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"Growing to Greatness"

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Crawford AuSable School District

1135 North Old U.S. 27, Grayling, MI 49738
Phone 989-344-3500 or 344-3501 ~ Fax 989-348-6822
Joe Powers, Superintendent
Class B ~ Lake Michigan Conference
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The Crawford AuSable School District, in partnership with our community, educates students in a safe, challenging, and supportive environment to become successful citizens in a global society.

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FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

2012-13 WAS ANOTHER GREAT YEAR!
Our students continued to outperform students in this region, and our schools were rated as some of the highest schools by the Michigan Department of Education.

The State of Michigan ranks all of the nearly 4,000 schools in a "Top to Bottom" list. CASD was again named a top performing district in the region with all of our schools earning a high ranking. Grayling High School led the way, ranking in the 87th percentile, which is near the top among high schools in the North.

Both Grayling High and Grayling Middle have been recognized as “Reward Schools” by the Michigan Department of Education -- its highest honor.

Both Grayling Middle and Grayling Elementary were honored recently by the Michigan Department of Education as being "Beating the Odds" schools. This honor is for the highest academic achievement in the state as compared with their peers.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its report cards for schools:

• Grayling High School received an "A" rating:
93.9th percentile state ranking.
• Grayling Middle School received an “A” rating:

97th percentile state ranking.
• Grayling Elementary School received an “A” rating:
94th percentile state ranking.

The Center for Michigan, a non-affiliated, non-profit public policy group, ranks all school districts in the State: It ranked the Crawford AuSable School District as the 2nd best traditional school district in Michigan.

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Grayling High  as one of the top high schools in the nation.

Newsweek ranked Grayling High as one of the top high schools in the nation.

The Michigan Department of Education honored Crawford AuSable School District last year as one of the top performing districts in the state.

The prestigious College Board honored Grayling High as one of only 539 high schools in the nation on its honor roll for Advanced Placement courses.

Each year, our graduating seniors attend some of the top universities in the nation. The 2013 graduates earned a record number of scholarships last spring -- over $827,000 in scholarships -- as they left to go on success in college and post-secondary training.
 

We can be proud that CASD students receive a first-class education that allows them to compete with students throughout the world.

TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES
As our local, state and national economies have struggled, so have our schools. Although our funding has been drastically reduced by our state legislature, CASD still has a great staff, great programs and great academic achievement by our students, and we expect another great year in 2013-2014.     
           
Even though our state legislature has removed a tremendous amount of K-12 funding over the past few years, our CASD Board of Education is committed to providing the best academic program with low class sizes.

TECHNOLOGY
Our new initiative this year involves technology and a 1 to 1 ratio: 
• All high school students receive an iPad to use 24/7. 
• All 8th graders will use a Chromebook.
• The remainder of the grade levels is near a 1 to 1 ratio with desktops, netbooks, laptops and iPads. 

We want to educate students with the use of a variety of technologies to solve real world problems. 

Our teachers have had iPads since summer 2012 and have been provided with professional development in using technology to enhance learning. We hope to add more technology options so that student learning can become even more customized and individualized.

Board of Education's Educational Strategic Plan
The Crawford AuSable Board of Education is wholly committed to providing an excellent education to all students in CASD. The board strives for excellence in every facet of our educational program. With district values of integrity, teamwork and accountability, significant learning will occur to follow our district motto, "Growing to Greatness"!

By securing and applying adequate resources, the district will provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum, taught by a highly qualified and effective staff who are engaged and exhibit ownership in our educational program. Educational excellence is demonstrated through
HIGH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT and higher educational accomplishments by our students as they progress on to their next phase of life.

Ultimately, teaching success is symbiotic to learning success. It is our responsibility as a school district to work with our students and our families to assist students to be successful.

Click here to view the 2013 CASD Strategic Plan.


                          - Joe Powers, Superintendent
                    
      jpowers@casdk12.net  

 


GHS was named one of the best high schools in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek magazines in 2014.
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In 2014, The Center for Michigan named CASD the top traditional school district in Michigan. Click here to read the press release.
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GHS, GMS and GES received an "A" rating by the Mackinac Center for Public Performance.
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In 2013, The Center for Michigan ranked CASD the 2nd best traditional school district in Michigan.
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Grayling High School was named to the 2012 AP National Honor Roll -- one of only 539 U.S. school districts to be recognized by the College Board.
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Grayling High School was one of the top ten schools in Michigan to demonstrate improvement on the spring 2012 ACT/MME test.
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In August 2013, GHS was again named a REWARD School by the Michigan DOE in August 2013 for being a "High Progress and Beating the Odds School" in the Top to Bottom Schools ranking.
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The Michigan DOE recognized the CASD as a high-performing  school district and recognized

Grayling Middle School

as a "Beating the Odds School."
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Grayling High School was named one of the best high schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek magazines in 2010 -- one of only 75 Michigan high schools to receive that honor.
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The CASD elementary music program, under instructor Jim Brown, was named a School of Excellence by the Michigan Association of School Boards in 2010.
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CASD School Closings
School closing and emergency information is available 24 hours a day on the district school closing and emergency hotline, which can be reached by calling 344-3530.

The District uses the following television and radio stations
to inform parents of school closings, delays or unforeseen circumstances:

TV Stations

WPBN TV 7 & 4

WWTV TV 9 & 10

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Radio Stations

WBYC 1240 AM Big Country Gold (Traverse City)
WKLT 98.9 FM Rock (Kalkaska)
WQON Decades 100 101.1 FM (Grayling)
WGRY 100.3 AM Country (Grayling)
  WMJZ 101.5 FM Oldies (Gaylord)
WGFM 105.1 FM Real Rock (Cheboygan)
WLJZ FM 94.5 The Bear, Classic Rock (Mackinaw CIty)
WAVC FM 93.9 The Bear, Classic Rock (Mio)
WGFN FM 98.1 The Bear, Classic Rock (Glen Arbor/Traverse City)
WJZJ FM 95.5 Real Rock (Glen Arbor/Traverse City)
WUPS FM 98.5 (Houghton Lake)
WTCM FM 103.5 Country (Traverse City)
WPHN 90.5 FM The Promise (Gaylord)
WMKC FM 102.9 Big Country Hits (Indian River)

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Crawford AuSable School District is #1 in Michigan
CASD is getting more out of its students
than almost every other school district in the state!

Bridge Magazine named Crawford AuSable School District (CASD) as the top traditional school district in the entire state of Michigan. CASD, located in northern lower Michigan in the town of Grayling, took top honors out of 540 traditional public school districts in the state and ranked 3rd overall behind two magnet charter schools that draw students across traditional district boundaries. CASD was also ranked number one in the state among rural schools.

“On behalf of our students, staff and communities, I want to say that CASD is very happy to be recognized as the top school in the state. The best reason is for our students. Their educational achievement benefits them, and this is our purpose,” stated Superintendent Joe Powers. “We get better than expected student achievement through a lot of hard work and because our staff truly cares about kids.”

This is the third year of the Academic State Champs report of the best public schools across the state – conducted by the Center for Michigan, a public policy group, and Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing research firm. The formula, based on test scores and family income levels, was developed to determine the state’s best schools – those that get more out of their students than comparable schools across the state.

Five-hundred forty-five traditional and public K-12 schools were included in the study, which assessed student test scores in 4th, 8th and 11th grades over the last three years. The report is published in Bridge Magazine:
http://bridgemi.com/2014/01/michigans-most-over-achieving-schools-is-your-school-an-academic-state-champ/

 All three schools that comprise the CASD were ranked high: Grayling Elementary was ranked 21st in the state among elementary schools; Grayling Middle ranked 12th; and Grayling High was ranked 7th. These high rankings in all CASD schools propelled the school district to its top-ranked traditional school status. 

Last year, CASD was ranked as the 2nd best traditional school in the Academic State Champs report.

“Our staff is very dedicated. Over many years of hard work, they have been committed to improving student achievement, one student at a time,” said Superintendent Powers. “Our kids deserve the best we can give them.”

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Contact information: 
Crawford AuSable School District:  989-344-3500
Superintendent Joe Powers:  989-344-3750

 

 

igh School Context and Performance (CAP) Report Card by the Mackinac Center for Public Performance.