Message from the Principal

July 26, 2017

Dear Parents, Families, and Friends:

I would like to start off by welcoming you to the 2017-2018 school year! Please plan on attending the Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School Open House on Wednesday, August 30, 2017,  between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. This is a chance for students, parents, and family members to come to school and meet the teachers and staff. It is also an opportunity for students and parents to walk around the school and see all the new building renovations that took place over the summer. I look forward to meeting many of you, if I have not already, at the Open House!

As I begin my 4th school year as Principal of Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your student(s). We will accomplish this by setting high academic and behavioral expectations for all students and providing support systems to assure they are met. By addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, increased academic and behavioral expectations for all students, and engaging the community. It is our goal at Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School that all students will demonstrate the academic, technological, and cultural competencies necessary to compete in a global society.

The staff of Cassopolis Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School 
believes that the school exists to produce responsible citizens who can successfully function in an ever-changing society. We are committed to upholding positive academic and behavioral standards within a safe learning environment, which will encourage our students to develop self-respect, and to reach their highest potential.

We embrace the challenges of the future while we continue to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past. Our remarkable staff, involved parents, and committed students come together to make Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School a wonderful and unique place.

Having the opportunity to work with the dedicated staff and parents in the Cassopolis community is truly a dream come true! The people here are friendly, hardworking, and genuinely care about each other, especially the children in the community. The new school year is just around the corner, and I am eager to get it underway! I have spent several days at school over the summer, and have been impressed with all the people that have gone above and beyond to make our campus look amazing on the outside and inside.  I am looking forward to having the building full of students and staff, and all of the positive energy they will bring. If you are in the building, please stop by my office for a visit!

Please join me in this cause, this pursuit, this meaningful endeavor, the most important of all endeavors, to make a deep and genuine difference in the lives of your students, and through them, on the future of society. It is up to us, and our time is now!

Our current website,,

will provide you with up-to-date information about the upcoming school year. Please explore our links to find out more about curriculum, programs, and daily events at Ross Beatty! Please follow us on our Facebook page Cassopolis Public Schools, or on Twitter @CHSRangers for updates and positive news about our school.

If you would like to contact me, my email is You can also reach me by phone at Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School at (269) 445-0506.

 I am looking forward to working with you and your student as we work toward an academically successful school year.


 David E. Van Lue


Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School