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AHERA Management Plan
Arrival, Morning
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

Arrival, Morning [see Walkers, see Car Pickup, see Buses, see Dismissal, see Morning Drop Off]

  • 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 remains confidential.

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 prearranged individual.

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]

Assessment - F&P Benchmark Assessment, Report Cards, Progress Reports, NWEA, Smarter Balanced, Dibels, DRA, Gates, NECAP Science, Formative Assessment, Standardized Testing

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.

NECAP Science

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 collected.


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 [see also Parent Teacher Conferences ]

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

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