Wrapping up a great school year in Braham

Justin Sawyer, Principal
Braham Area High School

April and May have been filled with activity for Braham Area High School. Students and teachers have been very busy with MCA testing, athletic competitions, fine arts concerts and hands on learning activities.

On April 13, our juniors and seniors experienced a mock accident, which was a great event for reminding them to make good choices at prom, graduation, and beyond. Many local agencies put in a lot of hard work and effort to make the event a huge success. The student actors did a great job getting into character. The hard work of everyone involved helped set the stage for a safe and wonderful prom. Students have continued to make good decisions, which has helped the end of the school year go very smoothly.

To celebrate the hard work students put into their MCA testing we held a post MCA Test Party on the afternoon of May 18. Students were able to choose between multiple activities including kickball, basketball, movies, DDR, open lab, reading, volleyball and yearbook signing. All students who showed their effort during MCA testing were also entered in drawings for cash and other prizes. We handed out over $600 in cash and prizes, many of which were donated by local businesses.  Thank you to the local businesses that helped to make this event a big success.

It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up the school year already. We wish our departing seniors the best of luck as they move on to their next phase of life. They have been assets to our school and they will leave their legacy behind. Our seniors have had great success in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities throughout their careers. At the same time we say goodbye to our seniors, we welcome our upcoming students into new grade levels, new buildings, and new learning experiences.

Next year Braham Area High School will be entering into our third and final year of the School Improvement Grant (SIG). The SIG has provided additional funding to our school to help promote increased educational opportunities and performance.  Recently Minnesota’s new MMR school rating from the 2010-2011 school year was released. Schools were placed in categories based on the results. Top schools were rated as Reward schools while the lowest scores placed schools in the Priority or Focus categories. Braham Area High School’s scores were higher than the schools in the Priority or Focus School rating, but because we are on the School Improvement Grant we will stay in the Priority rating for another year. Our MMR was significantly higher than the scores of schools in the Priority or Focus ratings and we congratulate our students on their improvement and continue to work toward future gains.

Thank you to everyone in the local communities for supporting Braham Area Schools this year.