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Skokie school districts enact Lt. Governor’s education reforms PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Friday, 22 August 2014 08:55

“Classrooms First” agreement emphasizes efficiency and effectiveness

SKOKIE — Aug. 20, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon celebrated an education reform milestone between Niles Township High School District 219 and Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69 on Wednesday. Superintendents signed a “Classrooms First” agreement today that aims to align instruction, reduce high school remediation needs and maximize financial resources at both districts.

“This agreement puts students first by focusing on educational effectiveness and efficiency simultaneously,” Simon said. “I hope this inspires the other elementary school districts that feed into District 219 to take similar steps, and that other districts throughout the state take notice.”

The intergovernmental agreement creates shared faculty and instructional tools between Niles West High School and District 69, the largest of the five elementary school districts from which it draws new students each year.

The reforms are largely based on the findings of the Classrooms First Commission, which Simon chaired and which issued a report detailing recommendations for voluntary and virtual school district consolidation in 2012. The report urged school districts to share services and cut administrative costs in order to redirect savings into classrooms.

The Niles agreement creates shared faculty between the districts and personalized learning plans for students, among other changes. Two shared positions will oversee science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula, and instruction between the two school districts. The new alignment should reduce the need for costly remediation – or re-teaching – of math and sciences in high school and college.

Starting in 2016, new kindergarteners will also be issued the same “individualized learning plans” District 219 uses to personalize the instruction of its high school students. That plan will follow students throughout their entire K-12 career, said District 219 spokesman Jim Szczepaniak.

“Our Classrooms First Consolidation agreement with District 69 will guarantee students and their families that their elementary education will properly prepare them for high school and that their high school experience will make them ready for college and ready to succeed in life,” said Nanciann Gatta, superintendent of Niles Township High School District 219. “We're honored that Lt. Governor Simon is able to join us for this signing event to validate what we are doing in Niles Township to show that public education works.”

Simon joined District 219 and District 69 officials at the signing ceremony, which featured a series of talks by district instructors, and a tour of the high school following the presentation and signing.

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Simon to donate books to Springfield School District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:08

SPRINGFIELD — Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will visit Springfield educators Thursday to donate hundreds of books collected as part of a back-to-school book drive her office administered.

Simon will make the donation at a meeting of literacy specialists from schools throughout Springfield School District 186. Simon’s office collected the books at the 2014 Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Throughout the 10-day event, Simon asked fairgoers to bring new and gently-used books to her tent.

Simon’s office will also collect donated books for DuQuoin schools at the DuQuoin State Fair, which opens Friday.

 

DATE: Thursday, Aug. 21

TIME: 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: District Office Board Room, 1900 W. Monroe St., Springfield

 

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Simon: Skokie school districts put Classrooms First PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ken Lowe   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:29

Intergovernmental agreement adopts efficiency, effectiveness reforms

SKOKIE — Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will celebrate an education reform milestone on Wednesday at Niles West High School. School officials will sign a “Classrooms First” agreement, a step toward educational efficiency and effectiveness at Niles Township High School District 219 and Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69.

Beginning this fall, Niles West High School and its largest feeder district will share faculty and instructional tools in order to maximize resources and reduce remediation. The reforms are largely based on the findings of the Classrooms First Commission, which Simon chaired and which issued a report detailing its recommendations in 2012.

Simon will join District 219 and District 69 officials at the signing ceremony, which will feature a series of talks by district instructors and a tour of the high school following the presentation and signing.

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 20

LOCATION: Black Box Theater, Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St., Skokie

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Area students named to dean's list at Olivet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Warfel   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:33

BOURBONNAIS, IL (08/19/2014)(readMedia)-- Olivet Nazarene University announces that area students were named to the dean's list during the spring 2014 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

Joshua Brooks of Moline

Peter Davies of Bettendorf

Miranda Geever of Moline

Rachel Jones of Davenport

Jacob Mellinger of Moline

Emily Mills of Milan

Sonia Smith of Bettendorf

Jordan Spay of Bettendorf

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Illinois, just 50 miles south of Chicago plus four additional sites - Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Hong Kong - and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.

More ONU news is available at Olivet.edu, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and Instagram. Licensed University photos and official logos available upon request.

 
Modern Woodmen announces winners in national speech contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O’Brien   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:31

Six others receive honorable mentions

 

Rock Island, Ill. – Three students from across the country were awarded first, second and third place at the national level of Modern Woodmen of America’s 2014 School Speech Contest. Six others received honorable mentions.

Chloe Thurlow, an eighth-grade student at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden, Maine, was awarded first place. Jaye Carvelli, an eighth-grade student at Lumberport Middle School in Lumberport, West Virginia, was awarded second place and James Thiriot, a fifth-grade student at E. Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, placed third.

First-, second- and third-place winners of the fraternal financial services organization’s annual contest earn a $2,000, $1,500 or $1,000 savings plan and two award plaques – one for the recipient and one for the school. Modern Woodmen financial representatives sponsor the local contests.

Teresa Collins, New York, New York; Hanna McCaw, Andrews, North Carolina; Daniel Denenberg, Omaha, Nebraska; Katie Jensen, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Remy Arroyo, Anaheim, California; and Abigail Zindars, Mukwonago, Wisconsin, received an honorable mention in the contest.

The topic for this year’s nationwide contest was “the importance of healthy living.” Modern Woodmen asked all student speakers to consider how maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for individuals, communities or the nation as a whole.

The School Speech Contest, one of six youth educational programs sponsored by Modern Woodmen, is provided to schools across the country at no charge. For more than 60 years, students have gained confidence and improved their communication skills by participating in this contest. More than 100,000 young people competed in 2013, of which 23 advanced to the national judging in June.

As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products not to benefit stockholders but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders – members, their families and their communities. This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities. In 2013, Modern Woodmen and its members provided more than $20 million and more than 507,600 volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.

To learn more about Modern Woodmen and its free youth educational programs, visit www.modern-woodmen.org.

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