Vassar High School - Echo Yearbook (Vassar, MI)

 - Class of 1938

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SUPERINTENDENT Ralph E. Brant, for the past four years, has ably superinteided the Vassar Public Schools, safe-guarding its ideals and promoting its progress. Selected by the Vassar Board of Education in the fall of 1934, Mr. Brant came to Vassar especially Well recommended. Fora number of years, before taking his position here, he was head of the Caledonia Public Schools and was formerly Principal and athletic director of the Augusta Public Schools. Mr. Brant, who graduated from the Bellevue High School, re- ceived his A.B. degree from Olivet College, and his Masters' Degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. Columbia also granted him a special diploma for excellence of work in the field of school administration. Superintendent Brant Was appointed by the Michigan Educational Association headquarters to organize the Tuscola County Teachers Asso- ciation. He is to be commended for the fine efficiency with which he carried out this responsiblity. He was prominent in his position as president of that organization for the following term during which many worthwhile projects were corrpleted. He is active in a number of local organizations, holding offices in several. Community service, to which he gives most freely of his time and effort, is his by-word. His accomplishments and interests in community life are a fulfillment of his natural enthusiasm and high ideals. Members of the faculty and the students realize and fully ap- preciate all the fine achievements that were brought about through Mr. Brant's efforts in this school. We, as a group wish him many more successful years as Superintendent of the Vassar Public Schools. P Paqc Fourteen

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BOARD OF EDUCATION Oscar Curell William Dierck Lee Sevener Rex R, Gunnell Walter C. Furman Ray E. Kriseler Ray E. Kriseler-President Lee SevenerATrustee VValter C. Furman4Secretary William DierckfTrustec Rex R. Gunnell-Treasurer Oscar Curell-Trustee The students of the Vassar Public Schools have enjoyed and appreciated the benefits afforded them through the cooperation, ef- ficiency and interest of the Board of Education. Through its efforts the School has become one of the best in this region, and the students have been provided with excellent facilities and the most modern equipment. Through the efforts of the present Board it was made possible for Vassar to have one of the finest auditoriums in the Thumb District. Through their genuine interest and untiring efforts, together with a gift of 316,363 from the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, the Board of Education very efficiently effected negotiations for the purchase of equipment and completion of the New Addition. The progress of the school has been marked by the purchase of new typewriters for the Commercial Department, powered equipment for the Manual Arts Department, redecorating of the interior of the old building and installation of a new heating plant. Additional sup- plies and equipment for the Science and Music Departments, new tables and chairs for the Primary Rooms of both Central and McKinley Schools, and additional teaching supplies for both High School and Grades have all been accomplished through the efforts of our Board of Education. For these many advantages and for the earnest, sincere, and successful efforts on the part of the members of the Board, the student body wishes to take this opportunity to express its genuine gratitude. Page Thirteen

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VASSAR PUBLIC SCI-1001.5 RALPH E. BRANT. Superintendent VASSAR, MICHIGAN May 27, 1938 To the Parents, Students, and Patrons of Vassar, Michigan: I take pleasure in using the "Echo" as a medium through which I may .peak to the parents, students, and patrons of our community, concerning the Vassar Public Schools. I particularly desire to congratulate the Senior Class, and the "Echo" staff for their earnest effort in making this edition possible. Through its pages this publication presents a pictorial cross-section of the day-by-day activities of the boys and girls of our community, from kindergarten through the high school, which stand in contrast to the school of yesterday. "Progress" is the watch word - The school of today, without losing sight of those "Basic Skills", - reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetlc, has improved in methods and in expansion and variation of curriculums, to the point where for the most part, school has become a place where children want to go, rathei than have to go. School children today are provided an opportunity, through individual and cooperative endeavors, to practice self-direction, self-control, and self? appraisal, by engaging in projects, group work, informal discussions, exhibits, and dramatizations, such as our grade and high school students have presented both in the class xooms and in assemblies. All instruction is subject to survey and appraisal throughout the year. Standardized testing programs provide one means of determining the effec- tiveness of instructional practices. Parents are advised of the progress of their children through report cards designed to show growth, personal quali- ties, and rank in class, as well as control over subject matter. As we speed along in this era of Progress equipped as we are with modern educational facilities, we should not lose slght of the Church and the Home as two major influences so necessary in molding the student's spiritual and moral well-being. With the Home providing love, security, and an ade- quate standard of living, and the Church giving moral and spiritual direction, the School can do much to develop those qualities ot character which are of special significance in a Democracy. In conclusion, our goal for the Vassar Public Schools is to strive to provide for every student an education which, through the discovery and de- velopment of his individual abilities, prepares him for life, and through train- ing and vocational guidance prepares him for a living which will yield him the maximum of satisfaction. Sincerely, RALPH E. BRANT, Superintendent of Schools. Page Fifteen

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