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Southeastern Connecticut's premier elementary school
located in New London, CT

Grade 2 & Grade 3

"What keeps me coming back to SSA is the spirit of community, and the wonderful families and staff members that I’ve known over the years. One of my favorite things about teaching at Schechter is watching the progression of the students, as they enter kindergarten, pass through my class, graduate and go on to be successful adolescents and adults" - Dianne Zimmer, grades 2 and 3 teacher

At SSA, study is based on a thematic approach. A specific theme or topic is explored across all areas of curriculum: math, language arts, social studies, science, art, music, and computer. These thematic units are planned to ensure comprehensive coverage of the academic program. Some units are developed with student inspiration; sometimes it is the teacher's suggestion that spurs an integrated study. In Grades 2 and 3, for example, the fact that Mrs. Zimmer is from South Africa, promoted intense interest in geography and weather in the region, the culture and society, the monetary system, and what daily life was like for children. Exchanged letters, reports, bulletin boards, artwork, gift boxes, and current event updates reflect our core commitment to relate learning to the real world.  "Watching the second and third graders work together on projects as they help and encourage each other, is very rewarding." – Dianne Zimmer, grades 2 and 3, teacher