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Superintendent's Message-March 2022

Over the course of the year, the district continues to review the progress and growth of our students K-12. Recently, I shared at the March Board of Education meeting the positive growth the students at the elementary level have made from September of 2021 to February of 2022. This growth was based on assessments that all students participated in through our Form A and Form B LinkIt assessments. The academic areas that were identified for review were Math and English Language Arts (ELA) allowing us to identify overall growth among our elementary students. Below you will find a positive growth comparison from 2020/21 to 2021/22 with all grade 1 to grade 4 students.

The evidence presented shows an overall growth of 15.5% in the area of English Language Arts and 22.75% in the area of Math. The progress made allows our teaching and administrative staff to identify progress areas, but also areas that we continue to work towards in growth and support content for our students.

Universal Technical Institute Dual Enrollment Program

On March 21st, Mr. Bayer, CGHS Principal, shared with the community, at the March Board of Education Meeting, a new opportunity for upcoming CGHS Seniors. A dual enrollment partnership between Cedar Grove Public Schools and Universal Technical Institute will allow interested and eligible students to acquire credit at Cedar Grove HIgh School and Universal Technical Institute in the area of Career and Technical Instruction with a concentration in Automotive Education. This program allows students to spend part of their school day on Cedar Grove High School's campus and Universal Technical Institute's campus in Bloomfield engaging in a hybrid program with a hands on technical experience. To review the presentation with please click on the link to access. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Cnc-t1RBm80rp0Kt9OocEC7hAKuyxI4sLVLqOjLHRf0/edit?usp=sharing

If interested in this opportunity, please contact the Cedar Grove High School Counseling Department for further guidance.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The Department continues their work in several areas throughout the school district.

The elementary schools are currently vetting several programs in the area of phonics reading instruction. This addition to the curricula will provide a language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible approach that teaches the basics of word formation before associating their whole meanings. The goal in selecting a comprehensive program is to provide instruction to the visual, auditory and kinesthetic learner.

The elementary level also continues to work in the area of writing. Teachers are being provided professional development with an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. During the writing process, students have time to work independently and with their peers. They engage in the writing process by selecting topics, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their original work. They receive explicit instruction in the craft of writing from exploring genre, to organizing their pieces, to word choice, style, and mechanics. All elementary grades have participated in their first publishing party where students proudly share their final published piece with everyone.

ASAH Art Contest 2022

Leo Sarubin is a witty, friendly and extremely creative young man who also happens to be Autistic.

Leo currently attends Academy360 School Young Adult Program where he is the newly appointed SparkLab! Ambassador at the Smithsonian affiliated Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J. Leo sees, thinks and interacts with the world around him in unique and beautiful ways. He has been creating fantastic digital art using computer assisted technology for most of his life and continues to work to develop his interests in Computer Digital Art Design, Coding, and Museum Studies (Art/Science/History Museums).

Leo Sarubin has won 2nd place in the ASAH Art Contest 2022, Education, The Key To Success theme in the Digital Art Category where his design features an actual photograph of Leo’s head with art of a key unlocking a door in his mind which opens with a burst of golden light leading to symbols of achievement and success. This is Leo’s second time winning 2nd place in this contest among all 130 Alliance Of Private Special Education Schools. Leo also won 2nd place in Feb. 2020 for his digital art poster for the Create Learn Grow theme.

Leo is invited to attend a gallery exhibition of all of the art contestants work at Special Education Day, which will be held this year on Monday, May 9th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Princeton, and will be presented with a framed art certificate and a monetary prize

We are so incredibly proud of Leo’s accomplishments and congratulate him!


On Wednesday, May 11th, the fourth in a series of Talks to visit with families and community members about a range of topics will be held. The following will be the schedule for May 2022:

  • May 11th: 10:00am at Cedar Grove Public Library

  • May 12th: 6:30pm at Cedar Grove Media Center

We hope you can join us on these dates for the fourth of the series sessions.

District Arts Showcase

SAVE THE DATE! The Performing and Visual Arts department is working in conjunction with our middle and elementary schools for the first-ever, Cedar Grove District Arts Showcase! The event will take place at MMS on Friday, March 25th from 3:30-6:00pm, and showcase the artworks of our K-12 students along with performances from our students in the performing arts! Bring your family and friends to enjoy light food, refreshments and an evening of Cedar Grove arts.

Mental Wellness Festival

The Cedar Grove School District SEL Committee is partnering with Verona Public Schools to hold a wellness festival on May 14th. The event's goal is to promote our community members' "mental hygiene" while also bringing the community together during Mental Health Awareness Month. The intention of this wellness fair is to raise awareness about mental health and to let our communities know that they are not alone.