Superintendent of Schools R.Dane Gale
On behalf of the Belle Valley Board of Education, administration, teachers, and staff members I am happy to welcome everyone to the District web site. Good schools are never an accident. They are the result of high expectations, intelligent planning, skillful execution, and hard work. We believe the highest quality of our School is only realized when there is a shared involvement between teachers, parents, community, and students. This teamwork approach to education, we believe, provides for the best learning environment for the students we all serve.
While Belle Valley is one of the largest elementary districts in the area, we still enjoy small town traditions and hold to the values that support an inclusive society. Set on forty acres, Belle Valley has one of the newest state-of-the-art school buildings in St. Clair County. The grounds offer ball fields, a quarter mile track, an observatory with a deep space telescope, and a fully functional greenhouse. The building is equipped with modern science labs, computer labs, sports training/weight room, band, music, and art rooms. Our instructional practices support the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) model and we also offer IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) curriculum in 4th through 8th grade. This year we are excited to add flight simulator training for our 7th and 8th grade students. These industry standard simulators were purchased through an Air Force grant and we hope to bring real-world “STEM” experience to Belle Valley this year with these simulators.
It is our belief that the modern facility we enjoy coupled with a progressive vision for new and innovative programs will help us provide a learning environment that is conducive in developing the critical thinking skills needed for our next generation learners. Our motto is: “Don’t just dream it….Build It.”
While we are proud of our school, we are always striving to do better. We hope you will join us and become involved in your school as we continue to do our best to make Belle Valley a great place to grow and learn!
Yours in Education,
Superintendent of Schools