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We have just finished our first week with students_ and Back to School Night is next Wednesday already_  The summer is already flying by...

Our 2017 summer faculty and staff
Didn't have a chance to visit this summer?  Catch up on Facebook.
Academics and Adventures
From fiery demos of (controlled) chemical reactions to the physical challenges of indoor and outdoor ropes courses, Breakthrough started with a bang this summer - every day brought new learning and experiences.  And, poof!  Our whirlwind summer of teaching, learning and leadership is over.

Didn't have a chance to visit this summer?

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Breakthrough Students Post Significant Gains
 
All Breakthrough students take a pre-test and a post-test in each academic course each summer.  We have analyzed students' scores on these tests from the 2017 six-week summer session.  Here is what we found:

Course % of Students with Improved Scores
Literature 7 95%
Literature 8 43%
Literature 9 89%
Writing 7 100%
Writing 8 77%
Science 7 - Bio 100%
Science 8 - Chem 100%
Science 9 - Physics
100%
Pre-Algebra 100%
Algebra 97%
Advanced Algebra 100%
Geometry 100%

The average % gain in scores by overall topic area was:

Literature - 22%
Writing - 31%
Science - 38%
Math - 37%

Apply to teach and tutor in the school year!
High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply as school-year teachers, tutors and mentors to our seventh and eighth grade Breakthrough students. Make a difference in a student's life and develop the skills that prepare you for college and the workplace.

The application deadline is September 29.   For more information and to apply.
Thanks to Our Host Families!
Every summer Breakthrough asks families in the Greater Manchester area to consider hosting one of our exceptional out-of-town college-age Teaching Fellows.  With thirteen TF's needing a place to call home this summer, we are extraordinarily grateful to the following families for supporting the program in this unique and critical way:

Ambrogi family (2 Teaching Fellows)
Branch family
Burdette family
Cissel family
Grodman family
Ives family
McGee family 
Li/Wu family (3 Teaching Fellows)
Shilling family
Herold/Lapadula family
Sutcliffe/Devereaux family

Thank you!!!

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Pipelines and Pathways
Breakthrough Manchester is a critical link in the PATHWAY to college for bright, limited opportunity students, and a PIPELINE for the development of the next generation of excellent teachers.  

Connect with us, so that we can better connect these pathways and pipelines for students!

Breakthrough Welcomes Sue Fenton
Communications and Marketing
Susan Fenton joined the Breakthrough staff on July 5th in a part-time role as Communications and Marketing Manager. With over 20 years of experience in the marketing and communications field, Sue has worked as a Marketing Manager in a variety of industries, including banking, high-tech, healthcare, and non-profit. She received her Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Northeastern University.

Sue found her prior experience working for a non-profit organization very rewarding, and she is excited to return to that work with Breakthrough Manchester where she can promote Breakthrough's positive impact on both teaching and learning. Sue has always enjoyed working with children, and her new role with Breakthrough will combine her passion for helping students with her significant marketing and communications background.

"Breakthrough Manchester provides a unique and outstanding educational opportunity for the youth of Manchester, as well as an amazing paid summer fellowship for emerging teachers. As the Marketing and Communications Manager for this wonderful organization, I look forward to sharing the meaningful impact this program creates for children and their families and how it is helping to change lives, now and in the future."
You can reach Sue at sfenton@derryfield.org or 603-641-9426.
Our Mission
Our Vision
All young people, regardless of circumstance, can achieve their full potential as students, teachers and leaders.

Our Mission
The dual missions of Breakthrough Manchester are to launch promising Manchester middle school students, particularly those with limited opportunities, on the path to college while inspiring high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

We do this by:
* Recruiting and selectively admitting high-potential sixth graders with limited opportunities from Manchester middle schools for a tuition-free, three-year program
* Providing three rigorous, joyful academic summers and school year supports to admitted students during their middle school years
* Connecting ninth graders with the Breakthrough College-Bound program at Southern NH University to create a seamless pipeline of opportunity 
* Recruiting, training, mentoring and supporting college students, and some local high-achieving high school students, as excellent teachers
* Engaging a broad array of stakeholders in understanding, promoting, funding and championing both missions of Breakthrough. 

With thanks,

Becky Berk
Executive Director
Breakthrough Manchester