- Beardstown Community Unit School District 15
Beardstown Community Unit School District 15 is a
unified school districtlocated in the Cass County, Illinoiscity of its namesake: Beardstown. While the grand majority of the students in the district are white, almost 35% of the ethnicity of the Beardstown Community Unit School District 15 is Hispanic. [ [http://www.greatschools.net/cgi-bin/il/district_profile/239 GreatSchools.net Ethnicity Pie Graph] , retrieved 2008-5-9] This is also evident in the bilingual text of the school district's website [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/district/district.php?sectiondetailid=1&PHPSESSID=3de24786d93d49a347b884c7a88f763f Beardstown CUSD 15 Main Page / Inicio] , retrieved 2008-5-9] There are four schools located within this district. Grand Avenue School serves the district's preschoolers; Brick Elementary School coaches students in grades between first and fourth; Gard Elementary School, serves a broader range of students than Brick, including grades K-5; lastly, Beardstown Middle/High School, alternatively known as Beardstown Junior Senior High School [ [http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/browse_school/il/571 Beardstown Junior Senior High School Information] , retrieved 2008-5-9] , serves grades 6-12. The superintendent as of May 2008 is Robert Bagby. [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/components/whatsnew/default.php?sectiondetailid=1262&PHPSESSID=3de24786d93d49a347b884c7a88f763f Superintendent's Page, Beardstown CUSD 15] , retrieved 2008-5-9] The principals of each of the respective schools are Terri Olsen of Grand Avenue School; [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/components/whatsnew/default.php?sectiondetailid=88&PHPSESSID=3de24786d93d49a347b884c7a88f763f Grand Avenue School Newsletter: Notes from Terri Olsen] , retrieved 2008-5-9] Cheryl Summers of Gard Elementary School; [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=121 Page of Principal Summers: Gard Elementary School] , "Page Incomplete", retrieved 2008-5-9] , and a principal named Fitzgerald who governs over Beardstown Middle/High School. [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/components/whatsnew/default.php?sectiondetailid=114 From the Desk of Ms. Fitzgerald: Beardstown Middle/High School] , "Page Incomplete", retrieved 2008-5-9] Superintendent Bagby also serves as principal of Brick Elementary School. [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=73 Principal-Director Page: Brick Elementary School] , retrieved 2008-5-9] The mascot of all schools in the district is the tiger.
The middle/high school of the district runs numerous athletics programs that differ based on the season. For example; football, golf, cheerleading, and cross country all meet in the fall; [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=2262 Beardstown Middle/High Fall Sports] , retrieved 2008-5-9] Basketball, wrestling, and volleyball meet in the winter; [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=2269 Beardstown Middle/High Winter Sports] , retrieved 2008-5-9] lastly: baseball, track, and softball meet in the spring. [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=2276 Beardstown Middle/High Spring Sports] , retrieved 2008-5-9] Beardstown Middle/High School has a school anthem sung to the
University of Notre Dame's "Victory March" song. [ [http://www.beardstown.com/education/school/schoolhistory.php?sectiondetailid=1802 Beardstown Middle/High School: BHS School Song] , retrieved 2008-5-9]
Recently, the school district was placed on lockdown due to the presence of a dangerous criminal. No one was hurt, with the exception of a woman who was assaulted and wounded. [ [http://www.sj-r.com/News/stories/29675.asp SJ-R.com: Manhunt Locks Down Beardstown School District] , May 2, 2008] ]
* [http://www.beardstown.com/education/district/district.php?sectiondetailid=1&PHPSESSID=3de24786d93d49a347b884c7a88f763f Beardstown Community Unit School District Main Site Home Page]
* [http://beardstownalumni.tripod.com/ Beardstown High School Annual/Yearbook History]
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