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Chippewa Middle School Student Wins 2014 Winter Card Design Contest

President Brenda Murphy awarded first place to Janejira Nasaree, Chippewa Middle School, in the 2014 District 62 Winter Card Design Contest. Learn more...

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American Education Week
November 17 – 21, 2014 presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration features a special observance each day of the week. They include:

  • Monday, November 17: Kickoff Day
  • Tuesday, November 18: Educators Day
  • Wednesday, November 19: Education Support Professionals Day
  • Thursday, November 20: Substitute Educators Day

Substitute Educators Maintain and Continue Daily Education
Thursday, November 20, 2014 focuses on the importance of substitute school employees. These professional educators perform a vital function in the maintenance and continuity of daily education. In our public school systems, substitutes are the educational bridges when regular classroom educators are absent. They are called early in the morning, take over lessons with short notice, and ensure that quality education is maintained in our classrooms. The professional substitute ensures that time is productive and furthers the student's learning.

Education Support Professionals Honored
Wednesday, November 19 recognizes and honors the more than 2.9 million education support professionals providing services such as clerical and administrative support, nursing and health, security and technical support, School District 62 celebrates Education Support Professionals Day.

Education Support Professionals Day draws attention to AEW's tagline, Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. The tagline calls upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century. "By participating in Education Support Professionals Day, we join millions of people nationwide in celebrating the hard work, dedication and invaluable services our education support professionals provide," said Dr. Jane Westerhold, Superintendent of Schools. "They are a vital part of the learning community that serve as partners in educating our children and keep school buildings safe, operational, and clean."Education support professionals include the following:

  • Para-educators who provide instructional and non-instructional support as partners in student learning
  • Clerical service employees who are the front line of public relations with parents and staff and the community
  • Custodians who pay constant attention to all safety conditions in schools
  • Maintenance service employees who are responsible for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and overall safety for the entire school environment
  • Skilled trades employees who are responsible for the physical quality of our school building environments
  • Health and student service employees who are vital to student health and welfare within a public school
  • Technical service employees who provide essential technical services throughout a school district

School District 62 Honors Educators
Tuesday, November 18 is American Education Week’s Educators Day. Thank a teacher or administrator for making public schools great!

Teachers and administrators in School District 62 will be in the spotlight on Educators Day, as students, parents, board members, and the general public learn how certified staff are making Great Public Schools for every student. "Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers and administrators," notes Dr. Jane L. Westerhold. "Educators Day is a good time to learn about the contributions educators make to our community every day. We recognize they are role models. That brings satisfaction. It also brings responsibility. We want to take it to the next step.”

“We believe we must work together to make our schools better,” said Westerhold. “That means everyone in the community-parents, business owners, community volunteers, board members, retirees, other workers, local government, and students. Public schools are at the heart of any community.” 447 regular and special education teachers, specialists, coordinators, and administrators work with support staff to educate 4,768 District 62 students.

We hope you will join District 62 in our American Education Week efforts that highlight the importance of bringing together everyone in the community—educators, parents, students, and public figures—in an effort to build great public schools. Together, we work for our children.

Adopted from Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)

Say Thanks to the District 62 school board members for Standing Up 4 Public Schools! In salute and thanks to the seven Des Plaines community members who make up the District 62 Board of Education and the nearly 6,000 elected school board members in the state, November 15, 2014, is designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. This is an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role a locally elected board of education assumes in a representative democracy. Thank you to:

Brenda Murphy
Term began 1999

Stephanie Duckmann
Vice President
Term began 2004

Ronald Burton
Term began 2012
Raymond Imig
Term began 2013
Dr. Terry Lindsay
Term began 2011
Sharon Lynch
Term began 2004
James Poskozim
Term began 2007

Adopted from Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)

Rivers Foundation Grant Enhances
Student Learning

A grant from the Rivers Foundation will move Terrace Elementary School closer to reaching its technology goals, which are to:

  • Provide each teacher with a SMART interactive whiteboard to further enhance his/her instruction and his/her students’ abilities to interact with learning activities
  • Engage students with challenging academic skills that will lead to future success
  • Support the rigor of Common Core State Standards by infusing technology into each school day
  • Continue to transform our school into a 21st century learning environment
  • Prepare students for the digital age so that they will be college and career ready

Rivers Foundation members Jennifer Taylor, Jack Valadez, and Kate McMahon presented a check for $48,000 check to Dr. Bradley Stein, Terrace Principal, and Paul Hertel, Associate Superintendent.

ELL Parent Advisory Council Steering Members Recognized for Leadership

Milagros Bravo, Director of Second Language Programs, presented a program at the October 20, 2014 District 62 Board of Education meeting about the Title 3 ELL Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and Parent University. The goals of Parent University and PAC are to:

  • Align home practices with school
  • Build connections between home and school
  • Build capacity between parents and community

Parent University lasts two weeks. Participants enroll in classes that focus on technology, Common Core Standards, parenting, nutrition, mental health, Standards Based Grading, and home and financial management. Field trips to local and regional attractions are the highlight of Parent University. All activities and classes are organized to provide learning and structured play for all participants.

Bravo introduced members of the ELL PAC steering committee. President Murphy presented certificates to Cira Almaraz, Nerina Cabrera, Teresa Espinoza, Teodora Garcia, Maria F. Gonzalez, Jazmin Luna, Amada Rodea, Maria Cristina Ruiz, and Rosalba Herrera.


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The mission of the Des Plaines Community Education System is to equip our students with the skills necessary for their success as responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners by providing the best possible educational climate, curriculum, resources, and staff.

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