|Monies for Moore - The Moore We Can Offer, The Better|
District 70 will be collecting money to help the victims of the tornado that hit Moore, Ok., earlier this week.
The fundraiser is called "Monies for Moore - The Moore We Can Offer, The Better!"
Collection cans will be set out in each school office by the district's Character Counts Committee. Monies collected may be earmarked for the American Red Cross in Oklahoma City to help with recovery.
"The devastation and impact on Oklahoma and the Plaza Towers Elementary School hit hard and is painful to comprehend," said Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher.
"Anything we can gather in these short days before school is out will be beneficial, I am certain."
|Posted 5-21-2013 3:47 PM|
|Three Copeland Teachers To Retire|
Jan Wagner, Jill Leffelman and Donna Brannstrom are preparing to retire this spring and bid farewell to Copeland Manor School.
The three turned the tables on tradition recently when they hosted a luncheon for their coworkers to say thank you for all the wonderful years they spent together.
|Posted 5-15-2013 11:41 AM|
|New Board Members Take Office|
|During a special board meeting on May 6, Board of Education President Maryann Ovassapian swore in four members to the District 70 Board. Taking the oath for the first time were Wendy Schilling and Luke Stowe, while voters returned incumbents Julie Damenti and Tom Vickers to elected service.|
|Posted 5-7-2013 5:25 PM|
|Judge Fusz Talks About the Law to HMS Students|
|Lake County Circuit Court Associate Judge Michael J. Fusz, currently assigned to the law division, spoke to Highland Middle School students on May 7 to explain how the legal system works. The Hon. Fusz currently works on civil cases when assigned.|
|Posted 5-7-2013 5:37 PM|
|Copeland Manor Staff Celebrates Cinco de Mayo|
For many years, Maria Jimenez has been making a homemade Cinco de Mayo meal for the Copeland Manor School staff. Staff actually buys into the meal. This year, more than $600 generated from the delicious lunch will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
For all you do, Maria, thank you!
|Posted 5-6-2013 11:37 AM|
|May 2nd Open House|
|Please come to our Open House 6:30-7:30 on May 2nd|
|Posted 4-26-2013 8:22 AM|
|Staff Appreciation Lunch|
|Staff Appreciation Lunch May 7th|
|Posted 4-26-2013 8:23 AM|
|Spring Sing at 6:30 at Highland Middle School|
|Posted 4-26-2013 8:25 AM|
|Institute Day Has Staff in School Learning|
April's Institute Day may have meant a day off for students but District 70 staff was hard at work in school learning. Here D70 nurses and Supt. Schumacher go over procedures and protocols, learning from one another, as well as Condell Advocate Medical Center Clinical Nurse Educator Kim Vander Ploeg.
Pictured here, from left to right, are Schumacher, Vander Ploeg, Rockland nurse Alice Novak, Butterfield nurse Martha Althoff, Highland Middle nurse Marianne Patterson, Adler Park nurse Kim Hutchinson and Copeland Manor nurse Sally Parkhill.
|Posted 4-26-2013 10:09 AM|
|Last Day of School is June 4|
The last day of school for the 2012-13 school year will be June 4.
Full-day kindergartners through fifth-graders will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. Half-day kindergartners' last day will be June 3.
Highland Middle School students, grades 6-8, will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m.
|Posted 4-23-2013 10:59 AM|
|Retirement Tea for Karen Branding|
A retirement tea will be held for HMS teacher Karen Branding from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on May 21 at the Highland Middle School Learning Center.
The event is open to the public.
|Posted 4-15-2013 12:33 PM|
|Benny the Bull Visits Copeland Manor School|
Benny the Bull, the mascot from the Chicago Bulls basketball team, visited with some of the younger Copeland Manor students on Tuesday to talk about how to stay healthy by washing hands during the day.
Benny taught students that germs are alive, so you should sneeze into your elbows not your hands to prevent spreading germs. Students also were reminded to use soap when they wash their hands right after school and that they should wash all the way through singing the Happy Birthday song to themselves.
Students were awarded prizes for their participation in the special assembly, which was sponsored by Advocate Condell Medical Center.
|Posted 4-2-2013 4:37 PM|
|Safety and Security Updates|
As we continue to address safety and security at Copeland Manor School, there will be significant changes taking place in the upcoming weeks. After a formal review of practices and procedures associated with current plans, safety officials and school security experts have assisted the District 70 administration in designing features that will support our commitment for safer and more secure access into all schools.
1. Changes that will be implemented in the near future at Copeland during the first "phase" of our ongoing efforts to ensure student and staff safety include:
* A security system will be incorporated into the entry vestibule requiring all visitors to press a button in order to gain access into the school office.
* Visitors will, as always, be required to sign in at the office.
* Any student arriving after the school bell must be "buzzed" into the locked building with a parent or guardian, and they must sign in at the office.
2. A second "phase" of security modifications are scheduled to occur later this school year and during the summer:
* Visitors also will be required to submit a Driver's License or other state issued ID to be scanned that will provide a national background check for sex offenders, restraining orders, or any custom-designed alerts. The system, used throughout thousands of schools across the country is called Raptor.
* When a visitor is cleared, the system prints a badge featuring the visitor's name, photo, date, time and destination. If a potential threat is identified, the Raptor system sends instant alerts to designated officials, including law enforcement and school administrators.
* Supervisors will monitor student entrance doors each morning.
* In addition, all staff swipe card entry systems will be improved, and interior keys and locks will be upgraded. Security camera installation and instant emergency alerts linked to the local police department also will be considered at Copeland.
|Posted 3-1-2013 12:21 PM|
|Changes in ISAT Cut Scores|
In anticipation of a new testing framework in 2014-2015, the Illinois State Board of Education is recalculating the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) performance expectations for reading and mathematics.
Higher performance expectations will likely result in a downward shift of where our students rank in meeting and/or exceeding state standards on the tests. This is not an indication that our students know less or are less academically capable or prepared, but that they are being measured against more rigorous standards.
|Posted 2-6-2013 4:05 PM|
|Supt. Letter on Safety and Security Changes|
|An open letter to D70 parents from Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher about upcoming changes and improvements to school safety and security.|
|Posted 2-22-2013 4:01 PM|
|Calendar for the 2013-14 School Year|
During the Nov. 26 Board of Education meeting, board members approved the school calendar for the 2013-14 school year.
The first day of school for students will be Aug. 21, 2013.
Winter Break will take run from Dec. 23, 2013 through Jan. 3, 2014.
Spring Break will run from March 24 through March 28, 2014.
The Board of Education will determine the calendar for the 2013-14 school year in April.
|Posted 11-27-2012 1:10 PM|
|D70 Full-Day Kindg. Featured in Tribune|
The Chicago Tribune ran a story today (Jan. 29) on its front page about full-day kindergarten, featuring Libertyville Elementary District 70.
See how parent requests for full-day evolved with Supt. Schumacher's vision and the hard work and skills of teachers Karen Forkner and Angela Pontarelli.
|Posted 1-29-2013 12:33 PM|
|D70 Schools Receive Academic Excellence Award|
For the fourth consecutive year, Adler Park, Butterfield, Copeland Manor, and Rockland schools are being honored with the highest academic award given by the Illinois State Board of Education for providing students with a high quality education.
The four elementary schools in Libertyville Elementary District 70 received the highest award, an "Academic Excellence Award." They were included with only 454 schools in the state to receive the award. In order to qualify for the award, those 454 schools showed they could sustain high student performance over at least three years. The award was given to schools where at least 90% of students met or exceeded state standards in 2010-2012.
This is the fourth year in a row these schools have won the award.
|Posted 1-29-2013 12:41 PM|
|Standards Based Conference|
D70 Director of Curriculum Kathy Dinger and Copeland Manor Principal Erik Youngman were recently part of a panel speaking to school superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, and teachers about implementing standards-based report cards.
With D70 help, school officials gained a deeper understanding of what it takes to implement such a system. D70 already has standards based grading and report cards.
Principal Youngman is pictured here during the conference.
|Posted 2-1-2013 4:42 PM|
|D70 Administrators Continue to Review Safety 1-23-2013|
|In a District 70 administrative meeting today, Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher reviewed current plans and procedures set to address safety and greater security in all schools. Libertyville Police Chief Clint Herdegen collaborated with the administrators and the D70 Emergency Management Committee to support and guide plans that enhance and address the safety of children and staff. (Photo shows Supt. Schumacher, left, with Police Chief Herdegen.)|
|Posted 1-23-2013 4:24 PM|
|Supt. Addresses School Safety Concerns|
|Libertyville Elementary District 70 Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher assures families of student safety at the schools as he talks about the current emergency management protocol in a new podcast.|
|Posted 12-17-2012 4:00 PM|
|The School Report Card|
|The School Report Card is used as a tool to inform the community about public schools in Illinois and contains information pertaining to school enrollment, average class size, time dedicated to subject area, teacher experience, school finances, and student performance. District 70 school report cards are available within the Curriculum Department on our district website at www.d70schools.org. Copies may also be requested from your school office.|
|Posted 10-23-2012 8:16 AM|
|2012-13 Mini Grant Winners|
|Winners of the 2012-13 Mini Grants have been announced by business leaders with District 70's Partners for Excellence in Education. The winners are now posted.|
|Posted 10-17-2012 3:05 PM|
|Supt. Schumacher's Welcome Back Podcast|
|Libertyville Elementary District 70 Supt. Dr. Guy Schumacher welcomes students and staff back to school and highlights what's ahead in the 2012-13 school year with a new podcast.|
|Posted 8-23-2012 4:46 PM|
|Calendar for the 2012-13 school year|
|The official calendar for the 2012-13 school year is now online. The calendar for the entire 2012-13 school year is now published on the website under "Calendar."|
|Posted 4-24-2012 11:07 AM|
|D70 Finances Praised by Daily Herald|
|The Daily Herald, often critical of government spending and financial housekeeping, praises D70 for its cooperative attitude in a short-term loan to cash strapped Gavin D37 - encouraging more school districts to work together. See the editorial here.|
|Posted 4-26-2012 5:34 PM|