- Tuesday, May 24th - PreK Picnic
- Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day of School - 2:00 pm Dismissal
- Thursday, May 26th - Teacher Institute - Graduation at 7:00 pm
- Tuesday, May 31st - First Day of Summer School 9:00 am - 11:00 am
May 31 - June 16, 2016
The school will be hosting a three week summer program for those students currently in grades K-8. This is a free program starting on May 31st through June 16th from 9:00 am - 11:00 am daily Monday - Thursday (first week will be Tuesday - Friday due to Memorial Day).
Teachers will provide 30 minutes of Math instruction, 30 minutes of Reading instruction, and a 60 minute activity based on a weekly theme (Natural Disasters/Weather, Kitchen Arts, and Wacky Science). We're working on planning a special field trip for the Natural Disasters/Weather unit! Please click here for the flyer.
Junior High News
April 26, 2016
The junior high classes traveled to our state capital in Springfield on Tuesday, April 26th.
We started by touring the Abraham Lincoln Home Neighborhood. Unfortunately, the Lincoln Home was unavailable to tour but we were able to tour the house directly across the street from it.
Next, we walked approximately 5 blocks to have a guided tour the Illinois State Capitol building. Among other things, we toured the House of Representatives room (118 members) as well as the Senate room (59 members) and Governor Rauner's office. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the House or Senate in action as they weren't in session this week. We also saw several impressive murals and paintings on the walls.
After lunch we toured the Abraham Lincoln Museum. There we were given the opportunity to watch two presentations. Ghosts of the Library was a live, dramatic presentation with magical special effects using Holavision. This presentation explained the importance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The second presentation in The Union Theater featured layered digital-projection screens and special effects that startled some of the unsuspecting viewers. The presentation of "Lincoln's Eye" is narrated by an artist who struggled to capture the sorrow, hope, vision, resolve, and forgiveness in Lincoln's eye.
The students really enjoyed this educational field trip. A big THANK YOU to the Booster Club for paying the museum admission fee and purchasing t-shirts for the students!!
Natural Disaster Unit
The first and second graders did a research project on Natural Disasters. They were able to choose their own topic (ex: Floods, Hurricanes, Tornados, Volcanos, Tsumanis, Earthquakes, Wildfires, etc). Students had to use 3 resources (book, encyclopedia, and internet) to gather information and create a Resources page. After taking notes, they had to write a paper based on four questions: 1. What causes this extreme weather, 2. What should you do/where should you go during this extreme weather, 3. What kind of damage does it cause, and 4. Any interesting facts.
Once they had their paper written, the second graders got on the computers to type their paper. Both first and second grade learned how to access the internet to find photos based on their topic so they could copy and paste a picture on their typed report. Once their reports were finished, students stood up and read their paper to the class.