From Principal Brown

Mrs. Brown

January, 2018

Dear Forest Families;

Grand Valley State University’s Charter School Office (GVSU CSO) completed their renewal visit on January 10.  We recently received feedback from their visit I wanted to share with you. Overall, they were extremely impressed with our school facility, how dedicated our staff was to our students and how creative and well behaved our students are.  They valued our small class sizes, our use of NWEA data to individualize instruction and maximize growth, the positive relationships between our staff and as a school community as well as our expansion by offering seventh and eighth grade.

GVSU CSO did offer a few suggestions to consider: such as collecting data on the success of our middle school students in high school to strengthen our support of them during this transition; which we plan to do.  They also suggested exploring ways to continue to expose our students and staff to technology that can be used to enrich instruction and to continue to maintain our school wide positive behavior support system to guide student academic and social success.  We plan to continue to do both.

During their visit, they visited classrooms and observed a math lesson in Mr. Block’s room, observed students completing reading and writing stations in Ms. Trebing and Mrs. Ymker’s class.  They watched Mrs. Scheffler’s class explore STEM-based on activities and a language arts lesson in Mrs. Medema’s class.  They toured the building admiring the art and writing samples displayed throughout the building and met directly with a few classroom teachers, support staff and school administration as well as members of our management company.

The GVSU CSO team that completed the renewal visit is recommending a seven year charter contract renewal to the GVSU Board of Trustees at their meeting in April.  We are very pleased with this recommendation as seven years is the largest contract approved by the board.

Other Important News:
It is important for students to arrive to school on time each day and remain in school for the full instructional day to maximize learning.  145 students earned Attendance Club Flare for having less than five absences during the second quarter. All students are able to earn Attendance Club Flare each quarter.

We have two family fun nights planned this week.  Title I and the PTO are hosting a literacy night TONIGHT from 4-5 p.m. Stop by and learn more about Title I, the PTO and play Bingo to earn free books.  On Thursday, the staff is hosting a family fun night at Chuck E Cheese.  Come by between 4-7 p.m. to eat pizza, play games and visit with other Forest families.  15% of sales during this time will be earned by the school to help support upcoming events.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  (More information to come)

Family Sock Hop         February 9
School Wide Celebration/Performance     February 28

Amanda Brown                                                                                            Meghan Watters
Principal                                                                                                        Assistant Principal