- Central Elementary will ensure high levels of learning for each and every student.
- Central Elementary will ensure high levels of learning for each and every student through collaboration between the student, staff, parents and community.
- High levels of learning for each and every student.
We believe in utilizing the following questions to guide our instruction.
- What is it we expect our students to learn?
- How will we know when they have learned it?
- How will we respond when they don't learn?
- How will we respond when they already know it?
We carry out our purpose by addressing these four questions on a monthly basis. Working towards a GVC, using a multi tiered system of support, collaborating in PLCs and collecting data to make decisions about students' growth are always at the forefront of our planning and discussions.
Central Elementary is a K-5 public school in the district of Kenowa Hills Public Schools. It is our 4th year as a K-5 building. There are four teachers at each grade level except there are three at 1st and 4th grade. Teaching staff has an average of 17 years experience. The staff consists of all caucasian members. The school is located just to the northwest of Grand Rapids in the City of Walker. Student population is 679 students. Males - 362 Females 317. Central's student population draws from both rural and suburban areas.
Socioeconomics: 47% free/reduced lunch.
Ethnicity: Caucasion 86% (583), Black/African American 4% (26) Hispanic 8% (52) , Native American (1), Asian 2% (11).
We reside in a very supportive community with no unique challenges.
- Participation with the Reinventing Schools Coalition and our Progress towards a Personal Mastery System. Math will be implemented in fall 2014.
- All K-5th grade classes scored above the national norms on the NWEA MAP Reading and Language tests.
- All K-4th scored above the national norms on the NWEA MAP math test.
- Staff developed PLC groups to work on three areas of building improvement - Student Achievement/Involvement. Staff Community, and Technology.
- Continued focus on a multi-tiered system of support.
- We have high academic and behavioral expectations for all students.
- A safe and caring environment where student involvement is a priority.
- Interventionists are working with our students in math and reading.
- Differentiation of instruction is done at all levels.
- Formative assessment on a regular basis by all teaching staff.
- Grade level PLCs using student data to improve instruction.
- Technology is used to support instruction with projectors and document cameras in every class. Labs are accessible by all classrooms on a weekly basis. iPads are used in all classrooms for instructional purposes.
- Programs to enhance the learning environment include many student involvement activities such as Student Council, Student Safeties, Cafe Crew, and Computer Helpers.
- Math tutoring is an after school program for extended learning.
- A parent involvement program called Watch D.O.G.S..
- Camp Blodgett Club, Talent Show, Girls on the Run, and Family Math Night are school offerings to extend learning.
- Monthly charity contributions using dollar/dress up days. Each grade level gets a month to choose a charity and dress up day.
- Reading Buddies- Lower and upper elementary students paired to help each other with reading and other activities on a regular basis.
- Improved communication including newsletters, school and classroom websites, and twitter.
- District website and app used for parent information.
- Weekly email blasts to parents about upcoming events.
- College reading tutors working with students weekly.
- Specialists in Art, Physical Education, Music, and Spanish.
- Writing scores have increased due to implemented strategies and activities from the School Improvement Plan.