September 23, 2010 - Berlin Community School

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September 23, 2010 - Berlin Community School

Jeffrey Havers

Principal

September 23, 2010

Kristen Martello

Assistant Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians:

All members of Berlin Community School are dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation

necessary to enable them to succeed through out life. To ensure your child’s success, we have set high standards that are

reflected in what is taught every day in our classrooms. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (“NCLB”) requires

that adequate yearly progress (AYP) in language arts literacy and mathematics be measured annually for each school in

New Jersey.

AYP is based primarily on the results of the New Jersey state assessments given to students in grades 3 through 8 and

grade 11. Schools must meet the state’s academic proficiency benchmarks (see below), as well as other indicators such as

test participation and attendance, to make AYP. These benchmarks increase on an incremental basis every three years.

Percent of Students Proficient

Subject

Elementary

Grades 3, 4, & 5

Middle

Grades 6, 7, & 8

High School

Grade 11

Language Arts Literacy

(Reading/Writing)

86% 86% 92%

Mathematics 84% 80% 86%

AYP is calculated for the total school population and for subgroups with students who have been enrolled in the school for

the full academic year. The subgroups are as follows:

Total Population

Students with Disabilities

Limited English Proficient

White

African-American

Asian/Pacific Islander

American Indian/Native American

Hispanic

Other

Economically Disadvantaged

If a school does not make AYP for two or more consecutive years in the same content area (language arts literacy

and mathematics), it is designated a “school in need of improvement.” Berlin Community School has been

identified as a school in need of improvement for the following reasons:

The Students with Disabilities subgroup in grades 6 through 8, did not make adequate yearly progress in

Mathematics based on 2010 results and the State has notified us that based on preliminary data, the

Students with Disabilities subgroup also did not make adequate yearly progress based on 2011 results. A

school must make adequate yearly progress in a subject for at least two consecutive years in order to

remove the designation as a school in need of improvement.


The following data show how Berlin Community School compares academically in mathematics to the State

average for the past two years;

Total Student population;

o 2010

• Federal benchmark to reach Adequate Yearly Progress – 61% passing

• BCS Students - performance in math – 82% passing

• State Average Students - performance in math – 70% passing

o 2011

• Federal benchmark to reach Adequate Yearly Progress – 80% passing

• BCS Students - performance in math – 80.5% passing

• State Average Students - performance in math – **

Students with Disabilities;

o 2010

• Federal benchmark to reach Adequate Yearly Progress – 61% passing

• BCS Students w/ Disabilities performance in math – 58% passing

• State Average Students w/ Disabilities performance in math – 33% passing

o 2011

• Federal benchmark to reach Adequate Yearly Progress – 80% passing

• BCS Students w/ Disabilities performance in math – 46% passing

• State Average Students w/ Disabilities performance in math – **

**Information is not available from the state at this time.

All schools in need of improvement that receive federal Title I funds must assemble a school improvement committee to

develop a school improvement plan that identifies areas of need and programs and activities to help increase student

achievement.

Some of the steps we have already taken or plan to implement this year to address the problem(s) that placed Berlin

Community School in school in improvement status include the following: Academic Support Group, Character

Education, “Do Nows”, Literacy Lab, Homework Club, Peer Tutoring, and Success for All.

In addition, Title I schools in need of improvement must implement certain interventions. For each consecutive year these

schools do not make AYP, additional interventions must be applied. The school improvement requirement that applies to

Berlin Community School is as follows:

Supplemental Educational Services: These services, such as tutoring, are offered over and above those

ordinarily provided in the regular classroom during the normal school day and after-school program. Students

must be income eligible to receive SES. Parents will be notified separately if their child is eligible.

We want to continue serving your child, and we’ll use all the resources available to us to help our students achieve. An

important part of this effort involves parental involvement and support. We encourage you to be active and involved in

your child’s education and to partake in the many opportunities that are provided here at Berlin Community School.

Please continue to check the Parent Portal on a regular basis, contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions,

contact Mrs. Martello or myself if you need further assistance, and join our Home and School Association. Building and

maintaining a high-quality school is a job for our entire community.

We will continue to communicate with you throughout the year regarding the school improvement efforts underway and

hope you will join us in supporting our students and teachers as we work toward reaching our goals for the upcoming

school year.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Havers

Principal

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