New faces and places in local school districts

GLENVIEW — Glenview and Northbrook students will see new programs and procedures when they return to school in districts 30, 34 and 225.

Maple School is helping students to keep plastic bottles out of landfills by providing water refill stations throughout the day.

“The water refilling stations count each time a water bottle is filled and shows the number of water bottles saved from filling up a landfill,” said PTO co-president Barbara Gonzalez.

“It will be fun for the students to watch the numbers multiply and see how they are making a difference by not using a disposable water bottle.”

Sixth-grade science teacher Sam Kurtz also helped organize the effort.

The refilling station program will help support Kurtz’s School Spirit Initiative that he started last year by developing a Maple Pride logo.

The PTO has been offering several products that sport this attractive logo including the water bottle, which costs $10.

“We are selling the water bottles online in conjunction with announcing the new water-refilling stations throughout Maple,” said PTO co-president Julie St. John.

In Glenview School District 34, the 1:1 Resource Allocation begins when all students will receive an iPad and support and instruction in classrooms.

In preparing for 1:1 learning, the district undertook a three-year transition to create an instructionally ready environment.

In July, the District 34 Board of Education approved hiring Mark Richter as principal of Attea Middle School.

He is responsible for instructional leadership, implementing curriculum and board policies, maintaining communication with the school community and enhancing the “health, welfare and safety of the students,” stated a release.

Since 2003, Richter was a principal at Lake Zurich Middle School North in Lake Zurich District 95, where he started as a teacher.

Before Lake Zurich, he served as a teacher and learning team leader for five years at Waukegan High School in Community Unit School District 60.

Richter earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in speech communication from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and is working toward a doctorate from DePaul University in educational leadership.

Forty-eight people applied for the Attea position.

Glenbrook South High School in Glenview has effected a major change in class time use with its new A/B block scheduling of students.

The block schedule provides students with longer class times and fewer times per week, thus allowing students to take four, 90-minute classes each day for a total of eight classes over two days, said Principal Brian Wegley.

The current GBS schedule provided students with the option of taking up to seven classes per day, he said, adding Glenbrook North in Northbrook has been block scheduling for 14 years.

“It gives our students more opportunities to follow their passions in elective classes, for example. Our goal has been to provide more student-centered potentials through more instructional time,” Wegley said.

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