Summer projects completed with 30 percent savings

New STEM lab at Lincoln Hall

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




Students Experience Pioneer Life

rope making demonstration

During the end of September, each 5th-grade class at Rutledge Hall visited The Grove in Glenview to experience pioneer life in 1856. Students' hands-on activities included candle making, churning butter and cooking. They also learned about rope making, tin punching and weaving at the Historic Kennicott House.

The field trip is a unique experience that is a tradition at Rutledge Hall. The program is operated by the Glenview Park District and is aligned to state learning standards in social studies of gaining understanding of individuals and the history of Illinois.

The Grove was a designated National Historic Landmark in 1976 and was the home of visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott. His accomplishments include an exhibition of his specimen collection at the Smithsonian and the founding of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, according to the park district's website.


For more photos, view the slideshow, taken Sept. 24.

Pioneer Living from Lincolwood SD74 on Vimeo.

Lincoln Hall Cultural Museum Decades Showcase

Eighth grade students at Lincoln Hall Middle School opened a Contemporary American Cultural Museum Decades Showcase for Parent Visitation Day on Sept. 19 . Students worked in teams to create exhibits and video podcasts.

The decades featured included  '50s, '60s,'70s, '80s, '90s and '00s.

Play the slideshow to see more about the event.

Todd Hall Celebration for Good Behavior

Todd Hall students were treated to sidewalk chalk art time during the first PBIS celebration of the year for good behavior. They also were treated to watching their teachers get all wet! Teachers participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and spread awareness about the progressive neurodegenerative disease. Students learned in an age-appropriate way about the disease during the past week then celebrated as each teacher got the bucket of water over their head.

Watch the slideshow of the celebration (below) and the video of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Students Hone Interview Skills for Community Economy

Parents volunteer for mock job interviews

Seventh grade students got a taste of the working world recently when they interviewed for jobs to be part of their class’s “Community Economy.”

Social Studies teacher Mr. Salski developed this yearlong project for students to learn about consumer economics and simulate real-world experiences. Students were coached on how to complete a job application. They each wrote an essay and prepared for a job interview, working on speaking and presentation skills.

On Sept. 10, parent volunteers conducted interviews with all of the seventh graders. Each student dressed up and did their best to win their most desired job.

“I was pretty nervous. A couple questions I had to think about before I answered, but it went great,” said Brandon, who interviewed to be a banker.

“Some of the questions were hard,” said Nicole, who wants to be a doctor.

Students will work two shifts per week either during class time, lunchtime or after school. They will earn income from the community economy through work and good behavior. They’ll make spending decisions about housing and expenses. Their community economy also has a store, opportunities to start small businesses and laws to follow. Students aren’t graded on this project; but the project includes five learning standards that involve speaking, writing and presentation skills. Most of all, it is a great example of teaching financial literacy, resulting in Children Empowered for Life!

Lincolnwood School District 74
6950 N. East Prairie Road
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: 847-675-8234 | Fax: 847-675-420


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