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North High’s National Honor Society Wildcat Chapter held several different activities in December to raise money for Brittany’s Gifts. They “flamingo flocked” classrooms, held a holiday variety show where students showcased their musical talents with the Poms and JROTC drill team, and held several other events for staff members at school. On December 21st, they dropped off the gifts to residents at the Handicap Development Center. West High National Honor Society students gift-wrapped presents for Brittany’s Gifts and attended the Christmas party at the Handicapped Development Center.
This year at West High, Falcons for Families, with the help of others, was able to provide gifts to 30 students and food baskets to 24 families. Collaborators included West students, West staff, West families, community members, the YMCA, Ruhl and Ruhl, RE/MAX, Total Solutions, Mandela Integrative Medicine, Terracon, and River Bend Food Bank, along with many others.
North High’s 2016 Norwica yearbook earned the Award of Distinguished Merit from the State Jostens Whole Yearbook Contest which is awarded to those yearbooks that receive a rating of Excellence from the judges. Pictured: DeJa Dominque, Norwica Editor-in-chief.
The Sudlow Intermediate yearbook staff received an honorable mention in the middle school category of the 2016 LifeTouch Yearbook Showcase Contest for their work on the 2015-2016 book, Year in Review. The yearbooks were evaluated on the criteria of theme/theme development, design, continuity, photography, writing, creativity, and coverage. Congratulations to the yearbook staff and adviser, Mr. Evan Mosier, for this achievement. Pictured from left: Martha Fey, Bella Richards, Mr. Mosier, Maddy Enright, Isabel Wohlwend, and Maitreyi Shrikhande.
West High’s Women in Computer Science event, held on December 9th by Mr. Brosius, was a resounding success. Between 40 and 50 female students attended the computer science talk with special guests Malathi Ganesh from John Deere and Laura Beitler, an Augustana student, who talked about their careers and successes in computer science.
Kaylin Buckley, D’Shae Parker, and Hevyn Barnes from Central High were selected to attend “The Next Step” Girls Leadership Conference at Western Illinois’ Quad City campus. While there, they enjoyed keynote speaker, Nicole O’Brien, who discussed empowerment of women and finding the drive to pursue dreams. The students also attended sessions on the reality of teen parenting, how to dress for future job opportunities, and maintaining personal safety.
On Friday, December 16th, Title I held an event at Madison Elementary with an afternoon of learning and fun for all fourth- and fifth-grade students and their families. The festivities started with a scavenger hunt where the students had to solve written math problems to get subsequent clues in teachers’ rooms. Mr. Mielenhausen was the last stop, and he got to tell the first two teams that they had won. Next, the students played “Snowball Wars” (pictured) where they solved multiplication and division problems on paper, balled the papers up, and threw them into a snowball pile until the timer went off. To close the night, families made candy cane reindeer and enjoyed great snacks and conversation.
Our staff and students have been working hard to reduce our use of energy resources and we are having success! The District Energy Conservation Committee recently reviewed and compared electric energy usage for our school buildings for the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 school years.
Three of our schools are being honored as top performers for their reduction in electric energy use:
Madison Elementary School – used 34% less electrical energy
North High School-used 24% less electrical energy
Central High School-used 23% less electrical energy
We also had eight schools which reduced their use of electric power by 10% or more: Eisenhower Elementary 13%, Sudlow Intermediate 11%, Smart Intermediate 11%, McKinley Elementary 10%, West High School 10%, Adams Elementary 10%, Buffalo Elementary 10%, and Truman Elementary 10%.
Thank you for your leadership in helping conserve energy in our district!