District 62 Alumnus Takes Sentimental Journey – A recent campus visit by retired school superintendent and District 62 alumnus Jim Burgett provided a full circle view of what students experience when they enter and exit the school district. From visiting Early Learning Center classrooms to touring Algonquin Middle School, the 1959 graduate expressed his pride for the school district and community that launched him on a successful and satisfying career path.
In 1968, Burgett began his teaching career in River Ridge and Elizabeth Community Unit District. During his 24-year tenure, he was promoted to principal and superintendent. From 1992-2004, Burgett served as the superintendent of Highland Community Unit School District in Highland, IL, where he now resides.
Jim Burgett is president of The Burgett Group and an educator who has been recognized nationally for his ability to lead, motivate, inspire, and teach. Jim has received dozens of awards for his teaching, his ability as an administrator, and his service to many professional organizations. He was twice named the administrator of the year in Illinois. Jim has been a popular speaker and presenter for over twenty years. He has also co-authored the Art of School Boarding and Finding Middle Ground in K-12 Education, and authored Teachers Make a Difference 24/7.
During the second part of his D62 tour, Burgett toured Algonquin. He was awestruck at the modern and welcoming addition that houses the cafeteria and fitness balcony. He marveled at the Technology Integrated Learning Environment (TILEs) that replaced the once dark cafeteria, and admired the colors, floor and wall coverings that brighten the entire school interior. With a twinkle in his eye, Burgett noted how the office, where he spent a lot of time as a junior high student, had been located to the north west side of the school. The highlight of the tour for Burgett was revisiting the gymnasium. This is where he met his wife during lunch dances.
Burgett summarized gratitude for District 62 by writing, “It is fun to visit with educators who are making a difference, proud of their accomplishments, and who obviously love kids…. Needless to say, the visit was more personal for me since I only have fond memories of my nine year journey as a student in District 62.” Before he left town, Burgett wrapped up his sentimental journey by driving by Chippewa, Cumberland, and North. He even passed by the first McDonald’s.
School calendar change – The last day of school for all K – 7 District 62 students is now Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Learn more...
Shh, We're Testing
District 62 students will take the state-required achievement tests beginning Monday, March 3 and continuing through Friday, March 14. Students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 8 will be tested in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 4 and 7 will be tested in reading, mathematics and science. These tests are part of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) program, and are required by the state of Illinois to be given to all eligible students.
Parents can help their child do his or her best on the test by:
- making sure, if possible, that children attend full days on the days of testing
- making sure children get a good night’s sleep the night before each testing day
- providing a healthy, high-protein breakfast the morning of each testing day
- ensuring that children have healthy snacks and lunches
- reminding children to ask teachers if they do not understand test directions
- letting children know that parents have confidence in their ability to do their best, and
- advising children not to worry about the test, but to do the best that they can
More information may be found by visiting isbe.state.il.us/assessment/isat.htm
Student Ambassadors Honored for Achievements
Forest Elementary School student Miles Pfaller was honored for his campaign to help the homeless. Miles shared that his Christmas wish was to provide food and clothing for children in need. Christmas morning he received a large box with a letter and an $800 voucher to buy items that could be donated to the Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Food Pantry. After a family shopping trip, Miles delivered four grocery carts of food and clothing to the Pantry. He vows that he will continue this tradition of giving. More information may be found by visiting gofundme.com/5tlzec, facebook.com/desplainesfoodpantry or facebook.com/notes/sandi-pfaller/miles-asked-santa-to-feed-the-homeless-but-what-he-got-instead-was-amazing.
Chippewa Middle School student Yesenia Santiago read the essay What Patriotism Means to Me, that she wrote for the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 2992 Patriots Pen Essay Contest. Yesenia won first place in the local competition and placed second at the VFW 4th District competition. Post Commander Mike Lake and Pen Co-chair Ro Matusczcak presented a Certificate of Achievement and a plaque to Santiago. Yesenia’s teacher, Rochelle Carman, was also recognized.