Volume 1 | November 2020
Welcome to the First Edition of the
School District of Beloit Newsletter

Each quarter we will share information to keep you informed on our engaging academic programs, student and staff successes, community collaborations, and much more.

In our next issue, we will focus on our High School Academies, our Collegiate Academy in collaboration with Blackhawk Technical College, our Dual Language Immersion Program that begins in 4K, and our Grow Your Own scholarship program.

As always, #BeloitProud
Message from Dr. Dan Keyser Interim Superintendent
School District of Beloit
Thank you for taking the time to read our first (of many) quarterly newsletters from the School District of Beloit.

We plan to share information and updates to keep you informed on our District’s many stories and successes.
During this unprecedented time, we have appreciated the outreach and collaboration of our community partners. I thank these organizations for their support in helping our students with their social and emotional well-being and helping them to achieve their academic best during Distance Learning.

Together we are #BeloitProud
Safe to Learn Website
At the start of the school year, a Safe to Learn website was created and launched to ensure students and families have up-to-date information and resources for a successful 2020/2021 school year.

This site offers curriculum and technology support and tutorials, social and emotional support resources, COVID-19 Family Resources, sports updates, and more. This site is updated weekly and has approximately 13,000 visits per month since June.

Take a look at Safe to Learn
School District of Beloit App
The latest news, educational materials, and information from the School District of Beloit are available on smartphones and mobile devices through our mobile app.

Our mobile app offers a continually updated news feed and keeps you connected to the schools you select through customization. The app is free and downloadable through the iTunes store and Google Play – search for the School District of Beloit.

So far, we have 10,500 happy app users.

Want more information? Or instructions on how to access our app? Here's a Quick Video.
Bilingual Home School Liaisons
Get to know our Bilingual Home School Liaisons.

Our Bilingual Home School Liaisons are assigned to our schools to facilitate communication between our Spanish speaking families and students and our school staff.

Their number one priority is fostering an ongoing partnership between the home and school. They are available for translation services, interpretation and can meet virtually if needed.

Some of the additional services these staff members provide are information on the School District of Beloit's programs, procedures, and school activities. They are an excellent resource for referring families to other support agencies in our community.

We are happy to welcome Edith Alarcon, Ariana Bruno, Lilia Lopez-Aquino, Cristal Peña, Crystal Silva, and Jennifer Silva to the School District of Beloit.
Grab and Go Meals: Feeding our Community of Children
Since mid-March, the School District of Beloit has provided breakfast and lunch to all children in our community from ages 1 to 18.

These nutritious meals always include fruits, vegetables, and protein. We provide these Grab and Go Meals at all our elementary schools and Beloit Memorial High School from 11 am to 1:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Mondays always include meals for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays always include meals for Thursday through Sunday. For our families who are unable to come to our sites, we provide delivery service.

As of November 6, we have served 367,308,182 meals to children in our community.

That adds up to 22,974 gallons of milk; 150,278 apples; 22 pounds of broccoli per family; 11 pounds of breakfast cereal per child; and 29,869 fruit cup servings. Of course, this is only a tiny sampling of the healthy, nutritious food we are providing.
Superintendent's Student Advisory Council
Congratulations to the ten members of the 2020 | 2021 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council.

This group of young leaders and mentors at Beloit Memorial High School will serve as a representative voice for BMHS on a variety of topics including academics, curriculum, student support services, school culture, career readiness, extra-curriculars, sports, and the arts. Working with other advisory members, their goal will be to create positive recommendations and solutions that will benefit the School District of Beloit students.

The members of this year’s council are - Kerilynn Guevara, Prasia Jackson, Corrion Johnson, Jack Johnson, Jayda McKinley, Anna Solis, Sylon Southhall, Reid Stadelman, Brooklyn Westbury, and Kana Wong.
SDB Staff, Students and More!
We're Here When You Need Us
Every Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm we are at the Beloit Public Library to offer students and families assistance with navigating iPads and apps during Distance Learning.

School District of Beloit Spanish Interpreters are available, and no appointment is necessary.
Pawsitively Spot Free
Principal Belinda McCarthy and the entire staff at Robinson Elementary thanked and recognized their custodial crew with a banner and treats!

These three individuals work hard every day to keep Robinson Elementary clean and safe for everyone.

“They are a special part of our Robinson Family. We are so grateful to have them in our building, and we appreciate their work. Our staff knows that they can ask this crew for anything, and it will get done,” shared McCarthy.

Pictured in this awesome photo from left to right are Ms. Ebony, Custodian; Ms. McCarthy, Principal; Ms. Jennifer, Custodian; Ms. Kaminski, Assistant Principal; and Mr. Saeed, Lead Custodian. #RobinsonProud
School District of Beloit All-Stars
The All-Star Award recognition is an opportunity for staff to recognize fellow staff members for their passion, work, and dedication to the students and families in our District.

Due to COVID-19 and Distance Learning, our March All-Star Award recipients are finally being recognized.

Please check out this LINK to read about some incredible and inspiring staff in our District.

Congratulations to Rebecca Bohm, Danielle Lavariega, Ryan McReynolds, Jennifer Smithyman, Robin Stuht, Alicia Wash, Jessica Wied, Heidi Willson, and Kimberlie Woodkey.

Our next All-Star Award Winners will be announced at the end of November.
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Photo Gallery
Each Friday on our Facebook Page, we highlight one of our amazing families. They share a family photo and some comments on why they Love the School District of Beloit. Please take a moment and read about our families and our students. Why We Love the School District of Beloit.