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2017 School Report Card

December 19, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to enclose a copy of our school’s report card. It contains information about school and district accountability, achievement, our students and teachers, and other important measures of school performance.

The first page of the report card contains important accountability information. Our school has been given an accountability designation of “no level” because students in our school participated in the 2017 Next-Generation MCAS tests. The first page of the report card also shows how students in our school are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests. Achievement and progress information is reported for our school and is also compared to the performance of our district and the state.

The second page of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. Also included are other important measures of school performance, such as attendance, suspension rates, and high school performance. Assessment results show how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS 2.0) test as compared to the district and to the state.

Upon analysis of the 2016-2017 MCAS results, the Brooks School will work on the following strategies to help close the achievement gap:

– The schoolwide (K-5) ELA mock practices and writing benchmarks established last year will continue this school year. These practices will be administered throughout the year during ELA blocks. Each practice will contain samples of all question types seen on the MCAS (multiple choice questions, short response, narrative essays, and text-based essays.)

– Students in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade will participate in these practices using the district Journeys program. Students in third grade through fifth grade will use a combination of Journeys and MCAS materials. Exemplars will be utilized with students to enhance and target instruction of and expectations for writing.

– Chromebooks and computer labs will be utilized throughout the year for writing assignments as a way to strengthen keyboarding skills and for, at least, one math assessment as a way to prepare students for online testing. This is a school-wide initiative with all students K-5 participating.

– A remediation block will be created for students that have presented as requiring this additional support. This service will be offered twice a week between 8am and 9am. Support Staff and Administration will be utilized during this time to work with students. The focus will be on math improvements for identified groups. Online websites and programs will be the delivered platform and include a combination of math fact practice and applied math concepts. This program will run from January to May.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Encourage learning at home. Additional practice and enrichment can be found on the Think Central and on the Pearson websites. Daily reading is a great way to end the day and wind down for bed. Conversations around what was read is important as students benefit from discussing and analyzing what they are reading. Check your child’s Home School Communication folder nightly. Know what they have for homework and review with him/her. Place an importance on effort! Work ethic is crucial for future schooling and successful employment.

For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 781-393-2166. For a full copy of this report card, or to see report cards for other schools, visit profiles.doe.mass.edu. Click here for our report card overview.

Sincerely,
Suzanne B. Galusi