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Welcome to Thames River Magnet School where we work every day towards accomplishing our school’s Mission Statement of BELONG (Believe in yourself, Engage, and Explore, Learn from each other, Open our minds and hearts, Never give up, and Grow Together). 

- Jamie Giordano, Principal of Thames River Magnet School

 

Dear Thames River Magnet School Families,

Pictured L to R: Thames River Principal Jamie Giordano, Assistant Principal Ada Allen, and Assistant Principal Amber Monahan.

 
Welcome to Thames River Magnet School where we work every day towards accomplishing our school’s Mission Statement of BELONG (Believe in yourself, Engage, and Explore, Learn from each other, Open our minds and hearts, Never give up, and Grow Together). 
 
We continue to have partnerships with Project Oceanology through yearlong project-based lessons and field work, with Mystic Aquarium for our Terrific Turtle program, and with New England Science and Sailing (NESS) as we have weekly classes taught by Americorp Representatives. Our Terrific Turtle program has expanded to preschool this year.  Speaking of turtles, I continue to bring Brook and River, our school's turtles, into classrooms for students to observe, ask questions about, illustrate, and of course enjoy them. Additionally, we continue our Enrichment Wednesdays and our recycling and composting programs. 
 
In order to celebrate students, who demonstrate positive character traits daily and monthly, we have started two new incentives. One is called a Shout-Out. A Shout-Out is a positive Office Referral that a teacher gives to a student for things such as: trying their best, persevering, putting in extra effort, or showing citizenship. A teacher will send the positive Office Referral to the office for Assistant Principals Mrs. Allen and Ms. Monahan and me to then give that student a "shout-out" in class. The other new incentive is called Look Who Made a Splash. This will be given monthly to students based on teacher recommendation. Each month a different character theme will be highlighted.  At each Whole School Meeting, we present badges and certificates to the teacher-recommended students. We then let students know what the next month's theme is and what it means. Students love seeing Mrs. Allen dressed in a turtle outfit to represent Splash our Mascot. 
 
Our supportive TRMS PTO is always working to have additional parents/caregivers join the PTO.  We hope you might consider joining the PTO and/or are willing to volunteer for various events. It does not take a lot of time, but it sure does have a super impact on our school.  If you are interested in learning more, please email the PTO at: thamesriverpto@gmail.com. All are welcome! 
 
We use ParentSquare as the main source of communication. Teachers use it for classroom happenings. Our School Secretaries and I will be sending posts, emails, and alerts in the form of text messages, emails, and/or phone calls to make sure you are up-to-date on school happenings. We are also always working to expand volunteer opportunities. We are thrilled that we have had high school students from the Marine Magnet School come over to work with our students. If you are interested in volunteering at TRMS, please email our Community Coordinator at KRadniecki@groton.k12.ct.us to inquire.
 
Thank you for all of your support, dedication, and commitment in making our school an amazing place to be!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jamie Giordano, Principal
Thames River Magnet School
 

Safety, Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Please have your Photo ID on you when coming to TRMS. We will be asking for Photo ID when you pick up your child as well as if you are visiting the school. 

Please make sure to notify the school of any changes or additions to all of your contact information for your child, including current phone numbers and email addresses, as we use it for school messages going out from me and your teacher.