Award Year: 2014

Anna E. Barry Elementary School

44 Connell Street
Chicopee, MA, 01020-1499

(413) 594-3425

Mr. Jonathan Paul Endelos, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. David Drugan, Current Principal

Title I School

Chicopee

School Website

Mission

Barry School is dedicated to providing high quality instruction that meets the needs of all students so they become successful members of the community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 20%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 14%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Hands-on small group instruction is the center of student learning

Hands-on small group instruction is the center of student learning

Anna E. Barry School is an urban K-5 elementary school with an enrollment of approximately 450 students. The student population is made up of approximately 20% Special Education Learners, and 16% English Language Learners. In addition, an inclusive K-5 district autism program allows students to experience a diverse educational setting where student similarities and differences are embraced and explored as part of the curriculum.

The staff is made up of an incredibly dedicated group of selfless professionals who have committed themselves to the continued success of all students. Beginning on day one of kindergarten through grade five, students are exposed to high quality teaching and learning opportunities where the staff strives to challenge learners no matter their academic level.

Classroom instruction takes place primarily through differentiated small group instruction, and is reinforced through differentiated centers and integrated technology including classroom iPads. Through partnered and guided activities, students explore, refine, and review teacher assigned skills which allows students to learn, review and master much of the presented small group curricula.

The building wide focus to provide classroom teachers additional time and opportunities to meet with their Interventionists has truly paid dividends. Throughout the school year, scheduled faculty meeting time and two instructional days are utilized for Intervention Meetings. In these meetings, staff members review data on an individual student basis in order to make informed decisions on how best to 'drive instruction’ in order to continue challenging all learners. These meetings have proven successful methods to improve student learning.