foundation of work habits, positive attitudes, and academic knowledge and skills upon which to build during the middle and secondary years and beyond.
Each year, our school engages in a process of continuous improvement. In the fall, goals and priorities are developed based upon data from district and state assessments. Once school goals and priorities have been determined, each grade level or department team develops an action plan to move our work forward. Collaboration is a critical component of the continuous improvement process. At Latimer Lane School, we believe in accessing the collective wisdom of the entire staff and faculty. Thus, collaboration among faculty members is common practice here at Latimer Lane School. Teachers meet as grade level or departmental Professional Learning Communities. The focus of the Professional Learning Communities is to review student work and assessments and adjust instruction accordingly. Additionally, teachers share effective instructional practices to improve student achievement.
Our character education program, "Great Achievement Today and Every day” (G.A.T.E.) emphasizes six character traits: respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, honesty, and good citizenship. Each and every day during morning announcements, children hear these words, "Respect, responsibility, caring fairness, honesty, good citizenship—that is how we do things at Latimer Lane School!" Our school community gathers together periodically throughout the year for G.A.T.E. assemblies. These assemblies are often scheduled to coincide with the ending of school-wide service projects. Typically, the assembly begins with a sharing of the unique contribution each class or grade level has made to the service project. Teachers then recognize students who have consistently demonstrated the six pillars of character. These students are asked to ceremoniously pass through the ‘Gate of Good Character’ (a free standing gate created by a Latimer Lane School family). It is an honor to be able to pass through the gate, and something toward which all students strive.
At Latimer Lane School, parents are vital partners in the education of our youngsters. Numerous parent volunteer programs enhance our students' educational experiences. Parent support enables the library/media center to meet the needs of the student body. Classroom teachers rely on parent volunteers to support a variety of programs within the classroom. Science/Math and History/Geography/Literature fairs run by parents each spring enrich the curricula. Fund raising efforts have sponsored numerous culture and curriculum enrichment programs. The PTO has generously contributed to extending technology available to teachers at our school.
With a dedicated faculty and staff, supportive and involved parents and engaged and eager young learners, the climate at Latimer Lane School is positive and uplifting. The learning environment is child-centered and children's work is proudly displayed throughout the school. There is a creative energy in the air. Our message to students is that with a positive attitude, hard work and a belief in oneself, all things are possible. This is a powerful message for young people and one that we at Latimer Lane School believe will serve our youngsters well as they meet life's challenges in years to come.