School News: Game on!

Deb Henton
Deb Henton

If you were unable to attend our “Celebration” celebration last Thursday at the Sunrise River School, you missed a truly wonderful event. Students sang the national anthem in front of a large audience in the Sunrise Cafeteria, and school board chair Kim Salo, principal Jason Hartmann, and I talked about the great work happening not just at Sunrise, but also across the district.

Staff members each received a ribbon commemorating their achievement, and a huge “Celebration School” banner was unveiled to a round of applause. It truly was a great day to work at North Branch Area Public Schools.

If you would like to see some photos from the event, or watch a video of students singing, both are available at the school district’s Facebook page:

It was only a few short years ago that Sunrise was not making AYP (adequate yearly progress), and to now be considered one of the best schools in the state is a remarkable feat; all credit goes to the staff and families at Sunrise. At the event, you could feel the excitement in the room.

Principal Hartmann mentioned during his remarks that there is a higher tier than Celebration School – Reward School, and finished with the encouragement, “game on!”

There are so many great things happening at NBAPS it is getting more and more difficult to keep track of it all. The enthusiasm with which staff members have embraced change, and the creativity they have shown around new technologies, is astounding.

Momentum has been building here at NBAPS for a while, and now it is becoming apparent to the public at large. Next year, we will be offering free all-day everyday kindergarten, a highly sought after program other surrounding districts are unable to offer.

This is all possible because staff here have done such a remarkable job at dealing with the challenges we have been presented with the last decade.

It’s the dawn of a new era here, I think, and we couldn’t be more proud.

— Dr. Deb Henton is superintendent of the North Branch school district.

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