State Championship, Silver National Ranking, and Student Success Spell Summer Success
District Administrator Gary Hansen
It’s Tuesday, August 4th and I have my mind wrapped around all the preparations necessary for the start of a new school year. One of which, of course, is the preparation of this edition of the Spartan Sentinel, as it contains annual notices and information helpful to parents and students as they also begin preparing for the start of another school year. Holding true to those in past, this summer has gone by much too quickly. But what a wonderful summer it was, especially for the Rosendale-Brandon School District!
On June 13, 2015, Laconia athletes brought home the 2nd State Championship title in our 43 year history. Congratulations to Coach Scott Ritzema and our Lady Spartans as they won the WIAA Division III State Championship Softball game against Poynette with an exciting 2-1 score. What a wonderful accomplishment. A big thank you goes out to the Rosendale-Brandon community who supported them throughout the season and showed up in big numbers at the championship game.
Other good news this summer includes Laconia having excellent Advanced Placement (AP) scores. Forty-two students succeeded in achieving scores that enable them to receive college credits in courses such as AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English Literature, AP English Language, and AP US History. This provides a helpful boost in their pursuit for higher education.
Another big deal that I hope all our citizens are aware of by now is that US News and World Report reviewed 29,070 high schools throughout the United States and awarded Laconia High School as a Silver Medal recipient, placing Laconia within the top 7% in the nation! To be ranked this high by an independent organization is certainly an honor that we can all celebrate. Congratulations to the community, parents, staff and students who worked so hard for this achievement.
These certainly are exciting accomplishments for the Rosendale-Brandon School District, and we are anxious to see what’s in store for the 2015-2016 school year. As of this writing, we have six new teachers preparing for the coming year; the Dance Team and Football teams have already begun practicing with the first football game scheduled for August 21st at Wautoma. On August 17th practices will begin for our Cross Country and Volleyball teams, and of course classes will commence for all students on September 1st, which is the earliest date the state allows public schools to start.
Let the adventure begin!