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May 14, 2010
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Our congratulations to Abigail K. Whisler, Jackson High School, on being a candidate for the 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

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McGregor Elementary SchoolMcGregor Elementary Recognized as a High-Performing Urban School in a New Report from the Fordham Institute

Washington-based think tank, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, will recognize Canton's McGregor Elementary and seven other Ohio schools in a new publication to be released on May 25th. Entitled Needles in a Haystack: Lessons from Ohio's High-Performing, High-Need Urban Schools, the report will be available to a national audience.[1]

Earlier this year, in an article, Finding Excellence in Canton, Ohio,[2] Fordham noted that McGregor's principal and staff were committed "to constant improvement and appeared genuinely self-reflective (and articulate) about wanting to improve their craft."

Principal Victor Johnson agrees and acknowledges that the recognition from Fordham is quite an honor. He is quick to add that McGregor is "blessed with a very good staff, kids and parents." While he and his staff are proud of their results, they know at the same time, they have a way to go. That is because McGregor envisions a future for its students that goes far beyond the sixth grade. "We are working to prepare our kids, regardless of their economic background to be able in a few short years to compete for jobs with the best graduates of any district," Johnson adds.

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