|‹ September 2018 ›|
Dear West Branch - Rose City Families, Students, Staff and Community,
We’re off and running into a new school year and so excited about the many positive changes the students were able to see on their return. As the student population continues to grow, we continue to strive toward making the campuses the best possible environment for learning. We have new lockers, bathrooms, gym floor and athletic scoreboards at the high school; new bathrooms, gym floor, kitchen updates and carpet where needed at the Surline campus; kitchen updates, updated gym ceiling and other repairs at Rose City School. Much of the money was donated by supportive community members and businesses, for which we are very grateful.
We have twenty new teachers on staff across the district, bringing a wonderful diversity to our students! The band has new uniforms which will be unveiled in September at a home game and are a wonderful addition after twenty years use of the previous uniforms. Fall sports are in full swing and students are getting nicely settled into their classes and routines.
Our recent request for a sinking fund millage will be reduced from 1 mil to .67 and placed on the November ballot. This funding is so important to facilitate the needed upgrades – secure entrances for all our buildings, technology upgrades and much more.
On another positive note our recently revealed M-STEP/SAT test scores showed our students scored at or above the state average in 14 of the 17 tested areas during the spring 2018 testing cycle. This is a huge improvement compared to 2017 when students scored at or above in eight of 20 tested area. We are so proud of our teachers and students and celebrate with them! We all know these results are due to the hard work and dedication of our classroom teachers, instructional coaches, interventionists, paraprofessionals, support staff and administrators. On behalf of the District and the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate all of you and THANK YOU for all of your hard work that made this possible.
Phil Mikulski, Superintendent
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools