April 25, 2018

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are please to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2016-2017 educational process for Saugatuck Middle School.  The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws.  The school's report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality.  If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Princial, Dr. Travis, for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following website https://goo.gl/QYDL3Y  or you may review a copy in the main office at your child's school.

For the 2016-2017 school year, schools were identified using new definitions and labels as required in teh Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  A Target Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup.  An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has three or more underperforming student subgroups. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state.  Some schools are not identified with any of these labels.  In these cases, no label is given.


Saugatuck Middle School students continue to demonstrate academic proficiency on state assessments at a much higher rate than state and intermediate school dsitrict averages.  While economically disadvataged students at SMS scored nearly 23% above the state average for economically disadvantaged students over the past two years, they still underperform on state assessments compared to their peers. High expectations for student learning combined with high support from teachers and support staff including differenciated instruction, team teaching, paraprofessional support, transportation from homework club, office hours and formative assessment and re-teaching strategies are all being implemented to support all students and to close the achievement gap.  Over the past several years a gap between make and female academic performance has begun to emerge in language arts and mathematics where girls outperformed boys by an average of 19% across 2016 M-STEP tests.

State law requires that we also report additional information.

  1. Process for assigning pupils to school; Students are assigned to our school based on the boundaries of our school district.  In addition, students come to Saugatuck Middle School as students of choice students from neighboring districts.  Juniors and Seniors may elect to attend Careerline Tech Center or dual enroll at nearby colleges for part of their school day.
  2. School Improvement Plan: Our 2017-2018 School Improvement plan serves as a framework to guide our efforts to improve in all curricular areas.  Our teachers review and analyze data annually to adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our students.  SMS conithnues to have goals in math, ready, writing, science and teacher use of educational technology.
  3. Specialised Schools:  We do not provide a specialized school.
  4. Core Curriculum: At Saugatuck Middle School we are working to shift our curriculum to meet the requirements of the Common Core curriculum adopted by the State of Michigan.  Common Core standards can be reviewed by visiting the Michigan Department of Education website at (http://ww.michigan.gov.mde).
  5. Student Achievement:  Student achievement results on the Michigan Merit Exam include the following:
English-Language Arts/Reading M-STEP Percent Proficient:
6th 7th 8th
SMS State SMS State SMS State
2016-2017 66% 44% 69% 45% 73% 48%
2015-2016 59% 45% 63% 47% 79% 49%


Math M-STEP Percent Proficient:
6th 7th 8th
SMS State SMS State SMS State
2016-2017 56% 34% 65% 36% 63% 34%
2015-2016 58% 33% 66% 35% 61% 33%
Science M-STEP Percent Proficient:
SMS State
2016-2017 38% 23%
2015-2016 46% 24%
Social Studies M-STEP Percent Proficient:
SMS State
2016-2017 69% 31%
2015-2016 63% 29%


  1. Parent/Teacher Conferences:  During the 2016-2017 school year, an average of 97 of our students' parents attended Parent/Teacher conferences, or approximately 46% of our students' parents.

I am extremely proud of the work ethic, creativity, academic achievement, character and attitude displayed by our students each and every day.  I am also deeply appreciative of the many charismatic adults, parents, teachers, coaches, and support staff that make a difference for our students' day in and day out.

Sincerely, Dr. Timothy J. Travis, Superintendent

Saugatuck Saugatuck Public Schools


Printable version of Dr. Travis' Letter
2016-2017 Saugatuck Public Schools District Report
Printable version of the Middle School Annual Report.