**Attention 8th graders going to WASHINGTON D.C. : It is time to start thinking about your roommates for the trip. Please login to the Schoology group to download the Roommate Request Form. All members of your room must turn in a form, with a parent signature. Be sure to follow the instructions on the form and turn them in to Ms. Nudelman in room 204 TODAY!!. **The HOLIDAY STARS PROGRAM is upon us! What is this? Holiday STARS is a D102/PTO program that assists needy families throughout Lake County and Shelter, Inc. and Hope Now & PADS Center. Choose a STAR, which you can find on the glass case in the AJHS lobby, purchase the item listed on the STAR, and return the purchased item to the bin in your school office or lobby. All items must be new and unwrapped. All items must be purchased and turned in by December 4, 2015. See Mrs. Lewis with any questions. **Interested in trying out for SCHOLASTIC BOWL? Seventh grade tryouts will begin the week of November 30th and Eighth grade tryouts will begin the week of December 7th. All tryouts will take place after school in room 117 from 3:00-3:45PM. Please contact Ms. Falkner (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Love (email@example.com) if you have any questions. **It is not too late to join the CREW for GOLDILOCKS ON TRIAL. That is ALL the behind the scenes work including sets, props, costumes, lighting, sound, tickets, programs and even more!! If you have already picked up a crew packet then please fill it out and return it with the $30.00 activity fee to Ms. Stolberg (room 111) or Ms. Meyer (room 119) ASAP. Any question or if you need a packet, email or talk to Ms. Stolberg (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Ms. Meyer (email@example.com). ) Our 1st crew day will be Wednesday, December 2nd. **BURGER NIGHT: Roll up to Tom and Eddie’s with a squad on December 2nd for a night of unique burgers.Located on Milwaukee and 45, Tom and Eddie’s burger joint will be featuring the CHI-TOWN SHUFFLE, a burger created by former AJHS students Daniel M. and Maema N. It’s a beef patty on a pretzel bun topped with haystack onions, avocado, bacon, lettuce, and chipotle Cholula sauce!! Be sure to visit between 4 and 9 pm on Wednesday, December 2nd!!
Daily Announcements -November 20, 2015
AJHS Triple A Breakfast - November 20, 7:15am
Triple A certificates will be handed out Thursday, November 19 during lunch time. Students qualifying for Triple A (Attendance, Academics and Attitude) who have a 3.0 GPA or higher, less than 5% missed days of school and good behavior qualify for the Triple A Breakfast. The breakfast is a school-sponsored celebration of all the hard work students demonstrate at Aptakisic. Breakfast will be held at 7:15am in the AJHS cafeteria on Friday, November 20. Congratulations to all who qualify!
Aptakisic Junior High Assembly Focuses on Making a Positive Difference
Data shows that there is very little bullying at Aptakisic, still students occasionally make poor choices. Assistant Principal Kelly Morales pulled together a group of student-volunteers to plan a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) day on November 14 around this topic. The SEL day included a school assembly and a small group team building experience. During the assembly, students shared times they felt hurt by other's unkind actions and stressed the importance of kindness and positive behaviors towards others.
D102 Teachers Embraced New Illinois Learning Standards in 2011, Students Benefit
"Math used to be hard for me," notes a seventh grader in Adam Rosenak's algebra class. "Our teacher makes everything so clear. He helps everyone understand how to figure things out rather than just telling us the answer." The biggest change since D102 aligned its math curriculum to Illinois Learning Standards in 2011 is the way teachers teach. "Instruction used to be more about teachers lecturing and telling students the information. Kids were not tasked with discovering or explaining their thinking to others," notes Mr. Rosenak.
AJHS Student Council Collects Food for Charity
Aptakisic Junior High collected 266.8 pounds of food during the last week of October. Approximately 60 Student Council members collected food prior to the school day, during lunches, and during trick-or-treating. The food will be donated to the Vernon Area Township and other local food pantries.
English Language Learners / Bilingual Interactive Event, November 10
Parents with children enrolled in D102's English Learners program are invited to an EL/Bilingual Interactive Event on Tuesday, November 10 from 7:00-8:30pm at Aptakisic Junior High school. Childcare will be provided for 5 year/olds and up. More details.
EVERYBODY MATTERS 8th GRADE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
AJHS is proud to offer the Everybody Matters Program. Graduates of the Everybody Matters Program demonstrate self-knowledge and self-awareness, are able to recognize and develop healthy, supportive relationships with others, and possess skills and inner resources to meet future socio-emotional challenges. The Everybody Matters Program enriches children’s lives by giving them the tools to overcome obstacles, manage stress, and build upon their strengths, thus creating a solid foundation for future leadership and life success.
If you feel your child would be a good candidate for AJHS's in-school leadership program, please contact Carolyn Lewis, school social worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application. This program is appropriate for 8th grade boys and girls.
First Band Concert Wows Audience
High school bands feature xylophones front and center during marching band season. When Aptakisic band director Thomas Eifert and five students rolled the xylophones to front stage, parents knew they were in for a surprise. The band played Serenade for a Picket Fence, which has been a favorite of Mr. Eifert's since he played it in junior high in the 1970s. Meridian's band, directed by Allison Rakickas, was equally entertaining. It wowed the audience with Ghosts in the Graveyard based on a game of tag and included spooky sound effects, tempo changes, dramatic pauses, and a blood curdling scream at the end. D102 hosts five band concerts each year including an alumni concert in January. Enjoy a short video from the concert at https://youtu.be/7D9G7t167Pk.
- AJHS 8th Grade Student Washington DC Trip
- Special Lunch Vendor Change for October and March
- Junior High Students Learn Historical Impact of 9/11 from Teacher and Military Stories
- Aptakisic Band Performs with Stevenson
- School Attendance
- Reminder about Lunch IDs
- 7th Grade Springfield Trip Reservation Deadline Approaching
- PTO Special Lunch and Dessert Order Forms
- Sports Physicals for Fall Sports
- AJHS School Registration and Residency Verification
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