Second Community Tour of New Maple School Well-Attended
Over 150 residents thoroughly enjoyed and were "wowed" during the second Community Tour of our beautiful new Maple School, which took place on Saturday morning, September 7 with Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf.
New Maple School 2019-2020: "New Roof - New Walls - Same Foundation."
The words "New Maple School 2019-2020: New Roof - New Walls - Same Foundation" were featured on this year's navy blue spirit wear t-shirt to commemorate the official opening of new Maple School and the first day of school, which took place on Tuesday, September 3.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley welcomed over 600 Board of Education members, village and county dignitaries, students, teachers, and staff members to the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Maple School. He immediately thanked everyone for their support and flexibility before and during construction.
"We are blessed to be in this building, and look forward to having you all with us, as we journey through our first year in this state-of-art facility."
"Students can truly take full advantage of the first-class education District 30 offers that will amply prepare them for the future," Dr. Wegley maintained.
He said that it will be exciting to watch as students and teachers participate in all of the "firsts" this year: Assemblies, the annual musical, sports events, PTO-sponsored events, meetings, etc.
A video of the two-year history of the new Maple School project was shown and followed by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Ribbon cutting participants included Board of Education and former Board members, students, teachers, Northbrook and Glenview village dignitaries, administrators past and present, ARCON Associates (architects Rick Cozzi and Jeffrey Huck), and Nicholas Construction Inc. representative Jeff Zurlinden.
Afterward, Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf presided at the Opening Ceremony. Seventh and eighth-graders stood to welcome the sixth-grade class to the 2019-2020 school year.
Eighth-grader Maya Pawlik spoke to her peers about the hard work and challenges of student life, which is made easier to navigate due to the valued relationships with wonderful teachers and peers. She then accepted the new Maple School on behalf of the student body.
Next, Dr. Wegley, Dr. Carter, and Ms. Holzkopf showed the audience items that will be placed in a time capsule for future generations. Some key items included names of those that helped pass the referendum allowing the district to build new Maple, Maple groundbreaking ceremony photos, student photos and names 2016-present), media coverage of new Maple, and a time-lapse video of the project over the past 18 months.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the longest-tenured teachers (25 years plus), Lynn Reimer, Mary Norquist, Dawn Nettelhorst, and Decima Panitch addressed the audience and pronounced, "We accept Maple on behalf of the teachers, and now declare it open for learning."
Music teacher Ms. Panitch added, "To quote the celebrity musician Taylor Swift, "We would not be awesome, without we."
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