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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


64 St. James St.
West Hartford, CT 06119
Phone: 860-236-3315
Fax: 860-236-3342

Teresa Giolito, Principal 

School Information 


Florence E. Smith STEM School

64 St. James Street
West Hartford, CT 06119-2325


Teresa Giolito


Magnet School Information

Contact Numbers


(860) 236-3315


(860) 236-3342


School Hours
For safety and comfort, children should not arrive earlier than 8:20 a.m. Schools are not responsible for outside supervision prior to 8:20 a.m. The only exceptions are for those attending WHEE, the breakfast program (opens at 8:10 a.m.) or with teacher permission.

  • The first bell rings at 8:20 a.m., at which time children may enter the building.
  • The second bell rings at 8:30 a.m. to alert students that they have five minutes to get to class.
  • The third bell rings at 8:35 a.m. signifying that the school day has begun.

Children are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:35 a.m. Tardy records appear on your child's report card and are therefore part of your permanent record.


  P-5 Office
M 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
T 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
W 8:35 am-2:00 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Th 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm
F 8:35 am-3:20 pm 8:00 am-4:00 pm


WHEE Before and After School Information


Safe Driving
Please obey all posted signs and traffic regulations when driving on school grounds or near our school. Remember the one-way drive is for buses only during arrival and dismissal times. Please do not park in the one-way drive one half hour before arrival or dismissal.

After-School Plans
Please make sure to send in a note to your child's teacher whenever there is a change in your child's after-school plans. Unless there is a note, children will follow their usual after-school arrangements, i.e., ride the bus, go to WHEE, or walk home. Please plan ahead and try not to call the office with changes in dismissal plans since we cannot guarantee that telephone messages will be conveyed to students prior to dismissal.

Telephone Messages
It is the policy of Smith School not to interrupt classes to convey telephone messages to students. We request that early dismissal or after-school plans be finalized prior to students' arrival at school each day since we cannot guarantee that telephone messages will be conveyed prior to dismissal. If there are changes in dismissal plans please send a note to your child's teacher.

 Nurse Nurse Lynne Foley
Health Information & FAQ

Lunch Menus

Parent Conferences
Please note the following early closing during Parent Conference weeks:

  November 13 - 16 March 5 - 8
M 3:20 pm 3:20 pm
T 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
W 2:00 pm 2:00 pm
Th 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
F 1:30 pm 1:30 pm

Absent or Tardy
Please call the school office before 8:30 a.m. or the voice mail absence box 232-3334 (box 305) if your child is going to be absent or tardy. We appreciate your consideration in making this telephone call.

School Closings and Delays
During an early closing please do not call the office. We need to keep our phone lines open. Please make emergency plans well ahead of time. When there is a delayed opening on any school day, all before-school activities are cancelled. Please prepare your children for a snow emergency or other emergencies, which require an early closing. Have a practice drill just in case, so that your children know what to do and where to go if no one is at home. We will send all children home under most circumstances. However, should there be an instance when children absolutely cannot be dismissed, e.g. electrical lines down, we will keep your child safely at school.

For snow closings or other emergency closings, parents can get information by:

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Source Line
WTIC 1080 AM
WTIC 96.5 FM
Channel 3, 8, 30
  WHCN 105.9 FM Channel 5 (cable)
  WRCH 100.5 FM  

WKSS 95.7 FM  

Visitor and Volunteer Sign-In
Anyone visiting or volunteering at Smith School during school hours should enter at the bus entrance door.  You will have to press the buzzer and announce your name, then proceed to the office.  You will be required to wear a volunteer or visitor name badge. Your cooperation is appreciated and essential.

What School Volunteers Can Do at Our School
One of the most frequently asked questions from potential volunteers is, "What can I do that will be useful?" Click hereto find out what you can do to support Smith School!

Upcoming Events

  • November 2018
    • TueNov13 Parent Teacher Conferences - 1:30 pm Dismissal
    • WedNov14 Parent Teacher Conferences - 2:00 pm Dismissal
    • ThuNov15 Parent Teacher Conferences - 1:30 pm Dismissal
    • FriNov16 Parent Teacher Conferences - 1:30 PM Dismissal
    • FriNov16 Parent Teacher Conferences - 1:30 pm Dismissal
    • ThuNov22 Thanksgiving - No School

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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