District 70 school notes
Updated: January 14, 2013 2:29PM
A member of the Libertyville Elementary District 70 board of education is a recipient of Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Awards for 2012. The awards recognize and honor people who have made outstanding contributions to public and nonpublic elementary and secondary education.
Maryann Ovassapian, currently board president, received an Award of Merit for her work as a board member. She will be honored at a ceremony in Springfield. Superintendent Guy Schumacher nominated Ovassapian.
Adler Park fourth- and fifth-graders will play intramural volleyball from 7:15 to 8:05 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Fifth-graders will play Oct. 16 and 23 and fourth-graders will play Oct. 17 and 24.
Adler Park fourth- and fifth-graders also will play intramural floor hockey from 7:15 to 8:05 a.m. Fifth-graders will play Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27 and fourth-graders will play Nov. 7, 14, 19 and 27.
Kids in chemistry
Chemists will help Copeland Manor fifth-graders learn about chemistry by mixing chemicals and creating odd substances such as Jiggle Jelly in a program called Kids In Chemistry. Copeland chemist parents will help fifth-graders with special chemistry kits purchased by the school from the American Chemical Society. Dates are Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Feb. 7, March 21 and April 11. During these activities, students will learn about how chemistry relates to their lives. Other future topics include chemical change and the colorful chemistry of acids and bases.
Rockland School will begin its third “Rockland Road Rally” at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the school, 160 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. The social event, which also will raise money for the school, will have parents driving throughout town for two hours to complete challenges, activities and teamwork with the theme Rockland Horror Picture Show. The two-hour road portion of the evening will end at 6 p.m. with dinner, beverages, and music at Downings Restaurant in Libertyville.
In-school field trips
Butterfield first-graders will make igloos, bird’s nests and bee hives they can eat when they learn about shelters, how homes fit needs and how living creatures adapt to their environment from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15-18 in their classrooms. The in-school field trips are being presented by High Touch High Tech. “What’s the Matter?” will be presented the week of Jan. 28-31. “Cosmic Capers” will be introduced April 8-11.
Local author Ruth Spiro will visit with Copeland Manor students Oct. 16 to discuss her book “Lester Fizz, Bubble Gum Artist.” The author visit aligns with the school’s focus on famous artists.
The second annual student versus staff volleyball tournament will be Oct. 18-19 at Highland Middle School. Games will run from 4 to 6 p.m. and the final game will run from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Proceeds will benefit the Cove Alliance.
Clothing and toy sale
The Butterfield Family Association’s Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Toy sale will be Oct. 19-20 at the Libertyville school.
The sale, which will offer consignment items from Libertyville area families, will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the school, 1441 W. Lake St. Forty percent of sale proceeds will go to the BFA, a volunteer group which enhances education at the school, while 60 percent will go to the person selling the items. A half-off sale on selected items takes place Saturday.
Items for sale will include fall and winter clothing in infant through teen sizes. The sale also will include a large selection of toys, books, games, videos, sporting equipment, Halloween costumes and baby items.
Mix It Up Day
Highland Middle School students will join more than 4 million students across the country to mix social boundaries on Nov. 8, during the 11th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day. The national date for the event is Oct. 30, but the school has an outdoor education trip on that date and has rescheduled Mix It Up. The event fosters respect and understanding in schools.
Sixth- and seventh-graders will swap seats at lunch while eighth-graders will talk with some student leaders from Libertyville High School. Mix It Up encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day, to cross group lines and meet new people. It also fosters school spirit and unity, raises awareness about social boundaries and helps students meet different kinds of people, school officials said in a press release.
More than 10,000 schools are expected to participate in this year’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day, which is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.
After-school dance club
The Dance Club meets from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in October. Students in third through fifth grade meet in the gym after school and learn dance steps. In March, the Dance Club will meet for first- and second-graders. Each class will enjoy 10 sessions.
Election packets available
The Libertyville Elementary District 70 Board of Education will have four, three-year positions open on the April 9 ballot. People interested in becoming school board candidates began circulating nomination papers on Sept. 25. Election packets are available at the District 70 Educational Resource Center, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville. The first day to file completed papers is Dec. 17, with a deadline of Dec. 24. The ERC will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 17 and during normal business days, Monday through Friday. As Dec. 24 is part of District 70’s winter break, the ERC will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 for election work only.
A candidate must be at least 18, be a registered voter and have lived in District 70 for at least one year.
For more information, contact Becky Der-Yeghiayan at (847) 362-8393.
The Highland Middle School Concert Choir will perform in the Libertyville High School Choral Fall Festival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18.
Choirs from the Libertyville High School, Rondout and Oak Grove middle schools also will perform. Songs being performed by middle school students include “A Starry Night” and “Sh-Boom.”
Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students and senior citizens.
Tickets may be bought in advance through a Highland choral student or at the door the night of the performance.
Concert Choir is a group of seventh- and eighth-grade students from Highland Middle School. This year’s Concert Choir members are: Joycelyn Adjei, Lola Akinlade, Emily Blake, Nathan Charles, Hannah Daguinsin, Ellie Frega, Andalusia Goodman, Leah Hartung, Alex Hibbard- Brown, Madeleine Hollinger, Ryan Hunt, Jaimee Johnson, Madison Kerber, George Legan, Mary Lothspeich, Jonas Maes, Jack Miller, Philip Nauman, Will Neason, Zach Pearson, Cara Penhaligen, Robbie Plohr, Lauren Randolph, Sophie Richardson, Amanda Rigsby, Margaret Rogin, Ian Rosen-Rich, Troy Sanchez, Sara Scheibler, Kyle Schilling, Katie Stahnke, Katie Stelling, Gina Sylvester, Emily Tiffany, Sarah Townsend, Scott Villiard, and Tess Von Rueden.
Parading around their schools in costume and holding classroom parties are all a part of celebrating Halloween on Oct. 31 in Libertyville Elementary District 70. Students at Adler Park School will begin the parade at 12:25 p.m. and walk around the school’s playground blacktop with Principal Jon Bogie. At 12:45 p.m. students will attend a performance of The Rope Warrior.
Principal Candice Kehoe will lead off the parade at Butterfield School about 1 p.m. Classroom parties will be held throughout the afternoon, featuring activities, games and treats.
Copeland Manor School students will have their “Spooky Stroll” at 12:30 p.m., lead by Principal Erik Youngman. Students then will watch a video and return to classrooms at 1:30 p.m. for parties.
The parade around Rockland School, 160 W. Rockland Road, will kick off with new Principal Jeff Knapp leading kindergarten through fifth grade students at 1 p.m. Students will change into their costumes at the school after lunch. Classroom parties will commence at 1:30 p.m.
Taking advantage of a presidential election, Butterfield fifth-graders are organizing and will host an election in November. Fifth-graders are learning about the voting process, the road to the Presidency, the electoral college, the history of the two main political parties, and the history of voting and women’s suffrage. The school will have voting booths set up for the election Nov. 1, while the presidential election is Nov. 6.
Village President Terry Weppler will visit with students Nov. 1 to greet voters and talk to fifth-graders about his role in the community.
All students will fill out “voter registration cards,” and will send information through the Butterfield School Post Office. The fifth-graders will process the cards, and send them back to students so they can show them on Election Day.
Ice cream social
Second- and fourth-graders from Adler Park School in Libertyville will perform a musical titled “Blast Off!” for their fall concert Nov. 1.
The students will perform songs about outer space at 7 p.m. at Butterfield School, 1441 W. Lake St.
Artwork will be displayed by these students to “decorate” the concert. An ice cream social takes place after the concert.
Student Council officers
Students at Highland Middle School have elected student council officers for the 2012-13 school year.
Eighth-grade student council officers are: Daniel Oh, president; Ryan O’Malley, vice president; Rohan Kanianchalil, secretary; and Maxwell Flanagan, treasurer.
Seventh-grade student council officers are: Joe Recker, president; Nate Sweitzer, vice president; Jonas Maes, secretary; and Mary Cate Buchert, treasurer.
Sixth-grade student council officers are: EJ Chen, president; Grace Conley, vice president; Jeff Chung, secretary; and Hannah Grauer, treasurer.