District 70 Notes
Updated: May 31, 2012 3:38PM
Committee to discuss progress
More than 50 Libertyville parents, residents, business leaders and educators will meet on the evening of May 2 to talk about how the Libertyville Elementary District 70 five-year Strategic plan is progressing in the first year.
Consultant Dr. Robert J. Madonia, a former superintendent for more than 20 years, will lead the strategic planning review from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Educational Resource Center, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville.
Rockland prepares for spring sing
Rockland students will hold a spring showcase at 7 p.m. on May 8 at Highland Middle School. Students in first, second and third grade will perform a musical called “Get America Singing”, a collection of patriotic songs, under the direction of music teacher Michelle Berens.
Three teams go to globals
Three Libertyville Elementary District 70 teams involved in an international problem-solving program will compete on the global level –the highest-level possible- in May.
Destination Imagination challenges students in problem solving techniques. This year, students from Adler Park, Butterfield, and Highland had teams competing in the state and regional competitions. Recently three of the four teams placed in the first and second slots on the state level, which propels them to the Global competition on May 23 through the 26 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.
The sponsors for all the District 70 teams this year are teachers Karen McLean and Ashley Zeinz.
The following teams will compete on the global level.
Two teams ranked in first place at the state competition. They include:
• Highland Middle School “That Team Over There” team competed in the “Assembly Required” challenge where teams designed and built equipment that retrieved parts and delivered assembled products made to order, all to a special story. Highland team members are Elias Anderson, Mitry Anderson, Alex Dikelsky, Jacob Dikelsky, Andy Liu, Annika McDermott-Hinman and Adam Sparks. The manager is Greg Sparks.
• Butterfield School “1, 2, 3 Not It” team also did the challenge “Assembly Required.” Team members of the all female group include Emma Chandler, Jillian Cote, Hannah Hartshorne, Alyssa Kline and Erin Leese. Team managers are Elizabeth and Doug Chandler.
Being awarded second place was Adler Park School team “Gator Warriors” that performed the challenge “News to Me” where students performed a skit about the cause-and-effect relationship between two unrelated news stories, then have all the plans suddenly become discombobulated by a one-minute glitch. Members include Annika Bjorklund, Abigail Cima, Maddy Jacobs and Ellie Seyl. The team manager is Eric Cima.
The fourth team competing on the state level, the Butterfield School “One Small Step For Kids, One Giant Leap For DI” team, placed fourth, just out of reach of the global competition. The team performed the “Coming Attraction” challenge where the team presented a movie trailer involving characters from at least two nations and featured an original soundtrack. Team members are Jake Duffy, Tate Constable, Milica Lukic, Allison McLean, Scott Patterson and Jonathon Timm. The managers are Dan Timm and Fred Duffy.
Track and field team named
The following students have been named to the 2011-12 Highland Middle School track and field team in Libertyville.
Coaches this year will be Head Coach Gerry Carollo (Adler Park physical education teacher), along with Pam Fiedler, Marshall Sheffer, Angie McCarthy, Amy LeJeune, and Alan Esser.
Teams members include for eighth grade, for girls: Mia Bertaud, Sarah Broughton, Reena Christy, Courtney Daugerdas, Maddie Guiard, Madalyn Knollenberg, Kate Kucera, Hannah Manetsch, Lily Moore, Megan Newton, Madalyn Novak, Sarah Pinon, Jillian Ruff, Carol Sale, Jamie Stevens, Gabby Struik, Emma Yonan, Delaney Marth, Emily Schuler and Erika Aoyagi. Boys: Nick Bauer, Zachary Clausen, Matt Frannz, Matthew Firello, Keegan Hurley, Jimmy Ivers, Drew Lemberger, Adam Lemberger, Jeffrey Kaya, Dillon Titus, Jackson Chartier and Mchael Zundel.
Team members include for seventh grade, for girls: Emily Baumstark, Emily Blake, Robyn Bonate, Katie Chyna, Claire Costakis, Jamie Filicette, Ithzell Flores-Salgado, Grace Hurley, Charlotte Jarrett, Sabrina Kite, Jasmine Li, Estelle Mace, Libby Roach, Meredith Robbins, Olivia Rush, Amelia Lutz, Georgia Sampson, Emily Souranis, Samantha Sugrue and Katie Xu. Boys: Ryan Bonate, Nathan Campbell, Corban Chang, Mitch Cox, Ian Down, Maxwell Flanagan, Matt Groskopf, Ryan Hirshel, Michael Hegwood, Eric Johnson, Rohan Kanianchalid, Devin McDermand, Dylan McKernan, Derek Nedland, Daniel Oh, Jacob Reichert, Daniel Samelson, James Scheuneman, Addison Whitney, and Shane Kosmuch.
Sixth grade members include, for girls: Jasmine Bogojevic, Lexi Costello, Brooke DiLullo, Olivia Griffth, Sarah Hoyer, Hannah Hutchins, Emma Kosowski, Kacey Lindsey, Melissa Manetsch, Audrey Manfredini, Victoria Moy, Sarah Toohey, Sarah Townsend, Avryl Johnson and Hayden Martin. Boys are: Max Abderholden, Will Bertaud, Marty Brannaman, Tom Dresner, Bob Dresner, Trevar Evans, Ryan Greenberg, Josh Groskopf, Wills Hetzel, Jake Johnson, Alex Liu, Colin Miller, Edward Moy, Philip Nauman, Alex Niemann, Danny O’Hara, Jack Otto, Nathan Pacholski, Noah Payant, Jacob Prillaman, John Scott, Chad Spinozza, Jack Stevens, Nate Sweitzer, Peter Wacnik, Michael Wilms, Zachary Zerwas, Richard Rogers, Mark Demaree, Chase Zundal and Max Kratcoski.
Adler to celebrate Earth Day
Adler Park students will celebrate Earth Day by creating bird feeders out of bagels, making mini compost bins, as well as going bird watching in their own backyard on April 27.
The day will start at 8:30 a.m. with an all school assembly “Almost,” presented by fellow students in “Gators-Go-Green,” said speech pathologist Holly Simon.
The morning sessions will be broken in two, with the first session running from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and the second session running from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. at the school.
In the first session, students will turn bagels into bird feeders and read “Each Living Thing” by Joanne Ryder, make a mini compost bin and read “Compost Stew; An A-Z Recipe for the Earth” by Mary McKenna Siddals, go bird watching in the nearby forest preserve, do flower pounding with the Libertyville Garden Club, or build and paint birdhouses provided by Home Depot.
During the second session, students will learn about Earth Day and recycling from the Lake County Farm Bureau, learn about the Audubon Society, learn about flower power and pollination from retired District 70 teachers Rosemary Troxel and Gwen Bruno, and talk with Chris Slago, an arborist and lumberjack.
Students compete in “Battle”
Two teams of Highand Middle School students recently competed in a Lake County Battle of the Books, placing first and third in the competition.
Placing first were team members Emily Baumstark, Ryan Bogan, Katy LaPradd, Paul Manfredini, Kirsten Reid, Lexie Stavarkos, Katie Stelling, Sarah Townsend and Preston Wrolstad. Members of the third-place team were Jacob Dikelsky, Leah Hartung, Jared Hedlund, Deanna Krikorian, Katherine Liu, Nell McGuan, Samantha Nelson, Olivia Richardson, Sophie Richardson, and Sara Scheibler.
In the competition coordinated by school librarians, students tested their knowledge about the 20 books they read. All the books were nominated for the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award. The round robin competition was held March 14 at Beach Park Middle School.
Highland musical set for May 4-5
The musical comedy, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which tells the story of beloved cartoon character Charlie Brown during several average days from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season as he mingles with friends and life’s little adventures, will come to life at 7:30 p.m. on May 4 and 5 at Highland Middle School. Tickets are $5 and are on sale.
In the musical, Charlie Brown (played by Jake Stueckemann) is swept into their center by a rousing tribute of only slightly qualified praise, in the song You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is then left to his own musings as he eats his lunch on the school playground, complicated unbearably by the distant presence of his true love, the “little redheaded girl (played by Hannah Highsmith),” who is always just out of sight.
True love also seems to be the only unmanageable element in Lucy’s (played by Jackie Ovassapian and Kendall Lueder) solid life, which we discover as we watch her try to bulldoze her way through to her boyfriend’s sensitive, six-year-old musician’s heart, in Schroeder (played by Nick Kraus and Zach Pearson). The little scenes then begin to accumulate, and we learn that Lucy’s little brother, Linus (played by Preston Wrolstad and Emmanuel Koutsouras), is thoughtful about many things but fanatical when it comes to the matter of his blanket; that Charlie Brown’s dog, Snoopy (played by Kelly Keefe and Claire Keefe), spends much if not most of his time thinking of being something else-a gorilla, a jungle cat, perhaps a handsome trophy or two-but that mostly his life is a pleasant one spent with his friend Woodstock (played by Elizabeth Murphy, Hannah Loizzo, Troy Sanchez, Harriet Legan, Jacob Kamin and Grace Lynch); and that Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally (played by Ellie Frega and Taylor Skie) crushes on Linus.
Valentine’s Day comes and goes with our hero receiving not one single valentine, which brings him to seek the temporary relief of Lucy’s five-cent psychiatry booth-The Doctor Is In.
Act Two roars in with Snoopy lost in another world atop his doghouse. As a World War One flying ace he does not bring down the infamous Red Baron in today’s battle but we know that someday, someday he will.
None of the cast is actually six years old. And they don’t really look like Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” cartoon characters. But this doesn’t seem to make that much difference once we are into the play, because what they are saying to each other is with the openness of that early childhood time, and the obvious fact is that they are all really quite fond of each other.
The musical is under the direction of drama teacher Shelby Burton. Student directors are Manal Ahmed and Nell McGuan.
The music director is Kristen Barnes, orchestra director is Emily Walters and the choreographer is Jan Hutchins. Others involved in the performance include Stage Manager Andy Hillier, Art Director Megan Russell, Props Master Eileen Tanguay, costumer Sara Raymond, with Kim Hall in charge of set construction and Erin Haapala in charge of promotion.
The cast includes (Little Red Haired Girl’s Friends) Hannah Smith, Samantha Ross, Maddie Duco, (Lucy’s Friends) Kate Vittore, Kaitlynd Gledhill, Libby Conely, (Schroeder’s Friends) Anthony Milunas, Luke Miller, Maddie Stokis, (Linus’ Friends) Jilly Cousins, Rebecca Townsend, Alex Pagura, (Sally’s Friends) Beth Vogg, Molly Almer, Hailey Anderson, and the (rest of the Peanut Gang) Julia Thurau, Samantha Ross, Addie McKenna, Beth Vogg, Julia Wilson, Molly Almer, Molly Cayce, Angela Piedrahita, Olivia Richardson, Hailey Anderson, Maddie Rogin, Sarah Green, Hannah Hartung, Carly Wegren, Scout Springgate, Julia Cleary, Maddie Duco and Hannah Smith.