CGSD Newsletter

May 2019

Dear CGSD Community,

This month, the CGSD recognized its educators of the year, celebrated teacher appreciation week and held its annual Retirement and Recognition Service Awards Dinner. With 100+ staff and family members in attendance, the R&R celebration allowed us to give thanks and build upon a deeper appreciation for the incredibly important work we do as educators.

It's easy for most of us to recall a special teacher who helped shape our future. I am who I am today partly because of a great teacher, someone who believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Growing up, I was inspired by educators whose dedication, insight, patience and kind words motivated me to pursue and achieve goals I never thought possible.

And like those memorable educators who touched my life, Cedar Grove's teachers, education specialists, paraprofessionals, support staff and administrators devote themselves to providing our children the tools for success - and inspire them to achieve it.

Please join me in thanking the following teachers, education specialists, secretaries and custodians for their tireless commitment to the health and well-being of our kids:


Jody Bieber, Vincent Cardiello, Lester Cronk, Julie Donahue, Linda Leddy, Cheryl Johansson, Jack Mondsini, Marie Reilly and Sheila Salka

2018-19 Teacher/Ed. Specialist of the Year

NE - Geralyn Terzo

SE - Jennifer Coakley

MMS - Annamarie Damiano

CGHS - David Coster

10 Years of Service

Heather Garofalo, Erica Slota, Phyllis Spinelli, Kristen Vanderwolk, Sandra Malagiere, Jennifer Manning, Lauren Mastria, Kevin Skowronek, Robert Gogerty and Jetnor Rustemlliu

20 Years of Service

Suzanne Carr, Ashley Pines, Stacie Rego, Annette Scuralli, Novo Ljekocevic and Sean Riordan

25 Years of Service

Jennie Villanueva and Jerry Williams

30 Years of Service

Lisa Tower

35 Years of Service

Howard Munck

In large measure, this is an excellent school district due to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff. They put the children first, stand collectively for student achievement and their social/emotional well-being and make a positive difference each and every day!



Michael J. Fetherman


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Maria's Kitchen

Maria Zaffina has been cooking and serving lunch to the students of CGHS as an employee of Pomptonian Food Service for 44 years. This May, Mark and Candy Vidovich of Pomptonian Food Service honored Maria by officially naming the kitchen, "Maria's Kitchen". A banner was presented and will be displayed in the CGHS cafeteria for all to see. Congratulations, Maria!

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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. Our 2018-19 theme is “It Takes Two!” and we are enjoying incorporating this theme into many of our music department activities throughout the year.

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.

Follow us on Facebook: Cedar Grove Education Foundation