Friday, May 17, 2013
Glenbrook South, New Trier, Deerfield, Highland Park, Niles West, Maine West, Maine South, Notre Dame, Niles North and Loyola athletes will join Wildkits at State Meet.
Taking home the team trophy for the sixth straight year, the Evanston High School boys track team won the Niles West Sectional Thursday in Skokie sending five individuals and three relay teams to the State Meet May 24 and 25 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston The Wildkits compiled 85 points. Glenbrook South took home second place with 72 followed by Prospect in third with 70 and New Trier fourth with 58. Niles West accumulated 47 for fifth with Deerfield sixth, Main South seventh, Niles North eighth, Highland Park ninth place, Notre Dame of Niles tenth, Maine West 11th , Loyola Academy 12th, Maine East 13th\, Glenbrook North 14th and Von Steuben 15th. "Last year, a lot of guys, when they went downstate, were qualified just about…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Students at Walker School panned for fool's gold, churned butter, square-danced and dressed in period attire for the annual "Pioneer Day" at Walker Elementary School.
Students at Walker Elementary School took a trip back in time to the days of wagon trains and fool's gold during the school's annual "Pioneer Day." They churned butter, played with toys from the mid-1800s, made bread dough, shaved with brushes and do-si-doed in the school gymnasium. The school has held Pioneer Day for the past 19 years as a way of bringing the past to life. Third-graders spent several days learning how to square dance, learning vocabulary like "square your set" and "bow to your partner." The toughest part was getting boys and girls to hold hands, said physical education teacher Pamela Akins-Schanette. "It was not as difficult as it has been in some other instances," she said.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The cost of medical insurance for Evanston-Skokie School District 65 employees is going down by three percent next year.
Evanston-Skokie School District 65 is expected to see “almost a million dollars” in cost savings because the cost of medical insurance for district employees is going down by three percent next year, according to Chief Financial Officer Mary Brown, Evanston Now reported. The district also expects to end the year close to its budgeted operating surplus of $400,000. The school board is expected to review a draft budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year in August, with final approval slated for September, Evanston Now reported. Related Coverage
Monday, May 13, 2013
Niles North and Niles West high schools raised the money for Rustic Falls Nature Camp, a camp for underserved and special needs children, as well as children cancer survivors.
Information provided by Niles Township High School District 219. A scooter ride through Niles West, sporting event and concert tickets, restaurant and shopping gift certificates, and cookies baked by a favorite teacher were just a few of the sought-after items that Niles Township High School District 219 teachers, staff and students donated for the schools’ tBay auction recently. Like the items offered by online auction giant eBay, many unusual and popular objects or experiences were on sale. A stack of 20 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Sold! A primo locker location next year? Sold! Prom tickets and a limo? Of course, that sold! All in all, the fifth annual tBay brought in close to $6,000 for this year’s School Chest beneficiary, …
Christopher Basten will replace Principal Chelsey Maxwell, who is leaving at the end of June.
Skokie-Morton Grove District 69 is scheduled to finalize the appointment of the new principal of Madison School at its May 21 meeting. Christopher Basten, 51, will replace Principal Chelsey Maxwell, who is leaving at the end of June, Morton Grove Champion reported. Basten has served as assistant principal at Kimball Hill Elementary School in Community Consolidated School District 15 and before that he taught at Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka. Basten says Madison’s diversity of student population was one of the things that appealed to him about the school, Morton Grove Champion reported. For the full story, visit: Mortongrove.Suntimes.com
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Niles Township High School District 219 student was recently featured on Chicago Tonight.
Niles North High School junior Allegra Rosenberg was recently featured on Chicago Tonight as part of the program's look at how social media is changing the model for music distribution, and how teens with unusual passions like Rosenberg are making their mark. Rosenberg is a YouTube sensation, writing and performing songs about the things that appeal to her. Her hit “Say Hello,” about an episode of Doctor Who that was penned by Neil Gaiman, a best-selling novelist, prompted Gaiman to tweet, “took me 3 years of scribbling and rewrites to make 45 minutes of Dr. Who, summed up in 2:29 by a smart girl with a ukulele.”
Thursday, May 9, 2013
"These guidelines are based on the most recent scientific evidence, as well as the expertise of the coaches who will help implement them," said Dr. Preston M. Wolin, a member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
The Illinois High School Association approved new safety rules Wednesday to limit tackling in youth football practice in an effort to reduce head injuries, reported the Daily Herald. In March, a controversial bill sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) proposing to limit the number of days players could have full contact hitting practice (twice a week) failed in the House committee. The new IHSA policy calls for coaches to gradually increase the time players can participate in preseason practice, along with the number of protective pads they can wear. On the seventh day of practice, players can participate in five hours of full contact drills wearing full pads, according to the IHSA. However, no single practice can exceed …
Monday, May 6, 2013
May 7 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. How has a teacher impacted your life?
Teachers make an impact on our lives from early childhood through college and beyond, but a new survey reveals that 75 percent of adults don’t express appreciation to their former teachers. This Tuesday, May 7, marks National Teacher Appreciation Day: a time to say “thank you” to teachers across the country for everything they do to educate our nation. Tell us: How has a teacher impacted your life? Share your stories with us in the comments section. Kars4kids, national educational non-profit, prepared a national survey measuring how teachers impacted American adults and ways they have expressed their appreciation. Looking for ideas to celebrate the teachers in your life? Here are some options from the National Education Association: …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sen. Kirk and Sen. Durbin make first joint appearance in state at Great Lakes school along with Rep. Schneider.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) made their first joint public appearance in Illinois since Kirk returned to full time duty in the Senate in January at a Great Lakes charter school they helped create which is now being hurt by the Sequester. Durbin, Kirk and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) met with students at the Learn Public Charter School, a North Chicago public school on the Great Lakes Naval Base, to see the new institution and listen to the students. “This is our first public appearance in Illinois since Sen. Kirk returned to the Senate (in January after suffering a stroke a year before),” Durbin said. “We wanted it to be here because it is something we worked on together.” Sequester Reduces …
Friday, May 3, 2013
An East Prairie Middle School instructor was recently awarded Barnes & Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher Award.”
East Prairie Middle School teacher Timothy Berlinghof won Barnes & Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher” contest recently. Berlinghof won after his student Mary Jo Hernandez wrote an essay that described how her instructor influenced her education in a positive way. Area students submitted more than 50 entries. Entries were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing. Berlinghof will be recognized at an event at the Skokie (Village Crossing) Barnes & Noble on May 8 where he will receive a special award acknowledging his achievement. The community is invited to attend the ceremony to show their appreciation as well. Hernandez, who wrote the …