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The Belvidere School District will test our SchoolMessenger phone notification and email system on Saturday, September 30 at 10 am.

District 100 will use this opportunity to call all primary contacts for registered students in order to correct any errors in advance of school emergencies.

Dr. Dan Woestman

Dr. Daniel Woestman, Superintendent of the Belvidere School District, has been named a Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He is among 21 superintendents nationwide to win the award for the 2017-18 school year.

The Superintendents to Watch program was designed to recognize outstanding superintendents who are using dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. To qualify, nominees must have fewer than five years' experience as a superintendent, understand that effective communication leads to school and student success and use new communication technology to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts.
The program, made possible due to the generous support of SchoolMessenger, was created and overseen by NSPRA, a professional organization dedicated to building support and trust for education through responsible public relations that leads to success for all students.
“The Belvidere School District community is a great place to be, and it's easy to lead when you have great parents, staff, and community members,” says Dr. Woestman. “Leading our schools is really a team effort, so this is a testament to the hard work of our school board, administrators, teachers and support staff as much as it is to me. I hope that this award is something the Belvidere community can be proud of and something parents consider when choosing a school district. I also believe knowing that we are being recognized nationally for our efforts will continue to bring the best talent to our district in future years.”
Dr. Woestman earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching from Brigham Young University.

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Preparing Young People To Be Effective Citizens

Belvidere, September 19, 2017— The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recognized Belvidere North High School as a 2017 Illinois Democracy School. Democracy Schools are recognized for providing students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities and tensions inherent in living in a constitutional democracy. Through these experiences, participating schools strive to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for informed, effective engagement in our democracy.

Since 2006, 67 Illinois high schools have successfully completed a school-wide civic assessment and have been subsequently recognized as Democracy Schools.

Belvidere North High School will receive a stipend from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation which convenes the ICMC, to invest in high quality civic learning initiatives, as well as a banner for public display.

The Democracy School recognition effort was lead by teachers across multiple disciplines and included Emily Chambers, Erin Foster, Nichola Geraci, Kyle Jenkins, Tara McCormick, and Mike Page.  “We are proud of this recognition because it is a reflection of the faculty’s commitment to provide authentic civic learning experiences for our students,” said Teresa Kruger, Belvidere North High School’s Democracy School Team leader.

Democracy Schools foster a school climate that nurtures and models civic dispositions and builds strong relationships within the surrounding community. These schools provide students with various opportunities to participate in the democratic process such as engaging in current and controversial issue discussions, participating in democratic simulations and providing service learning opportunities.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s mission is fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens.The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations with more than $1.5 billion in assets, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Find out more at www.mccormickfoundation.org.

About the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition
The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) is a broad non-partisan consortium which includes educators, administrators, students, universities, funders, elected officials, policymakers and representatives from the private and non-profit sectors. Formed in 2004 by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, the ICMC is part of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a national initiative to restore a core purpose of education to prepare America’s youngest citizens to be informed and active participants in our democracy.

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Students, staff and parents at Meehan Elementary enjoyed a day long visit with District 100 Superintendent Dr. Dan Woestman on Friday, September 15, 2017. He discussed the Meehan Manners of Respect with classes and hosted a student focus group with 5th grade students.

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Congratulations to Austin Brockmann, winner of the 2017 Illinois Star Farmer Award. This is an award given to the FFA member with the best Agriculture Production project in the state. The first student from Belvidere to receive this honor!

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