Stevenson Freshman Tanvee Patankar presented at the TEDx Youth event on November 15. The personal finance speech developed during her TED-Ed Club experience at Aptakisic Junior High helped earn her a spot at this local event. The presentations delivered at Lakes Community High School were streamed along with other similar events at sites around the world during TEDx Youth Day.
D102 Alumna Presents at TEDx Youth Event
Principals Report Progress with Project Based Learning Initiative
Kindergarten Pilot Allows for More Personalized Learning
Students involved in the At Risk Full Day Kindergarten Pilot are making wonderful progress. At the beginning of the school year, two percent of the pilot kindergarten students met minimal requirements in some areas. With two and a half months into the school year, more than 65% are meeting the minimal requirements in all four areas: letter naming, letter sounds, counting, and number recognition. "Our goal is for these kindergarteners to be at grade level when they enter first grade," noted Dr. Brua.
Board Retreat Reflective of Positive Working Relationships
On November 10, Board members and district leaders spent an evening dedicated to conversation about current D102 efforts. "The retreat reflected the positive relationships, respect, and commitment our team members have for one another," noted Board President Ellyn Ross. "The expertise brought to the table in combination with effective working relationships contributes to our culture where children are empowered to learn, discover individual talents, and become leaders."
Students Inform and Influence through Newsletter Writing
Aptakisic students are building strong writing skills one newsletter story at a time. The Aptakisic Insider, a monthly newsletter written by students, is directed by editor-in-chief and Language Arts teacher Craig Podolski. "The writing complements the district's writing program and initiative to make writing more relevant," noted Mr. Podolski. "Five junior high students contributed to the October issue, some to showcase their interests to a larger audience, others to persuade peers to read a favorite book. Writing to inform or influence a larger community, in contrast to writing a paper for class, makes writing more authentic.
D102 Parent Workshop Focuses on Keeping Children Safe Online
On October, 29, Police Investigator Robert Broussard and Officer Ashley Krozel shared strategies to keep children safe online. As members of the Buffalo Grove Police Department, they identified warning signs and provided strategies to support children's safe use of the Internet and mobile devices. "I'm a parent too," noted Officer Krozel who is D102's School Resource Officer. "It takes a team to keep children safe. We want to protect your children and provide the support and information you need to guide
D102's Academic Growth Increases in Both Reading and Math
The Board of Education continually emphasizes student growth by teaching to the whole child as opposed to focusing solely on high stakes test scores. When you view the 2013-2014 school report card available on Friday, you will see that D102's academic growth increased in both reading and math. We are proud of this, but continue to work on our five-year goals that were set by our community in 2010. They outline the importance of training and support to our teachers, whose focus is on academic growth and the personal well being of every child. More about academic growth.
2013-2014 School Report Card Goes Live October 31
The Illinois State Board of Education's 2013-2014 School Report Card will be available on Friday, October 31 at http://illinoisreportcard.com/. Parents are invited to explore the report, which includes a complete picture of student learning and school climate in a consumer-friendly format. Read more about the new school report card.
- D102 Board of Education Vice President Earns Award
- Thank You D102 Families and Staff for a Successful Make A Difference Day
- Applications for AJHS Aviation Explorers Club Deadline Extended to Oct. 27
- Schoology's Facebook-Like Feature Efficient Communication Tool for School Clubs
- D102's Amazing Cross Country Runners