Mary A. White 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 Mary A. White 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 https://goo.gl/c5gTzV, 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.
We are proud to share that our school continues to work towards success for all students. Our data shows continued growth in the area of reading, writing and math. Writing has been our strength for several years as many teachers here at Mary A. White continue to pursue advanced learning through the Reading and Writing Project sponsored by Teachers College at Columbia University as well as local OAISD professional learning.
Beginning in Kindergarten, students are taught to write narrative, informational and opinion pieces. This type of writing encourages students to provide evidence to support their thinking.
Math has been an area of focus this year with math interventions and enrichments taking place at all grade levels. We regularly analyze data and have incorporated assessments to support more intentional planning for success.
Our Teachers meet each week in Professional Learning Communities to analyze data, discuss student progress and plan for interventions. Teachers are determined to see each child meet his/her individual potential.
Teachers have infused technology into math lessons at all grade levels as a way to keep learning fresh and students engaged.
Our teaching staff here at Mary A. White teach reading and writing in a workshop setting.
Students work in grade level specific texts and are monitored frequently using authentic measures such as the DRA2. Students are taught and encouraged to push their thinking as well as provide evidence to support their thinking.
Thinking routines designed to probe for deeper thinking and understanding are incorporated into lessons across the grade levels.
State law requires that we also report additional information.
Mary A. White 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 Instructional Collaboration Team (ICT) is a group of teachers and administrator representing a cross-section of grades and expertise, working toward continuous improvement for our school. The ICT sets specific goals, strategies and activities with a focus on measurable outcomes. This team meets monthly for short meetings and quarterly for day long meetings to look at our school progress, monitor the school dashboard and plan for future growth. Mary A. White 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 is successful because of the consistent support from our parents. At the fall 2014-2015 parent teacher conferences we had 98 percent parent attendance. At the spring 2014-2015 parent teacher conferences we had 100 percent parent attendance. In 2013-2014, 322 students (98 percent) in the fall and 317 students (100 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences in the fall.
In closing, Mary A. White School is a wonderful place to learn, gain new experiences and make friends for life. We are committed to continuous improvement in learning for our staff and students. We pride ourselves on the friendly and caring atmosphere we provide for our students. Our staff regularly analyzes student data so that each child is able to reach his or her individual potential. Our community partnerships, our strong relationship with our families and the support of our PTA are invaluable to us and allow us to enrich the instructional and learning experiences of our students. We are proud to offer an educational experience that is second to none.
Valerie Livingston, Principal
Mary A. White Elementary School