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We encourage our soldiers by discounting uno half of their children's tuition.
Some fifteen or twenty of our members are teaching in our public schools.
We have not only endeavored to educate the intellect of onr scholars, but have attended to their physical training, by increasing extensively gynnastic exercises; and we sce good results from these. The habits of our scholars are improving, and we hope to see a continued progress in every thing that pertains to a truly valuable education. All which is respectfully submitted,
DANIEL J. POOR,
Prin. Dickinson Ingi. Romeo, Nov. 2, 1864.
Disco, Macomb Co., Nov. 23, 1864. Hon. John M. GREGONY, Supl. of Public Instruction :
Disco Academy was incorporated in the year 1855, and opened with a Teachers' Class, for the special benefit of those who wished to qualify themselves for teaching primary schools. It was, indeed, noted for the great number of students sent forth as teachers, and the prospects at one time were favorable for its becoming one of the most prosperous institutions in the eastern portion of the Stat But too fur, like some other institutions of the kind, dependent on tuition and public enterprise for its support, it has at present no permanent funds or reliable means, except such as are derived from limited resources.
It is believed, however, that a slight change in its economy will be effected, and there is hope of its being restored to its formor prosperity. Although suffering, perhaps, in common with others, on account of our “national calamity," we are
happy to report that this inslitution has incurred no indebtedDess.
The names of the Trustees aro John Keeler, Chauncey Church, Alonzo M. Keeler, Edward Petit, Calvin Pierce, Ira S. Pearsall, Jeremiah Curtis, Philandor Ewell, and Robert R. Harper.
The names of the officers are, Chauncey Church, President, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees; John Keeler, Treasurer; Robert R. Harper, Clerk; A. M. Kceler, Principal; Miss Harriet A. Price, Teacher during the past year.
The whole number of students in attendanco, winter and summer terms, is eighty.
The real estate is valued at fifteen hundred dollars. Stock subscribed, five thousand dollars; and the amount actually paid in, one thousand dollars. All of which is respectfully submitted.
CHAUNCEY CHURCH, President, and Chairman of the Board of Trustles, J. MONFORD, Clerk', pro tem.
REPORT OF TRUSTEES.
Hox. JOHN M. GREGORY, Supl. of Public Instruction:
DEAR SIR-In reviewing the history of the German-English School, established in this city by the German-English School Association some eight years since, I have to refer to the consolidation of the two societies, viz: the German-English School Association and the German-American Seminary, which was offected on the 2d of May, 1864, and of which proper notice was given to the Secretary of the State of Michigan at the time, by transmitting to him a copy of the amendments to the by-laws of the German-American Seminary, as they were deemed necessary for the accomplishment of the act. The German-English School Association ceased to exist, and adopted the charter of the German-American Seminary, transferring, at the same time, all its real and personal property, in the aggregate worth about ten thonsand dollars, to the GermanAmerican Seminary. The school itself did not undergo any changes, but has, on the contrary, been steadily improving, under the direction of its present Principal, Director Edward Feldner, formerly of the Hoboken Academy, who has had charge of the institution since the 1st of September, 1863.
The number of teachers employed at present is seven, viz: Edwarıl Feldner, Principal; Augustus Schneck, G. R. Milton, Charles Kurtz, Julins Melchers, Mary J. Anscomb, Louise Lenschner. Messrs Feldner, Schneck and Knortz, have charge of the German Department in all its branches, while Mr. Milton and Miss Auscomb take care of the English Department. Mr. Melchers is the Teacher for Drawing, and Miss Leuschner instructs those of the girls who desire ito in needle work The number of lessons is about equal in both languages.
The school is subdivided into five classes, the last one having been established in October, 1863. Two teachers have been discharged during the past year by the Board of Trustees, viz: Mr. Frederick Kass and Mr. J. Rairden, for incompetency. Mr. Fl. Krecke has resigned a month ago, and the following gentlemen have been engaged in their respective places: Mr. ('. Knartz for Mr. Kass; Mr G. R. Milton for Mr. Rairden; and Mr. A. Schneck for Mr. Krecke.
The attendance is as follows: First Class,
31 Second Class,
40 Third Class,
45 Fourth Class,
44 Fifth Class, ....
Average attendance during the year,
220 The tuition fee has been fixed in the following manner: First Class, per month,...
1 50 Second and Third Classes,..
1 00 Fourth and Fifth Classes,
With an allowance of a discount of from ten to thirty per cent for more than one out of one and the same family. Those not being members of the Society, pay an advance of about twenty-five per cent on the above rates.
The Society has at present ninety-four members, who pay nine dollars each annually for the support of thọ institution. The monthly expenditures foot up about $300, for teachers' salaries, etc., and the balance in the treasury at present is about $300.
I subjoin a short abstract from the course of studies which has been adopted by the Board, and transmit a copy of the wame in the German language:
Fifth Class.-Rudiments in both English and German. Books, National Primer and Speller, and Lebensbilder No. 1 Arithmetic; Reifelt's First Book in Arithmetic; Wilson's Manual of Object Lessons.
Fourth Class-German and English Grammar; National First Reader; Lebensbilder and Reifelt's Second Reader, in German; Reffelt's First Book in Arithmetie; Drawing, Singing, Object Lessons.
Third Class:-Second National Reader; Translations (Ahn's First Course); Arithmetic; Thompson's Practical Arithmetic; Object Lessons; Drawing; Singing; Geography (Cornell's Primary Geography).
Second Class - English and German Grammar; Reffelt's German Third Reader; National Third Reader; Translations in both languages; Arithmetic (Thompson's Practical Arithmetic); Geometry; Drawing; Singing; Geography (Colton's School Geography); History; Natural Philosophy.
First Class.-English and German Grammar; Fourth National Reader and Quackenboss' English Grammar; Translations (Ahn's Course); Arithmetic; Robinson's Progressive Arithmetic; Geometry; Algebra (Davis'); Drawing; Singing; Geography (Cornell's Grammar School Geography); History; Natural Philosophy.
It may be mentioned here that the course taken in the
studies of this school is in conformity with the one prosecuted in the public schools, and that it is the endeavor of the Board to have the German system adapted to the wants and claims of the American system, as laid out in the management of the public schools, the advantages of which are fully appreciated by the managers and the Board of the school of the GermanAmerican Seminary. We strive to give those entrusted to our care a good cducation, with the advantage of instructing them perfectly in two very important languages; bring them up to be good citizens of a free republic; enable them to cherish the institutions of their country, which are just now undergoing a thorough purification, and which cannot be appreciated too highly by those destined to preserve them in the future.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Screiary, DETROIT, No. 21, 1664.
RAISIN VALLEY SEMINARY.
REPORT OF THE TRISTEHS.
Hon. JOIN M. GRIGODT, Supt. of Public Instruction :
The Trustees having charge of Raisin Valley Seminary make this their second annual report:
For a statement of the property of the institution, they would refer to their last annual report, as there has been no particular change since then.
OFFICERS OF THE INSTITUTION.
Superintendent, Enoch D. Strang; Matron, Sarah Jane Strang; Principal, Daniel Satterthwaite; Associate Teachers Mary C. Harkness, Rachel H. Shaw.
Since the last report, the Institution has been unusually prosperous, and the number of students in attendance larger