Endings and beginnings

It is hard to believe that we have arrived at the close of another school year in Marshall Public Schools.

The 2012-13 school year officially came to an end for students on Friday, May 17.

The day was filled with much anticipation for the beginning of summer events and activities. Additionally, Friday was filled with a great deal of anticipation as we celebrated the 125th commencement exercises at the Marshall High School.

The commencement exercises recognized the achievements and accomplishments of the class of 2013. Furthermore, the commencement exercises recognized that this fine group of high school graduates were ending their student careers at Marshall High School and beginning a new chapter of their lives.

As the students conclude their careers at Marshall High School, it is a prime opportunity to recognize the class of 2013.

The class received recognition in all areas of academics, athletics and the arts. However, beyond the banner year in student activities and performances, the class of 2013 carries on the proud tradition of pursuing excellence in academic endeavors as well.

In a survey of the graduates from the class of 2013, 71.81 percent indicated they were attending a four-year college or university while 18.62 percent indicated they would be attending a two-year college. Also, 1.62 percent of the students shared they would be enlisting with the military, and 7.98 percent of the students indicated they would immediately enter the workforce.

We can all celebrate that nearly 91 percent of the graduates from the class consider themselves prepared well enough to enter a post secondary institution in the fall of 2013.

There are many factors that contribute to the student success and pursuit of higher education. One of the contributing factors for the level of confidence our students have for their preparation to a post secondary institution lies in the rigorous coursework students can access at the Marshall High School.

First, students have opportunities to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses that can equate to college credit. Additionally, students have opportunities to enroll in College in the Schools, or CIS, courses which are college-level courses offered in the Marshall High School that are taught by high school faculty with a minimum of a masters degree in the field of study. Finally, students have opportunities to enroll in post-secondary enrollment options, also known as PSEO, where they receive college level credit while attend college course on the college campus.

During the 2012-13 school year alone, Marshall High School had 16 seniors take PSEO courses during the school year. Additionally, 102 College in Schools courses were taken by the seniors during the 2012-13 school year. Finally, the graduating seniors accounted for 227 Advanced Placement courses during the 2012-13 school year.

Individually, the results of these rigorous course offerings and opportunities are impressive. Collectively, the combined numbers of PSEO, CIS, and AP courses speak to the level of rigor and opportunity provided to any Marshall High School student.

However, these results would not be possible if it were not for the many people that contribute to the success of our students.

I offer much of the credit for the decisions to pursue higher education first to the parents of the young men and women of the class of 2013.

Parents always are the first teachers of any child.

Additionally, much credit is because of the quality faculty and staff of Marshall Public Schools. I applaud the efforts of our faculty and staff every day and appreciate all each has given to support the success of each student in our schools. Additionally, strong community support coupled with a shared community mission for our schools to ” develop the potential of each learner for success in a changing world” ensures our students are afforded opportunities to grow, develop and pursue their hopes, goals and dreams. For that, I offer a sincere thank you to the entire community for the ongoing support provided every day.

So as we recognize the ending of one graduating class and the beginning of another, we can celebrate the achievements of our students in academics, athletics and the arts. It is just another reminder that it is a great day to be a Tiger!