|Natchaug Elementary School|
Front entrance of the school
123 Jackson Street
|School district||Windham School District|
|Color(s)||Blue and Green|
|Website||Natchaug School Homepage|
Natchaug Elementary School is a public elementary school in Willimantic, Connecticut, United States. The school is one of four elementary schools in the Windham Public School system, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The name Natchaug comes from the Native American Nipmuc word meaning "land between the rivers." The school colors are bright green and blue.
The school is public, and serves local students from kindergarten through fifth grade, after which they move on to Windham Middle School. As of the 2017-18 school year, the majority of students were Hispanic (77%), while 14% of students were Non-Hispanic white and smaller numbers Asian, black, multiracial or of other backgrounds. By contrast, the majority of the staff are white (86%), with only a small number of Hispanic educators. Many of the school's students come from poor families: 95% qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in 2017-18, compared to 37% of Connecticut public school students overall.
Natchaug has had bilingual education programs in place since the 1980s, in accordance with state legislation. Natchaug also currently has a Family Resource Center and before- and after-school programs for its students.
Natchaug School first opened in 1865, and included a high school until 1897. The school was initially a large wooden building, completed in 1864 and replacing the Old Stone Schoolhouse of earlier decades. In the late 1870s, pupils included several visiting students from China, who had been sent by the Qing dynasty as the educational mission of its Self-Strengthening Movement. The old school building was torn down in 1914 to make way for the current brick structure.
- Eben Jones (2017-present)
- Robert Kallajian (2016–2017)
- Melissa Mishriky Cyr (2015-2016)
- Jeff Wihbey (2010-2012)
- Joseph Janisaitis (2008-2010)
- Rose Bisson (2004-2008)
- Penny Hebert (interim)
- Maureen Bojka (2003-2004, interim)
- Kathleen Rosewall (2002-2003)
- Collette Trailor (c. 1999-2002)
- Susan Webb (1990s)
In earlier decades, principals included:
- James L. Harroun (1892-c.1927)
- George Cadwell (1888-1892)
- William Burdick (1884-1888)
- Col. John B. Welch (1872-1884)
- Thomas H. Fuller (1868-1872)
- David P. Corbin (1866-1868)
- S. W. Powell (1865-1866)
- Wilbur Cross, literary critic and 71st governor of Connecticut
- William Sprague, Congregationalist clergyman
- Isaiah Oggins, American-born spy for the Soviet Union
- Sung Mun Wai (宋文翙), participant in the Chinese Educational Mission and Vice Admiral in the Chinese Navy
- George Ernest Waldo, U.S. Representative from New York (1905–09)
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- Natchaug School Homepage
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