In the 2017/2018 school year, 85.38% of Village 3rd and 4th grade students met their proficiency target on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. As a staff, we are regularly reflecting on our teaching practice and utilizing these and other pieces of data to drive our instructional decisions. The Village staff regularly attends professional learning that is designed to build teacher’s acumen around instruction and social-emotional learning. At Village, we are committed to growing our skill-set together. We are grateful to our community, staff, and students for their support and commitment to academic excellence.
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Village Elementary is outstanding and supports our school in a variety of ways. Some of the events and activities put on by the Village PTO include the Hedgehog Hustle, BOGO Santa Book Fair, Back to School Picnic, Glow Dance, Holiday Shop in December, Field Day and various fundraising efforts that provide so much for students and staff. The PTO meets monthly and is always looking for ways to support Village.
Social Emotional Learning
The Village staff embeds social-emotional learning (SEL) as a “core” subject area in our building. The staff and students work diligently to create and maintain common expectations in all areas of the building. We have developed a common language and work on teaching students the skills to help them manage their emotions, show empathy for others, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. We have a full time school psychologist who works with students and staff on SEL development in addition to teaching mindfulness techniques in our classrooms.
Field Trips & Assemblies
Students get to enjoy a number of fun and educational field trips and assemblies throughout their time at Village Elementary. Some of these engaging learning opportunities include field trips to Michigan State Capitol Tour, Howell Nature Center, Village of Hartland Tour, Kensington Farm and Park Tour, Ann Arbor Hands On Museum Visit, Greenfield Village Trip, and/or Longway Planetarium Science Trip. The Village staff welcomes a variety of presenters to our building including authors, illustrators, veteran’s, the Hartland High School band and Choir, and various presenters associated with college and career options.
Village offers a variety of specialty courses in art, music and physical education. Students are able to showcase their skills in these venues, as well as gather an awareness and appreciation for the arts and fitness.
Michigan Green School
As part of Michigan’s Green School program, Village has been awarded the highest status as an Evergreen School for several years running due to our dedication to practices that promote conservation and preservation of our environment. Our third grade students from Mrs. Thering’s class serve as our recycling club sponsors. This year, Village also participated in the Pennies for Paws program that helped to raise funds for the Howell Nature Center.