Lakeshore Middle 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 Lakeshore Middle 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. 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 has not been given one of these labels.

The 2015-16 school year was an overwhelming success at Lakeshore Middle School. We have continued to grow and evolve as the 7th-8th grade school at Grand Haven Area Public Schools. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and supported culture predicated on positive relationships amongst students, and between students and staff. In addition, we have enhanced our focus on student leadership to carry out our vision. Examples include: 25 student leaders (called “Roll” Models) at each grade level that serve to welcome new students as well as refine and enhance our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports system, participating in the Lakeshore Youth Leadership Connections program with the local Chamber of Commerce, and utilizing student leadership through Capturing Kids’ Hearts. Our climate team meets monthly to monitor data on behaviors to evaluate implementation and make modifications to continually improve.

We provide a rigorous, comprehensive education for our students. We live out our district’s vision of “Success for All” in all of our programming and daily practices. We offer courses across the spectrum of learning including: six different courses that earn high school credit made up of Algebra, Geometry, Spanish, German, Health, and Advanced Physical Education; fine arts, visual arts, performing arts, physical education and technology to provide a well-rounded experience; a rigorous core curriculum made up of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Strategies we have implemented to accelerate student achievement include the research based strategies of learning targets and formative assessment, 1:1 technology integration, implementation of the Five Dimensions Plus teacher evaluation instrument, sustained silent reading during every school day, strategies that increase the volume of writing across the curriculum, and targeted interventions in reading and math for students one or more grade levels below.

State law requires that we also report additional information.  

Pupil Assignment

Lakeshore 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 is in the midst of implementing our 3-5 year School Improvement Plan. We are currently in the fourth year of our plan and have seen great growth in the initiatives outlined in our plan. Our goals have included utilizing a workshop model for reading and writing in English Language Arts, improving writing and depth of knowledge in Social Studies, improving Algebra readiness in Math, and improving student use of data and inquiry in Science. Our strategies to meet these goals were implemented school-wide and included: implementation of a Response to Intervention system to support the learning of all students, implementation of 1:1 technology devices, increased student engagement through utilization of research based strategies, increased volume of writing across the curriculum, and a safe and supported environment to support the learning of all students. Through the use of our One-Page Strategic Plan targets, we demonstrated progress in all areas.

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 2015-16, 750 students (81 percent) in the fall, and 631 students (68 percent) in the spring were represented by parents/guardians at parent-teacher Conferences. 2014-15, 754 students (79 percent) in the fall and 685 students (71 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences. In 2013-2014, 765 students (80 percent) in the fall and 641 students (67 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences.

The Lakeshore Middle School staff is very proud of the accomplishments of our students. Academically, our students consistently perform above county, state, and national averages on standardized tests. Our students also excel at extra-curricular programs, highlighted by our Science Olympiad team. Our team at Lakeshore has finished in the top two in the state the past seven years and advanced to the National Finals. In 2016, we finished 7th in the nation! We are also proud in the manner that our students accomplish these goals. Frequently visitors to the school remark on the culture of our students and how they treat each other with kindness and respect.

Lakeshore Middle School is proud to share our successes, but our greatest sense of duty comes in the service to our students and families. Whether it is academics, character, service, the arts, or athletics, we are always growing and learning to be prepared for the future challenges that await. That’s How We Roll at the School by the Shore!


Kevin Polston, Principal

Lakeshore Middle School

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