State of the School 2006 - 2007

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					BARTON SCHOOL
STATE OF THE SCHOOL ADDRESS
April 11, 2007




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      An Introduction to
         Clara Barton
“Where the Wise Rise to Success”




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Barton School
“Where the Wise Rise to Success”

          Standards-based, high expectations,
           inquiry based, and community- oriented
          A positive environment preparing
           students to be knowledgeable,
           responsible, caring, and confident
           citizens in an ever changing world.
          Dedicated to continuous improvement




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Dr. Farrah S. Koonce, Principal

         Basic Philosophy: All decisions are made
          in the best interest of students
         3rd year as principal of Barton School
         Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University
          of Pennsylvania
         MA, Educational Leadership, Monmouth
          University
         BA, Elementary Education and History,
          Monmouth University


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Principal’s Note


         Our challenge for the 2006-2007 school year is to
          continue to build on our achievements. We can be
          proud of what we have achieved at Barton, but our
          achievements are not due to complacency and
          satisfaction with the status quo. Our programs are built
          on a strong community connection, continuous
          collaboration, and dedicated teacher professionals. We
          will be working hard to meet Cherry Hill Board of
          Education goals by focusing on improved student
          achievement, closing the achievement gaps where they
          exist, integration of an integrated curriculum, review of
          special education programs, and through a school
          facilities action plan.



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Barton Faculty

         All teachers are certified and deemed “Highly Qualified”

         Numerous teachers with advanced degrees including
          technology and mathematics

         Spirit of collaboration

         Committed to Professional Development

         Culture of excellence!




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       Barton Demographics
           Barton Demographics


                                    494 501   495 505
                              493
          510
          500
          490           467
          480     459
Number of
          470
Students 460
          450
          440
          430
                2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
                 - 01 - 02 - 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - 07
                                Years




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      Student Ethnicity Breakdown

      0%                       American Indian or Alaska
             15%               Native
                               Asian


                    10%        Black or African

                               Hispanic or Latino

                    11%        Native Hawaiian/Pacific
64%                            Islander
                   0%          White




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Barton Organization
2006-2007

        2.5 Kindergarten classes
        6 Grade 1 classes
        5 Grade 2 classes
        5 Grade 3 classes
        4 Grade 4 classes
        4 Grade 5 classes
        0 Self-Contained Special Needs class
        3 Resource Rooms
        Average Class Size is 20 students
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2007 – 2008 Proposed
School Budget




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Implications of the 2007 – 2008
Proposed Budget – Elementary
         Increased class size in grade 5
          (from 24 to 25)
         3 elementary positions cut (across
          the district)
         1 educational assistant cut (across
          the district)



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Barton Organization
2007-2008 (Budgeted)

        2.5 Kindergarten classes
        6 Grade 1 classes
        5 Grade 2 classes
        5 Grade 3 classes
        5 Grade 4 classes
        4 Grade 5 classes
        0 Self-Contained Special Needs class
        3 Resource Rooms
        Average Class Size is 20 students
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Board Goals




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Goal 1: Continue to improve student achievement
at all grade levels and close achievement gaps
where they exist.




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Continuous Improvement

       We collect and analyze data in order to provide our students
       with the differentiated instruction and support they need to
       meet and exceed the standards.

       Data helps us to identify at-promise students and their specific
       learning needs. We have used the data to develop before,
       during, and after school programs to accelerate student
       learning.

       Teachers maintain the Student Database which allows us to
       systematically gather and analyze data. Additionally,
        teachers have developed Collaborative Plans to focus their
       attention to specific academic areas.




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Student Achievement Data
Current Grade 6 students (based on 2005 NJASK 5
data )

                                           Language Arts               Math

         Advanced Proficient                        17                      38

         Proficient                                 70                      44

         Partially Proficient                       8                       13

              92% of students were advanced proficient or proficient in LA.
              87% of students were advanced proficient or proficient in Math.
              7 students received a perfect score of 300 on the math.



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Student Achievement Data
Current Grade 5 students (based on 2005 NJASK 3
data )
                                              LA           Math          SC
         Advanced Proficient                   8            43           25

         Proficient                            71           37            55

         Partially Proficient                  11           11            11

         No Score                                1            0             1
         87.8% of students were advanced proficient or proficient in LA.
         87.9% of students were advanced proficient or proficient in Math.
         87.8% of students were advanced proficient or proficient in Science.




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Student Achievement Data
Current Grade 4 students (based on 2005 NJASK 3
data )
                                              LA           Math
         Advanced Proficient                   14           39

         Proficient                            56            39

         Partially Proficient                  13            5

         84.3% of students were advanced proficient or proficient in LA.
         94.0% of students were advanced proficient or proficient in Math.




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Continuous Improvement

       Using data to drive instruction (trends, etc..)
       Specific Instructional Strategies (Better Answers,
        etc…)
       Implementation of new writing program
       Intervention Programs
         – Before and After School Program
         – Summer School
         – ESST Support, Math Coach, Instructional Support
            Specialist
         – Educational Assistant for Academic Support
         – Researched based interventions


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Continuous Improvement through
Professional Development

       – Writing Initiative: Lucy Calkins
       – 2nd full year of Math Investigations
         Implementation
       – New Teacher Workshops: various
         disciplines
       – In –house workshops including Reading
         with Meaning
       – Sample lessons and co-teaching with ISS
         and Math Coach


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Goal 2: Begin implementation of an integrated curriculum,
instruction, assessment and professional development
framework that will assure continuous student progress
within an aligned Pre K – 12 educational program.




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Goal 3: Develop an action plan to improve school
facilities with a focus on learning, safety,
infrastructure, and maintenance.




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Goal 4: Review special education programs to ensure that
every child’s needs are met in accordance with the
Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and in
compliance with State mandated program requirements.




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Things to Celebrate at Barton

         Infusion of technology across the curriculum at all
          grade levels
         2 teachers recognized as Geraldine Dodge Foundation
          recipients
         3 Odyssey of the Mind teams have moved on to State
          Finals – a student recognized for individual
          accomplishments
         Continuation of Character Education Initiatives
         Gains in student achievement based on NJASK data
         Over 600,00 pages for the Reading Program
         Continuation of the K Readiness Packets




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