District 30 Notes for June 1
Updated: June 19, 2012 2:13PM
38th Annual Shopping Mall
On May 22, Willowbrook second graders hosted the school’s 38th Annual Shopping Mall for parents and staff members, which took place in the multipurpose room. This activity complemented the pupils current mathematics curriculum.
Previously, students earned faux money by helping in the classroom or by demonstrating good character. Meanwhile, parents donated items such as books, snacks, costume jewelry, toys, sports items, stuffed animals and games for the shopping event. Throughout the morning, the children used their “money,” which was in increments of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters as they “sold” their wares. Second grade teachers Helen Weeks’ and Carrie Bargowski’s classes coordinated and participated in this activity.
Wescott sperforms at Covenant Village
On May 17, Wescott School second graders, accompanied by music teacher Bill Vaananen, sang sweet melodies to their pen pals at Covenant Village of Northbrook. This was a culminating event for a year-long pen pal project. Toward the end of the concert, the senior citizens joined them in hearty renditions of You’re a Grand Old Flag, My Favorite Things and Over the Rainbow. Afterwards, everyone had the opportunity to visit and play games.
“The children were thrilled to meet with the seniors with whom they have been corresponding. Thank you for all of the efforts of the second grade teachers Cathy Cuccio, Sue Smilie, Xenia Stamoudis, and music teacher Bill Vaananen,” said Principal Dr. Terri Carman.
‘Mr. Freeze’ at Maple School
On May 17, “Mr. Freeze,” a.k.a., Jerry Zimmerman showed students that cryogenics is “cool” at Maple School, where he demonstrated the interesting and fun properties of cryogenics using Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). Many different properties and effects of the extreme cold were demonstrated and explained throughout the program.
Cryogenics is the science of how to make something very cold and what happens to it during the process. It involves the production of very low temperatures, below -150 degrees Celsius, -238 degrees Fahrenheit, or 123 Kelvin. Liquid nitrogen boils at -196 degrees Celsius and freezes at -210 degrees Celsius.
Zimmerman explained that a particle accelerator is a machine that makes tiny things like particles move very quickly, close to the speed of light. Adiabatic cooling and the Leidenfrost Effect were also discussed. The pupils heard about five types of phobia: Psychrophobia, the fear of cold; frigophobia, the fear of extreme cold, ice or frost; ligyrophobia, the fear of loud noises; and gnosiophobia, the fear of knowledge.
“Cryogenics is an exciting science-based demonstration with lots of surprises and a few explosions,” said eighth grade science teacher Robin Dombeck.
Zimmerman stated that he enjoys making science fun for everyone and encouraging kids to become more interested in science in school. He has worked at Fermilab for the past 21 years on new detector research and machine design. He has presented Cryogenic shows for schools for the past 22 years and has been Mr. Freeze for the past 15 years. Fermilab sponsors the Mr. Freeze demonstrations at schools. For more information about Mr. Freeze’s Cryogenic demonstrations, go to mrfreezeman.webs.com, or Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maple gets a jump on fitness
Maple School’s annual Fitness Day was held on May 17. Students had the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities such as roller blading, walking, hula hoops, jump roping, ultimate frisbee, wall climbing, fitness ladders, capture the flag, and cardio kickball. For more information, contact physical education teachers Ben Chin, Lynn Reimer, Scott Stahoviak or Debbie Kob at (847) 400-8900.
Board of Education
District 30’s Board of Education will hold a business meeting at 7:30 p.m., June 14 at Maple School’s library media center, 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook. The Board will also convene for a goal setting meeting at 7:30 p.m., June 21 at Maple School. For more information, contact Board Secretary Nancy Cook at (847) 498-4190.
District 30’s document unveiling
District 30 will celebrate the unveiling of a new documents cabinet which will hold the preserved primary historical documents which trace the history of District 30 and Maple School. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 14, prior to the Board of Education meeting in the Maple Library Media Center, 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook. The ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. RSVP by June 8 to Dr. Nate Carter at (847) 400-8900.
Mash-up in Memphis
On May 23 and 24, 82 fifth-graders presented their last program at Wescott School. Titled, Mash-Up in Memphis, the musical was a tribute to the last 60 years of Rock and Roll music. The show begins with students at a gathering in Memphis, Tn., the birthplace of rock and roll. There is a “Grammy Awards” celebration of current pop music hosted by a student portraying Ryan Seacrest. This sequence featured pupils acting as performers such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Adele, and others. The proceedings are interrupted by the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley (Nick Polak), who informs the young artists that they are only part of a long continuum of talented and artists, dating all the way back to “Rocket ‘88”, the song many musicologists identify as the first rock and roll song.
He introduced Dick Clark (Julia Velasquez) of American Bandstand and Don Cornelius (Christopher Karasinski) of Soul Train to continue the festivities. Then there was a celebration of songs representing many of rock’s great eras with student portrayals of the following musicians: The Fifties (Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis); the Sixties (The 4 Seasons, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees); a special tribute to The Beatles; the music of Motown (The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson); Disco (The Bee Gees), and The Eighties (Journey, U2, Whitney Houston, and Madonna).
Some of these classic songs were “mashed-up” with current songs, creating a bond of mutual respect between the past and present, according to music teacher Bill Vaananen, who wrote and directed the show. Fifth graders who helped coordinate the program included Whitney Doyle, Jennifer Murnick, Martine Ross, and Sammi Lipkin. Art teacher Tia Stevens videotaped the show, and Joan Marsh created the backdrop scenery.
NCDAA Parent University
Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness, with the cooperation of Glenbrook North High School, the Northbrook Park District and the North Suburban YMCA, will host the 13th Annual Parent University from 7:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Nov. 3 at Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook. This series of educational workshops gives anyone who is involved with children from preschool to high school, an opportunity to gain valuable insight into a variety of child raising issues.
For more information, contact NCDAA at (847) 272-7870 or email at email@example.com.
Summer curriculum projects
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch has reported that seven summer curriculum projects will take place. The projects represent the following: English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum development; World Languages curriculum development; Supervision and Evaluation Committee review; Executive Functioning; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum development; Co-teaching, and Response to Intervention (RtI).
D30’s Summer School Program
It’s not too late to sign up for District 30’s Summer School, which begins June 11 at Maple School, 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook. Summer School Principal Chris Brown says that he already has over 450 students signed up who will be attending the program, which runs from 8:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. through July 13. There will be no Summer School on July 4, due to the Independence Day holiday.
A large variety of classes are still available. There are developmental classes, refresher classes, readiness classes, curricular enrichment classes and physical activities available. Some of the new classes available include Juggling, Cooking II, Floor Hockey, Imitating the Work of the Great Artists, How to Survive Sixth Grade, Technology classes, Music Theory, Writing Workshop, Thematic Units with the iPad, iStories, Giddy for Google, and The Game of My Life. To register for Summer School, click on the link below to access the registration site https://www.regonline.com/builder/site?eventid=1062350.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Maple School office at (847) 400-8900.
Maple School’s Flag Retirement
On May 25, in honor of Memorial Day, Maple School held a Flag Retirement Ceremony with special guest, retired U.S. Air Force and Vietnam War veteran Peter Stockslager. The Northbrook resident, who flew F-4 Phantom Planes during the Vietnam War, is currently an active member of the American Legion and works with the Veteran Affairs League. As he looked around the gymnasium and viewed posters depicting all the major conflicts and number of casualties in United States history, he stated that of the 58,169 soldiers who perished during the Vietnam War, 14 were Northbrook residents. He reminded everyone to remember those who fought and died for their country, and to always respect each other.
Maple’s Student Council President Nik Shah discussed the significance of the poster display and the U.S. military; while Austin Fialkow and Kasey Bersh acted as masters of ceremonies. Georgia Arvanitis discussed the history of Memorial Day and its meaning. Maple’s Color Guard was in charge of organizing the ceremony festivities, which included music performed by Maple’s orchestra and band, patriotic prose, and the retirement of a flag. Color Guard members included Lindsay Malkin, Francine Yoon, Joey Sewall and Paul Graham. The Color Guard also helped custodian Jose Medina retire the flag using the proper folds, and installed a new one in front of the school. Peter Stockslager is donating the retired flag to the American Legion, where it will be disposed of in a respectful manner. Social studies teacher Mario Gurgone coordinated this special assembly.
“This is the most meaningful assembly of the year,” said Principal Dr. Nathan Carter.
Temporary records destruction
Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 will destroy temporary records for the class of 2007 graduates on June 29, 2012. Students who have graduated, transferred or withdrawn from Northbrook/School District 30 and would like to take possession of their temporary records may do so by contacting the Director of Student Services, Pepi M. Silverman, prior to June 29. Students interested in obtaining their temporary records should contact the director of student services by phone at (847) 498-4190, or email at email@example.com. Only temporary records will be destroyed. In accordance with the Illinois Student Records Act, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 will retain transcript and health records.