The Joseph H. Gibbons Elementary School has a diverse kindergarten through fifth grade student population of approximately 410 students. There are currently three classes at the second, fourth and fifth grade levels and four classes in kindergarten, first and third grades. Class sizes range from 16 to 26 students per class.
In addition to the regular classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade, there is one substantially separate classroom, the Intermediate Adjustment Class, with students from across the district. Although this classroom has a separate program, many of the students spend different amounts of time within the instructional day in our regular education classrooms and regularly integrate for special subjects.
In addition to the twenty-one regular education teachers currently in kindergarten through fifth grades, there are two special education teachers, one and a half reading teachers, a full-time guidance counselor, a .5 adjustment counselor, and a full-time nurse. Special subject teachers for art, music, physical education, and computers and a full-time library assistant complete the instructional staff.
The Gibbons School has a tradition of providing a variety of learning experiences and enrichment programs for students with a wide range of educational needs. We subscribe to the mission statement of the Stoughton Public Schools, which is dedicated to the education of the whole child. Our mission is to set high standards for academic excellence for every student and to develop in them a desire to become life-long learners. Our goal is to provide students with a challenging and stimulating instructional program that emphasizes the worth of each individual while also providing opportunities to connect to the community at large.
The Gibbons School believes in the importance of frequent communication with the parents and guardians of our students. We also encourage parents to play an active role in their children's education. Letters to parents, notices or reminders of upcoming events, a monthly calendar, our newsletter and our web site are utilized to keep parents informed of special activities or events and to promote regular communication with parents throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to communicate regularly with their children's teachers and to meet with them, as needed, throughout the school year. We also encourage parents to serve in a number of volunteer roles within our classrooms and the school.
The mission of the Joseph H. Gibbons Elementary School is to educate our students to the best of our ability and to develop in them a desire to become life-long learners by providing a challenging and stimulating instructional program that emphasizes the worth of each individual and allows the children to experience success academically, socially, and emotionally through a cooperative effort between home, school and community.