Principal Shirden

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Mrs. Shirden



A Message From The Principal     

   On behalf of the Washington Elementary School staff, I welcome you to our website. I hope you will take the time to read the pages of this site and learn more about our school and staff. 


    The Washington School staff has the highest expectations of themselves and of their students. Washington School follows the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning. The Responsive Classroom is a curriculum structure that combines the teaching of social and academic skills in a manner that is respectful of children's developmental needs at different ages and that helps create a classroom climate conducive to purposeful work, creativity, and cooperation. 


    The arts are not considered a "frill" at our school - but an integral part of our students' education. Special area teachers provide lessons in choral music, instrumental music and art. 


  The dedicated staff at Washington School works in unity, constantly refining curricula, instructional techniques, and services to improve the teaching and the learning process.


    In addition, the Washington School staff continues to be committed to helping our students learn to live an ethical and moral life. Seven core virtues are emphasized: respect, integrity, responsibility, compassion, self-dicipline, perseverance and giving to others through acts of kindness. Our faculty is committed in working together to eliminate teasing, name-calling, bullying, excluding, ridicule and intolerance. Students regularly read, write and speak about the aspects of good character. Some other initiatives we have implemented to improve classroom and social climate. 


    To increase parent involvement in their child's education, Washington School provides Parent and Child nights on topics such as Family Crafts, Children as Teachers of Writing, Birthday celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss, Reading Strategies, etc. 


    Since 1988, Washington School has had a unique partnership with Yale-New Haven Hospital. The goal of this partnership is to provide students with health education, "hands-on, minds-on" learning, and to expose them to careers in the health care field. Students benefit from the expertise of six hospital departments:


  • Community and Goverment Relations
  • Food and Nutritional Services
  • Labratory Medicine
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Clinical Engineering

    Personnel from each department work with a specific grade and present lessons geared to the developmental ages of the children and the content they are studying. All grades recieve a classroom presentation. The program for grades 3, 4 and 5 include a field study to the hospital.


    Please do not hesitate to call for additional information, discuss a concern, or offer a positive comment.