Dear Lincoln Middle Friends and Family,
The state of Michigan will not be using the MEAP test in the fall to assess the students across the state. Instead, the state will be contracting with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) from 22 states (Michigan being one of them) to issue a test in the spring of 2015. The SBAC is extending the opportunity for districts to practice taking a test from either English or Math this spring. Our 6th grade students will be taking this practice test in ‘math only’ on April 29th and April 30th. This test will not count on their report card or be used as a grade. However, we ask that you join us in promoting the importance of this test and that students do their very best. This test will be administered online and our math teachers will be using the computer labs over those two days to administer the test. We have already spoken to the sixth grade students about their practice test this year.Our MEAP scores have been pored over by our staff and we are looking at specific strand areas to work on for improvement. Although we will be using the Smarter Balanced test next year, there is much to gain from looking at our results. Our trends in 6th grade math show that we are trending upward but slowly. In 6th grade Reading our trend went up strongly two years ago and to a very slight dip this year. In Social Studies our scores need a lot of attention. In the 7th grade, our math scores went up two years ago and dipped slightly this year but a neglible amount. In Reading, we went up this year and have increased in two of the last three years. In writing, we had a strong increase two years ago and dropped this year. All 8th grade scores went up in Math, Reading, and Science. Parent/Teacher Conferences were held last Tuesday and we enjoyed seeing 185 families represented for 31% of our total student body. Spring sports just started with tryouts we will soon be able to go outside and watch baseball, softball, and track.
The mission of Lincoln Middle School is to ensure that every student reaches a high level of academic achievement as determined by state and national standards. We commit to the individual excellence of every student by empowering them to become confident and productive members of society. To ensure these outcomes, we are committed to a comprehensive system of support which reaches all levels of learners.
The Lincoln Middle School vision is to promote life-long learning through teacher collaboration adapted to individual student needs. We will facilitate active learning through aligned curriculum and high behavioral standards promoting respect and responsibility. We will provide a safe, secure, and professional climate with the main purpose being the educational success of all students. We will succeed in doing so through the use of effective educational programs and valuable community resources, while maintaining a strong partnership with students and parents.
- We believe that students benefit academically in a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment.
- We believe in empowering every student to become productive members of society.
- We believe our students' learning, attendance, and behavior improve when they are actively engaged in meaningful, real-life work.
- We believe in life-long learning as educators to continually be the best leaders we can be for our students.