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Mr. Richard Heitmeyer 




Preparing Students for the Promise of Tomorrow!

The Baldwin Community Schools District (BCSD) mission statement appears as  a simple phrase,but contains many layers that requires "unpacking". Most people familiar with the Baldwin Promise will understand the mission of the districtis to prepare students to take advantage of the Promise scholarship, so that they can attend college with little financial expense. Practically speaking,their interpretation is accurate. However, some people might understand the mission of the district is to prepare students for a brighter tomorrow or a future full of promise. From a esoteric perspective, their interpretation is accurate as well. At BCSD, we combine these two interpretations. We understand the mission as preparing students for meaningful postsecondary opportunities whether it be college, vocational school, or the military. We work to provide students with knowledge and skills required to be successful in any endeavor they choose after high school.

As you read this article, you might wonder why the districtplaces such great emphasis on college readiness. I am sure you have read andheard about our ongoing efforts to build a college-going culture within thedistrict. The emphasis on improving college readiness is easily explainable.The skills required of students in pursuit of vocational training and themilitary are similar to the skills necessary to be successful in college. Justlike college, vocational training and the military demand that students areable to read highly technical material and immediately apply what is read. Additionally,the math involved demand that students have a firm understanding of algebra andother forms of advanced mathematics. Moreover, students in vocational andmilitary programs must be able to communicate effectively and demonstrate highlevels of discipline to be successful. Again, these are all skills required ofstudents planning to attend college.


 We understand that byfocusing on college readiness we are preparing students for multipleopportunities beyond high school. This is why, we have incorporated AdvancedPlacement (AP) courses into the academic program, increased the number ofstudents taking classes at West Shore Community College, Ferris StateUniversity, and the Tech Prep Center, as well as added a SAT Prep course.Furthermore, to sustain our efforts in building a college-going culture, we arebuilding a coherent curriculum designed to prepare our students for college-levelcourses and programs. These efforts along with the college readiness activitiesprovided through the Rick Simonson College Access Center has placed thedistrict on a path towards preparing our students for the Promise of tomorrow.  


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