Updated: June 21, 2012 11:36AM
District discusses digital learning pilot program
This summer, Glenbrook High School District 225 will conduct a digital learning pilot program to explore the educational experience when students utilize electronic devices and textbooks in the classroom. At the Board meeting on June 11, Instructional Technology Director Ryan Bretag provided an overview of the program.
“We recently challenged our staff to read a digital textbook and found that a majority of them felt an active reading experience was good to exceptional,” said Bretag. “As we shift to a bring your own device learning environment it is important that we monitor how this will work for students and teachers in the classroom.”
The district maintains a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy where students are allowed to use any type of electronic device to enhance their learning. This ranges from laptops, to tablets, to certain functions on a smart phone.
“Feedback has shown that our students don’t want to be told what type of device to bring, said Bretag. “They want to use the device they function best with.”
Three summer school classes will pilot the concept of diverse devices in the classroom — two U.S. History courses and one English course. Students will be able to bring their own device and receive free access to a digital textbook for the duration of the course. Students who do not have a device can elect to utilize one from the district at no cost. There is no device requirement, so students can choose to purchase and utilize a traditional book.
“Our district continues to focus on web-based applications to enhance learning, so the specific device becomes less important,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle.
Board of Education meeting
The Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 21 in a board working session in the Wood Oaks Library, 1250 Sanders Road, Northbrook. The regular meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Wood Oaks Commons.
Graduation and awards
One hundred and fifty five students from Wood Oaks Junior High School graduated from the eighth grade on June 6.
The ceremony was held at Glenbrook North High School and featured performances by the Wood Oaks Graduation Orchestra and the Wood Oaks Eighth Grade Chorus.
Speeches were made by Dr. David J. Kroeze, superintendent of District 27; Board of Education President Debbie Rabishaw; students Amber Olson and Rebecca Pasman; and Principal Dr. Marc Schaffer.
The following students also received recognition for awards they received earlier in the day:
Principal’s Scholarship — Christina Jacobs, Daphne Kramer, Amber Olson, Victoria Tu; Rotary Service Award — Amara Petrich; DAR Award — Alec Mawrence, Courtney Moushi; American Legion Award — Chase Frankel, Julie Everakes, (Honorable mentions: Dillon Balk, Ilana Schreiber); and the Carl Bevers Award — Adam Melnick and Morgan Rothschild.
Congratulations to the following students, who graduated from Wood Oaks Junior High School during ceremonies on June 6:
Dylan Ross Abrams, Mohammad Sadegh Aminilari, Daniel Boris Amusin, Angeli Philip Angelos, Dillon Montgomery Balk, Jorgen H Bech, Zachary Ethan Becker, Thomas Peter Bendewald, Constantine Andrew Beniaris, Stephanie Belle Birnbaum, Brendan Robert Blankfield, Adam Kyle Boiko, Christine Nicole Botezatu, Jackson Reese Brownlee, Ari Michael Bruckman, Kevin William Byrne, Colette Divine Carroll, Rachael Lauren Cell, Ik Jong Choi, Audrey June Christopher, Irene Chun, Daniel Milton Cole, Tyler Lap-Man Dea, Bill Demos, Michelle Sandra Desh, Arisa Dhiensiri, Jeremy Marlon Doman, Jacob Ethan Elias, Nicholas James Elies, Jack Lucas Elowe, Dustin Tyler Epstein, Julie Rebecca Everakes, Jacob Matthew Feiger, Bradie Erica Fern, Bradley Thomas Fishman, Brian Charles Fitzgerald, Chase Phillips Frankel, Jonathan Scott Frankel, Lauren Elizabeth Froehlich, Tobiah Richard Gardner, Jamie Leslie Gerber, Jason Aaron Golden, Jacob Eli Gordon, Jeremy Grant Gottlieb, Hannah Rose Gould, Rachel Nicole Gould, Samantha Victoria Graziano, Elana Rose Greenberg, Patricia Ann Grod, Daniel Scott Gross, Madeline Isabella Harris, Sarah Elizabeth Hayden, Angelique Hernandez, Nicholas Anthony Hilgendorf, Benjamin David Hunt, Kiley Sage Isaacson, Perry Ali Seyed Jabbari, Christina Marie Jacobs, Tisha K Joseph, Jordan Benjamin Kaplan, Mason Arden Karian, Nickalas Ross Karis, Isabel Victoria Kats, Arielle Samantha Katz, Sean Thomas Kelly, Hira Arif Khan, Anne Khodarkovskaya, Amber Lindsay Kim, Brian Eul Jung Kim, Daniel Kim, Grace Kim, Richard Edward Kirkpatrick, Alexis Taylor Klein, Nicholas John Knudson, Matthew Thomas Koo, Thomas Robert Kozel, Daphne Nora Kramer, Jenna Michelle Lachman, Adam William Landau, Sabrina Faye Levitas, Joseph Scott Levy, Ryan Pauli Liberman, Matthew Ryan Lillig, Mark Gabriel Livshots, Caroline Anne Lourie, Michael David Loy, Jenna Marie Magill, Koren Solomon Marinberg, Brian Jordan Markus, Rachel Ariel Matz, Alec Noah Mawrence, Michael Patrick McFarland, Adam Harris Melnick, Lauren Michelle Mercury, Olivia Louise Metsa, Courtney Sue Moushi, Trent James Murray, Jason Daniel Myers, Francesca Elise Necak, Naomi Liebe Netzky, Michael Kyu Min Oh, Amber Talia Olson, Rebecca Jasmine Pasman, Amara Rose Petrich, Sophia Sullivan Piskel, Brandon Ross Poticha, Jackson Robert Potrue, Shannon Rose Quinn, Noah Andrew Raven, Elizabeth Iris Ring, Jacob Harrison Rose, Matthew Jacob Rosen, Morgan Bell Rothschild, Robert Erron Sagall, Zara Asif Saiyed, Anna Florence Samuelsohn, Ashley Michelle Samuelsohn, Keegan Alan Samuelson, Alexandra Santuario, Jaclyn Alyssa Sapienza, Christie Ann Sayre, Michelle Elizabeth Sayre, Ilana Joy Schreiber, Zachary Nathan Schwartz, Madison Rose Seefeldt, Crystal Yu Jing Shao, Hetul P Sharma, Laura Jane Sheban, Adam Harris Sherman, Rebecca Dresner Shulman, Hanna Rae Silverman, Melanie Rachel Simon, Katie Danielle Snyder, Mari Sogo, Aaron Joseph Solomon, Jae Won Son, Seunghwan Song, Jason Samuel Spector, Brianna Lee Sullivan, Noah Benjamin Taffel, Scott Anthony Thomas, Shawn Saji Thomas, Anisha Ann Thotam, Ethan Jared Tibbetts, Victoria Mingwai Chang Tu, Brandon Tyler Tucker, April Alonzo Villalon, Gabrielle Monet Weiss, Jordan Lee Wolken, Suzanne Marie Yost, Tae Kyu Youk, Jacob Adam Zaworski, Alexander Arthur Zemela, Bryant Hong Zhao, and Sharon Hong Zhao.
Rohrabaugh Scholarship recipients
Congratulations to the following graduated Glenbrook North students who were named as recipients of this year’s J.L. Rohrabaugh Scholarships: Rachel Boroditsky, Brian Callahan, Jordan Cotler, Mitchell Lev, Charles Serota, Stella Tu and Lauren Tzirides.
The scholarships are given to students who are graduates of District 27 schools.
American Legion and Rotary Awards
Northbrook Junior High School 2012 Graduates David Dischinger and Katherine Seno received the American Legion Citizenship Award during the June 4 graduation ceremony. Each year, the award is presented to a young man and a young woman from the graduating class at Northbrook Junior High School. The award recognizes individuals who place an emphasis on the development of six qualities: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service. Mitch Schermerhorn and Mae Wimbiscus received Honorable Mention.
The following students were nominated for the award: Lucy Fogel, Kayla Fox, Lily Jaeger, Jessica Lee, Lily Ruklick, Catherine Seno, Mae Wimbiscus, Brett Cotler, David Dischinger, Ethan Kirshenbaum, Mitch Schermerhorn, Jack Spector Bishop, and Josiah Yoo.
2012 Graduate Kayla Fox received the Rotary Volunteer Service Award. The service club sponsors the award to honor the spirit of volunteerism in a graduate.
Lew Blond Memorial success
Over 850 people participated in the 12th annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run, which was held on June 2 at Maple School, Northbrook. The Overall 5K Male Winner was Daniel Cheung, Northbrook. He was also the first place winner last year. The Overall 5K Female Winner was Carol Sullivan, Glenview. This popular fundraising event was first organized 12 years ago to memorialize Lew Blond, beloved Maple School teacher who passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2000. Lew Blond’s daughter Julianne, his mother Marietta Blond, sister Barbara Blond all attended this year’s race, as they have done since its inception.
Funds are raised through sponsorships, entry fees and donations which are used to support research through the Les Turner (ALS) Foundation, provide scholarships for graduating seniors at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools, and allows special projects to be implemented at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. This year’s scholarship winners were Glenbrook North High School’s Eleni Artemas and Glenbrook South High School’s Marc Ja’come. Over $90,000 of the funds raised from the Lew Blond Run have been donated to the Les Turner (ALS) Foundation since 2001, with a portion directed to the Stu Rosen Transportation Fund, which was established to assist patients afflicted with ALS to get to and from their medical appointments.
Guest of honor, Aimee Chamernik, husband James, and children Nick, Emily and Zack returned to this year’s event. Aimee Chamernik is an ALS patient who has written extensively about the disease and how it has impacted her life at her website, http://www.askabout aimee.com.
Nick Chamernik was a first place winner in the 1 Mile Run; and Emily and Zack also participated and placed well in the race.
More than 5,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with ALS each year. Currently, there is no known cause, prevention or cure for ALS. For more information about the Les Turner ALS Foundation, call Family and Community Special Event Associate Lacey Wood (847) 679-3311 or visit http://www.lesturnerals.org.
The Lew Blond Executive Committee is appreciative of the support of generous sponsors, and faculty and friends who volunteered their time and/or made donations to support this very worthy cause.
The sponsors include: Cardinal Health Foundation, Highland Baking Company, Brightspark, Hodges, Loizzi-Eisenhammer Rodick & Kohn, Sunset Foods, Sodexo, the Tivador family, Glenview State Bank, Pioneer Press, District 30 Staff, Zengeler Cleaners, North Suburban YMCA, The Runner’s Edge, New Balance North Shore, Sullivan Family, Glen Allergy & Asthma, Monster Entertainment, Hal S. Pineless, D.O. F.A.C.N., VISOgraphic, Inc. (Bob Dahlke, Jr.), 20/10 Engineering Group, LLC, JP Mechanical, Autumn Tree Care Experts, GCA Educational Services, Peterson Roofing, and the Carter Family.
Food donors were the Bilimoria family, the Daruwalla family, Einstein Bagels, the Fairbanks family, Go Roma, Hinckley Water, the Lupfer family, the Margolin family, Mark Vend (Stu Rosen), Mary Ann Sgarlata, Beth Preis, Michelle Rosen, the Spatafora family, Subway and Willow & Shermer, Sunset Foods, Victory Spud (Barb and Steve Nathan), Corner Bakery, Honest Ade, and Whole Foods Market (Petti Fell).
Photos and a list of sponsors and race results are available by going to District 30’s website at www.district30.org, and click on the Lew Blond Run link. Check out the Lew Blond Run on Facebook too!
PTOs and Marcello’s partner to raise funds
The first “Get Ready with Spaghetti” fundraiser was held at Maple School June 1 to help prepare participants for the 12th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, which was held on June 2 at Maple. For $5 a plate, attendees had a spaghetti dinner, garlic bread and salad, organized and served by the District 30 PTOs.
“We raised over $500 and enjoyed wonderful donated food from Marcello’s in Northbrook. They offered both regular and gluten-free pasta, and the leftover food was donated to the Northfield Township Food Pantry as well as the Glenview Fire Station,” said Maple’s PTO President Meena Wadhwa Klein.
She added that the volunteers were wonderful and people had a great time visiting with each other and talking to vendors that were present. Vendors included Runner’s Edge, Timex, Asics and Chiro One, whose representatives explained the benefits of fitness to those who visited their booths.
Maple students have a ball
On June 6, Maple School sixth and seventh grade students had the chance to participate in the annual Field Day celebration. Everyone played with giant medicine balls, competed in tug-of-war and water balloon toss, and took part in relay races and athletic activities.
Wescott’s Field Day has Olympic theme
Wescott School’s Field Day on June 4 had a 2012 Summer Olympic’s theme this year. Students participated in many fitness and related activities including obstacle courses, relay races, games, jump rope, basketball, golf, hula hoop, jogging, and more! Physical education teachers who coordinate this activity include Wescott School’s Roy Grober and Ashley Sandstead.
Practice math facts during the summer
To improve the retention of facts and skills over the summer months, parents are encouraged to provide time for their children to practice mathematics facts and computation activities. Below are some online resources that are highly recommended. These sites can also be easily accessed from the Willowbrook or Wescott School homepage.
“We feel that improved recall of facts will support higher level mathematics activities and lead to increased success in mathematics,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch.
Math facts and games
The website https://hosted134.renlearn.com/172201/HomeConnect/Login.aspx allows students to practice math facts. Students will login using the same username/password that they use to log into their network accounts at school. The username is your child’s first and last name all lower case, no spaces. The password is the first five letters of their last name and first three letters of their first name, all in lowercase, no spaces.
The https://www.everydaymathonline.com/ site allows students to play fact and other concept building games that are part of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum. Students will login using a username/password that was sent home with each child on an Everyday Mathematics student login card.
Other free sites that do not require a login or password include the following: http://www.scienceacademy.com/B1/, http://www.aplusmath.com/, http://www.funbrain.com/kidscenter.html; http://www.aaamath.com, http://www.factsmonster.com/mathmoney.html, http://www.coolmath4kids.com/, http://www.edu4kids/com/index.php, http://www.schooolexpress.com/http://www.mathfactcafe.com/, and http://www.quia.com/mathjourney.html.
For more information, contact Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch at (847) 498-4190.
Acts of Nature presentation June 28
The Village of Glenview is hosting a panel discussion called “Acts of Nature — Being Prepared for Disaster” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 28 at the Glenview Police Department, 2500 E. Lake Ave. The discussion will include representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and Glenview’s emergency departments. The moderator will be Sheridan Turner, president and CEO of Kohl Children’s Museum.
The seminar is open to Glenview residents and Glenview Chamber of Commerce members at no charge, due to the sponsorship of Servpro of Glenview. RSVP by June 21 to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 724-0900.
Maple School Class of 2012
Maple School released its list of graduates for the 2011-12 school year.
The graduates are: • Zainab Ahmed, • Sahil Akolawala, • Danielle Alper, • Georgia A. Arvanitis, • Mary Katherin Batrich, Abigail Jane Behling, • Zachary Evan Bernstein, • Kasey Bersh, Quentin Bobart, • Shannon Buttimer, • Graham Harrison Cohen, Zack Cohen, • Mollie Elisabeth Cramer, Zoey Degen, • Allan Dontsis, Amelia Elizabeth Dorr, Eli Jacob Dryer, Yaal Gerald Dryer, Samuel S. Ehrlich, Griffin Meredith Elfant, Grace Star Elisco, Idan Eptstein, • Austin Michael Fialkow, • Brian Chandler Filipiak, • Madeline Flamm, • Allison Michele Galanter, Benjamin Nathaniel Gamze, John Dong Won Gong, Simone Anastasia Grach, • Paul Wescott Graham, • Matthew Grinde, • Lane Elise Gruemmer, Ryan A. Guzman, Nicole Lynn Hampton, Alexander Hanskat, • Brant Joseph Hlavin, • Lexi Samantha Hoffman, • Suyeon Hong,• Alexander Hristakos, • Daniel Wilson Hu, • William C. Huie,• Molly Isley, • Michael Joseph Jesser, Brandon D. Jiang, • Jini V. John, • Brendon Pierre Johnson, • Madeline Kahn, • Erik Karpinski, Kailee Marie Keenan, Angela Kim, • David Kim, • Isaac E. Kim, Katherine Knight Johnson, • Nicole Julia, Koshevatskiy, Matthew Jacob Lampert, Elizabeth Marie Lancioni, Kelsey Violet Larkin, • Chang Min Lee, • Jungeun Camilla Lee, Malik Rakim Lee, Vivien Lee, • Yejin Lee, Yoon Kyung Lee, • Jason Alexander Levin, • Paul Licata, Jessica Lynn Livas, Kristina Louras, • Lindsay Malkin, • Ilana Ann Malman, Daniel Marx, Jacob Marx, • Samantha Mason, • Leopold Eric Mayer, Afreen Memon, • Nathan Scott Mirochnick, Sara Lor Moradi, Tiam Lor Moradi, • Elayna Katherine Mork, Iannis K. Moshovitis, Casey Joseph Murphy, Michael C. Murray, Samantha Katherine Nevin, • Debbie Noh, • Christine O, • Chris Jihoon Oh, • Hyemin Oh, • Joanne Park, Sydney Kessa Parks, • Halia Parrott, Maya Patel, • Taya Lee Placik, Katerina Constance Pyroulis, Jordan Quant, Davin L. Reisman, • Louis J. Rosenberg, • Mason S. Rosenberg, Rina Rosenwasser, • Schmuel Rottman, Paul Philip Salonikas, Aleksandra Savic, MacKenzie Rose Scharf, • Leah Schwartz-Dodek, Joseph Sewall, • Nikhil Phillip Shah, • Daniel Aaron Silver, • Daniel Max Simon, • Jonathan Michael Simon, • Madelaine Marie Sorrisso, Kira Elizabeth Spicer, • Leah McCarthy Sternberg, Patrick Daniel Strickland, Monica Rose Strom, Sam Stuart, Kiersten A. Teresi,John Tryfonopoulos, Konstantinos George Tsiribas, • Andrew David Tuchler,Theodore Paul Vadevoulis, • William Mathew Villaflor, Nicole Renee’ Volchek, Jason Robert Ward, Patrick Wdowikowski, Miranda Weber, Russell Griffith Winnie IV, Robert A. Wos, • Lauren Taylor Yep, • Francine Yoon, Sungkyung Yoon, Joshua K. Yoshikawa, • Jongwa Yun,Matthew Zerwic, • Ivana Zhou, • Jack Zieske.
(• denotes President’s Award for Educational Excellence)
Field School Class of 2012
Congratulations to the 122 students in Field Middle School’s Class of 2012! Graduation ceremonies were held at Glenbrook South High School on June 4.
The graduates included: Alexis Aguilar, Hailey Alexander, Innara Ali, Vignesh Alla, Mirko Atanasov, Anthony Aversano, Ali Baig, Alexa Ball, Arshad Baxamusa, Danielle Bayer, Ryan Berkovich, Max Bunim, Larisa Maria Calaj, Emily Chen, Constance Chrones, Haillee Chung, Richard Ciolek, Annie Connor, Giancarlo David, Jacqueline DeWitt, Daniel Do, Lauren Dod, Jonathan Edelson, Jiovanni Escobedo, Mikayla Franzese, Lauren Frias, Justin Frumm, Nathan Garrett, Jonathan Gonzalez, Madeline Grouzard, Jakub Guziak, Anushka Haldar, Jaiden Hamelin, Phoebe Handler, Pamela Haralampopoulos, Alexa Harter, Ashley Henschel, Kenny Himin, Ariel Hollimon, Ashley Jeon, Soomin Jeon, Hyeon Woo Jin, James Jin, John Jojo, Jamie Kang, Alec Kass, Maggie Keller, Andrew Kim, Joseph Kim, June Kim, Elizabeth Kostadinov, Miranda Koulogeorge, Jeffery Kurian, George Kushashvili, Curtis Lee, Jenna Lee, Jenny Lee, Justin Lee, Ken Lee, Sarah Lee, Simone Levin, Jordan Libman, Adrean Lichev, Sunmin Lim, Alexia Loggarakis, Billy Loggarakis, Kyle MacRae, Shimmir Marali, Tijana Markovic, Kelsey McGrath, Senad Mehmedovic, Rahul Mehta, Ben Milling, Dillon Munson, Allison Nelson, Mary O’Dea, Hwa Oh, Juro Owens, Michael Papper, Jane Park, Joyce Park, Rajit Patel, Gemini Plamoottil, Albin Poothurail, Katie Poulos, Marni Pozin, Gina Puig, Christopher Quiroga, Shawqi Rayyan, Yasmine Redeaux, Diego Rivera, Michael Rodriguez, Maria Roman, Carli Romanek, Jamie Rotman, Jaica Mae Samson, Sandra Sanchez Cruz, Danielle Schoenberg, Patrick Senires, Aagam Shah, Daniel Shatkovskiy, Zachary Silver, Raza Simm, Joseph Somo, Alice Song, Nicole Sorrentino, Ted Steger, Evelyn Tarnovsky, James Testa, Kyrus Tsai, Anna Wasilczuk, Charith Wickrema, Austin Wright, Coco Yang, Sina Yazdani, Jeongwoon Yi, Charles Yoon, Charles You, Mary Beth Zerwic, Jaguar Zhu and Hellen Zuniga.
Field’s graduation ceremony featured two student speakers including Charles You and Lauren Frias who reflected on their school days at Field over the past three years. The graduates and their families also heard from David Handler, Board of Education president; Dr. Alexandra Nicholson, superintendent; and Erin Murphy, Field School principal.
A number of eighth grade students were honored at Field’s commencement. Winners of the American Legion Award were Mary Beth Zerwic and Justin Frumm; honorable mention awards went to Jacqueline DeWitt and Jeffery Kurian. The League of Women Voter’s Citizenship Award went to Connie Chrones. The American Legion Writer’s Award went to Allison Nelson who wrote the winning essay nominating Connie Chrones for the Citizenship Award. The John Lichtenheld Leadership Award went to Vignesh Alla, Daniel Do and Coco Yang.
The graduation processional and recessional music was performed by the Field School Band, under the direction of conductor Mike Miller. During the ceremony, the Eighth Grade Guitar Class and Chorus featured the song “In My Life” by the Beatles, under the direction of Case Carvell, choral music teacher. The performers included Joseph Kim, Ashley Henschel, Raza Simm, Anthony Aversano, Joyce Park, Ken Lee, Mary Beth Zerwic, Lauren Frias, Sun Min Lim, Jacqueline DeWitt, Mary O’Dea, Pamela Haralampopoulos, Jenny Lee, Diego Rivera, Ted Steger, Chris Quiroga, Miranda Koulogeorge, Jaica Mae Samson, Maria Roman, Lauren Dod and Alice Song.
D31 announces summer office hours
District 31 announces its summer hours schedule for the District, Field and Winkelman offices effective through Aug. 10. Offices will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All offices will be closed to the public on Fridays.
Winkelman Summer Reading Program
“Reading is so Delicious” is the theme for Winkelman’s Summer Reading Program for students entering first to fifth grades this fall. Students in each grade must read four days a week for a specified amount of time. Incoming first graders should read for 10 minutes a day, second graders — 15 minutes per day, third graders — 20 minutes per day, and fourth and fifth graders — 30 minutes per day. Students can keep track of their reading days/times on the special reading program calendar available on the District and Winkelman websites. Parents must sign the calendar to verify the students’ participation in meeting the reading goals.
Students can return the calendars to their teachers in the new school year to be eligible to participate in special activities and to win prizes. For more information, visit the District 31 website at www.district31.net.
Field’s “GPS for Success” Summer Challenge
Field Middle School students are invited to participate in the “GPS for Success” Summer Project Challenge by completing a variety of different service projects. The “GPS for Success” Program at Field focuses on how each student can demonstrate growth, pride and service during their middle school years in conjunction with Field’s Safe and Civil School initiative. Although incoming 6th grade students may not be fully aware of Field’s “GPS for Success” program, they are welcome and encouraged to participate in the challenges in order to get a head start on developing their own individualized “GPS for Success” in the coming school year. More details are available on the Field website at www.district31.net.