Vassar High School - Echo Yearbook (Vassar, MI)

 - Class of 1938

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Page were obtained through a Public Works Administra- tion grant and a local bond issue. The building con- sists of a combination gym- nasium - auditorium seat- ing 1,000 people, a modern Home Economics depart- ment, and an administra- tion office. Splendid new locker rooms for both boys and girls are included in the new building. We are deeply indebted to those early settlers who realized the need for edu- cation, and to all who have helped our school system grow throughout the years. We are certain ihat the same high standard of pro- gress will be carried on in the future. McKINLEY SCHOOL Qld and New Courses of Study One of the most important fields in which progress has been made in the Vassar High School is in courses of study. In 1904 there were tw0 courses: Language and General. The Language courses required four years of foreign language, Latin and English being offered. The other subjects were mostly English, Mathe- matics, History, and Science. Commercial subjects were evidently just being introduced, for one-half year of Commercial Arithmetic was offer- ed with one-half year of Bookkeeping. Extra curricular activities were rather frowned upon at that time, as detracting the pupils attention from their other studies. The Lyceum consisting of oratory contests, and a mixed Glee Club, were greeted with enthusiasm. When the present school building was erected in 1918, practical courses had gained importance and provision was made for such subjects as Agriculture, Manual Arts, Home Economics, and Commerce. At present the high school offers five courses of study: ill College Preparatory or Academic. f2J Commercial, C31 Agriculture, C43 Home Economics, C53 Manual Arts. A wide variety of subjects is offered under these headings so that every student may be able to select an interesting schedule. Each course of study requires a minimum of sixteen units of credit Four full-time subjects completed successfully, over a period of one year, give four units of credit. It may be of interest to the reader to know that Vassar High School fully conforms to the new college entrance reouirements, as re- cently adopted by the University of Michigan and the North Central Associationg and that this school has been accredited by the University Ten

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Another small school was built in 12569. '1'n1s was known as tne Townsend Norm bcnool. 'ine build- ing, on Maple Street, has now been con- verted into a two- tamily house. Catastrophe in the form of a Iire, came in 1917. Since it happened at night theie were no casual- ties, but it was a serious loss to the community, as not only tue school building, but also many valuable re- cords, were destroy- ed. A new school building was imme- diately started, and completed in time for the fallterm of 1918. Recent progress in Vassar Schools has been the completion and dedication ol' the New Addition on SECOND SCHOOL BUILDING January 21, 1937. An ever increasing attendance has demanded a larger building. The Addition was made possible through the I-S711 av . R-3m,.,i,. , . . 1 ' QB 'iz' I -" 310, I "1 kilt.. 1- Tl lfye- . '- J 0, "" "A ' efforts of Superintendent Brant and the Vassar Board of Education. Funds fri- ' Q' I, ' . . I D v ' .4-XY ' -.J 1 'Ja 7 FIRST BUILDING ON SOUTH MAIN Page Nine



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of Michigan continuously since 1899, longer than any other school in the county. The qualifications of the faculty and the standards maintained by the Board of Education, have also made it possible for the Vassar Public Schools to belong to the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges since 1930. Certain extra curricular activities have become increasingly im- portant. Beginning this year high school Art and Band have been ac- cepted as full credit classes, meeting five days a week. Speech has been given full credit for some time. In so far as the course of study in the grades is concerned, much has been done to make the work more profitable and interesting. In our school we have a testing program which extends thro-ugh the eighth grade. This enables teachers to determine the amount of progress their children are making in relation to similar classes throughout the coun- try. In connection with this program, remedial work is given to those pupils who are in need of special help. The grade program is also made more colorful by grade pro- jects, such as operating a Grocery Store, Post Office, Rhythm Band, Vocal Music, and Art. In the gymnasium a health program, through physical education, is given to every boy and girl. The progress which has been made in courses of study has done much to make school life at Vassar more interesting and .to offer more practical training. Some Interesting Facts Relative to the Vassar Public Schools The Vassar Public Schools were organized in 1851, and still oper- ate under the special act of the legislature of 1859. .,. The Vassar Public Schools now employ twenty-two teachers. In 1916 fourteen teachers were employed. The school population is stead- ily on the increase. Vassar High School has been accredited by the University of Michigan since 1899 and approved by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges since 1930, the highest attainment any high school may reach. By being so accredited, Vassar graduates, upon recommendation of the Superintendent or Principal, are admitted to the University of Michigan and other colleges in the State of Michigan with- out entrance examinations. The Parent Teachers' Association organized in 1925 has proved to be a very worthwhile organization and has been a fine medium to bind the ties more closely between pupils, teachers, and parents. The Activities Council, composed of a representative from each class and the various organizations, provides closer cooperation between the students and high school authorities. , Vassar High School has much to offer in the field of practical courses: Farm Crops and Soils, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Eco- nomics, Shop I, Farm Shop, Advanced- Shop, Home Economics which in- cludes sewing, cooking, and home making in general, Bookkeeping, Typewriting, Shorthand, Junior' Bl1Siness, Comercial Arithmetic, and Com- merical Law. 1 Page Ee 'ven

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