Creekside Annual Report

Alternative Text: Creekside MS Annual Report

February 1, 2022

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER), which provides key information on the 2021-22 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 by visiting the following website https://bit.ly/3aNitdw or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2021-22 school year, schools were identified based on previous years’ performance using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that had at least one underperforming student subgroup in 2018-19. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that had a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state in 2017-18. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance was in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or had a graduation rate at or below 67% in 2016-17. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given.

Fortunately, our school has not been given one of these labels. However, through looking at historical data, we’ve found some consistencies over the past decade where 20 - 25% of our students will fail at least one class during the first marking period. Those numbers can increase as the year progresses. 

We are excited with the increased interventions we’ve added this year and the early promise that they are showing in improving and reducing our failure numbers. 

Our most recent local grade level data is listed below:

Creekside chart measuring how many students got a D or F

Highlights

  • ZERO  “Fs” in the 6th grade this first marking period and only had 11 Ds. 
  • Every Grade is down substantially in Ds and Fs over 2019 & 2018 numbers. 
  • Comparing 2021 to 2019 

       6 th grade D/Fs = Down by 80% 

       7 th grade D/Fs = Down by 46% 

       8 th grade D/Fs = Down by 60% 

       # of students with a D/F is down by 47.36% 

State law requires that we also report additional information that we have included below from the 2019-20 & 2020-21 school years:

PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL

Students in Zeeland are assigned based upon their geographical home location.  ZPS also offers school of choice openings, which are placed after the residents of Zeeland are assigned to their home school.  Our Spanish Immersion & Balanced Calendar PBL programs are filled on a first come, first served basis and may change the building of choice for students.  There are 7 elementary schools in Zeeland and those schools feed into two middle schools, Cityside and Creekside.  New Groningen, Roosevelt, ZQuest, and Quincy elementaries feed into Creekside Middle School and eventually to Zeeland West High School. Adams, Lincoln and Woodbridge elementaries feed into Cityside Middle School, and eventually to Zeeland West High School.

THE STATUS OF THE 3-5 YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Over the past three years, the district has been working through steps in the MICIP platform to identify three key goal areas:  SEL (social-emotional learning), Mathematics, and English Language Arts.  ZPS elementaries are in the process of implementing Second Step, a social-emotional core learning resource.  At Creekside, our focus has been increasing offerings to students around SEL. This includes the addition of a 7th grade “Challenges” class that all students take. This is a 9-week class that students have daily that deal with issues that may cause challenges in their lives. 

A PreK-12 Math Coalition is working to examine math achievement and instructional practices across the wide.  At Creekside, our focus has been identifying struggling students as early as possible utilizing teacher referral, STAR Math scores, and student math grades. Students are then reviewed for one of our Math interventions. These interventions include Math Lab (Daily 1-hour intervention) or Math Plus (30-Minute intervention - 3 times per week).  

The district is just continuing to examine ELA data, following an implementation cycle that began 7 years ago to determine strengths and needs.   At Creekside, we have identified the following strengths and needs. Reading interventions, at the middle school level has proven to be challenging, as data backed interventions require consistent and more intensive instruction the older a student becomes. At Creekside, our focus has been identifying struggling students as early as possible utilizing teacher referral, STAR Reading scores, and student ELA grades. Students are then reviewed for one of our ELA interventions. These interventions include Reading Lab (Daily 1-hour intervention) or Skills Lab (30-Minute intervention - 3 times per week).  

A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH SPECIALIZED SCHOOL

Students in the elementary program at Zeeland Public Schools are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiences in addition to traditional education programs that include special education, Gifted and Talented for 4th/5th grade students, Spanish Immersion, and Zeeland Quest (a K-8, year-round balanced calendar, project-based learning school).

IDENTIFY HOW TO ACCESS A COPY OF THE CORE CURRICULUM, A DESCRIPTION OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION, AND AN EXPLANATION OF THE VARIANCES FROM THE STATE’S MODEL

The Core Curriculum for our school is based upon the State of Michigan Standards and National Common Core Standards. This information is available at our school office or on our district website. Zeeland Public Schools makes sure our students are provided challenging lessons that are consistent across grade levels. A team of Zeeland educators regularly evaluates and revises our curriculum to ensure that classroom lessons meet state requirements for kindergarten through twelfth grade. 

THE AGGREGATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS FOR ANY LOCAL COMPETENCY TESTS OR NATIONALLY NORMED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS

Creekside continues to perform consistently with similar schools and well ahead of the State average.

Creekside Performance Summary

IDENTIFY THE NUMBER AND PERCENT OF STUDENTS REPRESENTED BY PARENTS AT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

During the 2020-21 school year, Creekside had 85% of parents representing their student(s) at parent-teacher conferences. Conferences were able to be had via face-to-face meetings, Zoom Meetings, or phone calls. 

CONCLUSION

ZPS is proud of the work happening in each building.  The commitment of district staff to ensure that all Zeeland students are able to learn in an environment where they feel safe, valued, and loved is evident at all levels.  At Creekside, we are particularly proud of our increase in support for struggling students. This includes increased interventions in Math and Reading, along with a full-time academic interventionist that can quickly identify and support struggling learners. In just three months of these additions, we have seen great improvement in student classroom performance. With the partnership of family and community, we take pride in fostering lifelong learners.

Sincerely,


Craig Greshaw
Principal

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