Lincoln Annual Report


Lincoln's Annual Education Report

January 31, 2020   

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) providing key information on the 2018-19 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 connecting to the following link Lincoln AER 2018-2019 or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2018-19 school year, schools were identified 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 subgroups. 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, as was the case with Lincoln Elementary School.


From the Mi School Data School Index Report here is a summary of how Lincoln scored on each performance indicator, meaning the percent of students who met the state predetermined target:

Overall Index 


Growth Index  


Support Category  


Proficiency Index 


School Quality and Student Success  


Assessment Participation



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.  Due to housing the “east track” of Spanish Immersion classrooms, we have a number of students attending Lincoln from Adams and Woodbridge Elementary Schools due to parent request for their children to participate in this program.  

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. In addition to academic goals in each content area, Lincoln continues to address social and emotional goals into our school improvement plan.    This comprehensive plan is available for review on our building website. Here are a few highlights and updates of where we are in our plan:

Implemented the Michigan Model Lessons in Nutrition and Social & Emotional Health.

Write Well Writing Curriculum for greater consistency in writing instruction.

Formative assessment questions in math to drive our math workshop instruction.

Phonics First & Structures as our K-5 word work curriculum. 

Professional development around quality math instruction and use of DEAL, a problem solving strategy that is used K-5 for common language and expectations.

Continuation of a 90 minute literacy block that includes lessons for vocabulary, accuracy, comprehension, word study and fluency.  

UNIQUE TO LINCOLN - Lincoln continues to offer students the option of Spanish Immersion as well as traditional instruction.  Lincoln will continue to be a “3 section” building, but one of the sections at each grade level will be taught completely in Spanish.  We are one of the smaller schools in the district due to lack of land and new housing.  

We continue to offer Learning Lab two days per week after school for tutoring and addition time for help with homework to any interested students.  This is run by Lincoln classroom teachers and principal and is at no cost to families choosing to participate.  

Lincoln implemented CHIX TIX as our formal PBIS system for recognizing and reinforcing student behavior as posted on our behavior matrix.  This compliments our character trait award program which rewards students who meet established and published criteria in the areas of Choose Responsibility, Honor Everyone, Invest in Yourself & Others, and Expect Excellence.  

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


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.


% Reading At/Above Grade Level on Fountas & Pinnell Running Records – End of Year and includes our Spanish Immersion students which is a primary factor for lower grade level scores than previous years.  Our immersion students typically begin below grade level and can take a few years to get up to benchmark.   

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STAR End of Year Benchmark Data

(Percent of students at or above the 40th percentile rank nationally.)

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CONFERENCE INVOLVEMENT – Just over ninety-eight percent of Lincoln Elementary students’ parents attended our parent-teacher conferences in the fall of 2018-2019.  Spring conferences continue to be reserved for those students who a meeting is requested by the teacher or the parent. 


VOLUNTEERS AT LINCOLN -  This incredible continued 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 accounted for 268 different volunteers contributing to Lincoln with just over 863 hours of work. We are so thankful to be blessed with this incredible continued partnership! 

We take pride in our “Lincoln family” and value the excellent working relationship between all our stakeholders, the students, parents and staff!  Staff relationships with both students and parents continue to be a point of pride in our annual perception surveys. Communication also has been a strength so be sure to pay attention to our weekly newsletter that will inform you 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!

Thank you for taking the time to read through this brief glance of our school’s status.


Thomas L. De Graaf