The Manual High School Dual-credit manufacturing pathway will be availabe to all PPS high school students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The program is a coordinated in conjunction with Illinois Central College (ICC) and Caterpillar, Inc., a longtime supporter of the school's industrial technology program.
The motto of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is: Every student deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. According to PPS Innovation and Grants Officer Dr. Susan Grzanich, "National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education." Recently Beth Perce, Rolling Acres Middle School; Dee Hagen, Northmoor Primary School; Susan Martin, Northmoor Primary School; Ashley Naleway, Rolling Acres Middle School and Katie Hobin, Northmoor Primary School earned National Board Certification.
Seventy percent of Peoria Public School K-8 students particpated in the district's two-week Read Across America Accelerated Reader (AR) program in early March, a significant gain over previous years, reported Literacy/Social Studies coordinator Lisa Gifford. Gifford recognized the top three AR-test scoring students from each school at the March 11 school board meeting.
Ethan James Jourdan's recipe for Shrimp Pico de Avocado won first place in the 2019 Sodexo Future Chef competition, held Saturday, March 9 at Lincoln K-8. Following this year's theme, Healthy Tex-Mex, Jourdan, a 5th grade student a Lindbergh Middle School, prepared boiled shrimp with a dressing of avocado, purple onion, tomato, garlic, lemon. lime and cilantro.
Franklin Primary School first grade teacher Jennifer Rozboril was named February Teacher of the Month by Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Illinois. JA teachers of the month are nominated by their corporate partner. Caterpillar Inc.'s Keith King has been in working with Rozboril's class this year. In his nomination, King said Rozboril inspires exceptional student behavior and that her students are attentive, engaged and ask poignant questions.
A scholarship fund for Peoria Public School seniors has been started at www.GoFundMe.com in honor of former Peoria Public Schools administrator and coach Randy Simmons.
Each day Peoria Public School staff members encounter remarkable people who are passionate about serving the students of Peoria Public Schools. Perhaps it is a building principal, parent volunteer, custodian, bus driver, social worker, teacher aide or a classroom teacher. Who are the people who inspire and motivate you? Nominate them for a 2019 Those Who Excel award!
Junior Achievement of Central Illinois is seeking volunteers for Peoria Public Schools. The time commitment is 5 to 7 classroom visits of one hour or less over during the spring months. Training is provided via a short webinar and all materials are provided.
At most bi-weekly Peoria Public School Board of Education meetings, board members and administrators recognize the special efforts of community partners, students or groups of students and Peoria Public School staff members. Here are the Community Contribution and Remarkable Spirit honorees from Monday, March 1, 2019.
Bob Swegle, training director for the Midwest Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters-Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (MCIRCC-JATC), received the Community Contribution Award at the March 11 Board of Education meeting for establishing an articulation agreement with Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC) Construction Industry Work-based Learning. Through Swegle’s efforts, the WCTC Construction Trades program uses curriculum provided by the carpenter’s union and graduates can directly enter the carpenter’s apprenticeaship program and receive college credit.
“By giving students direct entry into the apprenticeship program, we are giving them a long-lasting career with good benefits in a lifelong learning environment,” said Swegle. “It’s all about the children. It’s all about giving young people the opportunity to master a skilled trade. It can open so many doors for them.”
MCIRCC-JATC is the largest trade union apprenticeship program in central Illinois with approximately 330 apprentices. The average age of apprentices is 27 years old. Swegle began working with WCTC construction industry work-based learning instructor Michael Brix about three years ago to establish the articulation agreement to bring younger people into the program.
Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC) restaurant management and culinary arts teams received the Student Spotlight Award at the March 11 Board of Education meeting. Both teams competed in the Illinois Restaurant Association ProStart Invitational Tournament in February, and in the Illinois Skills USA competition in March. The restaurant management team placed first in Illinois and advances to the National Restaurant Association ProStart competition in Washington DC in May. During the meeting, team members Gabriel Hernandez (Peoria High School), Keshawna Sledge (Richwoods High School) and Timia Weldy (Richwoods High School) made their competition presentation on Heavenly Dutch, a food truck concept serving waffles and other Dutch treats, to the audience. For competition the team must present a business plan including financial projections, marketing plan, human resource requirements and recipes.
Culinary Arts team members are Angel Smith (KCSS), Makyah Guyton (Manual Academy), Bra'nija Oliver (Manual Academy), Kacie Phothisene (Manual Academy) and Cody Hudgins Yates (Richwoods High School).
Culinary Arts program instructors Chef Jitske Miedema, Chef Kevin Roecker and instructor Cynthia Collins coached the teams.
March 20, 2019
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- Thursday, March 21
- Monday, March 25, 4 p.m.
- Those Who Excel Nominations Due
- Wednesday, March 27 & Thursday March 28
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Friday, March 29
- No School
- Thursday, April 4, National School Librarian Day
- Monday, April 15, Spring Break
- Tuesday, April 23, School Resumes
- Saturday, April 27, Kindergarten Roundup, Peoria Zoo, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday, May 15, Graduations
- Thursday, March 21