District 70 Notes
Updated: May 31, 2012 3:41PM
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.
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.
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.
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 & 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. 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.