Updated: April 15, 2013 10:16AM
Board of Education meeting rescheduled for March 21
District 30’s Board of Education meeting that was set for March 14 has been rescheduled, and will take place at 7:30 p.m., March 21 at Maple School’s Library Media Center, 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook. For more information, contact Board Secretary Nancy Cook at (847) 498-4190.
Report card distribution
Elementary report cards will be distributed on March 20.
5Essentials Survey for Parents now available
Parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE).
This survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. The five indicators that affect school success are: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environments, and Ambitious Instruction.
School-level reports will be generated if at least 30 percent of parents respond to the survey. They will be sent to schools and districts at the end of June, will be included in each school report card, and released by ISBE at the end of October.
Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and responses will not be linked to any individual.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey window is open Feb. 1-March 31.
To participate in the survey, District 30 parents should go to https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/. For additional information, contact Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch at (847) 498-4190.
Willowbrook’s spirit soars
Willowbrook School’s fifth grade Spirit Committee held Spirit Week from Feb. 25-March 1. On Feb. 25, everyone was encouraged to wear pajamas to school. On Feb. 26, it was Twin Day. Everyone had the opportunity to dress the same as their friends, and practice the Character Counts pillars of caring and fairness. Feb. 27 was crazy hat and hair day. Students wore crazy hats and hair styles. Feb. 28 was military day. Everyone was allowed to dress up as soldiers from any military branch. Some students created thank you cards to men and women in the military. March 1 was ‘80’s day. Students “traveled” back to the 1980s by dressing up in their best disco gear!
Maple School students to perform “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”
Maple School students will present the upcoming spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”, at 7 p.m. March 14 and 15 at 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook.
“Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” producer/director is Rachel Salstone. The musical director is Decima Panitch; and the choreographer is Lisa Kovarik. The technical director is Nancy Lifshitz; and the publicity director/ticket coordinator is Eileen Burke. Eric Hackl and Clarissa Henmueller are in charge of the set design and the stage crew. To order tickets for the “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”, go to www.district30.org/ Maple Musical page, and download the form, or call the office at (847) 400-8900.
Maple Mustangs take third at Regional Science Bowl!
On Feb. 9, ten Maple School students competed in the U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory’s 2013 Regional Science Bowl at Argonne Laboratory. Fourteen middle school teams from the region competed in a fast-paced quiz bowl-style event, where students answered either multiple-choice or short-answer questions, in a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy and math. Maple’s Orange Team, comprised of Ethan Schonfeld, Avani Ramachandra, Yamenah Ambreen, Michelle Barsukov, and Shalini Ramachandra, were new to the competition this year. They ended the day tied for eighth place in the region. Maple’s Blue Team emerged as a winner, securing third place in the region, and the team trophy is being shipped to Maple School in March. Maple’s Blue Team veteran competitors included Isabella Kang, Nathan Fong, Rishabh Arora, Allison Wyland, and Rachel Kim.
Maple Science Bowl coach, science teacher Robin Dombeck is already planning for practices and new strategies next year. “We more than met our goal of improving and moving up in ranking by taking third place this year…look out next year!” Dombeck said.
Dombeck acknowledged all who assisted in helping the team, including the parents who drove, took photos, and stayed the day to cheer for the students!
The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 200,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 22-year history, and it is the nation’s largest science competition.~.