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As you know, many government offices, banks, and schools will be closed on Monday, November 12 in observance of Veterans Day. However, District 146 schools will be in session.

We see the Veterans Day holiday as an opportunity to teach our students why we have a day to honor Veterans. The intention is for students to interpret Veterans Day as a time for reflection and thanks rather than a day off of school.

Throughout the day, our students and staff reflect on the sacrifices made by Veterans and current service members. Each school will be doing something special on that Monday. Some will have ceremonies, some will display a Missing Man Table, and some will have in-class discussions. All schools, however, will stress the importance of thanking our Veterans.

Each year, Central Middle School invites Veterans who are family members of students and staff to a ceremony at the school. All CMS students attend the ceremony. The band and chorus perform, students hand out small tokens of appreciation, and a guest speaker reminds us why we are there. 

I invite you to view the Veterans Day Ceremony as we stream it live at facebook.com/CMSTwisters. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 12. A video of the ceremony will remain on the Facebook page afterwards. We hope you can join our students and staff as we honor our Veterans.
Posted by superintendent  On Nov 06, 2018 at 3:30 PM
District 146 schools will be in session for the Veterans Day holiday. We schedule classes on this day to offer our students an opportunity to learn about and contemplate the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom. 

Some of our schools hold ceremonies to give students the opportunity to show their gratitude to local veterans through song, video, and small tokens of appreciation. In many instances, students also have the opportunity to visit with our local veterans following the ceremony, getting to know more closely those who have fought for us. 

Some of our schools will also be raising money for organizations benefiting veterans and creating thank you cards to be delivered to veterans’ homes. All of our schools, however, will reflect on the importance and meaning of the holiday.

The lessons our students learn during our Veterans Day activities will last a lifetime. District 146 looks forward to honoring our veterans for the sacrifices they have made.
Posted by superintendent  On Nov 06, 2017 at 10:40 AM
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