Lake Hills Elementary School
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Inspires Learning Excellence

...a systemic application of continuous improvement strategies



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In 2000, Lake Hills Elementary School designed a program that considered both academic and behavioral growth of students. One of only four projects funded through a four-year federal grant, the SMILE program was a cooperative effort of Lake Hills and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, and the University of Oregon.

We encourage successful behaviors by teaching and reinforcing school-wide standards, expectations, and daily routines. By monitoring major and minor infractions of behavior we consistently provide a safe learning environment for all students. Infractions are recorded at school and notification is sent home. Parents must sign the discipline referral form and return it to school.

As one method of monitoring successful academic progress, students receive several assessments each year of their ability to fluently read selected grade level text. This snapshot of their reading rate provides a predictability of overall reading success.

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. Using the DIBELS web-based database were are able to generate student, classroom, and school progress reports and regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills for all students.

The stacked-bar chart below reflects the results of these assessments at Lake Hills Elementary School. Progress toward benchmark goals is monitored by classroom teachers. Students in the intensive category receive additional academic support services and/or computer-assisted intervention.

If you have questions or would like more information about the SMILE project, contact Steve Goodman at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (877.702.8600) or Sue Mueller at Lake Hills Elementary Schools (616.850.5600).