Ten of the twenty-five member Aptakisic Aviation Explorer's Club (AAEC) participated in the Quadcopter Show and Do Challenge on May 15 at the Chicago Police Education and Training Division. Other students from Beach Park, Chicago, Lake Forest, and Round Lake took turns flying and fixing their Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Our AAEC students formed two five-person teams and participated in a variety of challenges including an obstacle course, flight spot landing, heaviest payload lift, longest flight duration, flight training, and best drive train efficiency. Students also presented on various aspects of the UAV club and learned about careers in the field of Unmanned Vehicles from Collins Engineers, Inc. Mrs Chausis, Dr. Hudson, and Miss Yang serve as AAEC club sponsors.
Aviation Club Participates in Quadcopter Challenge
Two Aptakisic Students Qualify for State
At the May 14 Sectional Track meet in Huntley, Illinois, seventh grader Sara Sulejmani and eighth grader Shane Johnson qualified for State. Shane ran his personal best in the 100 Meter Dash (11:82) and qualified for State in both the 100 and 200 Meter Dash (25:05) events. Sara jumped her personal best (4' 7") and qualified for State in High Jump. The students will compete May 20-21 at the Illinois Elementary School Association State Track meet in East Peoria.
Aptakisic Math Team Earns Top Awards
Aptakisic students participated in the Stevenson High School Math competition on May 14 earning third place overall, as well as many top place awards. The larger the group size or category, the harder the math questions.
Science Fair Results
D102 Assistant Superintendent Completes Multilingual Director Requirements
In April, Dr. Julie Brua, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Multilingual Education, completed the required coursework to become a Multilingual Education Director through Benedictine University and the University of St. Francis. This complements the nearly 30 staff members who have English Learners (EL) endorsements, the six who are in the process, and the district's commitment to offer EL certification courses on its campus. As program director, Dr. Brua is designated to administer the Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) and the Transitional Program of Instruction (TPI).
Dr. Moreland Named Principal of the Year
Dr. Matt Moreland was named 2015-2016 Lake Regional Elementary Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principal Association, Lake County Region. Dr. Moreland was nominated by his peers in recognition of his dedication and leadership as a building administrator. This year, Dr. Moreland joined the Illinois Bilingual Advisory Task Force to improve bilingual education in Illinois. Task Force leaders commended his contributions. Dr. Moreland has worked in education since 1994 as a fifth-grade teacher, as an Assistant Principal, and as Principal of Pritchett Elementary School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Drake University; a Master of Educational Administration from National-Louis University; a Doctor of Education degree from Loyola University of Chicago; and an English Learners endorsement.
Amazing Leaders, New Administrative Roles
Orientation Helps Transition Students and Parents to New Grade, New School
D102 hosts many events throughout the year to assist students and families with transitions to the next grade level. Whether students are moving from first to second grade, from an elementary school to middle school, or from middle school to the junior high, teachers, administrators and even students provide tours and information to prepare students and parents for the next endeavor. On April 11, incoming fifth graders toured Meridian and learned more about co-curricular opportunities, school guidelines, and academics. On April 18, incoming 5th grade parents received a similar orientation. The orientation for incoming seventh grade parents is April 26 at Aptakisic Junior High School starting at 6:30pm.