Award Year: 2022

Marshall Elementary School

1756 64th Street Southwest
Byron Center, MI, 49315-8694

(616) 878-6300

Mr. Jeff Wierzbicki, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. Kris M. Vydareny, Current Principal

Byron Center Public School District

School Website


We achieve success in all areas. We believe in developing the whole child. We are a community of learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 81%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 8%
Marshall Elementary students enjoying a recess break from learning.

Marshall Elementary students enjoying a recess break from learning.

Marshall Elementary School's commitment to creating intentional time for collaborative teams to meet to engage in the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) process has been a catalyst for Marshall's increase in student achievement scores in core academic areas. Teams of teachers and other specialists meet during weekly common planning times, as well as on designated days before school and on professional development days. Teams process four key questions during their PLC meetings. What do we want our students to know and be able to do?This ensures staff has a guaranteed and viable curriculum. How will we know if students have learned it?This focuses conversations on formative and summative assessments. How will we respond if students do not demonstrate attainment of these skills?This helps create targeted interventions as part of our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). How will we respond if students already can do what is expected?This provides guidance around creating student enrichment opportunities.

Students are placed in small groups with highly trained professionals for 30-minute blocks of time during our Super Switch that targets skill deficits students have in reading and math. Groups are modified as students show progress and new groups are formed as needed. Overall, Marshall's commitment to the PLC process helps students build success stories during their foundational years and sets students up for future success.