Pinewood Elementary School – Jenison, MI

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Pinewood Elementary School

2405 Chippewa Street
Jenison, MI, 49428-9116

(616) 457-1407

Mrs. Rachael Postle-Brown, Principal at time of Nomination

Jenison Public School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 96%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 28%


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At Pinewood we are striving to provide the best educational experience for every child and family. By nurturing and challenging our students academically and socially, we seek to ensure growth and success for all.

The Pinewood community believes that all children can succeed. We respect and celebrate the diversity of each child through cooperation between school, home, and community. We are committed to providing a safe, caring, and creative learning environment. Our building-wide motto is CATS : Celebrate kindness, Act respectfully, Take responsibility, and Stay safe. This core belief permeates our interactions among staff, students, and families. Over the past few years we have specifically focused on building strong relationships with students, families, and our community. All staff members have be trained in Capturing Kids Hearts and as new staff is hired, we have been committed to ensuring each also will be trained in CKH.

Another primary focus has been on student engagement. Our school utilizes various social and behavioral strategies including social thinking, mindfulness, incorporating movement breaks, Whole Brain Teaching, Teach Like a Pirate, Learn Like a Pirate, PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports), and trauma informed instruction. In addition to ensuring relationships and engagement in every classroom, teachers have challenged themselves to provide excellent curriculum and lessons for every subject every day. At the end of the day, Pinewood strives to create a school where students, staff, and parents, are beating down the doors to get into the school, and not out.