School community letter

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Dear ______,

I have some terrific news to share with you: (Insert school name here) on February 10 was named an Academic State Champion by Bridge Magazine. Only 111 schools in the state received this recognition.

To determine the winners, Bridge partnered with Public Sector Consultants, Inc. (the state’s leading public policy research firm) to develop a value-added ranking system which measures a school’s test scores adjusted for student family income, which is often a predictor of academic achievement. Essentially, Bridge’s Academic State Champions are being recognized for over-achievement, rather than achievement.

This recognition reaffirms our dedication to exceptional education, as well as the exceptional performance of our students, teachers and building administrators. I am immensely proud of our faculty, staff, and – most of all – our students. We are also very grateful to our parents and others in the community who support our students and schools.

I encourage you to explore the Academic State Champs coverage and statewide rankings databases of all schools and school districts at and to share this wonderful news with friends, family and others in the community.

Bridge also offers opportunities for us to display this award every day – go to to order a free Academic State Champs bumper sticker.


(Principal or Superintendent)

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