We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,
therefore, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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
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.
Our new initiative this year involves technology and a 1 to 1
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
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
of Education's Educational Strategic Plan
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
and accountability, significant
will occur to follow our district motto,
"Growing to Greatness"!
By securing and applying adequate
resources, the district will provide a
and viable curriculum, taught by a
and effective staff
who are engaged and exhibit ownership
in our educational program.
excellence is demonstrated through
educational accomplishments by our students as they progress
on to their next phase of life.
teaching success is symbiotic to
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,