The Cedar Grove school district is taking nominations for the best teachers or professionals of the year for each school.
The qualifications include the teacher or school professional who is a "dedicated and skilled" leader, who has a track record in educational activities within and outside the district, engages families with learning and "demonstrates a strong commitment to creating a climate of caring and respect conducive to effective teaching and learning," according to the criteria listing.
Prior teachers or school professionals who received the award in the past five years are not eligible.
Applications are due May 18 to each individual building principal. Application forms can be found on the district's website.
Middle and high school progress reports go green
Cedar Grove High School and Middle School are "going green" with the latest progress reports for students.
Instead of mailing progress reports home, parents will be able to log onto the Genesis Parent Portal on May 14 to view online how their children are doing in different academic subjects.
High school principal Michael Fetherman said letters were sent to families about the pilot tryout for the online progress reports. The goal was to help save the district money and time from printing progress reports, Fetherman said, and to help parents optimize using the electronic portal.
If the pilot works well, Fetherman said the Internet portal could be used next year to send out report cards as well.
For more information, visit the district's website or call (973) 239-6400.
Cedar Grove Junior Baseball and Softball tryouts
The Cedar Grove Junior Baseball and Softball League are holding tryouts for the summer travel league for children 14 and under on Saturday and May 19. All applicants must be a registered member of the Spring or Suburban league.
Softball tryouts will be held at the community park Saturday. The tryout schedule is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children 10 and younger, 1 to 1:45 p.m. for children 8 and younger, 1:30 to 3 p.m. for children 12 and younger and 3 to 4 p.m. for children 14 and younger.
Baseball tryouts will be held at Blasi park Saturday for the younger children and at Cedar Grove High School on May 19 for the older children.
The Saturday tryout schedule is 9 to 10 a.m. for children 9 and younger, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for children 10 and younger, and 11:30 to 12:15 p.m. for children 11 and younger. The May 19 tryout for older children is 3 p.m. for children 13 and younger, and 4 p.m. for children 14 and younger.
All children must bring their own glove and bat. Parents will not be permitted to stay on the field during tryouts.
Students who make it to the summer team will play for five weeks from Father's Day to late July, said Sean McCabe. The fee is $135 per child.
For more information about baseball, contact Sean McCabe at (973) 857-8173 or click here.
For more information about softball contact Pat DeLora at (973) 390-4267.
Other Cedar Grove High School activities
Other activities at the high school that are free and open to the public include:
- Spring concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday.
- Academic awards to recognize students, 7 p.m. Thursday.
- Student bands play an outdoor concert in the courtyard, 7 p.m. Friday.