June 9 Newsletter
Friday, June 9
We have much to be thankful for and celebrate at the conclusion of our 2022-2023 school year. Since my arrival in November, I have enjoyed spending time in our buildings and classrooms. I am so proud of the teaching and learning that is taking place. This past school year, we saw progress toward proficiencies in our core content areas, specifically in literacy and mathematics. Through our collective efforts and working together, our goals can be achieved, which ultimately is student achievement for all.
Our families are an integral part of our student’s academic, social, and emotional success. I thank them for their unwavering support of their child(ren)’s education. We consider it a privilege to have their child(ren) a part of the School District of Beloit family. As I have stated several times, we are better together than we are apart. I look forward to our continued collaboration with our families.
Our students are enthusiastic learners who have worked hard this past year. From elementary through high school, our students have elevated our district locally, regionally, and nationally with academic achievements and honors, performing and creative arts awards, State of Wisconsin work-based learning recognition, philanthropic endeavors, and athletic competitions at the regional and sectional levels. Please take a moment to view these highlights and more. When talent meets hard work, nothing is impossible; our students have proven this to be true.
Our staff is committed to our student’s academic success and their social and emotional growth and well-being. This past year they supported our students with comprehensive resources, engaging learning environments, mentorship, coaching, and more. They developed and reinforced our student's curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. Our staff is actively preparing tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and thinkers.
I am also grateful for our more than 1,000 volunteers and many community organizations and business partners who collaborate with our district and connect with our staff and students each and every day. The experiential learning opportunities in our schools, classrooms, and community are only possible with the support and participation of these valued partnerships and volunteers.
I wish the Class of 2023 all the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives. We have prepared them to be career, college, and community ready. We are happy that they will carry on the legacy of a Purple Knight. We are a better district, high school, and community because of their contributions in the classroom, on the sports field, on the stage, with our non-profits, and in our community.
Lastly, as we close out this school year, please know that we are taking time to reflect and prepare for the upcoming school year. My three priorities for our district remain resolute, student academic achievement, continuous improvement, and service at the highest level. Every conversation, decision, and plan for the 2023-2024 school year will focus on our students and these three priorities, including transparent, frequent and consistent communication.
Enjoy your summer break. Take time to unplug, unwind and enjoy connecting with family and friends. I hope to see many of our students during summer school; there is still time to register. #BeloitProud #OneBeloit
Dr. Willie E. Garrison II
Superintendent, School District of Beloit
2023 School District of Beloit Years of Service Honorees
10 Years of Service
Cheryl Blay, Vanester Brown, Fernando Buendia, Carina Casique, Stacey Clark, Brad Dement, Jon Dupuis, Christy Edens, Wilma Ericson, Brenda Finnegan, Ann Flicek, David Garcia, Elise Grunder, Carla Heldt, Johnalee Kawalec, Carolyn Lynch, Brian Michels, Stacy Nemetz, Anya Ramsey-Martinez, Julie Shaw, Karla Smith, Ashley Soderberg, Eric Stibbe, Kevin Vechinsky, and Michael Ward.
15 Years of Service
Kimberly Brosier, Kristy Cahmpion, Heather Churches, Sarah Emerson, Kelli Ezdon, Adam Ferger, Lara Janisch, Tasha Latin, Danielle Lavariega, Lori Lefel, Lisa Reshkus, April Robbins, Jennifer Schmitz, Bobbi Thiering, Rachel Tiffany, and Michele Wahl.
20 Years of Service
Tari Bach, Cindy Dailey, Christine Engen, Shari Hammel, Kim Lindsey, Mary McNulty, and Julianne Mitchell.
25 Years of Service
Michele Anyanwu, Susan Arnold, Dawn Bue, Gina Curtis, Janet Kent, Dayette Lindaas, Pat Lomax, Robin Lowery, Erika Raess, Jennifer Schindler, Beth Stibbe, Bertha Ware, and Julie White.
30 Years of Service
Sheila Marshall, Suzette Nunez, Joe Oberneder, Tim Vedra, and Shirley White.
35 Years of Service
Indi Morris-Phillips and Vickie Strand.
Stay Connected this Summer
Monica Krysztopa, Chief of Communications and Marketing, shares lots of ways for you to stay connected to our district this summer.
Our School District of Beloit’s free mobile app will keep you connected with your student’s school, district news, resources, and more. The app delivers push notifications to your mobile device for fast and up-to-date information. Download the App today!
Our SDB Blog features our students, staff, and community partners. We have 43 blogs posted covering a wide variety of topics. Take a moment to read a blog or two this summer.
In our podcast, SDB in the Spotlight, we put the spotlight on our students, staff, programs, events, and community. Listen to one of our 22 podcast episodes to learn about all the great things happening in and around our district that make us all #BeloitProud.
We appreciate the positive engagement by everyone who follows us on on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Follow us to stay up-to-date on district news, student and staff recognitions, summer events and highlights.
All of our schools are hosting summer family engagement events. We look forward to seeing your family at these events throughout the summer. These events are featured on our website, app, and social media. Your child's/teen's principal will also be in contact with you regarding the dates and times of these events.
Our elementary and middle schools will share weekly newsletters to maintain communication with our families throughout the summer. Please make sure your phone number and email are up-to-date in Skyward to ensure you receive this important communication as we prepare for the upcoming school year.
Student and Family Summer Educational Resources
Our SDB Student and Family Educational Resources webpage offers information and links to programs, platforms, apps, and websites for our students to reinforce key math, reading, and writing concepts and skills throughout the summer. The Teaching, Learning, and Equity team encourages you to access these resources.
Important Summer Information from our Director of School Health
Access her health newsletter to read about pool and helmet safety, bugs and diseases, sunscreen, and heat related illnesses.
Summer is here. Melissa Beavers, Executive Director of Pupil Services, encourages you to prioritize self-care and well-being this summer.
Have fun and do something that brings you joy each day. Whether trying a new hobby, indulging in a favorite activity or simply taking time to relax and unwind, make sure to prioritize your happiness this summer.
If you or a family member are struggling with mental health or substance use issues, remember that help is available. Care Solace, a complimentary and confidential coordination service provided by School District of Beloit, is available 24/7/365 to help you find mental health care or substance use treatment providers. Call 888-515-0595 for multilingual support or visit caresolace.com/beloit to search for providers on your own or receive assistance through video chat, email, or phone.
We wish you a happy and healthy summer break, and we'll see you again in September!
Class of 2023 Graduation
June 20th - July 28th (No school on July 3, 4, and 10)
Registration is still open, click here to register today.
2023-2024 School Year Registration for Returning Students
Our in-person registration for all returning students is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 13 at Beloit Memorial High School in the cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you do not need assistance registering, you can register your student online beginning July 11.
2023-2024 School Year Calendar
Click on the button below to access our bilingual calendar. The English version is on page one and the Spanish version is on page two.
Free Summer Food Program
Summer is coming soon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with us to serve free breakfast and lunch meals throughout the summer. There are no income requirements and any child age 18 and under may receive a meal.
Please click on the button below to learn more about the dates, times, and locations of our free summer meals. The English version is on page one and the Spanish version is on page two.
At the School District of Beloit, we enjoy sharing events, achievements, and recognitions highlighting our students, staff, and community partners. We provide transparent and up-to-date information and communication through our social media platforms, our SDB App, website, weekly school newsletters, and my weekly newsletter. We appreciate the positive engagement by everyone who follows us on on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn and stays connected with us by downloading our SDB App or accessing our News Tab.
We believe in respectful, truthful, and encouraging messaging and communication. We will continue to communicate in that manner with our students, staff, families, and community.