Principal's Corner

Principal's Message

Michael Gaydos

John Paterson School, serving Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students, is located on a beautiful setting in the southwest section of Newington. With a population of over 400 students, John Paterson School has maintained its traditional charm while meeting the expectations and demands of a 21st century education. We are characterized by a strong sense of community and high expectations in all that we do.

The primary purpose of John Paterson School is to provide learning experiences that support, challenge and inspire our students to meet or exceed academic, social and physical standards. It is our goal to accomplish this in a caring and collaborative environment - involving staff, students, parents and community partnerships.

We are committed to the belief that ALL children are capable of attaining high levels of educational achievement in preparation for productive, rewarding lives and responsible citizenship. We are committed to small class sizes (an average of 20 students to each teacher), challenging expectations and quality support services, which all lead to high student achievement. Our students consistently exceed the state goal scores in reading, writing and mathematics, as measured by the Connecticut Mastery Test. As a result of student and teacher effort, academic support programs and an outstanding partnership with parents, our students continuously achieve at high levels.

Parent-teacher collaboration is at the heart of John Paterson's success. Parents support our school library media center, publishing center, and classrooms. We have an active Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which in recent years has provided a new play structure for the school playground, stage curtains, a new sound system in our multi-purpose gymnasium, an interactive digital whiteboard (SMART Board) and projector system in our Music Room, and a yearly series of cultural arts programs for our students, including visiting authors and illustrators such as David Adler, Steven Kellogg, and Patricia Polacco.

We intend to help ALL students meet with success at John Paterson School through the application of knowledge and skills, and through a school and school district learning climate that responds to individual student needs. This website is designed to provide you with information regarding the programs and services we offer.

Welcome to John Paterson School!


Mr. Michael S. Gaydos, Principal

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