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Tariffville Elementary School

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Phone: (860) 658-5825

42 Winthrop Street, Tariffville, CT 06081

Fax: (860) 658-3626

Principal: Scott Baker

Tariffville School Annual Report & Continuous Improvement Plan

Bullying Prevention & Intervention Information

Homework Presentation Given at May 2012 PTO Meeting

Principal's Message

Principal Scott Baker 

Scott Baker, Principal

Knowledge Is Power

Welcome to Tariffville School, a National School of Character. Tariffville School is listed on the National Historic Register, and we have recently completed a renovation project that has successfully maintained the appearance of the structure established in 1925. A distinctive element of the historic architecture on the façade of our building is an original engraving of KIP, the owl who is our mascot, along with our school motto Knowledge Is Power. Tariffville School prides itself on the high academic achievement of our students, an exemplary character education program that has received national recognition, and strong family and community involvement. The school mission statement supports our belief that all children will learn and reach their fullest potential.

"The Tariffville School community provides a safe and nurturing environment where mutual respect among adults and students is practiced, diversity is celebrated, and where parents and families are seen as valued partners in layering the foundation of life-long learning.

Our school implements a rigorous curriculum with high academic expectations and cultivates the character development of each student. We prepare our students to be successful learners and responsible citizens in today's world."

The faculty and administration engage in a continuous improvement process within a professional learning community that focuses on improving student learning and classroom instruction. This focus for this work is guided by a district-wide initiative across the elementary schools to improve reading and writing instruction and streamline systems for intervention. The annual report, published in the fall, summarizes the results of student improvement in relation to identified school goals and priority areas for the previous school year.

In the spring of 2005, Tariffville School was one of ten schools in the United States to earn the distinction of "National School of Character." The CLIMB (Character Lives In My Behavior) program incorporates four character ideals–Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Citizenship–which form the foundation of our school culture. An integral component of our program engages students in numerous service and community projects ranging from partnerships with local senior citizens to promoting literacy in Africa. Students are recognized for exhibiting the CLIMB character traits, and accomplishments are celebrated at CLIMB assemblies held regularly throughout the year.

Parent volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to assist in classrooms and at special events. The PTO works in partnership with the faculty and staff. This dedicated group of parents/guardians provides support for curriculum resources, equipment, and enrichment programs. They also sponsor numerous events and activities for our students throughout the year and are always looking for volunteers.

As a result of the cooperative efforts and collective talents of a dedicated faculty and staff, involved parents and families, and students who come to school every day eager and ready to learn, Tariffville School provides an enriching and challenging environment that fosters success for all learners.


Scott Baker, Principal

SCHOOL SONG: "Climb With Us"


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