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Robert and Patricia Muth Excellence in Leadership Award

Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School
Battle Creek Public Schools ~ Gloria Robertson, Principal

Bluffton Elementary School
Muskegon Public Schools ~ Paul DeHorn, Principal

Port Huron High School
Port Huron Area School District ~ Larry Crosby, Principal

Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School
Battle Creek Public Schools ~ Gloria Robertson, Principal

Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School serves 301 students attending preschool through 6th grade. Eighty-four percent (84%) of the students are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program.

Ann J. Kellogg School’s goals for student achievement focus on demonstration of student skills in communications, mathematics and science as well as demonstrating success in the statewide Michigan Educational Assessment Program.

The staff has immersed itself in the best strategies for teaching students. They have used the Language Arts Series Enrichment Resources (L.A.S.E.R.) program. This project includes parents as part of the team to increase student reading, writing, and math performance through arts integration.
 

With the district of Battle Creek’s support, the staff has participated in and implemented the Urban Learner Concept presented by Dr. Belinda Williams of Brown University. This program challenges schools to create an environment that uses prevention rather than remediation, expects success of all learners and focuses on building resiliency in children through honoring their culture and their families’ experiences.

Ann J. Kellogg staff uses multiple measures to assess student programs. Using state, district, and teacher tools for testing, allows improvement of teaching to be ongoing. As a result of their continued devotion to students, their performance on state assessments has experienced marked improvements.

The focus of "Excellence for All" is carried out in a loving, high energy, parent, teacher, community involved atmosphere. Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School works to establish high expectations for all students. Their priorities lie with the instructional program, meeting academic goals, providing support and maximizing the use of all available resources to assure student success. 
 

 

 

Bluffton Elementary School
Muskegon Public Schools ~ Paul DeHorn, Principal

Bluffton Elementary School serves 173 students in grades K-5. Almost 30% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch and 15% of the students are designated Special Education. Student achievement at Bluffton, as measured by the MEAP and other assessments, has shown consistent and significant improvement in reading and math over the last several years. Bluffton staff "are committed to challenging students in a caring and supportive environment to high levels of achievement and success by using the most effective teaching methods." (Bluffton Mission Statement).

In recent years, Bluffton teachers and paraprofessionals have been involved in a considerable amount of professional development aimed at the implementation of the best educational practices. 
 

The many research-based programs and methods shown to be associated with increased students’ learning and implemented at Bluffton Elementary School include: Cooperative Learning, Integrated Thematic Instruction, Brain Compatible Instruction, Multiple Intelligences, AIM (Activities in Math and Science), Math Their Way and Math a Way of Thinking, Elements of Effective Instruction (Madeline Hunter model), and Higher Level Thinking based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

One of the more dramatic changes in Bluffton’s instructional methods in recent years is a shift to more hands-on learning activities with an emphasis on practical, real-life application. In mathematics, for example, students perform many more measurement activities and applications requiring problem-solving at higher conceptual levels. The school’s science curriculum is now aligned with the new state objectives and reflects a focus on depth rather than breadth. And, children at all grade levels are expected to write every day. Journal writing on a variety of topics and for a variety of purposes is the most common activity across the grades. Children are introduced very early to the four-step writing process: prewriting, drafting, editing, and polishing.

Principal Paul DeHorn is highly visible in classrooms, showing support for teachers in the delivery of the curriculum and in showing a personal interest in the performance of children. He initiated a year-long project to carefully identify the key instructional objectives at each grade level and to identify, along with teachers, how to monitor learning.

Bluffton parents and the community actively practice as volunteers in classrooms, on school improvement teams, and as resources to students and teachers. 

 

 

Port Huron High School
Port Huron Area School District ~ Larry Crosby, Principal

Port Huron High School has a student population that reflects the ethnic background of the community. Eighty-five percent (85%) of the current 1570 students are Caucasian, with the remainder divided among African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asians. The school serves the heart of the inner-city and a large section of rural poor. All of the feeder elementary schools are Title 1 target schools, and the largest feeder middle school has over 60% free and reduced lunch. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the students are classified as low income based on free and reduced lunch eligibility, and twenty-four percent (24%) are served by state at-risk funding. Twelve percent (12%) of Port Huron High School students receive services from the special education program.

In the fall of 1996, upon reviewing the first state High School Proficiency Test data, Port Huron High School set out to align their School Improvement Plan with the state’s core Curriculum Content Standards and Benchmarks.

Parents, students, community members and 100% of the staff formed four goals teams aligned with core curriculum areas and began to design a plan that would truly ensure the success of all the students in the school. The goals teams continue to meet regularly to plan and to review the progress and relevancy of the plan and to monitor test data to measure improvement.

In pursuit of its mission, Port Huron High School strives to implement instructional strategies and overall policies that challenge and support all students. Therefore, the total school program, including academics, athletic and the arts, incorporates proven educational practices to promote the ideas of teamwork, problem solving, character development and acceptance of diversity.

Port Huron High School’s research based Concurrent Testing Program coordinates the state’s School Improvement requirements (P.A. 25 and P.A. 335), "success" (at risk) funding and the school’s curriculum and instructional practices to focus intensely on improving student achievement.

Other strategies include eliminating "low track" courses in favor of integrating ability levels of students in the classroom which increases student motivation and achievement; employing two "success teachers" who serve as instructional specialists and use a team approach with the principal and curriculum directors to support the teachers and instructional program; stressing writing across the curriculum to promote higher level thinking and reasoning skills and offering many avenues for parent involvement.

The science and math departments go beyond the standard curriculum with laboratory and realistic math projects related to real-life situations. For example, over 460 students prepared research-based projects for the annual 1995 Science Fair, making it the largest such event in the country.

At Port Huron High School, developing potential is a joint venture shared by students, staff, parents and community members.
 

 

 

Robert and Patricia Muth Excellence in Leadership Award

Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School
Battle Creek Public Schools ~ Gloria Robertson, Principal

Bluffton Elementary School
Muskegon Public Schools ~ Paul DeHorn, Principal

Port Huron High School
Port Huron Area School District ~ Larry Crosby, Principal

Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School
Battle Creek Public Schools ~ Gloria Robertson, Principal

Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School serves 301 students attending preschool through 6th grade. Eighty-four percent (84%) of the students are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program.

Ann J. Kellogg School’s goals for student achievement focus on demonstration of student skills in communications, mathematics and science as well as demonstrating success in the statewide Michigan Educational Assessment Program.

The staff has immersed itself in the best strategies for teaching students. They have used the Language Arts Series Enrichment Resources (L.A.S.E.R.) program. This project includes parents as part of the team to increase student reading, writing, and math performance through arts integration.
 

With the district of Battle Creek’s support, the staff has participated in and implemented the Urban Learner Concept presented by Dr. Belinda Williams of Brown University. This program challenges schools to create an environment that uses prevention rather than remediation, expects success of all learners and focuses on building resiliency in children through honoring their culture and their families’ experiences.

Ann J. Kellogg staff uses multiple measures to assess student programs. Using state, district, and teacher tools for testing, allows improvement of teaching to be ongoing. As a result of their continued devotion to students, their performance on state assessments has experienced marked improvements.

The focus of "Excellence for All" is carried out in a loving, high energy, parent, teacher, community involved atmosphere. Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School works to establish high expectations for all students. Their priorities lie with the instructional program, meeting academic goals, providing support and maximizing the use of all available resources to assure student success. 
 

 

 

Bluffton Elementary School
Muskegon Public Schools ~ Paul DeHorn, Principal

Bluffton Elementary School serves 173 students in grades K-5. Almost 30% of the student population qualify for free/reduced lunch and 15% of the students are designated Special Education. Student achievement at Bluffton, as measured by the MEAP and other assessments, has shown consistent and significant improvement in reading and math over the last several years. Bluffton staff "are committed to challenging students in a caring and supportive environment to high levels of achievement and success by using the most effective teaching methods." (Bluffton Mission Statement).

In recent years, Bluffton teachers and paraprofessionals have been involved in a considerable amount of professional development aimed at the implementation of the best educational practices. 
 

The many research-based programs and methods shown to be associated with increased students’ learning and implemented at Bluffton Elementary School include: Cooperative Learning, Integrated Thematic Instruction, Brain Compatible Instruction, Multiple Intelligences, AIM (Activities in Math and Science), Math Their Way and Math a Way of Thinking, Elements of Effective Instruction (Madeline Hunter model), and Higher Level Thinking based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

One of the more dramatic changes in Bluffton’s instructional methods in recent years is a shift to more hands-on learning activities with an emphasis on practical, real-life application. In mathematics, for example, students perform many more measurement activities and applications requiring problem-solving at higher conceptual levels. The school’s science curriculum is now aligned with the new state objectives and reflects a focus on depth rather than breadth. And, children at all grade levels are expected to write every day. Journal writing on a variety of topics and for a variety of purposes is the most common activity across the grades. Children are introduced very early to the four-step writing process: prewriting, drafting, editing, and polishing.

Principal Paul DeHorn is highly visible in classrooms, showing support for teachers in the delivery of the curriculum and in showing a personal interest in the performance of children. He initiated a year-long project to carefully identify the key instructional objectives at each grade level and to identify, along with teachers, how to monitor learning.

Bluffton parents and the community actively practice as volunteers in classrooms, on school improvement teams, and as resources to students and teachers. 

 

 

Port Huron High School
Port Huron Area School District ~ Larry Crosby, Principal

Port Huron High School has a student population that reflects the ethnic background of the community. Eighty-five percent (85%) of the current 1570 students are Caucasian, with the remainder divided among African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asians. The school serves the heart of the inner-city and a large section of rural poor. All of the feeder elementary schools are Title 1 target schools, and the largest feeder middle school has over 60% free and reduced lunch. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the students are classified as low income based on free and reduced lunch eligibility, and twenty-four percent (24%) are served by state at-risk funding. Twelve percent (12%) of Port Huron High School students receive services from the special education program.

In the fall of 1996, upon reviewing the first state High School Proficiency Test data, Port Huron High School set out to align their School Improvement Plan with the state’s core Curriculum Content Standards and Benchmarks.

Parents, students, community members and 100% of the staff formed four goals teams aligned with core curriculum areas and began to design a plan that would truly ensure the success of all the students in the school. The goals teams continue to meet regularly to plan and to review the progress and relevancy of the plan and to monitor test data to measure improvement.

In pursuit of its mission, Port Huron High School strives to implement instructional strategies and overall policies that challenge and support all students. Therefore, the total school program, including academics, athletic and the arts, incorporates proven educational practices to promote the ideas of teamwork, problem solving, character development and acceptance of diversity.

Port Huron High School’s research based Concurrent Testing Program coordinates the state’s School Improvement requirements (P.A. 25 and P.A. 335), "success" (at risk) funding and the school’s curriculum and instructional practices to focus intensely on improving student achievement.

Other strategies include eliminating "low track" courses in favor of integrating ability levels of students in the classroom which increases student motivation and achievement; employing two "success teachers" who serve as instructional specialists and use a team approach with the principal and curriculum directors to support the teachers and instructional program; stressing writing across the curriculum to promote higher level thinking and reasoning skills and offering many avenues for parent involvement.

The science and math departments go beyond the standard curriculum with laboratory and realistic math projects related to real-life situations. For example, over 460 students prepared research-based projects for the annual 1995 Science Fair, making it the largest such event in the country.

At Port Huron High School, developing potential is a joint venture shared by students, staff, parents and community members.