Creekside Annual Report

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February 3, 2021

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2019-20 educational progress for Creekside Middle 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 Craig Greshaw for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2019-20 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.

Note: Our school has not been given one of these labels.

We are excited about the educational opportunities that are available at Creekside Middle School.  Along with implementation of targeted interventions, such as Math Lab and Reading Lab, this past year we began a “Check and Connect” program for at-risk students.  These improvements will help your child be more prepared for the competitive work environments that all students will face within a few years.

State law requires that we also report additional information. 

Creekside receives students from its three feeder schools, Roosevelt Elementary, Quincy Elementary, and New Groningen Elementary, as well as students from out of district and some from within the other district elementary schools.  Upon finishing 8th grade, students attending Creekside move on to Zeeland West High school.

We are in the first year of our 3-5 year School Improvement Cycle. We have focused on improving achievement in our English Language Learner populations, increased achievement for struggling students and staff and student mental health initiatives. 

We are in the beginning phases of looking at the performance data of our ELL student population. The current middle school data lags behind state averages for this population. Specifically, we are looking at the overall system including interventions, support and fidelity of instruction with this population. 

While Creekside ranks highly in overall performance on statewide assessments, increasing achievement for all struggling students. During the 19-20 school year, in an effort to have teachers utilize data driven instruction, Creekside provided teachers with frequent collaboration time. A group of Creekside teachers attended a PLC conference in Detroit to provide training in this model. During this collaboration time, teachers would discuss one of the following four items. 1. What do we want students to learn, 2. How do we know if they have learned it, 3. What do we do if they haven’t learned it, 4. What do we do if they have learned it. 

While student and staff mental health has been a topic we have increasingly address over the past decade, many of our initiatives have been short-term one shot programs. To increase mental health awareness and supports, 

Creekside is looking at providing a more comprehensive response and interventions to the increasing cases of student and staff anxiety, depression, and help to improve overall well-being. 

Creekside and Zeeland Public Schools have taken part in a partnership with Holland Hospital to develop a diagnostic to evaluate student health status in times of crisis. This diagnostic is called the Blue Envelope and was partially funded by the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area. 

Creekside Middle School has approximately 605 students in grades six through eight. Students in sixth grade, seventh, and eighth grade have a dedicated wing of the building for their core classes. We support Special Education students with both traditional resource classes, as well as two, more intensive, categorical classrooms. Students are able to participate in a wide range of elective classes, including Band, Choir, Orchestra, Dance, Art, Career Choices, Spanish and Advanced PE/Health. All students are exposed to Physical Education, Art, Spanish and Life Management through our Exploratory Rotation. Our eighth graders are able to take classes that earn high school credit in Math, Spanish, and PE. We offer a wide range of sports and clubs that allow students to connect to the greater Creekside community outside of the school day.

 

 

The core curriculum can be accessed through our curriculum office by contacting our Curriculum Director, Brandi Lyn Mendham (bmendham@zps.org).

Creekside students do not take any local or nationally normed achievement tests.  The data from M-Step tests can be found by visiting www.mischooldata.org. Due to the global pandemic, M-Step testing was cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.

The community of Zeeland has always supported our schools. For school years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 we had over 90% of our parents either attend the scheduled Parent Teacher Conference times, or schedule a separate conference at another time if they were unable to attend.

This past year we held conferences via ZOOM in response to the COVID.

Creekside Middle School has consistently received good marks in State testing data and community feedback. We want to move forward and always work to be continually improving and to be a place where the community can be proud to send their students. 

 

Sincerely,

Craig Greshaw
Principal
Creekside Middle School

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