CGSD Newsletter

December 2019

Dear CGSD Community,

The holiday season is a magical time of year. Winter delights us with spectacular landscapes and the scent of woodsmoke filters through crisp, cold air. This month, we are afforded the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends, cozy up to the fireplace with that book we've been too busy to read or binge-watch that favorite series streaming on demand (if Baby Yoda doesn't tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other options to choose from!).

This is also the time of year when people are most generous and moved by the season to give to those less fortunate. Students, staff and families across the CGSD take part in so many wonderful activities during the holiday season, some of which are captured here in our newsletter. It's this demonstration of gratitude, kindness and care that gives people hope and part of what makes our learning community such a special place for our kids.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!



Michael J. Fetherman


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Work towards the completion of our security projects continues. New digital infrastructure is in place to support recently installed upgrades to our security platforms (surveillance cameras, alarm systems, electronic door locks, backup power generator, and phone systems) and protective window film has been installed on our windows.

That said, we have encountered delays with the completion of security vestibules located at each school. The subcontractor originally hired had to be terminated and a new specialist retained to complete the unfinished work. We have confidence in this new partnership and anticipate timely attention to these remaining projects.

In the meantime, our staff will continue to make safety and security a top priority through ongoing emphasis on vigilance, communication, and participation in routine and frequent security drills alongside our partners within the CGPD, whose members frequent our buildings and campuses.

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No Shave November, NSN, a joint effort between the CGPD and CGHS to raise money for the Walton Family, was a huge success, raking in $8,265 between September and November! There were various events that supported this initiative, including Back To School Night, where Officer Cardona, Ms. Rubino and Officer Grawehr greeted parents and guardians at the door with NPN pens in exchange for donations. Also, the "No Shave November" bucket was available at most sporting events, thanks to Mrs. Mega. The First Annual Cops vs. Kids Volleyball Tournament raised over $1,000 with all proceeds going directly to the NSN fund. How generous is that?!
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Music Matters is a family-school organization supporting the music program at Cedar Grove High School. We work with the students and teachers to partner with and support community events and organizations in our wonderful town.

Please visit CGHS Music Matters online at:

On Facebook: CGHS Music Matters

On Instagram: cghsmusic

On Twitter: @cghs_Music

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The mission of the Cedar Grove Education (CGEF) is to enrich and enhance the educational experiences of Cedar Grove students above and beyond the scope of the curriculum and to provide lifelong learning opportunities for the entire community.

See details below for the CGEF Fundraiser - Bingo at CGHS, Dec. 8 at 1PM. Hope to see you there!

Follow us on Facebook: Cedar Grove Education Foundation