Fife Lake Elementary


Fife Lake Elementary

I would like to welcome you to the elementary portion of our district website. I have been the elementary principal for the past 6 years.

Fife Lake Elementary is located 108 Pierce Street in beautiful Fife Lake, MI. Our elementary school includes our preschool thru 3rd grade students. Highlights of Fife Lake Elementary include:

• Full time Art, Music, and Physical Education classes
• A 90 minute language arts block
• K-3rd grade Tier II and III reading interventions
• K-3rd grade math interventions
• The Olweus Bully Prevention Initiative
• Science, Social Studies, and Art Fairs

This year, Fife Lake students will continue our new reading curriculum. Our new reading program is called Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). CKLA is a comprehensive, preschool through fifth grade program for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, global and American history, and the sciences. In the early grades, CKLA focuses on oral language development through carefully sequenced read-alouds as well as systematic instruction in reading and writing skills. In later grades, CKLA continues to advance students’ knowledge and vocabulary through read-alouds and in-depth discussions while also immersing students in complex texts and advanced writing assignments that draw on the academic content they’ve been engaged in since preschool.

Also, our students will immerse themselves in a new math program called Math Expressions by Houghton Mifflin. Math Expressions combines elements of standards-based instruction with the best traditional approaches. Through drawings, conceptual language, and real-world examples, it helps students make sense of mathematics. Math Expressions is a research based program proven to be effective in raising student achievement.

Fife Lake Elementary was recognized as a 2014 Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education. Student test scores have improved 40% in a three year period thus earning Reward School status for high progress. A tremendous congratulations to the students and staff at Fife Lake Elementary for their hard work!

If your have questions or would like more information please call (231) 879-3362 or email me at


Joshua T. Rothwell
Elementary Principal/Superintendent
Forest Area Community Schools
(231) 369-4191


Fife Lake Elementary School Building

Contact Us:

School Address:

Fife Lake Elementary School
108 Pierce Street
Fife Lake, MI  49633

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School Hours:

Start Time:  8:00am
End Time:  3:00pm