Strong Elementary

Dear Strong School Families,

It is with great excitement and anticipation of the upcoming year that I welcome back all of our students and families to Strong School! As the principal of Strong School, I am excited and energized to continue to work with our staff, students and families to ensure high levels of academic, social and emotional success for all of our children. This year is going to be a year of continuous success and passion for learning as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous. In addition to rigorous academic experiences, here at SES we understand that emotions matter! This year we are excited to be using RULER, an evidence-based approached to social and emotional learning that will help our school community integrate that practice of emotional intelligence into daily life. Over the school year, we look forward to partnering with you and sharing more about this approach. Please keep an eye on the school calendar and newsletter for RULER resources and workshops in support of parents and families.

We have many changes in our building for this upcoming school year. Please take some time to review the changes highlighted below:

We have several staff members who will no longer be at SES for the 2018-2019 school year. Whether they left in order to pursue different opportunities, were reassigned or left for personal reasons, please join me in wishing the following staff members the best of luck in their future endeavors…

  • Roberta Knoegel (SLP); Rebecca Kerrigan (LMS); Mary Gottawala (Paraeducator); Merideth Ward (ELL Tutor); Sara Ilnicki (Building Substitute)

We also have new staff members joining the SES community! Please join me in welcoming…

  • Julie Duro (SLP); Rachel Wrinn (Grade 4 Teacher); Jenna Luponio (Building Substitute); Amanda Zambetti (Building Substitute); Abby Kennure (Paraeducator)

School Supplies

The Board of Education annually provides supplies necessary for your child to be successful with school. However, there are some suggested school supply items that will assist your child not only in school but in completing assignments at home as well. The following are suggested lists that our teachers have generated:

KindergartenFirst Grade
Second GradeThird Grade
Fourth GradeFifth Grade

We understand that providing the items may be a financial burden for some. Therefore, please know that every public school has its own "Cares Program" to assist families in need. Contact may be made to each school's administration for further information. Additionally, the Town of Southington has, through the Community Service Department, assistance available. Please contact the Community Service Department at (860) 276-6271 for more information.


The Southington Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Click here for the Non-discrimination Statement.


The Town of Southington in conjunction with the Commission of DisAbilities has established a Special Needs Registry at the Southington Police Department dispatch center to assist residents with special needs in the event of emergency or evacuation. Special needs flyer


Melissa Barbuto, Principal

820 Marion Avenue
Plantsville, CT 06479

Phone: 860-628-3314
Nurse: 860-628-3314 Ext. 292
Fax: 860-628-3322

School Hours

Preschool AM Session:
8:55am - 11:35am

Preschool PM Session:
12:45pm - 3:25pm

Grades K-5:

Planned Early Dismissal:


School Handbook