Superintendent's Corner






March 16, 2017

 Welcome to spring – I think! I thought that we were going to close out the winter months with only one snow day, but you just never know with that lake effect snow.  

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

 Mr. Lokey and the Chamber Orchestra students performed at Nationals in Pittsburgh. They were one of 15 ensembles from across the country selected to compete in this prestigious festival. While they did not place in the top three slots, they received a rating of superior and we could not be more proud.

 All schools recently performed in their respective variety shows displaying everything from singing, dancing, piano playing, yo-yoing and much more.  Our students are so talented – I hope you had the opportunity to experience one of the performances.

 St. Joseph High School Mock Trial Team came in third place at the Grand Rapids Regional Tournament. St. Joseph High School competed among 14 teams and some of the schools had up to four different teams. The attorney coaches were Mark Sanford, Benjamin Haider and the Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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!

 It gives me such joy to be able to share the great news about our students both academically as well as in the area of extra-curricular activities.

 For the past several years we have not been in session on the Friday before spring break --- please note that we are in session for a half day on March 31.

 Your partner in education,


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