Willowbrook School NEWS BRIEFS: Kindergartners' Musical Rescheduled for January 17

Willowbrook School NEWS BRIEFS: Kindergartners' Musical Rescheduled for January 17

Holiday Sing/Parties Take Place on December 21

The District 30 Winter Sing, which includes all students and staff members, will be held for the last time in the west gym from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Friday, December 21. Next year, everyone will be singing at the new Maple School!

Wescott School's sing-a-long will be at 1:30 p.m. and class parties will take place at 2:30 p.m. on the same day.

Willowbrook School's room parties will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The Winter Sing from 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Willowbrook's PTO to Host International Night on January 25

Willowbrook's PTO is preparing for International Night to be held from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Willowbrook School on January 25, 2019. This is a night where families are invited to showcase cultural customs, traditions, and costumes with the entire Willowbrook community! The Korean American Parents Organization (KAPO) is also helping to coordinate this event.

Interested residents should sign for hosting a table at via Sign Up Genius Link

Kindergartners to Present "Sharing Stories: Tall Tales, Folk Music, and Dance" on January 17
Willowbrook School kindergartners will present "Sharing Stories: Tall Tales, Folk Music, and Dance" on Thursday, January 17. 

"The students will show their skills of music, dance, drama, and visual art by looking at who we are as a community (as a country, but also as a region, and a town).  In our program we are going to be using the tall tale of Paul Bunyan and creating a drama using large puppets," said music teacher/director Kurt Barker. 

"In addition, the kids will be singing and dancing to play party games from the midwest (a song called 'Bow Belinda'), as well as Northbrook/Glenview ('Can't Jump Josie').  We will also be playing and improvising on instruments to the American classic 'She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain.'  My hope is that the students will be immersed in song and movement, and can begin understanding our culture as a stepping stone into their own creative ideas about who they are, and how they want to add to the arts of our community," he added.

There will be two performances on Thursday, January 17.  At 11:00 a.m., Rachel Hawkins, Lisa Kauth, and Sarah Lerman's classes will perform. At 2:00 p.m. Amy Buzil, Caroline Drake, and Amy Schutz's classes will perform.

Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson Earns His Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Willowbrook NEWS BRIEFS: Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson Earns His Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Congratulations on Earning a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Dr. Scott Carlson!

When Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson walked into his office on November 12, he was greeted by Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and his enthusiastic office staff with a “Congratulations! What’s Up Doc?”  

After hugs and laughter, he looked up to see balloons, banners, greeting cards, and a cake, which signified his successfully completing his doctoral defense on November 9.

He is now officially a Doctor of Educational Leadership.  Dr. Carlson spent the past three-and-a-half years pursuing his doctorate and explained that the topic of his dissertation was a change plan for district professional learning and teacher collaboration.

His work focused on giving teachers greater voice and collaborative opportunities with district leadership teams in the planning and implementation of professional development. Such designs could include instructional coaching, demonstration classrooms, or professional learning communities that examine and analyze benchmark data to inform appropriate changes in teaching and learning strategies.

His program also required 60 credit hours of coursework, and an 800-hour superintendent internship that he completed under Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's direction. He is now in his fifth year serving as Principal of Willowbrook School.

Dr. Wegley began the morning announcements by recognizing all staff members during American Education Week, and for their dedication to our students.

He announced Dr. Carlson's new title, congratulated him, and added, "By earning his doctorate, your principal exemplifies that by continuing education he craves learning, which is one of our District's most important ongoing themes."

Dr. Carlson is described by his supervisors, colleagues, staff, and parents as child-centered, intelligent, enthusiastic, and kind.
A parade of the hallways followed morning announcements. Every student and staff member had a chance to chant "Congratulations Dr. Carlson" and give him a "high five."

In addition, Dr. Carlson holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Indiana University, an Ed.S./M.A.E. in School Psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Type 75 Principal Certificate from Loyola University of Chicago.

Before joining District 30, he served with distinction as principal in Barrington School District Unit 220 and was a School Psychologist at Sunset Ridge School District in Northfield.

To view photos and videos of Dr. Carlson's celebration, go to District 30's Facebook and Twitter pages!

WANTED: Willowbrook School Memories!

In celebration of Willowbrook School's 50th birthday, current students are hoping to collect 50 years worth of memories from former students and staff. Do you have a story to share? Do you know someone? Learn more at the Willowbrook Story Project. Click here for the Willowbrook Story Project Link: http://www.district30.org/willowbrook/willowbrook-story-project

Principal Dr. Scott Carlson

Catch up with Dr. Carlson at http://blog.d30.me/scarlson/

In celebration of Willowbrook School’s 50th birthday, current students are collecting 50 years worth of memories from former students and staff. Do you know of someone who would like to share? They can click here to express interest in this project or contact our librarian at aeichmiller@district30.org

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY Writing Contest Underway/

Submission Date is February 1, 2019

The National Academy of Science is holding a writing contest open to elementary through high school

The EngineerGirl writing contest is asking students to submit works of creative fiction in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.

The deadline to submit a story is Feb. 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Submit stories via the online submission form at the website below.

The contest is open to individual girls and boys in the following three competition categories:
1. Elementary school students (grades 3-5)
2. Middle school students (grades 6-8)
3. High school students (grades 9-12)

Visit the 2019 EngineerGirl Writing Contest
website at https://www.engineergirl.org/108311/2019-contest…

Please contact Maple School Applied Technology teacher Michelle King-Mulvihill at
with any questions.

Save the Date! The 19th Annual Lew Blond 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019!

The 19th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Maple School. It is an esteemed Cara Circuit Race and is USATF certified. The event is among the top running events in the north suburban area.

For 18 years, this fundraiser has been helping to support research for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), in memory of Lew Blond, a Maple School teacher who passed away from this disease in February 2000. Proceeds benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and support scholarships for prospective teachers at the Glenbrook High Schools and special District 30 projects. The 2018 race drew over 1,000 participants and volunteers. Total funds raised over 18 years exceeds $450,000. For more information, go to lewblondrun.org