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AHERA Management Plan
Adequate Yearly Progress
A state of New Hampshire law requires that all children between the ages of six and eighteen attend school.
Registration is conducted in the spring and requires two proofs of
residence, a birth certificate, immunization records and a physical. We
ask that you call the school to set up an appointment for registration.
AHERA Management Plan
As required by law, the Derry Cooperative School District must
notify you of the location of the AHERA Management Plan. The AHERA
Management Plan is a plan which describes the location of asbestos
containing materials within the school buildings. The plan is located in
each school administrative office. It may be reviewed by contacting the
administration or administrative secretary of each school.
A copy of AHERA plans for all buildings are kept at the
Superintendent of Schools Office, 18 South Main Street, Derry, New
Hampshire and may be viewed at your request. If you have any questions,
please contact 432-1210 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Morning Arrival. Please remember that students are not allowed access to the building until 8:25am, when the doors open and supervision begins. (8:20am for breakfast). Students who arrive before this time are not supervised. Your child’s safety is a high priority. We are asking for your help by bringing your child at, or after, 8:25am.
Attendance [see also Hours]
It is important to realize that consistent attendance will
greatly improve the chance your child has of being successful in an
academic environment. However, we are aware that from time to time it
will be necessary to keep your child home from school. Should the need
occur, please take the time to call the school (prior to 9:00 AM) and
inform us that your child will not be in attendance.
In the event that you are unable to make us aware of your child’s
absence, you will be contacted by one of our office staff. The purpose
of this call is to ensure the safety of your child and allow us to track
the cause of absence. Please be aware that the reason for absence
If your child is going to be absent for an extended period of
time and you want their work sent home, please contact the school in the
early morning or preferably the day before, so that the material can be
prepared for you to pick up or have it sent home with another
EPS Code: JH (ATTENDANCE, TARDINESS AND TRUANCY POLICY) Click here for new School Board attendance policy
The Artist-in-Residence program is organized by the art teacher and funded by the school’s PTA.
Each year the program brings in a visual artist to provide hands-on
workshops for groups of students. The Artist-in-Residence program is an
example of the school’s commitment to supporting the cultural arts. [Below is the attractive Tile Mural created in 2011]
Throughout the school year there are a number of formalized assessments for our students.
F&P Benchmark Assessment
The Fountas and Pinnell (F & P) Benchmark Assessment System is administered to all students each fall and spring. A benchmark assessment system is a series of texts that are used to identify a student's current reading level and progress along a gradient of text levels over time.
The NECAP Science assessment is conducted every May in grade 4. The NECAP Science assessment
includes inquiry tasks that require students to work in small groups,
using materials to conduct experiments and/or record observations and
then answering questions about what they observed and the data they
The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping all children learn. The Derry Cooperative School District has undertaken a commitment to use NWEA testing in Reading and Mathematics. The goal of NWEA testing is to get baseline data on students to better design instruction to meet the needs of the students. NWEA tests are taken by grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 students. Students that are in first grade take the NWEA test in January and in May. Second grade students take the NWEA test three times a year; September, January and May. Students in grades 3,4 & 5 take the NWEA testing in September & January. The students will receive end of year NWEA results with an explanation letter in the report card.
Report cards and progress reports are distributed three times a
year in grades K-5. The exact dates are available in
the main office or on the yearly calendar. Parent/teacher conferences
are scheduled immediately after the first marking period. If additional
communication is necessary, you are encouraged to make appropriate
arrangements with your child's classroom teacher.
Formative assessment is a type of ongoing evaluation of student
learning that aids understanding and development of knowledge, skills
and abilities without passing any final judgement (via recorded grade)
on the level of learning. Formative assessment is intended to give
students feedback on their learning progress and to give the teacher an
indication of what students have mastered and areas of difficulty. Math
Benchmark testing is an example of this type of assessment.
Smarter Balanced (more information)
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in ELA/literacy and mathematics.
Click here for the Department of Education Smarter Balanced information page.
Standardized Testing Preparation
There are a number of ways that families can help prepare
students for standardized testing like NECAP and NWEA. A useful resource
Parent Toolkit: A Guide to NWEA assessments can be found online at http://www.nwea.org/sites/www.nwea.org/files/resources/ParentToolkit.pdf