The Ball-Chatham Board of Education approved the implementation of a smartphone app that will allow teachers and staff at Glenwood High School, to create a direct link between each other and the closest law enforcement officers during an active school shooting emergency.
The SchoolGuard app has the capability to speed dial 911 and instantly send out an alert directly to nearby enforcement offices from ALL jurisdictions, both ON and OFF duty. This type of technology is supported and endorsed by our local law enforcement officers and will be a useful, if not critical, tool in our crisis communication plans. Training for staff on how to download (access to download is limited and specific) and use the app will begin soon.
The initial cost for implementing the app and making it work specific for our district is $2500. That cost is being underwritten thanks to a generous donation by Green Toyota. Thereafter, the cost to maintain the app would be $99 a month. The District is planning on extending the app to teachers and staff at each of our buildings.
The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation is hosting its 7th annual 5K Run/Walk event to raise money for education initiatives within the Ball-Chatham School District on November 15th. Again this year, there will be a 1 mile run, the Titan Trot, for younger runners. Over the past six years, money raised from the Titan Trek event has helped purchase interactive whiteboard systems and/or components, valued at over $2,500 each. These were distributed to every designated K-8th grade classroom in the district. Further, multiple systems were funded by the Foundation and installed in high school classrooms. Last year the foundation awarded $24,000 for the purchase of Chromebooks. Monies raised will still support District technology enhancements, and learning opportunities that are available outside the classroom through foundation "Beyond the Walls" grant applications. Major sponsors for this year's event are:
- Download the Titan Trek Registration form here or register online at timingiseverything.com Titan Trek Route Map
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters are selling spirit wear, and the orders need to be placed by September 2! Click here for order forms!
The BCGPTO is selling Spirit Wear again this year! Click here to access the order form.
Illinois law states: When approaching a marked school zone on days when school is in operation and children are present, a driver must discontinue wireless/cell-phone use, reduce speed to 20 mph, and stop and yield the right-of-way to any children or adults in the crosswalk area. In addition, drivers are reminded to obey the regulatory or guide signs in our parking lots, as marked. This is especially important for the safety of our children as they are being dropped off before school, or picked up after. Finally, please remember that all traffic must stop while school bus “stop” arms are out and buses are loading and unloading students – including all school facilities, roads, drives, parking lots, etc. By law, drivers are not allowed to pass a stopped school bus when the stop arm is displayed.
The Sangamon County Highway Department has announced road construction to areas within the Ball-Chatham School District, specifically: County Highway 23 (Woodside Road), and County Highway 22 (Iron Bridge Road) beginning the week of August 18, 2014 with completion scheduled in September 2014.
- The Woodside Road section begins at Illinois Route 4 and extends east to the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on the south side of Springfield.
- The Iron Bridge Road section begins at Woodside Road and extends south to Oakbrook Avenue on the north side of Chatham.
The Glenwood Band Boosters is actively looking for sponsors for its First Annual Mouse Races at Glenwood High School to be held on October 10. If you are interested in sponsoring our event and advertising your business, please contact a band member or send in the sponsorship form. We appreciate all of your help and support!
District Events Calendar Now Available
The 2014-15 District Events Calendar is available by clicking here! Please keep in mind that dates and times of events are subject to change throughout the year, and new events could be added. After the new school year begins, please check the calendar on your school’s website regularly for confirmation.