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					                       Annual Report 


                            August 2004 



     CHAMPION CHARTER SCHOOL OF BROCKTON

                  37 Erie Avenue • Brockton, MA 02302
                     508.894.4377 • 508.894.4380 fax


                  Ferdinand Fuentes, School Director
              Roland Blanchette, Chair, Board of Trustees

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                           Table of Contents


Letter from Board President …………………………………….………………….. v

Executive Summary ………………………………………………………………….vii 

Mission Statement ……………………………………………………………………. 1

School Report Card…………………………………………………………………...3

A. School Performance ……………………………………………………………12
        1. Summary of Performance ………………………………………………12

            The Academic Program ………………..……………………………..12

            School Viability ………………………………………..….....................14

            Faithfulness to Charter ………………...……………………………… 16

        2. Summary of External Standardized Test Results …………………….17
        3. Summary of Alumni Placements ………………………………....……22
        4. Summary of Official Complaints …………………………………...… 22

        5. Total Number of Applications Received ………………………….... 22

        6. Number of Students on Waiting List ……………………………...….. 22

        7. Student Turnover Data …………………………………………...……..22

    B. School Program ……………………………………………………………..23

        1. Grades and Age Levels Served ……………………………...………. 24

        2. Eligibility Requirements ………………………………………………….24
        3. Enrollment Policy …………………………………………………………24
        4. Summary of Curriculum Design and Teaching

           Methods……………………………………………………………….…... 24

        5. Graduation and Promotion Requirements ………………...………. 26

        6. Student/Teacher Ratio ………………………………………………….26
        7. School Calendar …………………………………………......................26

    C. Finance ………………………………………………………………………. 26

        1. Private Revenue …………………………………………………..…….. 26

        2. City, State, and Federal Monies …………………………………….. 26

        3. Total Revenue from all Sources ………………………………………. 27

    D. Governance …………………………………………………………………27
        1. Board of Trustees …………………………………………………………27
        2. Board Committees ……………………………………………………… 29

        3. Summary of Major Board Policies

           and Activities …………………………………………………………….. 29

    E. Staff …………………………………………………………………………… 30

         1. Administrative …………………………………………………………. 30

         2. Support Staff …………………………………………………………… 30

         3. FTE Teachers …………………………………………………………….30
         4. Program Staff ………………………………………………………..… 31

    F. Student Characteristics …………………………………………………… 32

        1. Student Enrollment ……………………………………………………… 32

        2. Demographics ……………………………………………………………33
        3. Average Daily Attendance Rate ……………………………………. 33

        4. Average Membership Rate ……………………………………………34

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      5. Number of Students Suspended/Expelled…...................................34

   G. Other Items of Interest ………………………………………….…………..34

      1. Extra-Curricular Programs ……………………………..……………. 34

      2. Computer/Technology Resources ………………..…………
                              34
      3. Collaborations and Partnerships ………….….………………
                           34




                                     Appendix

          Financial Information ………………………………………………….Appendix A




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August 1, 2004


Ms. Kristin McIntosh
Acting Commissioner of Education for Charter Schools
Massachusetts Department of Education
350 Main St.
Malden, Ma 02148

Dear Ms. McIntosh:

Having assumed the position of Chairperson of the Board of Trustees a few short weeks ago
at our annual meeting, I submit to you with a sense of excitement and pride the 2004
Annual Report for the Champion Charter School of Brockton. The school has made great
strides during the past year in establishing its institutional viability and developing its
academic program, and we are poised for the coming year to be one in which we
consolidate and build upon our gains.

Last August, after a rigorous and thorough search and hiring process led by my Board
colleague Paul Protentis, we selected Ferdinand Fuentes to be Champion’s second school
director. Freddie comes to us with a wealth of experience in urban education, Horace
Mann charter schools, Board and resource development, and most importantly, leadership.
In the 11 months he has been with us, he has helped us to reorganize and reinvigorate the
Board, brought new funds into the school, worked hand-in-hand with assistant director Larry
DeSalvatore to begin addressing deficiencies in our academic program, established more
positive and mutually beneficial relationships with both Brockton Public Schools and
Brockton High School than had previously existed, addressed effectively a range of staffing
challenges, helped steer the school through two facility transitions, began the process of
upgrading the school’s 5²-year-old computer technology, guided us through a DOE
coordinated program review, established a special education program where none had
previously existed, and led the school through a 180-day school year.

All of these areas of effort are important, but two deserve greater amplification. Over
Champion’s history, students who have come to us with weak skill sets in language arts
and/or math have tended not to fare well. Academic deficiency may not always be the
presenting reason why our students have previously dropped out of school, but it certainly is
in many cases a piece of the puzzle. Although Champion has, in name, offered Basic level
math and language arts courses for students who enter with low skills, the school has not
offered a structured remediation and accelerated learning curriculum to assist students in
developing skills at grade level. Good teachers—and we are fortunate to have excellent
teachers—alone are insufficient to bring about academic success. Champion in SY2005 will
introduce a new Foundation level with intensive instruction in math and literacy, smaller
(than our already small) class sizes, diagnostic testing to pinpoint areas for remediation, and
a dedicated literacy specialist. In a departure from previous practice, students will need to
demonstrate literacy and numeracy at a tenth grade equivalency to move into
Presentation level classes in those two areas.

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Above I mentioned that Champion has moved twice in the past 11 months, first from our
original home to another floor in the same building, and then to a former K-8 Roman
Catholic School on Brockton’s East Side. This facility, like the last, is a temporary home for the
school. Champion’s long-term viability hinges on our securing a permanent home. For that
reason, among others, I am especially pleased to see Champion’s relationship with
Brockton Public Schools improving and our Board playing a more central role in school
policy and planning.

In closing, I know I speak for all the members of the Champion Board of Trustees in stating
our belief that providing Brockton’s out-of-school youth with another chance for a diploma
benefits not just them but the community at large. Given the opportunity—to acquire
needed skills, to make career connections, to explore the world of possibilities otherwise
closed to them—our students can reach and exceed their expectations. It is our job, as
Board, as staff, as Champion community, to provide the young people who find their way
to our doors with the tools they need. I look forward to helping lead us toward meeting the
challenges ahead.




Sincerely,



Roland Blanchette
Chairperson, Board of Trustees




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                           Executive Summary

Established in mid-1998, Champion Charter School is a high school specifically designed for
former out-of-school youth ages 16-21 who previously attended a Brockton public school
and are currently residing in Brockton. It employs a rigorous competency-based —Diploma
Plus“ approach to earning a high school diploma designed by the Center for Youth
Development and Education of the Commonwealth Corporation, whereby students
demonstrate specific skills through projects, exhibitions, portfolios, and presentations.
Students in the Basic and Intermediate levels of the program concentrate on improving
reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, writing and critical thinking skills.
Students in the —Plus Phase“ take two non-remedial courses at Massasoit Community
College, complete a 100-hour internship, participate in a community service learning
project, and complete a graduation portfolio of exemplary work.

As a Horace Mann Charter School, Champion is a part of the Brockton Public Schools and
has been approved by the Brockton School Committee and the Brockton Education
Association. The school director from the school‘s inception through June 30, 2003 was
Curtis Wells. His successor, Ferdinand Fuentes, started in August of last year. Mr. Fuentes
possesses over 20 years experience in public education and youth work, most of it in the
Boston Public Schools system. For five years he led the Boston Evening Academy, Boston‘s
Horace Mann charter for formerly out-of-school youth.

Among the most noteworthy items outlined in this report are the following:

   • 	 Champion experienced a breakthrough in student performance on the mathematics
       Massachusetts Comprehensive System (MCAS) re-tests this past spring. Whereas in
       previous administrations of the re-test, student performance has been uniformly
       poor, in March, 7 of 22 students earned passing grades. While these results also
       indicate that the amount of progress still needed is substantial, they nevertheless
       offer hope that a corner has been turned in terms of preparing students for math
       success.

   • 	 Champion graduated eight students in 2004, equaling the largest graduating class in
       the school. Six of the eight students intend to continue their education and two
       intend to work full time.

   • 	 As stated above, Champion embarked on its second five-year charter in January.
       Along with our application for charter renewal, Champion submitted a new
       accountability plan–nine goals that the school intends to achieve over the length of
       the charter. The accountability plan was accepted by the Department of Education
       and is outlined below, along with preliminary progress to date on meeting those
       goals.

   • 	 The school began efforts to restructure the CCS curriculum in an effort to increase
       student academic success. In SY2004, these efforts focused on developing a scope
       and sequence for courses and builds students skills and competencies and on
       assessing and grading in a manner that provides students and caregivers alike more
       explicit information about what students need to master in order to move forward
       academically.


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   • 	 The school hired for the 2004 school year and beyond a special education teacher,
       the school‘s first, and has worked closely with Brockton Public Schools‘ Special
       Education Department and with Massachusetts Department of Education to
       establish a viable special education program in compliance with federal and state
       laws and regulations.

   • 	 The Board of Trustees has embarked upon intensive efforts to renew itself. These
       efforts have included recruitment of new Board members, a change in Board
       leadership, engagement in a process of Board development with an outside
       consultant, and reorganization of subcommittee structure.

   • 	 The school established new partnerships with Health Care of Southeastern
       Massachusetts and the Caron Foundation, and expanded upon relationships with
       Commonwealth Corporation, MY TURN, Inc., BAMSI, Life Resources, and others.

Parents, sponsors, friends of Champion, and interested others: the pages ahead present a
piece of the story of the Champion Charter School. We invite you to learn more about us
through this report. Should you have questions, or should you like to visit, please feel free to
contact us.




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          Champion Charter School of Brockton
                        !! Annual Report 2004 

The mission of the Champion Charter School of Brockton is to provide high quality,
academically challenging education for out of school youth by creating a
dynamic learning laboratory that uses a school to career pedagogy as its
framework; an environment that embraces the vision of the Brockton Public Schools
and involves a broad range of community based organizations; and an innovative
and flexible model to serve an underserved population in our community. It will
provide integrated learning experiences that continually demonstrate how what is
learned in the classroom relates to the workplace, the students’ personal growth,
their role in the community, and their future.




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             School Report Card - Champion HMCS School


                 Champion HMCS School (04340505)
Ferdinand Fuentes, School Principal
Mailing Address: 37 Erie Avenue
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: (508) 894-4377
FAX: (508) 894-4380

Report Card:

This report includes information on the school's performance on the Massachusetts
Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) by content area, grade level, and for
particular student populations. Comparison data from the district, the state, and
from 2003 are also provided. In addition, this report includes other information as
required by the federal No Child Left Behind act.

Mission Statement: 

The mission of the Champion Charter School of Brockton is to provide high quality,
academically challenging education for out of school youth Champion Charter
School provides integrated learning experiences that continually demonstrate how
what is learned in the classroom relates to students‘ personal growth, their role in
the community and the workplace, and their future.




Grades Offered: 09, 10, 11, 12


Percent of teachers licensed: 57.14%

Percent of teachers in core academic subject areas who are Highly
Qualified: 66.67%




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               Champion HMCS School
               Grade 10 - English Language Arts
                            Included in      % Students at Each Performance
                              Results                    Level

                             #         %        A       P       NI       W/F

STUDENT STATUS

Disabled                      1        100

GENDER

Female                        6        100

Male                          6        100

RACE/ETHNICITY

African American/Black        5        100

Hispanic                      4        100

White                         3        100

LOW INCOME                    8        100

ALL STUDENTS

2003                         12        100              17      33           50

2002                         48        87       0       13      35           52

DISTRICT

2003                         12        100              17      33           50

2002                         48        87       0       13      35           52

STATE

2003                       69607       99      20       40      28           12

2002                       65669       96      20       40      27           13

NOTE: MCAS results for groups with fewer than 10 students are not shown to
protect student confidentiality


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               Champion HMCS School

               Grade 10 - Mathematics

                           Included in Results     % Students at Each Performance Level

                                #          %          A         P         NI         W/F

STUDENT STATUS

Disabled                         1         100

GENDER

Female                           8         100

Male                             6         100

RACE/ETHNICITY

African American/Black           5         100

Hispanic                         5         100

White                            4         100

LOW INCOME                       9         100

ALL STUDENTS

2003                            14         100                   7        21          71

2002                            49          89        0          2        16          82

DISTRICT

2003                            14         100                   7        21          71

2002                            49          89        0          2        16          82

STATE

2003                          70263        100        24        27        28          21

2002                          66674         97        20        24        31          25

NOTE: MCAS results for groups with fewer than 10 students are not shown to protect student
confidentiality



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Champion HMCS School 

Mid-Cycle AYP Report 

                                            ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

                                  Participation             Performance    Improvement       Attendance
                                                                                                              AYP
Student Group
                                                   Met               Met    CPI    Met             Met        2003
                       Enrolled    Assessed %              N CPI                         % Change
                                                  Target            Target Change Target          Target

Aggregate                12           12      -     -      12   -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

Lim. English Prof.        0            0      -     -      0    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

Spec. Ed.                 1            1      -     -      1    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

Free Lunch                8            8      -     -      8    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

Afr. Amer./Black          5            5      -     -      5    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

Asian or Pacif. Isl.      0            0      -     -      0    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

Hispanic                  4            4      -     -      4    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

Native American           0            0      -     -      0    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -

White                     3            3      -     -      3    -     -      -       -   -     -          -    -




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                                                  MATHEMATICS
                                  Participation             Performance    Improvement        Attendance
                                                                                                               AYP
Student Group
                                                   Met               Met    CPI    Met             Met         2003
                       Enrolled    Assessed %              N CPI                         % Change
                                                  Target            Target Change Target          Target

Aggregate                14           14      -     -      14   -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

Lim. English Prof.        0            0      -     -      0    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

Spec. Ed.                 1            1      -     -      1    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

Free Lunch                9            9      -     -      9    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

Afr. Amer./Black          5            5      -     -      5    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

Asian or Pacif. Isl.      0            0      -     -      0    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

Hispanic                  5            5      -     -      5    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

Native American           0            0      -     -      0    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

White                     4            4      -     -      4    -     -      -        -   -     -          -    -

NOTE: An asterisk (*) appears if the AYP determination changed on appeal.





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                                   Adequate Yearly Progress History

                                 English Language Arts                               Mathematics


Students               1999      2000      2001      2002    2003   1999       2000     2001   2002      2003


Aggregate               Yes       Yes       N/A       N/A    N/A    Yes        Yes      N/A        N/A   N/A

All subgroups           N/A       N/A       N/A       N/A    N/A    N/A        N/A      N/A        N/A   N/A




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             Data Definitions

Race/Ethnicity:
African-American - A person having origins in any of the black racial groups
in Africa.
Asian - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East,
Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands. This area
includes, for example, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands and
Samoa.
Hispanic - A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South
American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Native American - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of
North America, and who maintains cultural identification through tribal
affiliation or community attachment.
White - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North
Africa, or the Middle East.

Limited English Proficient:
Defined as "a student whose first language is a language other than English
who is unable to perform ordinary classroom work in English."

Low Income:
An indication of whether the student meets ANY ONE of the following definitions
of low income:
1. The student is eligible for free or reduced price lunch; or
2. The student receives Transitional Aid to Families benefits; or
3. The student is eligible for food stamps

Migrant:
An indication of whether an individual or a parent/guardian accompanying an
individual maintains primary employment in one or more agricultural or fishing
activities on a seasonal or other temporary basis and establishes a temporary
residence for the purposes of such employment.

Percent of teachers licensed:
The percentage of teachers with Provisional, Initial, or Professional licensure (all
teaching staff, including long-term substitutes). This information is not required
from charter schools.

Percent of core academic classes taught by highly-
qualified teachers:
The percentage of staff, measured in "full-time equivalency", teaching in core


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academic areas, that meet the NCLB definition of highly-qualified. To meet the
definition, teachers must hold a valid Massachusetts license AND demonstrate
subject matter competency in the areas they teach. The core academic areas
are defined as English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign
languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.

Performance Level Definitions (MCAS):
(A) Advanced - Students demonstrate a superior understanding of challenging
subject matter, and solve a wide variety of problems.
(P) Proficient - Students demonstrate a solid understanding of challenging
subject matter, and solve a wide variety of problems.
(NI) Needs Improvement - Students demonstrate partial understanding of
subject matter, and solve some simple problems.
(W/F) Warning/Failing - Students demonstrate minimal understanding of
subject matter, and do not solve simple problems.

Special Education:
Students who have an individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Adequate Yearly Progress Performance:
A determination of whether a school/district has made "adequate yearly
progress". Detailed information on the AYP determinations can be found on the
MA Department of Education website at
http://www.doe.mass.edu/sda/sprp/cycleIII/.




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A.     School Performance             


The Champion Charter School of Brockton is designed to respond to the educational needs
of the sizable number of out of school youth in Brockton. According to information posted
on the Massachusetts Department of Education website, 5.3 percent of Brockton Public
School students dropped out in 2002-03, the most recent year for which data is available.
Brockton‘s high school enrollment of 4,250 students (2003-04 school year) suggests that
over 225 new drop outs are removed from the high school roles each year.

The Champion curriculum is designed to reengage out-of-school youth in ways that will
keep them in school and help them to succeed academically and in the world of work. The
school has developed a competency-based curriculum, based on the Massachusetts
Curriculum Frameworks, where students must demonstrate proficiency in core subject
areas in order to progress to the next level. Students show their knowledge and skills
through regular coursework and through the development of portfolios of their best work
across the several disciplines. Champion is an ungraded high school that operates on three
levels: Foundation Phase, Presentation Phase, and the Plus Phase. These are roughly
equivalent to 8th grade, 10th grade and 12th grade.



1. Summary of
   Performance Relative
   to Student and School
   Performance
   Objectives.
The Champion Charter School Accountability Plan was accepted by the Massachusetts
Department of Education in 2003 following DOE's granting Champion a second five year
charter. The plan sets forth nine broad goals relating to the program of the school, its
organizational viability, and the school's faithfulness to the terms of its charter. The
Accountability Plan goals, and the school's progress in meeting them, are presented below.

The Academic Program

► GOAL: Champion students will pass all Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment
System (MCAS) tests required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a condition of
graduation.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVE: By the end of the 2004 school year, all students who
have completed all other requirements for earning a Champion Charter School diploma will,
by the time they complete those requirements, pass, at a level of Needs Improvement or
better, all MCAS tests required by the Commonwealth as a condition of graduation.

PERFORMANCE: In 2004, eight students completed the requirements for graduation
from Champion. All eight students passed required MCAS tests in mathematics and English
language arts and were awarded diplomas. Average passing scores for graduating students
were 228 in mathematics and 231 in English language arts.

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► GOAL: Champion will provide curriculum that serves the academic needs of all students
and helps to ensure their academic success.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVE: Champion administration and faculty will work to
develop and refine curriculum that helps students achieve academic success. Annual
increases in the percentage of students earning course grades of Proficient or Advanced;
annual increases in percentage of students advancing within the Champion academic
program; annual increases in the percentage of Champion students earning high school
diplomas.

PERFORMANCE: During the 2004 school year, under the leadership of new School
Director Ferdinand Fuentes and the direct guidance of Assistant Director Lawrence
DeSalvatore, Champion undertook a major revision of the school's academic program.
Champion began working much more closely with the Special Education Department of
Brockton Public Schools in order to provide expanded support to students. Champion hired
an academic support teacher with Special Education certification to work with special needs
students and others with low skills. Curriculum and grading practices were revised in order
to focus student attention on in-depth coverage of a narrower range of skills and
competencies, including a focus on reading and written and oral communication across the
curriculum. The emphasis of the academic program was shifted away from student creation
of specific work products and a single pathway to success to multiple products as evidence
of competency.

One measure of the success of these initial efforts is captured in the number of students
progressing at the end of the school year from the Presentation to Plus Phases of the
academic program. With a smaller student body occasioned by a smaller facility, Champion
saw a substantial increase in students moving forward, from 12 the previous spring to 18
this spring. In the estimation of faculty and administration alike, the quality of work
presented by advancing students was similar to that of previous years-an area for
improvement-but the percentage of students producing work at that level was noticeably
higher.

Changes that will be operational for the 2005 school year include: more sophisticated
academic diagnostic testing and placement of prospective students; the development of an
expanded Foundation level series of course offerings for those students whose English
language arts and/or mathematics skills are below a tenth grade level; a more structured
sequence of courses in each of the academic disciplines, developed in order to scaffold
students' skill and competency development; the further refinement of multiple pathways to
academic success; the hiring of a literacy specialist to help students with low literacy skills;
more transparent competency-based grading practices, aided by the implementation of a
computerized grading system; and intensive professional development throughout the year
targeting student literacy and competency-based grading.

► GOAL: Champion students will move from earning a high school diploma to
postsecondary education and careers.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: (1) By the end of SY2004, all graduating students will,
before graduating, apply for acceptance in a program of post-secondary education and/or

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training. (2) By the end of SY 2005 Champion will identify 2-3 post-secondary education
and/or training institutions that match well with the abilities and interests of a majority of
Champion students and will develop close professional relationships with admissions
offices in those institutions.

PERFORMANCE: In 2004, eight students graduated from Champion. Two of the eight
formally applied and were accepted into degree-granting institutions, and four others plan
to enroll in community college locally in September or January. Ability to meet this
performance objective was hampered by vacancies in two key positions–director of
students support and work-based learning coordinator-integral to helping students plan
their postsecondary plans. At the same time, Champion in 2004 for the first time organized
field trips to four postsecondary institutions that match well with students‘ abilities and
interests, the first step toward building closer relationships with these institutions.
Champion also began working with the Brockton branch of the Higher Education
Information Center to build more formal structures for assisting students in their
postsecondary planning.

School Viability

► GOAL: The Champion Board of Trustees will provide policy and management direction
to the school.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: (1) The Board will hold yearly planning retreats with
staff to guide the school through its second charter. (2) The Board will, with staff and
community input, develop a five-year strategic plan for the school. (3) The Board will lead
the effort to identify, secure, and make ready a permanent site for the school. The Board will
craft, in negotiation with the Brockton Public Schools and Brockton Education Association
memoranda of agreement that safeguard the autonomy and flexibility of the school.

PERFORMANCE: Over the course of the year, the Board of Trustees has more fully
operationalized a number of practices that are providing policy and management direction.
Board subcommittees have be reorganized and reinvigorated and have met regularly
throughout the school year. Those subcommittees, listed in Section D, have led to greater
Board oversight of the school‘s academic program, fiscal practices, public relations, and
policy formation.

The Board‘s Program subcommittee hosted a half-day retreat with staff in late June to
examine and revise the school‘s mission statement. The draft statement will be further
refined at a follow-up meeting with the Program subcommittee in early September before
being forwarded to the full Board for review.

The Board and its Executive subcommittee met several times throughout the year with a
consultant specializing in helping boards develop and maintain effective governance
systems. During SY2005, the Board intends to work with this same consultant and the
school director to develop and begin implementation of a five-year plan for the school. The
Board‘s Facilities subcommittee, which guided the school to temporary new quarters for
SY2005, has undertaken the task of finding a permanent home for Champion. The
subcommittee seeks to identify the site, arrange for financing, and gain the commitment of
Brockton Public Schools for a permanent site prior to the conclusion of SY2005.

The Board and school director are presently in negotiations with both the Brockton Public

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Schools and the Brockton Education Association to establish new memoranda of
understanding to govern the relationship between the Champion and each of these two
entities.

► GOAL: Champion students will be retained until graduation.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: (1) The retention rate for students enrolled at
Champion will increase by 20 percent by the end of SY 2009. (2) The graduation rate for
Plus Phase students will increase to 90 percent by the end of SY 2009.

PERFORMANCE: Baseline retention data, established over the 2001-2003 school years,
indicates that 42% of students who enroll at any time during the school year continue their
enrollment through the school year and return for the following school year. Data for the
2004 school year will be available after the start of school in September 2004.

Seventeen students were eligible to graduate in 2004; eight of the 17 (47%) completed the
requirements for graduation and earned a Champion high school diploma. Thirteen of 17
(76%) remained on the school rolls throughout SY2004. The seven students who completed
the year but did not graduate are eligible to graduate in SY2005.

► GOAL: Champion will integrate families and student sponsors into the school
community.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: (1) By the beginning of SY 2004, Champion will begin
hosting Parent and Sponsor Orientation Sessions at the start of each semester. (2) By the
end of SY 2004, Champion will identify 4-6 events and activities during the school year that
would benefit from parent and sponsor involvement and will develop plans for integrating
parents into those events. (3) By the end of SY 2009, parents and sponsors will be active
participants and leaders in the previously identified 4-6 events.

PERFORMANCE: During the summer of 2003, Champion began holding orientation
sessions with parents and sponsors of prospective students as a formal component of the
enrollment process. Orientation centered on both an explanation of the operation of the
school and an articulation of the roles and responsibilities of student, school, and
parent/sponsor. Preliminary connections between the parent/sponsor and the student‘s
school advisor were also established. A vacancy in the position of director of student
support services during the first four months of 2004 slowed plans for identifying school
events and involving parents/sponsors, but this objective will be addressed early in SY2005.

► GOAL: Champion will integrate current computer technology into the school‘s
curriculum and record-keeping systems.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: (1) All students who complete two semesters at
Champion will possess the skills to conduct Internet research using a variety of search
engines and will be able to use word processing and presentation applications to complete
portfolio-quality work products. (2) By the end of SY 2005, all student quarterly grades,
portfolio assessments, and other transcript information will be stored in a server-based
database program accessible to teachers and administrators at school and remotely. (3) By
the end of SY 2007, all student portfolio work products will be saved electronically in a
server-based repository designed for that purpose and portfolio reviewers will be provided
with student work in electronic format. (4) By the end of SY 2004, Champion will develop
and begin implementing a revised plan for the upkeep, maintenance, and replacement of

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computer software and hardware.

PERFORMANCE: Baseline data on students‘ computer technology skills will be measured
during SY2005. Champion has purchased a server-based database program for maintaining
all student quarterly grades, portfolio assessments, other transcript information, and a
range of other student data and will purchase and/or lease before the start of the 2005
school year the hardware necessary for implementation of the database as a central
information management system. During SY2004 Champion developed and began to
implement a revised plan for the upkeep, maintenance, and replacement of computer
software and hardware.

Faithfulness to Charter

► GOAL: Champion students eligible for Special Education (SPED) services or Limited
English Proficient (LEP) services will be identified and provided with those services.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: (1) By the beginning of SY 2004, Champion
administration and faculty will be fully conversant with the laws and regulations regarding
the provision of SPED and LEP services and will have participated in professional
development for the purpose of learning how best to meet the needs of SPED and LEP
students in their classrooms. (2) By the beginning of SY 2004, Champion will be fully in
compliance with all relevant state and federal regulations regarding the provision of SPED
and LEP services.

PERFORMANCE: During SY2003, Champion teaching and administrative staff
participated in 10 hours of professional development on the laws and regulations regarding
the provision of SPED and how best to meet the needs of SPED and students in their
classrooms. The Massachusetts Department of Education, as a part of a regularly scheduled
coordinated program review of SPED and LEP services (as well as other federally-mandated
programs) in Brockton Public Schools found Champion not in compliance with regard to
SPED and LEP regulations. Champion has submitted a corrective action plan for
remediation which, if accepted by DOE, will be implemented during FY205.

► GOAL: Champion will disseminate to other educators and educational institutions its
best and most effective practices.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: (1) Champion will coordinate with Brockton Public
Schools‘ two other alternative education programs to share best practices. (2) Champion
will share aspects of the Champion model annually at the Massachusetts Charter School
Association Best Practices Institute and/or other venues locally and nationally.

PERFORMANCE: As SY2004 has been a year of transition at Champion, no coordination
took place with Brockton‘s alternative schools or the MCSA. Teacher Jody Price‘s
submission of an outline to produce a paper on Champion‘s implementation of the Facing
History and Ourselves curriculum has been accepted by the MCSA, and Jody will present a
session based on her paper at next year‘s MCSA conference. Champion has also begun to
establish a much closer relationship with Brockton High School which we anticipate will
pay dividends in terms of closer collaboration and sharing of best practices in the years
ahead. Champion is especially interested in learning from BHS about their success in
preparing students for MCAS success.



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2. Summary of External
   Standardized Test
   Results

The charts which follow present results from the December 2002 re-take administration of
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) examinations in English
language arts and mathematics through the March 2004 re-test, first by number and then
by percentage. Students taking MCAS re-tests cannot score above 239 (Needs
Improvement). All Champion students who have not passed either the English language
arts or the mathematics MCAS tests have historically taken those tests during the spring
and fall, regardless of when they enter the school.




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Figure A: MCAS Language Arts Results, Number of Students in Each Category



                                                  English Language Arts

                                      30

                                      25
  Number of Students




                                                                               2002
                                      20                                       2002 Re-Test
                                                                               2003
                                      15
                                                                               Spring 2003 Re-Test
                                      10                                       Fall 2003 Re-Test
                                       5                                       Spring 2004 Re-Test

                                       0
                                                        Needs
                                           Failing    Improveme   Proficient
                                                          nt
                       2002                  25           17          6
                       2002 Re-Test          26           14          0
                       2003                  6            4           2
                       Spring 2003 Re-       11           6           0
                       Test
                       Fall 2003 Re-         10           7           0
                       Test
                       Spring 2004 Re-       5            1           0
                                           MCAS Performance Categories




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Figure B: MCAS Language Arts Results, Percentage of Students in Each Category




                                                  English Language Arts

                                  100%



                                   80%
  Percentage of Students




                                                                              2002
                                   60%                                        2002 Re-Test
                                                                              2003
                                                                              Spring 2003 Re-Test
                                   40%
                                                                              Fall 2003 Re-Test
                                                                              Spring 2004 Re-Test
                                   20%



                                    0%
                                                       Needs
                                           Failing   Improveme   Proficient
                                                         nt
                           2002             52%         35%        13%
                           2002 Re-Test     65%         35%         0%
                           2003             50%         33%        17%
                           Spring 2003      65%         35%         0%
                           Re-Test
                           Fall 2003 Re-    59%         41%         0%
                           Test
                           Spring 2004      83%         17%         0%
                           Re-Test
                                           MCAS Performance Categories




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Figure C: MCAS Mathematics Results, Number of Students in Each Category




                                                 Mathematics

                                 45

                                 40

                                 35

                                                                        2002
  Number of Students




                                 30
                                                                        2002 Re-Test
                                 25
                                                                        2003
                                 20                                     Spring 2003 Re-Test
                                                                        Fall 2003 Re-Test
                                 15
                                                                        Spring 2004 Re-Test
                                 10

                                  5

                                  0
                                                   Needs
                                       Failing   Improveme Proficient
                                                     nt
                       2002              40          8          1
                       2002 Re-Test      35          14         0
                       2003              10          3          1
                       Spring 2003       22          2          0
                       Re-Test
                       Fall 2003 Re-     20          3          0
                       Test
                       Spring 2004       15          7          0
                       Re-Test
                                       MCAS Performance Categories




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Figure D: MCAS Mathematics Results, Percentage of Students in Each Category 




                                                          Mathematics

                                        100%




                                         80%
     Percentage of Students




                                                                                  2002
                                         60%                                      2002 Re-Test
                                                                                  2003
                                                                                  Spring 2003 Re-Test
                                         40%                                      Fall 2003 Re-Test
                                                                                  Spring 2004 Re-Test

                                         20%




                                          0%
                                                             Needs
                                                Failing    Improveme Proficient
                                                               nt
                              2002               82%          16%        2%
                              2002 Re-Test       71%          29%        0%
                              2003               71%          21%        10%
                              Spring 2003 Re-    92%          9%         0%
                              Test
                              Fall 2003 Re-      87%          13%        0%
                              Test
                              Spring 2004 Re-    68%          32%        0%
                              Test
                                                MCAS Performance Categories




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3. Summary of Alumni
   Placements

Table A: Summary of Postsecondary Schooling and Employment Plans for 2003-04
Graduates

                  Number of graduates, Class of 2004                8

                  Number working or intending to work full time     2

                  Number accepted into college or other             6
                  postsecondary education or planning to attend
                  college


4. Summary of Official
   Complaints
No official complaints have been lodged with the Champion Charter School Board of
Trustees.


5. Total Number of
   Applications Received
Champion received 94 applications for admittance during the 2003-04 school year. Of
these, 73 ultimately chose to attend Champion. All students are Brockton residents.


6. Number of Students
   on Waiting List
To date, Champion has not had the need to employ a waiting list.



7. Student Turnover Data
Please refer to the following table.




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Table B: Reasons for and Numbers of Withdrawals and Dismissals



         Reason For Withdrawal              2001-02        2002-03        2003-04

         or Dismissal                       Number         Number         Number
                                          (Percentage)   (Percentage)   (Percentage)
         Poor attendance                    15 (19%)       10 (12%)        6 (11%)

         Failure to make                    15 (19%)       19 (23%)        8 (14%)
         commitment to
         schoolwork

         Attend alternative                  7 (9%)         8 (10%)        4 (7%)
         program

         Full-time work                      3 (4%)         1 (1%)         2 (4%)

         Family difficulties, including      8 (10%)        5 (6%)         1 (2%)
         homelessness

         Changed mind about                  4 (5%)         7 (9%)         7 (13%)
         attending after enrolling

         Detention/ Incarceration            4 (5%)         1 (1%)         5 (9%)

         Personal difficulties               7 (9%)         5 (6%)         4 (7%)

         Major or repeated                   3 (4%)        10 (12%)       10 (18%)
         violations of school rules

         Did not like school                 3 (4%)         5 (6%)         1 (2%)
         environment

         Family moved                        3 (4%)         5 (6%)         6 (11%)

         Pregnancy and/or                    6 (8%)         6 (7%)         0 (0%)
         parenting problems

         Unknown                             0 (0%)         0 (0%)         2 (4%)

         Total                                 78             82             56




B.     School Program


The Champion Charter School is a high school designed for out-of-school youth. Champion
supports students to achieve proficiency in academic and work-related subjects and to
transition into post-secondary activities. We offer a project-based curriculum and
competency-based assessment. This means that students do not receive grades in the
traditional sense. Instead they demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the work
they do and the projects they complete. This is a school for mature students who are
committed to working hard to get an education.

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1. Grades and age levels
   served

Champion is an ungraded high school that operates on three levels: Foundation,
Presentation Phase, and the Plus Phase. These are roughly equivalent to 8th grade, 10th
grade, and 12th grade.


2. Eligibility
   Requirements

The Champion Charter School is open to Brockton residents, ages 16 œ 21, who have
dropped out of a Brockton Public School. In the admissions process, students are required
to participate in a screening interview to determine readiness to return to an academic
environment.

3. Enrollment policy

A wide range of community based organizations that serve young people are actively
engaged in our recruitment efforts, including the Brockton High School guidance staff;
outreach workers for the local Boys and Girls Club, RISE Youth Centers and YMCA; juvenile
probation officers; Brockton Housing Authority staff; and the pediatric social worker at the
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. We mail informational materials and conduct
follow-up telephone calls to all students who have withdrawn from Brockton High within
the last year and to students who have previously attended Champion Charter School. We
place ads in Brockton‘s local daily newspaper and on Brockton Community Access cable
television —bulletin boards.“ Finally, word-of-mouth from current and former Champion
students brings a substantial number of students to our doors.

Completed applications from students include an application form, reference forms,
transcripts, a contract of support signed by a sponsor of the student‘s candidacy for
admission, and a brief essay. The key to a student‘s appropriateness is his/her level of
understanding of the program and his/her enthusiasm to involve himself/herself with the
process of his/her own education. Once students are enrolled, they engage in an extensive
orientation and an initial assessment using mathematics and reading diagnostic tests.


4. Summary of
   Curriculum Design
   and Teaching
   Methods

The Champion Charter curriculum design is based on the Diploma Plus (DP) Program of
the Commonwealth Corporation. The first stage of the Diploma Plus model (the
Presentation Phase at Champion Charter School) concentrates on improving each student‘s
reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, writing and critical thinking skills while
exposing students to a variety of career pathways. Teachers develop hands-on, inquiry-
based projects and curricula that are tied to specific competencies in academic and
foundations skill areas and, whenever possible, also linked to the community or to the


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workplace in order to make learning relevant. A formal mapping of the curriculum assures
adherence to statewide standards in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

In order to advance into DP‘s Plus Phase, students must successfully present and defend
before a panel of outside judges, a portfolio of their best work in all subject areas. (See
Figure E below for a summary of required portfolio items.) The Presentation Portfolio in
and of itself serves as a primary piece of a student‘s application to enter the Plus Year and as
a primary tool for assessing students‘ readiness, both in terms of academic skills and
maturity for Plus Year entry. It is intended to emphasize: the refinement and presentation
of student work products and assignments; reflection by students on their strengths,
weaknesses and growth; and the importance of meeting deadlines, following-through on
assignments, and taking responsibility for meeting program requirements.



Figure E: List of Portfolio Products across Disciplines

       Language Arts: thematic essay • creative piece • annotated bibliography and
       reading journal
       Mathematics: individual project and exhibition • group project and exhibition
       Social Studies: history project • persuasive essay • social science project
       Science: individual project • group project and exhibit
       Visual Arts: individual art project
       Employability/Job Readiness Requirements: resume • job application • cover letter •
       thank you letter • letters of reference from two significant adults • job shadow
       questionnaire
       Career Exploration: evidence of having researched at least two postsecondary
       institutions • Personal statement or essay describing current career goals and, in
       relation to these goals, reasons for wishing (or not wishing) to attend a post-
       secondary program • five-year postsecondary education and employment plan •
       job shadow reflection sheets


The Plus Phase. The Plus Phase presents students with challenging transitional
experiences where students encounter an adult world of responsibility while remaining
firmly planted in a supportive secondary school program. Students complete an
autobiography project, a community development project, and a research project associated
with their workplace internship. Plus Year students participate in at least 100 hours of paid
or unpaid internships or community service placements and enroll in at least two non-
remedial —Dual Enrollment“ community college courses. Students earn standard college
credit, as well as high school credit, upon successful completion of the courses. For high
school credit, students must pass the courses with a —B-“ or better. In order to graduate,
students present and defend a Graduation Portfolio comprising all of the work of the
Presentation Portfolio as well as additional research and reflection papers required for the
Autobiography Curriculum, the Internship Project and the Community Action Project.
Transcripts and exceptional work from the college classes are also included. Students
present their Graduation Portfolios to the Champion Charter school director, the assistant
director, and a community member.

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For a more detailed outline of the Diploma Plus curriculum as implemented at Champion,
please refer to the 1999-2000 annual report.

5. Graduation and
   Promotion
   Requirements

To graduate, students must demonstrate mastery of specific 12th grade level competencies
(as indicated above) that are embedded in their class work and their major projects. In
addition, they must successfully complete their community college course work and their
internship. Put simply, students earn a high school diploma by demonstrating a high level
of skill and competency, not by accumulating credits according to "time-in-seat."

6. Student/Teacher
   Ratio

The student/teacher ratio for the 2003-04 school year, based on October 1, 2003
enrollment of 87 students, was 12.4 to 1. The certified teaching staff consisted of 6 full-time
and 2 part-time teachers: social studies (2), science (.5), art (1), language arts (1.5), special
education (1) and mathematics (1).

MY TURN, Inc. provides 1 school-to-career staff person who is responsible for all career-
related component of the curriculum. All teachers incorporated the use of technology in
their subject area programs.

7.   School Calendar
Champion Charter School is a Horace Mann Charter working in conjunction with the
Brockton Public Schools. The school calendar is the same as that of the school district. The
number of instructional days is 180 each school year. During SY2004 school was in session
from 8:30 to 3:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8:30 to 2:30 on Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays.



C.     Finance


The Champion Charter School‘s FY2004 financial statement and balance sheet, and the
approved school budget for fiscal year 2005 are included in Appendix A.

1.   Private Revenue

During fiscal year 2003, the Champion Charter School raised private funds, including:

Diploma Plus Grant…………………………………………………………………… $31,000.00

Private Donations…………………………………………………………………………………. $15,542.00

2. City, State and
   Federal Monies

City of Brockton…………………………………………………………..……………………… $690,082.00 


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This represented the funding from the Brockton Public Schools for
FY2004

Title I …………… ………………………………………………………………………………………..$71,875.00

Title IIA…………………………………………….…………………………………........................$15,208.00

Title IID……………………………………….…………………………………………....………………..$1,741.00

Title V ………………………………………………………………………………………..……………….$1,297.00

Special Education….…………………………....…………………………………………………….14,729.00

Charter School Dissemination…………………………………………………………………..6,437.00

3. Total Revenue from
   all Sources

$847,911.00



D.     Governance

1. Board of Trustees

Table C: Board of Trustees


       Name                     Affiliation         Board         Term      Term
                                                   Position      Began      Ends


 Ms. Mary Waldron       Brockton Public Schools    Vice-Chair   December   June 2007
                                                                  2001

Ms. Allyne Pecevich          Brockton Housing      member       December   June 2004
                                 Authority                        2001


                                                                February   June 2007
                                                   member
 Dr. Corinne Merritt         Emmanuel College                     2004


                         Director of Prevention
                                                                 January   June 2004
Mr. Edward Jacoubs      Resources, Office of the   member
                                                                   2000
                        Plymouth County District
                               Attorney




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Bishop Filipe Teixeira     St. Martin de Porres                  July 2003    June 2006
                                                     member


  Mr. Jass Stewart       President, Invent Media                              June 2005
                                                     member      February
                                                                   2004

Ms. Janice Sutherland         Community              member      June 2002    June 2005
                             Representative


Ms. Wendy Mumford          Director of Planning,                              June 2005
                         Brockton Private Industry   member      April 1999
                                 Council


                             Brockton School                     November     June 2007
                                                     member
  Ms. Janice Beyer             Committee                           2002


     Mr. Roland           Massasoit Community                     January     June 2006
                                                      Chair
     Blanchette                 College                             2003


Ms. Brenda Wornum-           BWM Consulting                      July 2003    June 2007
                                                     Treasurer
       Moore

   Ms. Lenell Silva           Community                          July 2003    June 2007
                                                     member
                             Representative


Ms. Michelle Allman      Teacher representative                  November     June 2004
                                                     member
                                                                   2001

  Mr. Paul Protentis     President, MY TURN, Inc.                June 1998    June 2004
                                                     member


                             Director of Pupil                                June 2005
                                                     member
   Dr. Ken Sennett         Personnel Services,                   June 1998
                         Brockton Public Schools


   Mr. Ferdinand            School Director ,                     August
                                                     member,
      Fuentes              Champion Charter                        2003
                                                     ex oficio


  Brittney Jackson       Student Representative                  September    June 2004
                                                     member,
                                                                    2003
                                                     ex oficio



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2. Board Committees
The Board of Trustees has organized the following subcommittees:

   •	   Executive
   •	   Finance
   •	   Facilities
   •	   Policy
   •	   Program
   •	   Fundraising and Public Relations


3. Summary of Major
   Board Policies and
   Activities
Some of the major accomplishments of the Board of Trustees for 2003-04 include:

   • 	 Effectively conducted a national search which led to the hiring of the new school
       director, Fred Fuentes
   • 	 Secured a small grant to hire a Board and Governance consultant to assist in
       restructuring the Board of Trustees
   • 	 Initiated a self-assessment of the Board‘s organizational structure which led to a re-
       organization of the Board.
   • 	 Initiated a task force to develop the new by-laws and working committees
   • 	 Developed a closer working relationship with the Brockton Public Schools (BPS)
   • 	 Initiated and finalized a facilities search process for the school
   • 	 Developed new financial policies
   • 	 Initiated marketing and public relations planning
   • 	 Initiated program oversight and accountability assessment of the school curriculum
   • 	 Established clear communication with Commonwealth Corporation‘s Center for
       Youth Development and Education regarding the Diploma Plus curricular model
       employed at CCS
   • 	 Participated in external evaluations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and
       from Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE)
   • 	 Developed and approved new bylaws for the Board.
   • 	 Initiated a policy review of all policies and their operational implications
   • 	 Participated in DOE and national charter school meetings.

In the coming year, the Board plans to:
   • 	 Engage in mission and vision review and revitalization
   • 	 Develop new memoranda of understanding with Brockton Public Schools and
       Brockton Education Association
   • 	 Initiate long term facilities strategy
   • 	 Initiate short and long term strategic planning
   • 	 Develop and submit charter amendment
   • 	 Recruit new members
   • 	 Develop and cultivate donors and fundraising
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     •   Develop new marketing materials, logo and others
     •   Establish new financial and accounting process
     •   Develop new fiscal relationship with BPS
     •   Review and develop appropriate curricular structure
     •   Oversee the development of appropriate infrastructures and systems for the school
     •   Establish stronger community partnerships and support for the school
     •   Oversee and support the CCS staff in the implementation of the program



E.       Staff

1.       Administrative
Ferdinand Fuentes, School Director / first year at Champion
23 years experience in the field of education and youth work
   • Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico
   • Master of Divinity, Andover Newton Theological School

Lawrence E. DeSalvatore, Jr., Assistant Director / 3.5 years at Champion
18 years experience in the fields of education and youth work
   • Bachelor of Arts, History, College of the Holy Cross
   • Master of Arts in Teaching, History, Boston University
   • Doctor of Philosophy, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College

2. Support Staff
Lisa Sharp, Office Manager / 5.5 years at Champion
13 years experience in office management and support
   • Associate of Arts, Quincy College
   • Certificate, Microsoft Office, Brockton Area Private Industry Council
Elizabeth Russell, Monitor Teacher Assistant / first year at Champion
4² years educational instruction experience
   • Bachelor of Science, General Chemistry, Bridgewater State College
The Champion has secured the services of part-time bookkeeper Jennifer Martin (who
performs the same duties for MY TURN, Inc.) to handle procurement and payables on a
regular basis. Champion, in keeping with the spirit of a Horace Mann charter school,
coordinates many of its business functions (e.g., payroll) with the Brockton Public Schools.

3. Full-Time Equivalent
   Teachers (7.0)
Jody Price, Language Arts/English / 5.0 years at Champion
25 years teaching experience
   • Bachelor of Arts, English/French, University of Massachusetts, Boston
   • Master of Arts, English, University of Dayton
   • Doctor of Philosophy, English, University of Rhode Island

William Lutton, Social Studies / 5.5 years at Champion

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17 years teaching experience
    • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Psychology, Clark University
    • Master of Education, Secondary Education, University of Massachusetts

Mary Morrison, English Language Arts / 3 years at Champion
15 years teaching experience
    • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Ilani D‘Alfonso, Visual Arts / 5.5 years at Champion
15 years teaching experience
    • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, California (PA) State College
    • Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design/Illustration, Massachusetts College of Art
    • Master of Arts, Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art

Michelle Allman, Mathematics / 5 years at Champion
12 years teaching experience
   • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Wesleyan University
   • Master of Science, Mathematics, Tufts University (completed coursework)

Kathleen FitzGerald, Social Studies / 5.5 years at Champion
6 years teaching experience
   • Bachelor of Arts, Social Studies, University of Massachusetts
   • Master of Arts, History, Northeastern University

Sanjeev Bahl, Special Education / first year at Champion
6 years experience teaching and youth work
   • Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Northrop University, Inglewood, CA

Tamara Araujo, Health / first year at Champion
4 years youth work and teaching experience
   • Bachelor of Science, Spanish, concentration in education, Bridgewater State College

4. Program Staff
MY TURN, Inc. staff work with students and faculty on the integration of school-to-career
pedagogies into academics, provide career counseling and job placement to students, and
arrange work based learning experiences such as job shadows and the internships required
in the Plus Phase of the Champion Charter School. The case manager addresses the social
and emotional needs of Champion students through individual counseling and by
facilitating students‘ procurement of services by a range of community-based providers.
The BAMSI clinical social worker provides individual and group counseling services to
Champion students.

David Schmalz, Work-Based Learning Specialist, MY TURN, Inc. / first year at
Champion
6 months experience in youth work and education
      • Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, Skidmore College

Linda Pina, Director of Student Support Services / first year at Champion
36 years experience in youth work
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     • 	 Bachelor of Social Work, University of Missouri, St. Louis
     • 	 Completed all required coursework for Master of Human Resource Management
         degree, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO

Margy Cohen-Jacoby, Clinical Social Worker, BAMSI, Inc. / first year at
Champion
25 years experience providing clinical counseling services to adolescents and
adults
   • 	 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Rochester
   • 	 Master of Social Work, University of Maryland

Ferdinand Fuentes was hired as school director by the Board of Trustees and began work in
August 2003. Sanjeev Bahl was hired in August as Champion‘s first special education
teacher. Pedro Silva was hired in September to teach math and was employed at Champion
through the first semester. In September, Margery Cohen-Jacoby, a clinical social worker,
was placed at Champion by Brockton Area Multi Services, Inc. (BAMSI). Case
Manager/Dean of Students William Jeserski left Champion in December for a private sector
position. Monitor Teaching Assistant Jason Mullen was hired in September and worked in
that position until the end of December, when he left to relocate to Maryland.

Jody Price, a founding Champion faculty member who left the school at the conclusion of
the 2003 school year, returned in January as a part-time English language arts instructor
through the end of the school year. Tuuli Pesonen left Champion in January to take
another position at MY TURN, Inc. David Schmalz was hired by MY TURN in January to
replace her at Champion. Tamara Araujo was hired in January by Health Care of
Southeastern Massachusetts and was placed at Champion to teach a Health course and
provide case management services part time. Elizabeth Russell was hired in January as a
monitor teacher assistant. Linda Pina was hired in May as director of student support
services.

Ilani D‘Alfonso tendered her resignation from Champion and Brockton Public Schools
effective the end of the 2004 school year. Office Manager Lisa Sharp resigned from
Champion at the end of the school year.



F.      Student Characteristics



1. Student Enrollment

Table D: 2003-4 Student Enrollment Figures

                                           Fall Semester      Spring Semester
                                                2003                2004
                                            Enrollment          Enrollment
        Graduated                                 4                    0



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        Retained                                    49                    63
        New enrollees                               45                    28
        Total Enrollment                            94                   91




2. Demographics

Table E: Demographic Summary of 2003-04 Champion Students


                           Category               Number of       Percentage
                                                   Students       of Students
            Total                                        122          100%
            Race/Ethnicity
            Black                                        59            48%
            White                                        43            36%
            Latino                                       20            16%
            Asian                                        0              0%
            Gender
            Male                                         75            61%
            Female                                       47            39%
            Residence
            Brockton                                     122          100%
            LEP Students                                 0              0%
            Linguistic Minorities                        31            25%
            Special Needs Students                       13            11%
            Special Services                             0              0%
            Free and Reduced Lunch                       94            77%
            Ineligible                                   28            23%



3. Average Daily
   Attendance Rate
The average daily attendance rate is 56.9, computed as the cumulative number of students
present over the course of the school year divided by the total number of days in session. In
other words, on average, 57 students were in attendance at Champion at any given day
during the school year. On average, students attended school 71 percent of the days school
was in session.


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4. Average Membership
   Rate
The average membership rate is 73.6. This number represents the average number of
students enrolled in the school over the course of the school year. The average student was
enrolled for 109 days in 2003-04.

5. Number of Students
   Suspended /Expelled
There were 13 student suspensions and exclusions during the course of the school year.
Reasons for fighting, and possession of marijuana on school premises, making threats,
repeated violation of school rules, and under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71,
Section 37H², being charged with a felony crime. Five students were expelled, for
repeated violation of school rules, making threats, and use of drugs on school property.


G. Other Items of Interest


1. Extra-Curricular
   Programs

During the latter half of the 2004 school year, Champion students were provided with
opportunities to work with musician Daniel Laurent to create a compact disc of musical
selections and with musician/videographer Abraham Gomez-Delgado to create a series of
short digital video disc vignettes. These student products are available for viewing at the
school. Plans are underway to involve Mr. Laurent and Mr. Gomez-Delgado more fully in
the intersection of music and video with core academics in SY2005.

2. Computer/
   Technology
   Resources
Late in SY2004, Champion began implementing the first major upgrade of computer
technology since the school‘s opening in 1999. A lease arrangement with Dell Computers
has added 8 new Pentium 4 Dell work stations, all with flat screen display. Plans for
SY2005 include the lease of 24 Dell work stations for student use plus 8 laptops with
docking stations for teacher use, 1-2 new servers for student and administrative computers,
and the implementation of the school‘s first comprehensive, integrated student data
management and grading software solution.

3. Collaborations and
   Partnerships
As a small school, Champion relies heavily on outside partnerships and collaborations in
order to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students and to assist in the
overall operation of the school. As a —Horace Mann“ charter school, Champion enjoys a
close working relationship with the Brockton Public Schools, of which it is a part. Although
Champion is governed by a Board of Trustees and is not obligated to adhere to many of the
policies and procedures that govern other schools in the district, the school nonetheless
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enjoys several benefits from its BPS affiliation. These include payroll and purchasing
services, as well as BPS‘s commitment to provide a facility for the school. For the 2003-04
school year, a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health allowed BPS to
provide an on-site school nurse to Champion students and staff.

Champion also works closely with the Massachusetts Youth Teenage Unemployment
Reduction Network (MY TURN) Inc., which played an instrumental role in the founding of
the school. A MY TURN staff person is employed at Champion and provide school-to-career
services for Champion students and alumni.

Champion also collaborates with local institutions of higher education to provide greater
learning opportunities for students. Students in the Plus Phase enroll in one non-remedial
college level course each semester at Massasoit Community College

Champion partners with the Center for Youth Development and Education (CYDE) of the
Commonwealth Corporation to implement CYDE‘s Diploma Plus (DP) curriculum. As one
of the most successful of CYDE‘s DP sites, Champion plays an important role in shaping the
DP model. In return, Champion benefits from high quality professional development and
technical assistance from CYDE.

In 2003-4 Champion continued its formal relationship with Brockton Area Multi-Services,
Inc. (BAMSI). A clinical social worker provided individual and group counseling services
one day per week during the school year and was on call throughout the week for crisis
situations. During the fall semester, a social work intern pursuing a master of social work
degree at Boston College offered a young women‘s group weekly with clinical support from
BAMSI.

Champion partnered with Health Care of Southeastern Massachusetts (HCSM) to submit a
grant subsequently funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to teach an
adolescent health and decision-making curriculum, Teen Outreach Program. TOP is a
program recognized to positively impact decision-making around teen pregnancy. A HCSM
employee has been placed at Champion three days per week to teach the TOP curriculum
and provide case management services. The grant will run for another 2² years.

For nine weeks mid year, a representative from the Caron Foundation‘s Adolescent Tobacco
Cessation Program held weekly hour-long sessions with a dozen Champion students who
expressed interest in overcoming their nicotine addictions. The program will be offered
again in both the fall and spring in SY2005.

Life Resources, Inc., a local non-profit community-based organization, provided leadership
training to Champion‘s fledgling student government during SY2004. Their efforts involved
both on-site facilitated discussion and off-site outdoor leadership and teamwork exercises.

Champion maintains informal collaborations with many institutions and agencies that serve
or otherwise interact with Brockton youth. These include the Old Colony YMCA, the Boys
and Girls Club of Brockton, the Reach Independence through Self Improvement (RISE)
Youth Center, the Brockton District Court Juvenile Division, the Massachusetts Department
of Youth Services, The Department of Social Services, Brockton Public Schools, and the
Brockton Housing Authority. These collaborations involve reciprocal referral processes,
networking, and otherwise ensuring that the needs of Champion students, former students,
and potential students are addressed.


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                             APPENDIX A 


                   Financial Information 





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                            Champion Charter School

                                        Balance Sheet as of
                                           June 30, 2004
                                            Unaudited

                  ASSETS
                      Current Assets
                           Checking/Savings
                                    1000 - Rockland Trust (Federal)    1,753.61
                                    1001 - Donations- Crescent Cred      191.04
                           Total Checking/Savings                      1,944.65


                           Other Current Assets
                                    1600-00 COMPUTER SOFTWARE          5,592.84

                           Total Other Current Assets                  5,592.84


                      Total Current Assets                             7,537.49


                      Fixed Assets
                           1500 - COMPUTER EQUIPMENT                  80,957.54
                           1550-00 ACC DEP - COMPUTER                 -31,424.10
                           1650-00 ACC DEP COMPUTER SOFTWA             -2,057.67

                      Total Fixed Assets                              47,475.77

                  TOTAL ASSETS                                        55,013.26

                  LIABILITIES & EQUITY
                      Liabilities
                           Current Liabilities
                                    Accounts Payable
                                          2000 - Accounts Payable     13,872.65
                                    Total Accounts Payable            13,872.65


                                    Other Current Liabilities
                                          2500-00 ACCRUED EXPENSES     3,700.00

                                    Total Other Current Liabilities    3,700.00


                           Total Current Liabilities                  17,572.65


                      Total Liabilities                               17,572.65


                      Equity
                           Retained Earnings                          60,289.27
                           Net Income
                                 1,877.69

                      Total Equity
                                   62,166.96


                  TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                          79,739.61




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                        Champion Charter School
                           Profit and Loss Statement
                         July 2003 through June 2004
                                   Unaudited


                                                       Jul '03 - Jun '04
    Ordinary Income/Expense
        Income
             Diploma Plus                                                   31,000.00
             Private Donations                                              15,542.00
             City Funds                                                    690,082.00
             Federal Title 1 (Mass DOE)                                     71,875.00
             Title V Funds (Mass DOE)                                        1,297.00
             Title IIA Funds (Mass DOE)                                     15,208.00
             SPED (Mass DOE)                                                14,729.00
             Charter School Diss (Mass DOE)                                  6,437.00
             Title IID Funds (Mass DOE)                                      1,741.00
        Total Income                                                       847,911.00


        Expense
             Salaries                                                      518,154.50
             Fringe Benefit                                                 93,267.81
             Professional Development                                        8,172.00
             Travel                                                          7,709.68
             Building Rent/Lease                                            78,000.00
             Advertising                                                     2,555.00
             Supplies/Furniture                                             21,149.50
             Postage                                                         3,589.80
             Printing                                                        1,004.61
             Student Activities/Supplies                                    10,442.67
             Meetings/Memberships                                            5,423.85
             Textbooks                                                       6,060.93
             Software                                                        6,520.99
             Classroom Materials                                            10,970.37
             Consulting                                                     14,423.00
             Fundraising                                                         0.00
             Insurance                                                       3,011.00
             Custodial                                                      12,480.00
             Alarm Monitoring                                                1,308.60
             Contract Labor/Service Contract                                33,488.00
             Other Expenses                                                  8,301.00

        Total Expense                                                      846,033.31


    Net Ordinary Income                                                      1,877.69


Net Income                                                                   1,877.69
                                    Approved Budget 

                                   School Year 2004-05 

                                 Champion Charter School 


               Revenue
                         Private Donations                        $ 35,000.00
                         Brockton Public Schools*                 $ 846,300.00
                         Commonwealth Corporation                 $    25,000.00
                         Federal Title 1                          $    71,761.00
                         Federal Title IIA                        $    15,208.00
                         Federal Title IID                        $     1,741.00
                         Federal Title IV                         $     1,255.00
                         Federal Title V                          $     1,297.00
                         Federal SPED                             $    14,729.00
                         Mass. Charter Dissemination              $     6,437.00
               Total Revenue                                      $ 1,018,728.00

               Total Expenditures

                         Personnel                                $   710,000.00
                         Fringe Benefits                          $    35,000.00
                         Instructional Materials and Equipment    $    30,000.00
                         Board                                    $     5,500.00
                         Technology                               $    20,000.00
                         Facilities                               $   120,000.00
                         Capital Expenditures                     $    15,000.00
                         Instructional Consultants                $    10,000.00
                         Other Consultants                        $     3,000.00
                         Student Retention Activities             $    15,000.00
                         Transportation                           $    10,000.00
                         MCSA Dues                                $     2,000.00
                         Insurance                                $     5,000.00
                         Staff Development                        $    14,500.00
                         Advertising/Recruitment                  $     3,000.00
                         Leasing and Maintenance Contracts        $     4,000.00
                         Other Admin Costs (printing, supplies,
                         etc.)                                    $    15,000.00

               Total Expenditures                                 $ 1,017,000.00

               Net Income                                         $     1,728.00




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