The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is making it easier to understand and learn more about major initiatives such as Common Core, PARCC 2015, 5-Essentials Survey, a Redesigned School Report Card, Teacher Evaluations and more. The new ISBE Hot Topics-Fall 2014 website provides an overview of these current efforts that are transforming teaching and learning. Visit http://www.isbe.net/hot-topics2015.htm.
Illinois State Board of Education Launches Hot-Topics Website
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First Institute Day Inspires Teachers
"I am proud to be part of D102's close family culture which focuses on preparing the whole child for the future," noted Board of Education member Jeremy Galfield at the August 20 Teacher Institute Day. As a former teacher, he read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon and asked teachers to reach out to the child who needs extra encouragement to believe in him/herself.
Project Based Learning Introduced to Teachers on Institute Day
D102 Summer School Huge Success
More than 870 students attended summer school to improve or nurture academic interests. Some strengthened their reading, writing, mathematical, science and communication sills through Bridges, English Learners Language, or Extended School Year camps. Others advanced interests and talents through Summer Wonders classes.
Eighth Graders Help Distribute iPads, Guide Peers with Set-Up
On August 18, AJHS students began picking up their iPads for the 2014-2015 school year. Eighth graders volunteered to work one of the five iPad set-up stations during Aptakisic's two-day distribution. Helping with the process provided an invaluable learning opportunity for students, as well as a way to earn service hours toward National Junior Honor Society requirements. Students at Meridian will be receiving iPads after school starts. Read more about D102's Personal Technology Initiative at https://sites.google.com/a/d102.org/pti//.
New Staff Orientation Focuses on Annual Action Goals, Teaching the Whole Child
Board member Alan Rubenstein gave the opening address at new teacher orientation. "The Board of Education is very proud of the district's focus on the whole child," noted Mr. Rubenstein. This orientation was a cumulative learning experience for new teachers that began with Dr. Brua's new-teacher summer academy courses. Staff met their mentors and then spent the afternoon preparing their classrooms. Everyone is ready and looking forward to meeting students on the first day of school.
PTO Welcomes D102 Families, Invites Parents to First Meeting September 9
PTO provides family-fun events to promote a sense of community; hosts guest presenters to enrich students' educational experiences; and organizes fundraisers to subsidize educational needs and materials. There are many ways to become involved. Find out more at the first PTO meeting on September 9 at 7:00pm in the District Office Conference Center (DOCC). Visit http://d102.org/pto/ for details.
- Volunteers Needed for September 2-3 Book Fair and September 12 Party in the Park
- D102 Security Entrance Project On Target and Under Budget
- Three D102 Board Members Up for Re-Election, New Election Procedures
- At-Risk Full Day Kindergarten Begins this August
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