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Dr. Jeanne Courneene, Superintendent
CGBSD 2017-2018 Achievements
The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District achieved several milestones, achievements, and recognition throughout the 2017-2018 school year:
Thank you retiring teachers Mrs. Albright and Mrs. Schwabenlender for your years of service!
Mrs. Albright devoted 32 years to the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District as teacher of health and physical education at the elementary and middle school levels. Mrs. Albright was instrumental in acquiring the district’s Movin’ and Muchin’ program and other fitness activities such as snowshoeing and the middle school triathlon as part of the learning experiences for her students. Mrs. Albright’ desire to provide real-life physical experiences to her students was a huge asset to the development of the district’s physical education program.
Mrs. Schwablender devoted 26 years to the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District as an elementary regular and special education teacher and as a middle school teacher where she taught 5th grade science and English Language Arts. Mrs. Schwabenlender coached a variety of sports including middle school volleyball, middle school basketball, middle school cross country, high school track, high school cross country, and girls freshman basketball. Mrs. Schwabenlender was instrumental in student use of technology in the classroom. Some of her innovative work includes Sphero robots, Code.org, SeaPerch underwater robots, Lego, and Vex. Mrs. Schwabenlender’s desire to learn and put learning experiences at the fingertips of students has opened the doors for future creative and innovative learning opportunities for our students.
District Awarded Krier Foundation Grant
CGBSD was awarded almost $60,000 from the Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation to transform learning spaces of two high school computer lab classrooms into interactive, collaborative learning spaces for students. The project titled Learning Hubs evolved out of a need for the teacher to be able to move freely among student learning teams to facilitate student learning team discussions, challenge student thinking, and promote collaborative problem-solving.
The current computer lab classroom arrangement represents a traditional classroom organization that includes three rows of desktop computers that are tiered to allow the teacher a whole class view of computer screens. Each student’s learning space is in isolation due to being anchored by a desktop computer with no mobile ability to ebb and flow in and out of collaborative learning spaces. The three tiers of computers prohibit movement within the classroom that is essential for student collaboration, exploration, and innovation. The district is forever grateful for the grant award and the possibilities that will result for our high school students. The Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation supports education and the environment with a specific focus on educational grants to schools, local environmental programs, and college scholarships for local high school graduates. The Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation was established in 2008. The district is very thankful for the foundation’s generosity.
District Awarded United Way Grant
CGBSD was awarded a portion of the $70,000 United Way Providing Access to Healing (PATH) Grant for school-based programs designed to improve access to mental health services for children and youth who are unable to obtain care elsewhere in the community.
Thank you Scholarship Sponsors!
The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District received over a million dollars in scholarship funds for eligible and participating graduating seniors. Scholarship funds included 44 private sponsors who gave 70 scholarships to 36 recipients in the amount of $225,650 and 13 college sponsors who gave 28 scholarships to 19 recipients in the amount of $837,727. Congratulations to all scholarship recipients and thank you to all of the private scholarship sponsors for their generosity.
School Safety Grant
CGBSD was one of several hundred public and private school districts across the state that applied for grant money as part of the 2018 School Safety Initiative Grant. The district conducted a safety assessment with local law enforcement to identify areas in need of consideration for grant money. A variety of physical security enhancements were identified in all three of the district’s buildings in order to provide a higher level of safety and security for students and employees. As part of the school safety grant funding, there were two categories of funding available, primary security funding and advanced security funding. The school district applied for funding from both the primary funding source and the advanced funding source for needed physical security enhancements. Notification of awarded funds is scheduled for the end of June, 2018.
School Calendar/Event Reminders
Summer School: June 11-29
New School Year First Student Day: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
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