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CARPENTERSVILLE — Missy Graf of Carpentersville started out reading articles online and in newspapers and magazines about healthy eating more than three years ago. That turned into adding more fruits and vegetables into her family’s diet, Graf said. Her family of five switched to grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and raw milk. “We go straight to the cows. We wave to the cows as we drive past and say, ‘Thanks for the milk,’ ” she said. So she was excited when, last school year, all elementary schools in Community Unit School District 300 took on — and met — the HealthierUS School Challenge. And, Graf said, “I wanted to see if we could take the good nutrition we’re doing at school and try to get that at home.” “If your kids eat breakfast and lunch at school, that’s 10 meals a week at school. That’s less than 20 percent of their nutrition, their eating for the year. So we have to get this home.” The Liberty Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization co-president shared some things the Carpentersville-area school district is doing to continue its healthy efforts at the PTO Council meeting recently at the District 300 Central Office, 300 Cleveland Ave. The PTO Council includes parent leaders from all elementary and middle schools in the district. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Food for thought (Sun-Times Media)


That’s the third WITHIN A MONTH. Parents, this might be a good time to talk about stranger interaction with your kids.

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Third abduction try reported in Dist. 300 (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

School districts say proposed state aid hikes not enough (Sun-Times Media)

HAMPSHIRE — There were no desks in the classroom. Just a teacher, about 30 students, a blue star flag and a question written on the chalkboard: “What have you done to earn to earn the right to sit at your desk?” When the students answered that question, their teacher told them, they could have their desks. It wasn’t their grades or their behavior. It wasn’t even their good looks, Colorado-based filmmaker Larry Cappetto added. At the end of the day, it was the veterans of the U.S. military who carried the students’ desks into the classroom. It was the very men and women who had paid the price for their freedoms, for those desks, who had fought for their “right to go to school and get a free education,” Cappetto said. That happened in 2005 in Martha Cothran’s social studies classroom at Robinson High School in Little Rock, Ark. The story checks out on snopes.com, and, the filmmaker said, he talked to Cothran himself. He asked the teacher if anyone ever had made a film based on her story, he said. And no one had — at least, not until Cappetto started filming “Where Are The Desks?” last week at Hampshire High School, casting students and teachers from the high school and Hampshire Middle School, as well as a number of area veterans. It was a story he’s wanted to film for some time, he said, like the stories of veterans he has told in his award-winning documentaries. That’s because, he said, “If we don’t remember, we forget.” For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hampshire students get role in film on veterans (Sun-Times Media)

LAKE IN THE HILLS — The fifth-graders in Jamie Soprych’s classroom at Lincoln Prairie Elementary School already have learned about fairy tales, folk tales and tall tales. Last week, the students learned about mythology, writing stories and drawing pictures of their own gods and goddesses. Sitting back-to-back on the floor, they read their stories to their partners, trying to guess the other’s god or goddess. When they finished, they pushed their backs into their partner’s, trying to rise to their feet as Soprych clapped and cheered on students Sofia Nichols and Sarah Tenuta: “Push! Push! Push!” They lined up, calling out a word that described their god or goddess and peeling off to a different part of the room as the teacher passed, then huddling up in the middle of the classroom for a cheer. Finally, they pushed their desks back to the center of the classroom for a pop quiz. “If you were to come in as a stranger, you’d be like, ‘What are you doing? It’s so chaotic!’ But it’s not,” Soprych said. There’s a method to the teacher’s madness. “It’s kinesthetic, visual and auditory. When you hit all those types, you hit all learners,” she explained. That method is called Quantum Learning, and it’s one of Community Unit School District 300’s top priorities this school year. Priority shift Those priorities — announced by members of the superintendent’s new Teaching and Learning Leadership Team at the District 300 Staff Rally at the start of the school year — include the district’s restructured special education program. They also include RtI and PBIS, which are intervention programs for students struggling with learning or behavior; and aligning curriculum and testing with the Common Core Standards adopted last year by the state of Illinois. Quantum Learning is a five-part teaching and learning methodology that addresses all learning styles. District 300 first offered a five-day summer training in the methodology about 12 years ago, according to Audrey Lakin, the district’s facilitator for the implementation of Quantum Learning. Then came a different district administration, financial difficulties and a priority shift, Lakin said. The Carpentersville-area school district “never lost contact with” Quantum Learning, she said; it just outsourced its training to National Louis University, on that school’s Elgin campus. Between 1999 and 2010, about 350 District 300 employees were trained in Quantum Learning, Lakin said. This summer alone, the district trained more than 100, including staff from every school, she said. That’s because, the facilitator said, when Superintendent Michael Bregy took charge of the district this school year, he announced another shift in the district’s top priority — back to core teaching and learning. That included the creation of the Teaching and Learning Leadership Team. It also included a new goal for Quantum Learning. “Over the next five years, we would train everybody — that’s not just our teachers, but our administrators and our support staff,” Lakin said. “What we’re trying to do now is implement Quantum Learning so it’s not an intimidating thing. It’s part of the way we do things. It’s not an add-on. It’s a part of the way we do business.” For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News. Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

D300 makes Quantum leap in priorities this school year (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Second child abduction attempt reported in D300 (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

D300 delays middle school schedule change (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

D300 remembers late science fair namesake Hart (Sun-Times Media)

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

D300 gets loan from state to buy new technology (Sun-Times Media)

Here’s a look back at how I spent my 2011: Covering Community Unit School District 300’s protest against Sears EDA legislation, from start to finish.

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Sears EDA legislation, from start to finish (Between the Bylines)