Michael J. Perkins Elementary School
Community Day of Scholars
Craig Martin, Principal
June 19th 2015
We would like to first thank you for being a supportive member of the MJP Family.
Our children would not have experienced the joys and successes without your
investment in their lives.
Today… We Affirm! We Celebrate! We Dream! Thank You!
Here is Our Story in 2015!
• When we started the school year, we were a Level 3 School that was
consideration for Level 4 based upon low growth and achievement on MCAS for
the last 3 years! We had a state rating of 3 out of 99, which means 96% of schools
in Massachusetts are higher performing than the MJP.
• Last year’s Grade 3, 4, and 5 students achieved the highest Composite
Performance score in Science in 4 years and highest Composite Performance
score in Math in 3 years!
• 65% or 2 out of every 3 students are now reading on grade level in comparison to
just 49% or 1 out of every 2 students who were reading on grade level
(Improvement of 16% for the school year). Another 11% of our students were just
1 reading level away from being on grade level!
• Last school year our students averaged 1.3 on Open Response Writing, a very
important aspect of literacy—nationally. We started the school year with an
Open Response average of 1.6 out of 4.0 points. We ending the school year with
an Open Response average of 2.1 out of 4.0 points (Improvement of 0.5 points on
our school average).
• Please see how Grades K2 and First Grade students performed on BPS Math
Assessments this school year:
Math
Performance
K2
First Grade

October 2015

October 2015

June 2015

June 2015

Passing

Proficient/
Advanced

Passing

Proficient/
Advanced

12.5%
37%

0%
20%

90%
70%

46%
35%

• My Achievement Network or ANET is a national curriculum and assessment
organization that develops and assesses student performance on rigorous
Common Core State Standards for students in Grades 2nd thru High School. It is
believed that performance on ANET is a good predictor of how students will
perform on state assessments. Please see the chart which shows how we
compared to schools nationally:

• Mr. Michael Coughlin, Grade 5 Teacher was named BPS Digital Champion for his
technology genius!
• Ms. Mary Balaconis, Physical Education Teacher, was instrumental in our school
being named the #2 Get Biking Champions in BPS, receiving a $1,000 microgrant
for our 100 mile club which led to the first annual Southie Schools 5k. The MJP
students walked over 3,000 miles, which is the equivalent to walking to Los
Angeles, California!!!
We know our school will continue to thrive because we are one of the Best Schools
in Boston! Our data tells the story and so should you! We need your help over the
summer. Don’t let all this hard work go to waste, have your child read every day.
Research indicates that students who read texts on their level for at least 21 minutes
a day score in the 90th percentile on state and national assessments! Please take
advantage of many free opportunities across the City of Boston that help your child
stay sharp in math, science, art, and LIFE! We Love You and we look forward to
welcoming you back on September 8th 2015!!! Have a great summer!