Blue Ridge Events May 21-Sept. 25

Upcoming Events: May 21 BRHS Graduation ceremony, BRHS new gym, 2 p.m. 23 BRIJHS 8th Grade Promotion ceremony, JH gym, 7 p.m. 23-25 BRHS Final Exams for All Students 25…

By Editor

May 19, 2017

Upcoming Events:

21 BRHS Graduation ceremony, BRHS new gym, 2 p.m.

23 BRIJHS 8th Grade Promotion ceremony, JH gym, 7 p.m.

23-25 BRHS Final Exams for All Students

25 Sports Physicals, 10 a.m. – 1p.m.; BRHS Spring Sports Awards, 6 pm, New Gym

24 Third Grade Transition Day (Mansfield); Kindergarten Field Trip – Scovill Zoo (Decatur)

25 Last full day for PreK/ECSE through high school, End of 4th Quarter; 2:20 Early Dismissal

26 Teacher Institute Day – NO SCHOOL


21 Board of Education meeting, BRHS Library, 7 p.m.; Budget Hearing, 6:50 p.m.


19 Board of Education meeting, BRHS Library, 7 p.m.

24 Online registration begins

31 Summer Bridge Program Begins


2-3 Preschool Screening – call District Office for an appointment

10 Walk in registration for PreK-12th grade at BRHS, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-7:30 p.m.

21 Curriculum Day – NO SCHOOL

22 Teacher Institute Day – NO SCHOOL

23 1st day of student attendance, 8:20 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.


4 Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

6 Picture Day

20 Board of Education meeting, BRHS Library, 7 p.m.

25 School Improvement Day – NO SCHOOL


Summer Office Hours

From June 5 – July 28 the District Office will be open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, and closed on Fridays. On July 31st the normal office hours of 8-4 a.m. Monday through Friday will resume.


REBOUND Program – Last summer Liz Slusser developed and coordinated a community program, REBOUND, to provide a place for students to go when they are suspended from school. The program was set up to work with students on their school assignments and also to help them develop skills needed to avoid problems in the future. Participation is optional for families and was underutilized this past year. Ms. Slusser will be working with volunteers this summer to change the focus of the organization to providing mentoring for students on a regular basis throughout the school year. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact the district office at 309-928-9141 to give us your name and contact information. We will give this to Ms. Slusser.


Food Service Program Evaluation – Thanks to Bonnie Wright, Tonya Evans and all those who participated in the evaluation of our food service program for helping to complete the review of our cafeteria service. There was great participation via surveys, interviews and focus groups – opinions were plentiful! We will be considering several of the recommendations to increase the number of students eat school breakfast and lunch. The report on the evaluation is now posted at


Title I Plan Development – The Federal No Child Left Behind Grant (NCLB) is now known as Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the grant that funds our Title I and Title II programs. In order to apply for the ESSA Title I grant this summer we needed to rewrite our Title I plan with the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. On Monday, May 15, the committee met to review the plan. Participants included Schneider and BRIJHS principals, Title teachers, regular education teachers, parents, students, two individuals from community based organizations, and myself. The plan requires Board approval before the ESSA grant request for 2017-18 can be submitted. The plan is now posted at


Construction Update – A preconstruction meeting was held on May 10 to coordinate schedules with contractors. School personnel have been advised as to what they need to do to prepare for the work and we are gearing up for a busy summer. Asbestos abatement to remove ceilings in the halls, floor tile, and pipe insulation will occur at Schneider School in two phases, June 5-20, and June 20-July 3. Construction on the office areas will begin on June 21, and the replacement of tile and ceilings in other areas of the building will be done as those locations become available following the asbestos abatement. In addition, we will be repairing some of the windows at Schneider.


ISU Research Project– Amanda Rohan is a doctoral student at ISU studying school psychology. She has worked with us for the past year to help coordinate services for our students and families. Ms. Rohan has asked us to assist with her doctoral dissertation research project and has been given her permission to do so. She will attempt to recruit 20 current K-12 teachers from the Blue Ridge district to confidentially complete a brief online survey regarding behavior management in classroom settings. The study entails reading a brief vignette of a behavior problem and answering two open-ended questions about behavioral interventions. All data will be collected online. Interested teachers, who volunteer to participate, will provide informed consent within the online survey prior to participating. Teacher participants will complete the online survey at a site and location of their convenience and preference. The survey results will be pooled and used to inform the methodology for the second phase of Ms. Rohan’s dissertation project. The results of this pilot study will remain confidential. Should this study be published, only pooled results will be documented. No costs will be incurred by either the Blue Ridge district or the individual participants.

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