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Breakthrough Magnet School-North

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: Breakthrough North
School Phone: (860) 695-6380
Grades Served: PK-5
Type: Magnet
Theme: Character Education
Principal's Name: Lisa Massaro
Principal's Email:
The mission of Breakthrough Magnet School-North is for staff, families, and community members of diverse backgrounds to work in partnership to develop students as models of outstanding character.  Students learn problem solving, responsible choice-making, and the value of keeping their agreements.  Character development permeates our broad-based instruction, producing students with academic rigor, aesthetic appreciation, technological expertise, and physical expressiveness aimed at contributing to the well being of others.  At Breakthrough Magnet School-North, we celebrate our global community, and our students' resultant lives are marked by vitality, effectiveness, health, and well being.
Breakthrough Magnet School-North is a school where families and teachers work together for academic success.  We stress purposeful learning in which students gain knowledge, utilize higher-order thinking, exercise the mind and body, and value the educational experience. Parent participation is key to student success.  It can take many forms, including but not exclusive to: attending school assemblies, serving as a member of our school governance council, volunteering in classrooms, serving as a member of our PTO, attending school events and parent training, or chaperoning a field trip.  We also support  parents doing school-friendly activities at home such as reading with their child, supervising homework, preparing their child for school, or playing games together.
The Breakthrough Magnet School-North model is organized around a rich character development theme, which permeates all that we do with students, parents, staff, and community members.  Breakthrough students are instructed in various problem-solving strategies and communication techniques.  These include HA HA SO strategies for handling bullies, the use of I-messages, use of committed complaints (those made with the commitment to finding a solution), making requests and negotiating agreements, and using a 4-step problem solving approach.
Special Features and Highlights
• Small class size (22)
• Multi-age classrooms (Pre-K3/4, K/1, 2/3, 4/5 etc…)
• Interdisciplinary teaching
• STEP parenting training
• Weekly community meetings
• BRICK awards
• Teacher of the month
• Parent of the month
• Service learning projects
• Community service projects
• Partnerships with Hands on Hartford, The Bushnell, Hartford Garden Advisory
• Multicultural Arts Summer Program
Special Points
• Strong character education philosophy
• Multi-age classrooms
What People Are Saying
Parents Say : “It’s a nice school because everyone knows your name, teachers are friendly and students care about each other. You can really see the character education when students do community service projects and give back to their community.”
Teachers Say : “I just love coming to our school every day! Our students are so respectful. It is a warm and friendly environment to work!”
Zone: 1
Before Care: yes
Before Care Information:

7:00 am-8:40 am on-site at the school by the YMCA for a fee

After School: yes
After School Programs:

Provided by the YMCA on-site at the school for a fee.
12:40-6:00 pm - PreK 3
3:50-6:00 pm - grades PreK4-5

School Fax: (860) 524-5395
25 Ridgefield Street, Hartford, CT 06112
Hours: PK3: 8:40 a.m.- 12:40 p.m. PreK 4- Grade 5: 8:40 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

Students at Breakthrough Magnet School-North wear a cobalt blue polo shirt with our school logo.
Bottoms are khaki (pants, skirts, shorts)
Special clothes for a special school!

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