Dear Belvidere School District 100 Families:
As we close out the 2017-18 school year, I want to extend my appreciation to you, our students, and staff for an incredible year. This month we graduated over 600 students from Belvidere High School and Belvidere North High School.
The Belvidere community has supported these students as they progressed through the district from elementary to middle and finally high school. They are leaving us better prepared to be part of an exciting future, ready to help our community grow, and taking steps to enter a career or continue their education. I hope that we have helped them grow closer to achieving personal fulfillment as they pursue excellence.
We’ve accomplished some great things this year as a school district serving over 8,000 students in our 10 schools. I’m grateful to our community partners, parent organizations, and families for helping our school district in this work. Some of our celebrations this year included:
Our technology 1:1 initiative took its first major step into our elementary schools - all 5th through 10th graders had personal Chromebook devices this year to use in class.
Nine of our schools were nationally certified as “High Reliability Schools” by Marzano Research.
We were awarded a state designation to run a competency high school with 5 other districts in the state - and the state superintendent chose Belvidere North High School to host the state-wide press conference.
Teachers in all of our schools took the first steps in implementing a more student-centered approach; showing a commitment to the district’s strategic plan to better meet the individual needs of students.
We certified as a national Great Place to Work® organization; showing our community we are engaged in the work and want to attract the best people for their children.
We continued our tradition of having the lowest K-12 public school tax rate in Boone and Winnebago counties.
For those of you who have children coming back in the fall, we will be busy over the summer getting ready for an even better 2018-2019 school year. We always look forward to improving our services to better meet the individual needs of all children in our community.
Over the summer months, please continue to stay in touch by visiting our website and social media. I have a Virtual Town Hall through Facebook Live each month on the day of board meetings you can participate in. This summer those will be at 9am and 5pm on June 18, July 16, and August 20. If you cannot watch live, you can view a recording of those town halls at any time on the district’s Facebook page.
I hope you have the opportunity this summer to spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones. I will be doing the same and taking some time to rejuvenate in July in preparation for next school year.
Dr. Daniel Woestman