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District 30 News Briefs - Next Tour of Maple School with Dr. Brian Wegley is 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25

Summer School Registration Opens for Residents on March 20

February 24, 2017

Dr. Wegley led his eleventh tour through Maple School since October, on Saturday, February 18. He presented information about the facilities, upcoming bond referendum on April 4 and fielded questions from engaged residents.To stay informed about the faciity bond referendum, upcoming informational coffees, go to www.d30facilities.org

Dr. Wegley led his eleventh tour through Maple School since October, on Saturday, February 18. He presented information about the facilities, upcoming bond referendum on April 4 and fielded questions from engaged residents.To stay informed about the faciity bond referendum, upcoming informational coffees, go to www.d30facilities.org

Stay informed regarding the District's Facility Plan Proposal

Updated Maple School Tour Schedule with Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley

During Maple School tours, Dr. Wegley will present information about the facilities, the upcoming facility bond referendum on April 4, and field questions.

Dr. Wegley led his eleventh tour through Maple School since October, on Saturday, February 18. He presented information about the facilities, upcoming bond referendum on April 4 and fielded questions from engaged residents.To stay informed about the faciity bond referendum, upcoming informational coffees, go to www.d30facilities.org

  1. New date: Saturday, February 25, 2017, beginning at Maple School's Main Entrance at 10:00 a.m.
  2. Saturday, March 4, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 10:00 a.m.
  3. Saturday, March 18, 2017, beginning at Maple School’s Main Entrance at 1:00 p.m.

A video tour of Maple School can be accessed at www.d30facilities.org, as well as information about the district's facility plan proposal.

Maple Summer School Registration Opens for Residents on March 20

Maple Summer School registration will open up for residents at noon on Monday, March 20.  Residents can register by going to the Maple Summer School website:  http://www.district30.org/about/Summer-School.cfm Out-of-district students will also be able to be registered online, but not until Tuesday, April 4 at noon.

Tentative dates for Summer School are as follows:  Start date is Tuesday, June 13 and ending date is Friday, July 14. There will be no school on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. Classes are held from 8:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Classes cost $140.00 each for district participants, and $155.00 each for out-of-district participants.

To sign up for Summer School classes, one must click on the links in the left-hand margin of Maple’s Summer School website, that will show class descriptions for each block.  Optional field trips are also listed on website, which an be added to the initial registration.  For more information, contact Summer School secretary Nancy Lifshitz at 847-400-8900.  The Summer School Principal is Eleni Lamson.

Information on Construction Project in Glenview

Reminder: Chestnut Bridge work

Construction work is scheduled to resume on the Chestnut Avenue Bridge (west of Waukegan Road) -- weather permitting -- on Monday, February 27. At that time, work to replace the north half of the bridge would begin, and traffic would be restricted to a single lane on the south side. The temporary traffic signal would be restarted to regulate the flow of traffic. Check this blog for updates:  http://chestnutbridgeconstruction.blogspot.com/

Board Hears Update on District 30’s Appraisal System

On February 23, District 30’s PERA (Performance Evaluation Reform Act) Joint Committee presented a comprehensive update on District 30’s Appraisal System, which includes includes measures of student growth under PERA, to improve teaching and learning.

The committee showcased its work, which was completed last summer. Committee members include Maple School Principal and Director of Student and Teacher Development, Dr. Nate Carter, teachers Katie Peterson, Jackie Ruff and Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Nadine Lee.

In  2010, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the PERA, which required all schools in Illinois to change how teachers’ and principals’ performance is measured. PERA requires districts to design and implement performance evaluation systems that assess teachers’ and principals’ professional skills as well as incorporate measures of student growth. School districts,like District 30, and the state must ensure that these performance evaluation systems are valid and reliable and help teachers and principals to better improve student outcomes. 

Dr. Carter stated that the committee’s goal has been to continually to understand and effectively implement the new Student Growth Component of the district’s appraisal plan.

This presentation was followed by a review of professional development in the district with Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Nadine Lee.  She discussed  schedules for first year teachers, including orientation, Teacher Academy and assessments/student growth plans. All staff meet every month for professional development workshops and for individual consultations with PERA Joint Committee Members.
 

Board Members Take Part in Science Experiments during Curriculum Presentation

Math and science coordinators, Kery Obradovich and Kristin Cioffi Goss presented information on the latest K-5 science curriculum, during the February 9 Board of Education meeting. This included 2016 summer curriculum revisions that took place according to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  With the supervision and support of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa Hirsch, the duo discussed the three dimensions of learning (practices, core ideas and crosscutting).

They maintained that District 30’s elementary science curriculum engages students as scientists. Students investigate questions relevant to their lives by:  

  • Conducting investigations
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Developing and using models to explain phenomena
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

Students build understanding of core ideas in science, as well as the understanding and use of scientific practices in the four domain areas:  Earth science, life science, physical science and engineering design.

Ms. Obradovich and Ms. Cioffi Goss reviewed each grade level’s study of science. They stated that kindergarten science was revised last year aligning with NGSS.  It involves more pushes and pulls: motion, weather, force and life science. Regarding first grade, the focus is on the design process.

Ms. Obradovich stated, “We teach, and the students learn that the design process is never done.”

First graders use tools and materials to design and build devices that use light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance. The design process was reviewed, which involves the following steps:  ask, explain, evaluate, model and explore. The teachers then gave the Board members and administrators a first grade challenge of working to design something to communicate light or sound using flashlights and other materials.

Second grade science involves comparing multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land, which is erosion prevention. Again, the teachers gave the Board and administrators the second grade challenge of preventing a landslide, using models made of aluminum pans and styrofoam trays, which were on display.

They had to position plastic trees, rocks and Monopoly board houses that were set up on a styrofoam incline, to try and prevent a landslide. Everyone set up their models, and then had to pour water on the homes and trees, to see how well their “solutions” worked. Results from both activities were mostly successful.

The staff is continuing to revise the third through fifth grade science curriculums. At present, third grade’s focus is on weather; fourth grade is studying properties, and fifth grade is concentrating on air.

“We take regular 'learning walks' to share what we have learned in one class and to see what the ‘engineers’ in other classes are doing,” said Ms. Obradovich

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley commended Ms. Obradovich and Ms. Cioffi Goss on the presentation and the work that they are doing to support teachers and children.  

“The way that you are getting the students to think of themselves as scientists beginning at a very young age, and keeping the connections and opportunities alive is so very important.  Consequently, your excellent modeling and working with teachers has instilled confidence and success!” stated Dr. Wegley.

Stay up-to-date with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley at http://blog.d30.me/bwegley/

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley attended Maple School's February 2 PTO meeting, to explain facts pertaining to Northbrook/Glenview School District 30's upcoming facility bond referendum. On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the Board of Education met at Maple School, and voted "unanimously" to support the Citizens' Task Force recommendation to place the facility plan proposal on this spring's ballot. It would fund construction of a new middle school to replace the existing 67-year-old Maple School; and health/life safety upgrades at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools would be addressed.

The Resolution provides for and requires the submission of the proposition of issuing $36,300,000 School Building Bonds to the voters of the School District Number 30, Cook County Illinois, at the Consolidated Election to be held on the 4th day of April 2017. The last day to register for the Consolidated General Election is on Tuesday, March 7. This election is held for the election of Municipal, Park District, Library District, School District and Fire District Officials. Go to www.cookcountyclerk.com

Three renderings of the master facility plans were displayed at the meeting, detailing the proposed replacement of Maple School. Dr. Wegley discussed facts about what would transpire if the referendum is approved, verses what would take place if it is not approved by the community. He talked about the recent resident survey responses regarding facility plan proposals; and encouraged PTO members to stay informed, by viewing a video tour and keeping current on facilities planning updates at www.district30.org and www.d30facilities.org

Board Meets February 23 at Willowbrook School

District 30’s Board of Education will convene for an education meeting at 7:30 p.m., February 23, at Willowbrook School, 2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview. The meeting will feature curriculum reports. For more information, contact Board Secretary Sam Friedman at 847-498-4190.

Teacher Institute Day is March 6

There will be no school, due to a Teacher Institute Day, on Monday, March 6. A half-day School Improvement Day will be held on Friday, March 17.  Spring Recess begins on Monday, March 27. School resumes on Monday, April 3, only if a second "snow" day has occurred; or if a "snow" day has occurred after February 20. Otherwise, school resumes from spring recess on Tuesday, April 4.

Staff to Participate in Language Arts Workshops on Institute Day, March 6

District 30's Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Nadine Lee reports that faculty will participate in English Language Arts (ELA) workshops on Teacher Institute Day, on March 6. There is no school on that day.

"We will be continuing the focus of our January 13 half-day schedule. Grade level sessions for classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, English Language Learner (ELL) teachers, and speech pathologists will be held in the morning, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.

She said that at the most recent District ELA meeting, committee representatives from all grade levels planned the activities for the day, including the inclusion of afternoon breakout sessions during which teachers will have an opportunity to attend sessions that address their areas of interest. 

"It is our hope to be able to offer a variety of collaborative discussions during three 45 minute sessions on topics relevant to the work we have been doing in ELA.  We are in need of staff members to facilitate these sessions.  Please consider leading a session around a topic with which you have had success or one that you find challenging.  The sessions are not intended to be 'presentations', but rather forums for discussion and an opportunity to learn from each other.  Teams of teachers would be welcome."

Contact Ms. Lee at nlee@district30org or 847-498-4190.

 

 
 



Future Chef Competition to Feature Recipes from Fourth and Fifth Grade Students on March 15

District 30's Sodexo Food Services Manager, Willie Newsome has been busy reviewing student recipes from fourth and fifth graders, for submission to the annual Sodexo Future Chef Elementary School Culinary Competition, which will be held for finalists at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 15 at Maple School’s multipurpose room.

The competition, which is open to fourth and fifth grade students, was designed to help educate and encourage kids to develop healthy eating habits. As a result, the theme for this year's competition, was to submit recipes for their favorite comfort food. Judging will be based on originality, kid-friendly, ease of preparation, healthy attributes, plate presentation and taste. All finalists will receive framed plaque, recipe book of all finalists' recipes, chef coat, apron and hat!

The winning District 30 recipe will be entered into a national competition. For more information, contact Mr. Newsome at 847-400-8900 or willie.newsome@sodexo.com

Register Today for the Lew Blond Run Fundraiser!

Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run, which will be held at 8:00 a.m., May 20 at Maple School. Join this race today, which raises funds for ALS research, scholarships and school projects! Register at lewblondrun.org or https://register.chronotrack.com/r/27077

Staff to Participate in Language Arts Workshops on Institute Day, March 6

District 30's Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Nadine Lee reports that faculty will participate in English Language Arts (ELA) workshops on Teacher Institute Day, on March 6. There is no school on that day.

"We will be continuing the focus of our January 13 half-day schedule. Grade level sessions for classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, English Language Learner (ELL) teachers, and speech pathologists will be held in the morning, followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.

She said that at the most recent District ELA meeting, committee representatives from all grade levels planned the activities for the day, including the inclusion of afternoon breakout sessions during which teachers will have an opportunity to attend sessions that address their areas of interest. 

"It is our hope to be able to offer a variety of collaborative discussions during three 45 minute sessions on topics relevant to the work we have been doing in ELA.  We are in need of staff members to facilitate these sessions.  Please consider leading a session around a topic with which you have had success or one that you find challenging.  The sessions are not intended to be 'presentations', but rather forums for discussion and an opportunity to learn from each other.  Teams of teachers would be welcome."

Contact Ms. Lee at nlee@district30org or 847-498-4190. 


 

Lew Blond Run Donates Annual Portion of Funds to Support Schools

During a Board of Education meeting held on January 13, on behalf of the Lew Blond Run, Executive Director Dr. Nathan Carter presented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley with a check for $9,000, which will be used for special school projects.

For the past 16 years, the Lew Blond Run has helped fund Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and supported high school scholarships and special school projects.

Sponsors and Volunteers are needed for the 17th Annual Lew Blond Run, which will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 20 at Maple School! To help out, call Dr. Nate Carter today at 847-400-8900. For more information go to lewblondrun.org

Volunteers are Crucial to Success of the Annual Lew Blond Run Fundraiser!

From Lew Blond Run Executive Committee Board member, Michelle Rosen:

"It's time to set up volunteers to help organize the 17th Annual Lew Blond Run., which will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20. There are many opportunities to use your skills. Please let me know how you can help."

Faculty and resident volunteers are needed to organize the food for the race and to organize miscellaneous materials from 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 18. Volunteers are also needed to assist with packet pick-up of bibs and t-shirts from 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., on Friday, May 19. Individuals are welcome to marshall a corner from 7:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 20.

Workers are needed for registration on the day of the race from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., Saturday, May 20. Distribution of bibs and t-shirts also takes place from 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m., Saturday, May 20.

Proceeds from this race help fund research for Lou Gehrig's Disease, high school scholarships, and support special school projects. For more information and to register for this year's race go to lewblondrun.org

2017-2018 School Calendar Adopted by Board

The 2017-2018 District 30 School Calendar was adopted by the District 30 Board of Education on Thursday, November 10, 2016. On the calendar page of the District 30 website you will find the approved calendar and a list of important 2017-2018 District 30 Calendar dates.

Teacher Institute Days will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017. Classes for students in first through eighth grade will begin Wednesday, August 23. Kindergarten and preschool students will meet with their teacher briefly on Wednesday, August 23. Kindergarten and preschool students' first full day will be Thursday, August 24. 

Calendar Highlights:

All Northfield schools continue to mirror District 225’s Winter Break (Monday, December 25, 2017, through Friday, January 5, 2018) and Spring Break (Monday, March 26, 2018, through Friday, March 30, 2018).
Six half-day school improvement/institute days are included and are scheduled at the end of the week whenever possible.

Two half-days also occur to support Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 13, 2017, and February 15, 2018. Two emergency days (“snow” days) are built into the school year (Friday, February 16 & Monday, April 2), and five emergency days added in June as specified by Illinois School Code. The tentative last day of school is Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The two built-in emergency days noted above will be utilized to make up school if school is canceled prior to the emergency day (e.g. If school is canceled prior to Friday, February 16, 2018, school will be in session on that date.) Please plan on these days being attendance days, and note that building these into the school year helps decrease the likelihood that school cancellations due to weather will impact the tentative last day of school.

Preschool Screenings Take Place on April 20
 

The last District 30 Preschool Screenings of the school year will take place on April 20, 2017. The screening process is designed to identify preschool age children (3-5 years old) who may benefit from special education support prior to kindergarten. Five developmental areas are included in the screening: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social.

These areas will be assessed after your child has passed a hearing and vision screening. The developmental screening takes about one hour to complete and is conducted by the school district’s speech-language pathologist, psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, and school nurse. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child throughout the screening.
 
To verify District 30 residency and make an appointment for a screening, please call Mary Lynn Petty at 847-400-8964. Residents should register for the April 20 screenings by April 13. For more information about preschool screenings, please contact Lauren Schulman, the District 30 Director of Student Services, at 847-498-4190. Additionally, if you have any concerns about your child who is under 3 years old, please contact Mary Lynn Petty (847-400-8964) or Lauren Schulman (847-498-4190) for more information.