Highland School Certificates
1911 CERTIFICATE OF PROMOTION
Students attending Highland's rural schools were often given ornate certificates of promotion as they advanced from grade to grade. This example is that of U. Sidney Beach, dated June 16, 1911, evidencing his promotion from first to second grade at the "Highland" or "Union" school in Highland Station. Note that the first grade curriculum included reading, arithmetic, penmanship and spelling, i.e., the traditional "readin', writ'n, and 'rithmatic." The "hickory stick" (or in the case of one Union school teacher, a fraternity paddle) was also employed when required!
1913 CERTIFICATE OF PROMOTION
This 1913 certificate for Clara Mae Beach is somewhat more ornate than that of her brother above, although the basic form remains the same.
REPORT CARD CIRCA 1918
One of Clara Mae Beach's eighth grade report cards appears below. Notice the inspirational quote near the top of the form. Even the most mundane bits of paperwork were often used to deliver a motivational message. So too, the bottom of this report card admonishes parents to "Let us work together in educating the pupil."
1918 MONTHLY PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD
This certificate is far more elegant than those in use today. Note that students with perfect attendance for six months out of the year would receive an even larger certificate; an example of which is below.
1918 PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD
Students with perfect attendance for six months out of the year would receive a large certificate like that seen here. These were issued by the Commissioner of Schools for Oakland County. As can be seen, these were even more elegant than the smaller monthly attendance awards, with color printing and a gold seal.