Jennings Elementary School has long been known as the “Best Kept Secret in Town”. We are nestled just below Black Rock Turnpike and share a campus with Fairfield Woods Middle School and Fairfield Woods Branch Public Library. Jennings is one of the smaller elementary schools in Fairfield, yet has a large spirit. The dedicated staff has a mix of veteran and beginning teachers that are all committed to the academic, social and emotional well being of our students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Each and every day they work tirelessly to create learning environments that foster risk taking and a love for learning.
As you walk the halls you will quickly notice the talents of our students on display on bulletin boards and in the many pieces of framed student artwork hung over the past several years. If you listen while you walk, you will hear the buzz of positive learning environments in each and every grade level. If you take the time to enter classrooms, you will see active learning that is differentiated and focused on increasing rigor so as to prepare our students for the ever changing world around us. If you listen again, you will hear talented teachers facilitating and students taking control of their own learning by respectfully challenging themselves and their peers to think more deeply about the content they are learning.
Our school has a strong focus on Character Education and developing the whole child. One of the first things a visitor will notice is our Persons of Character bulletin board in the front foyer. Each month students are nominated by staff for this honor because they display the traits outlined in our CARES model. Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self Control allow our students to be Bucketfillers and create a wonderful place to learn. Our monthly Character Assemblies are designed to celebrate these traits and recognize the many who demonstrate them on a regular basis. The Principal’s Proud Board, morning meetings and messages and high fives are just a few other ways we build a safe learning environment that celebrates the joy of being part of a community.
Jennings School is fortunate to have the support of an extremely active PTA. The hard working members of the Executive Board strive to deliver a balance of fun family events, fundraisers and in school curriculum enrichment activities that are supportive of the school and community. This group of individuals comes together as a team in the best interests of the staff and students. Whether you attend the Frightfest or STEAM Night, you are sure to be welcomed by a friendly face!
We welcome you to take a look around our evolving new website. It promises to soon showcase the learning and fun the staff and students of Jennings have each and every day. We hope you soon realize what a special school community Jennings Elementary has and why I am so very proud to be its principal!
Tony Vuolo, Principal