Welcome to Southeast Elementary School!
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I welcome you to our website. Southeast is a home away from home for our 185 students and our neighborhood families. We have earned a reputation as a top school in the state and we work hard to ensure that our children receive the academic, emotional and social support, while also providing a physical environment that allows everyone to feel safe and secure. For the past two school years, 2015 and 2016, Southeast School has been recognized as a CT School of Distinction, an award showcasing schools that are performing in the top 10% in the state.
(Please note that awardees for 2017 have not yet been named.)
The faculty at Southeast are outstanding educators who are passionate about teaching, learning and children!. Through professional development, we stay current with educational best practice and are delivering engaging, high-quality instruction every day. Our priority for the 2017-2018 school year is developing classrooms that embed 21st century learning opportunities. Southeast teachers and staff are motivated to work collaboratively to raise achievement of students and maintain the excellent reputation that Southeast School proudly holds in the community.
Southeast School uses the most current approaches to instruction. We start each day with a 25 minute block of Morning Meeting. We use the work of Responsive Classroom and our students to develop greetings, songs, sharing and activities that help students build relationships and emotional skills. Each day also has a reading and writing workshop block that is student centered, as well. We schedule for 20-30 minutes of independent reading daily and help students read "just right" books for their level. Developing a love of reading, with sustained engagement, in addition to building foundational skills and comprehension, are the primary foci of the workshop block. In math, we use the Bridges program to help students build computational fluency and mathematical reasoning. Science and/or Social Students are taught 1.5 hours weekly and are additional opportunities for students to build their 21st century learning opportunities.
The Mansfield/Southeast approach to 21st century learning focuses on developing five areas, which are intricately connected to one another: creativity, collaboration, communication, citizens of the world, and critical thinking. Southeast's curricular approach is also founded in the philosophy of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model created by University of Connecticut's Drs. Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis. We provide opportunities for students to excel through building on academic and individual strengths and interests. We engage in Schoolwide Enrichment Clusters, bringing together students and teachers who have similar areas of interest. This creates a unique and rich learning environment for both the teacher and students, and further develops the passion and skills of a Mansfield graduate.
Our PTO is the golden thread that supports our successful partnership. If you are a member of our community, please become active and help us continue to grow together. We are a dedicated community of students, teachers, and parents working together to provide all children with a positive and productive school experience.
If you would like to have a tour of our "home", or if I may provide more information to you, please reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you.