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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
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
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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
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
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Graduates of the Commercial Department take positions in offices
without further training.
There are splendid opportunities to participate in Football, Basket
Ball, Baseball, Track, Tennis, Intramural Athletics, Band, Boys' and
Girls' Glee Club, Dramatics, Debate, F. F. A. Agricultural Club, Radio
Club, Camera Club, Archery Club, Girls' Home Economics Club, Girl
Reserves, Library Staff, Newspaper Staff, and Annual Staff, also grade
and high school assembly programs. All students also have an oppor-
tunity to secure Instrumental Instruction without cost.
Vassar High School Complete Course of Study
NINTH GRADE: English, Algebra, Biology, Home Economics I,
Shop I, Civics, Safety Education, Junior Business, Band, and Art I.
TENTH GRADE: English II, Plane Geometry, World History.
Bookkeeping, Latin I, Crops and Soils, Farm Shop, Commercial Arithme-
tic, Band, and Art I.
ELEVENTH GRADE: English Literature, American History, Com-
mercial Arithmetic, Latin II, Advanced Algebra, Solid Geometry, Chemi-
stry, Animal Husbandry which alternates with Agricultural Economics
every other year, Advanced Home Economics, Advanced Shop, Short-
hand I, Typewriting, Band, and Art II.
TWELFTH GRADE: American Literature, Economics and Ameri-
can Government, Speech, Advanced Algebra, Solid Geometry, Latin II,
Advanced Home Economics, Animal Husbandry which alternates with
Agricultural Economics every other year, Advanced Shop, Physics, Type-
writing, Shorthand, Band, and Art II.
From the above course of study, students desiring to meet college
entrance requirements must have the two Major and two Minor sequences,
which are required under the College Preparatory Course.
School opens Tuesday, September 6, 1938, at 1:00 P. M. There
will be a teachers meeting at 9:00 A. M. 2
Old School Records Reveal the Following Interesting Data:
At a meeting of the School Board held at the' Post Office on the
26th of July, 1861, an order was drawn in favor of William Lee, Jr., tak-
ing care of school rooms at 36.00 per week.
At 9, meeting of the Board of Trustees held at the old Post Officz
building on the evening of Saturday, October 5, 1861, it was "Voted that
Miss Mildred Padman be employed during the coming winter term to
teach in the primary department at 253.50 per week."
At a meeting of the School Board held at the office of the Secre-
tary on the evening of June 29, 1863, it was "resolved that for the better
efficiency of the school and protection of the House. that the request
of the Eureka Lyceum to use the House for their Exhibition be not
granted, that the janitor, Wilfred Kellogg, be instructed to keep two
of the keys to said House exclusivelv in his possession and to use them
for no purpose except that for which the school demands, and that he
close the House at all times whenever he leaves it at night. that the
House shall for NO PURPOSE be kept open evenings LATER than one-
half past 9 P. M.
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