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R NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS
CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOVEMBER, 2018

The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District R News and Highlights is R way of keeping our community members informed about the great things taking place in our schools.

Dr. Jeanne Courneene, Superintendent


CGBSD Top 100 School District in the State

The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District made the top 100 school districts across the state for the second time in a row for its academic achievement as measured by the state report cards. Associated to the district making the mark of the top 100 districts in the state and for the third consecutive year, the elementary school achieved the highest rating; a five star rating of  significantly exceeds expectations with the middle school and high school achieving for a third consecutive year a four star rating of exceeds expectations.

Wisconsin Technology Initiative

Middle School Awarded $20,000 Technology Grant

Cedar Grove-Belgium Middle School was awarded $20,000 as part of the Wisconsin Technology Initiative Grant. The grant funds will be used to expand science, technology, engineering, and math experiences via a makerspace environment. The money will be used to acquire design-related tools, a 3D printer, and maker-focused professional development for up to ten middle school staff members. The Wisconsin Technology Initiative was established in 2010 by John and Tashia Morgridge to improve academic achievement by providing funding for the advancement of instructional technology in learning environments throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Active Shooter Training Prepared

The district has partnered with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department to train all staff in protocols associated to Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training. Sheboygan County Deputy Brent Multer is the lead CRASE instructor and will be working with the district over the course of the semester during in-service days. The CRASE training identifies the role of the professional guardian, civilian response options, and response scenarios. The scenarios that are used provide potentially “real life” active shooter situations and circumstances that require participants to respond by applying the newly learned response options. The CRASE training aligns to the district’s ALICE (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) response protocols and further enhances its commitment to school safety and student well being.


Parent/Community Survey Feedback

Thank you to the district’s parents, community members, and staff for completing the satisfaction surveys that were administered in November.  Some of the survey highlights include:

-97% of staff respondents agreed Cedar Grove-Belgium School District is a great place to work.

-90% of parent/community respondents indicated they were satisfied with their overall child's experience at CGBSD.

-Reading, science, and English Language Arts identified as  the top instructional areas in terms of overall performance as per both the parent/community survey and the staff survey.

-Upkeep and maintenance of facilities  rated very high by all survey respondents.

-Staff rated highest in overall strengths of the district.

-Community involvement/support was rated very high in addition to the students, and the district’s small school size as other very high strengths of the district.

Areas of focus based on the survey feedback include:

-improving student achievement by closing gaps of students with learning needs and students of poverty. Each school needs to examine closely if current practices, processes, and procedures support equitable learning opportunities for all students. This is a very high priority for the district.

-course offerings - Consideration to both college and career preparation of students with the understanding not all students are four year college bound.

-recruiting and retaining quality staff.

-Providing more clubs and activities. The district needs to continue to expand and offer non-athletic related opportunities for all students.

-Prioritizing capital projects including technology related design center learning experiences for students, building upkeep, green space utilization and acquisition, and other projects identified in the survey such as a new pool and a new auditorium with financial consideration and planning.

The surveys provided valuable feedback to the Board of Education and the administration. The feedback is essential to the short term and long term planning of the school district in addition to making improvements as part of the district's continuous improvement work.

 

School Calendar/Event Reminders

Thursday, February 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences ( MS/HS: 3:30-7:30; ES: 3:45-7:45)
Tuesday, February 12 - Parent Teacher Conferences ( MS/HS: 3:30-7:30; ES: 3:45-7:45)
Friday, February 15 - No School
Friday, March 15 - Staff In-Service (No students)
Friday, March 22 - End of the third quarter (full school day)
March 25-29 - Spring Break Spring Break

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