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Robert L. Nickels Intermediate School

Public | 4-6 | 557 students

 

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Posted August 30, 2013

Good school, but if a child is being bullied, they give the bully umpteen million chances. There are no consequences for the bully that do any good. What about the No Bullying Policy? Why have it if they're not going to do anything about it? Extremely poor communication between teachers and parents. I have to work very hard to extract information and get flyers concerning anything going on at the school. I have almost begged the school to let me volunteer, but they don't want parents' help in the classroom.
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Posted September 28, 2010

We have had a great couple of years at Nickels Intermediate. Loving teachers and great staff. I do understand about the the poor comunication. It is all on the teacher to get info out and there should be a better process. More web info would be great! Like forms and reminders sent out . It is a hard transition for a 5th grader because they are use to being Coddled at the Elem. level. The busing was the worst of the whole transition, if I could rate the busing for Byron I would give it one star. I feel the new Principal is a great Leader and has made some awesome changes to Nickels. We all have to be an advocate for our children, stay positive, give constructive criticism , and be involved.
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Posted April 17, 2010

I am in full agreement with review by Parent. The new principal unfortunatly is not a leader and doesn't bring excitment to the school. In most of the state and country, 5th and 6th graders are still considered older elementary, but Nickels quickly throws them into the Middle School mentality. Byron Cener Schools is no longer reaching its potential. Also, no special functions such as Odyessey of the Minds or Science Olympiad.
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Posted March 24, 2009

I love Byron Center Schools as a whole but Nickels is a different story. The parents are not keep in the loop of things with the children and the office staff is very Rude. They treat the children more like adults and have them call when they are sick or hurt instead of having the school call. I do not agree with this.
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Posted August 21, 2005

Our son has experienced excellent teachers and staff (from the principle to the jantor)who invested in him academically and socially. They also kept us as parents informed as to our son's progress and issues. We were new to this area last year and when our son felt left out the teachers found a positive and construstive way to deal with it without drawing attention to our son or embarassing the other children. We were impressed. Academically they created an environment where our son was challenged and encouraged. He was honor role 3 out of 4 quarters. We always felt invited and welcome in our son's classes and I even volunteered in his room for awhile, until my work schedule would not allow it. We cannot say enough about the excellent education available at Nickels Intermediate School.
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In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

250 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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73%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

275 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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86%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

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47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
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55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 69%
Hispanic 7% 6%
African-American 3% 18%
Asian 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
American Indian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Thomas Trout
Fax number
  • (616) 878-6420

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8638 Byron Center Avenue Southwest
Byron Center, MI 49315
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