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Batavia Public Schools news

Jul 13, 2015 09:59AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Digital learning plan

In April 2014, the Board of Education adopted a Digital Learning Plan to put technology into the hands of all Batavia Public School students.

The plan was conceived from the work and vision of the Board of Education’s Instructional Technology Committee in 2012, and has since been tested in a series of pilots. Earlier this school year, students in grades 6–12 were issued a Chromebook laptop. The Chromebooks have been highly successful, and students and teachers indicate that they would never want to teach and learn without such support.

Starting with the 2015–16 school year, students in grades K-1 will be issued a Samsung Galaxy tablet; students in grades 2–5 will be issued a Dell Chromebook laptop. This is the second part of the District’s Digital Learning Plan.

To help answer questions about the one-to-one devices; fees and ownership; damage, loss, and theft; classroom use and support; and privacy and security, a list of Frequently Asked Questions are featured on

 Mark your calendar! Corn Boil 2015

Fri., Aug. 21 is the kick-off for Batavia High School fall athletics and marching band season. The Corn Boil is a wonderful community event where your family can enjoy a meal of brats and corn PLUS purchase spirit wear and support all BPS101 athletes.

The Corn Boil draws Batavians of all ages for great food and performances by the BHS marching band, cheer teams, and dance teams. Various sports practices will also take place during the event in Bulldog Stadium. This is a community event for all ages, so come out and enjoy the evening!

At 7:30pm, student athletes involved in fall season BHS sports and their parents are invited to attend an informational meeting in the BHS gymnasium hosted by Dave Andrews, Batavia High School’s Assistant Principal for Operations and Athletic Director.

When: Fri., Aug. 21, 5 to 7pm

Where: Batavia High School (Wilson St. side)

Menu: Hot Dog or Brat, Ear of Corn, Chips, Water or Soda

Dinner Price: Adults $7, Students $6, Seniors 65 and older $4, Family of 4 $25, ($5 for each additional family member)

 Batavia Music Buffs Snoozefest Fundraiser

Buy a heavily discounted name-brand mattress (Beautyrest, Simmons, Restonic, Therapedic, and more) and your purchase will benefit Batavia Music Buffs music programs! Mattresses are brand new with full factory warranties. All mattress sizes are available and samples will be on the BHS “show floor” for trial.

When: Sat., Aug. 22, 10am–5pm

Where: Batavia High School Cafeteria

For more information, visit

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

Two celebrations in one!

BPS Hall of Honor Event and 30th Anniversary of the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

On Homecoming Night, Sat., Sept. 19, Batavia Public School District 101 will welcome 14 inductees into the inaugural Hall of Honor at Batavia High School and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Batavia Foundation for Education Excellence.

The BPS Hall of Honor was initiated by the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence and BPS101 to promote pride in Batavia Public Schools and to honor alumni, faculty, and friends who have made outstanding accomplishments in their communities and personal lives since they have been associated with District 101.

The BPS Hall of Honor induction ceremony and the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Sat., Sept. 19 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre located at Batavia High School (Wilson St. entrance). Evening events include:

·        5:30pm—Honorees arrive with guests for unveiling of the “Hall of Honor” in the main hall of Batavia High School.

·        6pm—Reception in the lobby of Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

·        7:30pm—Awards Ceremony on main stage of Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

Starting July 15, tickets will be available online at or by calling 630-937-8930. Tickets are $50/adult and $25/children 12 and under.

Because the awards ceremony will be part of Homecoming Week, Hall of Honor inductees will also be recognized at the Homecoming Parade on Wed., Sept. 16 and the football game on Fri., Sept. 18.

2015 Inductees

Batavia High School Alumni

Kenneth A. Anderson (1967)

Robert A. Dahlstrom (1957)

James L. Hanson (1943) (deceased 2015)

Daniel P. Issel (1966)

Donald E. Kramer (1976)

Robert F. Peterson (1948).

James J. Roberts (1976)

Craig G. Sager, Sr. (1969)

Jeffery D. Schielke (1967)

Timothy L. Schmitz (1984)

BPS101 Staff

Lisa M. Palese

Marilyn G. Robinson (deceased 2010)

BPS101 Friends

Leslie G. Hodge (deceased 1999)

Gene A. Tyrer (deceased 1992)

For more information about the BPS Hall of Honor, visit and follow along on and

 2015 scholarship winners announced

This past spring, three Batavia High School seniors were each honored with $1,000 scholarships from the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence on behalf of the late Marilyn Robinson and Thomas L. Schmitz. Scholarships were awarded based on community service, school-related activities, and academic status.

Daryn Findley

 Marilyn Robinson Scholarship

Scholarship winners: Natalie Delcorps and Daryn Findley

Marilyn Robinson came to Batavia in 1965 to teach business education at Batavia High School. She became interested in writing about Batavia and wrote a historical pageant for the city’s 1983 sesquicentennial and retired from teaching in 1988 but continued her research and writing about Batavia history. Her first book, Little Town in a Big Woods, was written for children in 1989 and a revised edition was published in 1995.

 Thomas L. Schmitz Scholarship

Scholarship winner: Hannah Horan

Tom Schmitz lived in Batavia his entire life and was proud to be a graduate of Batavia High School. Tom and his wife, Nancy, raised two sons in Batavia who also graduated from BHS. He served on numerous elected and appointed boards in the community, one being a member of the Batavia School Board. He would be proud to award a scholarship to a student who appreciates Batavia and will make an effort to give back.

For more information about the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence and its student scholarship and teacher grant opportunities, visit