About Us

The Conant Elementary School, located at 80 Taylor Road, was constructed in 1971. It is a one-story facility with a contemporary architectural design. The building's twenty classrooms are arranged in clusters of five that open onto "pod" areas utilized for large and small group instruction. Conant also has a cafetorium, gymnasium, library/media center, computer lab, art room and several suites of small rooms used for support services. Approximately 403 students are enrolled in Kindergarten through grade six. There are two-three sections at each grade level, including three All-Day Kindergarten program. In a typical school year, grade 1-6 classes range in size from 18-25.

Conant’s educational focus is on promoting high standards and developing a strong academic program while ensuring the emotional needs of our children are met and nurtured. A deliberate focus on the emotional well being of our students enhances our approach to teaching which is based on current research and evidence of best practice. Instructional strategies and materials support our philosophy of engaging the whole child, and many subject areas are integrated into thematic units. Enter a classroom and you will see students engaged in the learning process, working cooperatively, communicating effectively, and thinking critically and creatively through a variety of methods with numerous opportunities to celebrate their learning.

At Conant, we believe that listening, speaking, reading, and writing should be developed simultaneously and integrated throughout the curriculum. To accomplish this, our language arts program is designed so that students are directly taught skills and strategies pertaining to oral language, reading, and writing. Students are regularly assessed in these areas to inform instruction that is tailored to ensure strong growth for all children in all subject areas. Technology is used as a learning tool throughout the curriculum. It reinforces and enhances all aspects of attaining and applying knowledge. Computers and multimedia tools assist students in the development of relevant technology skills and in obtaining valuable information that supports instructional goals.

Conant’s core values are Caring, Community, Curiosity, Cooperation, Can-Do Mindset. These values guide our approach to teaching and learning, developing our learning environment and engaging families with our learning community. Students are encouraged to always try their best and show kindness towards one another every morning. Teachers consistently model this behavior and push students to develop a growth mindset embracing the power of “yet” ( if you don’t know it, you don’t know it yet!).

Conant welcomes a large international population, and offers many opportunities at each grade level for cultural sharing and celebrating its diversity. A majority of our students speak at least one language other than English --- at least 20 languages and dialects are represented at the school.

In addition to our shared values, community events bring Conant together on a regular basis. Our Student Council helps us celebrate Pajama Day and Valentine’s Day. Our Community Service Learning Committee organizes creative outreach initiatives. Once a month, the school participates in an All School Meeting to share our talents and interests, to explore our shared values, and to make music together. Each grade takes responsibility for one of the Meetings during the year, and have performed dance, drama, poetry, and songs for their fellow Conant students.

In a typical school year, Conant hosts Before and After School Care programs in partnership with Community Education. Care is provided from 7 a.m. until the start of school and from the close of school until 6:00 p.m. each day. Children have the opportunity to participate in a range of individual and group activities; healthy snacks are provided, and time is always set aside for outside play after school. More information is available through the Community Education office.

Parents play an important role at Conant School. They volunteer in our classrooms and our library, chaperone field trips, help with cultural sharing and represent the community on a wide range of Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) committees. Conant is fortunate to have an active PTO that works collaboratively with the staff to implement the school's vision and goals. In addition to multiple fund-raising events, the PTO sponsors many cultural arts programs and activities, including our unique Nature Program. We welcome and celebrate all parent contributions!
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