Toquam Magnet Elementary School is located in a residential area of Springdale, tucked behind Dolan Middle School. Toquam just welcomed two new administrators: Dr Shawn Marinello as Assistant Principal and Jamie Fisco as Administrative Intern.
As one of four magnet elementary schools in the district, their instruction is based on Bank Street Philosophy. The mission of the Bank Street Program at Toquam is to promote excellence through academic success, positive character development and responsible citizenship for all students. At Toquam, the key word is RESPECT: respect for yourself; respect for others; respect for your environment. Toquam strives to accomplish this mission through a supportive partnership with the Stamford Public Schools, the home and community.
Social Studies/Science content integration is the core of the Bank Street curriculum. The study of social studies and science curricula are integrated with literacy and technology throughout the field of study. Research skills, hands-on activities and educational trips are utilized to enhance our students’ depth of study. Classrooms are child-centered and structured to promote cooperative learning.
BANK STREET PHILOSOPHY
The foundation of Bank Street Program comes from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. The program has been functioning and expanding in Stamford since 1972.
The Bank Street Program at Toquam School encourages individuality, creativity and critical thinking. Our goals are to develop inquisitive, lifelong learners who have the skills necessary to pursue their questions and work towards possible solutions. Toquam aims to provide the children with basic inquiry and research skills. The program also individualize instruction to meet their varied needs and levels of development when appropriate.
In order to help the students broaden their talents and gain confidence in their special abilities, classroom teachers and specialists offer varied opportunities for the children to express themselves through writing, speaking, art, vocal and instrumental music, creative dramatics and physical education. Children learn to express themselves in classroom communities where group discussions expose them to ideas and different ways of thinking. Class meetings build a sense of community and cooperation. A meeting area in each classroom is designed for this purpose.
Some of the extra curricular school-wide programs include an Author & Artists Assembly and the Apex Fun Run Marathon.
Go Toquam Tigers!