Griffin School Annual Education Report

April 22, 2016

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress for Griffin Elementary School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. Please contact Instructional Services Director Mary Jane Evink at 616.850.5075 if you need assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically here, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

Our Griffin School staff is a collaborative team who work to meet the needs of all learners, utilizing research based strategies to meet individual needs. Ongoing interventions are in place that include data driven literacy and math support groups. Teachers utilize formative assessments to determine individual student learning needs and determine the most effective, instructional strategies.  

On the new M-STEP state assessment our school scored above county and state averages in reading, writing, math and science. We continue our goal to have 100 percent of our students be proficient in all core subjects. To help reach this challenge we will continue to use best practice strategies to continue to improve instruction and learning, use formative assessments to check understanding and have a systematic pyramid of interventions.

State law requires that we also report additional information. 

Pupil Assignment
Griffin School’s students are assigned to our building by geographic boundaries as well as schools of choice requests.

3-5 Year School Improvement Plan
Our School Improvement Team is a group of teachers and parent volunteers representing a cross-section of grades and expertise, working toward continuous improvement for our school. The School Improvement Team sets specific goals, strategies and activities with a focus on measurable outcomes. This team meets monthly to look at our school progress.  

Griffin Elementary School has a detailed plan that outlines our school improvement goals, strategies and activities.

Michigan State Standards
Grand Haven Area Public Schools has joined the state of Michigan in adopting Michigan's State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards. We continue to transition from the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations to fully adopt a more rigorous curriculum in English Language arts, math, and science. We will use the state standards in social studies until new standards are adopted. A copy of the core curriculum, its implementation, and how it may vary from state curriculum can be accessed by contacting the Office of Instructional Services at 616.850.5075.

Parent – Teacher Conferences
Our school program is effective because of the continuous support from our parents. We are very pleased to report that at our Fall conferences in 2014-2015 we had 326 students (99 percent) in the fall, and 331 (98 percent) of them were represented in the spring by parents at parent-teacher conferences. In 2013-2014, 346 students (99 percent) in the fall and 345 students (99 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences. Parent support is key to student success.

We are very proud of our students’ progress, continued growth, and overall success.  I look forward to another year of working with our dedicated staff, parents and community in helping our students reach even greater heights.


Debra Mann, Principal
Griffin Elementary School


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