Mary A White Annual Education Report

January 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2018-19 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 Executive Director, Mary Jane Evink at (616) 850-5075 for assistance.

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

For the 2018-19 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in
the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. 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.

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, as well as our Literacy Coach, 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.

Math continues to be an area of focus with interventions and enrichments taking place at all grade levels Monday through Friday. Our teachers support all students at, below or above grade level in reading using a wide variety of interventions.

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 all areas of the curriculum at all grade levels as a way to enhance learning, keep students engaged, and extend learning. Students in Young Fives - Second Grade have 1-1 technology with iPads and students in grades three and four have Chromebooks.

Our teaching staff here at Mary A. White teach reading, phonics and writing in a workshop setting using the Lucy Calkins Units of Study.

Students work in grade level specific texts and are monitored frequently using authentic measures such as running records and other formative assessments. Students are taught and encouraged to push their thinking as well as provide evidence to support their thinking.

Mary A. White teachers are passionate about creating a culture and climate that values student thinking in all subject areas. Thinking routines and project based learning strategies 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.

Pupil Assignment
Mary A. White Elementary’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 principal representing a cross-section of grades and expertise, working toward continuous improvement for our school. This team sets specific goals, strategies and activities with a focus on measurable outcomes. This team meets throughout the school year 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.

Core Curriculum
Grand Haven Area Public Schools has joined the state of Michigan in adopting Michigan's State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards. Students are afforded a rigorous, guaranteed and viable curriculum. 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.

Student Achievement
Students take the M-STEP state assessment in English Language Arts and Math for grades 3 and 4. In 2016-17 the percent of students proficient or advanced (all subjects) was 57%; in 2017-18, 65% were proficient or advanced; and in 2018-19, 64% were proficient or advanced.

Parent – Teacher Conferences
Our school is successful because of the consistent support from our parents. At the 2017-18 parent teacher conferences, we had 98% parent attendance in the fall and 100% parent attendance in the spring. During the 2018-19 school year, we had 100% parent attendance at parent teacher conferences in the fall and in the spring.

In closing, Mary A. White Elementary 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 PTO 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