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Pleasant Lake Elementary School is small rural school that offers a comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs of each child. Our school goal “Improving Reading Comprehension for All Students” and our commitment to literacy includes the implementation of research-based instructional models: “Reading Recovery”; “4 Block Literacy Model”; and “All Write” writer's workshop model.


We are accredited by the state of Indiana and the North Central Association (NCA). Pleasant Lake Elementary has received extensive recognition from the state. Awards include: “Indiana Buddy System Technology Grant” (1989-1998), “Indiana 200 Designation” (1992), “Indiana Blue Ribbon School” 2000-2001, and “Four Star School Award” for 1997-98, 1998-99,2000-01, 2001-02 designating Pleasant Lake Elementary in the top 25% of all schools in the state for achievement in language arts and mathematics and school attendance.

Metropolitan School District of Steuben County
"Lighting The Way" Pleasant Lake Elementary

School Demographic Information And Overview, 1915 - 2002

Pleasant Lake Elementary School is located in the town of Pleasant Lake, 4 miles south of Angola, in Steuben, the farthest northeast county of Indiana. The current population is 201 students. Our school has its own beach on Pleasant Lake at the back of the property. The ethnic diversity is .07% with 52.7% of our students being female and 47.2% being male. Twenty-eight percent of our students are on the federal free or reduced lunch program. Our community is largely a lower middle to middle level working class that travels to outlying areas for the jobs or farms within our community. Our school building dates from 1915 and has served not only as an educational facility for more than 84 years, but has been the center of community and organizational meetings and events as well.

Pleasant Lake Elementary completed their last Indiana State Performance Based Accreditation study during the 1995-96 school year and has been awarded full accreditation by the Indiana State School Board through the fall of 2001. Our school staff reviews and evaluates our yearly goals in April and sets goals for the following school year using information from our parents, students, staff, and community stakeholders, district goals, and current and projected needs. We are currently involved in developing specific staff development evaluation plans. Pleasant Lake Elementary is a member of the North Central Association Study and School Improvement Plan development. We are working to meet the qualifications for Indiana Public Law 221.

Pleasant Lake School is part of the Metropolitan School District of Steuben County. Our central office administration include Dr. David Goodwin, Superintendent; Dr. Brent Wilson, Associate Superintendent; Cyndi Nusbaum, Coordinator of Instruction; Mike Wenzel, Technology Coordinator; Monte VanGessel, Business Manager; Bill Hanna, Transportation & Safety Director; and Stephanie Haynes-Clifford, Food Service Director.

We are innovators at Pleasant Lake Elementary School. We feel that our accomplishments in educating our students have been vast. Visit our program and teaching strategy links to learn more about what we do that's educationally best for children: Indiana Academic School Improvement Award, Reading Recovery, Home/School Computer Technology, 4-Block Literacy Model, All Write/Indiana Writing Initiative, and Building Bridges in Science.
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