Elementary Curriculum Links

Grade K
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5

Middle School Curriculum

Grades 6-7-8

External Linkhttp://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/6-8_ELA_357703_7.pdf
External Linkhttp://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/6th_Math_357692_7.pdf
External Linkhttp://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/7th_Math_357693_7.pdf
External Linkhttp://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/8th_Math_357695_7.pdf
External Linkhttp://miccss.org/

High School Curriculum

Grades 9-12

External Linkhttp://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/6-12_ELA_357704_7.pdf
External Linkhttp://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/HS_Math_357698_7.pdf
External Linkhttp://miccss.org/

Articles about Standards Based Grading:

PDF DocumentRedos and Retakes Done Right
PDF DocumentStarting the Conversation About Grading
PDF DocumentHow Grading Reform Changed Our School
PDF DocumentGrades that Show What Students Know
PDF DocumentThe Case Against Grades

Title I, 31A, and other State & Federal Grants:

Title I - What is Title I?

Title I is the largest federal education program for elementary and secondary schools. Title I funds are targeted to high-poverty schools and districts and used to provide educational services to students who are educationally disadvantaged or at risk of failing to meet state standards.

Title I Parent Right-to-Know Letter

are to:

  • provide supplementary education to students eligible for services
  • provide additional funding to schools and districts serving high concentrations of children from low-income families
  • focus educators on the needs of special student populations
  • improve the academic achievement of eligible students, reduce performance gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students, and assist eligible students in meeting high academic standards.

Title I Schools are required to have a Parent Involvement Plan, and to stress. The Six Types Parental Involvement: 

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Learning at Home
  • Volunteering
  • Decision-Making
  • Collaborating with Community

We, as a district, aim to provide support in all of these areas.

How to Access the Title 1 Requirements for your child’s school:

  • All Title 1 Requirements are located in each building’s School Improvement Plan.
  • A hard copy of each school’s plan is available in the office for review.

The plan can also be accessed via our school website. Select the School Improvement link.

Van Dyke Title 1 Programs Provide:

  • Services based on the academic needs of students in Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
  • Opportunities for both students and parents to participate in district and building level Family Nights
  • Full Day Kindergarten partially funded through Title 1
  • Summer School programs
  • Supplemental Bilingual programming for ELL students
  • Academic Coaches (partially funded by Title I)
  • Technology Teachers in each elementary building
  • Technology equipment and upgrades
  • Science Enrichment Teachers is each elementary building
  • Intervention Tutors
  • Resources for Students Needing Extra Assistance

Title I District Contacts

Wendy Cusic, Director
Office of Curriculum and Instruction,
(586) 758-8341

District Title 1 Parent Involvement Liaison,
Mrs. Melissa Pluszczynski
(586) 758-8349

Section 31A – What is 31A?

State Funds for 31A are designated for supplemental programs for at-risk students. Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides funding to eligible districts for supplementary instructional and pupil support services for pupils who meet the at-risk criteria specified in the legislation. These criteria include low achievement on MEAP tests in mathematics, reading or science; failure to meet core academic curricular objectives in English language arts or mathematics (applies to grade K-3 pupils only); or the presence of two or more identified at-risk factors. The funds may also be used for class size reductions in grades 1-6 in schools above the district's poverty percentage. Section 31a funds are limited to direct services to pupils and may not be used for administrative or other related costs.

31A Services in the Van Dyke Public Schools

Some of the services provided by Section 31A funds in the Van Dyke Public Schools include:

  • Academic Coaches and Intervention Tutors
  • School Social Workers
  • Hall Monitors
  • Intervention Specialists at Lincoln Middle School and Lincoln High School teaching Tier III courses

31A District Contact

Wendy Cusic, Director
Office of Curriculum and Instruction,
(586) 758-8341

GSRP (Great Start Readiness Program) - Our World Of Fours

The Van Dyke Public Schools OWOF Program is funded through the MDE's GSRP grant.  Please see our Kennedy Early Childhood Center page for more information.