Award Year: 2016

Stevens T. Mason Elementary School

1640 Vernier Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, 48236-1544

(313) 432-4400

Dr. Elaine Middlekauff, Principal at time of Nomination

Roy Bishop, Current Principal

Title I School

Grosse Pointe Public Schools

School Website

Mission

Promote innovation in teaching and learning, while maximizing potential, embracing a global community, ensuring every student has the academic, and social emotional skills for success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 16%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Mason Elementary teachers utilize knowledge of their diverse students, coupled with assessment data, to plan instruction for the spectrum of abilities and interests of their 21st Century learners.

Mason Elementary teachers utilize knowledge of their diverse students, coupled with assessment data, to plan instruction for the spectrum of abilities and interests of their 21st Century learners.

Mason Elementary School is in Grosse Pointe Woods, a close-knit community just north of Detroit. Well-attended PTO events and local business partnerships attest to strong community ties. Uniquely, the majority of our teachers graduated from our district and returned here to teach and raise their families. Mason welcomes 300 students daily. Racial and socioeconomic diversity among our students has grown. Today, 25% of our children represent racial minorities and 20% qualify for federal lunch programs. Students who receive special education services thrive in our inclusive setting.

We attribute our success to strong family partnerships stemming from a shared love for children, alongside rigorous academic and behavioral standards. Knowing our students creates a culturally sensitive, secure environment for academic risk taking; differentiated instruction remains a district hallmark. Teachers utilize knowledge of their students, coupled with assessment data, to plan instruction for the spectrum of abilities and interests. Staff encourages students to persevere with a "growth mindset." Time for purposeful collaboration guides teaching and learning. Professional Learning Communities direct school improvement, address technology needs, and guide Positive Behavior Intervention Support. Multiple opportunities promote students' social and leadership skills. Our students are also 21st century digital learners, equipped to document their own learning. With shared vision, we infuse technology into daily instruction.

Rated in the top 10% of Michigan elementary schools, we are proud of our environment that celebrates students' growth. Part of the greater school community, we ensure students have the social, academic, and critical problem-solving skills to succeed in a global society.