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Mrs. Audrey Salzmann

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  • The past year has been like no other! The Cutler School community has come together to support students in new and creative ways throughout the pandemic. While we have not been able to do some of our time honored traditions, the community remains strong. For example, we held a drive thru Promotion Ceremony to recognize our 6th graders in June. We invited families into the school individually at the start of the year instead of hosting an Open House. Our parent teacher conferences were held virtually. And our Halloween parties were on Zoom to allow students to share their costumes with their whole class.

    We look forward to returning to our traditions, but we are also learning that there may be different, better ways to celebrate our students and their successes. Together we will get through this and look forward to getting back to the way we do school.

    I would like to express my gratitude for our community. This has been a trying year for each of us in unique ways. We would not be able to do what we do without the enduring support from you. The Swanzey PTO has provided our classrooms with tools and resources and our staff with recognition for their work. The Mount Caesar Public Library provided us with hundreds of books to give to students for their home libraries. Families have donated supplies and technology for students. The End 68 Program and Tiny Tummy have provided food for families. And our parents and caregivers, who have spent countless hours, helping with assignments, providing tech support, and being a teacher for the children when they are not at school. Thank you for your ongoing work for our students!

     

    Active Stewardship

    Stewardship is leaving a system better than you found it.     - Michael Barber

    Cutler School is committed to continuous improvement upon our past to positively impact the growth and development of our students and prepare them for high school, college and careers. The team at Cutler works hard to continue traditions while building new and innovative opportunities for students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

    • Each classroom starts the day with a Morning Meeting either in person or virtually. This time is used to build community in our classrooms and welcome the new day. The students are learning how to greet one another, complete teambuilding challenges, and participate in other activities connected to the curriculum.
    • Project Beyond the Bell extends learning after the school day ends. Students participate in clubs, such as science, sewing, cooking, and more.
    • Once again, Cutler School is participating in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, which provides fresh, healthy snacks to eligible schools. Research consistently states good nutrition is a critical component for children being ready to learn.
    • Students have a daily What I Need (WIN) block. This time allows for differentiated instruction in that each individual child needs. For many of our students, we are able to meet virtually for small group support on their remote days as well as meeting in person.

     

    Unfailing Integrity

    The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference. – Aristotle

    Cutler School is a community. Citizenship, Safety, Respect, and Responsibility (CSRR) are the pillars of our community. CSRR teaches skills that will help our students be productive both in and out of school.

    • All students are taking part in Choose Love. This a social, emotional learning curriculum developed by Scarlett Lewis, mother of a victim of the Sandy Hook school shooting. The program teaches courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in action as skills to support students in making positive and healthy life choices.

     

    Perpetual Innovation

    Our future growth relies on competiveness and innovation, skills and productivity… and these in turn rely on the education of our people. – Julia Gillard

    We hope to evoke a desire for learning in our students. To achieve this goal we must constantly be looking for new opportunities to excite our students about the process of learning.

    • Cutler School is a Title 1 Schoolwide Program. This means we are able to use our Title 1, a federal grant, funds to supplement the learning of all students. The Title 1 Instructional Assistants provide support to students in person and virtually. We also provided all students with a Take Home Bag full of school supplies and resources specific to their grade level.
    • Cutler School, along with Mt. Caesar School, is its 4th year of a partnership with Keene State College’s Education Department. This innovative partnership aims to provide our students, staff and teacher candidates from KSC a positive learning environment. Spring 2021 brings 7 KSC student teachers into our classrooms.
    • Partnered with the Children’s Literacy Foundation to provided books for students over the summer.
    • All students participate in Makerspace, where students can creative, build and explore, as a specials class. We added a Cricut® to the technology available for use. Students design using the 3-D printer as well.
    • Our staff is committed to their professional development through job-embedded opportunities as well as attendance at local and national conferences.

     

                                         

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Audrey Salzmann

    Principal
    Cutler Elementary School