This school has come a long way. My children have been attending Catherine Kolnaski for the past 5 years. My child is thriving here since it has become a STEAM school. Yes, there is low income housing in part of Groton and some children are "at risk" and can be tough. However, Catherine Kolnaski has the best teachers! Both of my children are above grade level academically. A beautiful school in a beautiful, beachy community.
My family has been a part of two different communities in Groton, and Catherine Kolnaski students are more respectful than other students in different, more "privileged" parts of town where children "can do no wrong."
In response to the person complaining about unopened juices being removed from the trash cans (that contain that meals food and styrofoam trays) would you allow your child to throw away unopened juice boxes at home?
Now as far as the school...its terrible! It's supposed to be a magnet school yet there does not appear to be any different between the curriculum offered here and other Groton schools. What differences there are, are disappointing. The test scores are lower than every other elementary school in the district. The children are largely poorly behaved. To make matters worse their defiant, disrespectful, and sometimes violent behavior goes ignored and unpunished most of the time. It is disappointing that my child goes to a school were he is shown that horrible behavior is acceptable. This is his home school, I did not choose to send him here. I wish I had put him in the lottery for the multicultural magnet school in new London. To validate my feelings I have even asked those who have worked at different schools through out the district if the worst behaved kids were there, the answer was yes.
I think a lot has changed for the better since this school has opened. They have found the right teachers and administration to make this school work. Everyone is so nice and helpful. If there is any concern you can easily talk to the principal or vice principal. I only wish there was more parent involvement .
Does your kid go to cathrine Kolnalski and eat breakfast everyday. Well then there's some things you might wanna know then. Due to budget cuts of 2013-2014 year kids might not get breakfast. Kids who take bus might get there last and get a cheap breakfast. I'm a parent who drops my kids off everyday and walk with them to get breakfast. Two weeks ago the last few kids got frozen muffins because they ran out of omelets and last week the last kids it only yogurt for breakfast an I kid you not. And as of today a teacher reached into the garbage and took out a carton of milk and a carton of juice an a box of cereal an told another teacher to put it back because it wasn't opened. This is disgusting.