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Colonial Elementary School
315 Highbrook Ave, Pelham, NY 10803

Originally built as a four-classroom, two-story brick building in 1900, the Colonial Elementary School underwentMore extensive renovations in 1926 and again in the 1990s. Today, Colonial accommodates approximately 300 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. 

The school implemented a number of literacy and math initiatives this year, including the Wilson Fundation Program. Fundations aims to improve the reading skills of kindergarten and first grade students during 30-minute classroom sessions that focus predominantly on print knowledge, alphabet awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, spelling and phonics.

In addition to the school's rigorous academic and innovative initiatives, Colonial places a heavy emphasis on the arts, encouraging students to build upon their music and art skills. 

Hutchinson Elementary School
301 Third Ave, Pelham, NY 10803

Hutchinson Elementary School is a K-5 school in the Pelham School District with about 350 students.

It appearsMore aptly named, given its proximity to the Hutchinson River Parkway, but it actually began as The Pelhamville School, which opened in 1866, and is named (like the parkway) after Anne Hutchinson.

Hutchinson was born in England and became a noted female religious thinker in the American colonies. Her radical views on the role of clergy in worship—she believed God connected with individuals outside of church hierarchy—eventually caused her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

After time in Rhode Island and her husband's death, Hutchinson moved to the Pelham Bay Colony.

The current school structure was built in 1914.

The school touts the curriculum at Hutchinson as one devoted to creative and critical thought. "We will motivate our students to be problem solvers, who can work both independently and collaboratively," the district says on the school's website.

The principal is Carla Tarazi, appointed in 2006.

The school's PTA co-presidents are Ericka Connor and Candice Ripoll.