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     Bradley School continuously seeks to create opportunities for students and staff to interact with students from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. The faculty and staff have made conscientious efforts to incorporate diversity into their instruction as well as after-school and enrichment activities. Staff works with the Police Department, the Parent Child Resource Center and other behavioral health agencies, the Naugatuck Valley Health District, and the Department of Children and Families to foster resilience in at-risk students and their families. Valley Kids Belong believes that kids, their families, and the organizations that support them can together promote healthier kids – mentally, emotionally, socially, and educationally. In addition, Bradley School students participated in an inter-district state grant program titled, “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies,” in which students partnered for six months with students from an elementary school in Waterbury, CT. in order to learn more about nutrition and physical activity while becoming friends with students from a diverse community. For example, the 70 students from both schools participated in an exchange at Bradley School that included a hula-hoop lesson and a lesson on the amounts of sugar found in foods.

Our school support staff of psychologist and social worker have designed and implemented numerous programs, classroom discussions and events to increase student awareness of cultural differences and provide additional support to school efforts. A new school-wide, positive-behavior supports program, which rewards students for showing kind and respectful behavior toward all, has seen a dramatic increase in excellent behavior among a student cohort since this program was established in 2014. Bradley School also employs an English Language Learner staff, which works toward providing appropriate instruction for ELL students and promoting positive home/school communication and relationships. The staff and students interact socially as well on a regular basis with “lunch bunch” activities and year-end celebrations of academic excellence. A partnership with the district’s other elementary school, which has a rich and diverse population, is encouraged. Families at each school are invited to attend events and the PTAs at both schools are encouraged to interact and work together.

 **Updated August 2016**

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District Wide Events

  • May 28, 2018
    • Memorial Day - No school
    May 29, 2018
    • Plant and Facilities Committee 5:30 PMBradley School Library, 155 David Humphreys RoadAgenda 
    • Special Meeting - Student Matter 6:30 PMBradley School Library, 155 David Humphreys RoadAgenda
    May 30, 2018
    • Special Meeting - Superintendent's Evaluation 6:30 PMDerby Middle School Library Media CenterAgenda 
  • Jun 5, 2018
    • Field House and Baseball Field Building Committee 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMDMS Cafetorium
    • Committee of the Whole 6:30 PMDMS Cafetorium

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