Lincoln Annual Report

Annual Report Letter

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May 15, 2018

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2016-17 educational progress for the Lincoln Elementary 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 Tom De Graaf for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site Lincoln AER Combined Report  or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2016-17 school year, schools were identified using new definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has three or more underperforming student subgroups. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state.  Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given.

Our school was identified as a “non-labeled school” for 2016-2017.

There are some challenges that our school experiences.  Our sub groups of students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged percentage proficient grew at a different growth rate in 3rd grade ELA, 4th grade Math, and 5th grade Math than our non-special education and non-economically disadvantaged students.  Due to the nature of teaching students in a second language (Spanish Immersion program), it can take a student up until 8th grade to be at reading proficiency. This will impact scores at the local, state, and national level.  It can be difficult to provide WIN/WIN+ for the immersion students due to lack of resources.

PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL – In district and out of district requests for placement are honored based on availability within each grade level.  Parents are asked to list their top 3 choices of school placements if they do not live in the ZPS boundary area. This process usually takes place in late spring and parents are notified of placement in May or June for the following year.  These forms for requests can be found on district and building web sites and submitted to the Zeeland Public Schools Central Administration Office.  Out of district families are required to submit their requests each year, even though we attempt to keep students in the building they were previously assigned to.

THE STATUS OF THE 3-5 YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN – Lincoln Elementary continues to work on our school improvement plan to help students achieve the necessary skills for success in reading, writing, math science and social studies.  This plan included specific strategies and activities for Tier I, II and III instruction.  This plan is available for review on our building website.

UNIQUE TO LINCOLN – Lincoln continues to offer students the option of Spanish Immersion as well as traditional instruction.  We have full classrooms in kindergarten, first, second, third and fourth grades.  Students are taught the Zeeland Public Schools curriculum but in the target language of Spanish.   As this program grows, Lincoln will continue to be a “3 section” building, but one of the sections at each grade level will be taught completely in Spanish.

Lincoln continues to partner with the West Michigan Mental Health Foundation in Grand Rapids to deliver “be NICE” lessons.  The curriculum and activities focus on the mental health of students in hopes to reduce depression and suicidal thoughts later in life.  It also encourages schools to formally notice positive and negative behaviors and recognize them publicly, try to be more inviting to visitors and one another, challenge selves and others, and empower peers to take a stand for what they believe in.  The “be nice” acronym stands for N-notice / I – invite / C – challenge / E – empower.  There are monthly activities our student steering committee leads classrooms through pertaining to these areas of focus.  We also deliver the Michigan Model Health Curriculum in the areas of social/emotional and nutrition.  These lessons align and support the “be NICE” initiative.

Lincoln continues to run our annual Fitness Frenzy Fundraiser each September to generate additional funds for grade levels, classrooms and teachers.  This event is a day filled with active, fitness oriented activity, including a walk a thon, where students get sponsorship for participating.  Typical fundraisers only involve between 40-60% of the students, where this event involves every Lincoln student and every student walks away from the event with a memento of the day.  Monies raised help fund the following:

  • field trip transportation for every grade level
  • event admission funds (field trips)
  • partial scholarships on field trips for those in need
  • published periodical for every student each month through the year
  • sensory tools for special needs students
  • books for the Just Right Library
  • Spanish books for the library
  • character trait program that runs throughout the year
  • walk program during February and March
  • supports teacher special requests

The Core Curriculum

This is based upon the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations 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. Our district has made the transition to the National Common Core Standards in math and English Language Arts.


Student Achievement Results

% Reading At/Above Grade Level on Fountas & Pinnell Running Records – End of Year

Grade Level 2015 2016 2017
K 74% 81% 86%
1st 97% 67% 84%
2nd 67% 97% 84%
3rd 80% 70% 84%
4th 93% 82% 75%
5th 84% 84% 74%


CONFERENCE INVOLVEMENT – Ninety-eight percent of Lincoln Elementary students’ parents attended our parent-teacher conferences in the fall of 2016-2017.  Spring conferences continue to be reserved for those students who a meeting is requested by the teacher or the parent.

VOLUNTEERS AT LINCOLN – Our 644 parent and community volunteers continue to support our students, the learning, and our planned activities by contributing 6025 hours.  This incredible donation of time and work on your part exceeded last year’s total and is a big reason Lincoln has a strong “family” feel.

We take pride in our “Lincoln family” and value the excellent working relationship between all our stakeholders, the students, parents and staff!  Be sure to pay attention to our weekly newsletter that will inform you of when we host annual family outings and events.  When considering options for your child in the West Michigan area, we encourage you to call or stop in for a tour of the building and the wonderful educational experiences we offer!


Thomas L. De Graaf

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