Lincoln Annual Report

Alternative Text: Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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 Joseph Peplinski for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following website https://bit.ly/2Oky1hp 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. 

Key challenges facing Lincoln Elementary include assuring achievement of all students in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Writing, and student health and wellness. The Lincoln staff works diligently in providing differentiated instruction for all students using research-based instructional practices. Some of the key initiatives being undertaken at Lincoln Elementary school to accelerate student achievement and close persistent gaps in achievement include: Phonics First & Structures as our K-5 word work curriculum; professional development around quality math instruction and problem solving strategies that are used K-5 for common language and expectations; continuation of a 90-minute uninterrupted time block dedicated to individual student needs in a small group setting, including interventionists and an intervention teacher that includes data-driven small-group instruction in reading and math skills; and a commitment to offer a Learning Lab two days per week after school for tutoring and additional time for help for any interested students run by Lincoln classroom teachers at no cost to families.

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 Lincoln, our focus has been around increasing resources and personnel trained and available to assist our students’ social emotional learning and needs.  A PreK-12 Math Coalition is working to examine math achievement and instructional practices across the wide.  At Lincoln, our focus has been geared toward increasing students ability and comfort in areas of math fluency and more complex problem solving strategies.  The district is just beginning to examine ELA data, following an implementation cycle that began 7 years ago to determine strengths and needs.   At Lincoln, we have identified many strengths and needs. We have established and continue to refine a multi-tiered system of supports including specific strategies and activities for Tier I, II and III instruction.  In addition to academic goals in each content area, Lincoln continues to address social and emotional goals into our school improvement plan.

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

Lincoln AER 2021-2022 reading assessment scores

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

During the 2020-21 school year, Lincoln Elementary held parent-teacher conferences remotely.  Because of this, we do not have data for the percentage of parents who attended.

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 Lincoln we are particularly proud of our ability to offer students the option of Spanish Immersion as well as traditional instruction, integrating an iCares program, and most of all our amazing Lincoln team.  With the partnership of family and community, we take pride in fostering lifelong learners.

 

Sincerely,


Joey Peplinski
Principal