CGSD Newsletter

September 2019

Dear CGSD Community,

As the school year ramps up, students across the CGSD find themselves learning to balance priorities, working through social dilemmas and juggling various responsibilities, not the least of which includes homework. This past spring, members of our community took a deep dive into the role homework plays in our school houses and homes, having developed recommendations for the Board of Education to consider as part of a comprehensive review of Policy and Regulation 2330 - Homework.

Like any successful initiative, communication will be key to ensuring that the changes made to Policy and Regulation 2330 are implemented with fidelity. Afterall, homework connects the instructional plan to retention and the application of problem-solving, much of which is done at home without direct supervision of the classroom teacher. Homework extends the learning experience, provides practice in the mastery of skills and knowledge, and develops each student's ability to work collaboratively or independently, both skills of which need nurturing.

Collectively, we also agreed that homework should be based on the ability and needs of each child, should be clearly assigned and its product evaluated and reported back to our students.

Please visit to access the complete version of Policy and Regulation 2330.



Michael J. Fetherman


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SE 3rd grade students in Mrs. Placenti’s class and Mrs. DeNunzio's Comp Tech class had the opportunity to connect with elementary students from a school in Sarasota, Florida for International Dot Day ( On this day, educators from around the world encourage students to harness their own creativity and embrace their own confidence as they make their mark on the world in their individual ways! Using Flipgrid (, a social learning platform that allows educators to ask questions that students respond to in video format, students from both classes created a short video answering the question ‘How will you make your mark on the world?’. The class in Florida viewed the videos and responded with comments, and our third graders did the same. This was a great opportunity for students to digitally connect with students in other areas, and learn appropriate ways to communicate online in an authentic, real life situation. It also encouraged the children to think about how they want to contribute to the world in a meaningful way and be able to articulate that in a video format. Check out one of the videos here:

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CGHS will host the ACT for students in Grade 12 on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Seniors are encouraged to speak with their guidance counselor, if interested.

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Construction of the CGHS security vestibule is coming along nicely!
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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.

Follow us on Facebook: Cedar Grove Education Foundation