December 13, 2007
Orland School District 135
Liberty students find cause, effect in "There was an Old Lady..."
In order to teach her fifth grade students about cause and effect, Liberty School teacher Julie Schirmer led her class in analyzing the classic story, "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly." Students modeled the story in writing their own narratives, which they also illustrated. Schirmer invited their third grade neighbors to her room to hear the students read their stories aloud. Fifth grader Kaitlyn Grzymek is shown with Barah Kaleel, reading her story "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pumpkin."
Meadow Ridge hosts wax museum
To add a fun twist to researching the biography of a famous individual, several classes at Meadow Ridge School participate in a live wax museum. Students select a person to learn about, someone who has achieved a great accomplishment, such as Hank Aaron, Theodore Roosevelt and Helen Keller. Children dressed in costume, drew a picture of their research subject and welcomed parents in to view their museum; when a visitor "switched on" the figure, he/she told a bit about themselves.
Centennial students discover the dinos
Instead of piling in the bus and driving downtown to see the dinosaurs at the museum, Centennial School's Parents for Education group was able to bring the museum to the students through "Dino Discovery." "Dino Discovery" is an educational dinosaur replica exhibit and natural science program for elementary students. The program was designed by husband and wife team Dan and Janice Stone.
"If kids go to the museum," Dan explained, "they may not have anyone there to walk them through the exhibits."
The pair tries to expand on the concepts shown in movies like Jurassic Park that have helped children become interested in dinosaurs.
"We bring the fiction to reality," he noted.
The Stones' idea for Dino Discovery was sparked by Janice's brother's finding of mastodon remains in his yard when he was digging a pond.
Carl Sandburg High School
Student musicians selected for I.M.E.A. festivals
Several Carl Sandburg H.S. students were selected to participate in the District 1-Illinois Music Educators Association (I.M.E.A.) District Music and Jazz Festivals based on their successful auditions. These students completed a grueling audition process which included sight-reading, scales and playing designated etudes or vocal scales and singing required music.
IMEA - Brass, Percussion, Wind. Pictured from Brass, Percussion and Wind are (back row, left to right) are Clare McIntyre, Wonbin Kim, Kyle Caddigan, Scott Zintak, Tim Lyen and Melissa Kandel; (front row, left to right) are Jonelle Doctor, Vicoria Zibell, Heidi Ryan, Jessica Lee, Abby Koppers.
IMEA - Choir Back row - Bill Rzeszutko, Brett Robertson, Alex Earhart, Kellie Taylor. Front row - Kelly Durley, Alicia Davids, Tasia Malliaras.
IMEA - Brass, Orchestra, Percussion, Wind Back row - Sonia Mantell, Madalyn Frigo, Kyle Caddigan, Tim Lyen, David Schieber, Mellisa Kandel, Charlie Donne. Front row - Abby Koppers, Amy Sun, Christine Oscia, Jen Zhou, Liz Polit.
IMEA - Jazz Jonelle Doctor, Jessica Lee, Tim Lyen, Scott Zintak.
IMEA - Brass, Choir, Orchestra, Percussion, Wind Back row - Victoria Zibell, Bill Rzeszutko, Madalyn Frigo, Scott Zintak, Kyle Caddigan, Tim Lyen, Brett Robertson, David Schieber, Alex Earhart, Melissa Kandel. Center row - Heidi Ryan, Wonbin Kim, Amy Sun, Kelly Durley, Liz Polit, Kellie Taylor, Alicia Davids, Tasia Malliaras. Front row - Sonia Mantell, Clare McIntyre, Jen Zhou, Jessica Lee, Christine Oscai, Jonelle Doctor, Abby Koppers.
Sandburg High School students "EXPLORE" Freshman Advisories
As a part of Sandburg High School's implementation of the America School Counseling Association (ASCA) model adopted by District 230, the Freshman Class of 2011 is joined by their Counselors during their homerooms at various times throughout year. As vital members of the education team, counselors help all students in areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development. The counselors role helps support D230's mission to graduate young adults prepared to realize their life-long potential in an ever-changing world. This is accomplished through guidance counseling curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services. The results of the EXPLORE (which was taken during 8th grade) were distributed to parents during schedule pickup in August. The Freshman Advisory pictured here focused on interpreting the EXPLORE and identifying the value and wealth of information available from the results. This includes specific suggestions for each student on how to improve in certain academic subjects, career feedback, and suggestions that help prepare for the PLAN and ACT. Parents and students can visit http://actstudent.org/explore for further information including: All about the Test, What your Score Report Tells You; and Thinking about the Future. In addition, freshmen will take the PLAN in April, visit http://actstudent.org/plan for more information.
The Freshman Advisories are a continuation of counselor's involvement with students. Freshmen previously met with their counselors during Orientation Day and during a presentation titled "Making High School Count." Other important topics discussed during Freshman Advisories include Four Year Plans, Setting Goals, Course Selection, Career Exploration, and Academic Success.
Sandburg Students Attend Unity through Diversity Conference
Ten Sandburg High School students joined hundreds of students from other Chicagoland high schools at Navy Pier for the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 24th Annual Unity through Diversity Conference. The ADL was founded in Chicago in 1913 and is the world's leading organization fighting all forms of discrimination through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Sandburg High School was represented by: Lana Ammari, Susie Brown, Jonelle Doctor, Letty Garcia, Marc Lacien, Ader Panner, Sterling Reid, Rebecca Schieber, Sepas Siddiqui and Tameer Siddiqui. They heard inspirational speakers and saw student performances about the effects of discrimination. Dr. Terrence Roberts, the keynote speaker, shared his experiences as one of the first nine African American students to go to a formerly segregated high school in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. He credited his parents with instilling in him a love for learning, strength of character, and compassion for others that allowed him to persevere in this trying experience. In small groups, our participants interacted with students from other schools through activities designed to help them understand the nature of prejudice and discrimination. They also discussed concrete actions students can take individually and together to combat hatred and bigotry. The students greatly enjoyed the conference and have been sharing what they learned with students and staff in various venues.
Students Given Cook County Sheriff's Award
Volunteers make a difference in individual lives as well as in communities. Concerned and committed young people give many of these contributions of time and talent. To recognize these efforts each year, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart sponsors the Annual Sheriff's Youth Service Medal of Honor for students in grades 9-12 who have completed 100 hours or more of voluntary community service. Sandburg distinguished itself by having 52 award winners—the largest number of any community present, including the City of Chicago. The following students and their parents attended the Youth Service Medal of Honor Presentation Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 5 at McCormick Place:
Joseph Arena, Kathryn Goldberg, Jillian Balquiedrz , Natasha Jain, Elizabeth Baudler, Jennifer Kay, Woon-Lee Chiao, Tiffanie Kempke, Shane Duffy, Kathryn Kenes, Amy Franzzini, Kaylyn Kenny, Stephen Gartlan, Riva Riley, Elise Harmening, Andrea Smolinski, David Healey and Robyn Szablewski.
Kevin Behrendt, Morgan Krzyminski, Caitlin Buerger, Cara Ann Marassa, Patrick Clavio, David Miller, Anna Czaplicki, Deborah Mine, Ellen Dace, Samantha Nichols, Brianna Grady, Sara Rosinski, Kaitlin Hennessy, Stephanie Spengler, Michael Impallaria, Matthew Weglarz, Carolyn Kovach and Gabrielle Wydra.
Jonathan Altman, Dominick Peters, Elizabeth Barnes, Nicholas Sandoval, Kristin Bulthuis, Ryan Sawyers, William Dalaly, Jake Schifano, Alicia Davids, Kelly Scott, Erin Flynn, William Strnad, Kristen Gerry, Sean Healey, Sara Heinking and Amanda Jedloe.
St. Xavier University
SXU Chapter of international nursing honor society inducts 62 new members
Orland Park residents inducted
The Saint Xavier University Alpha Omicron chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, welcomed 62 new members in a ceremony in McGuire Hall on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Orland Park graduate students Coleen Carney and Kathleen Henry were inducted.
The Honor Society is one of the largest international nursing organizations. It works to nurture and network nursing scholars and leaders worldwide to improve health care. The Honor Society promotes nursing excellence through its initiatives in research, leadership, an electronic library, programming and publications, and develops and distributes nursing knowledge for use in practice.
Membership to the Honor Society is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing. To be invited to join, undergraduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, be in the upper 35 percent of his/her graduating class, and have completed at least one half of the nursing curriculum to qualify for membership.