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School Philosophy


Tootin' Hills School is a caring, accepting educational community where adults and children are valued as learners and as people. Our school is an environment in which it is safe to take risks, to make mistakes, and to grow. From the principal to the youngest child, everyone practices the skills needed to respectfully interact with each other and takes responsibility for his/her own learning and behavior.The graduates of Tootin' Hills School will exemplify integrity, academic accomplishment, and the joy of learning embraced by the Tootin' Hills community. Each member of the Tootin' Hills School community promotes respect, caring, responsibility and integrity.

Tootin' Hills School is a place that reflects, nurtures, and promotes the sense of fellowship so valued by the community it serves. We are proud of the exceptionally high and active involvement by Tootin' Hills families in our school activities and functions. From our community come the many volunteers who assist in classrooms and in the media center, staff our Student Publishing Center, maintain our award-winning Primary Garden, create programs that enrich student life, work to beautify and improve our building, grounds and playground, and continually seek ways to improve our school. Funds raised through P.T.O. activities (book fairs, carnival, school store, for example) support many aspects of the curriculum through enrichment and cultural activities, new materials and equipment. Most important, however, is the positive and cooperative relationship of the parents, the teachers, and the children, who work together on a variety of projects. Notable among these is Project Outreach, which involves all our Tootin'' Hills children. Tootin'' Hills School truly is a community school.

All faculty members participate in regularly scheduled professional development programs and, on an individual or small group basis, also attend graduate courses, regional conferences and workshops focusing on specific topics in their fields. An exceptionally high number of our teachers have Master's degrees, and have completed training aimed at assisting other educators through Mentor, Assessor, and Cooperating Teacher programs. Our Math Olympiads Team has won outstanding achievement awards in every year of its involvement in this nationwide program and, annually, several of our students are recognized in the town-wide Youth Arts Festival for achievement in the visual arts, prose or poetry.

The benefits derived from participating in educational activities that are interdisciplinary in nature are recognized and highly valued here; such experiences are regular fare in all classrooms. Our art, music, and physical education teachers have expanded upon this concept and work together with classroom teachers to provide an integrated arts program, also annually providing three days dedicated to the intensive integration of the arts into the regular program. Activities which foster a cooperative approach to learning and problem- solving are a significant part of the Tootin'' Hills classroom experience. Our commitment to the concept of least restrictive environment is reflected in our ongoing efforts to educate all of our community's students in their home school and, whenever possible, in a regular education setting.

In short, the high quality efforts of all of our teachers, parents, students, and staff members continually move us toward our goals of achievement and overall program excellence.


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