John Barry Elementary School
John Barry Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut (CT)
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John Barry Elementary School in Meriden, CT

John Barry
Elementary School

124 Columbia Street
Meriden, CT 06451
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Principal's Message

A message from Dan Crispino, Principal of John Barry     


I am honored to be serving my second year as the Principal of John Barry Elementary School for the 2017-2018 school year.

The 2016-2017 school year proved to be a tremendous year that was recognized across the district, state, and country. John Barry Elementary School was selected as a 2017 Model School for making dramatic and innovative improvements in learning by the International Center for Leadership in Education.

John Barry Elementary School continued to make exceptional gains in literacy and mathematics as well as improving chronic absenteeism. John Barry ranked 2nd out of 1,022 schools in growth (+13) on the State Accountability Index.

In many instances, Barry’s student growth data exceeded district targets and state averages.  SBAC Spring 2015, SBAC Spring 2016, and SBAC Spring 2017 results for Barry in ELA exceeded state growth percentages.  Equally important was that climate data reflected a strong school culture.

The positive changes in school culture, which have created a welcoming and caring school climate, have had a positive impact on student attendance.

In the affective domain, chronic absenteeism decreased from;

21% in 2014-2015 to

9% in 2015-2016 to

8% in 2016-2017

This was the most improved attendance rate in the district.  


John Barry SBAC ELA/Math (2017)

One year change in level 3 or 4 Grade 3 ELA – Barry 12.0 %, State -2.1%

One year change in level 3 or 4 Grade 4 ELA – Barry 18.8%, State -1.4%

One year change in level 3 or 4 Grade 5 ELA – Barry 2.8%, State -2.4%


One year change in level 3 or 4 Grade 3 Math – Barry -4.5%, State 0.3%

One year change in level 3 or 4 Grade 4 Math – Barry 13.6%, State 2.1%

One year change in level 3 or 4 Grade 5 Math – Barry 1.4%, State 2.1%


Classroom referrals decreased 85% from 854 in 2013-2014 to 276 in 2015-2016, to 133 in 2016-2017.  Suspensions decreased 91% from 77 in 2013-2014 to 7 in 2015-2016.   In addition Barry’s data on the Meriden School Climate Survey for teachers, parents and students show positive results.   Barry's student responses on the School Climate Survey indicate that 97% of students perceive teachers are “fair”, “caring”, and “motivate them to learn".  Barry has also seen the highest completion rate among parents with 96% of parents completing the 2016-2017 School Climate Survey.  Barry parent responses indicate that 98% of parents are happy that their child is attending Barry.

The John Barry successes are directly attributed to the commitment of the John Barry staff and the school community. Your unwavering support and dedication to your children’s education has led John Barry to be an exemplar.

In 2017-2018 The “Barry Way” will be alive and well as we strive to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant and student centered.

As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-staff, students, and parents are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and supportive environment.

I believe that great schools are the result of great teachers. John Barry students will receive high-quality instruction from the best teachers the state has to offer.

My door is always open, and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in, call or email me to discuss any concerns, suggestions or ideas to help make 2017-2018 the best year yet!


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