TO THE EDITOR:

     (Re: “Honor roll discontinued for middle grades,” Nov. 23, 2017) I have been extremely blessed by Ripon Schools and how they have worked hard to educate and support my children. While I understand that this is a big change, I support the professionals we entrust to educate and administrate our children’s education. The fact that the School Board voted unanimously in favor of this change also speaks to the need for a change to keep Ripon Schools moving forward.

     Yes, they are moving forward to make a change that probably should have been made back in 2010-11 when they made the change to the grading system to reflect state standards. It is pretty hard to determine who is on the honor roll when students are being graded on end-of-the-year standards.
We can have a debate about whether that is a good idea or not, but for people to attack our school district which “exceeds expectations” compared to other schools in the state because it doesn’t put out a middle school honor roll is what seems saddest to me about this whole situation. ...
 
­— Luke Hatfield
519 Ardmore Ave.

     To read the entire letter, see the Nov. 30, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.