Lake Hills School Annual Education Report

January 31, 2017

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2015-16 educational progress for Lake Hills Elementary. 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. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Instructional Services Director Mary Jane Evink at 616.850.5075 for assistance.

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

For the 2016-17 year, no new Priority or Focus schools were named; some Priority or Focus schools did exit their status because they met the exit criteria. New Reward schools were identified using school rankings and Beating the Odds information. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving 30% of schools. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Reward school is one that has achieved one or more of the following distinctions: top 5% of schools on the Top-to-Bottom School Rankings, top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement metric), or “Beating the Odds” by outperforming the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no label is given.

Our school was identified as a Reward school.

Our teachers work together in order to analyze student data and have data driven conversations on how our students are performing on state, school, and classroom assessments. Two key focus areas were in Math and Reading. Strategies were developed and implemented to help accelerate student achievement and close gaps.

Lake Hills School Improvement Team met weekly to discuss the Reading Now Network’s five essential findings. Lake Hills also led a focused professional development with other stakeholders in the district surrounding student goal setting and strategies to get them to where they need to be.

We continued our work surrounding the RNN findings and the priorities staff developed to help increase student achievement.

Lake Hills identified essential math standards and participated in weekly data meetings around the standards. Staff continued learning about the best questions to ask when looking at student data.

  • How will we respond when students have learned?
  • How will we respond when students do not learn what is essential? A math interventionist continues to work with kindergarten through fourth grade students during the day. This is in addition to their core classroom math instruction.

State law requires that we also report additional information.

Pupil Assignment

Lake Hills School’s students are assigned to our building by geographic boundaries as well as schools of choice requests.

3-5 Year School Improvement Plan

1. All students will improve in their ability to read grade level texts. Teachers will collaborate in grade level meetings using data to form intervention groups and determine differentiated instruction. Teachers will use timely and appropriate interventions with students who need additional support.

2. All students will become proficient in writing. Lake Hills’ scores will exceed county averages Writer’s Workshop model will be used to implement effective writing strategies for narrative, informational and opinion/argument writing. Teachers will confer and work with students in small groups providing additional time on strategies when needed.

3. All students will be proficient in mathematics. Teachers will implement the common core math curriculum using an aligned scope and sequence. Timely interventions will be used for students not showing achievement of math concepts and processes.

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 consistent support from our parents. In 2014-15, 283 students (98 percent) in the fall and 282 students (98 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences. In 2013-14, 275 students (99 percent) in the fall and 272 students (98) percent in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences.

In closing, I just completed my fourth year as principal of Lake Hills and I couldn’t be more pleased with the direction we are heading! Relationships continue to be an important part of our success at Lake Hills. I strongly believe that we are one BIG community out here where staff, students, families, and our community work together in order to ensure the success for all. The best part of my job as Principal continues to be our wonderful students. Every day I know we are making a difference for all students and they continue to amaze us in so many ways. Our exceptional Lake Hills staff never grew tired in their efforts to ensure each of our students obtained the very best education. Thank you to all of the support I received this past year and for continuing to stay on my Energy Bus! I look forward to working together as we continue to raise the bar in our expectation for excellence.


Jason Lawson, Principal

Lake Hills Elementary School

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