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Bean Elementary School

3201 Noble Road, Spring Arbor, MI 49283
Phone 517-841-8400, FAX 517-841-8804

Mission Statement
Reaching all students, one mind at a time
Accreditation
Bean Elementary is accredited by the State of Michigan.  Accreditation signifies that Bean recognizes and meets the diverse needs of its students.

Core Curriculum
Bean Elementary has met or exceeded the State Board of Education Core Curriculum in all areas:
  • Arts Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Language Arts Education
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • World Studies Education (Social Studies
  • Technology
Expanded Curriculum
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Assemblies and Speakers
  • Student Council
  • Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum
  • Chicago
  • Historical Living and Wax Museum
  • Fifth Grade Camp
  • Challenge U
  • Destination Imagination
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade Law Day - Court Trips
  • Literary Magazine
  • School Plays and Music Programs
  • C.P. Federal Credit Union Banking
  • Live Morning Announcements - WBES
  • Reading Buddies
  • Safety Patrol
  • Chess Club
  • Homework/Tutoring Club
  • Fifth Grade Exchange City Field Trip
  • Recycling Club
We are fortunate to have strong parent, PTA, and community support for our drug free program.  Again this year, several assemblies involving character, responsibility, and drug free information were presented for our students.  The variety and magnitude of our expanded curriculum are made possible by the use of resources from the staff and Community.

Student Support Services
  • Library - Media
  • Speech
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Social Workers
  • School Psychologist
  • Reading and Math Remediation - Title I Instructional Support
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Cognitively Impaired
  • Team Meetings
  • Computer Lab Instruction
  • Class Size Reduction Program
  • Language Arts Specialists
Student Activities
Students are given many opportunities to be involved in enrichment activities.  A few of the offerings available to interested students include:
  • Student Council
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Mileage Club
  • Spelling Bee and Geography Bee
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
  • Interfaith Shelter Community Service
  • Bean Chess Club
  • Drama Club
  • Boy/Girl Quest
  • Challenge "U" Enrichment Activities
School Improvement Plan
Bean Elementary School's staff continues to establish long range school improvement goals that will enhance the pursuit of student success.
  • All students will improve writing skills ac cross the curriculum.
  • All students will demonstrate an improvement in reading comprehension
Bean Elementary Profile
Bean Elementary is a NCA K-5 neighborhood school located in the Spring Arbor area.  In addition to our regular classrooms, we also have a Mildly Cognitively Impaired classroom.  There are four hundred students who attend Bean.  They are served by thirty-nine staff members.  We service the entire spectrum of abilities and needs in a caring and proficient manner as is reflected in testing results.  Children enjoy learning at Bean as a demonstrated by our 95% daily attendance rate.  Bean Elementary provides a complete standardized testing program to support and evaluate student learning and instruction. 

Parent and Community Participation
Many opportunities are available to encourage dialog between the school, the home, and the community.  Parents and the community are vital links in providing a well rounded educational experience.  Their voluntary service affords the following:
  • Book Fair
  • Family Activity Nights
  • Parent Teacher Association
  • Fifth Grade Camp
  • Destination Imagination
  • Teacher Recognition Program
  • Computer Assistance
  • Carnival
  • Field Day Committee
  • Reading Month Activities
  • Santa's Secret Shop
  • Pop Into Reading
  • Fund Raisers
  • Business Partnerships
  • Challenge "U"
  • Mileage Club
  • Market Day
Parents are encouraged to visit our school.  Frequent parental input is sought in developing new programs for students.  Parent volunteers also serve on a school improvement advisory board.  We enjoy tremendous support as is evidenced by 95% attendance at parent-teacher conferences and excellent turnouts for building functions.

Student Achievement
Michigan Educational Assessment Program
The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) is given to students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  Figures represent the percentage of students attaining a proficient score.
Area 2008-2009
Total
2009-2010
Total
Grade 3    
Mathematics 100 100
Reading 93 98
Writing 92
ELA (reading & writing) 90
Grade 4  
Mathematics 96 97
Reading 89 92
Writing 60
ELA (reading & writing) 85
Grade 5  
Mathematics 83 87
Reading 87 91
Writing 72
ELA (reading & writing) 86
Science 89 87
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