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Welcome to Montowese Elementary School!
Welcome families to the 2019-2020 school year! My name is Kathryn Russo, principal of Montowese School K-5. 
I’m delighted to begin a new school year and work collaboratively with you to help support our students in fostering an enjoyment of learning and creativity. It is our school’s utmost priority to provide students with multiple opportunities to explore, achieve, and reach their fullest potential as we prepare them for the future. We follow our district’s mission: to develop responsible, educated and productive global citizens who can thrive in an ever-changing world.
At Montowese we are committed to providing an enriching environment for all students and use data to drive our instruction. The school continues to implement a daily 30-minute block of time in which many of our staff work with small groups of students to address skills needed to improve student performance. Skill groups are aligned to our School’s Improvement Plan. We implement Teacher's College Reader's and Writer's Workshop (K-5) during our literacy blocks. Math In Focus (K-5) promotes higher-level thinking and a deeper conceptual knowledge of numbers and reasoning.
PBIS: Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports
We are excited to announce that Montowese has been named a PBIS model school since 2015. Students are learning the foundations of this approach, which include teaching and supporting positive behaviors to meet the needs of all students. Our building focuses on fostering a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. Montowese has three building-wide expectations: Respect Self, Respect Others, and Respect School. Our mascot, the Macaroni Penguin (MAC… Montowese Always Cares) is posted throughout our school with reminders of behavioral expectations of our building. At the beginning of the school year, students and staff review our building expectations and these are reviewed at our Montowese assemblies each month.
PTA: Parent Teacher Association
Montowese has a wonderful PTA committed to helping support students with extended learning opportunities through in-school programs, providing our students with supplies, supporting various charities, hosting monthly family nights, and much more. The committee encourages families and community members to participate in our school events throughout the year. Consider becoming a member of the PTA! We meet each month and invite all parents to attend.
Communication between home and school throughout the year is essential to ensure student success. You will find that my door is always open. Please feel free to stop in or call any time to meet with me and to discuss any suggestions or ideas to help make this the best year yet!
The staff and I anticipate an exciting and successful school year. Thank you for your continued support and participation in creating an environment where children become successful learners and enjoy coming to school each day.
Kathryn Russo
Phone: (203)-239-2564
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Notice of Policy of Non-Discrimination

The Board of Education complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability (including pregnancy), veteran status or gender identity or expression, in any of its educational programs and activities, in employment and application for employment, and in admission and application for admission as required, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law. The Board’s prohibition of discrimination or harassment in its educational programs or activities expressly extends to academic, nonacademic and extracurricular activities, including athletics.
It is also the policy of the Board to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability (including pregnancy), veteran status or gender identity or expression.
Any student and/or parent/guardian, employee, or third party wishing to file a complaint regarding discrimination may obtain a copy of the Board’s non-discrimination complaint procedures and complaint forms, which are available online by CLICKING HERE or upon request from the main office of any district school. If a complaint involves allegations of discrimination or harassment based on reasons such as gender/sex or disability, such complaints will be handled under other appropriate policies prohibiting sexual harassment/discrimination or disability. Complaints of discrimination and/or harassment may also constitute bullying behavior under the Board’s Bullying Behavior in the Schools Policy.
Any student and/or parent/guardian, employee, or third party also may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education (“OCR”):
Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
8th Floor
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109- 3921
(617) 289-0111
Any student and/or parent/guardian, employee, or third party may also file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities:
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
450 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103-1835
(800) 477-5737
Anyone who has questions or concerns about the Board’s policy on non-discrimination, or who would like a copy of the Board’s complaint procedures or complaint forms related to claims of discrimination, may contact:
Director of Student Services
Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator
5 Linsley Street
North Haven, CT 06473
Retaliation against any individual who complains pursuant to the Board’s policy and regulations is strictly prohibited. The district will take actions necessary to prevent retaliation as a result of filing a complaint.
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  • 270 Students K-5
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  • PBIS Awarded School
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