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North Central tops in Menominee County

August 24, 2012
Daily Press


The state's annual 'TOP-to-BOTTOM' school rankings were recently released showing the rankings of every school building in the state of Michigan. This listing was based on scores from five tested content areas (mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies) and the graduation rate data for high schools. In addition, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) used preferred rules developed in conjunction with a diverse set of education stakeholders throughout the school year.

What is the purpose of these annual rankings? The state Department of Education publishes this listing to provide '"light of day" reporting on the achievement, improvement and achievement gaps of all schools in the state.'

I am pleased to note that North Central Elementary School and North Central High School were ranked the top elementary school and the top high school in Menominee County. In addition and looking at the list a little more closely, NCA's elementary school and high school ranked in the TOP six of all elementary schools and high schools in the entire Upper Peninsula.

It is not my position or the purpose of this letter to provide comparative information publicly naming 'School A' versus 'School B' as the public can use these tools on their own to make ultimately the best educational 'choice' for their children. Moreover, as an educator in Michigan for over 35 years, I know full well the tremendous efforts administrators and educators in our state's school districts, including our neighbors, go through on a daily basis to make every day the best it can be for their students.

For us at North Central Area Schools, let me give credit where credit it due: we not only have a supportive board of education but parents who work hard raising their children to do the best they can in our communities and school buildings. I wish I could print all of our district's employees' names as a major factor in these honors. Our colleagues on staff from our maintenance/custodial crew, bus drivers, support staff, administrative staff, secretaries and teachers all take pride in their work, the motivation they provide our students and the follow through of effective communication to the parents of these students.

Our teachers, leading by example in their classrooms, truly make learning worthwhile and enjoyable.

In these hard economic times of seemingly endless annual cuts and reductions, some of which NCA is not immune, it continues to be easy for me to give thanks: Thank you, parents and students. Thank you, community. Thank you, teachers and support staff.

North Central will continue to work hard and make adjustments where needed to provide the rewarding and, again this year, state-recognized education you strive for.

Don Palmer

Elementary Principal/Superintendent

North Central Area Schools



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