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Western New York Maritime Charter School

Western New York Maritime Charter School

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Best practices report on Western New York Maritime Charter School's exploring innovative and effective school strategies.
Best practices report on Western New York Maritime Charter School's exploring innovative and effective school strategies.

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 The Best Practices Initiative:
 Exploring what works in education in Buffalo and beyond 
 
The
 Best Practices Initiative
explores effective school policies at the local and nationallevels. Buffalo ReformED will invite schools, education groups, and policy makers toshare information and innovative practices in an effort to improve achievement andeducational outcomes for all Buffalo students.We conduct research at the local level, touring public, private, parochial, and charter schools in an effort to identify effective policies in the following areas of interest:attendance, parental involvement, discipline, teacher/administrative evaluations, and professional development,. We will expand our research to look at national trends,identifying pilot projects, models, and policies that have been successful across thecountry.The individual school-based reports and national reports will be organized into acompendium, creating a platform for the sharing of relevant strategies and policies.Parents, community members, and elected officials must look beyond the status quo for solutions in education reform, and by generating awareness around the practices and policies that work, Buffalo ReformED will push for effective solutions.
 
S
chool Facts
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ame: Western
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ew York Maritime Charter SchoolType of School: Charter SchoolGrades: 9-12Total Enrollment 2010-2011: 325Student Stability: 94%Demographic Information
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:Demographic Factors(2009-10)# Of Students % Of StudentsEligible for FreeLunch221 68%Reduced Price Lunch 28 9%Limited EnglishProficient9 3%
I. Attendance
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The New York State School Report Card.
 Accountability and Overview Report 2009- 2010.
February 5, 2011: https://reportcards.nysed.gov/files/2009-10/AOR-2010-140600860863.pdf 
Racial/Ethnic Origin(2009-10)# Of Students % Of StudentsAmerican Indian or Alaska
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ative0 0 %Black or African American 239 74%Hispano or Latino 33 10%Asian or 
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ative Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0 %White 40 12%Asian or 
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ative Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0 0 %Multiracial 13 4%
 
Annual Attendance Rate: 93%
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 Attendance policy overview:The attendance policy is marked by clear procedures and consequences. Any latenessearns a student extra instruction, or detention after school, and frequent absenteeismresults in a letter, and formal hearing process if the issue continues. There is a concertedeffort made to address root causes of absenteeism, and align support services to helpcombat challenges the student may face. The attendance policy is unique in that absencesare tracked on a per class basis, rather than a daily basis; this ensures that students whoarrive late and consistently miss the same class do not fall behind, even though they arein attendance for the remainder of the day.
Guiding Questions How do you take attendance each day?
The attendance policy is clearly outlined on the website, and made known to students, parents, and teachers before the start of every year. Attendance is taken electronicallyusing the e-school system. An automated call goes out to homes of absent students at 10am, and again at 6 pm. The attendance policy was recently tightened; absences tracked ona per class basis. They can miss no more than 12 days of class a semester, and 24 duringthe year. Using the per-class basis ensures that students are attending each class, and notmissing some more frequently due to lateness in the morning. A letter is sent home if astudent misses 6 days, and a formal hearing with the student and parent is conducted atthe 12-day mark. Another letter is sent home at day 18, and another formal hearing at 25days. A lateness prompts an automatic detention, and 5 days of lateness promptsmandatory Saturday school.
 Do you employ attendance teachers?
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o one staff member is charged with attendance duties, rather the dean and entire staff uniformly enforce the policy, with understood and clear-cut consequences.
 Do you call parents of absent students in the morning?
Automated calls are made to parents at 10 am and 6 pm if a student is absent.
 Do you have strategies to boost attendance?
Teachers and staff use positive behavior incentives to help boost attendance. Teacherscelebrate and recognize students with perfect attendance. The importance of attendance isstressed in the student¶s orientation before the start of the year. The school¶s policy onabsences is clear, and consequences of repeated absenteeism are uniformly enforced so
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