Emerson-Williams Elementary School
461 Wells Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Ms. Neela Thakur, Emerson-Williams Principal
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At Emerson-Williams Elementary School, we strongly believe in the joy of learning. Ours is a caring, compassionate environment that respects and supports the dignity of the whole child. We work hand-in-hand with families and the community to develop lifelong learners and contributing members of our changing society.
The Emerson-Williams School was named for two prominent educators, the Reverends Joseph Emerson and Elisha Williams:
The Reverend Joseph Emerson (1777-1833) was a pioneer in women's education. In addition to writing several educational works, he organized a school of religious instruction for women. In 1824, he moved his female seminary from Massachusetts to the Old Academy on Main Street in Wethersfield.
The Reverend Elisha Williams (1694-1755) was a pioneer in higher education, and a famous teacher in colonial America. He taught at Yale College, when the largest of its three branches was in Wethersfield. In 1726, he was chosen President of the college, and then established in New Haven.
Emerson-Williams School provides a stimulating educational environment in which high academic standards for student performance continue to be our primary goal. In addition to high academic standards, the school community is also committed to providing an environment where all members of the community demonstrate caring and respect towards one another. We will again implement the Responsive Classroom program in our school. The Responsive Classroom is a philosophy that fosters both the academic and social emotional well being of students. One of the main principles is that in order for students to be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
One of the keys to success of Emerson-Williams School’s outstanding educational program is our talented teaching staff. Many of our teachers hold advanced degrees and several are serving as mentors and/or cooperating teachers. Most notable is the dedication and creative spirit of our staff.
An active Parent Teacher Organization continues to advocate for quality education and to sponsor a variety of family-oriented events and fundraisers that have resulted in field trips, cultural enrichment activities, and new equipment for our school. Members of the Emerson-Williams PTO publish our monthly newsletter, host book fairs, and "Family Fun Nights," including a Talent Show, Bingo night, and Strawberry Festival, to name a few.
We at Emerson-Williams School note with pride our many accomplishments and continue to dedicate our efforts to total school improvement focused upon setting high expectations for students within a supportive, motivating school environment.
Wethersfield Parents, Guardians and Community Members - Please join us in a conversation with Mr. Rais Bhuiyan. His tale of empathy and kindness in the face of hate and personal attack will inspire. Rais will also be joining SDMS students and families for the day on January 22. 2018 to share his story and life's journey.
Rais Bhuiyan, an American Muslim from Bangladesh, is an extraordinary individual with a powerful story. After serving as an air force pilot in Bangladesh, Rais moved to the United States in 1999 to study computer technology. Ten days after 9/11, Rais was the victim of a horrific hate crime, attacked by, Mark Stroman, self-described “the Arab slayer,” Rais barely survived. Sadly, two other victims were killed. Stroman was sentenced to death; ten years later, Rais led an international campaign, fighting to save Stroman’s life. Rais’ near death experience sparked a profound journey of soul searching and began his path as a human rights activist for peace, forgiveness, empathy and understanding. Though Rais’ effort to save Stroman from execution in 2011 was unsuccessful, his transformative ability to turn hate into compassion and forgive the unforgivable has been transformative. Through his non-profit, World Without Hate, Rais has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people as he shares his inspirational story and message at schools, universities, organizations and conferences all over the world.
We look forward to sharing this evening with you!