Award Year: 2021

Dutton Elementary School

3820 68th Street SE
Caledonia, MI, 49316-8384

(616) 698-8982

Mr. Shawn Veitch, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Caledonia Community School District

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Dutton Elementary prepares students to make a positive difference by empowering and equipping all students to achieve their best, ensuring the highest quality of learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 76%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 16%
Thank you, Dutton Community!

Thank you, Dutton Community!

Dutton Elementary is part of the Caledonia Community School system in southwest Michigan. Dutton Elementary has a diverse student body made up of families with varying socio-economic statuses. Dutton Elementary staff invest in every single student, of which nearly 50% qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

Dutton Elementary is founded in building positive relationships with students and families using the core values of Capturing Kids' Hearts. The staff works tirelessly to grow, support, and love every learner. As a result, Dutton Elementary earned the title, "Reward School 2018-2019" for earning all A's or Significantly Above Average in all categories rated by the State of Michigan.

Dutton Elementary's systems are clearly established and highly functioning. These include a focus on Explicit Instruction, Engagement Strategies, Thinking Maps, and Thinking Routines. Teachers continue to grow in their instructional practices through the use of SWIVL and Learning Labs as in-house professional development. These practices also encourage highly effective peer feedback among staff. Instructional methods are also provided to families via instructional videos from the principal and newsletters from the Family Engagement Coordinator.

To support its diverse community, Dutton Elementary principal and staff regularly partner with a local church and several businesses. Staff members volunteer at a weekly summer reading program in a neighborhood mobile home community as well as recommend students who will benefit from connecting with Kids' Hope mentors and Hand-to-Hand weekly food distribution. These programs have proven to foster positive relationships with existing and new families in the Dutton community.