Superintendent's Corner

Dear North Branch School District Families and Community,

 

Welcome back to what will be another great year at North Branch Area Schools.   All of our school employees have been busy preparing for the 2018-19 school year.  I would like to share some updates as we look forward with great anticipation to the first day of school on Monday, August 27:

 

  • The Ruth Fox Elementary (Grades 5-6) and North Branch Middle School (Grades 7-8)have combined into one school now called the Ruth Fox Middle School (Grades 5-8).We are not closing a building; rather, we are merging two buildings into one which will improve building management efficiencies.Our K-4 Elementary, 5-8 Ruth Fox Middle School, and 9-12 High School will now all consist of 1 Principal, 1 Assistant Principal, and a team of support personnel including secretaries, counselors/social workers, and/or instructional coaches.The main entrance and office for the Ruth Fox Middle School (Grades 5-8) will be located in the previous Ruth Fox Elementary building while the previous North Branch Middle School office will now house our Special Education Department.

 

  • Part of the additional support for the Ruth Fox Middle School has been the addition of Theresa Rae as a math/literacy coach for grades 5-8.Mrs. Rae’s mission includes working with teachers, students, and the community to continue to provide our students a high-quality education.We have also hired a social worker to replace retired 7-8 counselor, Dale Parsons.Jessica Reeves, former North Branch graduate, will provide support for all students in grades 5-8.She has many new ideas and initiatives she will be implementing for our students.

 

  • We have entered into a partnership with the Family Literacy Center in Lapeer to train volunteer individuals to assist our children with reading, writing, and math skills.We are appreciative of the Morgan Fike Memorial Fund which sponsored the training held this past June in our elementary school.We are hoping to continue this partnership next summer.In addition, North Branch Schools conducted a two-week Jump Start program for BK-K students who needed a boost before school started.

 

  • North Branch Area Schools makes student safety a priority in our district.We are in the process of conducting building assessments to identify areas we can improve safety.We have a district-wide safety committee that meets regularly and includes parental input.North Branch Schools will have an increased police presence in our district thanks to the partnership the Board of Education entered into with the North Branch Village.The school district is sharing in the cost of having two full-time police officers providing coverage for the village and the school district during the school time and for evening athletic events.

 

  • North Branch Area Schools completed its final season in the Tri-Valley Conference during the 2017/18 school year.Beginning this school year, North Branch is the newest member of the Blue Water Area Conference.We will forge new relationships and rivalries with the other seven league members:Algonac, Almont, Armada, Croswell-Lexington, Imlay City, Richmond and Yale.The most up-to-date athletic schedule may be accessed on our web-site, www.nbbroncos.net.We invite the entire community to attend the Fall Kick-off pep rally scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 in the High School Auditorium starting at 8 p.m.

     

  • Our district was recently informed by the Student Scholarships and Grants Director in the Michigan Department of Treasury that for the Class of 2018, Lapeer County had approximately 52.10% of senior students complete their required applications during the financial aid process which includes their eligibility for State aid programs.I am extremely proud to announce that at North Branch High School, 100% of our eligible seniors last year completed their applications resulting in 552 college applications going out and $2,225,000 dollars in scholarships and instructional awards for those seniors.

 

  • The Board of Education continues to be fiscally responsible while annually approving 5-year plans to invest and improve in the areas of curriculum, facilities, and technology. This has been accomplished while improving the fund equity (savings account) for the district.North Branch is healthy and thriving thanks to the support of our families and community.

 

Finally, we are very humbled North Branch Area Schools was selected by the County Press readers as the “Best of the Best” school district in Lapeer County.   Thank you to  our students, families, staff and community for supporting our school district. We will continue with our “All In” theme and pledge to provide the very best education possible for all of our students.

 

Please call our administrative office at 810-688-3570 if you have any questions regarding the start of the school year.