As principal of Chester Elementary School (CES), I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year and our webpage! It is a privilege to be serving as the principal of CES. At CES we strive to promote academic excellence, to foster a desire for life-long learning and to develop responsible individuals. We are the only elementary school in the town of Chester, Connecticut, serving approximately 210 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Our building is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. We deliver a comprehensive language arts program and math program that incorporates the Common Core Curricular Standards (CCCS). Our students also participate in specials classes, which include Music, Art, Physical Education, Spanish and Library.
We pride ourselves on being responsive to the varying academic needs of our students. We implement an early intervention program. Teachers and administration, through the Scientific Research Based Interventions (SRBI) process, continually monitor student progress. Our special education program is tailored to meet the needs of identified students, while providing service in the least restrictive, inclusive environment so that co-teaching may occur in classrooms.
We are excited to offer extra enrichment opportunities to our students. Students participate in enrichment clusters, or “academies,” which bring students from multiple grades together to work with adults who offer knowledge in that area. The academies incorporate knowledge utilization, thinking skills, and interpersonal relations that take place in the real world. We also offer a Talented and Gifted program for students in grade six. Chester Elementary School’s social development program teaches students how to be respectful, responsible, safe and prepared.
At CES, we are committed to effective communication with our parents and the community. Home/school communication is a very important part of our school improvement process. We believe that fostering a strong partnership between teachers and parents positively affects student achievement. Our school is fortunate to have a very supportive Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that raises funds to help provide a broader range of opportunities for our students.
A number of school activities and events are offered at CES. Our goal is to focus on the whole child and provide opportunities for them to express their voices and uncover their unique talents.
I sincerely hope you will take time to look through our web pages and learn about the opportunities available to all students who are members of our CES family. I am confident that this will be an outstanding school year. I look forward to working with the staff and community to continue the CES tradition of academic excellence!
Joanne D. Beekley, Ed.D.