March 9, 2012

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In This Issue...
Peoria City/County Health Department Reminds Families to "Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks"
RHS WYSE Academic Team Places Second at Sectional  
WCTC Cosmetology Students Network in Chicago
Peoria Public Schools Hosts Workplace Skills Expo for STEP Program Students
Thomas Jefferson Primary holds 2012 “Coins for Kids” Fundraiser and Disability Awareness Event
Harrison Community Learning Students Celebrate Heart Awareness Month
Hines Primary Goes Blue 
Franklin Primary Prepares to Rock the ISAT
Whittier Primary Adopted as 10th School for Look, Its My Book! Program 
Washington Gifted Invites Community to Visit School
2nd Annual "Gearing Up For Kindergarten" Transition Fair Planned
Finalist for Peorian of the Year, Carl Cannon, Selects Peoria Public Schools Foundation as Award Recipient
ACS Has Three Openings for Paid Summer Internship at U of I College of Medicine - Peoria
Peoria Promise Deadlines Approaching for Seniors
Nominations Open for CHOI's Advocacy Awards
Bradley University's Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services, and Counseling Offering Events
Education News
In the News
Coming Up...
March 12
Board of Education Meeting
Administration Building
6:30 p.m.
March 16
ISAT Testing Ends
End of 3rd Quarter
March 20
Parent Forum
Calvin Coolidge Middle School
6:00 p.m.
Peoria City/County Health Department Reminds Families to "Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks"
daylight savings To help prepare for public health emergencies, the Peoria City/County Health Department is reminding citizens that they need an emergency preparedness stockpile with at least three days of food, water and supplies.  Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 11, and residents are encouraged to participate in getting prepared by participating in the American Public Health Association's Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks campaign. This effort reminds the public to set their clocks ahead one hour and check their emergency stockpile at this time.

When it's time to change your clocks because of daylight saving time, use this day as a reminder to check your preparedness kit to make sure your emergency stockpile is complete and that the food, water, and medications have not expired. 

Jason Marks, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Peoria City/County Health Department, stated, "The daylight saving time change is the perfect opportunity to check and see if your emergency stockpile is missing any items. For example, are the batteries in the flashlight working? Has any of the food or medication expired?  This is a chance for all families to ensure they are prepared for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters." 

For people who don't have an emergency stockpile yet, the Peoria City/County Health Department provides a brochure on Weekly Steps for Emergency Preparedness on their website at  This information provides a budget friendly plan to build a supply kit and develop a plan in 24 weeks.
RHS WYSE Academic Team Places Second at Sectional
Congratulations to the Richwoods WYSE Academic Team for placing second in yesterday’s (March 7) Sectional Academic Competition at Bradley University.  Individual medal winners were as follows:

Biology:     1st Jane Zhang
                  2nd – Connor Boyle
                  3rd – Morgan Timm
Chemistry: Natalie Seitzman and Frank Greene tied for 2nd
English:      Jordan Boyle and Natalie Seitzman tied for 2nd
The entire team advances to the State Competition on Wednesday April 4th  at the University of Illinois. The RHS WYSE Team is coached by RHS Physics Teacher Bruce Garrison.
WCTC Cosmetology Students Network in Chicago
Hair Show 1 Woodruff Career and Technical Center cosmetology students attended America’s Beauty Show in Chicago, the largest beauty show in Illinois.  The experience was priceless!!!  Students had the opportunity to network with thousands of others, as well as become educated in the many phases of cosmetology (hair, nails, and skin).  
WCTC students kicked off hair show 2 the day by attending the “student conference” where pioneers in the industry encouraged students to set goals and never give up on their dreams. They also had the opportunity to see other students with their live models that had competed in competitions. There were numerous hair show 3 vendors present and students were able to purchase items at discounted prices. They were also  introduced to the latest technology in the industry and some were able to participate in demonstrations.
There was so much to see and learn, and the students were encouraged to take advantage of it all! Hats off to our “rising star” cosmetologists!!

Peoria Public Schools 
Hosts Workplace Skills Expo for STEP Program Students

Workplace Skills Expo Students participating in the STEP (Secondary Transitional Experience Program) program in Peoria Public School District 150 high schools took part in the 4th annual Workplace Skills Expo on Wednesday, March 7th at Barrack's Cater Inn. The purpose of the expo was to provide a hands on dining experience to students while teaching them about etiquette, how to dress for an interview, making polite conversation, and proper table manners. These soft skills are necessary components of their life in the job market during and after high school.  A “Job Search” presentation was hosted by Shalesse Pie from the Peoria Park District. A dining etiquette luncheon followed with a “Dress for Success” presentation. Dress for Success provided clothes for a student “Dress for Success” style show. Approximately 90 juniors and seniors from Manual Academy, Peoria High School, Richwoods High School and Jamieson School participated in the event.

STEP is the product of a contract between the State of Illinois (DHS/DRS) and Peoria Public Schools District 150. This contract helps to provide job training and community work experiences for high school students with disabilities. Funding for the event was provided by the DHS/DRS STEP Contract.

Thomas Jefferson Primary holds 2012 “Coins for Kids” Fundraiser and Disability Awareness Event
Students at Thomas Jefferson participated in a two week fundraiser for Easter Seals, called “Coins for Kids”. Each class competed with each other to bring in the most money and this year, it was a close competition!  The school hosted two pizza party winners; Mrs. Nelson/Mrs. White’s second grade class and Mrs. Heerman/Mrs. Chumbley/Mrs. Weist’s third grade class.  TJ's very caring staff and students collected more than $1600.00 this year for the children at Easter Seals.  The staff and students at TJ know what Easter Seals does for students and are very proud of the Thomas Jefferson Community and their generous contributions!
Student in wheelchair In conjunction with the fundraiser, the students participated in Disability Awareness activities and lessons.  There were a variety of activities:
  • One student from a class with disabilities showed a class of regular division students how a language device works.
  • Another student taught a class how to read Braille and how to use a white cane.  student in wheelchair at fountain
  • A third grade class actually had students transport themselves in a wheelchair and walk from place to place blindfolded.  They then discussed the issues they came across in getting around the school.  
  • In PE the students participated in activities one-handed, blindfolded, and in a wheelchair.
Thomas Jefferson is very proud of its diverse community! 
Harrison Community Learning Students Celebrate Heart Awareness Month

Approximately 306 Harrison CLC students in Grades 1-7, receiving an A/B grade in conduct for the month of February, participated in a monthly PBIS celebration. The celebration was centered on February being Heart Awareness Month.  The theme of the celebration was “And the Beat goes on!” The school nurse from the Methodist Medical Center on-site Clinic was invited to speak briefly to the students in Grades 3-7 about the importance of keeping their hearts healthy and strong. The nurse also taught the students how to measure their heart rates before and during exercise. Various stations (i.e. jumping rope, basketball line-ups) were set-up where the students engaged in fun activities as they learned about exercising to keep the heart muscle strong! Grades 1 & 2 learned the “Wisercise” Rap, made nutrition cards to share with their families, and prepared a healthy trail mix snack. A fun heart healthy time was shared by both teachers and students alike!

Hines Primary Goes Blue
colon cancer alliance On Friday, March 2, 2012, Hines Primary School went blue for colon cancer awareness.  Students paid $1.00 to go “uniform free” and dressed in blue for National Dress in Blue Day.  The school raised $390.00 for colon cancer.  Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer and about 143,460 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012.  Early screening is essential in colon cancer survival.  The Dress in Blue Day was organized by Mrs. Deborah Gabor and Mrs. Alice Finney, two staff members from Hines who are survivors of colon cancer.  March is colon cancer awareness month.  For more information on colon cancer, visit Colon Cancer Alliances @
colorectal cancer awareness month  
Franklin Primary Prepares to Rock the ISAT
talent show Franklin Primary's 3rd-5th grade got ready to Rock the ISAT by having an assembly to show off their talents. Each class prepared a routine to motivate each other. The routines showcased dancing, acrobatics, step routines, and great team work among the classes.
All of the staff will be wearing their Rock the ISAT shirt the two weeks of ISAT in support of the students.
Whittier Primary Adopted as 10th School for Look, Its My Book! Program

Whittier students and volunteers Look, It’s My Book!, a non-profit organization in Peoria that gives books to children in k-4th grades, adopted its tenth school on Feb. 29th, 2012. Whittier Primary School was selected as the organization's tenth partnership.

In the four years since Look, It’s My Book! was founded, it has more than doubled its goal of adding a school a year. Look, It’s My Book! has over two hundred volunteers in many different capacities. Look, It’s My Book! has given over 40,000 books to more than 4,000 children and is now giving away 24,000 books a year. Look, It’s My book! pays an average of $2.50 a book and gets up to 80% discounts due to the poverty level of the district.

“Due to the poverty level within the School District, the majority of children in District 150 did not have a single book in their home until Look. It’s My Book!,” said Janet Roth, President of Look. It's My Book! “Three different studies show books in the home correlate with reading readiness, reading ability, and there is even a carry over to math skills.”

Reading proficiency correlates with success in education,Author and volunteers occupations, and community involvement. Books on a subject that children are interested in, and at their reading level, are the most important motivators for children to read. Look, It’s My Book! allows children to pick from a wide array of books at their grade level. The books are arranged by grade level but children can go up or down a level if it’s appropriate.

Look. It’s My Book! is an all volunteer organization supported by donations from people who want to see children read to succeed. 
Washington Gifted Invites Community to Visit School
Washington Gifted Middle School invites the community to come visit Washington on March 24, 2012! From 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., WGMS will host the school's first annual Spring Market, benefiting Washington Gifted Volleyball. The Spring Market will include 50 vendors showcasing and selling homemade crafts and boutique items, photos with the Easter Bunny from12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., a fashion show by Macy's from 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., performances by Washington students and stories by professional storyteller Mike Lockett at 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. A $1.00 donation or the donation of a new stuffed animal for the "Bunny Drive" for Easter Seals is requested.
2nd Annual "Gearing Up For Kindergarten" Transition Fair Planned
Gearing Up for Kindergarten Peoria Public Schools will hold its 2nd Annual Kindergarten Transition Fair on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Hult Center for Health Education from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Transition fair will offer kindergarten screenings, health activities for students, community resources for families and more! Peoria Public Schools hosts this event as a one stop shop for families as they prepare to switch gears at home and prepare their child for his or her first year of school.
Mark your calendars now for April 21st and look for more information here, in Remarkable Times or on the District website,!
Finalist for Peorian of the Year, Carl Cannon, Selects Peoria Public Schools Foundation as Award Recipient
Carl Cannon is one of 5 finalists for the Peorian of the Year through the Peorian magazine.  The voting for the Peorian of the Year is done through an online voting system starting March 1, through March 31st. Mr. Cannon has selected the Peoria Public Schools Foundation as his designated non-profit.  If Mr. Cannon wins the most votes through the online voting system, the Peoria Public Schools Foundation will be awarded $10,000 designated for uniforms to Trewyn School students. Carl Cannon and E.L.I.T.E. have teamed up with Trewyn School this year, to bring the E.L.I.T.E. program to all Trewyn students during the school day. 
Please vote for Mr. Cannon and help the Peoria Public Schools Foundation and Trewyn Students earn $10,000! One vote per day per person is allowed.  VOTE HERE!
ACS Has Three Openings for Paid Summer Internship at U of I College of Medicine - Peoria
The American Cancer Society, Illinois Division offers an integrated Summer Research Program designed for high school students in their junior year (Class of 2013). The major objective of the program is to introduce students to scientific research, specifically, cancer research, to promote career opportunities in the area of cancer, through a program supervised by the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division’s Research Advisory Committee. This program will help students develop their own philosophy in biophysics, biochemistry, immunology, and pharmacology, as well as gain an understanding of cancer and its impact on Illinois residents.
Selection for the program is based upon the student’s interests, as expressed in an essay, academic record, two letters of recommendation (at least one letter of recommendation must be from a teacher). Students will work in a cancer research laboratory under the supervision of an established investigator at prestigious academic institutions such as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Loyola University and Southern Illinois University. The program will run for eight weeks. Each student will be expected to work on an independent, limited and achievable research project for four days a week. The fifth day will be spent attending various lectures, and presenting updates on their projects. At the conclusion of the program, students will be required to present a final report of their assigned project. In addition, students may be required to attend and present their research results at various American Cancer Society volunteer meetings. Selected participants will receive a $2,000 stipend.
  • Current Junior standing (member of the Class of 2013)
  • Demonstrates strong ability in math and science
  • Interested in pursuing a career in science or medicine
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in core subjects
  • A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident
  • Outstanding attendance record
The American Cancer Society is committed to nurturing the potential and interests of future scientific and medical leaders. The American Cancer Society recognizes that cancer affects individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic factors. The American Cancer Society seeks students who represent the diverse communities of Illinois, respecting that such diversity includes race and ethnicity, gender, socio-economics, geography and many other factors.
Complete application (application form, essay, two letters of recommendation and transcripts) must be postmarked no later than March 14, 2012. Any applications postmarked after March 14, 2012 will not be accepted.
Peoria Promise Deadlines Approaching for Seniors
Peoria promise The deadline for the Peoria Promise scholarship application is quickly approaching. The application closes April 1st, so make sure to submit your application and letters of recommendation by then. No late submissions are considered. Remember, students have to apply to Illinois Central College before you can apply for ICC and Peoria Promise scholarships.If you have any questions about Peoria Promise or the scholarship application, contact Becky Petrany at or Stephanie Holmes at 694-8420.
Nominations Open for CHOI's Advocacy Awards
Children's Hospital of Illinois is pleased to announce that they are currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Community Advocacy Awards.  There are (4) award categories:  Professional, Volunteer, Youth, and Group award.  All winners will receive $500 towards the charity of their choice and are honored at our annual breakfast awards ceremony.  Nominations can be submitted on line at 
Bradley University's Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services, and Counseling Offering Events
The Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services, and Counseling at Bradley University is excited to announce the following events for teaching staff:

On Friday March 30, the Department will have an open house from 4-6pm at Bradley's
Campustown Shopping Center location, 1200 West Main St. in Peoria. There will be information available on the Department's three master's programs and 3 post-master certificate programs as well as faculty from all of the programs to discuss options and opportunities.  Food and refreshments will be served.  Those who might be interested, but unable to attend can contact the department for more
information on these programs: Terri Preston at or Chris Rybak at More information can also be found at or download a flyer here.

On both Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31, the Department will be cosponsoring a two day event focusing on recent developments in neuroscience and brain development.  The program is called "The Spark of Living and Dying: The Aging Brain."  Experts on neuroscience will present a variety of interesting research findings on brain development for youth and adults.  A special website has been set up for this event: or download a flyer here.
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