Elementary Annual Education Report Cover Letter

School Annual Education Report (AER) Cover Letter

Lincoln Elementary School

April 4, 2016

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-2015 educational progress for the Hudson Area Schools district. 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 Mrs. Godfrey at 517-448-8912 ext. 248 for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site www.hudson.k12.mi.us or you may review a copy in the principal’s office at your child’s school.

Lincoln’s enrollment fluctuates and is currently working through several years of having over 25% of its population moving in or out each year. In response to having the opportunity of an ever changing student body, teachers are working hard to make the most of each moment in class. In addition to the highly qualified status of the Lincoln staff, new technologies with computer labs, mobile labs, SMARTBOARDS and other classroom technologies have given assistance to diversifying classroom lessons to allow for just right instruction as students strive towards mastery of their required state standards. During the 2013-2014 school year teachers began to research the practices developed when becoming “A Leader in Me School”. After a year of researching and using some of the sound principles developed in the program Lincoln teachers applied for and received a Covey Foundation grant to become trained as “A Leader in Me School.” The staff is excited about this adventure as we work towards helping each student work towards their full potential as a leader.

State law requires that we also report additional information.

  1. PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL- Hudson Area Schools is a School of Choice school. Students approved as a School of Choice student as well as all students living in the Hudson Area Schools district boundaries are assigned to a building according to their given grade level. Students in Kindergarten – 5th grade were assigned to Lincoln Elementary School for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
  2. STATUS OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN –
    Lincoln Elementary staff began the implementation cycle of their current school improvement plan during the 2012-2013 school year. During the 2013-2014 school year the staff moved into the implementation stage of their five year school improvement plan. Each year the plan is reviewed and programming is adjusted based on the student academic data it has collected.
    The building plan consists of three goals. Those goals include:
    1. All students at Lincoln Elementary will become proficient writers.
    2. All students at Lincoln Elementary will become proficient readers.
    3. All students at Lincoln Elementary will become proficient in mathematics.
  3. SPECIALIZED SCHOOLS:
    Lincoln Elementary is a small community school located in the heart of the Hudson Community. It specializes in the academic, social and emotional growth of students K-5. Staff diversifies instruction based on student needs to help all student obtain the skills necessary to pass their state proficiency tests.
    The students of Hudson Area Schools receive special education services through the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD). In addition to the specialized schools, students receive diagnostic testing, school psychology, school social work, physical and occupational therapy, career technical education, special needs training and speech pathology services.
    The Lenawee Intermediate School District provides educational services to students from birth through age 26 who have severe handicaps. Students with severe physical, mental, emotional or sensory impairments may receive their educational program at a classroom operated by the LISD.
    In cooperation with the Lenawee County Probate Court, the LISD operates the juvenile education program housed at the Maurice Spear Campus.
    LISD operates special education classrooms in local districts including classrooms for students with physical or other health impairments and hearing impairments in Madison; less than 10 students from Hudson Area Schools attend this program,  and classrooms for students with cognitive impairments in Tecumseh and Adrian; Less than 10 students from Hudson Area Schools attend this program.

       The LISD PREP Academy provides educational programs for teen parents from Lenawee County. During the student's                                instructional program, childcare support is provided.
The LISD TECH Center offers career technical education programs for high school juniors and seniors.
Local districts operate special education classrooms open to students from other districts

  1. CORE CURRICULUM
    If you are interested in accessing the core curriculum please come to the Elementary office. The curriculum is available by grade level to help you understand the expectations of expected study as your child progresses through each grade level. The curriculum is built based on the states model of Common Core Standards.
  2. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS
    These can be found here.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conference Time

Conference Date

Number of Students

Percentage

Fall 2014

10/15 & 10/16/2014

368

83%

Fall 2013

10/16 & 10/17/2013

340

88%

Winter 2015

1/28 & 1/29/2015

337

75%

Winter 2014

2/13/2014

246

63%

Totals 2014-2015

 

705

79%

Totals 2013-2014

 

596

75%

 

At Lincoln we are focusing on the leadership potential in each student. Through this lens, students will discover and practice a set of leadership and life skills. Incorporating leadership practices within our school’s environment and curriculum will help our students become even more ready to succeed in the 21st Century, with critical skills and characteristics such as: trustworthiness, strong work ethic, motivation, problem-solving skills, goal setting, effective interpersonal skills, a sense of teamwork, academic achievement and valuing diversity in a global market. By developing the whole child, we will foster a school climate that promotes greatness! We are looking forward to investigating this work much deeper as we have been chosen to be ‘A Leader in Me School” through the Franklin Covey foundation.
Teachers continue to increase their abilities to teach each student at their learning level. Monthly literacy meetings will continue to develop Lincoln teacher’s knowledge and opportunities in helping our students become the leaders of tomorrow through the solid foundation laid down by the dedicated teachers at Lincoln.
Even though changes are continually taking place, take time to feel and enjoy many of the comforts at Lincoln that will be staying in place. The dedication of teachers and excited faces of students as they go through their daily schedules, along with those brick and mortar attributes that make Lincoln special, including the Lincoln Café, Lincoln library and technology lab, and the climbing wall in the gymnasium along with many other favorites will be in their typical spots as we create learning opportunities for students in our classrooms.
With the many activities the teachers and Parent Group will be putting together for students you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement and the anticipation of what will unfold as the school year progresses.
I look forward to seeing each of you again as we experience the school year together. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our little gem of a school in western Lenawee County! (517) 448-8912 ex. 222
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Cindy Godfrey, Elementary Principal