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                                 STRATEGIC SCHOOL PROFILE 2005-06
                                        Middle and Junior High School Edition

                                       Rogers Park Middle School
                                             Danbury School District

PATRICIA JOAQUIM, Principal                                                             Telephone: (203) 797-4881



This profile was produced by the Connecticut State Department of Education in accordance with CT General Statutes 10-220(c).



STUDENT ENROLLMENT                                                                    TYPE OF SCHOOL
Total Enrollment: 994                                                                 School Type: Traditional/Regular
5-Year Enrollment Change: -6.0%                                                       School Grade Range: 6- 8




                                                  SCHOOL NEED


Current and Past School Need                        Year             School             District              State
                                                                                      Middle/Junior        Middle/Junior
                                                                                      High Schools         High Schools
% of Students Eligible for Free/Reduced-          2005-06              41.0                32.4                23.9
Price Meals                                       2002-03              52.3                42.1                24.4
% of K-12 Students with Non-English               2005-06              41.0                36.0                10.8
Home Language                                     2000-01              34.3                30.3                10.6
% of Students above Entry Grade who               2005-06              96.0                96.1                91.5
Attended this School the Previous Year            2000-01              86.3                88.6                90.2




Enrollment in Special Programs               Students in           Percent in         % in District         % in State
                                               School               School            Middle/Junior        Middle/Junior
                                                                                      High Schools         High Schools
Bilingual Education and English as a             135                   13.6               10.9                 3.7
Second Language Services (K-12)
Compensatory Education                             0                    0.0                  0.0                13.8
Gifted and Talented Program                       57                    5.7                  6.9                 4.9
Special Education                                119                   12.0                 11.5                11.7
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                                         STUDENT RACE/ETHNICITY

Race/Ethnicity            Number                Percent                   Total Minority 2005-06                 51.0%
American Indian              1                    0.1                     Total Minority 2000-01                 44.7%
Asian American              77                    7.7
Black                      119                   12.0
Hispanic                   310                   31.2
White                      487                   49.0



                 EFFORTS TO REDUCE RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND ECONOMIC ISOLATION
Connecticut law requires that school districts provide educational opportunities for their students to interact with students and
teachers from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. This may occur through programs with other schools, distance
learning, or other experiences. Below is the description submitted by this school of how it provides such experiences.

Rogers Park Middle School, rooted with a diverse population, is proud of our inclusive educational program, which
follows the District Learning Tree and Grade Level Learning Guides. Our sixth, seventh and eighth grades are
separated into three cohorts, or mini-schools. A weekly newsletter and our website are produced for the benefit of
the RPMS community. The PTO supports and enhances the school to home communication and provides an
invitational atmosphere for parents. A large number of students participate in Student Council, Safe & Cool After
School Program, Peer mediation, Student Government, Still River Grant, a local business Mentor program, Steel
Drum Band and the Aldrich Museum. The students follow a purple hand pledge, “I will not use my hands or my
words for hurting myself or others.” All 6th graders participate in a Character Education Program. These initiatives
help to create a climate of tolerance, respect and appreciation for differences at Rogers Park Middle School.
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                                               SCHOOL RESOURCES

Instructional Time*                                               School          District Middle/Jr        State Middle/Jr
Total Hours of Instruction Per Year                                998                    998                   1,015
*State law requires at least 900 hours for grades 1 through 12.

TECHNOLOGY                           % of Classrooms, Libraries, and                 School        District           State
                                     Laboratories Wired for:                                      Middle/Jr          Middle/Jr
                                                              Video                  100.0          51.5               77.3
                                                              Voice                   25.0          12.9               75.9
                                                    Internet Access                  100.0         100.0               98.7
                                        Multi-Room Network (LAN)                     100.0         100.0               77.2


Computers                                                         School       Dist Mid/Jr     State Mid/Jr     This school
# of Students Per Academic Computer                                 3.7             3.9              3.1        does not have
                                                                                                                a functional
% of Computers that are High or Moderate Power                    100.0           100.0             84.3
                                                                                                                satellite link.
% of Computers with Internet Access, All Speeds                   100.0           100.0             97.6
% of Computers with High Speed Internet Access                    100.0           100.0             96.3
% of Internet Computers with Filtering Software                   100.0           100.0             99.3


LIBRARY MATERIALS                     Print and Non-Print Materials              School        Dist Mid/Jr      State Mid/Jr
Free on-line access to                # of Print Volumes Per Student*             14.3             9.8             19.5
periodicals, newspapers, and          % of Print Volumes Purchased                 0.0             4.8             12.5
other resources is available to       in the Last Three Years
all Connecticut schools
                                      # of Print Periodical                       40              44.0                28.0
through the Connecticut
                                      Subscriptions
Digital Library.
                                      # of Non-Print Materials                   908           1,511.5               513.7
                                      *Because a certain number of volumes are needed for a library of adequate breadth and
                                      depth, a small school may need a higher number of volumes per student.


STAFFING RESOURCES
                                                                      School Staff Count                  2005-06       2004-05
                                                                      Full-Time Equivalent
Average Class Size        School       District      State            # of Certified Staff
Gr. 5    2005-06          N/A          N/A          N/A                 Teachers                              77.3       81.1
         2000-01          N/A          N/A          N/A                 Administrators                         3.5        3.5
Gr. 7    2005-06           18.6         20.7         21.1               Department Chairs                      0.0        0.0
         2000-01           30.5         29.5         21.9               Library/Media Staff                    2.0        2.0
                                                                        Counselors, Social Workers,            6.1        6.1
                                                                          and School Psychologists
Professional Staff         2005-06     2004-05      2000-01             Other Professionals                    2.5        2.6
% Minority                  13.7        13.1         11.1             # of Non-Certified Instructional        13.0       12.0

Professional Staff Experience and Training                                       School          District             State
                                                                                                Middle/Jr            Middle/Jr
Average Number of Years Experience in Connecticut                                 10.9            14.1                 13.2
% with Master’s Degree or Above                                                   68.4            74.2                 78.0
% Trained as Mentors, Assessors, or Cooperating Teachers                          18.9            24.7                 27.4
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                                                  SCHOOL PROCESSES


Selected Subject Areas, Grade 8                         Estimated Hours of Instruction Per Year              Computer/
                                                                                                             Technology
                                                  School               District             State            Supported
Art                                                  38                   38                  39                 No
Computer Education                                    0                    0                  21                 N/A
English Language Arts                               161                  161                 168                 Yes
Family and Consumer Science                           0                    0                  15                 N/A
Health                                               36                   36                  25                 No
Mathematics                                         161                  161                 146                 Yes
Music                                                64                   94                  58                 Yes
Physical Education                                   58                   58                  54                 No
ReadingE                                            141                  141                  91                 No
Science                                             161                  110                 142                 Yes
Social Studies                                      161                  151                 142                 Yes
Technology EducationE                                39                  100                  28                 Yes
World LanguagesE                                    140                  140                  97                 No
E indicates elective, I indicates integrated courses.


Enrollment in Selected High School Level Courses                                          Interactive Distance Learning:
% Gr. 8 Students Taking        School         District                         State      This school does not utilize
                                                                                          interactive distance learning.
High School    2005-06           0.0           21.6                            28.9       Interactive distance learning
Level Math     2000-01          28.3           28.8                            25.6       ranges from on-line courses with
World          2005-06           0.0           27.2                            46.9       student-instructor interaction via
Language       2000-01          61.8           61.6                            44.3       the internet to live classroom
                                                                                          interactions through two-way
                                                                                          audio and video transmissions.



Types of Remedial Instructional Services                        Available in         Available in
Provided to Students Lacking Basic Skills                       Mathematics         Language Arts
Pull-Out Instruction                                                No                   No
In-Class Tutorial                                                   No                   No
After School Program                                               Yes                  Yes
Summer School (2005)                                               Yes                  Yes
Other                                                               No                   No



Student and Teacher Statistics                                                 School        District          State
                                                                                            Middle/Jr        Middle/Jr
                                                                                           High Schools     High Schools
% of Students Retained in Grade after 2004-05 School Year                          0.3         0.2              0.6
Teacher Attendance, 2004-05: Average # of Days Absent Due                         14.7        11.6              9.0
to Illness or Personal Time
% Certified Staff Assigned to Same School the Previous Year                       84.2        89.6               86.2
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                                      STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Connecticut Mastery Test, Fourth Generation, % Meeting State Goal: The state goal was established with the
advice and assistance of a cross section of Connecticut educators. The Goal level is more demanding than the state
Proficient level, but not as high as the Advanced level, reported in the No Child Left Behind Report Cards.

Connecticut Mastery Test           School           District            State           Of All Schools in State
% Meeting State Goal in:                                                               Lowest %       Highest %
Grade 4 Reading                   N/A               N/A                N/A              N/A             N/A
        Writing                   N/A               N/A                N/A              N/A             N/A
        Mathematics               N/A               N/A                N/A              N/A             N/A
Grade 5 Reading                   N/A               N/A                N/A              N/A             N/A
        Writing                   N/A               N/A                N/A              N/A             N/A
        Mathematics               N/A               N/A                N/A              N/A             N/A
Grade 6 Reading                     49.7               53.8             63.6               2.4                97.3
        Writing                     47.2               46.3             62.2               0.0                94.4
        Mathematics                 45.1               49.2             58.6               0.0                95.1
Grade 7 Reading                     55.7               57.9             66.7               5.7                95.5
        Writing                     44.4               46.3             60.0               0.0                93.4
        Mathematics                 46.4               47.8             57.0               0.0                93.5
Grade 8 Reading                     58.0               63.0             66.7               0.0               100.0
        Writing                     52.5               60.0             62.4               0.0                96.4
        Mathematics                 46.7               50.6             58.3               0.0                97.3

                                                               The figures above were calculated differently than
                                                               those reported in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
                                                               Report Cards. Unlike NCLB figures, these results
                                                               reflect the performance of students with scoreable
                                                               tests who were enrolled in the district at the time of
                                                               testing, regardless of the length of time they were
                                                               enrolled in the district.




Physical Fitness         School    District    State           Student Attendance      School     District     State
% Passing All 4 Tests                                                                             Mid/Jr       Mid/Jr
             Grade 4    N/A        N/A        N/A              % on October 1, 2005      96.1      96.5          96.4
             Grade 6     27.6       24.9       34.6
             Grade 8     24.9       21.6       35.7
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           EVIDENCE OF SUSTAINED IMPROVEMENTS IN STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Below is a summary, submitted by this school, of the major trends in student performance and accomplishments that indicate
sustained improvement over time. Also, areas of need are identified and plans to address these needs are presented.

The staff at Rogers Park utilizes a number of different measurement devices to ensure equity, monitor curriculum,
and record and analyze growth. The CMT is the overall indicator of curriculum delivery. Over a period of years the
staff has developed and implemented a reading and writing across the curriculum approach. This has resulted in
dramatic and sustainable growth in these two parts of the CMT. Mathematics is still in the process of being
addressed Cluster teams, including PPS staff, meet frequently to monitor progress and track student achievement.
Individual student needs are monitored as part of our philosophy. Our School Leadership Team has formulated an
Outcome Achievement aligned to the district’s goals.

                                    SUPPLEMENTAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
The space below was optionally used by this school to describe aspects of the school not presented elsewhere in the profile. For
instance, character education or programs designed to improve school climate may be described.




  Strategic School Profiles may be viewed on the internet at www.state.ct.us/sde. A more detailed, searchable SSP
                database, data tables, and additional CT education facts are also available at this site.
               For the school/district website, see www.danbury.k12.ct.us/midweb/rpms/index.htm
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