Boca Ciega Principal Michael Vigue announced to teachers today that the high school earned an "A" for the first time in "the history of our great institution."
Here is the letter he wrote to the school community today:
"I wanted to take this time prior to the break to thank you for working hard each and every day to be successful. We all know how difficult it can be to remain intensely focused on high academic achievement, but by now you also know that hard work pays off.
"The collective efforts of our students, parents, community members, support staff, administration, and teachers over the past few years have led to dramatic and visible improvements and learning gains for our school.
"For many consecutive years our school settled for school grades of 'D.' In 2010-2011 our school earned a grade of 'C' for the first time in nine years. I am excited and proud to announce that during the last school year of 2011-2012 our school earned a grade of 'A' for the first time in the history of our great institution.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for all of us and it should serve as a reminder that anything can be accomplished when we eliminate excuses and demonstrate hard work and determination in everything we say and do. Moving forward, it is our collective responsibility to continue to improve our performance and to maintain our status as one of the top schools in Pinellas County and across the state.
"Enjoy the rest of your day, be proud of our accomplishment, and be sure to spend quality time with your family and friends over the holiday vacation."
Michael P. Vigue
Principal, The Boca Ciega High School