Our school district here at MCC, with its excellent reputation, continues to attract high quality new staff while retaining our exemplary, current personnel. As a collaborative team, we work together bringing expertise and a wealth of experience to students each day. The support of our families and the communities continues to play a key role in the district's performance for which we thank all of you!
Schools have changed a great deal over the years. Gone are the one-room schoolhouses. Chalkboards have been replaced with electronic white boards, laptop computers are replacing textbooks, and there are a host of new skills for students to learn for the world of tomorrow. Today's teachers have the awesome responsibility of teaching more than just the basic skills. They nurture and inspire children despite many obstacles. They help students learn essential skills not always measured in testing, such as critical thinking, conflict resolution, cooperation, and problem solving. All of these life skills help prepare students throughout their entire life.
This is, however, a collaborative team effort and this week is a great opportunity for parents to discuss the importance of education with their children and to look for ways to reinforce the learning that is happening here inside the walls. The classroom is where students learn to think, solve problems, and cooperate with each other. These skills are critical in shaping the future of America and can also be reinforced at home and in the community. Research shows that education is a great predictor of personal and professional success later in life. American Education Week is also a great chance for parents to reconnect with their students’ schools and to look for opportunities to volunteer and support the schools and the curriculum.
MCC is again providing everyone an opportunity to celebrate public education with us and encourage you to attend the 10th annual American Education Celebration on Tuesday, November 14th in the Central High School gymnasium. This night will be reserved for honoring deserving students and adults from Murray County Central. Included in the honors is the Murray County Central Wall of Fame award that is given to recognize outstanding lifetime achievement by people that have supported MCC. We will also be honoring individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education.
There is much to celebrate in our schools. Murray County Central schools have continued to outperform the state averages on such indicators as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests in Reading, Math, and Science. Our high school graduation rates far exceed the state average and for the past several years, our district scores at or near the top of all schools in Southwest Minnesota (both large and small) in these measurement assessments. Murray County Central schools set high expectations for students and have been successful in meeting those goals.
Again, we appreciate your continued support and partnership in educating the children and youth of the MCC community. We also want to express our gratitude to the business and community partners for their commitment to educating area students. Finally, commendations, recognition, and thanks to our team of excellent and caring staff members with whom you entrust your children each day of the school year.
Joe W. Meyer