Superintendent Notes

Dr. Caron

 Black Hornet     From the Desk of Dr. Bill Caron,

Scales Mound CUSD #211

Superintendent/PreK-2 Principal 

End of the Year Newsletter 

June 2020

Greetings from Scales Mound School,

As far as school years go, this has been one of the most unusual that I can ever remember.  I have been a teacher, coach, or administrator since 1985 and if someone had told me that we were going to have a year where we would have 119 days of in-person learning and close to 50 days of remote learning, I would have said that was crazy and then asked, “What is remote learning?”  Well, now I know.  

This period of remote learning came on quickly, without warning, and lasted way longer than anyone could have ever imagined.  When the State told us on March 13, 2020, that we would be ending in-person learning just three days later, we were confused, stunned, and frankly, not sure what we were going to do.  I asked if any of the staff wanted to join me on Sunday afternoon following the announcement to do some planning.  Just about every staff member stepped up and joined in to plan how we were going to teach our students outside of the normal classroom from March 17 to March 27.  Little did we know at that time that we were going to have to continue this until the end of the school year.  

Throughout this period, I cannot say enough about what our staff, parents, and students did to continue education in Scales Mound CUSD #211.  Our mission states, “From the top of Illinois, we are preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s world by empowering all to reach their full potential.” While it was difficult to prepare our students from home, everyone did it to the best of our ability.  What everyone accomplished over the course of the remote learning period was beyond anything we could have imagined and is a testament to the power of our community.  We continue to prepare our students for “tomorrow’s world.”

As we move forward and anticipate the school year 2021, we can only hope that we are back to in-person learning and a return to some normalcy.  However, we must also realize that there is a possibility that we will have to endure some hybrid form of learning, sometimes in school and sometimes in remote learning.  We are developing a series of plans in anticipation of entering Phase 4 of the State’s reopening plan that includes regular school, a combination of in-school and remote instruction, or remote learning.  When we have some direction from the State and Illinois Department of Public Health, we will finalize these plans and forward them to parents and students.

Finally, I want to congratulate our Seniors and eighth-grade students as they move on to the next part of their educational journey.  We had a spectacular turn out for our senior parade on May 16 and look forward to celebrating the Seniors at a modified, in-person graduation ceremony on July 18.  We are also in the midst of planning an eight-grade promotional event that may take place on July 16. While I am saddened that we could not do our regular end of the year celebrations, I realize that the Class of 2020 will always be a class that is unique and special.  We will be talking about this class for many years to come and share their wonderful accomplishments, success, and courage during some very difficult circumstances.  I am very proud of every member of this class and wish them all the best as they continue their journey.  Thank you to everyone who has helped plan and celebrate the Class of 2020.

I hope everyone in the Scales Mound CUSD #211 learning community has a spectacular summer and enjoys some relaxing time with family and friends.  I look forward to seeing you all in August, in-person.

Think positive and be positive.  Go Hornets!


Bill Caron



End of year 6-2020.pdf

3rd Qtr Letter 422020.pdf

2nd Qtr 123119
1st Qtr 10-31-2019.pdf
Summer 2019.pdf

Supt March 2019.pdf

What is new for 1819.pdf
May 2018 Year in Review.pdf

 Every Student Succeeds.pdf

Keeping School Safe.pdf

Stay Healthy .pdf
We Believe.pdf

5Essentials Survey.pdf
Surviving the Holidays

Welcome back 2017 18.pdf
Celebrating Class of 2017.pdf
Superintendents May 2017.pdf
Welcome to the Fourth Quarter.pdf
Springtime in Scales Mound School.pdf
School Closing Procedure.pdf
School Report Card Message
First Qtr Midterm.pdf



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