Submitted by Michelle Weaver, Technical Assistance Provider

Torrington Middle School is in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s SPDG. In the few months since the school began participation, the middle school staff have been busy reviewing systems and reorganizing processes. The School Leadership Team has been engaged in discussions about their role in ensuring that the school climate respects and reflects the students and families served by TMS.

In the spirit of fully embracing the opportunity for change, the middle school invited the Republican-American newspaper to its initial Welcoming Walkthrough on November 7. A Welcoming Walkthrough involves a team of family, community, and staff members using observational data to reveal strengths and ways in which the school can create a more welcoming atmosphere. This may include the addition of more specific signage, improved public relations, or organization of traffic patterns to make the school grounds easier to navigate. At the conclusion of Torrington Middle School’s Walkthrough, the School Leadership Team was provided specific feedback regarding focus areas for improvement. By inviting the Republican-American, the school could inform many more people in the community that the process took place and that stakeholders were invited to give input on how-to improve the school climate.

For the full article, please contact the Republican-American at (203) 574-3636.

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From left, Veronica Marion, State Education Resource Center, Neil Sullivan, assistant principal, and Mary Ann Buchanan, assistant principal, meet with community leaders at the Middle School in Torrington Friday. A group of 12 parents and community members were at the school for a "welcoming walk through." They were looking at specific domains of the schools, including physical environment and policies and procedures. Steven Valenti Republican-American

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Christy Ahlman of Torrington, a school parent, looks over school papers at the Middle School in Torrington Friday. A group of 12 parents and community members were at the school for a "welcoming walk through." They were looking at specific domains of the schools, including physical environment and policies and procedures. Steven Valenti Republican-American

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Traci Belcher of Torrington looks over papers that go home to students at the Middle School in Torrington Friday. A group of 12 parents and community members were at the school for a "welcoming walk through." They were looking at specific domains of the schools, including physical environment and policies and procedures. Steven Valenti Republican-American

Published: December 17, 2014