By Deb Henton, Ed.D.
The end of another school year is upon us, and as we prepare to turn out the lights on 2011-12, there is much to look back on with pride; certainly too much to include in this space.
The year started with a high point for me, the birth of Patron Tours. The tours were created in response to the oft expressed sentiment that if people could just see all of the great work going on in our schools, perhaps they would view their school district in a different light.
Over the course of the year we hosted five Patron Tours and they were awesome! In fact, they have become one of my favorite things to do. Our site and department leadership, our teachers, food service, and especially our students, did this school district so proud every step of every tour.
Citizens who attended the tours asked great questions of staff and students in an effort to understand how education is delivered, and how it affects the lives of our youngest community members. They are truly a joy and I highly recommend you take one next year if time permits. Like all who attended the tours this year, I am sure you will come away impressed with your school district.
The year wound down with the inclusion of North Branch Area High School as a Minnesota “bronze” school, according to a report in U.S. News and World Report.
In between, there were too many wonderful moments, big and small, to count. Thank you to all of the staff, the volunteers, the students, families, and community members who made the 2011-12 school year one that will be remembered for years to come.
— Deb Henton, Ed.D., is superintendent of North Branch Area School District 138