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Summer is coming soon and we at the high school are excited for the 4th quarter of academics. As we wind down the 2012-13 school year, there are many items of business that we have to accomplish at MAHS.

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State testing is underway and our students and staff have welcomed the challenge of state testing. Many of our state tests at MAHS are on the computer. Students take tests to gauge their growth and ability in writing (grade 9), reading (grades 7, 8 and 10), math (grades 7, 8 and 11) and science (grades 8 and 10). Our number one goal at the high school is student achievement and student academic growth. We want all of our students to achieve at high levels and will continue to raise the bar of achievement for our students. Our staff has prepared our students throughout the school year for these state exams. I am very optimistic that students will achieve at high rates.

Last week, Morris Area High School received great recognition from U.S. News and World Report.

Morris Area High School has been nationally recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the best high schools in Minnesota and in the nation. MAHS was one of only 136 Minnesota Schools to be recognized (top 18 percent) and one of only 4,805 in the nation. I believe that this is the fourth consecutive year MAHS received "bronze medal" recognition.

Although this recognition may be centered on Morris Area High School, it is more indicative of the efforts of all staff members PreK-12 in the district, inclusive of bus drivers, coaches/advisors, community education staff, district office staff, food service, licensed staff, media and office managers, paraeducators, and supervisors/directors along with the efforts of our students, parents, communities and school board.

The month of May is always busy with projects and end of the year items to wrap up before we go into the 2013-14 school year. The handbook committee at the high school will be presenting changes to our High School Handbook. This committee consists of students, parents, teachers and a board member have met throughout the school year and have done a great job at addressing changes to our High School Handbook. I am personally very pleased with the handbook committee and want to commend them for their efforts.

Graduation for the Class of 2013 is scheduled for Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the elementary gymnasium. Students graduating in the class of 2013 have represented MAHS, themselves and their families with the highest amount of class and character this year. I want to thank the class of 2013 for this past year and for their efforts in the classroom and outside the classroom. The Morris Area Dollars for Scholars Scholarship breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria.

The Morris Area Foundation does a great job at working with the school to help kids and faculty achieve at the highest levels. I feel that as a community we can help our graduates venture out towards their career goals by helping them financially. We give as a community to the Morris Area Foundation to help out our students so that they may give in the future.

The last day for students in grades 7-11 at the high school will be Wednesday, June 5. We will have 2nd semester finals starting on Friday, May 31 – June 5. I will be putting out a finals schedule to our student body and posting the schedule on the Morris Area website.

As always, we want to keep the lines of communication open between stakeholders and the school. Please contact me at 320-585-2200 or email me at cpeterson@morris.k12.mn.us if you have any questions or comments about our high school.

Go Tigers!

Upcoming Events

May 6: Jazz Concert

May 8: 2 hour late start (Staff Development)

May 8-10: National BPA conference

May 13: Band concert (grades 9-12)

May 17: Ag in the Classroom (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

May 22: Senior Awards Ceremony

May 30: Senior Scholarship breakfast and awards

May 31: Graduation (7 p.m.)

June 3, 4, 5: Last three days of school (high school finals)

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