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1 BELOVED COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL Annual Report July 31, 2014 Submitted to: David Hespe, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Monica Tone, Hudson County Superintendent of Schools Marcia Lyles, Superintendent of Jersey City Public Schools

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT AND EQUITY School Enrollment 2.2 School Demographics 2.3 School Recruitment, Admissions and Enrollment 2.4 School Suspension /Expulsion Rate 3. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM Academic Performance 3.2 Mission-Specific Academic Goals 3.3. Curriculum 4. LEARNING ENVIRONMENT / PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT PARENTAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SCHOOL GOVERNANCE / LEADERSHIP Board of Trustees 6.2. School Leadership/Administration APPENDICES Appendix A: Admissions Application in English And Spanish..28 Appendix B: English & Spanish Marketing Flyers..31 Appendix C: Assurance Of Curriculum Alignment with Common Core..34 Appendix D: Board s Self-Evaluation (If Available)..35 Appendix E: School Leader Evaluation (If Available) 36 Appendix F: SY School Calendar..37 Appendix G: School Leadership/Administration Resumes..38 Appendix H: Organization Chart.50 Appendix I: Survey Data...51 Parent Survey Responses.51 Scholar Survey Responses...56 Teacher Survey Responses..59 BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

3 Section 1 BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL The mission of Beloved Community Charter School is to develop values, skills, knowledge, confidence and character in its students that will lead them to care not only about themselves, but about their peers and humankind, propel them to success at the school, in college, and in their careers, and help them realize the fulfillment of a socially contributory life. BELOVED COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT 1.a. Basic Information Name of School BelovED Community Charter School Year School Opened 2012 Grade Level(s) K-3 October 15 th, 2013 Enrollment Count 480 Final Enrollment Count 458 School Address(es) 508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ District(s) / Region of Residence Jersey City Website Address Belovedccs.org Name of Board President Gregory Corrado Board President address Board President phone number Name of School Leader Kelly Convery School Leader address School Leader phone number Name of SBA Richard Raschdorf SBA address SBA phone number BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

4 Section2 ENROLLMENT AND EQUITY 2.1. School Enrollment Maximum Enrollment allowed per school's charter 2.1.a. School Enrollment in Enrollment Count on First Day of School Year October 15, 2013 Enrollment Count Enrollment Count on Last Day of School Year # of Students Who Left the School During the School Year (For Any Reason) 1 # Returning Students to the School in from Previous School Year 2 K Grade Grade Grade Grade 4 NA 3 NA 3 NA 3 NA 3 NA Total Approximately two-thirds left because of a move out of Jersey City. 2 Returning students are listed for the grade they will be attending in the school year. 3 Not applicable because BelovED did not offer Grade 4 in SY School Demographics 2.2.a. School Demographics in (Based on October 15th ENROLLMENT COUNT) Total # Students Enrolled 480 # Free or Reduced Price Lunch Students 398 % Free or Reduced Price Lunch Students 83% # Special Ed Students 16 % Special Ed Students 3.3% # LEP Students 66 % LEP Students 13.8% # White Students 34 % White Students 7% # African American Students 212 % African American Students 44% # Hispanic Students 129 % Hispanic Students 27% # Asian Students 94 % Asian Students 20% BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

5 # Students in other ethnic groups 11 % Students in other ethnic groups 3% 2.3 School Recruitment, Admissions and Enrollment 2.3.a. Admissions Lottery Information Date(s) and location(s) of admissions lottery for enrollment in school year 2.3.b. BelovED s Lottery and Registration Process 2.3.a. Admissions lottery January 22, 2014: 508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ Per N.J.S.A. 18A:36A-7 and 18A:36A-8, it is BelovED s policy and practice to admit and enroll all gradeeligible, New Jersey-resident children on a space available basis without discrimination on the basis of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, status as a handicapped person, proficiency in the English language, or any other basis that would be illegal if used by a school district. There are no pre-admission activities for students or parents. All students who were enrolled in one school year are re-enrolled in the next if their parent or guardian so chooses. Other New Jersey-resident children are enrolled as space permits. When there are more applications received for a given grade level than there are seats remaining available, admissions lotteries are held. At these lotteries, preferences are given to the siblings of those already admitted and to Jersey City residents. 2.3.c. Admissions Applications in English, Spanish and Arabic Copies of BelovED admissions applications in English and Spanish are included in the Appendix to this report. 2.3.d. Evidence of Recruitment and Marketing Efforts That Demonstrate BelovED s Commitment to Serving All Students The admissions applications referenced immediately above, and the English and Spanish marketing materials BelovED uses to recruit its students, explicitly note BelovED s commitment to serving all students. These materials are all available for review in the Appendix to this report. Upon reviewing them, you will see that we not only reach out to Jersey City s diverse people in diverse languages, but also that right-at-the-top of our marketing and application materials we state that Beloved Community Charter School is a free public school that provides equal access to all students, regardless of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, and status as a handicapped person. The sincerity of our commitment to serving all students can be seen in BelovED s student demographics; in its transportation, food, afterschool, and summer services for students; in its intensive tutoring and special education services; in its staffing and contracts; in its facility, education program, and assessment accommodations for special needs students; in the extremely high level of satisfaction expressed with BelovED by the parents of students both classified and non-classified, and in the very high re-enrollment levels of both high needs and other students at BelovED. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

6 First, as relates to student demographics, the percentage of state-defined high needs students at BelovED closely parallels the percentage in the Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS) BelovED s district of residence indicating that BelovED has fulfilled its commitment to enroll a fully representative crosssection of Jersey City s age-appropriate children. Indeed, the percentage of BelovED students who are English Language Learners is 14%. The corresponding percentage for the Jersey City Public Schools is slightly smaller. The percentage of students at BelovED who are Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Eligible is 83%. The corresponding percentage for the Jersey City Public Schools is an almost identical 84%. The percentage of special education students at BelovED as of the October 15 th Enrollment Count was 3%. The percentage of Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade students as of October 15 th in the Jersey City Public Schools with IEPs is not known, but given that the percentage of students at all grade levels in the Jersey City Public Schools who have IEPs is 13%, and given that the percentage of students in Kindergarten through Third Grade with IEPs will be much lower than the percentage for all grades (since it takes years for many special needs to be identified), it is likely that the percentage of District students in Kindergarten through Third Grade with IEPs was, again, very similar to BelovED s percentage. 2.3.e. Student Demographics BelovED vs. Jersey City Public Schools Characteristic BelovED Jersey City Public Schools* English Language Learners Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Eligible *State Report Card Data Additional evidence of BelovED s commitment to serving all students can be seen in the student transportation, food, afterschool, and summer services it provides students. To make BelovED a viable option for the very many Jersey City families that cannot afford a car, BelovED provides student transportation services to over half of its student body. To reduce the hurdle that would exist if children needing a free breakfast had to come early, BelovED provides breakfast after the regular school day begins. (The Jersey City Public Schools have only recently begun doing likewise.) To make BelovED a viable option for families where economic necessity requires that caregivers work until 5 pm, BelovED provides aftercare to 5:30 pm for a large number of students and does so at a much lower price than charged by the Jersey City Public Schools for aftercare. BelovED also makes free summer programs available to its families. BelovED further evidences its commitment to high-needs students through the seamless and nonstigmatizing integration of tutoring and special education services into its general education program. BelovED s Supervisor of Special Education trains all BelovED faculty and staff members in how to meet students special needs. Meanwhile, every element of BelovED s education program is specifically engineered to close the achievement gap between high-needs and other students, and ensure that all of BelovED s students become fully prepared to succeed in college and in life. Students who enjoy the advantages that researchers say are predictive of school success may not need their school to be built upon the foundation of a high expectations/no excuses school culture and a caring school climate. It may be less critical that such students receive diagnostic testing upon entry and intensive assistance to close learning gaps. It may not be so essential for such students that formative assessments be administered weekly, measuring students mastery of the academic standards just addressed in their classes, or that a system of non-stigmatizing academic interventions be designed so that struggling students can receive the additional help they need immediately and not begin falling behind. But BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

7 research shows that all of these protocols are of great value in helping high-needs students succeed academically and that is why they are core elements of BelovED s education program. Also reflective of BelovED s commitment to English Language Learners, Special Education Students, and at-risk students is its full complement of full-time, fully certificated ESL and special education teachers, its full complement of One-On-One Aides (as called-for by students IEPs), the certificated school social worker and the trained counselor BelovED has on staff, and BelovED s contracts for the provision of high-quality child study team and related services (e.g., speech, occupational, and physical therapy). (Note: The Jersey City Public Schools are the principle provider of BelovED s child study team services, demonstrating incontrovertibly that BelovED s child study team is of precisely the same high-quality as the local district s.) BelovED s fully handicapped-accessible, elevatored building is a another indication of its commitment to high-needs students, as is BelovED s acquisition of assistive technologies for special needs students (e.g., in SY14, BelovED provided an IPOD installed with Proloquo to a student who struggles with speech). Reflecting BelovED s commitment to serving all of its students effectively, 99% of respondents in BelovED s year-end Parents Survey expressed satisfaction with BelovED Community Charter School. But perhaps the greatest validation of BelovED s commitment to serving all of its students well is the extremely high-level of re-enrollment by BelovED s students (high needs and other) for the school year. Excluding students whose families moved out of Jersey City, over 95% of students who were at BelovED on October 15, 2013 have re-enrolled to continue at BelovED next year. 2.4 School Suspension /Expulsion Rate 2.4.a. School Suspensions / Expulsions Total # Students Enrolled Total # of Students (Unique Count) Suspended Total # of Students Expelled K Grade Grade Grade Total BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

8 Section 3 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM 3.1. Academic Performance In this sub-section of the annual report, the New Jersey Department of Education solicits information relating to the performance of charter school students on state NJASK assessments (which are not administered to public school students until the Third Grade) and relating to the Post-Secondary Readiness of high school students. In School Year , BelovED Community Charter School offered only grades K-3, so it cannot report on the Post-Secondary Readiness of any high school students. Meanwhile, the New Jersey Department of Education has not yet released to school districts their performance data relating to this year s NJASK assessments, so BelovED Community Charter School cannot yet report on the performance of its Third Graders on these assessments. BelovED can, however, report on the academic performance of its Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade students as measured by other assessment instruments. This is covered, below, in Section 3.2 of this annual report. 3.2 Mission-Specific Academic Goals Relative Learning Progress BelovED s Board of Trustees aspires to have BelovED grow into a school that offers all grade levels from K to 12. In BelovED s charter application, the Board established different academic goals for different grade levels. For the early elementary grade levels, BelovED s Board established the following academic goal: Students make continual progress toward mastery of all grade-level academic standards. ( Academic standards are skills and knowledge items that a child should master by a given age.) Knowing that the New Jersey Department of Education does not have NJASK assessments for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade scholars, but wanting an objective, third-party measure of its scholars relative learning progress, BelovED s Board of Trustees identified in the School s charter application a measure of relative learning that the Board would use for these early grade levels, and a target increase in relative learning progress that it would like to see achieved. The relative learning measure identified was the national percentile rank of BelovED scholars on the Terra Nova Complete Battery Assessment. The Terra Nova Complete Battery Assessment is an assessment of academic standards mastery that is administered by thousands of schools across the United States. This nationwide administration of the assessment permits a national percentile rank to be determined for students: i.e., a student s relative mastery of assessed standards can be calculated compared to his or her age-level peers throughout the United States. A national percentile rank of 40 means that a student s mastery of assessed skills and knowledge items is greater than 40% of the student s age-level peers throughout the country. A national percentile rank of 80 means that a student s mastery of assessed skills and knowledge items is greater than 80% of the student s age-level peers across America. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

9 The increase in relative learning progress targeted by BelovED s founders was an average 5-percentile point gain for scholars as they progress from Kindergarten through Third Grade (which is when state assessments start to be administered). This is an extremely ambitious relative learning growth target. Typically, the percentile rank of students neither rises, nor falls over time. It stays precisely the same. To achieve an increase in percentile rank over time requires not only that a student progress in mastery of assessed academic standards, but progress faster than students throughout the United States starting from the same place. For BelovED to achieve the targeted increase, it will need to move the percentile ranks of its entire mass of scholars by 15 points, on average, over a period of three years. In other words, on average, its scholars who begin with skills and knowledge superior to that of 40% of their peers nationwide will need, three years later, to possess skills and knowledge greater than 55% of their peers nationwide. Scholars who begin with skills and knowledge greater than 80% of their peers will need, three years later, to possess skills and knowledge greater than 95% of their peers. BelovED s founders may have set for themselves an almost impossibly ambitious relative learning progress target, but through its first two years, at least, BelovED has achieved that audacious target: the national percentile rank of scholars who were with the school two years ago has increased, on average, by 11 percentile points, or almost 6 points per year. Scholars Current Grade Level Average National Percentile Rank Gains of BelovED s Cohorts Avg. Combined Assessment National Percentile Rank: Year-End SY14 Avg. Combined Assessment National Percentile Rank of Cohort: Year-End SY13 Avg. Combined Assessment National Percentile Rank of Cohort: Fall 2012 Avg. Combined Assessment Percentile Rank Gain of Cohort: Year-End SY14 Vs. Fall 2012 Avg. Combined Assessment Percentile Rank Gain of Cohort Per Year K 60 First Second Third Whole School Average Gain 11 6 Goal Measure/Metric Target Actual Outcome Early elementary scholars make continual progress toward mastery of all grade-level academic standards. National percentile rank of early elementary scholars on Terra Nova Complete Battery Assessment. Yearly average 5 national percentile-point gain for these early elementary grade scholars. Almost 6 percentile-point average yearly gain for these scholars. GOAL ACHIEVED. Absolute Learning Distinct from the question of relative learning progress is the question of absolute learning. The Terra Nova Complete Battery Assessment permits absolute student learning to be expressed in grade mean equivalent (GME) terms. A student with a GME of 1.0 is one with a mastery of skills and knowledge items equal to that of the average American student entering First Grade. A student with a GME of 2.5 is one with a mastery of skills and knowledge items equal to that of the average American student five months after entering Second Grade. A student with a GME of 3.9 is one with a mastery of BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

10 skills and knowledge items equal to that of the average American student nine months after entering Third Grade. Education researchers say that one of the greatest predictors of a student s academic success is the level of his or her parents income. Economically dis-advantaged students do not typically do as well academically as students who are not economically dis-advantaged. Given that approximately 80% of BelovED s scholars are free and reduced-price lunch-eligible (the state s indicator of economic disadvantage), the statistics predict that the absolute learning of BelovED s scholars, expressed in grade mean equivalent terms, should be significantly lower than the national average for students at equivalent grade levels. For the absolute learning of BelovED s scholars just to equal national average levels would represent a closing of the achievement gap that typically exists between rich and poor in America and a significant beating of the odds. For the absolute learning of BelovED s scholars to exceed national average levels would represent a very significant beating of the odds and would be indicative of an exceedingly effective education program. A review of the absolute learning of BelovED s scholars shows that from the First Grade on, at every grade level and in every tested-subject area, BelovED s scholars are ahead of their peers across the United States, and have been in each of BelovED s two years in operation. Thus, economic disadvantage may result in BelovED s Kindergartners starting behind their peers, but BelovED s excellent education program is causing its scholars to surpass their peers across the nation before the end of First Grade. Even more encouragingly, for grade-level after grade-level, and for subject area after subject area, the absolute learning of BelovED s scholars was ahead of their peers across the United States by more in SY14 than it was in SY13. This means that BelovED was an even more effective school in SY14 than it was in SY13. This means it is not just BelovED s scholars that are learning and growing in skill and mastery. The school is learning and growing too and becoming more profoundly effective. Grade Level, National Average GME for Students after 9 Months at This Grade Level BelovED SY 13 Reading GME in May Average Grade Mean Equivalent (GME) of BelovED s Cohorts Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg. BelovED SY 14 Reading GME in May Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg. BelovED SY13 Math GME in May Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg. BelovED SY14 Math GME in May Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg. K,.9.3 (6) (5) First, Second, Third, Average Months Ahead (From First Grade Onward) Grade Level, National Average GME for Students after 9 BelovED SY13 Science GME in May Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg. BelovED SY14 Science GME in May Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg. BelovED SY13 Social Studies GME in Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg. BelovED SY14 Social Studies GME in BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY Months Ahead of (Behind) National Avg.

11 Months at May May This Grade Level K,.9 First, Second, Third, Avg. Average Months Ahead (From First Grade Onward) Learning Growth By administering the Terra Nova assessments in one school year and then again a year later, students absolute learning growth over the course of the year can also be calculated. A year-to-year average grade mean equivalent (GME) increase of more than 1 for a cohort of BelovED students means that the cohort s academic skills and knowledge grew by more than a grade level during that school year. A review of our scholar s learning growth over the course SY13-14 is shown in the charts that follow. You will note that our students average learning growth in most subject areas was substantially greater than 1 GME point. Indeed, in some instances it was approximately 1.5 GME points, meaning that our scholars grew in learning by about one-and-a-half grade levels in the course of the year. This is extremely significant. If the learning of our scholars increases by just 1.1 GME point per year over the course of their K-12 education, they will graduate high school with a mastery of academic skills and knowledge items typical not of high school students in America, but of college students and they will have achieved this while overcoming all of the obstacles thrown in their way by economic disadvantage. Grade Level Average Grade Mean Equivalent (GME) Gains of BelovED s Cohorts SY 14 Reading GME Cohort s SY13 Reading GME Cohort s Reading GME Growth SY14 Math GME Cohort s SY13 Math GME Cohort s Math GME Growth K First Second Third Avg Grade Level SY14 Science GME Cohort s SY13 Science GME Cohort s Science GME Growth SY14 Social Studies GME Cohort s SY13 Social Studies GME Cohort s Social Studies GME Growth K First Second Third BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

12 Avg In BelovED s charter application, the only formal academic objective established by the School s founders for its early elementary grade levels was the steady rise in student percentile rank that was discussed at the beginning of this section. But had BelovED s founders established a learning growth target for the School s early grade levels, they would have targeted higher-than-average student learning growth. In doing so, they would have been demonstrating utter contempt for the over fifty years of national education statistics that predict lowerthan- average student learning growth for a student population of mostly low-income children, such as ours. At BelovED, we don t apologize for expecting that we will consistently beat the odds. We believe that poverty is not destiny and that every child can learn. We do not discount the fact that poverty creates challenges to academic success; we just believe that highly effective schools can help students overcome these challenges. Goal Measure/Metric Target Actual Outcome Students make continual progress toward mastery of all grade-level academic standards. Grade mean equivalent (GME) measures of scholar skill and knowledge mastery on Terra Nova assessments. Yearly GME point gains in tested subjects that on average are greater than 1 (calibrated by Terra Nova to represent a grade-level worth of learning). Average GME point gains for Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies that were substantially greater than 1. GOAL ACHIEVED Curriculum Assurance All charter schools are required to adapt and implement their curriculum to align with the Common Core State Standards. A signed assurance that the school s curriculum is aligned to New Jersey s Common Core State Standards can be found in the Appendix. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

13 Section 4 LEARNING ENVIRONMENT / PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT 4.a. Learning Environment / Professional Environment Learning Environment Number or Ratio Methodology used Attendance rate: Elementary School 94.8 = 1 (total SY14 days-absent by all enrolled students total SY14 attendance-days-possible by all enrolled students) Middle School NA NA High School NA NA Student - teacher ratio 10.2 Oct 15 Enrollment 47 Certificated Teachers (38 Lead Teachers & 9 Assisting Teachers) Professional Environment Number or Ratio Methodology used Teacher retention rate (year to year) Total staff retention rate (year to year) (# teachers with us at year-end SY13 still with us at year-end SY13) (# teachers with us at year-end SY13) (# full-time staff with us at year-end SY13 still with us at year-end SY14) (# full-time staff with us at yearend SY13) Frequency of teacher surveys and date of last survey conducted Three surveys conducted: 1) Mid-Year 2) Mid-Year Follow-Up 3) Year-End (6/25/14) Anonymous online surveys with multiple choice and open-ended questions % of survey participation 1) 78% 2) 78% 3) 89% Total respondents/ total teachers % of teacher satisfaction Main positive aspects identified in the survey 97 See Appendix. Very Satisfactory (38%) and Somewhat Satisfactory (59%) responses to the question: How satisfactory an experience has it been working at BelovED Community Charter School? ( Somewhat Unsatisfactory, Very Unsatisfactory, and Don t Know were other possible responses. ) Open-ended question on teacher 1) Close community-feeling survey: What do you consider the 2) Supportive leadership and two most positive aspects of BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

14 staff 3) Opportunities for professional growth BelovED Community Charter School for its faculty and staff? Main school challenges identified in the survey 1) Better communication 2) More clarity relative to roles and responsibilities/ chain of command 3) More timely feedback following observations and evaluations 4) Student behavioral issues Open-ended question on teacher survey: What challenges or problems would you like to see the School address to better support its staff? BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

15 Section 5 PARENTAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 5.a. Parent Satisfaction With The School Frequency of parents surveys and date of last survey conducted % of survey participation % of parent satisfaction One formal, online, anonymous parent survey was conducted at year-end on June 14, % 98.5% Percent of respondents agreeing with statement, I am satisfied with BelovED Community Charter School, overall. Note: 67% of respondents Strongly Agreed. See Appendix. Main positive aspects identified in the survey 1) BelovED s academic program 2) Good teachers 3) Caring environment and positive values 4) Good communication to parents Main school challenges identified in the survey 1) Bus issues: e.g., bus punctuality, student behavior on buses 2) School s facility: neighborhood issues, lack of parking, facility lacks some of the amenities of JCPS schools 3) Homework: some parents believe there is too much 4) Run-around time/athletics: some parents would like children to have more time to run around during the school day, and some parents would like competitive team sports (not just afterschool club sports) to be offered even at early grade levels # Parents currently on Board of Trustees over total Board Members Major activities/events offered to parents during school year, including # hours and Parent Involvement at the School BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY /8 Activities / Events # Hours / Frequency Participation %/# School Orientation Days Back-To-School Nights 2 days 4 hours each day Approximately 70% of new parents in attendance 2 nights 4 hours each night Approximately 80% of

16 or frequency of the activity and % participation. Title 1 and Common Core Introductions for Parents 1 night in the Fall and 1 night in the Spring parents in attendance Approximately 50 parents in attendance. Coffee and Common Core 1 morning program 15 parent representatives Major activities/events offered to parents during school year, including # hours or frequency of the activity and % participation. Parent-Teacher Meetings Sabis WebSchool Training Sabis Student Information System Training Mentoring Opportunities Holiday Concerts Read Across America Week Family Literacy Night Student Spelling Bee 2 afternoons and evenings for six hours each (plus an openinvitation for additional, scheduled parent meetings with their scholars teachers) 3 sessions: afternoon and evening training slots offered Various days throughout the school year 1 morning, 3 1-hour concerts 6 days during school year 1 evening for 4 hours 3 month long series of events with three Open Challenges available for parents to view Approximately 65 % of parents participated Approximately 67% of parents participated Participation varied throughout the year family members; all scholars and staff members 310 parents/family members visited school for week-long event ; special members of the community visited as guest readers for classrooms Approximately 50% of families participated in week-night event promoting early literacy. 82 families Reading and Math Support Training of Parents by Subject Specialists (Home- School Connection) 1 Saturday morning 10 families BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

17 Veteran s Day Remembrance 1 day, 2 hours 32 parents/family members Kinder Authors Invitation 1 afternoon/evening 24 students and their parents participated Major activities/events offered to parents during school year, including # hours or frequency of the activity and % participation. Community Circle Career Description Opportunities Scholastic Book Fair Week Ramapo Training in Child Development and Behavior Management One-hour events on Fridays during the course of the year 5 days 1 afternoon 20 parents Various parents attend various programs Staff members and 25 parent volunteers, numerous parent/family member visitors Major activities/events conducted by the parents to further the school s mission and goals, such as fundraising, volunteering, etc. (list them in, bullets). Please include # hours or frequency, and % participation. Parent Title 1 Committee Review Field Day/Volunteer Day Presidential Fitness Award Ceremony Promotion Ceremonies 2 meetings 2 days of fun and volunteer service Year-long program with 2 hour award ceremony at end 2 days, 5 hours each day 3 parent representatives, numerous staff members 52 family volunteers 40 parents/family members at awards ceremony 540 parents/guardians and relatives visited the school and their scholars classrooms for these ceremonies Activities / Events # Hours / Frequency Participation %/# Fun, Community- Building Events & Fundraisers: First Annual Fall Festival Bounce For The Philippines 1 Saturday: amusements, carnival games, vendors, food court, face painters, magic show, etc. 1 day: fundraiser at local bouncy house for Red Cross Philippine Relief Fund 1,000 family members and guests in attendance 300 family members Halloween Magic A day: PTO-organized All 480 BelovED scholars BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

18 Show I BelovE You Valentine s Breakfast Family Fun Nights magic show with goodie bags and treats for scholars 1 morning: PTOorganized Valentine s Day breakfast at the school for parents and scholars Several evenings during the course of the year: PTO-organized bowling, movie viewings, skating 600 family members and staff Several hundred families participated Major activities/events conducted by the parents to further the school s mission and goals, such as fundraising, volunteering, etc. (list them in, bullets). Please include # hours or frequency, and % participation. Parent & Faculty Night Out Bake Sale Fundraisers Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week Roller Rink Family Invite McTeacher Night First Annual PTO Gala 1 evening: PTO-organized dinner and dance 1 day in the Spring; 1 day in the Fall 5 days: PTO-organized breakfast, lunch, spa days, pep rally, photo booth and student talent show 1 day, 3 hours 1 evening: fundraiser at local McDonald s featuring fun activities such as face painting, magic show, photo booth and dance party 1 Sunday afternoon: fundraising and awards event 200 parents/guardians and staff members Entire school community Over 100 parents and staff members 37 parents/family members 500 family members and staff 100+ family members and staff End-Of-Year Trip to CoCo Key Indoor Water Resort Weekend event 400 parents/family members Academic & Values Education Support: Daily: BelovED parents 67% of parents have are encouraged to taken initiative to access Academic and receive training in how to our online tools for Developmental support their scholars monitoring and Support academic and supporting their child s developmental progress. academic and This includes training in developmental BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

19 Major activities/events conducted by the parents to further the school s mission and goals, such as fundraising, volunteering, etc. (list them in, bullets). Please include # hours or frequency, and % participation. Major activities/events conducted by the parents to further the school s mission and goals, such as fundraising, volunteering, etc. (list them in, bullets). Please Intervention Support Wisdom Hour Presentations & Follow-On internships Classroom Volunteers Pizza Parties NJASK Scholar Support Girl Scouts how to provide appropriate daily support for their child s completion of homework, development of good study habits, and positive selfdiscipline; how to regularly monitor their child s step-by-step academic and developmental progress online; and how to access online practice work for their scholar in areas where he or she needs extra work, to provide just a few examples. Daily: In instances where special interventions of one sort or another are merited, BelovED parents are encouraged to receive training in how to support an intervention plan s. 4 days during school year: internship programs organized by PTO included visits to Mayor s Office, Courthouse, Media Center, and a Business All year: various parents provided varying kinds of volunteer assistance in diffeernt classrooms Periodically throughout the year: reward events organized by PTO for classes winning school contests. 1 week: PTO provided fresh fruits, healthy snacks, and water to scholars during NJASK assessment All year: parents helped start a girl scout troop for BelovED scholars progress. It appears that over 90% are supporting their child s completion of homework on a daily basis. Approximately 10% of parents have accepted special training of one sort or another. 42 total parents/guardians, 100 plus students 40 parents 10 parents 10 parents; all thirdgrade scholars 5 parents BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

20 include # hours or frequency, and % participation. Donations: $13,000 to Playground Fund $5,000 for Academic Program Support Partnering organization EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: Jersey City Public Schools ( JCPS ) Jersey City Public Schools ( JCPS ) Jersey City Public Schools ( JCPS ) Teach For America Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School Dr. Lena Edwards 5.b. Community Involvement at the School Description of the partnership BelovED has partnered with JCPS for the provision of some bus transportation services. BelovED has partnered with JCPS for the provision of child study team some related services. BelovED has partnered with JCPS for the provision of food services. BelovED is the first school in Jersey City to partner with Teach For America, a national organization that endeavors to recruit and train top-performing college students for a career in teaching. BelovED coordinated performances of Peter and the Wolf by the Atlantic City Ballet at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School (which has a spectacular theater) for the benefit of students at both schools. Peter and the Wolf Eye on the Arts Activities and Poster Competition Level of involvement: # students or/and staff involved, approx. # hours per month, resources involved etc. 110 scholars; 84 hours/month; financial support equal to the provision of 1 bus with morning and afternoon runs Staff and therapies for different scholars vary 480 scholars; 15 hours/month; 3 JCPS staff Recruitment of 2 teachers/year; Teach For America recruitment and training staff; training facilities and materials 480 BelovED scholars (plus the scholars of Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School); 2.5 hours on one day; theater provided by Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School, buses leased by BelovED, ballet company charges split Approximately 1,000 students and 4 arts teachers between the three charter schools; 3 hours BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

21 Academic Charter School and Golden Door Charter School Scholastic Reading Incentive program COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS: JC Womens League Mc Donald s Family Night Sponsorship Adopt-A-Platoon Soldier Support Effort BJ s and Pathmark Stores (Event coordinated by BelovED s PTO) Hudson County Crayon Recycling Program Jersey City Fire Department Jersey City Police Department Liberty Health System ( LHS ) Liberty House Nursing Home Reading Home - School Partnership Provides assistance that enables families to take advantage of BelovED and other afterschool programs Supported community-building fundraiser. Working through the Adopt-A-Platoon Soldier Support Effort, BelovED students sent candy canes and holiday cards to American service personnel. Bj s and Pathmark Stores provided food for the school s "I BelovE You" Valentine's Day Breakfast in which hundreds of family members enjoyed a quality breakfast at BelovED with their scholar. BelovED students collected broken and fragments of crayons for recycling by Hudson County. BelovED students delivered hand-made holiday cards to Jersey City s Bravest. Fire fighters visited with their school and K9 unit. BelovED students delivered hand-made holiday cards to Jersey City s Finest. BelovED has partnered with LHS for the provision of some special services to students. BelovED students delivered hand-made holiday cards to the residents of a local nursing home. each student; arts materials All 480 scholars Available to all scholars families K-3 Parents All students All students All students All students All students Individual students All students New Jersey Charter School Association BelovED personnel led panels at the New Jersey Charter Schools Convention. BelovED educator Jomayra Torres was honored as the NJCSA Teacher of the Year. Approximately 10 staff and/or board members Pizza Hut Pizza Hut provides reading incentive awards for students who achieve a teacher-established book reading goal through the Book It! Reading All students BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

22 President s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Hoboken Homeless Shelter St. Lucy s Shelter Hoboken Homeless Shelter St. Mary s Pantry Water Wells in Africa Target Stores JC Animal Shelter Goldman Sachs Terracyle, Colgate, ShopRite Program. BelovED scholars participated in the President s Fitness Challenge. BelovED s teachers manned three evening shifts at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. BelovED scholars did chores at home for nominal consideration (e.g., did the dishes for $.25). Funds raised were used to purchase sandwich materials. Scholars made and wrapped sandwiches, and then delivered the sandwiches to St. Lucy s Shelter in Jersey City feeding 250 patrons. BelovED staff provided volunteer staffing for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter on a number of evenings. BelovED scholars and their families gathered and contributed canned foods to Saint Mary s Pantry in Jersey City. Received an award for the 2nd greatest number of cans contributed. BelovED scholars and their families raised and contributec monies to support the creation of water wells in Africa. In connection with the Read Across America program, 20 Target volunteers spent hours at BelovED reading Dr. Seuss books to our students. Donated items and volunteers for Harvest Festival and Field Day Staff members organized an initiative amongst themselves to donate items, and to volunteer time on a number of days throughout the year, to a local animal shelter Goldman employees, BelovED kindergartners, and staff members paint-stenciled a US and a World Map onto BelovED s playground. Recycling of Colgate toothpaste tubes. All students 20 teachers; 6-7 teachers/evening 120 2nd grade scholars; per student average of 2 hours of home chores/week for a month each; plus time and labor making sandwiches 10 staff members; 3 night shifts; our staff gave of their time All students All students All students Various BelovED staff members on a number of days throughout the year; donated items 120 scholars, 10 staff, 8 Goldman employees; 8 hours on 1 day; stencils, paint, paint brushes 480 scholars and their families; contributions every day for 3 months; waste materials recycled. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

23 Toys-For-Tots / U.S. Marine Corps. BelovED staff, scholars and their families wrapped and donated gifts to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys-For- Tots program, supporting local families celebration of the holidays. 480 scholars and their families; contributions every day for a month; toys and gift-wrapping BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

24 Section 6 SCHOOL GOVERNANCE / LEADERSHIP 6.1. Board of Trustees # of board members required in charter 6.1.a. Governance 5 to 9 BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTING MEMBERS Gregory J. Corrado (Board President, Finance & Budget Committee Member)): Assistant Business Administrator of the City of Jersey City; former Adjunct Professor in Film Theory and History at New Jersey City University in Jersey City. # and Names of Current Board Members (including official roles within the Board). List the board members by name, role, organizational affiliation (parent, community member, lead person, etc.) and their voting status on the board. Rev. Ronnie-Calvin Clark (Board Vice President, Facility & Operations Committee Chairperson): Pastor of Anointed Gospel Christian Center Church; Board Member of the Hudson County Urban League; former Member of the Jersey City Board of Education; former Director of the Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance of Jersey City. Salvatore Risalvato (Finance & Budget Committee Chairperson): Executive Director of the Gasoline Retailers, Convenience Store, and Automotive Association of New Jersey. Jessica Lisboa (Education Program & Human Resource Management Committee Chairsperson): Graduate of Jersey City s public schools; Theater Arts Department Head at North Star Academy Charter School in Newark (Uncommon Schools). David W. Robinson, Esq.,(Facility & Operations Committee Member): Attorney specializing in contracts law; Co-founder and President of a privately managed day school in Cranford, New Jersey; former Mayor of Cranford, NJ; technology entrepreneur. Rich Valdes: Journalist & Commentator, Former Deputy Administrator of the NJ Office of Family Support Services with responsibility for northeast New Jersey (including Jersey City); Former college administrator in Jersey City. Terri Keller, Esq. ((Education Program & Human Resource Management Committee Member): Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of Jersey City, specializing in labor law; former Board of Education and City Council member in New Providence, NJ. Nicole Jackson, (Parent-Member), (Education Program & Human Resource Management Committee Member, Facility & Operations Committee Member): BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

25 Parent of a BelovED student; Operations Coordinator at WageWorks, a provider of tax-advantaged employee benefits. Former officer of BelovED s Parents- Teacher Organization. BOARD OF TRUSTEES NON-VOTING MEMBERS Richard Raschdorf (Secretary to the Board): School Business Administrator, BelovED Community Charter School. Board Meeting Dates from September 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 and # of Board Members who Attended Meetings Date # Voting Bd Mbrs Attending Thurs, July 18, of 8 Thurs, Aug 15, of 8 Tues, Aug 20, of 8 Thurs, Sept 19, of 8 Thurs, Oct 17, of 8 Thurs, Nov 14, of 8 Thurs, Dec 19, of 8 Thurs, Jan 16, of 8 Tues, Feb 20, of 8 Thurs, Mar 20, of 8 Thurs, Apr 17, of 8 Thurs, May 15, of 8 Thurs, June 19, of 8 Board Secretary (Non-Voting Mbr) Attended All # and Name of New Board members in and information on the dates and type of training they received. # and Name of Active Committees Qualified/ Experienced Person on Board Responsible For (Name and Capacity): K-12 Education No new board members. 3 COMMITTEES Facility & Operations Finance & Budget Education Program & Human Resource Management See below. Jessica Lisboa (Educator: Department Head with UnCommon Schools) Rev. Ronnie Calvin Clark (Former Member: Jersey City Board of Education) David Robinson (Founder of Private Elementary School) BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

26 Terri Keller, Esq. (Former Member: New Providence Board of Education) Richard Valdes (Former College Administrator in Hudson County) Gregory Corrado (Former NJCU Adjunct Professor) Supported By Kelly Convery / Lead Person & Head Dean Michele Link / Principal Legal Issues David Robinson, Esq. (Contracts Attorney) Terri Keller, Esq. (Labor Attorney) Supported By Derlys Gutierrez, Esq. / Chief Counsel * Lynn Schundler, Esq. / Registrar Fiscal Oversight Gregory Corrado (Assistant Business Administrator, City of Jersey City) Sal Risalvato (Businessman, President of NJ Gasoline on Convenience Store Assoc.) Supported By Richard Raschdorf, School Business Administrator Kath Mone, Treasurer of Public Monies School Partners, Consultant General Management Gregory Corrado (Assistant Business Administrator, City of Jersey City) Sal Risalvato (Businessman, President of NJ Gasoline on Convenience Store Assoc.) David Robinson, Esq. (Technology Company Entrepreneur) Nicole Jackson (Professional with employee benefits management company) Supported By Richard Raschdorf, School Business Administrator Kath Mone, Treasurer of Public Monies School Partners, Consultant Real Estate/ Facilities Gregory Corrado (Assistant Business Administrator, City of Jersey City) Rev. Ronnie Calvin Clark (Facilities & Operations Committee Chair) David Robinson, Esq. (Former Mayor with public facility construction experience) Supported By Richard Raschdorf, School Business Administrator Kath Mone, Treasurer of Public Monies School Partners, Consultant Communications/ Outreach/ Negotiations Gregory Corrado (Assistant Business Administrator, City of Jersey City; Filmmaker) Rev. Ronnie Calvin Clark (Board Member of the Hudson County Urban League; former Director of the Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance of Jersey City) Richard Valdes (Former Deputy Administrator of the NJ Office of Family Support Services with responsibility for Northeast New Jersey) Terri Keller, Esq. (Labor Attorney) BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

27 Date: September 18, 2014 Date of Board Self- Evaluation The board s self-evaluation for SY13-14 is not yet available. The board will complete its self-evaluation for SY13-14 at its annual retreat, which has been scheduled for September 18, 2014 so as to give the board an opportunity first to receive SY13-14 NJASK performance data for its students from the NJDOE. Date: September 18, 2014 Date of School Leader Evaluation Number of Board Complaints in SY13-14 The school leader s performance evaluation for SY13-14 is not yet available. The board will complete its school leader performance evaluation for SY13-14 at its annual retreat, which has been scheduled for September 18, 2014 so as to give the board an opportunity first to receive SY13-14 NJASK performance data for its students from the NJDOE. 0 Successfully added Third Grade to our list of grades offered Increased enrollment from 360 to 480 students Increased our staff and our facility space in use by approximately 33% Achieved our goal of providing all teachers 2-3 planning periods per day to decrease the need for work at home after our 8.25 hour school day (increases career sustainability) Main achievements and critical policies adopted by the Board during academic year (List in bullets) Received NJDOE approval for our proposed teacher evaluation system Improved the quality of our student transportation services (there is more to be done on this) Made curriculum revisions in line with the state s adoption of Common Core and PARCC Initiated an expanded music education program and enjoyed our first Holiday and Year-End Student Concerts Achieved positive discipline and student behavior improvements Applied for and received a second Charter School Implementation Grant Significantly increased the instructional use of technology by teachers and students Successfully trained parents in the use of our online student information system and web school tools BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

28 Achieved application and waiting list increases Adopted critical Title I polices and a comprehensive schoolwide plan and received approval for the schoolwide use of Title I funds Revamped our board of trustees committee structure Secured financing and have now nearly completed construction on a 23,000 square foot building expansion to accommodate another two grade levels at our present facility Concluded an agreement with the Jersey City Housing Authority to acquire land across the street from our elementary facility to construct a future Middle School Achieved very high levels of absolute learning, learning growth, and relative learning progress Achieved high levels of staff satisfaction and retention Achieved extremely high levels of student and parent/guardian satisfaction and of student retention A BelovED teacher was recognized by the New Jersey Charter School Association as its Teacher of the Year (there is only one so recognized in the entire state) The sale-lease back of our facility to avoid the negative effects upon our balance sheet of facility depreciation Refinements to our new teacher evaluation system The implementation of performance bonuses Issues that are likely to require the board s attention in the near future (List in bullets) On-going curriculum refinements as state academic standards and assessment systems evolve Increasing our capacity to conduct analyses based on multi-year student performance data Differentiated professional development as we begin to have teacher cohorts who have been with us for a varying number of years Career ladder and leadership training refinements as we continue to grow in grade-levels offered, student enrollment, and staff size, Facilities expansion issues BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

29 Parking and traffic flow Further bus improvements Competitive team sports Increased gifted and talented opportunities 6.1.b. School Calendar In the Appendix, you will find a copy of the School Calendar for the School Year School Leadership/Administration 6.2.a. School Leadership/Administration Names and emergency contact information, specific position, # years in current position Kelly Convery, Lead Person (2 Years): (201) / Richard Raschdorf, School Business Administrator (2 Years): (201) / Michele Link, Principal-Lead Teacher (2 Years): (201) / Vicky DeLeon, Dean of Students (2 Years): (201) / Maryan Ibrahim, Supervisor of Special Education (2 Years): / 6.2.b. School Leadership / Administration Resumes In the Appendix, you will find resumes of BelovED s leadership/administrative team. 6.2.c. Organization Chart In the Appendix, you will find a faculty and staff organization chart. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

30 Appendix A ADMISSIONS APPLICATION IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH (Supports Response 2.3.c.) A Free Public School For All Dear Parent or Guardian: Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child at Beloved Community Charter School. Beloved Community Charter School is a free public school that provides equal access to all students, regardless of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, and status as a handicapped person. The school was established in 2011 for grades Kindergarten through Second. Each year we will add a grade and we plan ultimately to have a grade school, middle school and high school. For the school year that will begin in September 2014, we will be enrolling 120 new students in Kindergarten and several students in each of the following grade levels: First Grade through Fourth. To apply for enrollment, please: 1) COMPLETELY fill out this Application for Admission; 2) sign it, and 3) return it to us, together with a copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of address for the student. (Legally accepted proofs of address include utility bills, letters from any government entity, bank statements, leases, mortgage statements, car registration or car insurance. Drivers Licenses and cell phone bills are NOT acceptable.) Because we expect to receive more applications than there are seats available, New Jersey law stipulates that we hold an admissions lottery. Students can only be entered into the lottery when all documentation is in hand. So please apply right away and get us your child s birth certificate and proof of home address as soon as possible. Our INITIAL APPLICATION DEADLINE is January 15, If we need to hold a lottery, it will be held on January 22, We will continue to accept applications after that date to fill remaining seats, if any. Once the roster is filled, new applicants will be placed on a wait list on a first come first serve basis. Please return your completed application with documents to the school located at 508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ any school day between the hours of 8:00 and 5:30 For Kindergarten applicants: Please be aware that Kindergarten applications will only be valid if your child turns five on or before October 1, Submit One Application for Each Child: Only one application per child will be accepted. If you have more than one child applying for admission, complete a separate application for each child. Address Please be sure to include your address on the application as this is one of our primary means of communication. Open Houses: To learn more about Beloved Community Charter School, please attend a Parents Open House. Dates and times will be listed on our website: BelovEDccs.org. Lottery Results: You do not need to attend the lottery to participate, although you are welcome to. You will be notified of the lottery results via the contact information you provide on the application. If your child was on the school year wait list, you must reapply for the school year. Wait Lists cannot be carried over beyond the school year applied for. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

31 APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION Grade Information What grade will this student enter in September 2014? K ; (1) ; (2) ; (3) ; (4). (Check One) 2. Student Information Student s Name: (Last) (First) (MI) Birth Date: / / Gender: M F (month) (day) (year) (Circle One) Student s Current School (Complete only if your child is currently attending a school.) Current School Name: Current Grade: Pre-K K 1 st 2 nd 3 rd (Circle One) School Address: (Street Address) (City) (State) (Zip) Custodial Parent/Guardian Info Relationship to Student: Mother Father Guardian (Check One) First Name: Last Name: Address: (Street Address, Apt #) (City) (State) (Zip) Home Phone: Work Phone: Cell Phone: Other Phone: 1: 2: (Please provide multiple phone numbers and addresses. It is VERY important that we be able to reach you.) 5. Brother or Sister Applying (If more than one sibling is applying, attach an additional page.) Name: Age: Current Grade: Pre-K K 1 st 2 nd 3 rd (Circle One.) (Remember to complete a separate application for each prospective student.) Identify any sibling of the applicant who is currently enrolled at BCCS Parent Signature I am applying to have my child attend BeloveED Community Charter School in Jersey City. I certify that the statements and information I am providing in this application are true, accurate, and complete. I understand that BelovED features a longer school day, a strong discipline code, uniforms, and parent involvement. I understand that prospective students are chosen by a lottery. I also understand that if my child is not initially selected in the lottery, s/he will be placed on a waiting list for the year. If spots open up during that year, students will be admitted from the waiting list in the order in which they were selected. I hereby request that you consider this application for the next and any subsequent lotteries that are used to fill possible BelovED openings for the school year. Parent/Guardian Signature Date BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

32 1. Información sobre el grado BelovED Community Charter School APPLICACION PARA LA ADMISION En qué grado se matriculara el estudiante en septiembre del 2014? Preescolar _; Primero _; Segundo ; Tercero ; Cuarto. 2. Información sobre el estudiante Nombre del estudiante: (Apellido) (Nombre) (SN) Fecha nacimiento: / / Género: Masculino Femenino (Mes)(Día) (Año) (Marque uno) 3. Escuela actual del estudiante (Completar solo si el niño está actualmente asistiendo a la escuela Nombre de la escuela: Actual grado: Pre-K K 1 ro 2do 3ro (Seleccione una) Dirección de la escuela: (Calle, Apto. #) (Ciudad) (Estado) (Código postal) 4. Información del padre o guardián Vinculo con el estudiante: Madre_ Padre Tutor legal Nombre: Apellido Dirección: (Calle, Apto #) (Ciudad) (Estado) (Código postal) Teléfono de casa: Teléfono del trabajo: Teléfono celular: Otro Teléfono: 1: 2: (Por favor provea muchos números de teléfono y direcciones de correo electrónico. Es MUY importante poder contactarlo) 5. Hermanos/as aplicando (Si más de dos hermanos/as están aplicando, añadir información en otra página.) Nombre: Edad: Curso actual: Pre-K K 1ro 2do 3ro (Seleccione una) (Recuerde completar una solicitud por cada estudiante que desee matricular). Identificar cualquier hermanos/as del solicitante que está inscrito actualmente en BCCS 6. Firma del padre Estoy solicitando para que mi niño pueda asistir a la escuela Beloved Community Charter school ubicada en la Ciudad de Jersey. Certifico que las declaraciones y la información que proporciono en esta solicitud son verdaderas, precisas, y completas. Entiendo que BelovED s caracteriza por días escolares más largos, un código de disciplina fuerte, uniformes, y la participación de los padres. Entiendo que los futuros estudiantes son escogidos según una lotería. También entiendo que si mi niño/a al principio no es seleccionado en la lotería, pasará a formar parte de una lista de espera para el año. Si hay plazas disponibles durante el año, estudiantes serán admitidos de la lista de espera en el orden que fueron seleccionados. Por la presente solicito que usted considere esta solicitud para el siguiente y cualquier lotería subsecuente que sea usada para llenar las plazas disponibles en BelovED para el año escolar Firma del padre o guardian Fecha BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

33 Appendix B ENGLISH & SPANISH MARKETING FLYERS DEMONSTRATING BELOVED S COMMITMENT TO SERVING ALL STUDENTS (Supports Response 2.3.b.) What Makes BelovED Special? BelovED Community Charter School is a free public charter school that, to the limit of its enrollment capacity, accepts New Jersey students regardless of intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or status as a handicapped person. (Jersey City children receive a lottery preference.) Named in honor of Martin Luther King s vision of a community where people care about and help one another, it opened in September 2012 at 508 Grand Street, in the Downtown section of Jersey City. It offered grades K-2 in its first year, and is adding one grade level annually. Terra Nova assessments administered at the beginning and end of last school year revealed that BelovED s First and Second Graders made learning gains in each of the subject areas measured English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies at a pace between one-and-a-half and two times the national average for children their age. This academic success is not surprising. BelovED is the first public school in New Jersey licensing the Sabis Education System: a proven education program that typically results in children pulling substantially ahead of their grade-level peers. Just look at these charts. They show that tenth-graders at an urban Sabis school in Massachusetts who are just like our kids in Jersey City are way-outperforming other tenth graders in Massachusetts on state English (ELA) and Math tests. And consider this: For ten straight years, 100% of the seniors at this Sabis school have been accepted to college. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

34 The Ascend Charter Schools in Brooklyn, New York, also use the Sabis Education Program. The first Ascend Charter School opened in 2008 with 210 very low-income students. By the end of that first September, it had over 1,000 students on its waiting list and the school quickly justified the community s enthusiasm, with students achieving tremendous score increases on national reading and math assessments. Along with a stellar academic program, BelovED offers free, optional, after-school programs, free Saturday enrichment programs, a free, optional summer program, and free bus transportation. Do you want an exceptional school like this for your children? If the answer is yes, then enroll your child right away at There is no penalty for changing your mind later, but if you don t sign up immediately, you may miss your chance because the school is almost full. I believe BelovED is the best choice Jersey City parents can make for their children. Bret Schundler, Former Commissioner of Education for the State of New Jersey and Former Mayor of Jersey City BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

35 Belov ED COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL 508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ VALORES SOLIDOS DESDE EL KINDER HASTA LA ESCUELA SECUNDARIA Inspirado en la visión de Martin Luther King sobre una comunidad donde las personas se ayudan mutuamente, BelovED Community Charter School es una escuela pública gratuita la cual está disponible para los niños de todas partes de Jersey City. En septiembre del 2014, se ofrecerá los grados desde Kinder hasta Cuarto Grado, y se añadirá un grado más por año hasta llegar al doceavo grado. Evaluaciones de Nova Terra administrados al principio 4.00 y al final del año 3.50 escolar pasado, reve laron que nuestros 2.50 estudiantes de Primer y Segundo 1.50 grado, hicieron 1.00 avances académicos 0.50 en cada una de las 0.00 materias evaluadas: Inglés, Matemáticas, Promedio de Adquisición y Conocimientos en BelovED vs. La Norma Nacional Para Los Estudiantes de Edad Similar en Las Materias Básicas. Lectura Matematicas Ciencias Estudios Sociales Instrumento: Resultados de la Evaluación de Habilidades Básicas de Terra Nova National Norm veces más del promedio nacional para los niños de esa edad. Este éxito académico no es sorprendente. BelovED es la primera escuela pública en New Jersey que tiene la licencia del Sistema Educativo Sabis. Sabis es un programa educativo en el cual los niños obtienen más éxito que otros estudiantes en el mismo grado. Para dar un ejemplo, en la escuela Sabis en Springfield, MA, niños del área urbana como nuestros niños de Jersey City, están superando no sólo a sus compañeros en esa comunidad, sino también a los estudiantes en los suburbios más adinerados de Massachusetts (el estado que tiene el nivel más alto de rendimiento académico en las escuelas públicas de los Estados Unidos). ESTUDIANTES, PADRES, Y MAESTROS FELICES El éxito de BelovED se refleja en los altos niveles de satisfacción de los estudiantes, padres / tutores, y los profesores en las encuestas anónimas de fin de año que fueron completadas por internet. Por ejemplo, casi el 99% de los padres expresaron estar de acuerdo o muy de acuerdo con la afirmación: "Estoy satisfecho con la calidad de la educación que BelovED proporciona a mi hijo (s)", y también con la afirmación "Estoy satisfecho con BelovED Community Charter School, en general". La alta tasa de retención de estudiantes y de la facultad docente de BelovED, demuestra la alta satisfacción de cada grupo con la escuela. BelovED BelovED ha reclutado con éxito a maestros con experiencia y de alto rendimiento quienes están entusiasmados con la manera en que se combina un ambiente escolar acogedor con una educación de alto nivel académico. Lea sobre los miembros de la facultad docente en ESTUDIANTES CON ÉXITO Al igual que McNair Academic High School, los estudiantes de BelovED, son económica- diversos. Pero los estudiantes no necesitan altas calificaciones para ser admitidos. BelovED acepta a todos los estudiantes independientemente de la capacidad intelectual, rendimiento y aptitud, o condición como una persona con discapacidad. Los estudiantes se convierten en una familia y logran obtener el éxito. BCCS Encuesta a los Padres P2 Yo estoy satisfecho con BelovED Community Charter School, en general. Muy de acuerdo De acuerdo No estoy de acuerdo Completamente en desacuerdo No lo sé 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% "Creo que esta escuela es la mejor elección que los padres de Jersey City pueden hacer por sus hijos, y me gusta que cada año se añadirá un grado más, además que BelovED proporciona a sus estudiantes una educación excepcional hasta la escuela secundaria". Bret Schundler, ex Comisionado de Educación en NJ y ex alcalde de Jersey City. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report, SY

36 Appendix C ASSURANCE OF CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS (Supports Responses 3.3) July 28, 2014 Mr. David Hespe Commissioner c/o Office of Charter Schools New Jersey Department of Education P.O. Box 500 Trenton, NJ I certify that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the cuniculum at BelovED Community Charter School is in full alignment with the Common Core State Standards. Sincerely, Kelly Convery Lead Person P h o ne: I E m a i I : in be l ovedccs.org BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

37 Appendix D BOARD S SELF-EVALUATION INSTRUMENT (IF AVAILABLE) (Supports Response 6.1.a.) The board s self-evaluation for SY13-14 is not yet available. The board will complete its selfevaluation for SY13-14 at its annual retreat, which has been scheduled for September 18, 2014 so as to give the board an opportunity to first receive SY13-14 NJASK performance data for its students from the NJDOE. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

38 Appendix E SCHOOL LEADER EVALUATION INSTRUMENT (IF AVAILABLE) (Supports Response 6.1.a.) The school leader s performance evaluation for SY13-14 is not yet available. The board will complete its school leader performance evaluation for SY13-14 at its annual retreat, which has been scheduled for September 18, 2014 so as to give the board an opportunity to first receive SY13-14 NJASK performance data for its students from the NJDOE. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

39 Appendix F SY SCHOOL CALENDAR (Supports Response 6.1.b.) School Event No School ½ Day No Aftercare ½ Day With Aftercare September 2014 S M T W T F S November 2014 S M T W T F S January 2015 S M T W T F S May 2015 S M T W T F S October 2014 S M T W T F S December 2014 S M T W T F S February 2015 S M T W T F S April 2015 S M T W T F S June 2015 S M T W T F S Notes & Holidays New Parent Orientation Aug 28, 2014 Orientation Gr. K-1, 1/2 day Sep 2, /2 day no aftercare Sep 3, 2014 Aftercare begins Sep 8, 2014 PTO Meeting Sep 10, 2014 Back to School Night Sep 16, /2 day no aftercare Sep 30, 2014 Terra Nova Gr. K-2 Oct 1-3, /2 day with aftercare Oct 10, 2014 No School Columbus Day Oct 13, /2 day no aftercare Oct 21, /2 Day no aftercare Oct 31, 2014 Picture Day Nov 5, /2 day no aftercare Nov 11, /2 day no aftercare Nov 26, 2014 Thanksgiving Break Nov 27-28, /2 day no aftercare Dec 19, 2014 Winter Break Dec 22-Jan 2 1/2 day no aftercare Jan 13, 2015 MLK In School Service Day Jan 19, 2015 No School Pres Day Feb 16, /2 day with aftercare Feb 26, 2015 Winter Recess Feb 27-Mar 3 PARCC testing Mar 6-18, /2 day with aftercare Mar 20, /2 day no aftercare Mar 24, /2 day no aftercare Apr 3, 2015 Spring Break Apr 6-10, /2 day no aftercare Apr 28, /2 day no aftercare May 5, 2015 PARRC testing May 8-20, /2 day with aftercare May 22, 2015 No school Memorial Day May 25, 2015 Terra Nova Gr. K-2 May 27-29, /2 day with aftercare Jun 9, /2 day Last Day of School Jun 19, 2015 BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

40 Appendix G SCHOOL LEADERSHIP/ADMINISTRATION RESUMES (Supports Response 6.2.b.) Kelly Convery Lead Person (2 Years with BelovED): (201) / Richard Raschdorf School Business Administrator (2 Years with BelovED): (201) / Michele Link Principal-Lead Teacher (2 Years with BelovED): (201) / Vicky DeLeon, Dean of Students (2 Years with BelovED): (201) / Maryan Ibrahim, Supervisor of Special Education (2 Years with BelovED): / BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

41 Kelly Jean Convery Jersey City, NJ Experience: Lead Person Present BelovED Community Charter School, Jersey City, NJ. Head of Primary School: Academic Quality Control International School of Choueifat, Bahrain Primary School Student Body 400+, Teachers 30+ Key Responsibilities: Demonstrated support of instructional strategies for classroom management and effective learning with the use of scope and sequence, pacing charts, use of testing data, instructional methods and student outcomes. Monitoring students academic progress by analyzing the academic reports of all exam results on a weekly basis. All followup actions were recorded and documented in students files and record books; parent meetings, director and heads of department notes, and student advising. Trained staff to develop new teachers and continue support of returning staff. Weekly and term meetings with feedback prioritized for continuous professional development and training. Liaison with the Student Life Coordinator regarding academic issues (study groups, prefects, shadow teaching, academic clubs, events ) Maintaining and conducting weekly meetings with the Director, Heads of Departments, Office Manager, SLC & teachers (by subject or by grade level) Dean of Students; Activities and Academic Development Directed course development with criteria for alignment and use with scope and sequence for EC-12 grades. Administered academic schedules, school wide standardized testing for EC - 8 th grade Implemented review- Self Study for accreditation by TCCED. Expanded student activities and services;15 student organizations, 36 student events, 2 student awards programs, and participation in 3 national organizations Administered faculty development and enrichment Instructional strategies and method implementation RTI; Response to Intervention Strengthened community partnerships with the University of Incarnate Word Elementary/Middle School Instructor; Math, Science, History, Taught general education and students with learning challenges within a mainstreamed, inclusive classroom. Consistently commended for ability to redirect students replacing disruptive, unproductive patterns with positive behaviors and maintaining a supportive collaborative approach in the classroom which led to increased learning. Exceeding standards and goals in areas including technology integration across the curriculum, experiential learning, literacy and diversity. Served on school committees and task forces focused on curriculum development, textbook review, fund raising and antibullying efforts. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

42 Legislative Aide Assistant; Texas House of Representatives Education & Credentials Saint Mary s University San Antonio, Texas MA Educational Leadership, Summa Cum Laude (current- completed all course work) Dean s List for Academic Excellence University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain Certification Hispanic Studies and Language University of BA History; Liberal Arts Texas Generalist Teacher Certification (Grades EC-6) Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center Mediation Training (8 hours, 2010) Pax United Peer Mediation course and Facilitator Training mediation program at campus level. (21 hours ) Completion of Guidance Workshop for School Administrators (6 hours, 2006, 2009) NCTA Seminar on Teaching about Asia (31 Hours, 2007) Professional Participation and Awards Awarded Scholarship for Trinity Scholars teaching in connection with the Asia Freeman Association program Korea Foundation Program Teacher Selection for Korean Summer Institute Seoul, South Korea Kennedy Community Service School Grant Recipient , 2006 Institute of International Education Teachers to KSA(sponsored by Saudi Aramco) Toyota Teachers to the Galapagos Islands; Research and Curriculum Development; alternate References: Brian Johnson, ISC Manama; School Director; Jeanette Salinas, St. Peter Prince School; Vice Principal; Annie Rivera, Region 10; Bilingual/ESL/Migrant Education Consultant Dan Ochoa, University of Incarnate Word; Dean of University Preparatory Programs; BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

43 RICHARD J. RASCHDORF 76 Malcolm Avenue Garfield, New Jersey Home: Cell: CAREER SUMMARY Hands on professional with broad based experience in accounting and operations in a manufacturing, distribution and educational environments. Proven history directing cash management activities and at preparing/presenting financial statements/reports. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE BelovED Community Charter School, Jersey City, New Jersey New Jersey approved K-2 charter school. Increasing grade level every year through 5 th Grade Pres School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Implemented and established systems, policies and controls for finance and accounting, purchasing, payroll, operations, technology and human resources. Coordinator for all governmental reporting including but not limited to NCLB, IDEA, NJ SMART. Manage 34,000 sq. ft. facility including custodial and security staffing and responsibilities. Board Secretary to Board of Trustees. Report to Board on all financial and operation matters. Implement school policies as approved by the board. BelovED Community Charter School, Jersey City, New Jersey New school in application phase seeking approval from New Jersey Department of Education to open as Charter School. Volunteer Assisted outside consultant in the preparation of requirements required by the New Jersey Department of Education for establishment as a charter school. This assistance included but not limited to policies involving staffing, licensing and credentialing, finance, payroll, human resources and school policy. QUAESTOR CONSULTING LLC, Garfield, New Jersey Provider of accounting and tax services for small businesses and charter schools Pres Principal Maintain client s day to day accounting needs for management reporting purposes. Recommend to clients changes in procedures to streamline operation. Prepare client s financial statements for presentation to outside agencies. Act as liaison to client s auditor and/or tax accountant. WASHINGTON ACADEMY, Cedar Grove, New Jersey State-approved private school for students with behavioral and learning disabilities spanning 40 school districts with 70 faculty/staff. Business Manager Reviewed and evaluated financial reporting system for functionality. Designed new internal controls for accurate reporting of all financial transactions. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

44 Prepared financial statements and all monthly management reports for use by the Board of Directors, external parties and governmental agencies. Created yearly budget and monitored against actual results. Established forecast based on actual results and future spending needs in accordance with government guidelines. Coordinated quarterly and annual audits with external partners. PLAN C, LLC, New York, New York Athlete s Foot Stores franchisee with 20 locations, 200 employees, and $25M in annual revenue. Controller Directed day-to-day financial and accounting operations. Oversaw payroll processing, payables/receivables, and consolidated financial reporting. Coordinated compliance reporting and audit activities. Prepared business forecasts and operating business plans. Spearheaded design of back-office operations, including financial systems and infrastructure to manage transactions reporting, benefits administration, and insurance programs. Led deployment of Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains along with FRx Reporting that streamlined financial reporting to within 1 business day while reducing manpower requirements. Directed day-to-day financial and accounting operations. Oversaw payroll processing, payables/receivables, and consolidated financial reporting. Coordinated compliance reporting and audit activities. Prepared business forecasts M. ROTHMAN & CO., Ramsey, New Jersey Electronics products wholesaler with 70 employees and $60M in sales. Controller Managed team of 5 financial professionals through general ledger, accounting, treasury, financial reporting, inventory management, balance sheet reconciliation, and accounts payable activities. Provided financial support for the company s human relations function such as: company fringe plans (i.e. insurance, 401k, and payroll. Collaborated with HR leadership to support insurance, retirement, and other joint HR Finance initiatives. GM DESIGN GROUP, LTD., Edison, New Jersey Manufacturer of branded women s apparel with $60M in yearly sales. Controller Led 4-person team in all facets of financial operations, including month-end close, financial statement preparation, inventory accounting, accounts payables, and financial reporting. Established and managed relationships with financial institutions to negotiate letters of credit and payment terms. Slashed interest expenses by improving cash flow, enabling reductions to lines of credit. Instituted new tools, such as journal entry system, and processes that cut monthly close cycle time to 8 days. ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE As Assistant Controller with Kasper A.S.L : Senior Accountant with J. Crew , Inc.; as Accounts Receivable Manager with Clancy-Paul, Inc ; as Credit Manager with M. Grumbacher, Inc ; as Senior Auditor with North American Philips Lighting Corp ; as an Accountant with The American Board of Trade ; and as Financial Accountant with Texaco, Inc ; as an Accounting Clerk with Englert Metals Corp BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

45 CERTIFICATIONS NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND CERTIFICATE IN FINANCIAL PLANNING, 2010 New Jersey City University, Jersey City, New Jersey Master of Science in Accounting, 1999 St. Peter s College, Jersey City, New Jersey Bachelor of Arts in History, 1975 Alliance College, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

46 Michele Link 159 Pearsall Avenue Jersey City, NJ (201) Objective To secure a position within an educational setting, where extensive teaching and administrative experience would be needed. Professional Highlights and Accomplishments July 2011 to December 2011 Lead Teacher Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School, Jersey City, NJ Special Duties Meet with teachers to interpret and help implement the school's curriculum; support teachers in the use of new methods and materials; assist in the construction and evaluation of classroom testing instruments; assist in the planning of workshops and other in-service programs to help raise the level of instructional performance; med perioui,;ally with the principal to discuss new materials, programs and evaluate present progmms; assist teachers in the evaluation of all students; and meets and confers with parents as necessary. Member of the following committees: Character Education, Intervention & Referral Services, and Curriculum. July 2005 to June 2011 Principal St. Patrick & Assumption/All Saints School, Jersey City, NJ Special Duties Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the School; supervising, evaluating, and developing all professional and support staff; scheduling, planning and conducting staff meetings; checking grade books and plan books; compiling summer reading list; ordering text books/workbooks and supplies; managing and advocating for students with Jersey City Board of Education and Archdiocese of Newark in handling Title monies and student services; and analyzing student achievement data. September 2000 to June 2005 Teaching Vice-Principal Assumption/All Saints School, Jersey City, NJ Special Duties School reading coordinator, detention moderator, curriculum coordinator, Technology coordinator. annual Walk-a-thnn moderator, And member ofthe Ilomc/School Association. Scheduling, planning and conducting statimeetings along with the principal, checking grade books and plan books, compiling summer reading list, ordering and distributing all text books/workbooks and other school supplies, planning and organizing Scholastic Book Fair and BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

47 Read Across America, promoting NJ Governor's Book Club, making all arrangements with the city each year for the Walk-a-ihon fundraiscr, including organizing a t-shht contest. September 1992 to June 2005 Full time elementary school teacher Assumption/All Saints School, Jersey City, NJ Grade K ( ) - All subjects and reading groups Grade 1 ( ) -All subjects and reading groups Grade 7 ( )- Social Studies, English - Gr. 7 & 8; Reading, Spelling, Religion - Gr. 7 Grade 8 ( ) - Math and Reading - Gr. 7 & 8; English, Religion, Spelling - Gr. 8 Preparing students (and parents) for high school COOP entrance examination, high school applications and graduation program_ Preparing seventh graders for Terra Nova Writing Test. Teaching in After-school Program. Accomplishments Integrated social studies, language and computers in the writing of school reports. Initiated and taught students Microsoft Word and Power Point. Peer tutoring moderator, Yearbook moderator and Volleyball coach. 2004/2005 Assumption/All Saints Parish Transition Team- Secretary 1996/1997 to 2010/2011 Chairperson of the Middle States Study Supervised all aspects of the Middle States Self Study including organizing meetings, delegating tasks, writing, proofreading and working with the visiting team. Input information onto Middle States website. Chair three year reviews since accreditation. Education and Awards Seton Hall University Master of Arts- Supervision and Administration State ofnew Jersey Supervision and Administration Certificate of Eligibility issued New Jersey City University Master of Arts- Reading Specialist Program State ofnew Jersey Reading Specialist Certificate issued 12/96 Syracuse University Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education State ofnew Jersey Elementary School Teacher Certificate issued 9/91 Empire Who's Who Archdiocese of Newark Outstanding Educator Cutler family Scholar, Hekn M. Hall Scholar, Edwim1 M. McBrier Scholar BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

48 VICTORIA DE LEON 255 Broadway, Unit Bayonne, New Jersey (551) EDUCATION o Princeton University: Bachelor of Arts in English, May 2005 o Seton Hall University: Master of Education, May 2010 o Seton Hall University: NJ K-12 Supervisor Certificate, Expected 11/2013 o Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing: English PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Dean of Students Beloved Community Charter School; Jersey City, New Jersey 2012-present Manage and enforce school behavioral expectations, values and school rules. Assist staff with the creation and alignment of classroom student behavioral expectations and classroom management plans. Serve as a resource to staff regarding student management issues. Collaborate with staff, administrators, and parents through the response to intervention process. Assist in the planning, developing, and implementation of student behavior plans for students in need. Confer with students and administer appropriate consequences. Openly communicate with staff and parents/guardians regarding student behavior. Collaborate with the school social worker and Special Education Supervisor to create and maintain research-based behavioral interventions and train faculty and staff in those interventions. Manage the documentation of student behavior through the student management system. Attend appropriate meetings regarding student growth and success (IEP and 504 workshops, RtI meetings, parent meetings, expulsion hearings, etc). Compile, analyze, and share student discipline data regularly, and use that data to make decisions. Reading Teacher, ELA Department Head Great Oaks Charter School; Newark, New Jersey Established, communicated, and demanded high expectations for student learning, and quality of work. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

49 Used a multitude of instructional strategies and activities that are academically rigorous and highly engaging. Executed detailed lesson plans mapped to a year-long academic plan to address learning needs. Consistently worked to respond to students learning needs and positively reinforce and motivate students. Tracked and analyzed student data to identify student learning needs and set ambitious, attainable goals for student progress. Plan and implement strategies to achieve targets related to student learning outcomes. Worked collaboratively with the principal and other teachers to develop and revise curriculum based on assessment data. Led weekly professional development meetings providing best practices, instructional reading strategies and data analysis. Supervised students during homeroom, lunch, and classroom transitions. Director, Saturday Academy Great Oaks Charter School; Newark, New Jersey Aligned learning objectives to NJ standards and NJ Ask objectives Managed and supervised a team of two teachers and fourteen tutors in the preparation, administration, execution, and achievement of academy objectives. Kept track of diagnostic data, testing scores and exit slip data for math and reading classes. Responsible for the maintenance and organization of curriculum materials and the tracking of staff and student attendance and performance. Reading & Language Arts Teacher Saint Francis Academy; Union City, New Jersey Taught Reading and Language Arts to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, as well as serving as homeroom teacher for 7th graders. Support a balanced reading program and steadily increased student performance on the CTB/McGraw-Hill administered Writing Assessment through the implementation of reading and writing workshops. Prepared objectives and outlines for course study, following curriculum guidelines and state standards. Administered standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine student strengths and areas of need. Integrated technology into curriculum, utilizing Internet resources to supplement lessons and develop students researching skills. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

50 English Teacher-- University Academy High School; Jersey City, New Jersey Taught British Literature and World Literature to juniors and seniors as well as serving as an academic advisor and after-school tutor. Engaged students in the learning process and fostered academic growth through the use of thematic units, varied teaching strategies, student-centered lessons, small group, whole class and individual learning. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Standardized Writing Assessment Holistic Writing Workshop o High School Proficiency Assessment Preparation o Working with At-Risk Students o Power School Training o SABIS Educational Systems Licensee Leadership Training o NJ Charter School Association workshop: Collaborative Design: Including All Voices and Visions o Crisis Prevention Institute workshop: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

51 Maryan Ibrahim 48 Park Gate Drive Edison, NJ EDUCATION: New Jersey City University: Jersey City, New Jersey Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education- May 2012 Rutgers, The State University of NJ: Newark, NJ Bachelor of Arts: Jan 2009 Major: Psychology, Education CERTIFICATIONS: Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-5 Teacher of Students With Disabilities EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE: BelovED Community Charter School, Jersey City, NJ Supervisor of Special Education, Sep Present Lady Liberty Academy Charter School, Newark, NJ Resource Room Teacher- K-5 Aug Jun 2011 Modeled Lucy Calkins methods to teaching reading and writing based on the Workshop Model Enhanced reading skills through whole class lessons and maintained Guided Reading groups Created lessons that met individualized Education Plans through conferencing and assessing Used manipulatives in Everyday Mathematics Established an independent classroom environment by ensuring consistent techniques and routines used throughout the day Exercised cooperative learning strategies Gray Charter School, Newark, NJ Classroom Teacher- Grade 4 Jan Jun 2010 Facilitated activities and discussions that develop positive identities, values, social skills, and commitment to life long learning Implemented learning centers and performed guided reading Enhanced students' learning through storytelling and drama Rutgers University, Newark, NJ Education Department Dec 2007 Jan 2009 Video recorded math coaches and elementary math classrooms in 20 schools districts Developed field notes and observed interaction of teacher and students; teacher and teacher/coach; and student and student Sussex Avenue Public School, Newark, NJ Student Teacher- Grade 3 Sep 2008 Dec 2008 Designed and implemented individualized lessons to promote written expression Facilitated student discussions on resolving conflicts with friends ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Lucille Roberts Health Club, Linden, NJ Assistant Manager/Desk Personnel May 2004-Aug 2010 Received Highest Sales Award for most new membership sign-ups for 2005 Responsible for payroll maintenance and distribution, training of new employees, and quality customer service Special Skills Fluent t in Arabic and English, excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to interact and interface with people on all levels and of all backgrounds, trained in Burst: Early Intervention Reading Program. BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

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53 Appendix I SURVEY DATA From Parent Survey (Anonymous Online Survey Completed By Parents at Year-End) BelovED Community Charter School Annual Report SY

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