The freshmen work day will be upon us before we realize it. No job is too small for our able-bodied workers. Helping to plant the garden, raking up soggy / wet leaves, washing windows, painting, and staining, are all tasks students can handle. The work day is scheduled for April 23rd. If you need help with a spring project, contact Susan Withington at the school 815.845.2215.
Additional iPads to be purchased for Grades K-2
The Scales Mound Board of Education recently approved the purchase of 35 new iPads and a storage cart for K-2 classes. This purchase will allow lower elementary students to have daily access to computers. Teachers will use the iPads to support the regular curriculum, to individualize instruction with remedial and enrichment apps, and to teach introductory technology skills. Technology Coordinator, Kristopher Kreul stated, “ iPads are an excellent choice for our younger students. They are the right size, they have touch screen technology, and there are a ton of educational apps. The best thing is that our elementary students absolutely love learning with them.” The new iPads and cart will be available at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
The Scales Mound School District Receives a Second State Maintenance Grant
The Scales Mound School District recently received some good news, as the Illinois State Board of Education has awarded the District another Maintenance Grant. The grant is for a maximum of $50,000 to be used to replace a roof on the old gym. This is the second Maintenance Grant the District has received this year. Earlier in the 2013-2014 school year, Scales Mound Schools received a $50,000 grant to replace the ventilator system on the same roof. Superintendent Steve Bianchetta stated, “ the ventilator replacement project is something that we have been contemplating for some time. The current ventilator is outdated and in need of replacement. We anticipated that the state was going to make grant opportunities available during the first semester for repair projects, so we waited on the project until we could make a grant application. In January, we were notified that the ventilator project was approved. A second grant opportunity came out in February, but had a quick turnaround. In late February, we submitted an application for funds for roof replacement. The roof over the old gym is beginning to leak and nearing its natural life span. Moreover, when the ventilator is installed, it will significantly disturb the roof. It made sense to replace the roof at the same time as the ventilator. We rushed an application through and ISBE approved it last week. The good news is that we will get $100,000 of state funding for the projects “. The work is planned for the summer of 2015.
The Board of Education approved the 2014 - 2015 school calendar.
Notice of Change of Meeting Date
The Board of Education has changed the regular meeting date from April 21 to April 14 at 7:00 pm in the District Library.
The Board of Education has also set a planning session meeting for April 21 at 6:00 pm in the District Library
Scales Mound CUSD #211 is a Pre K-12 grade public school district 70 square miles in area, all of which is located in northern Jo Daviess County.
The District is positioned approximately 25 miles east of Dubuque, Iowa and 80 miles southwest of Madison, Wisconsin. The areas making up the School District include the village of Scales Mound, Apple Canyon Lake and the Galena Territory.
Our enrollment is less than 300 students with an elementary class size average of less than 15 students per section and a pupil to teacher ratio of approximately 13 to 1. The District offers a rich curriculum and a number of co-curricular opportunities. Scales Mound students have traditionally scored well on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.