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Page 17 text:
VASSAR PUBLIC SCI-1001.5
RALPH E. BRANT. Superintendent
May 27, 1938
To the Parents, Students, and Patrons of
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.
RALPH E. BRANT,
Superintendent of Schools.
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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
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
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LORETTA HARE- fA. B.
News Staff Sponsor
Assembly Council Sponsor
7th Grade History
MARY MILLER-B. S.
Home Economics Dept.
Seco Club Sponsor
HOPE WELLEMEYER-A. B.
Girls Physical Education
Seventh Grade Sponsor
Girls Intramural Sponsor
RUTH WOODMAN-A. B.
Girl Reserves Sponsor
Dramatics Club and Play
Freshman Class Sponsor
CHESTER HOYT-B. S.
Manual Arts Dept.
Archery and Leathercraft
Boys Physical Education
Eighth Grade Spons-or
Junior High Coach
Boys Intramural Sponsor
T. B, PEMBERTONAB. S.
F. F. A. Sponsor
Junior Class Sponsor
4-H Club Sponsor
E. H. WERNET-B. S.
Sophomore Class Sponsor
Noon Hour Activity Spon-
DONALD H. YONKER-B.S.
Camera Club Sponsor
Radio Club Sponsor
Senior Class Sponsor
Echo Staff Sponsor
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