April and May have certainly been busy at Eden CSD. No matter what time of day, or which building for that matter, you will find something happening with children! This is exciting and we are thrilled to be the location that so many of our Eden students and families choose to spend their time at each and every day. Being a student at Eden CSD means that there is always an opportunity to challenge yourself- academically, musically, athletically and artistically. It means that you have value in our community, which is so easy to see since our community neighbors are always willing to get involved in our school projects.
Just last weekend, the community garden was literally "built" in a morning. With the help of students, parents, teachers, and neighbors, the raised beds were put up, filled and ready for planting. We've seen this same level of involvement before- the PreKindergarten playground build, for example. It's amazing, actually. What a wonderful community!
This summer our Board of Education will be busy working on the District Goals for 2016-2017. Even though there is work to be done on our goals, we know that we will continue to focus on student achievement, academic rigor, communication and long-range facilities planning. Two other areas which we have had deep discussion on are (1) a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Agriculture and Math), and (2) transformative, personalized learning. These are exciting times for students and staff of Eden CSD and we have you, the community, to thank for your continued support.
The K-12 Art Show will take place on Tuesday, May 17th at the Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium Foyer. Take a few minutes to witness the artistic talent of our students no matter their age. I know they would love to see you there! You can also get a chicken bbq sponsored by FBLA.
The 2016-2017 school budget vote will also take place on Tuesday, May 17 from 9AM-9PM in the Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium Foyer. This budget is fiscally responsible and was developed with a focus on students. We thank you for taking a few moments on May 17 to vote.
Thank you, again, for being such an amazing community!
So, as I am sure you are all aware by now, Eden CSD has a Capital Project webpage- actually it is many pages. This Capital Project webpage is where I will keep you updated with monthly news about the project. In addition, there will also be a report at each BOE meeting.
This month, we began the conversation about phasing the project. We have decided on two phases. Phase 1 will involve work that can be approved by SED the fastest. These are items which do not include mechanicals, electrical, water, digging... Our preliminary plans would be to complete this phase by fall of 2016. Phase 2 will include work which may take longer to get approved by SED simply due to the scope of the work. Our goal would be to have this phase complete by fall of 2017.
In the next few months, we will be working with our architects to design each item and to sequence which items happen when. I hope to have this complete by March 2016.
Stay tuned! These are exciting times for Eden CSD!
On Thursday, June 25, 2015 we held our 116th Commencement Ceremony. It was a wonderful celebration with standing room only in our auditorium. Thank you, to everyone, who played a role in making this evening so special.
Before I share of few of my thoughts, I’d like to put some perspective on who is in our audience today by conducting a quick survey. This will take some participation by those seated in the audience, by standing if the question pertains to you. Graduates, you can remain seated for now- you will have your chance to stand later. I have four questions in total for our audience. Ready?
· Please stand, and remain standing, if you graduated from Eden Schools prior to 1942. Please stand if you graduated from Eden Schools between 1942 and 2014. Let’s take a moment to look around. Thank you, you may all be seated. Those standing represented 75 years, or more, of graduates from Eden.
· Second question. Please stand if you have younger children who will be graduating from Eden Schools. You may be seated.
· Last question. Please stand if this is your last child graduating from Eden Schools.You may be seated.
Thank you. I’m not sure what you were able to see from your vantage point, but I clearly saw a lot of people standing. Representing over 75 years of a common connection to each other. With regard to the last child graduating: of our 124 graduates this year, 64 are the youngest in their family. Put simply, 52% of our families can now turn over the reins to those with younger children.
To you, the 52%, families who have been a part of our school community for countless years- I offer you a thank you from the Board of Education, staff, students and community, for being present, cheering-- on the sidelines of our athletic events, applauding our musicians and actors at concerts and musicals, taking time off from work to attend our celebrations and ceremonies, being a part of PTA, Shared Decision Making, Raiders Respond Day, interview committees, Family Math and Reading Nights at GLP, countless fundraisers, the community Kindergarten playground build, Field Days at GLP, … you will be profoundly missed. I would bet that you will miss us, too.
This senior class, and you, our senior families, have played a crucial role in continuing a culture of excellence at Eden Schools for at least 13 years, and in some cases, upwards of 20 or more. You are the reason Eden has continued to be such a special place. You are the reason our bleachers, auditorium seats and volunteer sign-up sheets have been full. Your involvement and investment in your child’s education has made all the difference to them and to our school. And to this town.
doubt, you inherited a good thing from those families and students who came
before you. Tonight, we are honored to have joining us representatives from the
graduating classes of 1940, 1941, 1965 and 1990. In increments of 25 years,
they represent a span of 75 years of seniors waiting to turn their tassels and
take home their well-deserved diplomas... At this time, I would ask those
representing these classes to please stand. In the words of David
Gehl, Class of 1965- the fact that we can celebrate, together with the
Class of 2015, over 75 years of graduations at Eden Schools is nothing short of
So, a little history about Eden Schools, thanks to David Gehl- Our Main Street school, what we now call Eden Elementary, was built in 1939. The classrooms were not ready for students that year, so they continued to attend classes in their school house on Church Street, behind the Town Hall. The auditorium, though, was ready for graduation, so the Class of 1940, Rita Osburn Mansfield’s class, walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The following school year, the Class of 1941, Anthony Pericak’s class, was able to attend all their classes at the Main street School and graduate from the auditorium.
The Class of 1965, well represented tonight and celebrating their 50th anniversary, holds a special place in my heart. I am convinced that many of them played football and ran x-country against my husband, a graduate of the Class of 1965 from our neighboring school district, Springville.
And, the Class of 1990, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, are you having a hard time getting used to that idea- 25 years since you sat up here on this stage?
To our Class of 2015- pay close attention. This could be you 25, 50 or 75 years from now.
We hope your dreams take you…to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
Remember where you came from, Eden is home. Eden is family. Be well. Be unstoppable. We will save you a seat in this auditorium 75 years from now, when you come home to congratulate the Class of 2090.
While we do our best to account for a snowy winter when we create the school calendar, I can honestly say that we didn’t expect to lose four snow days during the month of November! I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding about pulling back an attendance day on November 26. By bringing students in on November 26 and December 10, we gained back two of the four days which we lost during the storm. This assures us of five more snow days without dipping into the February or March/April recesses. Ultimately, we have to ensure that we have 180 days of student attendance. In an effort to help you plan for the rest of the year, this is our plan if we need to use more snow days:
Currently, there is no student attendance K-12 on the calendar for January 30th. The GLP and EES Parent Teacher Conference Day has been rescheduled to January 30th from 10:15am-3:15pm.
If we use 0-2 snow days prior to January 30th, there will be no change in the current school calendar K-12.
If we use 3 snow days prior to January 30th, there is a possibility that this day may become a K-6 student attendance day until 10:15am. P/T conferences will still take place. There will be no student attendance for grades 7-12 on January 30th.
If we use 4-5 snow days between now and May 21st, the options are:
April 30th could become a full day for K-12 student attendance; AND/OR
June 25 could become a half day student attendance for K-6.
If we use more than 5 snow days prior to February recess, we will take back days during the February recess beginning with February 20, then February 19, then February 18, etc…
What a difference a day can make! The warmer weather and rain has certainly helped in many cases. The roads, driveways and roofs all look so much better than they did on my drive through town yesterday. A lot of work went into making this happen.
As I drove through the Eden school district today, I could not help but witness roof upon roof laden with snow. In some cases, crews of people, or just one person, digging away to remove all the snow. It is a frightening thought to think that your roof might not hold the weight of the snow, especially when the rains began this afternoon.