White Pines 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 White Pines Intermediate 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 https://goo.gl/iqUGt5, 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.

White Pines Intermediate School continuously strives to provide challenges for all of our students, pushing their individual achievement levels to the highest point. Our school has placed a high level of importance on the usage of data from the M-STEP test, common assessments, reading and math screeners, and diagnostics to inform our decision-making. It is through these efforts that we continue to be represented in the Top 30 percent of all schools in the state of Michigan in the Top To Bottom rankings. It is our desire to continue to develop our curriculum and pedagogy to increase our proficiency in all content areas on the M-STEP assessments. Critical to the success of this program is our ability to work collaboratively with staff, parents and the community.

State law requires that we also report additional information. 

Pupil Assignment

White Pines Intermediate 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 be successful in the area of mathematics as measured by the M-STEP. All students will increase math skills as measured by M-STEP as well as local assessments. Staff will align curriculum to Common Core State Standards, staff will increase the use of research-based strategies, and staff will increase collaboration.
  2. All students will be proficient in the area of reading as measured by the M-STEP. Focus will be placed in the area of reading informational text and understanding vocabulary. Staff will teach informational text strategies across all curriculums, utilize the Reader’s Workshop approach, and use all resources and strategies from the MTSS project. Staff will be implementing the MAISA reading units, and will be working on blending the requirements of the writing and reading units into one coherent curriculum.
  3. All students will be proficient in the area of writing as assessed by the M-STEP test. Specific focus will be placed on being proficient in narrative, informational, and opinion/argument writing. Our staff will continue to develop the techniques required of a successful Writer’s Workshop program. All staff will receive training in the new MAISA writing units, and will work to implement the new material in their classrooms for the 2016-2017 school year.

New to the School Improvement Plan for the 2016-17 school year will be goals in the areas of Science, Utilizing Data, and Climate. We will be continuing our partnership with VanAndel Educational Institute for our 6th grade, and we will be starting the partnership for our 5th grade. This partnership will help us make the transition from the old State Standards to the Next Generation Standards in Science. Our climate team will continue to evaluate the culture at WPI to make sure that it is all inclusive. We will be implementing programs for: mentoring, anti-bullying, Power of Peer Support, and MTSS efforts. The data team will be focused on making sure that we are using hard data to effectively monitor the progress of all of our students. We are in the process of re-evaluating the roles of each of the following committees to make sure that this is getting done: behavior team, MTSS leadership team, PLC (Data Team) meetings, school improvement and team leader. The entire staff will be engaged in a book study, Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Richart. This will help us focus our attention on growth mindsets, visible thinking, and thinking routines.

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, 887 students (96 percent) in the fall and 887 students (93 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences. In the fall of 2016, 400 5th grade students (98 percent) and 450 6th grade students (95 percent) were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences.

In closing, the White Pines Intermediate staff is very proud of our efforts to increase the rigor of our curriculum, make learning visible, learn and teach about growth mindsets, use data to drive instruction, and meet the individualized needs of our students. The positive results of these efforts is a direct result of collaboration between staff, parents and students.

Sincerely,

Mike Shelton, Principal

White Pines Intermediate School

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