Robinson 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 the Robinson 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.

Robinson School has 330 students in grades Young 5 through 4th. Our student population includes housing the bulk of the elementary school aged students who are Migrant as well as a large group of students who are receiving Free or Reduced Lunch. We also are the home to a county Intensive Resource Room, with the majority of the students having a special education label of Emotionally Impaired. With such a diverse population, one of our key challenges in closing the gaps in achievement is the understanding that many of our students do not have a home life that promotes family support and involvement. As we look at our data, we see an achievement gap between our students who are not Economically Disadvantaged and those that do fit into this subgroup. In an effort to remediate this, we have allocated additional resources to support students who fit in the “at-risk” population. These resources provide additional, focused support in reading, ranging from 3 to 5 days per week depending on the student’s academic levels. We also have a Math Interventionist, who works with this same group three-to-four days per week to elevate their math skills. Migrant and EL support are provided to students who qualify and we have integrated that support with our Resource Room teachers, Speech and Language teachers, Migrant Support as well as providing them with Reading and Math support through our At-Risk programs. We feel that by providing this additional, focused interventions, we can help accelerate this group of students so they can be successful as they continue their education.

State law requires that we also report additional information.  

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

3 – 5 Year School Improvement
We are currently in the third year our 3-5 year School Improvement Plan. Our first year was focused on growth of our students’ writing skills, providing professional development to teachers, aligning curriculum and identify gaps in our current programs. This work continues to show positive growth and we continue to pursue advances in this area. During our second year, we shifted our focus to looking at our math programs and methods to advance our struggling students.  We have revamped our Math Intervention program and have put it structurally in to our weekly schedule.  Students are regularly assessed and staff meet every 6 weeks to review student progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs. This past school year, we have had a focus on School Climate. We believe that students can only reach their potential if they feel positive about the school and their classmates.  We have worked to revitalize our Positive Behavior Systems, have installed several peer programs and have dedicated many hours to pushing our Capturing Kids Hearts program to the forefront. Each year we continue to monitor all our goals and adjust our strategies to continue move them forward.  

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
In 2014-2015 school year, we had 327 (99 percent) students represented by parents at our Parent-Teacher conference in the fall. At our spring conferences we had 326 (99 percent) students represented at Parent-Teacher conferences. In 2013-2014, 318 students (99 percent) in the fall and 320 students (99 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences. 

It is a privilege working with this amazing group of educators at Robinson School.  Our entire staff functions as one team with only one goal, “Do whatever it takes to help our students.”   Our successes are shared by all and we have had a number of them.  Our scores continue to rise on state assessments and the focused, intentional work that has been put forth by the staff has begun to address the academic gaps our disadvantaged students.  As a team, we will continue to strive to improve our students’ success and will continue to use our data to drive our decisions.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Marcus, Principal
Robinson Elementary School

 

 

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