Award Year: 2016

Gaines Elementary School

300 Lansing Street
Gaines, MI, 48436-8926

(810) 591-1076

Ms. Lauren Joy Hunter, Principal at time of Nomination

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Gaines Elementary students will be self-directed learners, effective problem solvers, and responsible decision makers as they contribute to an ever-changing, diverse society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Gaines Elementary Students use technology to support learning

Gaines Elementary Students use technology to support learning

Gaines Elementary is a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade school, nestled in the small, rural, family-oriented village of Gaines, Michigan. The members of Gaines Elementary are closely connected, with each staff member, student, family member, and community member playing a significant role in the success of Gaines. The small-town atmosphere fosters relationships that are genuine and long-lasting. Our students have excelled on local and state assessments in ELA and math due to a team of teachers and support staff who work diligently to ensure that all students learn and grow socially, develop emotionally, and succeed academically. We use two support systems simultaneously that we believe have solidified our consistent success with our student population, MTSS and PBiS. MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) delivers differentiated instruction of our research-based curriculum to students based on the analysis of formative and summative assessment data. PBiS is our positive behavior support system that starts with universal behavior expectations that are kid-friendly. Students are recognized for exhibiting our CREEK behaviors: Commit to learning, Respect others, Everyone safe, Everyone responsible, and Kindness counts. Gaines uses a shared leadership approach, with the Principal filling the role of lead learner. Staff, parents, and students are all engaged in leadership roles and equipping our students with the skills they need in life to be productive members of society.