MASB Announces 2013 Michigan’s Best Recipients

Eight school districts across Michigan are starting the school year off with a celebration of success. The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Michigan’s Best Award. While schools face many challenges, the Michigan’s Best Award showcases examples of the quality education taking place in Michigan schools each day.

“We’re being challenged at the national, state and local levels to develop innovative approaches to education and its impact on the community,” said Kathy Hayes, MASB executive director. “These districts have a proven record of success and should be considered as models for other districts across the state.”

The winners by category are:

  • Community Engagement: Dollar Bay High School from Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Schools, Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics (SOAR)

  • Creativity and the Arts: Mona Shores High School from Mona Shores Public Schools, Singing Christmas Tree

  • Engineering & Math: Crestwood High School from Crestwood School District, College Prep Algebra & Geometry

  • Extracurricular Activities: Marion Elementary School from Marion Public Schools, Raising Our Academic Results (ROAR) Program

  • Health, Wellness and Safety: Beecher Middle High School from Beecher Public Schools, 9th Grade Academy

  • Intermediate School District Programs: Wayne RESA School District, Project PRIME (Promoting Reform in Mathematics Education) Program

  • Language Arts: Oxford Early Learning Center from Oxford Community Schools, Fifth Core World Language & Culture Program

  • Social Science and Humanities: Algonac High School from Algonac Community Schools, Promoting Academic Social Success (P.A.S.S.) Mentoring Program

  • Student-Created Initiatives: Lakeville Elementary from Oxford Community Schools, Legacy Team

Programs are judged by an independent panel of experts in each area based on uniqueness, the critical need served and evidence of impact on student achievement. Entries were received from districts across the state. Each winner receives a trophy for display at the school and $2,500 to sustain their efforts. These programs won round-two judging and represent the top honor in one of the MASB Education Excellence program’s nine categories.

The winners will accept their awards on October 26 at a ceremony cohosted by MASB and SET SEG School Insurance Specialists, the program’s exclusive sponsor during the 2013 MASB Annual Conference at the Lansing Center. Teachers, administrators and school board members will be on hand to celebrate these achievements.

Additionally, the top-scoring program will be announced during the ceremony as the Best of the Best and will receive a $1,000 bonus.