Welcome to Cal El
Welcome To Caledonia Elementary
Greetings! Caledonia Elementary School is a tremendous place to learn. As educators, we strive to build excellence in our daily interactions so that our students acquire the knowledge necessary to be successful in all areas of life. One way in which we seek to do this is by honoring traditions while also providing engaging teaching strategies.
Cal El consists of grades Kindergarten through fifth grade, with a student population of approximately 450 students. Embedded within our school are many devoted and caring staff members whose mission is to make student learning interactive and engaging. Our staff is comprised of highly qualified teachers, as mandated under federal legislation, in addition to skilled support staff members. These individuals provide instruction in 18 regular education classrooms. We also provide special education and Title I services for students needing additional or more specific instruction. Moreover, special classes such as music, art, physical education and Spanish are also offered to students.
Besides our wonderful educators, one of the aspects that make the above-mentioned environments so engaging is technology. The school is fortunate to have an exceptional facility, updated with document cameras, projectors, and laptop computers.
Our website is designed to help you become familiar with Cal El, which includes its staff, educational opportunities, procedures, and routines. If you have any questions that we can answer, please call the office or stop by the school.
The Cal El Way
At Cal El, we strive to be a responsible learner each day. To this end, we actively teach students to be safe, responsible, and respectful through our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) instruction. We are Team Cal El!
Our community is critical to what we do each day. Parents and loved ones are always encouraged to become involved in their child's schooling experience as this helps to secure academic achievement. Contributing to the PTO, or becoming a PTO Board Member, is a great way to become engaged. The PTO develops and implements a number of events throughout the year. For more information about these, please see the PTO page.
In closing, we hold to a phrase that encapsulates the past and the future, "heart and heritage." My hope is that you learn more about this phrase, or said differently, more about who we are, throughout the information on this site as well as other artifacts or conversations you may have with people representing Caledonia Elementary School. Truly, Cal El is a fantastic place to be!
Strive for Five
This year, all Kent County Schools have agreed to a common policy regarding attendance in our schools. The theme Kent ISD is using this year is “Strive for Five”. Accompanying the change in policy is the addition of the term, “chronic absenteeism,” which is missing 10% or more of the instructional days at any point in the calendar year. Essentially, the hope of the ISD and surrounding schools, including Caledonia Community Schools, is to have students present for instruction as often as possible (i.e., missing 5 days or less - “Strive for Five”).
Should a student miss five days for medical appointments, illness, etc., parents will receive a letter informing them of the accumulated absences. If your child misses 10 school days, a referral will be made to Kent ISD. At that time, parents will be encouraged to meet with their building principal to create a plan for improved attendance. In the event attendance continues to be problematic, and reach the point of 15 days, further action will be taken including a second referral to the ISD.
As always, our plan is to work with our parents. We recognize that at times there are extenuating circumstances which prohibit children from being in school. The intent, however is that your child is in school when possible. Please make sure to provide the school with documentation if your child visits a medical professional (e.g., letter from the dentist, pediatrician, etc.). Ultimately, the goal is for our students to take in all of the instruction available to them. Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.
What Will Your Child Learn At School?
The Michigan Department of Education has established standards and benchmarks that all school districts must follow. School districts are given the flexibility to choose their own textbooks, resources, materials, and methods, but all schools must teach the State Standards. These standards and benchmarks can be found within the Michigan Merit Curriculum and are assessed through the MSTEP and SAT tests. Caledonia Community Schools meets these State Standard requirements by following our district curriculum which is correlated with the Michigan Merit Curriculum.
Welcome to the Caledonia Elementary Library
Use Our Library Program From Home
The Caledonia schools have begun using a new web-based library program called Destiny. This program can be accessed anywhere you have internet. You can see what books your student has checked out, their cost if they are lost, and see a history of all the books they have checked out from the library. Your student can also make a personal list of books they would like to check out to use when they come to library, hold a book if it is checked out, and they can recommend a book to others or write a review. To log onto this program, click the link found here and choose Caledonia Elementary. Login in the upper right corner. The user name is your student's FirstNameLastName with no spaces. The password is their student ID number. Check out our exciting new program with them!
Parent Pick Up
Our morning drop-off practices are meant to be efficient and safe for your child(ren). In an effort to add clarity, we will begin to use cones to indicate where the “drop-off zone” is when releasing your child(ren). Dropping-off your child(ren) within the area marked by the cones will allow a quick, convenient, and safe way for your child(ren) to exit your vehicle. So, please remember these guidelines as a way to maintain your child’s safety as well as the safety of others.
- Be sure your child(ren) is/are ready to go when you are between the cones.
- Pull as close to the first cone (by the large green electrical box) as possible. This will allow more people to drop-off their child(ren) and keep the line moving quickly.
- Remain in your vehicle.
- If you need to take more time to help a child with a backpack or a coat, find a parking space and then walk your child into the building.
- Have your child exit the vehicle on the school side of the drive when you have come to a complete stop.
- If dropping-off before 8:40 am, when the first bell rings, have your child(ren) walk directly to the playground unless the temperature is 0 or below or it’s precipitating.
- Avoid using the bus parking lot or the bus entrance/exit to drop-off your child(ren).
As a way to provide clarity in the afternoon, please remember the following guidelines when picking up your child(ren).
- Leave the lane by the main entrance open for cars to pull through. (Do not park in this lane.)
- Find a space in the parking lot and come into the building. Please walk your child out to your vehicle.
- The curved turn area by the Gymnasium is to be reserved for the car pick-up system.
Your help in following these practices is greatly appreciated. Our goal is to get the children into school and dismissed from school safely as well as to keep traffic flowing. In the past, this has proven to be possible when we all work together and follow the established procedure.
View Part 1 of the 2015-16 Handbook.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 891-8181
Click on the grade to view class supply list.
The help of our parents is always appreciated. Providing the supplies below will help ensure students have what they need while working in their classroom.
Assessments play a large role in the process of educating students. Not only do appropriate assessments measure the amount of learning given a particular concept, they also allow for teachers to gain an understanding in how to instruct students.
Of course, there are many formal and informal assessments. Below is a group of assessments that Caledonia Elementary School personnel utilize throughout a school year. Keep in mind that the list is not exhaustive.
Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)
The State of Michigan has developed a new assessment system, the M-STEP, to replace the MEAP test. 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 grade 4, and social studies in grade 5. Each assessment will include both open-ended response and multiple-choice questions. Open-ended questions challenge students to explain their answers by providing written responses.
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
DIBELS are given three times per year to all kindergarten through fifth grade students. This group of tests helps to determine a student's reading aptitude. The concepts tested range from fluency to comprehension. Each test is short, but they yield valuable information.
Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI)
The SRI tests a student's ability to comprehend text as well as their ability to understand vocabulary. This test is given in grades two through five and is rooted in selected response. The measure is given three to four times per year. Results are given through a number referred to as the Lexile score. (This number is said to calculate a student's reading ability at the time of the test.)
Reading Counts, a quiz-based program, is tied to Scholastic. Here, students read books and take comprehension quizzes to amass points. Through this sort of activity, coupled with other reading practices, students are able to increase their reading performance, thus advancing their Lexile scores.
Phonological Awareness Screener for Intervention & Phonics Screener for Intervention (PASI & PSI)
The phonics screeners allow teachers to determine where students fall relative to their understanding of sounds. There is growing research to suggest that a student's ability to grasp phonics increases their ability in the area of comprehension.
The PASI and PSI are given in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades multiple times per year. As with other tests, formal and informal (e.g., observations, notes, etc.), the results help teachers in their ability to instruct individual students.
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
Maps testing (grades 3-5) and MPG (grades K-2) take this adaptive test to ultimately determine instructional tools. The test will also help learners reach individual potential in the areas of language arts and math. The tests are heavily researched and used by many districts throughout the country.
There are many curriculum-based measures utilized by classroom teachers to gauge the depth of learning per student. In many cases with writing and math, these measures have been created from district teacher feedback. Included in both disciplines are beginning and end of the year assessments directly tied to the common core standards.
Welcome! Kindergarten is such a wonderful experience. There is so much mystery attached to this grade level, primarily because it is the first school year for many children. To help answer some of the questions associated with the kindergarten experience, please visit the links below. For further details about kindergarten, please call the school office at 891.8181.
For Title IX information or to access grievance forms related to title iX, visit the district Human Resources page and select the Title IX tab.