School Related Services
Above and beyond the regular curriculum, the Board of Education provides a variety of school related services, both educational and extra-curricular, that benefit each child's learning experience. To find out more about any of the school related services provided by the Meriden Public Schools, please contact your child's school or click on any of the services described on this site.
Student support services are provided by a staff consisting of guidance counselors, an attendance counselor, social workers, school psychologists and school-community educators.
These services provide the means for individual and group counseling, appropriate placement, home and school liaison, career education, student crisis intervention, referrals to appropriate agencies/schools, and activities which support student needs and aid in decision-making.
The Meriden Public Schools has a testing program designed to assess the general academic achievement of the students and evaluate our curriculum/instructional programs. The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) is administered to students at grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The CMT is designed to assess mathematical skills along with language arts skills of reading and writing. Each spring the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) is administered to all grade 10 students. Students’ abilities to respond to literature, edit passages, and understand science and mathematical concepts are assessed on the CAPT. For students who achieve a high standard of accomplishment as established by the Connecticut State Department of Education, certification of mastery is indicated on high school transcripts. All grade 11 students who did not meet state established standards on any part of CAPT will be required to retake that part. Students may retake the CAPT in twelfth grade to obtain this certification. High school students are also encouraged to participate in College Board testing programs including taking the Advanced Placement and Scholastic Aptitude Tests. To further supplement information obtained from the state-mandated CMT and CAPT, the district also periodically administers short mathematics, reading and editing assessments in grades 3 through 9. Also, to help guide early reading instruction in grades pre-k, kindergarten, 1, 2 and 3, students are assessed and monitored with early reading assessments in the fall, winter and/or spring.
The thrust of the athletic program is concentrated on the development of physical fitness and the refinement of skills needed to perform well in sports. At the middle school level, the major emphasis is in the area of fine motor coordination, conditioning and good sportsmanship. The theory and strategy of each sport is stressed at this level. At the high school level, interscholastically, there are a multitude of athletic activities in which students can participate. Members of varsity teams are awarded certificates. All students who participate are required to have a physical examination. Opportunities exist for those students not interested in interschool sports to participate in a diverse range of intramural activities.
The Meriden Public Schools encourages all students to participate in extracurricular activities. These programs offer a wide variety of informational learning opportunities for self-expression and the development of creative potential through club activities, theatrical groups, literary and service clubs and academic societies. The objective of all activities is to provide opportunities for students to explore their interests in a way which is constructive and beneficial to the student, his or her school and, ultimately, the Meriden community.
The Board of Education and the Health Department cooperate in the interest of maintaining optimum student health. The central office staffs of both agencies develop policies and procedures to implement the mandates of city, state and federal legislation. Each building principal and school nurse is responsible for administering a wide range of health services which vary according to the age of a child.
All students entering the Meriden Public Schools must be immunized against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, rubella, haemophilus influenzae type B, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B and varicella in accordance with administrative regulations and state law. Exemptions to the above immunizations require a certificate from a physician stating that the child has had the disease or that immunization would be detrimental to the child's health, or a written statement from parents or guardians that such immunizations would be contrary to religious beliefs.
The Board is committed to a sound comprehensive health program as an integral part of each student's general education. Instruction on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is part of this curriculum. Parents or guardians who wish their child to be exempt from instruction on this topic should make a written request to the principal of the school.