About Us

About Cheshire Public Schools

The Cheshire Public Schools extends a warm welcome and a sincere invitation to all members of the Cheshire community, as well as to those who are considering a move to Cheshire, to visit our schools and to participate as an active partner for educational excellence.

Cheshire enjoys a well-deserved reputation for excellence throughout all of our programs from early childhood through grade 12. We strive for continued excellence of our programs through constant review and analysis and through thoughtful efforts to strengthen programming so that our children are prepared to meet the challenges they will face in the new millennium. We hope you will become familiar with our schools and participate in our programs, as we, together, assure the finest possible educational opportunities for all of Cheshire’s youth.

We can continue our tradition of excellence only with your help and participation. Please become a partner with us in working towards educational excellence.

Mission Statement

The Cheshire Public Schools, in partnership with families and the community, will prepare all students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society by providing high quality educational opportunities that inspire lifelong learning and service to others.

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Performance Standards

Complex Thinker

The Cheshire Public Schools student uses a variety of complex reasoning skills and techniques from multiple disciplines to shape information into knowledge and knowledge into understanding.

Attributes:

    • Identifies, analyzes and solves authentic/complex problems, situations, questions, and issues
    • Explores a variety of critical and/or creative strategies to accomplish tasks
    • Applies content specific procedures and processes (formulas, equations, syntax, etc.) to solve problems
    • Assesses the relevance of information, synthesizes information and experiences from multiple sources

Creative Thinker

The Cheshire Public Schools student thinks creatively and produces innovative or original products demonstrating novel approaches to thinking and learning.

Attributes:

    • Generates innovative or original ideas and applies them in practice
    • Approaches situations from different perspectives while challenging assumptions
    • Develops an open and growth-oriented mindset: students demonstrate an ability to learn from setbacks, persevere through challenges and take risks
    • Demonstrates flexibility and openness to divergent ideas and different approaches, understanding the connections between different concepts across all disciplines

Self-Directed Learner

The Cheshire Public Schools student is an independent and reflective lifelong learner.

Attributes:

    • Demonstrates self-advocacy, self-awareness and assessment of skills and strengths
    • Effectively allocates time to accomplish learning and/or personal goals
    • Seeks and uses resources to promote continued learning
    • Prepared to fully and actively participate in all learning experiences

Effective Communicator

The Cheshire Public Schools student clearly expresses his or her ideas in an effective and organized manner.

Attributes:

    • Generates ideas and articulates them clearly and in a well-organized fashion demonstrating thoughtful and precise use of language and personal voice
    • Considers the perspectives of diverse audiences in all communication
    • Communicates for a variety of purposes including information, persuasion, instruction and motivation
    • Communicates using various modes of expression

Collaborative/Cooperative Learner

The Cheshire Public Schools student engages with members of a group in order to achieve a common goal.

Attributes:

    • Monitors and adjusts own behaviors in order to equitably contribute to group success;
    • Works interdependently toward the achievement of group goals by fulfilling individual roles within the group;
    • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and applies them respectfully when challenging and responding to the ideas of others; and
    • Practices empathy for the perspective of others and the ability to compromise to achieve a common goal

Community Contributor

The Cheshire Public Schools student actively participates in the school, town, and global community while demonstrating concern and respect for self, others and property.

Attributes:

    • Shows awareness of social expectations by exhibiting appropriate behavior
    • Demonstrates responsible decision-making and constructive choices by showing respect, civility, and a deep consideration of the welfare of self, others and property
    • Exhibits respect for self and others while recognizing individual differences
    • Assumes responsible citizenship by taking positive action in the school, town and global community

(From BOE Policy 1125 – Strategic Goals and Performance Standards – Revised 7/2019)


Strategic Initiatives

Curriculum

    • Identify the essential content within the Common Core State Standards and align curriculum accordingly.
    • Design lessons that develop the student behaviors outlined within the Cheshire Performance Standards.
    • Integrate more web-based experiences and assignments that provide authentic problems, real world scenarios, and increasing levels of challenge that align with the essential ideas of each curricular area.

Instructional Strategies 

    • Increase the use of teaching strategies that engage learners and enhance motivation (e.g. flexible grouping, co-teaching, choice, and active learning, etc.).
    • Expand and refine the use of effective differentiated instruction for diverse learners.
    • Use effective intervention strategies to increase the percentage of students working at or above grade level, with a special emphasis on primary grade reading.

Student Work

    • Engage students in rigorous learning tasks that embody the Cheshire Performance Standards.
    • Create and implement individual student plans that begin in the intermediate grades to foster postsecondary and college guidance and support the capstone experience.
    • Enhance student exposure, respect, and appreciation for cultural diversity in order to prepare students for global citizenship.

Assessment and Evaluation

    • Use the Cheshire Curriculum Council review process to analyze and evaluate the extent to which curriculum revisions align with the Common Core State Standards and the Cheshire Performance Standards.
    • Revise and implement a teacher evaluation system that aligns with the Connecticut Common Core of Teaching and focuses on the use of research-based instructional strategies, evidence of learning progress, coaching, feedback, observations, and collaboration.
    • Analyze student assessment data and make instructional decisions that address individual student needs.

Technology

    • Develop a plan and monitor the instructional impact of personal computing devices in the elementary, middle school, and high school classroom.
    • Increase the use of nonfiction reading and writing materials and content-based web resources to enhance student understanding and application of essential concepts, academic vocabulary, and related world events and issues.
    • Improve communication between families, students, and faculty using current and emerging technology.

Personalized Learning

Cheshire Public Schools’ staff will work collaboratively to research, plan and initiate the integrated use of academic standards, assessments, instructional strategies, resources and grouping practices for the implementation of a K-12 personalized learning approach to support advances in academic achievement and learner engagement.


Core Beliefs

Our academic core beliefs are fundamental to the development of lifelong learners who will be successful in an ever-changing global society.

We believe the teaching and learning process is built on a strong curriculum that focuses on the fundamental skills of literacy, critical thinking and problem solving skills as articulated in the Cheshire Performance Standards.Each student deserves to be challenged at his/her highest level in a safe, caring and positive environment.Our educational excellence depends on the shared goals and high expectations for achievement by our community.

Our social and personal core beliefs provide the foundation for a positive learning environment and are necessary for the success of the learning process.

We strive to provide a learning environment that promotes the development of social skills and emotional well-being.We believe that the education community has a responsibility to respect the individuality of each learner.We believe in the importance of promoting: character and personal responsibility; citizenship; service; and leadership.

Our community core beliefs support partnerships that foster educational opportunities.

We believe the involvement and partnership of parents, students, staff, and community is critical to student success. Effective communication and accountability among stakeholders are essential to ensure a healthy school system.Financial support is imperative to operational success and to the achievement of our shared goals.


Vision

Our Vision for the Cheshire Public Schools includes:

    • A curriculum built on sound foundational skills that promote lifelong learning, critical thinking, community involvement and global awareness.
    • High standards of achievement for all learners based on vital concepts and skills and the Cheshire Public Schools performance standards.
    • Effective, engaging and varied teaching strategies and learning tasks that promote appropriate challenge and rigor for each student.
    • A learning community that embraces diversity and promotes respect, trust, and self-esteem, and is safe and free from alcohol, drugs, and violence.
    • Classrooms in which learning is inspired and celebrated.
    • Ongoing and effective communication and interactions between school, home, and the greater community.
    • Students, teachers, parents use technology to enhance learning, teaching, and communicating.
    • Facilities that are clean, well-maintained and meet the needs of today’s learner.
    • Appropriate resources to support the community’s goal of educational excellence.