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We have begun another year with hope and anticipation of a brighter future.  We all know that the last year has been challenging to say the least, but with that comes the inspiration to do better and be better.    

 

February is Black History Month; an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. We honor and celebrate the achievements and important contributions made by Black Americans throughout our nation’s history.  Black History Month provides a great opportunity for educators to teach their students about the pivotal role Black Americans have played in U.S. history. Visit  history.com/topics/black-history to learn more about the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout US history.

 

At Ball-Chatham, our core values and culture are based upon promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that education should foster the appreciation of qualities that pertain to people as individuals, and as members of diverse populations. We further believe in the importance of observances, programs, and curricula that accurately portray and recognize the roles, contributions, culture, and history of all individuals. Here are just a few activities taking place in our District:

  • On February 16th, Glenwood Middle School will facilitate a virtual presentation of the Virginia Repertory Theatre's Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, to our seventh and eighth-grade students. 

  • At Glenwood High School - There will be a “My Dream Is...” wall in the Commons area where students will be able to “post”  their aspirations collectively as a mural. Students will also be able to scan QR/Spotify codes placed throughout the building to read summaries and hear songs about individuals who despite challenges, achieved success and brought valuable contributions to our nation. And on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m., GHS will hold an Open Mic Night where students (& staff) will have the opportunity to honor Black history through song, poetry, dance, spoken word, art, or any other expression that honors the history of our Black American culture.

 

We are committed to continuing the steps we've taken to advance a better understanding and community within our school district.

 

During our last Board meeting, we presented the MAP data for our students at each of the Elementaries, the Intermediate and Middle schools.  Our data demonstrates growth over the past few years.  We are excited for this data, as it shows our commitment to improving instruction and academic achievements for all students.  Above all, it demonstrates that in spite of the significant challenges faced as a result of COVID19, our teachers and staff have adapted their strategies to work within the in-person and virtual environment.  Here is the link to the presentation of the data.

As we continue to navigate many of the “new” regulations and expectations provided by IDPH, IHSA, and other regulatory agencies, we're excited to have, at least in part, winter sports again! Given the 50 spectator attendance limit, however, Glenwood athletics will be streaming home games this winter so that our community can enjoy the competition. This is new for us (necessity is definitely the mother of invention), and we’re thankful to our Athletics Dept. for arranging this.  

 

And speaking of new, the District is holding its Kindergarten Pre-registration event for the 2021-22 school year online this year. Parents/guardians who live in the Ball-Chatham School District and have a child (or children) who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 should register online using this link to a Google Form. The pre-registration event closes on February 16th. Thanks to our Tech Dept. for all their work so that our soon-to-be Kindergarteners can be pre-registered online!

 

In closing, I would like to make sure we are all aware of the cold frigid weather headed our way in the coming week.  Please be sure to dress warm as temperatures are expected to dip below ZERO.  Please, layers, gloves, scarves, etc.  We want to make sure all of our students are safe and warm.  If you or anyone else is in need of warm clothing items, please contact your school office so that we can assist in matters of need.

 

With Titan Pride,

Supt. Dr. Wood

Superintendent

Douglas A. Wood, Ph.D

Address: 201 W. Mulberry, Chatham, IL 62629

P: 217-483-2416| F: 217-483-2940 | E: dwood@bcsd5.org