CGCSC's Quarterly Community Newsletter
WINTER EDITION I DECEMBER 2022
As we begin the holiday season, I encourage everyone to think about the many blessings in our lives. I am thankful for our incredible staff at Center Grove who are dedicated to the children we serve. We have a great community that supports our schools and makes this a great place to live and raise our children.
I hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday season.
Richard A. Arkanoff, Ed.D.
CGHS recognizes 25 December graduates
Simon Youth Center Grove Academy (SYCGA) celebrated 25 students who graduated at the end of the semester with a ceremony in the CGHS auditorium on Wednesday, December 14. Students received their diplomas, shared memories with their fellow graduates, and were treated to a reception with their families in the Hall of Excellence.
SYCGA provides CGHS students at risk of not graduating an opportunity to learn in a non-traditional school setting where they can work at their own pace via blended learning.
CGHS BPA earns 40 bids to state competition
The CGHS chapter of Business Professionals of America traveled to a regional competition at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington on Saturday, December 10. CGHS students earned 40 top 3 finishes in the Regional award categories, which qualifies them to attend the state competition in March. Students also earned 28 top 3 finishes in open events. Read more.
Four CGHS juniors named Rising Stars of Indiana
Four Center Grove High School juniors are among the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) Rising Stars of Indiana Class of 2024. Aarav Agrawal, Ellen Nguyen, Lillian Speight, and Taylor Wert were nominated by CGHS for their outstanding academic achievements. Read more.
CGHS sophomore named Riley Champion
Center Grove High School sophomore Veronica Salrin is among nine students named to the 2023 class of Riley Champions. Each year, the Riley Children's Foundation chooses children between the ages of 8-18 to raise awareness about Riley and inspire others. Read more.
SGES claims top spot in Spelling Bee
Sugar Grove Elementary School spelled their way to first place among the CGCSC schools and Top 10 in the state in the 2022 Indiana Academic Spell Bowl on Monday, November 14. This year's competition was held at Walnut Grove.
The competition is made up of eight rounds with a different team member competing in each round. Each round includes seven words. Scores from each district competition are then ranked against schools statewide of the same size. Read more.
CGHS students pack more than 10,000 meals
Center Grove High School's Human Services pathway students packed 10,920 meals at Million Meal Movement on Thursday, November 18. The 68 students packed all of the meals, loaded the boxes onto buses, and helped deliver them to the Mt. Pleasant Church IMPACT Center in Center Grove, which outsources food to many food banks on the south side. Read more.
Center Grove schools honor veterans
Center Grove schools honored veterans with programs and parades for Veterans Day. Students at Center Grove Elementary and Maple Grove Elementary lined the school campus waving posters and flags as their honored guests drove by. Middle School Central, Middle School North, and Center Grove High School held programs to commemorate the day. North Grove Elementary hosted a reception for veterans, followed by a parade through the halls, while Pleasant Grove Elementary students observed a silent dismissal.
Here is a sampling of tributes around the district:
MSN nominated for Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero Award
Middle School North administrators and counseling staff were nominated for the Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero Award.
"It is my honor to nominate the Center Grove Middle School North Administrators and Counseling Staff for the Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero Award," said Jason Taylor, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Technology. "This team of professionals has shown outstanding leadership in suicide prevention, by reaching out to pursue internal and external student programming opportunities for students, and professional development for staff.
Over the past few years, the Center Grove Middle School North Team has overcome adversity when it comes to student suicide ideologies, attempts and completion. They have rallied together to ensure their school community has the resources for all who enter their doors, that includes physical safety measures. The team has worked relentlessly to foster strong relationships amongst staff and students, and to create a safe place to learn and grow." Read more.
Gant named next WGES principal
Heather Gant will be the next principal of Walnut Grove Elementary School (WGES). She will replace Brian Proctor, who announced plans to leave the position at the end of the semester. Mrs. Gant’s appointment is pending approval from the CGCSC Board of School Trustees at its January meeting.
This is a return to Center Grove for Mrs. Gant. She started her career at Maple Grove Elementary where she taught 1st and 2nd Grade for 15 years before moving into an Instructional Coach role. Gant was named Maple Grove’s teacher of the year in 2016 and was a Center Grove Legacy Award winner in 2016 and 2021. From Maple Grove, Gant moved to North Grove where she served as assistant principal for three years. Gant is currently the principal at Triton Central Elementary School in the Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County.
Gant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from Indiana University. She received her Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Butler University.
Gant and her husband live in the Center Grove area with their two daughters. Mrs. Gant will start at WGES the week of January 2.
CGHS students receive national CTE award
CGHS students Izzy Felke, senior, and Kristiana Golojuch, junior were awarded the National Statesman's Award from SkillsUSA during the organization's conference in September in Washington, DC. The award is the highest honor a SkillsUSA member can earn. To be eligible students must demonstrate SkillsUSA knowledge, civic awareness, and leadership skills. Read more.
CGHS football claims 3rd consecutive State Championship
Center Grove High School varsity football defeated Fort Wayne Carroll High School 35-9 to win the 6A Football State Championship on Friday, November 25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This is football's third consecutive state title and the program's fifth overall. Congratulations to Varsity Head Coach Eric Moore and his staff for an incredible season.
Moore, Daniels receive Coach of the Year honors
Two Center Grove High School varsity football coaches received Coach of the Year awards from the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) after the team's 6A State Championship. Varsity football head coach Eric Moore was named the IFCA 2022 Dave Land Coach of the Year. This is the second consecutive year Coach Moore has received this honor. Varsity assistant coach Chad Daniels was named IFCA Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year.
CGHS student-athletes commit to colleges/universities
Eighteen Center Grove High School senior student-athletes committed to continue their academic and athletic careers during the Fall Signing Day on Wednesday, November 9. They were honored by their coaches during a ceremony held in the CGHS cafeteria. Read more.
ParentSquare Tip: Choose your language & notifications
Center Grove's communication platform ParentSquare allows parents, staff, coaches, and sponsors to choose their communication preference and how often they receive that communication.
SET UP COMMUNICATION PREFERENCES
- You can choose to receive messages via email, text, or app notification.
- You can also choose to receive messages instantly or as a digest at the end of the day. Once you've made selections, future messaging will send based on your preferences.
- If there's an emergency, the message will come through on all channels immediately, even if you've chosen to turn off emails or receive messages via the digest setting.
- Learn how here.
- You can choose your preferred language to have all messages translated for you.