Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, all Berlin Area School District students will start school at 9 am every Wednesday instead of the usual 7:55 am, 7:50 am, and 8:10 am start times. The doors to both the middle and high school will be locked for students until 8:40 am. This extra time allows for much-needed teacher professional development hours to help improve teacher practices leading to increased student achievement. The District administration developed this plan after extensively researching increased consistent professional development time throughout the year and its positive effects on academic achievement. In their research, they found “that districts who averaged 49 hours or more of collaborative professional development time saw ‘a positive and significant effect’ on student achievement. Districts that spent an average of 30 hours a year saw no effect on student learning (US Department of Education, 2007).” “Our district is a continuous improvement district focused on staff development and student achievement. This new schedule allows for that critical collaboration time for staff to ensure student success,” remarked Dr. Bob Eidahl District Administrator.
The Berlin Area School District understands that changing school schedules can be challenging for families, so the administrators formed a community partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Tri-County Area to open the Sparks Club CLC on late-start days for elementary students and regular Club activities for middle school students. The Club will offer enrichment activities and breakfast during this time. “The Club welcomes this opportunity to collaborate with the Berlin Area School District, to provide families with a safe, educational and fun place for students before school,” said Jason Presto, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Tri-County Area. Late Start programming will be offered free-of-charge to all families and students will be bused from the Club to school at 8:40 am. Sparks Club is for students ages 6 to 5th grade.
Additionally, Clay Lamberton will also offer Cougar Care which is designed for working parents of young children. Cougar Care is structured supervision provided at Clay Lamberton beginning at 7:30 am. There is a $15 fee per month for all participants. Breakfast will be served at 8:40 am for students who participate in Cougar Care. Cougar Care is open to all Clay Lamberton students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Why is the school district not offering the programming at the school instead of at the Club?
The Club is already set up to provide for enrichment programming. Additionally, teachers and other staff will be using their classrooms for the professional development opportunities, so space constraints will not allow the school district to offer programming at school.
How much does this cost our family to go to the Club?
All Clay Lamberton and middle school students can attend the Club during late-starts as a “Wednesday only member,” free-of-charge. All students who attend will need a parent-signed release on file however.
How does breakfast work?
All students who are at the Club by 8:15 am are provided a light breakfast.
What if I want to drop my child at the Club?
You are welcome to drive your child to the club any time between 7:30 and 8:35 am to receive enrichment programming and then catch the bus to school. Students must be at the Club by 8:15 am in order to be able to eat breakfast however.
What other schools use a late start schedule?
Ripon and Omro are two local districts who also use a late-start model. Many other districts in the state do as well.
What if I have additional questions?
All additional questions about late start details can be directed to Carrie McCarthy, Family and Community Partnership Coordinator 920-361-5458 or email@example.com.