All Berlin Area School District students will start school at 9 am most Wednesdays instead of the usual 7:50 am start times. The doors to Clay Lamberton, middle and high school will be locked for students until 8:45 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. Carl Cartwright Superintendent.
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 8:30 am for students who participate in Cougar Care. Cougar Care is open to all Clay Lamberton students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
How much does this cost our family to go to the Club?
Late Start will be free for those enrolled in Sparks Club (those that attend after-school programming at Club). There will be a $25 activity fee for 6-year old-5th grade students who are not currently enrolled, but wish to utilize the Club for Late Start only. Late Start will be $5/per day (drop-in) for middle school students OR parent/guardian may pay $50 for the entire school year to utilize care on Late Starts. No student will be turned away for an inability to pay.
How does breakfast work?
Breakfast will be served from 7-7:30 am at Sparks Club. Regular school breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 am for all other students.
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 that 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, Director of Communications 920-361-5458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.