District 70 Notes
Updated: June 18, 2012 8:13AM
Board meeting is May 21
The Libertyville Elementary District 70 Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Educational Resource Center, 1381 W. Lake St., Libertyville.
Kindergartners to hold tree ceremony
Butterfield and Adler Park kindergartners will hold a special ceremony for a tree that they are planting from a Partners for Excellence in Education mini-grant. “Speak for the Trees” will be held at 12:30 p.m. on May 25 at Butterfield School. The students will be placing the special memory stones that we will have created around the tree
First graders meet Data Buddies
Butterfield first-graders will meet with students from Martin School in Lake Villa on May 30 at the Libertyville school in order to meet fellow first-graders they have been communicating with but never met. Now in its third year, “Data Buddies” has students from both schools collecting data on one another in hopes that they have enough data at their meeting to identify them. Early this year, each student drew what he/she thought his/her buddy looks like. The next three drawings are completed each time new information is shared.
First graders to hold balloon launch
To celebrate reading, Rockland first-graders will hold a massive and colorful helium balloon launch at 12:45 p.m. on May 25 at the school, 160 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville.
The launch actually celebrates that more than 45 first-graders have learned to read this school year. During the event, the students form a circle, release the balloons and then regroup in the circle.
Before a student can release a balloon, they each must read aloud to Principal Jeff Knapp.
Track and field teams score high
Highland Middle School’s track and field teams did well when they competed May 5 in the Lakeside Conference Track meet held at Lakes High School.
The meet began with team Captain Lily Moore taking first place in the eighth grade girls’ hurdles division. Lily later cruised to first place in the 400 run and landed a second place finish in the long jump. She also helped the 4X400 relay team as it placed third.
Another solid set of efforts were made by sixth-graders Melissa Manetsch and Avril Johnson. Both students competed on the seventh grade level. Melissa won the girls’ mile seventh grade division run with Avril right behind her in second place. Avril also ran to a second place finish in the 400 run.
Coming in to a first place finish in the 400 run for seventh grade girls was Olivia Rush, who also tied for first place in the high jump in her grade level.
Another notable effort was made by seventh-grader Melissa Robbins, who threw the discus 55-feet-9-inches to take second place.
Meanwhile seventh-grader Ian Down took first place in the long jump for the boys. Seventh-grader Derek Nedland finished in third place in the 400 run in the eighth-grade division.
Erin Koehloeffer named favorite teacher
Butterfield second grade teacher Erin Koehloeffer was named My Favorite Teacher by the Barnes & Noble store in Vernon Hills.
Second-grader Dakota Lyons wrote an essay of 500 words or less about her teacher, Koehloeffer, for Barnes and Noble’s My Favorite Teacher Contest. Dakota’s essay won first place for the area. It now goes on to compete on the regional level.
Also listed as a finalist were Butterfield fifth grade teacher Dana Barron from an essay written by student Emma Milowski and Rockland fourth grade teacher Kristin Stefanik.
Highland graduation set for May 30
Graduation for Highland Middle School eighth graders will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 30 at Libertyville High School, 708 W. Park Ave., Libertyville.
The students will practice at the high school the morning of graduation, on May 30. A graduation party will follow the evening ceremony, running from 9 to 11 p.m. at Highland Middle School, 310 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville.
Schools celebrate recognition ceremony
Libertyville Elementary District 70 students will be honored for academic and leadership abilities during Recognition Ceremonies and Award Days held at every school in May and June.
Recognition and Awards ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. on May 25 for Rockland students at the school, for Adler Park students at the school, and for Butterfield students at the school. Recognition Day for Copeland Manor School will be at 1:30 p.m. on June 1 at the school. The Highland Middle School Awards Days will be at 9 a.m. on May 25 for eighth grade, while awards for sixth and seventh graders will be held at on June 1 at the school.
School year ends June 4
The last day of school for the 2011-2012 school year in Libertyville Elementary District 70 will be June 4, Monday. Students will meet for one hour from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.
Three teams go
Three Libertyville Elementary District 70 teams involved in an international problem-solving program will compete on the global level –the highest-level possible- in May.
Destination Imagination challenges students in problem solving techniques. This year, students from Adler Park, Butterfield, and Highland had teams competing in the state and regional competitions. Recently three of the four teams placed in the first and second slots on the state level, which propels them to the Global competition on May 23 through the 26 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn.
The sponsors for all the District 70 teams this year are teachers Karen McLean and Ashley Zeinz.
The following teams will compete on the global level.
Two teams ranked in first place at the state competition. They include:
Highland Middle School “That Team Over There” team competed in the “Assembly Required” challenge where teams designed and built equipment that retrieved parts and delivered assembled products made to order, all to a special story. Highland team members are Elias Anderson, Mitry Anderson, Alex Dikelsky, Jacob Dikelsky, Andy Liu, Annika McDermott-Hinman and Adam Sparks. The manager is Greg Sparks.
Butterfield School “1, 2, 3 Not It” team also did the challenge “Assembly Required.” Team members of the all female group include Emma Chandler, Jillian Cote, Hannah Hartshorne, Alyssa Kline and Erin Leese. Team managers are Elizabeth and Doug Chandler.
Being awarded second place was Adler Park School team “Gator Warriors” that performed the challenge “News to Me” where students performed a skit about the cause-and-effect relationship between two unrelated news stories, then have all the plans suddenly become discombobulated by a one-minute glitch. Members include Annika Bjorklund, Abigail Cima, Maddy Jacobs and Ellie Seyl. The team manager is Eric Cima.
The fourth team competing on the state level, the Butterfield School “One Small Step For Kids, One Giant Leap For DI” team, placed fourth, just out of reach of the global competition. The team performed the “Coming Attraction” challenge where the team presented a movie trailer involving characters from at least two nations and featured an original soundtrack. Team members are Jake Duffy, Tate Constable, Milica Lukic, Allison McLean, Scott Patterson and Jonathon Timm. The managers are Dan Timm and Fred Duffy.