Technology Coach Update
Technology Bond Update
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After a year long process of garnering feedback from students, staff, community members and valued stakeholders, Gull Lake Community Schools has moved forward with its latest series of of device purchases utilizing bond money. The student voice was loud and clear in the request for a device that provided the opportunity for a pathway to attain the 5 C’s of Technology; Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Content availability. As a result, each GLHS student will be provided a Dell Chromebook to use throughout the school year. This device will allow students the opportunity to tackle to 5 C’s at anytime, anyplace, and at their own pace.
The majority of iPads previously utilized at GLHS will be repurposed to the K-5 buildings for student use individually and in small groups. GLCS appreciates the continued support as we prepare students for the challenges of learning in the Digital Age.
Math & ELA Standards:
The 2015 school year has kicked off in fine fashion, with many celebrations of success to be noted!
Gull Lake Middle School staff and students have worked diligently the past three years to decrease
achievement gaps and this work was recognized by Brian Whiston, State Superintendent of Education.
“Your school’s hard work and emphasis on data-driven decisions have narrowed the achievement gap
between the top and bottom performing 30 percent of students in your named focus school. Student
achievement among the bottom 30 percent has improved and we hope this trend continues.”
This summer Gull Lake Schools received its final executive summary of district data from the ACT
assessment. To say the results were impressive, would be a huge understatement! This is a collective
effort from everyone in our district and should be celebrated.
11th Grade Gull Lake District Results (GLHS, Virtual, & Gateway)
Number of Students Tested 264 107,844
ACT Average Scores
English 22.3 19.4
Math 20.8 19.5
Reading 22.5 20.1
Science 22.5 20.1
Composite 22.1 19.9
**Several content areas were the highest scores in the past five years. **
We have great students, staff, and families that continually work hard to ensure that "all students reach their fullest potential".
The state will be moving to SAT and PSAT standardized testing for high school students. In preparation for the upcoming shift, the SAT has partnered with KHAN Academy to provide free resources for students to utilize.
For the first time ever, Khan Academy has teamed up with the creators of the SAT to create personalized SAT practice for anyone, anywhere. In March 2016, the SAT is changing, and students can prepare for it on Khan Academy—for free.
We give students personalized practice recommendations and instant feedback on how they’re doing. If they’re curious, we also have a short video about how the new SAT is different.
Our system is designed to help students where they need it. Check it out yourself and we’ll automatically send you updates about important changes and SAT dates.
Please forward this email to families you know who are preparing for the SAT.
Khan Academy SAT team
P.S Check out Official SAT Practice on KhanAcademy.org for the new SAT—it’s totally free.
M-STEP replaces the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) that previously took place in the fall (2013). One major change to our state assessment process is that the test will now be administered online, instead of a paper/pencil format.
The M-STEP will include summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade which consists of the ACT Plus Writing, WorkKeys, and M-STEP summative in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. More information will follow from your student's individual building on the specific dates and times that testing will take place.
To assist in this transition, please take the opportunity to visit http://aware.22itrig.org/ , which is a great resource for students and families.
The Gull Lake District School Improvement Survey is an integral part of the continuous process of evaluation for our district and its programs. It provides school leaders and teachers a lens into the thinking and perceptions of our stakeholders. Careful analysis of the results enriches understanding of areas of strength and effectiveness as well as those areas that possibly need improvement.
The survey results will enable our school leaders to measure stakeholders’ attitudes and help target improvement strategies focused on student achievement as well as school and district effectiveness.
Survey access can be found at www.gulllakecs.org under the tab Quick Links - District School Improvement Survey.
Thank you in advance for your participation.