Right to Know
Requests under OPRA must be addressed to Mastery Schools of Camden’s Custodian of Records at:
Michael Patron, Compliance and Regulatory Officer
Mastery Charter Schools – NST Office
5700 Wayne Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Description of Mastery ’s programs for students with English Language Learners and guarantee of full access for students and parents with limited English skills.
Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services and Programs for Students with Disabilities.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
HARASSMENT INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING RESOURCES
For additional HIB resources, please visit the New Jersey Department of Education’s resource page.
NJDOE’s State School Climate Coordinator can be contacted at [email protected].
Anti-Bullying Coordinator – Saliyah Cruz
Cramer Hill Elementary – Todd Orange
East Camden Middle School – Lynette Padin-Reyes
Mastery High School of Camden – Nathan Gibson
McGraw Elementary – Tianna Kilgore
Molina Lower Elementary – Shadonna Charleston
Molina Upper Elementary – Jolon McNeil
More information about HIB Grades can be found on the NJDOE website at http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/behavior/hib/guidance/
Student Athletes must pursue a full time curriculum defined by Mastery Charter School. Students cannot carry below 65% in two (2) or more classes at any time, including half credit courses. In order to try out for a team, student athletes must meet the semester grade requirements listed below. Once a student athlete makes a team, then their eligibility will be assessed weekly by the Athletic Director and approved by the Principal according to the process below.
Student athletes will be withheld from competition if they are deemed ineligible by the Athletic Director in the weekly reports sent via email to faculty and administration. Students are permitted to attend practices and team meetings at the discretion of the Athletic Director and Head Coach while ineligible for competition but can be withheld from practice to attend teacher office hours or study hall sessions. In collaboration with student-athletes’ teachers, Athletic Directors are able to reinstate student athletes for competition when the student meets Mastery eligibility standards.
In order to try out for a team, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Fall Sports: Students are eligible to try out for a fall sport if they have successfully matriculated to the next grade.
- Winter Sports: Students are eligible to try out for winter sports if their cumulative RP 1 cumulative average is 65%
- Spring Sports: Students are eligible to try out for spring sports if their cumulative semester 1 grade (RP 1, 2 & 3) is at least a 65%
Process for weekly eligibility student-athlete checks:
- At the beginning of each playing season, ADs will enter individual team rosters into the Activity Center in eSchool.
- Each week via email, Athletic Directors will send out team rosters and away game schedules to their campus faculty including the Principal, APO, APSC, and API.
- Due to the unpredictability of timing of entering grades as well as the nightly updates of the gradebooks in eSchool, the eSchool Cognos failure report will be used as a starting point to determine eligibility at each campus. ADs will run reports using that system starting at week 3 during in each reporting period. After week 3, in each weekly email, ADs will send the team rosters who are eligible, as well as the list of students who are ineligible. They will request additional feedback from faculty that may not be included in the eSchool reporting system.
- Faculty will provide athletic directors with supporting academic information (grades, homework, participation, etc) to assist the athletic director to determine weekly eligibility according to Mastery Student Athlete Eligibility standards.
- Athletic Directors will check player eligibility weekly using this process by Tuesday morning at 9:30am.
If a student athlete has a cumulative average below a 65% at the end of any reporting period, that student is ineligible for participation in athletics for 10 school days at the beginning of the next RP. This includes:
- No practice for the first 10 school days
- The student will be allowed to start practicing with the team after 10 school days as long as they are passing a minimum of four classes after the 10 days. If they are not eligible for competition the initial 10 school days, then they will be reassessed weekly within the normal eligibility checks and can be reinstated for competition by the Athletic Director when they meet the Mastery Eligibility Standards.
Student Athlete Weekly Ineligibility includes:
- The student will not play in or dress for any games until they are reinstated by the Athletic Director.
- The student is allowed to practice with the team as long as they meet all teacher requirements for office hours, homework help or missed work prior to practice.
- The student is not allowed to be dismissed early from school for games.
- The student is not allowed to travel with the team.
Athletic participation is a privilege and school culture violations can result in suspension of participation. Ineligibility as a result of behavior will be determined by the Athletic Director, Principal, and Assistant Principal of School Culture. The APSC will send the Athletic Director the names of any student athletes who have received a behavior violation, and the consequences will be as follows;
- If a student receives one Level II violation, the Principal, Assistant Principal of School Culture, and/or Athletic Director / MS Athletic Coordinator may elect to suspend a student from competition. A student in this scenario may continue to practice with his/her team, but should not travel nor attend the game.
- If a student receives a second Level II, then they will be suspended from two games. (No travel. Not allowed at the game).
- If a student receives a third Level II, The Principal, Assistant Principal of School Culture, and Athletic Director / MS Athletic Coordinator are expected to meet and determine if the student should be removed from the team for the duration of the season. If the answer is “no”, specific criteria should be communicated to the student / family regarding expectations to be able to continue as an active player.
- If a student receives one Level III violation, then they will be suspended from competition for the remainder of that season. (No travel. Not allowed at the games). A student in this scenario may continue to practice with his/her team for the remainder of the current athletic season with approval from the Principal, Assistant Principal of School Culture, and/or Athletic Director / MS Athletic Coordinator.
- Any student who is sent to Wayne Academy will not be eligible to compete while attending that campus (No travel. Not allowed at the games), unless the student was sent for reasons unrelated to behavioral violations or disciplinary action. A student attending Wayne Academy may continue to practice with his/her team with approval from the Principal, Assistant Principal of School Culture, and/or Athletic Director / MS Athletic Coordinator.
- A student who returns to his/her home campus after fulfilling requirements at Wayne Academy may rejoin his/her team with full eligibility upon reinstatement, provided all restorative expectations have been met to the satisfaction of the Principal and Assistant Principal of School Culture.
- A student absent on the day of a game or practice will not be allowed to play in that day’s game or participate in that day’s practice. Exception – the absence is a non-medical, excused absence.
- A student arriving late on the day of a game will not be eligible for early dismissal, and will not be allowed to play in that day’s game or travel (if lateness is not an excused lateness).
- A student who is absent for 20 or more days during Report Periods 1 through 3 or Report Periods 3 through 4 may be ineligible to play in any games until they have been in attendance for 45 school days following the student’s 20th day of absence. The athletic director and coach will assess the circumstances for absence and make a ruling that is in accordance with the athletic association’s bylaws.
Mastery Schools of Camden has organized a Special Education Advisory Group as forum for parents to provide input to the schools on issues concerning students with disabilities. We welcome the participation of all parents. The group will meet 3-4 times a school year.
The mission of the Special Education Advisory Group is to facilitate communication between parents, school staff and the community regarding Mastery’s special education programs.
Please note this is not a forum for discussion about individual students or their IEPs. Topics are limited to those that impact all students or a group of students.
Role of the Parent Advisory Group:
To provide input on the policies, programs, and practices that impact services and supports of students with disabilities.
To increase the involvement of families of Children with Special needs
To advise on issues that affect the education, health, safety of students with Special Needs
HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH POLICY (MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ACT)
Mastery Schools recognizes the multiplicity of challenges most homeless, displaced, and doubled-up families encounter, and understand our responsibility to resolve some of the issues they face. Mastery Schools also realizes the availability of resources in any emergency may make the difference between success and failure in school. The below memorandums are designed to help school personnel access the services provided by Mastery Schools for all homeless students. Please disseminate the information to all concerned staff.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, now part of the Improving America’s Schools Act (Public Law 103-382) and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, guarantees a free and appropriate public education for homeless/displaced children and youth. BEC 42 U.S.C. & 11301 outlines procedures for deciding school placement, enrolling students, and determining fiscal responsibility. Federal and state laws make our accountability clear. With an estimated 10,000 homeless students currently attending Philadelphia public schools, we must provide appropriate academic support and services.
Please contact your school’s social work team if you need additional resources.