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PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT
On Wednesday, January 28th, the second in the series of three Parent Education Nights will be held at Lincoln Hall. Registration will begin at 6:15 p.m. and babysitting will be available.
Parents will learn about:
- Some of the Curriculum changes throughout the District
- How technology has impacted instructional shifts
- STEM and its impact on curricula design and delivery
- Digital citizenship
- Social media
- Twitter – you can even sign up to be a Twitter user with our Tech support
Hope you can attend this very informative evening!
This month, a new club has started in the District called Chess Wizards. Chess Wizards is offered at all three schools! The enrollment in this club is over 100 students from PreK through 8th grade!
During this club time, there are real “Chess Wizard” teachers. These Chess Wizards will teach students how to play the game correctly while using different chess strategies. Students participating in this club have varied levels of experience with chess and the Wizards will teach to each of these levels.
A staff member attending the first session at Todd Hall, commented, "It is amazing to see students so excited about chess, especially the very young students!" The Chess Wizards website states that, "Chess Wizards offers fun, intellectual and challenging chess education. Students might even learn to beat Dad!"
Hopefully, the students will enjoy this new and educational club. For more information on Chess Wizards – Strategies for Life, checkout their website here.
Tech Savvy Lincolnwood Students
At the December 4, 2014 Board of Education meeting, the Administrative team along with SD74 Instructional Technology Coaches provided an update on the curriculum changes due to increased technology integration. The District’s Strategic Plan goals – specifically Goal #1 to “Develop and implement curriculum that leads to improved academic performance” is guiding the work at each school building. The School Improvement Plans (SIP) at each school building were presented. All three schools will help the District reach the 5-year Strategic Plan goals. One District・3 Schools・One Vision = 1・3・1. Each school principal explained the goals for Reading, Math, and Anti-Bullying. The Instructional Tech Coaches presented the support they are providing to the classroom teachers with technology and how their services are helping in these targeted SIP areas. They featured programs and apps that are being used with the students and explained Digital Citizenship – how our students should interact globally. Some of the programs being used include Schoology, Flipped Classroom, Nearpod, Hopscotch, Codeacademy, and 3D design apps in conjunction with the STEM program. The Instructional Tech Coaches are assisting to enhance the classroom as well as teaching our students to be digitally literate and responsible.
It's an "Honor" to Honor Our Own!
On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, both Rutledge Hall School and Lincoln Hall Middle School held assemblies to honor our local military veterans.
This tradition started three years ago at Rutledge Hall School with Dr. Jean Weiss. The tradition continues at Rutledge Hall with Mrs. Carmody and now Dr. Weiss has added Lincoln Hall Middle School to the tradition. Instead of taking the day off of school, District 74 has taken pride in honoring our local veterans and teaching our students the true meaning of this holiday. There was much preparation by our students and staff to celebrate this special day.
At both assemblies, the Lincolnwood Police and Fire Honor Guard led the opening ceremony and then a short speech was given by Lincolnwood’s Mayor Turry. There was patriotic music sang by our students and played by our band and orchestra. Students also shared essays and poems about the meaning of being a veteran. Lincoln Hall’s assembly was attended by approximately 15 former and present members of the military and approximately 10 joined Rutledge Hall’s assembly. Each veteran shared their personal war story with the audience and explained how proud they were to be an American and of their veteran status.
One of our students read from his essay, “To me, a veteran is someone who has been through things that are indescribable, and someone who will forever live with dignity and honor.” Could not have been stated any better!
Thanks to everyone who made these assemblies very special for our students, staff, and our community. Also, we want to give a very special thanks to all of the veterans.
Summer projects completed with 30 percent savings
Using a non-traditional approach to project planning and construction, District 74 saved 30 percent of initial estimated costs in building renovations and grounds improvements completed this summer.
The figures were part of a cost recap at the Board of Education’s September Finance Committee and included in the 2014-15 budget approved Sept. 25.
TFS Alliance Group served as project manager to oversee summer improvement projects from bids to completion, which cost $905,000. The original project estimates came to $1.3 million. Terry Stoklosa draws on 15 years of school construction experience for TFS Alliance Group consulting services. Costs were saved in architect fees and service contracts.
Work completed this summer included:
- Lincoln Hall: Roofing and water main repairs, STEM lab construction and new lighting in both gymnasiums
- Rutledge Hall: Parking lot and sewer repairs, and new lighting in the multipurpose room and gymnasium
- Todd Hall: Interior painting throughout, new lighting and air conditioning installed in the multipurpose room and gymnasium
- All buildings: Improved security with new entry system and expanded wireless Internet access
- Landscaping improvements throughout the campus