District News

December 17, 2015

Dear Orchard View Community,

At Orchard View we believe in helping students Discover, Learn and Succeed.  In order to help every student reach his/her potential, our staff and administrators work tirelessly to create and implement programs that are relevant and meaningful for our students.  We also support the development of students’ abilities to think critically and become problem solvers who are college and career “aware and ready.”

Here in Orchard View, we are intentional about using the data that is available to us so we can make intentional, and informed decisions to lead improvement and overall success in the teaching and learning of our students. Unfortunately, not all feedback and sources of data are equal.  Not all are as user-friendly, informative, and/or comprehensive as would like them to be. It’s not that the data is unreadable, it simply does not accurately reflect all the results of the complex work we do on a daily basis.

We know the MSTEP is new and understand new beginnings can be difficult.  With this new test, the 7-month gap between the time the assessments were given and when we received the scores make it difficult to see the amount and type of work that has been done since last April and today; the delay makes it difficult to understand what the scores intend to represent.

While we believe the new test is a step forward in measuring the skills and knowledge all students need to be successful in the 21st Century, it is one of many data points we use to reflect on student learning.   We will reflect on these results AND we will rely on our daily formative assessments, our common assessments, Dibels, Fountas and Pinnell, STAR Reading, Delta Math, and other valid and reliable assessments that provide us with accurate, aligned, and timely information to inform our instruction.

If you’ve read this far, and look at our scores, you should be wondering- how DID we do?  I suppose it will likely depend on your perspective.   My take is that our mission cannot be quantified, categorized, or evaluated by a one “point in time” state provided assessment.  What I will assure to you is this: Our mission of all kids discovering, learning and succeeding in maximizing their true potential is not and will not come second to anything.


Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

PDF DocumentSpring 2015 M-STEP Final Statewide Results

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OV Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

AdvancED logo(Muskegon, Michigan – 8/10/15) – Jim Nielsen announced today that Orchard View Schools was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) accreditation seal.  This means that the system and all of its schools are accredited, and that Orchard View Schools is recognized across the nation as a quality school system....

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Muskegon Area Promise Scholarship!

Grassroots to Fund Promise for Free college in the Muskegon Area. The Muskegon Area Promise is seeking small investments from many individuals through checks written directly to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, or via the online donation site.

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December 10, 2015:  Click here to view or print the letter for all parents from Jim Nielsen, Superintendent of Orchard View Schools.


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