D62 Students and Staff Dive into New School Year
As summer vacation came to an end for more than 3,700 students on Monday, District 62 teachers, staff, and administrators were celebrating the culmination of weeks of planning and anticipating the first day of the 2014-2015 school year.
Thirty-two teachers started their District 62 teaching careers two weeks ago. Beginning teachers were immersed in a four-day orientation that connected them to seasoned teachers who will serve as mentors. The main focus of the program is toward organizational and instructional strategies, assessment and evaluation, classroom management and student motivation, and technology navigation and integration. The new class of teachers also received much needed time to plan lessons and prepare classrooms.
On Tuesday, August 19th, School District 62 and Discovery Education hosted a community event that launched the district’s new and extensive professional development program, D62 Teacher Leadership Corps (TLC). Beginning this school year, the D62TLC will develop teacher-leaders to serve as change agents powering the district’s transition to digital teaching and learning environments. The D62TLC will engage and garner parent and community support while preparing students to be globally competitive and demonstrate important 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving.
Following a keynote presentation from Discovery Education’s Dr. Karen Beerer, more than 120 teachers, community leaders and administrators listened to a panel discussion featuring prominent community and business partners Dave Mooney, President and CEO of Alliant Credit Union; Carl Wrede, Manager of Talent Development-Human Resources at Wheels, Inc.; and Dr. Christopher Burke, Founder and President of engineering and surveying firm Christopher B. Burke Engineering. The panel explored current skills and knowledge Des Plaines students need to be college and career ready. The day ended with online learning conversations between peers using Edmodo and the production of paper videos.
Preparations continued as two district-wide institute days jumpstarted the school year. The first day, administrators, teachers and staff participated in department and grade level curriculum meetings focused on the 2014-2015 district and instructional goals, professional learning communities, and teaching strategies. Friday, the D62s, a band made of District 62 teachers, brought attendees to their feet in a stadium wave to their rendition of the “The Final Countdown” titled “The Final Weekend.” Following introductions of new staff and greetings from the school board president and association leaders, Discovery Education’s Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Steve Dembo energized and challenged the group with the keynote, Building Bolder Schools: It Doesn't Hurt to Be First. His presentation focused on the power of technology to transform teaching and learning and the importance of taking risks. The session closed with Dr. Jane Westerhold asking each staff member to make each day exciting for students and thanking them for supporting the work of the district.
Labor Day Reminder – All schools will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day. Classes resume as scheduled on Tuesday, September 2nd. Have a safe and restful weekend.
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Lista de Útiles para la Escuela
Middle School Supply List – Algonquin |
Elementary School Supply List – Central |
Cumberland | Forest |
North | Orchard Place |
Plainfield | South |
2014-2015 Transportation Enrollment Form for Band/Orchestra Riders. For student safety purposes, bus routes are no longer published on the District 62 website. Please contact your home school for information related to bus routes, bus stop locations and stop times.
Classes begin at Iroquois Tuesday, July 15th
Grant Powers Up Technology – On the last day of school, Rivers Foundation representatives Kate McMahon, Jill Wilcox, and Jackey Valadez made a very important visit to Cumberland Elementary School. Wilcox and Valadez presented a $39,300 check to Colleen White, Cumberland principal, to expand the number of digital devices available to students for classroom instruction and testing. Cumberland students presented thank you cards to the representatives. Cumberland's technology goals are:
- To provide a personal technology device to each student while at school
- To engage students in challenging academic skills that lead to future success
- To support the rigor of Common Core State Standards by infusing technology into each school day
- To enhance daily instruction for all children through the use of technology
- To transform the school into a 21st Century learning environment
- To prepare students for the digital age so that they are career and college ready