Building Highlights

Building Highlights!

Welcome to Appleview Elementary School! On behalf of our students and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the highlights of our building. After several years of existence, we have worked to create a safe and caring learning environment that promotes academic success and differentiated learning experiences for our students. If you would like additional information about any of the items highlighted below, please feel free to contact our main office at (616) 887-1743.

Mr. Mike Birely - Principal


Accelerated Reader

AR is an independent reading program that is designed to promote a students love of reading. Students read books at their appropriate level, take computer-based comprehension tests, and receive points based on their performance.

Special Education Co-teaching/Inclusion Model

Students who receive additional support through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are supported using a combination of services that include both small group intervention outside of their classroom as well as support within the general education classroom. Co-teaching teams, which provide support from both a general education teacher and a special education provider, are setup at each grade level

Daily Extension Blocks

A 40 minute "Extension Block" has been established for each classroom at each grade level. During this 40 minute block, students receive intervention to assist with either re-teaching a concept that they need additional support with or enriching in an area that they have already displayed mastery.


Capturing Kids Hearts

All teaching staff at Appleview have been trained in Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH), a protocol for both classroom management and overall school environment.  CKH focuses on establishing Social Contracts (an agreement of behaviors for how students/adults will treat each other and work together) and assisting students with the ultimate goal being self management. 

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School-yard Habitat and Landscaping Project

Over the last few years, the grounds around Appleview have been going through an "ecological face-lift".  Aided by both staff and students, plants native to Michigan have been planted around the school.  In addition, we have added a butterfly garden (donated by our PTC) and a rain garden.  The Habitat Project's goal is to provide a self-sustaining landscaping system around the school.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Students in 4th and 5th grade at Appleview have the opportunity to participate in this wonderful program.  We have two teams of fifteen girls.  Look for GOTR information in your daughter's Friday folder in the late fall.  Please contact Vanessa Ruffer with any questions about the program.



Kent Schools Services Network (KSSN) is an initiative that involves many partners, but a single goal: to ensure all children are healthy and learning. The partners do this by bringing health and human services right into the school building to help students and families. This provides a one-stop location for families, making services easy to use.


·         Students learning, growing and achieving
·         Students and families getting the services they need, when they need them - at school
·         Help develop the whole child and ensure that all children are physically, emotionally, socially and academically ready to learn


         Increase student achievement
         Lower student absences
         Improve coordination of services
         Deliver services as they are needed


Each KSSN community school has several full-time staff on site to serve families. These professionals may include:

·         A Community School Coordinator who helps connect families with needed services
·         A Clinician who provides counseling, crisis response, workshops, group services and other direct help to families
·         Success Coaches from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) who help families gain self-sufficiency and get needed services
·         Other services, depending on the needs of the families.

Contact Cinda Birely at 616-887-1743 or email at