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Spotlight School Award

Rocky Hill, CT

Principal: Richard Watson
Griswold Middle School Web site



school pictureThe purpose of schooling in Rocky Hill is

(1) to foster a learning climate which challenges the individual student to actively engage in the learning process;

(2) to present a body of knowledge and experience which will result in personal fulfillment and develop the student as a lifelong learner;

(3) to prepare students for responsible citizenship in the global community.

Griswold Middle School is a state of the art middle school designed to meet the educational needs of Rocky Hill’s sixth through eighth grade students. In 1996, a 7.7 million dollar major building addition and renovation project was completed thereby adding additional space in order to transition the sixth graders into the school program. Presently, 588 students attend Griswold Middle School and participate in extensive academic as well as extra curricular programs. In recognition of the unique developmental needs of middle school age youngsters, GMS offers a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities to complement the challenging academic program. In addition, the staff at GMS is proud of the accomplishments of its students. They regularly attain above average scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test, and each quarter approximately 1/3 of the students achieves honor roll recognition. Community service activities also offer students opportunities to give back to their community. Griswold Middle School is involved with teaming, flexible scheduling, standards based instruction, use of technology, interdisciplinary instruction, data driven decision making, multiple intelligences, active hands-on classrooms, and parent involvement are hallmarks of this school.

Griswold Middle School first received the NELMS Spotlight School Award in 2002, and its award was renewed in 2005.