Measuring quality

Dear Editor,

In the Sedalia 200 school district, we like to say we are “Proud to be a Tiger.” Lately, our Tiger Pride has been justified in many areas, both inside and outside the classroom.

We recently shared our Annual Performance Report scores, which at 90.4 percent were the highest we have achieved in three years. That success comes from hard work not only by our teachers and administrators, but also our students. This shows a commitment to excellence on all levels.

We also have had great success in our athletics and co-curricular activities. Smith-Cotton is the reigning West Central Conference champion in nine areas – girls and boys soccer, boys basketball, girls and boys track, volleyball, football, baseball and speech and debate. The JROTC Academic Team competed at the national championships over the summer, the math team is enjoying great success and our athletes consistently earn recognition as Academic All-State performers. Team SCREAM, JROTC, drama, choir, band and our art students win numerous competitions and produce high quality performances that we all can be proud of.

But achievement is not measured only by test scores, game results or the quality of a performance. The quality of a school district is also reflected in its climate and culture. The positive and respectful atmosphere that has been built in the Sedalia 200 district was evident Wednesday during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Smith-Cotton High School.

This event is planned and carried out entirely by our JROTC cadets, and they again did a remarkable job in creating a meaningful event for our local veterans. The entire S-C student body, more than 1,400 strong, filled the gym’s bleachers, waved American flags and showed their respect to all of the veterans in attendance. Our students, as they typically do, made us proud again on Wednesday.

I salute our military veterans and thank them for their service to our nation. I also offer praise to our students, who show us the true meaning of Tiger Pride in how they carry themselves in the classroom, in the competitive arena and in how they work in the community to make Sedalia a better place to live.

Bradley Pollitt


Sedalia School District 200

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