ELGIN — In one second-grade classroom at Harriet Gifford Elementary School here, a group of girls spelled words for Principal Joe Corcoran — words like “thunder.”
“Thunnn-derrr,” Corcoran sounded out the word for the girls.
Another group of boys took turns reading a story with teacher Gregorio Posada about a snowman melting in the sun.
“Kids will come with different levels of proficiency,” Posada said. “You try to help them where they are.”
The students are in Elgin School District U46’s English as a Second Language, or ESL, program in which they spend part of their day in Posada’s bilingual classroom. When they closed their “Moving into English” textbooks, they moved back into Spanish for matemáticas, counting out yellow blocks to complete subtraction problems the teacher had written on an overhead projector.
Gifford is one of 29 elementary schools in District U46 that now have Transitional Bilingual Education programming in place.
Next school year, those 29 schools will move to a dual language model for its Spanish-speaking students, U46 announced recently. Of those, six schools also will join Channing Memorial Elementary School in Elgin in offering a “two-way” dual language enrichment program for both English- and Spanish-speaking students.
Lean Girls Club creator Grace Kim has a write-up of my New York City bachelorette weekend on her blog today. So you know it didn’t get too crazy… except maybe for the embarrassing bachelorette attire she and Kara had me wear.
CARPENTERSVILLE — Community Unit School District 300 announced the elimination and creation of several administrative positions Thursday, all part of Superintendent-elect Michael Bregy’s plan to shift the district’s top priority to core “teaching and learning.”
At a meeting with administrators and staff Thursday, Bregy outlined Phase I of his plan for that priority shift, according to the Carpentersville-area district. That shift is based partly on the district’s current financial crisis and partly on a study of the district by the ECRA Group Inc., presented at Thursday’s meeting.
“Because our financial resources are increasingly limited, we must ensure that administration’s energy is focused on our core mission of teaching and learning,” Bregy said. “My plan will shift our top priority to this area, which our students need and deserve.”
ALGONQUIN — “Middle school was a train wreck to begin with,” said Monica Clark, a member of the Community Unit School District 300 Board of Education.
Clark was expressing her reluctance to support cutting 0.5 counseling positions from two middle schools in the Carpentersville-area school district. But she may as well have been describing school board members’ feelings toward the administrative proposal for 2011-2012 budget reductions.
The school board held a special work session Wednesday night to discuss in detail those proposed reductions and their impacts before voting on them at its next meeting on Monday, Feb. 28. Those reductions are aimed at cutting $8.3 million from the school district’s budget for next school year.
It’s not the H1N1 of 2010, nor the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. You can’t catch it from swine or birds.
It’s just the plain old seasonal flu.
But it’s nothing to sneeze at this year (pun fully intended), according to area health departments. Kane, McHenry and DuPage counties all have reported a modest but steady increase in the past few weeks of those showing flu symptoms, including congestion, fever, aches and fatigue.
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I’ve done yoga before. And by “done yoga,” I mean at different points in my life I’ve rolled around in the floor in acting classes, strung together a series of yoga workouts from one of those 10 Minute Solution DVDs and actually taken a weekly Yoga Basics class from a heavily tattooed, extremely flexible instructor while a member at Crunch Fitness in New York City… briefly… about five years ago.
Attending a school board meeting is kind of like taking a class at the gym.
Hear me out: Before you go, you wonder what kind of people will be there. What if you’re over-dressed? What if nobody else shows up? Or you wonder if you’ll be able to keep up. What if you have NO CLUE what’s going on, and everybody else is going at it like they do this all the time? Or maybe they all are just scheduled at really inconvenient times.