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In the Classroom, Issue no. 6
May 2012
SPRING GRANTS AWARDED
iPad implementation expands to intermediate schools and Science Olympiad grows 
 
The Glenview Education Foundation has awarded its final round of STAR* grants to District 34 educators for the 2011-12 school year.  Just over $140,000 has been approved for six grants, which address a diverse range of educational programming from music to classroom technology to special needs to science enrichment.  Each grant is highlighted below.
1. Big Learning – Bigger Learners
Next fall, as a result of this year’s highly successful, limited scale roll-out of iPads at Henking, Lyon and Westbrook, GEF has agreed to partner with the district in implementing 1:1 iPad learning in four classrooms at each of the intermediate schools:  Hoffman, Pleasant Ridge and Glen Grove.  This year’s preliminary iPad installation was primarily funded by the Glenview Education Foundation.  Year two of the iPad pilot will be jointly financed by GEF and the district.  In addition to educational impacts, another driver for expanding the 1:1 iPad trial is to evaluate implementing a district-wide roll-out within the next few years.  This change in the district’s technology platform would ultimately result in a significant cost savings versus the purchase of laptops.  (See June's issue of this newsletter for a list of educational apps endorsed by current D34 iPad users for use over the summer!)

2. Science Olympiad
Continuing its investment in the “S”  (for science) segment of the STAR Initiatives, GEF will again provide a grant for the middle school science enrichment program, Science Olympiad.  Open to all 6th – 8th graders at Attea and Springman Middle Schools, Science Olympiad is an after-school club for students interested in developing a deeper understanding and passion for science.  Participating students comprise teams at the varsity and junior varsity levels and compete in local, regional and even state competitions. This school year the Springman team did well enough at regionals to qualify for the Illinois state tournament.
 
 
3. Eighth Annual GEF Recital Night
This long-standing GEF-sponsored event provides an in-district opportunity for band, orchestra and choral students to prepare and perform solo and ensemble pieces for professional musicians in a clinic/master class format.  The festival is typically held the first week of February.
 
4. Solar Power Education and Enrichment
Thanks to a supplemental grant from GEF, Attea Middle School will be installing solar panels on its rooftop so data and output from the panels can be incorporated into the school’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade science curricula.  Science teachers will be able to use the solar panels to illustrate concepts in environmental science, photosynthesis, physical science, weather and alternative energy.  The grant additionally covers solar education materials for use in the classroom.
 
5. E-Books: Using Technology to Increase Reading Performance
In an effort to increase availability of popular titles, address struggling, reluctant and/or remedial readers and further engage students in a skill that touches every subject area, Glen Grove School has received a grant for the purchase of 800 e-books.  The books will be located on the Glen Grove “Shelf,” accessible via the school’s Web site.  In this way students will be able to “check-out” their desired e-books and view them on computers or iPads at school or at home.
 
6. We Are Family . . . A Parent Education Program Focused on the Challenges of "Special Needs" Learners
Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, parents of special needs students throughout the district will be invited to attend a minimum of four evening programs addressing such topics as ADHD, autism, and general learning disabilities.  Sponsored by District 34’s three intermediate school principals and funded by GEF, this parent education program aims to support families of challenged children by addressing issues such as getting appropriate care and accommodations; adjusting routines and expectations; promoting acceptance in the extended family, school, and community; and planning for an uncertain future.
 
* The GEF STAR Initiatives are:
  • Science Enrichment – Engage students with hands-on learning and new technology.
  • Teacher Investment – Help teachers to innovate and share strategies for success.
  • At-Risk Support – Bolster efforts to help academically at-risks students to ensure all students learn to their potential. 
  • Readiness Skills – Improve executive function skills (organization, communication, etc.).
Make More of These Grants Possible!

If you are excited by these latest technology and early intervention grants and would like to see this type of funding continue – even in the face of budget reductions – please consider making a donation to the Glenview Education Foundation today.  Donations can be made via the GEF Web site, www.gef34.org, or you can mail a check (made payable to Glenview Education Foundation) to:
 
Glenview Education Foundation
P.O. Box 373
Glenview, IL 60025
 
THANK YOU LOCAL BUSINESSES!

NorthShore University HS
 
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A GEF Grant you Should Know About…

Third Graders Learn First-Hand the Impact of Volunteering and Giving Back to Community
 
 
This school year every third grader in District 34 was touched by a grant that was co-sponsored by the Glenview Education Foundation and the District 34 Primary/Intermediate PTAs and PTA Council.  Coordinated in conjunction with the non-profit organization, The Kindness Connection, the goal of the grant was to provide a meaningful service learning opportunity for all third graders in the district. 
 
During the November through April timeframe, close to 600 third grade students at Hoffman, Glen Grove and Pleasant Ridge spent time learning why volunteering and giving back to their community is so important.  Facilitated by volunteers from The Kindness Connection, with assistance from the third grade teachers, the children were able to select which groups they wanted to help.  The projects they decided on are listed below.
  • Making school book bags for children at Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Decorating letter blocks for Head Start preschool programs
  • Making pot holders for Meals on Wheels
  • Creating braided dog toys and decorating folders for newly adopted shelter animals
  • Decorating flowerpots for elderly recipients
  • Making holiday cards for veterans
  • Stuffing teddy bears and making handmade cards for children at Evanston Hospital
 
Said Glen Grove third grade teacher, Markus Hartnett, “The crafts students assembled helped local causes, which allowed students to lend a helping hand right outside their front door.  Reaching out to local causes made the learning experience all the more meaningful and authentic.”
 
In addition to actual hands-on project work, The Kindness Connection also resulted in extended classroom learning on the importance of empathy, charity and volunteering.  These were lessons that were carried over to, and incorporated into, social studies and writing classes.
 
Said one Pleasant Ridge third grader about her involvement with The Kindness Connection, “It made me feel good because I knew that the people and animals who were getting the things we made would be happy.”
 
“My students were unaware of the impact that they as eight- and nine-year-olds could have by helping other people,” noted Hoffman third grade teacher, Allison Greene.  “They learned all about empathy and began to brainstorm ways they could continue to give back throughout the entire year.  They had so much fun, learned a lot about being good citizens, and were so proud of themselves for the impact they had!”
 
Spotlight on A GEF Sponsor You Should Meet...

This is the second of two 2011-12 Business Sponsors that GEF is proud to feature in this newsletter.
 

 
GEF is grateful for the support of Glenview State Bank, one of its key business sponsors for the 2011-12 school year.


A Local Institution
Locally owned and managed, Glenview State Bank has a vested interest in its customers, communities and business partners. Customers are also neighbors and friends, not just account numbers. 
 
The bank has grown to over $1 billion in assets but as it enters its 91st year, many of GSB’s personal touches remain.  For 66 hours each week phones are answered by professional onsite bank staff members who handle inquiries promptly.  Account access is also available outside those hours via PHONEBankerSM.  Free coin-counting machines – PIGGYBankersSM, found in all GSB bank lobbies – are an additional welcome offering for children and adults.
 
Concern for Customers’ Privacy and Protection
Preventing fraud and protecting customers’ identity is important to GSB.  Nine years ago GSB began free paper shredding days in the parking lot of its headquarters location. Now four events are scheduled annually, each at a different GSB branch.  As a result of this free community service, many tons of confidential information is safely destroyed each year.  
 
Also in keeping with GSB’s focus on consumer protection, the bank offers customers  free identity resolution service.  New identity monitoring services are also available to both customers and non-customers.  Recent scams relevant to identity theft and other frauds are posted at www.gsb.com.
 
New Branch Location
Mount Prospect State Bank, a branch of Glenview State Bank, will move into a new building located at 299 West Central Road in Mount Prospect in Summer 2012.  The new location will provide drive-in and safe deposit services for customers of the two-year-old branch. 
 
Thank You to the Following
Additional Blue  Ribbon Donors
 
A special thank-you goes out to the individuals listed below who have made donations of $500 or more since mid-December. 
 
GEF, your children and District 34's teachers all thank you very much! 
 
Anthony and Linda Argeros
Micah and Jonna Eimer
Jeff and Peg Macaluso Gonyo
Ed and Amy Jo Leszynski
Edward and Jennifer Magnus
Dan and Leigh Jeter Neppl
Adriano and Gloria Pedrelli
Mike and Colleen Robson
Peter and Rebecca Wills
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Thank you to the following new Blue Ribbon SILVER BUSINESS DONOR ($500-749)

Loeber Motors
 

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