D102 recently received approval to sponsor two TED-Ed Clubs. Yes, this is the same not-for-profit TED.com devoted to spreading great ideas through more than 6,000 short powerful online talks. Students interested in developing presentation and public speaking skills at Meridian and Aptakisic will meet weekly from now until the end of the year. Students will develop their ideas, create presentations and share them on a web platform
New Club to Focus on 21st Century Skills
Mosaic Performance on March 12 to Benefit 'Born This Way' Foundation
Families and friends are invited to the fourth annual Mosaic Variety Show on March 12 at 7:00pm in the large gym at Aptakisic Junior High School. Mosaic is an AJHS school club showcasing a variety of talents amongst the seventh and eighth grade students. This performance will benefit the Born This Way Foundation, founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.
D102 Teacher Received Blackhawk's 'Top Shelf' Award
Congratulations to Aptakisic Junior High social studies teacher Bebe Nudelman who was presented with the Top Shelf Teacher award at the Blackhawks game March 4. The Blackhawks and the University of Phoenix recognize one teacher from Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin at each home game who "strives to make a positive impact in and around the classroom."
D102 Student Wins Sectional Spelling Bee for Third Consecutive Year
Congratulations to seventh grader Ani Nuthalapati who spelled 'genteel' to win the Sectional Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year. Ani competed on February 26 with spelling champions from 47 schools. On March 20, he will compete in the Lake County Spelling Bee, and the winner will go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Good luck Ani!
Pritchett's Food Drive Supports Local Pantry
Pritchett's Student Council hosted a food drive at the end of February for a local food pantry in Lake County. The students named the event Feed the Hungry and appreciated all the support and generous donations from students, families, and staff. Thank you to Student Council leaders Natalie Daley and Mary Shorey for guidance and work on this project.
Aptakisic Eighth Grade Washington, D.C. Trip Filled with Non-Stop Sight Seeing
Aptakisic Junior High eighth graders toured Washington, D.C. seeing a whirlwind of museums, monuments, and memorials during their three-day trip to the nation's capitol. Days started with breakfast at 7:00am and did not end until 10:00pm. The trip always includes a performance of Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center and Changing of the Guard at the Arlington National Cemetery. Highlights included participation in two debates, Issues of the Day and a mock Congressional debate; lunch at the two cafeterias on Capital Hill; and a view of the White House at night.
News Video Shows D102 in Action at Technology Conference
D102 was in the news last week. View a video story showing students in action during the February 22 Students Involved in Technology Conference hosted at Aptakisic Junior High. Read the accompanying article Hundreds of young minds powered technology conference in Buffalo Grove. (Chicago Sun-Times Lincolnshire Review and print-version Buffalo Grove Countryside)
PTO Bingo Night this Friday
Family and friends are invited to one of the biggest PTO fundraising events of the year this Friday, March 7 from 6:00-9:00pm at Meridian Middle School. This family-favorite event benefits technology in D102 schools. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of dinner, dessert, carnival games, raffles and lots of Bingo! There will be hundreds of prizes! Details at www.d102.org/pto. Interested in volunteering, contact Dana Litwin at email@example.com.