Dix Street Elementary Annual Education Report


August 16, 2012

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2011-2012 educational progress for Dix Street Elementary School.  The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws.  The school’s report contains information about student assessment, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and teacher quality.  If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Principal Mark Rollandini for assistance.

Click here for the complete report on the described data.

Mission Statement:
Dix Street Elementary School dedicates itself to prepare the whole child for success through quality education in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. We strive for the students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners, who think, reason and solve problems. Through a partnership of students, parents and the community, we can achieve this mission.

Principal………………………………………….     Mr. Mark D. Rollandini, PhD.
Grades Served…………………………………...     ECSE, K-5
Total Number of Certified Teachers…………….      26
Total Number of Certified Ancillary Staff………     4
Total Number of Certified Guidance Counselors..     1
Total Number of Other Staff…………………….     17
Enrollment……………………………………….     381

Highly Qualified Teacher Status

All of the Dix Street Elementary teachers meet current certification requirements and are working toward or have accomplished “highly qualified” status as required under “No Child Left Behind” legislation.

AYP Status:

For 2011-2012, Dix Street Elementary School made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in English language arts and mathematics.  While we are pleased to have reached this important goal, we are continuously working to improve.  We appreciate the continued support of parents, staff and our community in this effort.

You may review a copy of the AER at the Dix Street Elementary office. I encourage you to look through our Points of Pride as our students are involved in excellent learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom.

Sincerely,

Mark Rollandini,
Principal

 

State law requires that we also report additional information:

  • Process for Assigning Pupils to the School: Elementary students are assigned to one of three school buildings based on geographical boundaries established and modified from time to time, to assure full utilization of the district’s teaching and facility resources. It is sometimes necessary to transfer some students from one attendance area to another. We attempt to assign Schools of Choice students to the closest building geographically, but it is first dependent upon availability.
  • School Improvement Plan Status/ Accreditation Status:  In an effort to meet the “No Child Left Behind” requirements of the Federal Government as well as the state’s “Education YES” accreditation process, Dix Street Elementary engages in a thorough school improvement process. This year, Dix Street utilized the state’s documentation format known as The School Improvement Frameworks to input significant data as it relates to the school’s improvement goals. Dix Street is in good standing with full achievement of adequate yearly progress and received a grade of “A” from the state on its latest report card.
    • Dix Street’s school improvement goals are:
  1. All students will increase their knowledge of basic math facts and computation skills.
  2. All students will improve their reading comprehension proficiency.
  3. All students will improve their writing. Additionally, our neuroplasticity program, Rewiring the Brain, is an area of focus K-5 to ensure systematic growth in literacy.  These areas will serve as “goal areas” to be targeted for intervention and improvement.
  • Specialized Schools:

Programs and services located in the Otsego Public Schools include:

  1. Early Childhood Special Education - a special education classroom designed to provide preschool aged students with disabilities services to prepare them for Kindergarten.
  2. Autism Spectrum Disorder Regional Elementary Classroom - a special education classroom designed to provide intensive services to elementary aged students with ASD. Students from all districts in Allegan County are invited to participate in this classroom if they qualify.
  3. Hearing and Visual Consultant Services - specialists in the area s of hearing and visual impairments work with students in our local schools to support them in the general education classroom.
  4. Level 3 Programs - these programs are designed to provide educational services to students with disabilities who need more intensive learning support both in the classroom and in life.
  5. Level 2 Programs - these services are designed to provide students with disabilities academic and social support within the general education classroom and curriculum
  6. Level 1 Programs - these services are designed to provide support to students with disabilities who need minimal help in the general education curriculum.

Specialized Schools:

In addition to the programs and services provided locally in the Otsego Public Schools, students with special needs also attend specialized county programs at the Hillside Learning and Behavior Center. Hillside's West campus houses programs for students with severe cognitive, physical, and neurologic impairments. Hillside's East campus houses programs for students with severe emotional and behavioral impairments.

  • Core Curriculum: As mandated by the State of Michigan, Otsego Public Schools has developed a core curriculum at all school levels. Outcomes to be achieved by all students have been defined based upon the district’s educational mission, student performance objectives, Common Core State Standards, the Michigan Grade Level Content expectation for K-8 students and the Michigan High School Content Expectations for 9-12. Common Core State Standards are available online at www.otsegops.org.  For more information, please contact Melissa Koenig, Director of Elementary Instruction, at 269-692-6149 or Heather Kortlandt, Director of Secondary Instruction at 692-6162.
  • Achievement results for any nationally normed achievement tests: In addition to the MEAP and MI-Access testing, Otsego elementary students also take the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Below is the summary.

 

Dix Street Elementary ITBS Summary
2011-12

Grade

Reading

 

Language

 

Math

 

Grade Equivalent

Percentile Rank

 

Grade Equivalent

Percentile Rank

 

Grade Equivalent

Percentile Rank

2

2.6

43

 

2.8

53

 

2.8

46

3

4.1

63

 

3.8

55

 

3.8

56

4

5.2

64

 

5.0

54

 

4.8

51

5

6.2

65

 

6.5

68

 

6.1

60

 

  • Parent involvement in parent-teacher conferences:
    • 2010-11 School Year
      • Fall Conferences...................................... 85%
      • Spring Conferences.................................. 86%
      • Orientations:............................................ 75%
      • Fall Open House...................................... 62%
    • 2011-12 School Year
      • Fall Conferences...................................... 89%
      • Spring Conferences.................................. 87%
      • Orientations............................................. 76%
      • Fall Open House...................................... 65%

 

Points of Pride

  • Kalamazoo Nature Center programs for K-3 and 5th grade students. Yaz, a local Michigan history program, for 4th grade.
  • The Dix Street Student Council conducted “Cookie Capers” for Hospice at Christmas.
  • Additionally, school-wide contests and teacher appreciation events were sponsored by the student council.
  • The Dix Street PTO awarded $2,500 in teacher mini-grants for classroom programming.
  • Forty-six fifth graders were awarded the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and three fifth graders were awarded the President’s Award for Academic Achievement.
  • Students read over 100,000 pages and earned more than 1,500 ACR points for Reading Month while focusing on our “Making Tracks Around the World” theme.  Additionally, we had local Author Karen Bell-Brege visit to talk about writing, reading and the power of chasing your dreams.
  • Jim Merrills, Experience the Magic, presented an anti-bullying message using magic and entertainment to all kids K-5.
  • Tricia Garton, Dix Street vocal music teacher lead the Otsego Stars (4th & 5th grade choir) in two performances as well as the annual 3rd grade musical.
  • 107 students participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart event and raised $6,113.
  • Physical Education Teacher, Darcy Bentley implemented a Mileage Club where students walk, jog, or run during their lunch recess.  The students accumulate mileage and receive prizes at specific miles-earned.  The top runner went 98.7 miles!
  • Mr. VanderKlok, 1st grade, and Mrs. Bentley organized and lead the 6-week Boyz on the Move program focusing on sportsmanship, positive attitude, teamwork, gentleman skills, anger management, self-esteem and physical fitness. The 20 boys finish the program with a 5K fitness event including running, biking, and swimming.
  • PTO Sponsored skating party at Lawson Ice arena was attended by 175 students and their families.
  • School Social worker, Anna Starr, and her 3rd grade Positive Attitude Group planned and implemented a community clothes closet.  This event won $5,000 from the Fox 17/Pizza Hut Pay it Forward contest.  The $5,000 is being used to keep the clothes closet stocked a ready to help meet the needs of people in the Otsego community.
  • This year we began to implement DELTA Math to screen students’ math progress.  The data from the screener is used to set up intervention groups that will ensure math achievement and progress.
  • Physical Education and activity programs continue to grow and encourage students to live healthier lifestyles and enjoy physical activity. P.A.W.S., Physical Activity With Spirit, is an after-school program; JumpStart! is a before-school program that helps to get students focused and motivated to learn for the day.