District 68 Notes
Updated: June 11, 2012 8:08AM
district 68 notes
May 11 - Kindergarten Field Trip
10:30 a.m. Activity Awards
May 14 - Finance Committee meeting 9 a.m.
May 15 - Parent and Community Meet and Greet Supt. Candidates 4-4:45 p.m.
May 15-16 - Kindergarten Screening
May 17 - Character Counts Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Facilities meeting 8:30 a.m.
Variety Show 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
May 18 - Early dismissal 11:30 a.m.
Graduation Dance 7 p.m.
Good Character Students
Cruisin’ with Good Character: K - Michael Dudziak; First Grade - Eli Johnson; Second Grade - Paige Konigseder; Third Grade - Jayson Rebmann; Fourth Grade - Anna Heard
Oak Grove Cub Scout Pack 194 is having a Spring Sign-up Rally for boys in K - fifth grade on,
May 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Oak Grove Elementary Cafeteria. Bring a check to get signed up that night. For questions, contact Ken LaCrosse at (847) 816-8179 or www.ogpack194.org
Oak Grove Girl Scouts is having a Spring Sign-up Rally for girls entering K up to eighth grade on May 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Oak Grove Elementary Cafeteria. Bring a check to get signed up that night. For question, contact Nancy Stevens (847) 367-7239 or www.gsnwigc.org
Creative writing winners announced
Anna Heard, fourth grade, title: “Sycamore”; Michelle Ji, seventh grade, title: “That Little Tree”;
Jayne Mai, seventh grade, title: “A Tarnished Melody”; Anne Hong, seventh grade, title: “Writing”
Congratulations to the three chess students that participated in the 51st Kumbaya Scholastic Tournament at the National-Louis University. As a smaller group they competed separately, did their best, learned a lot and are returned better players. They were Matthew Berner, Nikhil Patel, and Joseph Welch. They each competed in nationally rated sections. It should be noted that Nikhil Patel is returning with a Fourth Place individual trophy in a section of 34. The team being smaller, then on other occasions, missed a team trophy by only a few points.Good job, Chess Team! You’ve had an awesome year.
district 70 notes
Fifth graders ease into transition
Several Highland Middle School students visited Adler Park, Butterfield, Copeland Manor and Rockland fifth-graders in April to help ease the anxiety over going to a new school in the fall. This was the first phase of the transition process.
In May, the fifth-graders will tour Highland. Adler students will visit Highland at 1:30 p.m. on May 11, Butterfield students will visit the school at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on May 10, Copeland Manor students will visit the school at 9:45 a.m. on May 18 and Rockland students will visit the school at 9:45 a.m. on May 11.
Highland raises awareness for COVE
Richard Mugisha, an administrative assistant with the Cove Alliance and a resident of Uganda, will meet with Highland Middle School students on May 11. The school is working to raise $10,000 for the Cove to buy a piggery in Uganda. Mugisha will begin his visit by stopping off at the school at 8:15 a.m., meeting with student council and National Junior Honors Society and touring the school. Mugisha started working for COVE in 2009 and he is the “go to” person for the group. While working with COVE, Mugisha has supervised the building of classroom blocks, dorm living, school kitchens and staff housing. Mugisha has tried for three years to obtain a Visa to travel to the US. This is his first trip outside of Africa, said Highland science teacher Tara Oshinski.
Talent show to be held May 11
Rockland fourth and fifth graders will display their special talents in a Rockland Talent Show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 11 at the school, 310 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville.
Kindergartners to plant tree on May 25
Butterfield and Adler Park kindergartners will hold a special ceremony for a tree that they are planting from a Partners for Excellence in Education mini-grant. “Speak for the Trees” will be held at 12:30 p.m. on May 25 at Butterfield School. The students will be placing the special memory stones that we will have created around the tree
Koehloeffer named favorite teacher
Butterfield second grade teacher Erin Koehloeffer was named My Favorite Teacher by the Barnes & Noble store in Vernon Hills.
Second-grader Dakota Lyons wrote an essay of 500 words or less about her teacher, Koehloeffer, for Barnes and Noble’s My Favorite Teacher Contest. Dakota’s essay won first place for the area. It now goes on to compete on the regional level.
Also listed as a finalist were Butterfield fifth grade teacher Dana Barron from an essay written by student Emma Milowski and Rockland fifth grade teacher Kristin Stefanik in an essay written by student Megan Lenzi.
Copeland to hold Exploration Day
Make your own bug infused candy, design your own Zen garden, build a birdhouse, play a game of cricket, learn how to be an auctioneer, learn the Haka war dance, or make some pop art during Copeland Manor School’s Exploration Day next week.
Copeland Manor students will dedicate May 11 to learning about careers, crafts, hobbies and sports skills when the Libertyville school holds its seventh Exploration Day.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with an Olympic-type Opening Ceremony featuring Libertyville Village President Terry Weppler and Copeland Manor Principal Erik Youngman for the event carrying the theme “Cougie World Tour.
During the day, students will attend four classes where they may be taught anything from lacrosse to making clay pots, to living in Argentina, learning about farming or serving in World War II, to learning all about chewing gum. Students also can make a piece of pottery, cook a chicken dinner, build a model boat, learn about architecture or make some bug infused candy.
The one-hour classes will run from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.
The parent-run event, the largest of its kind in the district, is an easy sell to students.
District decides June 4 is last day
The last day of school for the 2011-2012 school year in Libertyville Elementary District 70 will be June 4. Students will meet for one hour.
During a board meeting this month, board members unanimously approved the last day of school. The last day of school is usually not set by the board until late in the school year in order to adjust the school calendar for unscheduled days off due to inclement weather.
Meanwhile, eighth-graders at Highland Middle School will participate in graduation ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. on May 30 at Libertyville High School, 708 W. Park Ave., Libertyville.
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 & field
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. The boys are – 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. The boys are – 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.
And 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. The 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.
District 73 notes
Registration due May 11
Hawthorn families should complete student registration for the 2012-13 school year by May 11.
Parents were mailed SnapCodes and directions for completing the online process in mid-April. If you did not receive your SnapCode, please contact your school immediately. You must complete registration in order to receive next year’s class schedule. Students entering grades three and six are required to prove residency, which can be done by providing photocopies of appropriate documents, as outlined on Residency Verification form posted on the Hawthorn registration website, www.hawthorn73.org/registration. Fee payments and health forms are required before school begins in the fall. Students not registered by July 1 will be dropped from enrollment. Re-enrollment will require an in-person visit to District Office to complete a longer new student enrollment.
For more information, please visit www.hawthorn73.org/registration or call the District Office at (847) 990-4200.
Screenings set for May 21
Hawthorn School District 73 is conducting developmental screenings of 3-to-5-year-old children. Screenings are free to participating children and their families who live within Hawthorn District 73 boundaries and will identify eligible children for enrollment into free local early childhood programs. The screenings will examine each child’s speech, language, cognitive, social and motor skill development. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call (847) 990-4243 by May 21. Screenings will be held on May 29, 30 and 31 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the HELPs wing of Aspen Elementary, located at 500 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
Summer reading assignments now available
Students who will attend Hawthorn middle schools next year (future 6th, 7th and 8th graders) have a reading assignment to complete during the summer. Students are required to select and read one book from the provided book list and complete a short assignment, which is due by Sept. 7. For your convenience, the PTO will have the books available for purchase during the Middle School Spring Book Fair and Open House as well as through an order form, posted at www.hawthorn73.org. Because reading is such a powerful way for children to stay sharp during the summer, our library media specialists have also put together some book suggestions for all of our students. Check for the lists at www.hawthorn73.org.
Ten authors honored in writing contest
Ten Hawthorn student authors were recently named winners in Cook Memorial Public Library’s 6th Annual Creative Writing Contest.
The library received hundreds of wonderful entries for this year’s contest, which is designed to encourage all students to stretch their creative muscles. All winning entries will be published in a Cook Library literary journal. In addition, winners will be honored at a special reception at Cook Park Library on May 6. Congratulations to Nicole Barrus (Townline), Dylan Boyle (Middle North), Dylan Cohen (Middle South), Mary Gan (Middle South), Johnna Geick (Townline), Lily Meng (Elementary North), Shea Neary (Elementary North), Rich Park (Townline), Priya Rao (Middle South) and Christina Simley (Middle North).
Middle North completes successful season
Over the past six months, 28 students from Hawthorn Middle North successfully brought science to life every day as they prepared for the 2012 regional and state Science Olympiad Tournaments.
Through collaborative teamwork, the students learned key concepts about how science works with regard to biology, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. They developed problem solving strategies, and designed and built all sorts of devices that effectively soared in the air, propelled on the ground, maintained load-bearing weights, and launched projectiles with precision accuracy. In March, the varsity and junior varsity teams competed at the Oswego Regional Science Olympiad and finished in fifth and seventh place, respectively.
Out of 23 events, the varsity team medaled in 16 events with five individual events finishing in the top three places. The team tthen advanced to the state competition, finishing in 9th place out of 46 middle schools. Congratulations to the Hawthorn Middle North Science Olympians – Varsity: Aditya Alluri, Ali Abbas, Yasmeen Abdallah, Ankit Agrawal, Chris Blickhan, Ashwini Deshpande, Hiba Hashim, Caleb Ju, Finley Lau, Riah Lee, Jordan Martin, Hirsch Nangia, Sonya Patel, Lucy Wu and Alex Yang. Junior Varsity: Caroline Aguilar, Neel Choudhary, Pranav Goel, Priyanka Gupte, Aris Herrera NG, Derek Kendall, Morgan Kleidon, Hayden Lau, Nikhil Mangtani, Isabella Mione, Lauren Murphy, Anmole Parande and Rithva Ramesh. Coaches are Tommie Arens and Douglas Shearer. Special thank you to the more than 20 parent and teacher volunteers who helped coach the students, working with them each week in study sessions and design/build practice runs.
Last day to charge meals is May 11
The last day for students to charge school meals is May 11. Families who owe money for meals are alerted to the charges via messages that are mailed as well as sent home with children. Parents can also monitor meal balances through www.lunchprepay.com. Please note that at the close of the school year, any outstanding meal balances will be sent to collections. The collection agency adds an additional 50 percent fee. To avoid collections, please pay all balances. If you have questions or are interested in setting up a payment plan, please contact the District Business Office at (847) 990-4200.
Register online for summer programs
Registration is open for Hawthorn summer programs, including Hawthorn Enrichment Institute (for students entering grades K-eight in the fall) and Hawthorn Music Camp (for students with at least one year of band/orchestra experience). For more information, visit http://www.hawthorn73.org/summerprograms.
There is no school on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
Promotion ceremonies (and last day of classes) for eighth graders will be June 4. The last day for kindergarten will be June 4 and the last one-hour day for students in grades one through seven will be June 5.
The full calendar is at calendars.hawthorn73.org.
district 79 notes
Family dance is a huge success
Through the efforts of the Fremont School District 79’s Health and Wellness Committee and the PTO, the first ever Just Dance event was held on the evening of April 20.
Over 230 students, parents, and teachers packed into the elementary school’s gym and grooved with Bizar Entertainment’s lively disc jockey and dancers.
The purpose of the event was to offer the Fremont community a free event that promoted health and fitness for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to enjoy with friends and family.
Families participate in cultural
About 150 Fremont District 79 students and parents attended the English Language Learner Parent Involvement Night in April that highlighted cultural awareness. Students and parents dressed in ethnic attire. They shared food from their native countries and participated in games and dances.
District receives grant
Fremont District 79 received a matching grant of $16,503 to replace the elementary and intermediate schools’ gym lighting as well as a hot water heater at the elementary school. The projects are expected to be completed in May. The grants were provided through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Teacher receives science award Fremont Middle School sixth grade science teacher Ann Ward was named the Abbott Sigma Xi 2012 Middle School Outstanding Science/Mathematics Teacher of the Year.
Student Andrej Hromic wrote a paper about his experience in Mrs. Ward’s class, which is what won her the award. In his paper, Andrej said, “Mrs. Ward is creative, excited about science, and makes the class go by fast...(She provides) entertaining projects, group discussions, and lets us students interact with the Promethean Board.”
mundelein high school notes
MHS to hold graduation in new venue
Mundelein High School will hold its 50th Graduation Ceremony at the Libertyville Sports Complex on May 13, beginning at 3 p.m. The ceremony has been held at the Lake County Fairgrounds Expo Center for the past couple years, but due to a scheduling conflict, was moved to the new venue this year.
Following opening remarks by Superintendent Jody Ware, the 520 graduates will enter the Complex to the traditional Pomp and Circumstance, played by the MHS Wind Symphony. The Master Singers will present the National Anthem, followed by a welcome to the audience by Phil Quach, Class of 2012 Co-President. Principal Lauren Fagel will then address the graduates.
Other speakers will include Valedictorian Zachary Carter and Salutatorian James Shon. Special guest for the event will be the Rev. Philip Blackwell, valedictorian for the first MHS graduating class of 1962. After diplomas are awarded by Board of Education President Karen Havlik and Superintendent Ware, 2012 Class Co-President Anthony Adams will provide the closing and the symbolic moving of the tassels.
The last day of school for MHS underclassmen is May 18.