Davis Street Kids Give Up Vacation Days to Study for CMTs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
 
CONTACT:
Christopher Hoffman
203-946-8450
 
DAVIS STREET KIDS, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS GIVE UP VACATION TO STUDY FOR CMTS
Davis Street Arts and Academics Magnet School students, teachers and administrators are giving up vacation days this week to bone up for the upcoming Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs).
 
Parents volunteered to bring their kids to CMT camp at the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  today and yesterday to study for the tests. Teachers agreed to come to school during February vacation to help students brush up on math, reading and writing.
 
“I am impressed and inspired by the determination and dedication of these kids, teachers and administrators,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “Instead of taking it easy, they are volunteering to attend school during vacation to do better on the CMTs. Their commitment to excel is in the spirit of our School Change Initiative reforms.
 
“This camp helps us attain our School Change Initiative goals of closing the achievement gap, halving the dropout rate and assuring New Haven’s kids are academically prepared for college.”
 
          The CMT camp on Tuesday was attended by 88 kids. Students coming to the camp are 8 to 12 years old and attend 3rd to 7th grade.
          The school will hold additional CMT camp sessions on Saturday, February 26 and Saturday, March 5. The tests will be given starting March 7.
          Davis is a magnet school serving about 460 kids from pre-kindergarten to 7th grade.
***END***