- Welcome to Sayre
A Dynamic Elementary School Where Every Child Can Learn in a Safe, Supportive Environment
Sayre Elementary is a community of learners. We have skilled and motivated teachers and staff working together with parents in a caring environment. Our goal is to provide the best possible education to our more than 590 students.
Sayre Elementary School is located in the City of South Lyon in the southwest corner of Oakland County. South Lyon is twenty minutes from the city of Ann Arbor and forty-five minutes from Detroit. It is a fast-growing yet close-knit community with many cultural and recreational attractions just a short distance away. The University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College are located nearby, and South Lyon has the potential for lifelong learning.
Sayre was built in 1960 on land donated by the Sayre family, who had farmed the land. At present, the school is an attractive facility that benefited from a five million dollar remodeling effort in 1999. All rooms were remodeled, and seven new classrooms, in addition to a gymnasium and media center, were added. A separate technology bond provided four computers for every classroom as well as a fast LAN and Internet access, which is strictly controlled for the safety of the students. Local video networking provides educational programming and production possibilities for students. A mini-lab in the media center houses 12 additional computers and an interactive whiteboard for student use. All K-5 classrooms also have interactive whiteboards, along with document cameras, which were funded mainly through PTO support. Four carts of Google Chromebooks rotate among our classrooms for student use. The media center overlooks a large, secure, tree-lined playground with six soccer fields, a baseball diamond, four outdoor basketball hoops, and well-maintained playground equipment.
Teachers at Sayre are well trained and use best practice as their guide to instruction. They are hard-working, intelligent, and informed in the latest educational ideas that will help children learn. Each year, our teachers log at least thirty hours each in professional training. Thirty hours of yearly staff meeting time allow teachers to learn new information, reflect on their practices, and dialogue with their colleagues to improve teaching and learning. Teachers are available to parents by phone, voice mail, and e-mail. We have an excellent blend of experienced and new teachers who collaborate with each other in a variety of teaming concepts that help children.
Sayre Elementary utilizes a variety of assessments to improve instructional delivery. Some of these are teacher generated, some are district generated, and others are State standardized tests. Michigan's new online testing program, M-STEP, was successfully administered in the spring of 2015, with results expected in the fall.
Students experience special subjects like art, music, physical education, library, and special programs such as Reading Recovery, speech and language, and learning resource rooms. We are proud of our Child Study process, our Student Placement Committee, and our 504 Committee. These teacher-led committees meet with parents and other professional staff to make plans for children with learning challenges. Their goal is to serve as resources for parents in the education of their children, while complying with all mandatory guidelines.
Parents are very interested in the education of their children and want to be involved at Sayre. Ninety-nine percent of our parents attended parent teacher conferences in the fall. Special events, such as music programs and Family Learning Night, are exceptionally well attended. Each month, we formally log over 400 hours of volunteer time in over twenty categories. A parent coordinator leads the volunteers in a program called CHEERS, which is also organized at the district level. The Sayre PTO is structured into nine Action Committees. Each year its members organize assemblies, school-wide projects, and family fun nights that are enjoyed by all.
Guidelines for decision making at Sayre are set by a Board of Education policy called the Shared Involvement Process. Important financial, organizational, and school policy issues are considered at monthly meetings composed of four parents, four teachers, one support staff, and the principal. The SIP committee makes a strong home to school connection. Community input is valued.
- School Improvement
Sayre Elementary school is accredited through AdvancED/NCA CASI. To earn accreditation, Sayre must continually meet the five AdvancED standards, which are derived from educational research and best practice; engage in a continuous process of improvement; and demonstrate quality assurance through internal and external review. For more information about AdvancED and accreditation, click here. We encourage you to become familiar with our progress and goals by reading our School Improvement Report, which is available in our school office. Our core curriculum is aligned with the Michigan Department of Education’s Curriculum Framework. These standards and benchmarks are included in our South Lyon Community Schools curriculum guides, available in our school office and on the district website.
Our School Improvement goals are:
- All students will be proficient in mathematical reasoning and fluency.
- All students will be proficient in reading comprehension when engaged in both narrative and expository text (including topics within the science and social studies curricula).
- All students will be proficient in writing (including topics within the science and social studies curricula).
Another area of focus for the members of the Sayre Elementary School Community is practice and review of the “Habits of Mind” (HoM). HoM are the thinking tools that people need in order to be successful in all aspects of our society. This includes at home when interacting with family, friends and neighbors; at work when completing a project; at school when facing learning challenges; and, in society in general. The HoM are:
- Managing impulsivity;
- Listening to others with understanding and empathy;
- Thinking flexibly;
- Thinking about our thinking (metacognition);
- Striving for accuracy and precision;
- Questioning and posing problems;
- Applying past knowledge to new situations;
- Thinking and communicating with clarity and purpose;
- Gathering data through all senses;
- Creating, imagining, and innovating;
- Responding with wonderment and awe;
- Taking responsible risks;
- Finding humor;
- Thinking interdependently; and,
- Learning continuously.
These sixteen life skills must be taught directly, modeled, and reinforced. The South Lyon Community Schools staff makes a conscious, well planned effort to do this throughout the curriculum and across grade levels. Sayre Elementary is only the first step in a systemic effort to prepare students for our ever changing society.
The Sayre community will provide a safe learning environment where staff, students, and parents work together to motivate the highest achievement for every child.
We are committed to fostering respect and acceptance, encouraging creativity, promoting critical thinking, and developing life-long learners.
South Lyon, MI 48178
Principal: Jennifer Herbstreit
Main Office: 248-573-8500
Attendance Line: 248-573-8475
Arrival and Dismissal
Full day 8:15 a.m. to 3:18 p.m.
Half days 8:15 a.m. to 11:09 a.m.
4th grade 11:10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
1st grade 11:20 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Kindergarten 11:35 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
3rd grade 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
2nd grade 12:10 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
5th grade 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.