Parents and Students of Van Buren County,
We’ve had a fantastic start to the school year and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018-2019 has in store for the students, staff and families of Bloomingdale Public Schools. We have several new faces at Bloomingdale, including three new administrators. Ms. Mary Spade is the new principal of Bloomingdale Middle and High School and Mr. Scott Pfeiffer is a new assistant principal at the Middle and High School and also new to the district is Mr. Bill Dygert, principal at Bloomingdale Elementary. New teaching staff include Melanie Renton, Cheyenne Brooker, Brittany Mora, Jodi Veldt and Carol Beigun.
We have completed our student baseline testing and are working hard to ensure students are receiving the academic and social support they need to be successful. While we continue our important work with our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) initiative K-12 and our Be the Change program 6-12, we are also implementing a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) program to provide additional academic supports for students. We are in the early stages of implementation and training at this point.
Mrs. Beckah Chartier has been designated as our new Strive Academy Director. She is making sure we have eliminated all barriers to learning for our students that require non-traditional learning options, including online learning. Strive learning options include a blended schedule of online and traditional classes, online classes on site with teacher support, credit recovery, online learning at home, and a GED program as a path to graduation. Future program expansion will include adult GED classes.
Part of providing the very best for our students includes making sure we have high quality, physically safe facilities. In the upcoming months you’ll be hearing from me regarding necessary upgrades to our facilities in order to ensure the highest safety measures possible. We are in need of double entry door systems and new security camera systems. Additionally, our parking lots and roofs are aging and in need of repairs that cannot be supported in our regular school budget. To do so would take critical funds needed to continue the current programs and services for our students. More to come in the months ahead.
As always, special thanks to our community for your continued support of our school, students and staff. It’s always a great day to be a Cardinal! Go Cardinals!