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Welcome Back 2021

Greetings!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! It is with great anticipation and excitement that I welcome you to a year of learning and growth for us all. There will be a learning curve with getting acclimated to school again, but my hopes are high, and I know that we will be together in no time. As Phoenix do, we will RISE from this and come out even better than where we started!

Through hard work and perseverance, we were able to maintain our number one status academically in the district while increasing our ranking to number thirty-seven in the state! Nationally, we were in the Best Schools rankings according to the US News & World Report, landing in the top 5%. I am proud to be in this position but know that we will continue an upward trajectory with the hard work of our students and staff and with the support of our parents.

In addition to achieving academically, our athletic and extracurricular programs continued to be a force to be reckoned with. Many of our teams are doing extremely well. Notably, our girls’ basketball team were semifinalist in the state championship and our girls track team were dominating on the track, breaking state records and winning championships. It is a goal of mine that all students are involved in the school community outside of the classroom. If athletics is not your forte, you can be involved in the management aspect of the program. Students may also join one of our many clubs and volunteer organization to imbed themselves in the fabric of our school community.

As always, we are looking for parental engagement. Join our PTSA, Dad’s Club, or Athletic & Performing Arts Booster Clubs! It will take all of us to provide a meaningful experience for our students. I look forward to working with you all this school year and seeing your active participation.

We have a lot of new, exciting things on the horizon and Renaissance this school year. I cannot wait to begin to share those things at an appropriate time. Meanwhile, be sure that you are on all our school communication avenues, including PowerSchool Parent Portal, Blackboard, Principal Stroughters’ Remind and class sponsors communication.

I look forward to being back in the building this school year full time with the students and staff. We will do our very best to keep everyone safe while in the building. Part of that will come from the cooperation of each of you. Students must follow all Covid protocol while in the building including wearing a mask at all times, continuous hand sanitization, staying a good distance away from others, and staying home if they have been a close contact of someone with Covid or are not feeling well.

Join us, we are counting on your full support as we are dedicated to providing the highest quality educational experience in the state of Michigan. Together, we will strengthen our spirits, challenge our minds, broaden our perspectives and be flexible in our steps to another successful school year!

Educationally,

Verynda Stroughter, Principal