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As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, Peoria Public Schools is especially thankful for its dedicated staff, families and students. Tuesday, November 20th is Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel (PSRP) Day in Illinois. While it is officially the third Wednesday of November, we are recognizing it on Tuesday this year due to the Thanksgiving break.
PSRP Day is an opportunity for our District, community, schools and building administrators to acknowledge the challenging and important work of teaching assistants, clerical staff, bus drivers, cafeteria works, custodians, security officers, nurses, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants, sign language interpreters, and other PSRPs who make a difference for students every day.
In addition to recognizing the work and dedication of our Paraprofessionals and School Related Personnel on this special day each year, Peoria Public Schools is excited to announce a new partnership with Costco that will help spotlight the remarkable work of one District employee every month within our District. Beginning in December, the Public Relations Department will accept applications for an "Employee of the Month." Applications will soon be available on the District website, and nominations can be made by anyone - co-workers, parents, students or community partners. The employee of the month must showcase the District's four remarkable rules: 1) Respect the Customer, 2) Respect Finances, 3) Respect Learning, and 4) Respect Individual Differences.
Each month, starting in January, the winner will be spotlighted in Remarkable Times, have their picture hung at the Administration Building, receive a District gift-bag and a catered lunch from Costco with 20 of their co-workers.
Student Helps Choking Classmate
On Thursday, November 15, 2012 a 5th grader began to choke on a Jolly Rancher. His friend, Terrius Winters, noticed his friend coughing and grasping his throat. Terrius remembered the Heimlich maneuver his mother had taught him. Terrius quickly got behind his friend and performed the Heimlich maneuver causing the candy to come up. Terrius said, “I saw him choking so I got behind him and performed the maneuver. I was really worried about his throat.” This quick thinking risk-taker behavior displayed by Terrius is a REMARKABLE display of character!
Don't Shoot Poster Contest Winners Announced
Peoria Public Schools is excited to announce the winners of the 2012 "Don't Shoot" Poster contest. PSD150 partnered with Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, State's Attorney Jerry Brady and other law enforcement agencies last month for the city-wide Don't Shoot initiative. At that time, the District launched a poster contest and over a two-week period, received 787 entries from students. Students were asked to "Help spread the message: Don't Shoot! What would a violence free Peoria look like to you?" Entries were judged on Tuesday, November 13th and winners were picked from each of the three categories: pre-k through 4th grade, 5th grade through 8th grade and 9th grade through 12th grade. Special thanks to Simantel for helping judge this competition. The top three places in each category will be invited to a special lunch with Mayor Ardis, State's Attorney Brady, U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis and Superintendent Lathan. First place winners will receive a $50.00 Visa Gift card. Congratulations winners!
Manual Celebrates Grandparent's Day
It is a wonderful day, each and every year, when grandparent’s spend the morning with their grandchild at Manual Academy. The day is always filled with pride and joy for grandparent's and students alike. Over 50 families were welcomed to Manual's Annual Grandparent's Day on Wednesday, November 14th.
Families were treated to a buffet style breakfast prepared by the Manual staff. In addition families were given an opportunity to hear about Manual student growth and enjoy entertainment from the Manual Fine Arts Department and Speech Team.
A great time was had by all that attended!
Roosevelt’s Grandparents Day
On Tuesday November 13th and Wednesday November 14th, Roosevelt students gathered together to celebrate grandparent’s day. Grandparents were invited to join their students for breakfast, and then enjoyed a performance. Kindergarten through 5th grade students provided an hour of entertainment, showing off what they are learning in their arts classes. Dance and music teachers, Morgan Hansmeier, Cori Bloom, Bev Stenoish, Todd Schifeling and Deb Redington led student performances, while the rest of the arts staff assisted with sound, media and set. A special thank you to Toni Frei and her junior high art students for a beautiful barnyard and pumpkin patch backdrop. The students enjoyed displaying their achievements and are excited to perform again soon!
A Woodrow Wilson November Tradition
Each year Ms. Esther Cooper, Woodrow Wilson School's beloved Crossing Guard, acts as the official hostess of Grandparents' Day by welcoming all of the school's special visitors as they check in. Thanks to Ms. Cooper and all of the Woodrow Wilson grandparents that visited on Tuesday!
WCTC Students Dig Soil Assignment
The WCTC 6th graders are in the process of studying soil. They were assigned a soil sample to which they separated into the five components that make up soil. The students were surprised to find a part of a Robin's egg in their soil sample. They had no problem getting their hands dirty doing this assignment!
Harrison Holds Family Night Treasure Hunt
Harrison families recently enjoyed improving their reading skills and went on a treasure hunt, as part of a family night activity. Families were required to complete activities in which they would earn stickers for and receive treasures afterwards. Families had to read directions to create a treasure map, a pirates map, an eye patch, listen to a story, and play a Smartboard pirate game. Families got to choose from a treasure chest full of prizes, including books, fall decorations, popcorn and candy.
TJ Thanks School for Gift
First Graders in Jane Bielenberg’s class sent a big “THANK YOU” to Brimfield School District Superintendent Dennis McNamara and Boys Basketball Coach Scott Carlson. Before the 2012 school year began, several new basketballs were unexpectedly delivered to Mrs. Bielenberg. They were provided by Coach Carlson.
This isn’t the first time Mrs. Bielenberg’s class has benefited from Brimfield’s generous spirit. After the November 2, 2008 fire at Thomas Jefferson, Girls Basketball Coach Jim Blane sent several pink basketballs to replace playground equipment lost in the fire.
Three Cheers to Brimfield! The basketballs were a “slam dunk”!
Here Fishy, Fishy!!!
On October 25th, the severe and profound classes at Thomas Jefferson School went bowling at Bass Pro Shop in East Peoria. The students, ranging in ages from 3-9 years old, bowled using ramp with the gutter guards up. They were able to work on their Occupational Therapy goals as they used their hands to push the heavy ball down the ramp. These students also worked with their teachers and classroom aides on taking turns and making many difficult decisions, such as what color ball they wanted and in which lane they would like to bowl. After bowling, they went to see the fish in the large tank and took a picture! It was an experience that the Round would like to repeat again in the future!
Irving Planning Closing Celebration
Annual Madrigal Dinner Planned at RHS
Richwoods’ 39th Annual Madrigal Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 6:30 PM & Sunday, December 9th at 1:00 PM. Join us for an evening of Medieval Entertainment and an Olde English Holiday Feaste in our Castle Hall. The dinner will feature entertainment by the Richwoods’ Madrigal Singers, Ladies in Waiting, Actors, Players and the entire Choral Department. We will have a new dinner menu this year at a cost of $24.00 per person. TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC NOVEMBER 1st. You may purchase your tickets in the main office at Richwoods High School. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Shay at the Richwoods High School office, 693-4400.
IB Applications Available for Current 8th Grade Students
Applications for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Richwoods High School are now available for the 2013-14 school year. Students residing within the boundaries of District 150 are eligible for entry. Applications will be distributed to all District 150 8th graders, and are also available online.
The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous college preparatory course of study, recognized across the globe for its high standards of academic excellence. Richwoods IB Diploma graduates have gone on to attend many of the premier institutions of higher learning in the United States and abroad. There will be an informational meeting about the Diploma Programme on Wednesday December 12th at 6:00 pm in the Richwoods auditorium. If you desire any other information about IB, please visit the IB websiteor contact Richwoods IB coordinator Travis Bowlby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 693-4400 ext. 30302.
Peoria Symphony Guild to Host Young Artist Competition
The Young Artists Competition hosted by the Peoria Symphony Guild will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at Illinois Central College from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Preliminary auditions will begin at 9:30 a.m. Family members and the public are invited to attend the final competition at 1:00 p.m. at the Illinois Central College Lecture Recital Hall, East Peoria, Illinois.
Applicants must live and attend school or pursue a regular schedule of music lessons with a private teacher within a 100-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois. Contestants must be 18 years of age or younger.
The competition application with a non-refundable $30 fee must be submitted by Monday, January 7, 2013. The application form and complete audition rules are available on the Peoria Symphony Guild website at http://www.psoguild.org
The 1st place winner of the competition will receive the Donna Wilkinson Schwindenhammer Award of $250. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a $100 and $50 stipend, respectively.
The 1st place winner will also perform as guest soloist at a Peoria Symphony Orchestra Concert on March 2, 2013. The winner is also invited to perform at the spring luncheon of the Peoria Symphony Guild on Wednesday, May 8, at the Country Club of Peoria.
PSD150 Staff Member Named Audiologist of the Month for State Organization
From www.ilaudiology.org/ - Audiologist Joanna Capobianco is a new regular member of The Illinois Academy of Audiology (ILAA). Dr. Capobianco completed her Au.D. at Illinois State University graduating in December of 2010. She works as an educational audiologist for Peoria School District 150 in Peoria, IL. Her primary interests include hearing aid and assistive listening technology, bone anchored hearing systems, vestibular evaluations, and auditory processing disorders. Dr. Capobianco enjoys working in the school environment and strives to provide exceptional audiological services for students and families of District 150.
PSD150 Teachers Join Bradley PDS Partnership for State-wide Conference
Submitted by Jana Hunsicker, Bradley University
On Friday, November 9th, the Bradley Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership chartered a 55-passenger bus to the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators Fall Conference in Lisle, IL.. The theme of the 1-day, statewide conference was “Common Core Standards: Restructuring Teacher Preparation for 21st Century Skills.” Bradley University and Peoria made a huge showing at the conference. Eleven teacher education professors, 2 English professors, 1 community leader, 13 practicing teachers/administrators, 10 student teachers, and 16 teacher education majors were in attendance.
Moreover, 27 Bradley students, professors, and representatives from Bradley’s PDS sites presented at the conference. From Manual Academy, Taunya Jenkins and Martha Ewan-Skorczewski presented "21st Century Advisory Programs: One School's Model." From Whittier Primary, Michele Smith and Stacy Pelphrey provided insight from the community perspective during Dr. Peter Olson's presentation "Taking Methods Courses out of the "Ivory Tower" and into the Schools."
Reflecting on the experience, 93% of Bradley PDS Partnership attendees reported that they learned something new about teaching and learning at the conference, and the same percentage said that they learned something they could use in their classroom. Moreover, 67% felt they had opportunity to network with other professionals, and 71% would like to participate in a future bus trip.
David Thompson, who co-presented a concurrent session with Dr. Celia Johnson entitled “Incorporating 21st Century Skills: Strengthening Common Core Standards and Technological Literacy in the Social Studies”, commented, “The conference truly helped connect me even more to the professional side of teaching through meeting with other pre-service teachers, teacher educators, and leaders in education.”
Katie Johnson, a secondary education-mathematics major who presented a concurrent session entitled “Perspectives on Question Asking in Secondary Classrooms” with Dr. Patricia Chrosniak and Robert McMahon-Lovell, reflected, “The IATE Fall Conference is a great way to get information about what is new and upcoming in Illinois education. I will definitely try to go again next year!”
Bradley PDS teachers in attendance also recognized the value of the conference. Shanica Davis (BU alum, 1998) and Alona Dawson (1994, 1999), Interventionists, Glen Oak Community Learning Center wrote, “The IATE Fall Conference was an excellent opportunity for preservice and veteran educators to network and stay abreast on the latest trends in education. We are appreciative of the partnership between Bradley University and Peoria Public Schools. Their collaborative efforts allow us to better serve our teachers in the 21st Century classroom.”
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