Sam Adams Elementary School

Sam Adams Elementary School

Sam Adams Elementary School Building

114 S. Depot Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031

School Number: 269-445-0516 Fax Number: 269-445-0521

Our Mission

Sam Adams Elementary School, in cooperation with family and community, will provide a quality education for all students.  Together, we will promote effective communication, problem-solving and responsible behavior.  Students will also demonstrate the academic, technological and cultural competencies to compete in a global society.

Our Vision

It is our vision at Sam Adams Elementary School to create an exemplary school that is recognized for the achievements of its students, the quality of its staff and the diversity of its programs.

Hours of Operation

Instructional Day

7:45 a.m. (Tardy Bell 7:50 a.m.)- 3:03 p.m.
Breakfast for students is from 7:20-7:45 a.m.

Early Release/Half Day

7:45 a.m. (Tardy Bell 7:50 a.m.)- 11:03 p.m.
Breakfast for students is from 7:20-7:45 a.m.

Two Hour Delay

9:45 a.m. (Tardy Bell 9:50 a.m.)- 3:03 p.m.
Breakfast is not served.

Welcome To Sam Adams Elementary School!

The 2016-17 school year will be fun, exciting, and full of new educational opportunities for the Sam Adams School Family!

Sam Adams Elementary School Administration

DeeAnn Melville-Voss
Principal and K-6 Title I and Curriculum Director
Principal Welcome Letter

Deb Stermer
Assistant Principal

Loretta Bowers


Julie Blaske

Ranger Pride

The Sam Adams School Family is proud of our students and their behavior! We will continue to support the positive behavior initiative “Ranger Pride”!







2016-17 Supply List


Sam Adams Elementary School

2016-17 Curriculum Information


The staff at Sam 

Adams Elementary is currently working with Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) on a professional development MATH series! This professional development series is activity-based; built around a collection of example classroom lessons aligned to the Mathematical Practices and Content called for with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  Teachers are provided with detailed information about each grade-level content standard, lessons that are in support of students developing a deep understanding of the content standard and diagnostics for assessing students’ level.  Teachers are also provided a plan for teaching the content standards with the appropriate focus, coherence, and rigor as is called for in the Common Core.

NY/Eureka Math Support for Math parents:

Art Expressions

Students K-6 will have the opportunity to express their creativity through Art and Creative Writing.  This class will provide students with the skills to develop their artistic abilities through “hands on” art activities that relate to their creative writing, which is aligned to the Common Core.

Title I Reading and Math

Sam Adams students will be given additional information in Reading and Math this year by two highly qualified teachers. This instruction will focus on Tier II Interventions for K-6 students that are struggling with skills in the Common Core Curriculum. Title I will be an extension of the classroom with small group and one-on-one support.

31a Reading and Reading Recovery

In addition to providing 31a reading support, SAES also utilizes two teachers who are certified in Reading Recovery, a nationally-recognized, intensively-focused reading program to aid students who are having difficulty with reading.  This program has proven extremely effective. 


Our dedicated computer teacher, Shelli Burks, researches “Best Practices” to enhance student learning to its fullest. Sam Adams Elementary School is pioneering in its implementation of technology to facilitate the learning environment.  Many cutting-edge tools are utilized, including Chromebooks, I-Pads, Neo 2 Boards, 12 sets of Prometheus Clickers, two stationary computer labs, and two traveling computer labs of Dell computers.  All children will have the opportunity to work with this technology through a variety of programs that Sam Adams Elementary offers.  

Testing Programs

We have a variety of programs that utilize our state of the art technology resources to enhance student learning.  These include:

Read Naturally- Increased Reading Levels for Title I Reading

Star- Reading, Early Literacy (Star Fall) & Math.

M-STEP-  State mandated testing for third thru sixth grades

NWEA-  (Look up) National Test for grades kindergarten thru sixth grade

Delta Math-  Utilized for Title I and 31a testing support.

Accelerated Math Live & Math in a Flash- Personalize instruction for every student. This program creates individualized practice assignments and tests at each student’s level, allowing teachers to keep every student motivated and challenged.

Accelerated Reading-  Leveled-based reading comprehension assessment


The safety of our students is our first priority.  Sam 

Adams Elementary has 40 cameras installed in and out of the building for 24-hour surveillance.  The building is also secured throughout the school day for your child's safety.