FROM THE DESK OF ANN M. CARDON…
March 16, 2017
I was talking with someone last week when they asked the usual question about how things were going at school and as I thought about it, it didn’t take but a minute to respond with a one-word answer – GREAT! We have so many things to celebrate, and here are just a few…
Every year the Michigan Department of Education scores schools and ranks them all from top to bottom. I am so proud to tell you that four of our five schools were recognized as “Reward Schools” this year. There were only 219 schools statewide that received this honor – and to have four of ours recognized is quite an accomplishment and a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire staff. Schools identified as Reward Schools are those that have achieved one or more of the following distinctions:
- Top 5 percent of schools on the Top-to-Bottom list
- Top 5 percent of schools making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement)
- Beating the Odds by outperforming the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools
Congratulations to our outstanding high school Scholastic Writing Winners! We had 123 total awards in nine categories, which include 7 Gold Keys, 38 Silver Keys, and 78 Honorable Mentions.
Our Average Joes Robotic Team won the district competition held here in St. Joseph this past weekend. This win places the Average Joes in 7th place in the state and they are headed to the West Michigan Regional Competition at Grand Valley State University on March 23-25. Good luck Joes!