Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Residents of North Shore School District 112 were asked to complete a survey Feb. 19-March 15. The results are in.
Wednesday, May 15
More than 1,000 District 112 parents and more than 300 other community members responded to the district's survey covering topics related to the quality of its education, its facilities, leadership, finances and more. Four out of five parents and three out of four community members gave the schools an A or B according to the survey, though the quality of district facilities did not rate as well, receiving an A or B by just 55 percent of participants. In open-ended responses, many participants spoke of the district’s aging facilities being in need of updates and repairs. The survey also revealed overall agreement (94 percent) that strong schools are important, with 87 percent of respondents indicating schools have an impact on property …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Sequester costing schools in Deerfield, Highland Park and Glenview $140,000.
Did you know the Sequester, which forced spending cuts on the Federal government earlier this year is taking money out of schools in Highland Park, Glenview and Deerfield? Schools in these communities receive approximately $140,000 a year to cover the cost of educating children of military parents. That stopped when the Sequester went into effect, according to school officials. Earlier: Kirk, Durbin Schneider Tour New School as Sequester Removes Shine Congress restored money for air traffic controllers cut by the Sequester to ease flight delays. Patch wants to know if you think local schools should get the same treatment as the airline industry and has prepared an unscientific poll to gauge your opinion. Township High School District 113, …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Highland Park resident Chelsey Maxwell will begin her new position of principal of the Green Bay Early Childhood Center in July.
Thursday, March 21
The North Shore District 112 Board of Education approved the appointment of Highland Park resident Chelsey Maxwell as the new principal of Green Bay Early Childhood Center effective July 1. Maxwell will replace outgoing Principal Nita Goodman, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Maxwell currently serves as the Early Childhood Principal in Madison Skokie District 69, where she worked since 2008. She served for three years as the district’s Student Support Coordinator prior to becoming Early Childhood Principal in 2011. Prior to that, Maxwell worked for five years as a teacher and two years as a Special Education Program Consultant at Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. "Ms. Maxwell brings to the position an extensive …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Congratulations to Marianne Gunnarsson, who was one of 12 finalists in last month's Scripps National Spelling Bee sectionals. She will compete in the Lake County final spelling bee on March 20.
Marianne Gunnarsson, an eighth-grader at Northwood Jr. High in North Shore School District 112, was one of 12 finalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee sectionals held throughout Lake County last month. The sectionals, co-sponsored by the Lake County Regional Office of Education and the Jelly Belly Candy Company, featured students from 125 public and non-pubic schools in Lake County. Gunnarsson and 11 other sectional finalists will next compete in the Lake County Final Spelling Bee at the College of Lake County at 7 p.m. March 20. One final winner will Win a trip to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. to compete May 26 through June l. All expenses for the 7-day trip will be paid cooperatively by Lake County Regional …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Six elementary schools in North Shore School District 112 were given the honor for sustaining high academic performance for three consecutive years.
Tuesday, January 29
North Shore School District 112 has been given high honors by the Illinois State Board of Education this week. The district has six schools named to the Academic Honor Roll and given the 2012 Academic Excellence Award. Braeside Elementary, Indian Trail Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Ravinia Elementary, Sherwood Elementary and Wayne Thomas Elementary are among 454 Illinois schools receiving the award. The schools honored all sustained high academic performances over the past three years. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, schools who receive the Academic Excellence Award must have at least 90 percent of elementary and middle students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math for three straight years. At the …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Proposed shift of pension liability from state to local school districts could mean bigger class sizes and less financial stability for Highland Park and Deerfield schools.
Pension reform legislation that would shift responsibility for teacher retirement from the state to individual school districts was introduced in the Illinois General Assembly last week with the potential to drastically change schools in Deerfield and Highland Park. Authored by state Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) and state Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), the proposed bill does a number of things to help ease the unfunded portions of pensions for a number of public employees including teachers. Earlier: Nekritz, Biss Introduce Sweeping Pension Reform Bill Though most of the provisions affect the state as a whole, shifting the burden of teacher pensions from the state to individual school districts will put an added though not unexpected…
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Highland Park native Howie Templer earns coveted prize in fourth year of teaching.
To chants of “MVP, MVP, MVP,” from the Braeside School student body, fourth-grade teacher Howard "Howie" Templer was given the Golden Apple award Tuesday. The coveted prize is given annually to Chicagoland’s best 10 teachers in the fourth through eighth grades. Wishing to win after learning of his nomination, Templer’s hopes dimmed when winners were announced and he received no notification. Then, about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and officials of the Golden Apple Foundation walked into Templer’s classroom with the trophy in hand. “My whole family is here. This is crazy. I’m totally overwhelmed,” Templer said in amazement. “Is that why you told me to shave?” he said, pointing to his fiancé. More than 600 people were…
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Contenders for 3 seats agree and disagree on issues confronting school board.
Four candidates for three seats on the North Shore School District 112 board discussed budget cuts and other issues, including school boundaries and the dual language program, at a League of Women Voters Forum at the Highland Park Country Club. Yumi Ross, Michael Cohn, Paul Tatelli and incumbent Bruce Hyman also discussed technology expenses, consolidation and the role of the school board before more than 300 people during their 40-minute debate on March 6. Ross was the only one to offer a specific suggestion when asked about the $2.7 million in cuts in the next year's budget for running the 12 elementary to middle schools. She recommended reductions in custodial services and energy usage while the other candidates spoke in generalities…
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Service offers residents of all ages a chance to give back to the community.
On Monday, North Shore School District 112 and the Highland Park Human Relations Commission are putting on the second annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. The event offers programs and activities that will let participants celebrate the legacy of Dr. Marty Luther King, Jr. by giving back to the community. Cheryl Levi, a longtime school teacher and one of the event’s founders, said that until the event began last year there was very little organized in Highland Park to honor King's birthday. But the community came together to make last year’s event a success, and Levi is optimistic that this year will be even better. "Last year we had over 250 people come, and I don’t think our advertising was nearly as good as this year," she said. "…
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Three Highland Park residents were endorsed to serve on the District 112 School Board
The North Shore School District 112 caucus endorsed three candidates for the school board this weekend. Michael Cohn, Yumi Ross and Dr. Bruce Hyman were endorsed by the over 50-member caucus after reviewing presentations and conducting interviews with the four applicants. "These are all people that are involved and committed to the district, and it was a good process," said Eric Ephraim, vice chairman of the caucus. "Everyone walked out feeing good about the choices we had to make and the final decision." All three candidates are Highland Park residents with children who are currently attending or have attended District 112 schools. "The caucus endorsed candidates qualified to make fiscally responsible decisions and policies that promote…